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Welcome to Ohio Chapter of WiNUP                      

  Orawan Wells, Ohio Chapter Chair

Greetings and Happy holidays to all; as I write my last message as your Ohio Chapter Chair in 2016. It is a time of reflection as this incredible leadership journey started back in 2012 when I first joined WiNUP to attend a meeting in which the discussion was about “What is WiNUP”. Ever since that meeting, I have been an active member - serving as Chair on committees and then running for the Vice-Chair position in 2014 to serve on the Ohio Board in 2015.

Since becoming a member and serving on the Board, I have seen how our chapter has grown with our involvement in the STEM program and this area will continue to grow. Membership for the Ohio chapter has grown over 25% just in the last year. Thank you Deb Hohn, Lindsay Chambers, and their committee in spearheading this effort.

We have participated in some phenomenal conferences hosted by other WiNUP chapters, and the Ohio and Mid-Atlantic chapters have been hard at work planning for the upcoming conference which will be held in Philadelphia, PA, September 25-27, 2017. We will be co-hosting this event and will be contacting you soon for additional volunteers to assist in making this conference as memorable as the last.

I am thankful for my 2016 Board Members - Lindsay Chambers, Krista Tillman, Cindy Helenthal, Danielle Dorsey, and Linda Siddons - for without them, our chapter would not have run as smoothly as it has. I am excited for our 2017 elected board and what they have planned.

I thank you all for the honor and the privilege to lead such amazing, strong, and beautiful women. My challenge to all members is to get engaged and stay engaged; step out of your comfort zone; run for a Board office leadership position; step up and volunteer as a Chair for a committee; or volunteer your time. Make a difference, not just in your life, but for someone else as well.

Have a safe holiday season, and I look forward to seeing each and every one of you at our upcoming meetings.

Best Wishes!

Orawan Wells, 2016 Ohio Chapter Chair

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 4th Quarter Newsletter 2016