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January 2011 Monthly Luncheon

Affiliates Update - Happy New Year!
December Community Service Projects
New and Renewed Members
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Quarterly Scholarships
EWTG scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis to those wanting an opportunity for professional advancement or personal growth. All interested members are encouraged to apply; financial need is not a factor. Take a moment to treat yourself to a course you have been putting off or a conference you would love to attend.
 
Guidelines for qualifying for a scholarship and applications are available on the EWTG website at ewtg.org. The Scholarship Committee will accept applications for this quarter until 5:00 p.m. on December 31st. 
2011 EWTG Board Meetings
The 2011 EWTG Board holds its monthly meetings at the Carver Library in Austin on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The agenda for each meeting will be posted on EWTG's website by noon on the Monday before the meeting.
 
A summary of the board meeting minutes is also posted on the website.
Committee Volunteers Needed 
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Participating on a committee is a great way to support EWTG, learn new skills and to meet other interesting executive women. As with so many things, "the more you give, the more you get."
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January 2011
 
President's Corner - January 2011 
 
Barrie Cogburn, President 
 

Carol Lauder

Make a Resolution to Get Involved!
 
Happy New Year! I am honored to be serving as the 2011 EWTG President. As a long-time EWTG member, I’m looking forward to renewing acquaintances and making new friends during this next year. I feel fortunate to be working with the capable leaders who make up the 2011 Board of Directors. These talented women bring great energy to our organization and I believe that good things are in store for the year ahead.
 
The upcoming legislative session promises many challenges for those involved in state government. Many of you will be involved in the day to day workings of the session and we know that your time away from work will be limited, but I do hope that you’ll make time to join us for monthly luncheons and mini-courses as your schedule permits. Bobbe Walker and the Program Committee are working to offer you interesting luncheon speakers that you won’t want to miss. Denice Bettencourt and the Mini-course Committee are organizing the monthly mini-courses that will offer everyone a good excuse to break away and learn more about a fun topic. The monthly mini-courses conveniently offer a pizza and salad lunch at the nearby Carver Library.
 
If you haven’t heard yet, EWTG recently welcomed a new chapter, the Brazos Valley Affiliate. It is exciting to watch our organization bring together women who share common goals. Many thanks go out to Audrey Selden, our Affiliate Committee Chair who guided these women through the process of becoming affiliate members. We are thrilled that they were willing to accept the challenge of organizing a new EWTG affiliate and grateful for the enthusiasm that they bring to our organization. I just know that this spirit will grow and inspire others to join us so that we may continue to broaden the EWTG network. 
 
Speaking of networking, at the holiday luncheon last month, I mentioned that EWTG’s most basic goal was to offer support and encouragement to its membership. We are indeed fortunate that among our members are some of the most generous, hardworking, and caring women in state government. I am fortunate that many of these women were kind enough to offer me support and guidance while I learned more about developing my own confidence as a leader and I know they will do the same for you. So, as EWTG moves into its 27th year, it is my hope that you will join us for an upcoming luncheon or mini-course to learn more about developing your own networking skills and confidence. It’s not too late to put EWTG on your list of New Year’s resolutions!
 
Barrie Cogburn

EWTG President
 
 
 
 
January 2011 Monthly Luncheon 
Senator Leticia Van de Putte:  A State and National Leader
 
By Laure McLaughlin

She’s a wife, a mother of six, a grandmother of two, a practicing pharmacist, a nationally-recognized leader and a Texas state Senator from San Antonio since 1999 with ten years’ experience as a state representative. Webster’s dictionary has a word for this lady: “Dynamo.” Texans just call her Senator Leticia Van de Putte and she is the guest speaker at EWTG’s January 26, 2011 luncheon.
 
Senator Van de Putte has many other remarkable achievements. She is a past president of both the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She was the co-chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, following in the footsteps of Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan. In 2009, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials honored her with the Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service. And in 2005, the Vietnam Veterans of America named her Legislator of the Year. She has received other awards from the National Guard Association of the United States, the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the United Way of San Antonio, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, the Texas Pharmacy Association, the American Pharmacists Association and the Center for Policy Alternatives.
 
As these groups would indicate, the senator’s legislative focus is on family, children, health care, veterans and public education. The San Antonio Thomas Jefferson High School graduate received her Bachelor of Science from UT-Austin in 1979 and was a Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1993. 
 
Join EWTG members for a wonderful buffet lunch with Sen. Van de Putte. Click here to register. The cost for EWTG members is $25 for a hot entrée, sides, bread, dessert, coffee and tea. The cost for non-members is $30. The luncheon will be held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street. Ample free parking is available behind the club on Nueces between 7th and 8th streets.
 
 
  
 
 
 
Affiliates Update

Happy Holidays!
EWTG Affiliates Assist Charitable Organizations

 

By:  Audrey Selden

Happy Holidays! Happy Islamic New Year! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Happy Kwanzaa!
 
The holiday season is often a time of reflection and celebration. During this year, the EWTG Affiliates helped several charitable organizations. Dallas assisted local charities with baskets and a successful back-to-school drive. Houston EWTG members focused on the Haitian relief efforts. Following the devastating January 2010 earthquake, the Houston Affiliate donated funds to provide disaster relief, including medical supplies, food, clothing and other necessary items. This year-long effort resulted in a $500 donation to this international humanitarian endeavor.
 
The Brazos Valley EWTG Affiliate assembled toiletry gift bags and wrote personal notes for individuals at the local Twin Cities Mission. With a 40-year history, the Twin City Mission programs include homeless and housing services, domestic violence services, and counseling and skills training for at-risk youths and their families. 
 
To quote the Twin City Mission, these charitable efforts are “not about seeing through each other, but rather, seeing each other through.” We celebrate the charitable giving of our three EWTG Affiliates. 
 
We wish you and your family a safe and charitable holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year at an Affiliate event. Please visit the Affiliates section of the EWTG website for the 2011 meeting schedule: www.ewtg.org. New and renewing EWTG members are encouraged to participate.
 
Happy holidays, everyone. 
 
 

December Community Service Project
 

By:  Heather Hall
 
In December, the EWTG Community Service Committee held a Teddy Bear drive for the Ronald McDonald House. Teddy bears and stuffed animals were collected at the EWTG Annual Holiday Luncheon on December 14, 2010. The participation was great and the committee collected 93 stuffed animals of various sizes and snug-ability! Your donations will help in the RM House effort to comfort children who are critically ill or injured. The Community Service committee deeply appreciates the great response and thanks all who donated to the Teddy Bear drive!  
 
The Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. The RM Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.
 
If you would like more information, please visit their website at http://rmhc.org/.
 
 
 
 
EWTG Welcomes New and Renewing Members!
 
 New Members

Mary Bacon, Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Marcia Becker, Texas Department of State Health Services
Retha Blakely, City of College Station
Debra Ditta, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Roberta Grant, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Jo Hilsinger, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Sarah Kiehl, Texas Department of Agriculture
Shannon Rusing, Texas Department of Agriculture
Carol Thompson, City of College Station
Grace Vrooman, City of College Station
Jan Washburn, Office of the Attorney General  

Renewing Members

Sarah G. Bauer, Waddell & Reed, Inc.
Denice Bettencourt, Texas Department of Transportation
Ann Fuelberg, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Dawn Jones, The University of Texas System