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      The MAWS Board is dealing with our disappointment for our cancelled conference by continuing with business.  We will be holding our "biennial membership meeting" via communications using the internet and mail.  Please read below and respond by June 17, 2020.

Item 1:  Bylaw Changes: 

            We are asking for a vote to have the bylaws amended, including wording to allow alternative ways of holding an election.  Because there are so many changes, we feel it would be less confusing to send the new proposed version of the bylaws rather than listing all the revisions.  If anyone wants to see a highlighted version with explanations of changes, contact Joan Goldstein at or 406-890-4024.  The new parts involve adding a Vice President and the possibility of a 7th Member at Large to the board of directors (to have better representation throughout the state.)  In addition, the Secretary and Newsletter editor, previously one joint position, have been separated.  All members of the board except the ANWG representative will become voting members rather than using the earlier "ex-officio" status for some.  Changes have also been made to allow the biennial membership meeting to happen using alternative methods to carry out business and select a new set of officers in years such as this when no conference is held.  

            To vote For or Against the bylaw changes, please click on and send a brief message, or call/ text Joan at 406-890-4024.


Item 2: Nominations for MAWS Board for July 2020 –  2022 (term ending at the next biennial membership meeting, except for the Newsletter Editor, whose term continues until the end of 2022.)


The full slate of officers proposed at this time is as follows:   *indicates new nominee

·         President:      *Sharon Schroeder

·         Vice Pres:    *Dawn Ahlert

·         Secretary:     Jaime Stevens

·         Treasurer:     Linda Shelhamer

·         Newsletter:   Tammy Jordan

·         Website Mg:  *Elizabeth Tritthart

·         Conference Chair:   Annette Cade

·         Past Conference Chair:   Barbara French

·         Past President:   Joan Goldstein

·         Members at Large:   *Denise DC Ahlert, (Helena),  Gwen Haferkamp (Miles City), Molly McKinnon (Big Sky),  Melody Murter (Billings),  *Heather Johnson (Billings) *Lisa Brown (Bozeman) *Alanna Strong (Alpine), *Marian Stratton (Great Falls)

·         (Ruth Terry also serves as the ANWG representative in an advisory role)


            Each of you now has the opportunity to nominate other candidates if you wish.  Do make sure the nominee is willing to take the position before doing so.  Send nominations to Molly McKinnon, or 1155 Council Way, Missoula, MT 59808.


Respectfully yours,

Joan Goldstein, MAWS Interim President

MAWS 2020 - Visions in Fiber!!!


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