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September 26 Monthly Luncheon

EWTG 24th Annual Professional Development Conference: Creating Leaders, Delivering Value
EWTG 2011 Board of Director Nominations
Summer Membership Social - Austin Duck Adventures!
Community Service
Dallas and Houston Affiliate News
August 25th Luncheon Recap
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 September 30th. 
2010 EWTG Board Meetings
The 2010 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.
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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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September 2010
 
President's Corner - September 2010 
 
Carol Lauder, President 
 

Carol Lauder

 

Before You Know It...

 

The months of September through December are especially exciting for EWTG. In addition to our regular monthly programs, there are several once-a- year events you won’t want to miss.    So grab your day timer, i-Phone, blackberry, or good ol’ desk calendar so you can learn, laugh and be inspired by programs and events between now and the end of the year.
 
Nominations for the 2010 EWTG Women of the Year are due September 15, 2010. We know there are many of you and your colleagues deserving of a nomination, and this is a great way of recognizing them for their contributions. There are economic rewards for a job well done, but recognition by a nomination from a boss or colleague hold special meaning. You need only review the list on our website of the women who have received this honor in the past to be inspired. 
 
On September 28th, the Membership Social will be aboard the Austin Duck Adventures! This is a member’s only event and is sure to be great fun. We will tour Austin’s infamous sites, including a dip in Lake Austin while riding in the comfort of “the duck bus.” This evening event is free to members and includes food and drinks.
 
In September, we will have an affiliate recruitment event in Bryan/College Station. If you have colleagues in that area that you think might be interested in coming to a free, fun and informative event to hear about EWTG, please let us know by sending their names and e-mail addresses to affiliates@ewtg.org.
 
The application deadline for the 2011 Class of Leadership Texas program is Friday, October 1st. If you are not familiar with LT, please read Mary Cheryl Dorwart’s article in last month’s newsletter, which can be found on our website.   You will learn more about the state of Texas and many of its diverse local and regional cultural, historical and geographical idiosyncrasies that make this the great state it is while building amazing relationships with other professional women.
 
The pinnacle of our organization’s year comes on November 22nd, with our 24th Professional Development Conference. We have been blessed to receive support from generous sponsors and look forward to impressing you with the stellar program that has been organized. Our keynote presenters will be Merrie Speath of Speath Communications, a communications specialist, and Janet Sue Rush, an energetic and inspiring authority on leadership. 
 
There will be three breakout sessions with at least 12 workshops to choose from for each session. This event provides professional and personal development that will help you begin 2011 with the steam to tackle tough economic times and a legislative session. This year’s theme, Creating Leaders, Delivering Value, and all its offerings are sure to help your agency, institution or company flourish in 2011.   
 
On December 14th we will have our traditional members-only holiday luncheon at Green Pastures where we induct the 2011 Board of Directors, collect teddy bears for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas, and start the holiday season by indulging in their scrumptious chocolate pecan ball! 
 
I hope you have put these dates on your calendar because they won’t be the same without you!
 
Carol Lauder
  
 
  
 
September 22nd Monthly Luncheon
 
Guy Herman: Tireless Mental Health Advocate

By:  Laure McLaughlin

It’s often all too easy to think of judges as merely arbitrators of people’s lives, but Travis County Probate Court Judge Guy Herman proves judges can also be advocates. Judge Herman’s particular advocacy is easing the lives of mentally ill persons and their families in circumstances when guardianship is the appropriate legal action.
 
Judge Herman began his judicial career as a Travis County Justice of the Peace in 1980. Five years later, he was appointed Judge of the Travis County Probate Court Number One and has been reelected six times. The probate court’s jurisdiction includes the distribution of a deceased person’s assets; legal determinations of a person’s fitness to care for himself and whether guardianship or court-ordered mental health services are appropriate remedies; and cases of land condemnation.
 
Judge Herman lectures throughout the state on mental health, probate and guardianship law for the Texas College of Probate Judges, the State Bar of Texas, and the University of Texas School of Law. He has been appointed to the Mental Health Crisis Services Redesign Task Force of the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Mental Health Service System Task Force upon the recommendation of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Judge Herman was also instrumental in the conception and formation of the volunteer Family Eldercare Guardianship Program.
 
Please join EWTG members in welcoming Judge Herman at the Wednesday, September 22nd luncheon at the Austin Woman’s Club, on San Antonio and West 8th. Members begin gathering at 11:30AM; a hot buffet lunch is served at 11:45AM and our program begins at 12:00PM, concluding at 1:00PM. The cost of the luncheon is $20 for members and $25 for guests. Please reserve your spot online through www.ewtg.org.
 

