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Women's Council New Member Orientation 2019

Mission

The Conway Regional Women’s Council is an advocacy group of the Conway Regional Health Foundation that promotes women’s health education and provides support for fundraising and volunteer services benefiting Conway Regional Health System. The Council is open to women of all ages who would like the opportunity to learn more about women’s health issues while contributing their talents toward the improvement of women’s health in their communities.

History

The Conway Regional Women’s Council was started in 2001 by Mrs. Janice Robbins, wife of Conway Regional’s previous CEO, John Robbins, and 15 original Steering Committee members—many of whom still serve in some capacity today. The first Council event was the “In Her Honor” Gala for the opening of the Women’s Center. Since then, the Women’s Council has held an annual health fair, numerous luncheons, community programs, and other health-related events to build awareness, and encourage women to live healthier lives. In addition to programs, the Women’s Council provides significant financial support to the Conway Regional Health Foundation through Dazzle Daze—our flagship event. Over the last 15 years, members of the Women’s Council have given countless hours as ambassadors, advocates and volunteers . They continue to make a difference in our community through their service.

Time Expectations:

Committee Involvement

The Women’s Council functions through committees. All Women’s Council members must serve on at least one committee. Member are allowed to join more than one committee; however, to avoid “burn-out” it is highly encouraged that members not join more than two committees.

Programs & Events

All members must assist with at least one program sponsored by the Program Committee or one special event sponsored by the Foundation office. A list of events can be found in your Orientation Packet and on the Conway Regional Women’s Council page at http://www.conwayregional.org/WomensCouncil.

Dazzle Daze

All members agree to assist with Dazzle Daze as either a Dazzle Daze committee member or as a volunteer for at least one shift. There will be volunteer shifts available up to three weeks prior to Dazzle Daze. If you are unable to volunteer during Dazzle Daze, you will have the opportunity to serve prior to the event. Volunteer shifts will be made available to all members by email. Women’s Council members will be emailed a link which will send them to an online sign-up sheet, called Volunteer Hub. Volunteer Hub will have every shift listed.

Membership Expectations:

Dues

Membership dues are paid annually in January. Standard Membership is $40.00. Senior (65 and over), Junior (25 and younger), or a Conway Regional Employee Membership is $25.00.

Women’s Council Memberships are tax-deductible and may be paid by submitting the Membership form with payment to the Conway Regional Health Foundation at 2301 College Avenue, Conway, AR 72034 or online at the link below:

Benefits

  • Discounted entry into Luncheons
  • Free entry into all member programs
  • Early entry into the In Her Honor Women’s Health Fair
  • Early entry into Dazzle Daze Girl’s Night Out (with GNO ticket purchase)
  • Receipt of quarterly newsletter with key health resources, tips and Women’s Council news
  • Networking/fellowship opportunities with women of your same interests
  • Supporting women’s health education efforts in Central Arkansas
  • Special member offers throughout the year

Stay Connected

Foundation staff and the Women’s Council Communication & Marketing Committee will be providing information to you using a variety of methods this year:

Member Directory

We have a NEW member-only online directory where you can view/update your member profile, find other Members, check the calendar, read the latest newsletter, view photos from events and much more.

Bi-monthly Newsletter

We use this newsletter to inform members on events we have coming up, committee projects, and follow-up on our latest events and programs. The newsletter is also posted on the Directory.

Texting

We use a texting app to send quick reminders about events and volunteer opportunities. We usually send around 10-15 texts a year and you can opt out at any time. You were given the option to sign up with our texting group on your initial application. If you didn’t sign up but would like to be added, please send us an email with you cell number and we can get you added to the group. Note: You will see 313131 as the sender of our text messages and the subject will usually be WomensCouncil.

Social Media

We use Facebook to highlight our members, promote our events, and follow-up on projects and programs in the community. It is a great way to stay apprised of all the activity going on in the Council. Like us on Facebook at the link below. Links to our social media can also be found on the Directory.

Meet your Steering Committee! The Committee met in December to discuss upcoming plans for the 2019 year. Committee Leadership includes: Mathilda Hatfield, President, Michelle Phillips, Treasurer, and Sonja Keith, Secretary. Committee Co-chairs include: Regennia Jones (Programs), Sonja Keith & Wendy Nelson (Education) Sheila Isby (Dazzle Daze), Pam Sims & Brittany Butler (Health Fair), Grace Rains & Brandi Keith (MarCom), Amelia Day (Membership), Shannon Howland & Stefanie Vann (Luncheons). To sign up for one of the committees - visit the link below!

save the date

Women's Health Fair - April 26th 9a-1p Conway Regional Fitness Center

Dazzle Daze - November 21st - 23rd, 2019

CHAMPS Program - June 3rd - 7th ; June 7th - 21st

Girl Scouts Educational Session - September 14th

Please connect with us via our Women's Council Membership Directory! The Membership committee has worked hard to develop a directory to include members, committee information, the latest Facebook and Twitter feed, and event calendar. The directory is the best way to stay up to date with the latest info on the Women's Council. Visit the directory below! If you have any issues logging in, please contact dwelch@conwayregional.org. If you would like to help connect our members, plan membership events, and other activities, we would love to connect you with the membership committee.

For additional questions or information on the Women's Council feel free to contact Dot Welch at dwelch@conwayregional.org or 501.513.5771.

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