ERA NC Alliance Annual Meeting
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Join us for the first annual business meeting of the recently incorporated ERA-NC Alliance to elect officers and board members. The Alliance will also present a special award recognizing Senator Floyd B. McKissick, Jr. and Representative Carla Cunningham sponsors of the bill to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Join us as we honor Alliance members for their advocacy work for the civil rights of women and the ERA. Celebrate with us and welcome our special guest speaker, Terry Schooley. Alliance business will include elections and adoption of bylaws.
Terry Schooley began her feminist career in 1971 at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary by forming a NOW chapter with several seminary wives instead of joining the Divinity Dames – the group to teach one how to be a minister’s wife. After successfully suing the Jefferson County School District for pregnancy discrimination in 1972 she moved to Indiana, working on the successful ratification of the ERA. Moving to Fayetteville, NC, in 1977 she became active in the local NOW chapter, eventually serving as State President and then the Coordinator of the North Carolina ERA Countdown Campaign Her first office was in her laundry room and she carried all her work in a laundry basket.
Terry and her husband moved to Delaware in 1983 where she worked for 14 years as Director of Public Affairs and Development, formed a Pro-Choice PAC and worked extensively with the General Assembly. She was elected to the Christina Board of Education in 1996 where she served as President and also President of the Delaware School Boards Association. She also became Director of KIDS COUNT in Delaware, housed at the University of Delaware – a child advocacy organization. In 2003 she was elected to the Delaware House of Representatives with much help from her Women for Schooley fundraising group and then- Senator Joe Biden. She served in the House for 8 years, chairing the House Education Committee, forming a Kids Caucus of the General Assembly, and sponsoring many bills supporting children, women and their families. Terry has now retired and moved to Greensboro with her husband, Kit. One daughter and family live in Durham and a second daughter and family reside in Atlanta. They spend their time traveling and babysitting.
Celebrate with Us!
We will recognize Alliance members for their hard work and the General Assembly members who have introduced the ERA this year and gathered co-sponsors: Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr., of Durham introduced SB 85 and Representative Carla Cunningham of Charlotte introduced HB 102.
We will elect Executive Committee officers and board members for 2017-2019. Open positions are:
- 2 Co-Presidents
1st Vice Chair (Fundraising)
2nd Vice Chair (Public Relations)
3rd Vice Chair(Membership)
- Board members: up to 14 members, who will serve on specific committees (Fundraising, Public Relations, Membership, Nominating, Legislative, plus ad hoc committees as appropriate)
Click here to read about the candidates. We will also accept nominations of eligible candidates for Executive Committee and Board positions ‘from the floor’ at the meeting.
You can read our proposed organizing by-laws here.
Organizations and individual members with memberships on file by March 1st, 2017 will be eligible to vote at the meeting.
We have a block of rooms for one overnight stay on March 13th at Comfort Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley, 6209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27612, (919) 782-1112. The rate is $81.18 (including tax, etc.) for less than 10 rooms. If the group picks up 10 or more rooms by March 1, that rate will drop to $77.80 for all reservations. Unused rooms will be released after that date. Each person will be responsible for making their own reservation with the hotel and canceling if necessary by 4: 00 pm on March 13 to avoid penalty.