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By Kathy Lloyd – Chapter President, Austin Chapter

The WOA-Austin Chapter held their 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction at the Grey Rock Golf Club on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Thirteen teams registered for the event. The competition was high and the level of fun was even higher! The weather was perfect, the feedback was positive, and many players said that they would love to return next year. Money raised from this event will provide four $1,000 scholarships and support to various community programs, organizations, and schools. Thank you to everyone who made this event such a success.

North Carolina (Charlotte)

By Marsha Ford - Chapter President, NC Chapter

WOA-NC focused on domestic violence during the months of April and May by having red silhouettes and educational materials from the Silent Witness Program at all high-traffic facilities in Charlotte. In addition, donations were collected at these locations for the Charlotte Shelter for Battered Women, and a representative of the Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau was available at the AT&T Plaza to answer questions regarding the subject on April 21. The campaign finished with the PGA Wives Association/Avon Foundation "Walk Against Domestic Violence" during the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow on May 3 along with the "Jennifer Roberts Volleyball Tournament" on May 14. With the help of a corporate sponsorship, Charlotte is proud to have contributed to this cause in an amount which will exceed $2,500.


By Debbie R Gatsons, Houston Chapter President/CEO

WOA-Houston Chapter held our first Health and Awareness Fair on March 31, 2011. It was a huge success. The event ran from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and about 100 people attended. Various companies participated and increased awareness in health (Curves and E-dub-a-licious Treats), Finances (Chase Bank), insurance and wills for our loved ones (Attorney and Primerica). Our chapter generated $175 in donations. Participates enjoyed wholesome snacks provided by E-dub-a-licious Treats which is owned by Houston WOA member and entrepreneur, Ella Russell. Our chapter also gained five new members.


By Kimarie Turner, President – WOA MO-KAN Chapter

The Women of AT&T MO-KAN Chapter hosted a program in February featuring Jacy Good and her fiancé, Steve Johnson. Jacy was in a car accident in May 2008 in which her parents were killed and Jacy was severely injured. Jacy's accident occurred as she was trying to avoid hitting a young man who had run a red light while he was allegedly using his cell phone. A semi swerved and hit Jacy and her parents head on. Jacy had a 10% percent chance of living, but has made progress in her recovery even though she still suffers from a brain injury impacting her left side. In conjunction with AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign, the MO-KAN Chapter, Lewis & Clark Pioneer Council and External Affairs in Kansas City partnered together to sponsor Jacy's visit to area high schools to deliver her message to over 2,500 students. After viewing an AT&T produced video illustrating the dangers of texting and driving, students and staff were asked to make a pledge against texting and driving. In addition, MODOT provided a window cling promoting no driving and texting for each student to place in/on their car. AT&T and Jacy were featured on local news broadcasts as well as in several newspapers throughout the area. AT&T donated $500 and the WOA MO-KAN chapter donated $300 to FocusDriven, a foundation where Jacy serves as a board member.


By Liz Hall Yancey – Atlanta Chapter

In April, WOA-Atlanta along with Glenn Lurie's EDRP Diversity Council co-sponsored 'Speed Resume Review' for members of their perspective work groups. This event filled up quickly with both participants and reviewers and received very positive feedback from all who participated. The event provided first and second level managers an opportunity to review their resumes with senior leaders from EDRP and WOA and to promote professional networking within AT&T. In all, twenty-six 3rd level and above reviewers spent 10 minutes with 6 participants on an individual basis reviewing their resumes, offering feedback as well as getting to know each other. A networking event followed the review session which allowed all participants to become even more acquainted. Feedback received from the session included: "Being able to meet 1x1 with Executive Members and to obtain their perspective pertaining to discussion/questions...it afforded me an opportunity to network and meet individuals from other parts of the company...receiving advice and information from employees in various orgs and backgrounds." This event was highly received and other officers in the Atlanta area are already asking WOA-Atlanta to co-sponsor this event with their groups.


By Shanna Applebee, President Washington Chapter

WOA-Washington State chapter participated with Girl Scout Alumni in Alumnae Service Day on May 1 at Girl Scout Camp River Ranch in Carnation, Wash. Members assisted with planting ferns, trees, and splitting/stacking wood in preparation for the camp's busy season. Several members learned how to use a hydraulic wood splitter during the process, which was fun. Over a three-hour period, over three cords of wood were split and stacked. The Girl Scout camp uses the wood for the many campfires that will take place this spring/summer. The camp is about 435 acres of forest and trails and borders the Tolt River. It was a beautiful day and everyone who participated had a great time.

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