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Becky Goetsch
Programming Vice President

You talked (Programming Evaluation Survey) and we listened!  At Midyear, the Programming Committee saw that members said the Project Recognition Reports were cumbersome and time consuming to fill out.  But you did like the idea of sharing your projects, so we discussed it, and recommended that we discontinue the Project Recognition Report Competition on the National level.  Instead, we thought we could develop a one page summary of the projects.  Chapters and states could fill out and send this to us which we would put in a library of projects on the website.  The library would have an index of projects (Internal, Fundraising, Community Involvement, etc.) so if a chapter is looking for a new project to do, they can look in the library on the website.  This would be especially helpful for new extensions when they are looking for projects to do. 

We recommended this to the Board of Directors who approved it.  We will still be judging project recognition reports through the end of this year, April 30, 2016.  The new library will be set up for the 2017-2018 year.  The Programming Committee will be meeting via Zoom meetings throughout the rest of the 2016-2017 year to work out the details of the new program.  If you would like to be a part of this process and attend any of the zoom meetings, please email me at and I will add you to my zoom meetings.  Look on the USWT website to view the results of the survey.

Project Recognition Reports will still be judged for 2nd and 3rd trimesters so please send them to me for judging.  You will find help on how to do a Project Report in the Project Recognition Manual which is on the website.  Remember you must include a $5.00 check payable to USWT for the entry fee along with 4 copies of the Project Recognition Report, including the Project Recognition Stat Sheet for each copy.  I am looking forward to reading about all of your projects!  The final deadline for Project Recognition Reports is May 1, 2016, but please feel free to send in your Project Recognition Reports to me any time before the deadline.  These will be judged at Year End Convention in June. 

 The Outstanding Achievement in Programming is a big part of the programming area for the USWT.  I am looking for large numbers of these this year!  If you certify in all programming areas plus complete a few other requirements, which I know all of you do, you can certify!  If you are a new member, or have recruited a new member, you can certify in STEP (Success Through Enthusiastic Participation) and you are halfway through your certification for OAP!  These programs are essential to recruiting and retaining our members.  The deadline to get your OAP recognized for Year End Convention is May 1!

Community Connections Report-This report is on the website and available from me.  So many times all of our donations are not reported to the USWT and I know we do so much more each year than our paperwork shows.  On the local, state and national levels, we track donations of time and money.  This is truly the heart of our organization, and we rely on you to let us know all of the projects we work so hard on.  Tracking donations is tangible evidence of how we make a difference in our communities.  Please send me this report for any trimester to get recognition at Year End Convention!  Please try to send me the 2nd Trimester Community Connections by Jan 10.

Becky Goetsch

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