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Summer In The City, And A New Year For DC EcoWomen

Jump for June and for DC EcoWomen’s New Year

Written by DC EcoWomen Board Member Maggie Wendler

Even though it may not feel like the year is ending to all of you, here at DC EcoWomen, we’re actually saying goodbye to our 2013-2014 term and gearing up for 2014-2015!

The past year was truly one of the best in DC EcoWomen’s history, celebrating our 10th anniversary with the gala in April and the outgoing board would like to thank all of you for your continued support and enthusiasm for our mission of developing personal and professional relationships among women in the environmental community.

Lots of changes will be happening over the next few months as we say goodbye to some outgoing board members and welcome new members to the board (Board Recruitment Happy Hour Wednesday!) and plan events for the 2014-2015 year at our annual board retreat in August. We want to build off the momentum from this past year and start the next decade of DC EcoWomen off better than ever, but we can’t do it without your help!

DC EcoWomen is run almost entirely through donations from our members and we could not provide the number of networking, professional development, educational, and just for fun events that we have in the past without your continued support. As an organization focused on professional development, we recognize that many of our members are new to the work force and do not have the financial means to pay for membership fees or for tickets to attend events.

This is why we have never had a membership fee, do not charge for the monthly speaker series EcoHour, and keep other events either free or as low cost as possible.

But we’re only able to do this based on our membership’s generosity through our fundraising campaigns in December and June each year. As the DC EcoWomen board, we recognize the importance of these donations to the success of our group and therefore every board member participates in annual giving. The success of DC EcoWomen rests solely on our shoulders as members; we’re all in this together!

So as we look ahead to 2014-2015, we’d ask that you consider contributing financially to DC EcoWomen so that we can continue to expand on our great programming and build on last year’s success. When we sit down in August to plan next year’s events, it is crucial that we have a budget to support our programs which is why we’re asking for member donations from now until June 30th.

Consider donating whatever you can so that we can make 2014-2015 DC EcoWomen’s best year yet! No donation is too small and as a thank-you, any donation over $25 will be eligible to receive an American Apparel DC EcoWomen t-shirt.

Thank-you for your continued support of DC EcoWomen!

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