2016-2017 FWIT Association President 

Barbara McMillen

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer!

Since my last update, I have traveled the state from tip to tip and top to bottom!

 In March, I received a warm welcome from the Big Country group in Abilene.  This was my first visit to the area and I found Abilene hospitality beyond compare!  The guest speaker, Dr. Dennis O’Connell from Hardin-Simmons, spoke about Ergonomics in the Office.  He offered some great tips for setting up a healthy workspace and introduced his Wheels for the World program.

In April, I had an opportunity to visit with the Gulf Coast group as they hosted Matt Davies from the Federal Reserve Bank. I have seen Matt at several of our meetings this year; it seems he is always willing to lend support to our groups!   As he offered his economic update, I realize how fortunate FWIT is to have such a giving partner from the FRB.  It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces and getting to know some new members as well!

The same week, I had an opportunity to visit with the Austin group.  Austin FWIT had an interview style presentation with Melinda Garvey from Austin Women Magazine.  Melinda introduced a new feature in her array of lifestyle magazines called On the Dot Woman.  I am a fan!  In addition, I had the privilege of “pinning” two of the newest members of the Austin group and welcoming them to the FWIT family. 

After flying across Texas more than a few times, a drive seemed just the ticket for my last group visit.  The Llano Estacado group hosted a lunch meeting at the YWCA Sun ‘N Fun facility.  It was wonderful to meet with the ladies and chat about all things FWIT.  I also had the privilege of installing officers for the 2017-2018 year.

I appreciate the amazing hospitality I received from each group and especially the opportunity to get to know you and your groups on a personal level.  These are memories I will always treasure.

As an Organization, it has been a busy few months, with Association and Group elections, scholarship awards and preparation and planning meeting for the coming year.  This year the Association Summer Forum and planning meeting will be held in San Antonio at the historic Menger Hotel on July 22nd. The morning session will be on effective non-profit board leadership with a focus on FWIT.  The afternoon will be spent on strategic planning for the 2017-2018 year.  Please join us if you are able!

I am excited to announce registration is opened for our 8th Annual Conference at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Austin.  I was excited to see a good number of scholarship applications from our newer members for Conference.  Please consider attending this year; it is a wonder way to connect with other members, learn and recharge!




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