PASCO COUNTY NOW (National Organization for Women)
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Pasco County NOW is dedicated to making legal, political, social and economic change in our societyin order to achieve our goal, which is to eliminate sexism and end all oppression.

ElaineTogneri

From the President - Elaine TognerI

Wow! Go Florida NOW. We had such a large contingent of delegates that we influenced every decision on the future direction of NOW at the Strategy Summit and Bylaws Convention held in New Orleans June 19-21. One of the cool things Terry Sanders, our new State President, organized was for those of us with Smartphones to use GroupMe. During the sessions, we were able to share opinions, debate pros and cons, and let other Florida members know how we felt on the bylaws changes by texting to the group. This way we did not disturb others by talking during the debate and were able to make informed decisions when voting. We did not all agree on every issue, but the way a majority of Florida voted swung the day.

One of the first bylaws changes we approved was a new statement of purpose for NOW. Here’s what I have in my notes, it’s not exact, but will give you a feel for the change. “NOW’s purpose is to take intersectional grassroots action to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls.” We wanted something short and direct that speaks to our focus. For those unfamiliar with intersectionality, according to the Geek Feminism Wiki: “Intersectionality is a concept often used in critical theories to describe the ways in which oppressive institutions (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, etc.) are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another.”

Other major changes approved include:

· Reducing the number of National officers to two, a President and Vice President.

· Eliminating regions and grouping states into six districts organized using key factors, like the number of NOW members. Districts can hold elections for NOW National Board members at the National Conference or hold their own conferences.

· Allowing all conference attendees to vote as long as they have been NOW members for 180 days. This eliminates having delegates representing Chapters or At Large Members.

· Adding a “give or get” provision for Board members where they set a goal at the beginning of their terms for contributions to raise or members to recruit.

As usual the convention was full of inspiring speeches, political maneuvering, and moments of intense frustration. I have to admit at one session I ran back to the room and brought down a bottle of wine to share so we could make it through. Glad to say that worked.

New Orleans is a wild and happy place with spicy food and friendly people. After eating spice for several days as we headed home, I just wanted some plain fare. Unfortunately, that was not to be as the only restaurant open on Sunday in the airport was Zatarain’s Kitchen. I thought potato salad would be safe, but it was seasoned Creole style. A glass of wine on the plane home solved that problem.

Looking forward to next year, Washington and the 50th Anniversary of NOW! Get ready.

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 



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