 

 
 
 EWTG 24th Annual Professional Development Conference

Creating Leaders. Delivering Value.

 
lead·er [léeder] noun
1. somebody whom people follow:  somebody who guides or directs others
2. somebody or something in lead: somebody or something in front of all others, e.g. in a race or procession
3. somebody in charge of others: the head of a nation, political party, legislative body, or military unit
 
The 2010 EWTG Professional Development Conference Committee is pleased to announce the opening of conference registration. Registration is on-line, convenient and easy. Register now to take advantage of the early bird registration rate of $179 for members. After October 18, the fee goes up to $209.
 
Merrie Spaeth, founder of Spaeth Communications and Janet Sue Rush, of The Rush Company, are this year’s conference keynoters. Merrie has a unique background in media, government, politics, business and the entertainment industry. She is a pioneer in communication theory and executive training, and acknowledged as one of the preeminent crisis management strategists in the country. Janet Sue is an energetic motivator, educator and a powerful speaker.  Her humorous yet pragmatic message on leadership is sure to inspire. 
 
The workshop sessions are packed with information that you can use in your organization. Find out what Twitter is all about. Get answers to the question, “What is the appropriate use of social media in government?” Learn how to improve your networking skills then try out what you learn during the Conference. Find out how to effectively communicate with legislative staff and how perceptions influence decisions. Learn what leadership means today and how you can develop the leaders of tomorrow. Learn how you can build a “personal board of directors” to help cultivate your career.
 
Now is also the time to volunteer for the 2010 Professional Development Conference by answering the Call for Moderators. EWTG needs your help to create an enjoyable conference experience for our attendees and workshop presenters. The moderator serves as the workshop “host” and EWTG representative. The Call for Moderators can be filled out online when you register.
 
The 2010 EWTG Professional Development Conference provides a networking and learning experience targeted for women who want to invest in their careers. Take a moment to invest in yourself. Register for the 2010 Conference now!
 
 
 
 
 
EWTG 2011 Board of Director Nominations
 
 
It is that time of year when we began looking for those women who want to serve EWTG by membership on next year’s board. Shannon Kelley is chairing the Nominating Committee for the 2011 Board. If you would like to be considered for a board position, please email pres@ewtg.org.
 
The Nominating Committee makes every effort to achieve diversity of ethnicity, age, job titles, and agency representation when developing its slate of candidates. The corporate bylaws provide that the Nominating Committee will present a recommended slate of candidates to the Board at its October meeting. Nominations from the membership are due by October 1, 2010, and must be supported by a petition of at least 15 voting members. The list will indicate which candidates are recommended by the Nominating Committee and which candidates are recommended by petition. If no candidates are recommended by petition, the slate is elected by acclamation. If there are petition-recommended candidates, then a vote will be taken and voting instructions and eligibility information will be published in the November newsletter.
 
You can find a description of the board officers’ duties on our website at the following link: http://ewtg.affiniscape.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=24.  If you or someone you know has been active in EWTG and is ready to develop new knowledge and skills, board participation is a great way to serve the organization and a great learning opportunity.

 
 
 

Summer Membership Social - Austin Duck Adventures!
 
 
The Executive Women in Texas Government (EWTG) Membership Committee invites you to our Summer Membership Social. This unique social is a free event for members only. The Austin Duck Adventures amphibian vehicle will provide us with a tour of Austin, including a dip in Lake Austin! We promise you’ll remain dry throughout the tour! There will be an opportunity for networking and socializing while we learn about our great city.
 
Light snacks will be provided by our sponsor, 620 Café. Water and wine will also be provided. The tour will leave promptly at 6:00PM, so please arrive at the pick-up location no later than 5:45pm*. The tour will end at our pick-up location at 7:30PM.
 
Special thanks to 620 Café and Bakery for sponsoring and providing snacks for EWTG members!
 
We are looking forward to touring Austin with you!
 
Parking Location:        Capital Visitor Parking Garage
(Between San Jacinto, Trinity, 12th and 13th Streets)
 
Pick-Up Location:        Brazos Street between 12th and 13th Streets
(Bus loading area east of the Capitol)
 
Date and Time:            Tuesday, September 28, 2010
5:45PM* – 7:30PM
 
* Please allow time for parking in the parking garage and walking to the pick-up location. The bus will leave promptly at 6:00PM.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you for making a difference in the community, EWTG members!
 

 
We did it!  EWTG raised enough money and donations to send 30 kids off to school with brand new backpacks full of supplies! 
 
- 14 backpacks were delivered to the Ann Richard’s School for Young Women Leaders along with a donation of office supplies.
- 16 backpacks were delivered to the Mobile Loaves and Fishes offices for distribution to children in need. 
 
