Sunday, April 6, 2014

Members Identify Next Action Steps for Asheville NOW at April 6 Meeting; McLendon is VP Nominee

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Asheville Chapter of the National Organization for Women today affirmed the nomination of Sherri McLendon to the office of vice president, approved a new strategic communication plan, and identified local shareholders in six key issue areas of women's rights, according to President Debbie Metcalf.

McLendon is an independent communications consultant and recognized feminine business leader, writing the popular "Women, Spirit and Money" magazine column for WNC Woman (for women nurturing change). Previously, she served two terms as president of the Public Relations Association of Western North Carolina. A former North Carolina and Georgia educator and newspaper editor, she holds an M.A. from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Athens. She is also a soccer mom.

"We need a coherent voice related to women's issues in Asheville and at the state and national levels," she says. "Women are too often treated as second class citizens. Through NOW, our voices can change that."

The attendees explored the possibility of developing a series of round table discussions and media events focusing on women and family law, the Equal Rights Amendment, wage inequity, and other areas of gender bias.

"Our goal is to breathe new life into the organization," says Metcalf. "We are relevant to all women who are troubled by today's political climate and attitudes toward women." says Metcalf.

A work session focusing on prioritizing topic areas will be Saturday, May 4. For more information or an invitation, please sign up for the chapter mailings on the sidebar to this posting.

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