Arizona NOW State Coordinators (2015-2017)
Records and Meetings
Karen Van Hooft
Political Action (PAC)
PO Box 45558
Phoenix, AZ 85064
ARIZONA NOW OFFICERS AS DEFINED IN THE BYLAWS
The officers of ARIZONA NOW shall use the title “State Coordinator for.”
Section 1. State Coordinator for NOW Policy/Spokesperson
Section 2. State Coordinator for Chapter Development
Section 3. State Coordinator for Leadership Training
Section 4. State Coordinator for Records and Meetings
Section 5. State Coordinator for Finance
Section 6. State Coordinator for Legislative Action
Section 7. State Coordinator for Political Action
Section 8. State Coordinator for Membership and Newsletters
Section 9. State Coordinator for Publicity
Section 10. State Coordinator for Technology and Electronic Media
Section 1. STATE COORDINATOR FOR NOW POLICY/SPOKESPERSON: shall adhere to NOW policy in all aspects of state business; shall obtain and distribute updates of NOW policy to all chapters in the state; shall serve as the spokesperson for ARIZONA NOW; shall represent ARIZONA NOW at events and meetings; shall maintain contacts with state leaders of allied organizations and keep them informed of NOW policy and activity; shall receive and answer mail and phone calls on behalf of ARIZONA NOW and distribute information appropriately to state and local leaders; shall exchange information regularly with SW Regional NOW Representatives to the National NOW Board; shall serve as the ARIZONA NOW delegate to the National NOW Annual Conference and report to ARIZONA NOW on the conference; shall assume ARIZONA NOW responsibilities within the SW Region of NOW (filling of vacancies, regional conference work, etc.); and may delegate any of the above responsibilities to others as needed for specific situations.
Section 2. STATE COORDINATOR FOR CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT: shall develop and help expand existing chapters and assist with convening new chapters; shall seek to increase state membership by helping chapters increase chapter membership and by suggesting State Actions in which chapters may participate; shall be responsible for developing outreach programs to young feminists, minority women, LGBT, and disability groups; shall monitor compliance with a state diversity plan; shall develop and implement training programs for NOW Consciousness Raising leaders; shall work to establish and maintain a NOW Consciousness Raising program in every chapter of ARIZONA NOW; shall work closely with other state coordinators to ensure the specific needs of the chapters are met; and shall serve as the liaison to the National Action Center and the SW Regional Representatives to the National NOW Board for chapter and state development issues.
Section 3. STATE COORDINATOR FOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING: shall create and update a leadership manual; shall chair the Nominations Committee for Annual State Elections; shall provide at least one training session for the state and local chapters; shall provide assistance and guidance as necessary to encourage every NOW chapter in Arizona to do at least four actions per year.
Section 4. STATE COORDINATOR FOR RECORDS AND MEETINGS: shall take the minutes of all ARIZONA NOW Board meetings and ARIZONA NOW conferences and disseminate them to all chapters and state leaders within thirty (30) days of such meetings; shall maintain a copy of the minutes, including any and all documents such as financial reports and committee reports, in a permanent file; shall disseminate to state and local leaders of ARIZONA NOW an updated copy of ARIZONA NOW bylaws, policy, and procedures changes, if any, following the annual conference; shall develop a plan to archive on a continuing basis the records of ARIZONA NOW; shall encourage the participation of chapters and state coordinators in ARIZONA NOW Board meetings by preparing and circulating meeting notices and agendas two weeks in advance of each meeting; shall arrange facilities, food, and child care as needed for ARIZONA NOW Board meetings; shall facilitate the beginning of ARIZONA NOW Board meetings (introductions, agenda review and consent, choosing facilitators, etc.); may arrange for a brief meeting skills training at each ARIZONA NOW Board meeting.
Section 5. STATE COORDINATOR FOR FINANCE: shall have charge of and be responsible for all funds of the organization; shall give receipts for all funds received by the organization; shall deposit such funds in state accounts in a depository authorized by the Board; shall maintain accurate records of receipts and disbursements; shall disburse funds as authorized by the Board; shall coordinate the preparation of a biannual budget for ARIZONA NOW for approval by the ARIZONA NOW Board; shall provide financial reports at each meeting of the ARIZONA NOW Board; shall arrange ARIZONA NOW annual audit of the ARIZONA NOW financial records each July (refer to Article XV, Finance); shall submit necessary materials to National NOW to obtain funds; shall coordinate fund-raising events and activities as directed by the State Board.
Section 6. STATE COORDINATOR FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION: shall monitor proposed state legislation for bills that forward NOW’s goals or threaten our gains and/or rights and advise the State Board and chapters on the appropriate response to these bills; shall be liaison to the national NOW Action Center on legislative issues; shall work with the Political Action Coordinator to ensure exchange of ideas and information; shall serve as ARIZONA NOW spokesperson to the Arizona State Legislature; shall coordinate a Lobbying Skills Workshop each year at the State Conference; may provide chapters with guidance in establishing local legislative action programs.
Section 7. STATE COORDINATOR FOR POLITICAL ACTION: shall serve as Chair of the ARIZONA NOW Political Action Committee (PAC), report to the ARIZONA NOW Board on PAC activities and seek the guidance and approval of the ARIZONA NOW Board on behalf of PAC; shall comply with state, national, and local requirements for PAC activity; shall be the liaison to the National NOW PAC; shall work closely with the Legislative Coordinator to ensure the exchange of ideas and information; and may provide guidance to chapters on establishment and activity of local chapter NOW PACs.
Section 8. STATE COORDINATOR FOR MEMBERSHIP AND NEWSLETTERS: shall work with chapters and National NOW to maintain accurate records of NOW members in Arizona; shall provide National Board members from SW Regional NOW, state leaders, and chapters with regularly updated lists of NOW leaders in Arizona including addresses of State Board members and chapter coordinators; shall supervise access to computer lists, mailing labels, etc., in accordance with ARIZONA NOW policy.
Shall arrange for the writing, editing, publishing, and distribution of a newsletter to all members of NOW in Arizona on a schedule to be determined by the State Board.
Section 9. STATE COORDINATOR FOR PUBLICITY: shall write and distribute publicity releases on ARIZONA NOW news to media throughout the state; shall update the media list on a regular basis; shall submit articles about ARIZONA NOW to the National NOW Times; shall specifically include media outlets reaching diverse population groups; may develop promotional and advertisement materials to support NOW programs.
Section 10. STATE COORDINATOR FOR TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA: shall work with the State Coordinator for Membership and Newsletters to distribute an electronic version of the newsletter; shall regularly maintain and update the ARIZONA NOW website; and shall maintain ARIZONA NOW’s presence in other forms of electronic media, as appropriate.
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