EWTG received many thanks and much appreciation for their efforts!
 
 
Susan Kirkpatrick and Diana Nenque at Ann Richard's School 
(Pictured above: Diana Nenque with Susan Kirkpatrick at the Ann Richard's School)
 
 
Susan Kirkpatrick and Tricia Graham with Mobile Loaves and Fishes Volunteers
 
(Pictured above: Susan Kirkpatrick and Tricia Graham with Mobile Loaves and Fishes Volunteers)
 
 
 
 
 
EWTG Affiliate Update - September 2010
 
Back to School: ABCs and EWTG
 
Apples, Alphabet, and Algebra
 
Blackboards, Backpacks, Books, and Big Chief Tablets
 
Chalk, Chemistry, Crayons, Classroom, Choir, and Curriculum
 
EWTG members are Always Being Charitable – whether it’s sharing management strategies, communication tips, or donating to our communities. As we begin the back-to-school season, we are reminded of the wonderful educational value of EWTG. Our Affiliates in Dallas and Houston provide interesting presenters, fun networking venues, and opportunities for leadership development. Our meetings allow you to strengthen your leadership skills. Consider running for an officer position or volunteer to conduct a mini-course or introduce a presenter. Suggest a topic or a presenter for an upcoming meeting. EWTG Affiliates meetings convene leadership classrooms in your local area. You can be first in class by joining this great organization. 
 
Earn extra credit when you bring a coworker or friend to the next Affiliates meeting. Watch for information about the Dallas EWTG September meeting on the Affiliate web page at www.ewtg.org. The EWTG Houston Affiliate meeting is September 9 at 5425 Polk Street, Room 2E and F, from noon to 1:00PM. Both Affiliates have charitable donations ongoing for school supplies and Haiti Relief. Please consider donating. 
 
Membership applications will be available at the meetings. New and renewing members are welcome. 
 
Watch for news about additional Affiliates forming in Bryan/College Station and San Antonio. Join other women interested in leadership development and networking. Contact us at affiliates@ewtg.org.
 
EWTG members know that we continue to learn. Get an A+ by joining EWTG: www.ewtg.org.
 
 
 
 
 August 25th Luncheon Recap

Dedicated to Helping Children and Families: Audrey Deckinga
 
By:  Bobbe Walker
 
 
Audrey Deckinga, Assistant Commissioner for Child Protective Services (CPS), was the August luncheon's guest speaker. Having worked in the human services field for over thirty years and in three states, Audrey has spent most of her professional career advocating for those less fortunate. While living in Minnesota, she was a therapeutic foster parent for a total of seven teenage girls. When her family moved to Texas, she worked as a caseworker, supervisor, and program director. Now as Assistant Commissioner for CPS, Audrey has brought all of that experience and knowledge with her as she leads others in the work of protecting the unprotected.
 
Audrey mentioned that the clients of CPS are all involuntary. And when the economy is depressed, more people – and children – need help. CPS caseworkers maintain an average of 28 cases (the recommended number is 13), are tired and their caseloads keep growing, making it difficult to retain a reliable workforce.
 
Audrey had some words of advice. She said most important is to choose your boss. Find someone who has the same mindset and work for him or her. Next, take care of yourself. If she had to do it all over again, she would exercise more, eat right, and get more sleep. And she would take more and longer vacations, long enough to be really refreshed. She feels these things would have made her a better employee.
 
When asked about volunteer opportunities, Audrey stated the largest need was staffing the Runaway hotline, which is completely operated by volunteers. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is also a wonderful way to become involved and make a difference in the lives of children.
 
Thanks, Audrey, for an insightful look into ways we can grow and be of service.
 
For pictures of the August luncheon, please click here.
 
 
 
 
 
EWTG Welcomes New and Renewing Members!
 New Members
 
Mary Campbell, HHSC- Retired
Michelle DeHaven, UT Child Welfare Program
Paula Geurin, Department of State Health Services
Elizabeth Hadley, Texas Department of Agriculture
Cynthia Reyna, Texas Department of Insurance
Glenda Wall, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
 
 Renewing Members
 
Ginny Booton, Department of Motor Vehicles
Kate Connolly, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, LLC
Nancy Daniels, HHSC/Vendor Drug Company
Clare Dyer, Texas Legislative Council
Jana Grimes, Austin Ribbon & Computer
Abbie Hinesly, Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
Mary Howerton, St. Edward's University
Yvonne Howe, Department of State Health Services
Krista Julian, Texas Workforce Commission
Gayle Latham, County Information Resources Agency
Jan Lunday, Texas Workforce Commission
Tamela Saldana, Texas Department of Transportation
Marianne Woods Wiley, Teacher Retirement System of Texas