DC Chapter Committees Work Hard, Play Hard
The metropolitan area is packed with over-achievers, a fact that keeps AWC members hopping. Below are the current sub-groups of the DC Chapter; but we are always open to new ideas and directions (visionaries welcome!).
The Membership Committee is in charge of membership recruitment and retention. This committee works closely with the VP of Membership to coordinate member needs with Chapter programs. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Membership Committee to help promote the Chapter and its services, to help recruit new members, and to personally contact current and potential members. It’s a great way to get to know AWC-DC colleagues and to learn more about the Chapter and its services.
The Chapter’s regular programs provide networking, professional development and skill building opportunities during the year. Each program requires coordination by the vice president of programs and committee volunteers who are tuned in to the interests of the DC communications community and/or have experience in event planning. Committee members develop topics, research and negotiate venues, speakers and partnerships; order catering; set pricing; write promotional copy; monitor attendance and conduct/evaluate surveys.
The main goal of the Publicity Committee is to get the word out about AWC-DC events to other professional organizations, college campuses, and membership. This committee is in charge of promoting the programs and services to new and prospective members through e-mails, blogs, electronic calendar postings, social media, press listings, articles, cross-mailings, and through special events. Volunteers, especially aspiring PR professionals and those with a background in promotion, are encouraged to help serve on the publicity committee.
Student Affairs Committee
The Student Affairs Committee focuses on assisting and recruiting the next generation of AWC members. The primary goal is to develop new student chapters at local universities and increase student participation at Chapter events. The committee meets with students and faculty from area colleges and universities to help form new student chapters of the association – and to coordinate a student career program for them. Its secondary goal is to raise money for the chapter’s scholarship fund and select the Chapter’s scholarship winner. The winner is recognized at the Matrix event.
Web Development Committee
The Chapter’s Web site is one of the key resources for AWC-DC members and prospective members. For AWC-DC members, this online benefit provides access to career advice and opportunities, links to national AWC jobs and career resources, and the calendar of Chapter activities and volunteer opportunities. The Web site helps to keep communications professionals at the forefront of the evolving communications industry. The AWC-DC Web Development Committee is responsible for maintaining the site. We encourage members to submit suggestions to help us maintain the most useful site possible.
The Annual Matrix Professional Awards event is the Chapter’s largest signature event. Help is needed to obtain partners, sponsors and donations, research and negotiate venues and catering, staff registration tables, publicity, write copy for the program, event’s script, invitations and announcements and all logistics required to make the event a success. Serving on the Matrix committee or helping on the day of the event is one of the most effective ways to network and volunteer for the organization.
Join the fun and volunteer today: email firstname.lastname@example.org.