The intersectionality of the issue of reproductive rights will headline Maryland NOW’s Annual Conference set for Saturday, May 15th.
In examining the topic and how it affects so many women and men, a priority for the conference planners – Maryland NOW’s Young Feminist Task Force — was how to help diverse groups understand differing experiences about reproductive rights. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to be able to hear people’s stories firsthand.
We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker at the conference to set the stage for these conversations will be Kolieka Seigle, President/Executive Director of California NOW. Kolieka has organized chapters of young women in her state and has been a leader in our organization on the issue of ending racism. She has been a leader in bringing other NOW leaders together to share knowledge, insight, and experiences.
The conference agenda will feature two workshop sessions with two workshops in each session. We will cover topics such as “I don’t necessarily want this outcome, but…,” the Intersectionality of Age and Abortion, Plan B, and the Access of Women of Color to Reproductive Rights. Each workshop will begin with a short interview of the workshop moderator by a member of the Young Feminist Task Force.
If you would like to register for the conference – use this form.
If you are interested in learning more about running for an office on Maryland NOW’s Executive Committee, here is more information.
If you would like to contact our Nominations/Elections Chair – Jennierose D’Elia-Dufour – please use this link.
Maryland NOW coordinates the work of the member chapters to accomplish the goals and directives of our members and our member chapters. The state meets in conference each year to elect officers, review the work of the year, and establish program priorities.
Maryland NOW’s bylaws outline the work of the state’s council — made up of each of the member chapters – and gives the council the responsibility of managing the affairs and controlling Maryland NOW’s funds and property. The work of the council is conducted either as a committee-of-the-whole, or through task forces or committees. A budget is developed through in committee work and presented to the council for passage.
Maryland NOW also supports the work of any and all member chapters in our state, and also works to retain our contributing members through organized outreach to them.
Please do not hesitate to contact the state if you have questions or would like to be involved in our work.
Maryland NOW’s Bylaws outline our structure. Keep reading here.
Would you like to join us in a leadership role or on a committee? Here are the Job Descriptions of Maryland NOW Officers.
Our conference materials – agenda, business meeting docs, workshop descriptions and presenters – are here.
P.O. Box 7716
Silver Spring, MD 20907-7716
Maryland NOW’s website: www.marylandnow.org We also have a Facebook page and a Twitter Account and currently use MailChimp to send regular updates and news to our members.
Sandy Bell, President
Barbara Hays, Executive Vice-President
Margie Kotzalas, Action Vice-President
Jerry Blum, Treasurer
Maryland NOW Finances:
In 2018 Maryland NOW received a bequest from a member’s estate. This person was a founding member of one of our Maryland chapters in the 1970s. These funds have enabled us to work to update our structure (including our website), better organize our finances, and embark on a state-wide chapter and membership rebuilding plan. We have also been able to give seed money to the Maryland NOW PAC.
Our budget is drawn up by a Budget Committee, with the assistance of the treasurer, and must be approved by the council before December 31. Our fiscal year is Jan 1 through Dec 31.
Maryland NOW Bylaws:
Our bylaws were last updated in 2009. In the coming year we plan to begin to update our bylaws, including some changes to the duties of our officers.
Maryland NOW State Council:
The Maryland NOW State Council meets, on average six times per year. The Council has full responsibility for the management of our finances and oversees Maryland NOW’s projects, programs, and structure.
Our state conferences are held in May and elections are held at that time. The conferences also discuss and set goals, and resolutions pertaining to our structure, issue work, and projects are proposed and passed by the body. The State Conference is the supreme governing body of Maryland NOW.