PASCO COUNTY NOW (National Organization for Women)

Chapter Number FL 0365

Pasco County NOW is dedicated to making legal, political, social and economic change in our society in order to achieve our goal, which is to eliminate sexism and end all oppression.


From the President - Elaine Togneri

The Devil’s in the Dollars

This year at the NOW National Conference we will be discussing options for re-organizing our structure.  Part of the reason for this is finances.  National is finding we don’t bring in enough to cover all three officers and the proper amount of staff to run the organization.  Being located in Washington, DC is wonderful for access to Congress, the President, and Supreme Court, but comes with a high cost of living.  We will be making hard decisions about how many national officers and how much staff we can afford and pay properly.  Officers have had to take on staff duties and as a result are being overworked, we’ve had a couple of resignations from burnout.  Of course, if we could bring in more income that would make everything a lot easier.

Please consider responding to one of the appeals that National is sending out or donating extra when you renew your membership.  Membership fees have stayed at $35 for many years, a bargain because unlike other organizations, NOW covers all the issues.  If you can afford $50, please add a $15 donation.  You can also donate at any time by going to the website.

Our chapter is in good financial shape with enough funds for us to operate into next year without any concern.  In fact, we’ll be sponsoring a snack fest at our May meeting.  Because I’ll be at the State Conference, VP Sarah Longstaff will be running the meeting and has an interesting discussion planned.  This will be a great time to relax and get to know one another.  Please be sure to join her.

I’m looking forward to the State Conference and seeing Venice Beach for the first time.  I’m sure the workshops will be informative and that we’ll bring back a wealth of information.  Our chapter is also collaborating with the Tampa Bay Area Caucus (TBAC) to present the film Vessel and I’ll be looking for volunteers to get the word out and to staff the event.  We’re working on firming up a date and location.  More info to come.  Have a great meeting.

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

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