Committees Reference Guide
The finance committee will assist with the financial aspects of the chapter. The treasurer is chair of the finance committee.
The Alliance for Women in Media supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields.
A chapter’s Fundraising Committee implements fundraisers and other special events by undertaking the planning and implementation of special fundraising events. The Fundraising Committee should work closely with all committees to raise chapter funds through various revenue streams. Fundraising goals for chapters should emphasize funding professional growth and training for the chapter board (attending AWM Leadership Summit) and funding scholarships, mentoring, student programs and secondarily charities that benefit women.
The membership committee is responsible for recruitment and retention of chapter members. They should conduct periodic surveys of the membership to determine the needs of the members and work with the other committees to better meet those needs. The committee should adopt an annual membership theme, campaign, or drive. If the National organization has adopted a national theme or campaign, your chapter campaign should be consistent with it.
This committee should also contact members who have missed several meetings. The absence may be due to personal situations or to lack of interest in the chapter activities. Responses from these members may point out areas of chapter weakness, which can be improved.
Various routine functions of this committee include:
Welcoming new members by letters, phone calls and acknowledgement at regularly scheduled meetings.
Contacting expiring and expired members to confirm their continued commitment as a member. If they are not going to continue or are undecided, determine how the chapter can better meet their needs and encourage them to retain their membership.
Processing new membership applications and forwarding to Headquarters.
Monthly review of chapter membership rosters.
Communicating all address, email and job change information on your members to Headquarters
PUBLICITY / PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
The public relations committee is responsible for the public relations activities of the chapter and promoting the outstanding achievements by members. To facilitate the successful completion of chapter public relations projects, the chapter chair may appoint sub-chairs to be responsible for each public relations activity so that the chapter chair may be freed of such detail. This will give the chair more time for planning and direction. It will also enable members to develop leadership skills. This committee is encouraged to maintain a chapter scrapbook in which clippings of all publicity.
The sponsorship committee is responsible for securing sponsorships for the chapter. The committee should identify and secure donations for chapter events as well as philanthropy.
STUDENT MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
The student membership committee is responsible for all activities directly connected with students. The committee should establish and maintain contact with professors, instructors and guidance counselors in area universities, colleges and high schools. The committee can then work in conjunction with these contacts to meet and encourage membership. This committee will also provide suggestions and ideas for chapter planning meetings on the development of student programs within the chapter.