PRIVATE BRANCH MEMBER WEBPAGE
The ASALH Black History Month Luncheon Leadership Committee cordially invites ASALH branches to submit proposals to participate in the 2022 Virtual Black History Month Festival. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021. Please see the attached criteria sheet, which the Committee will use in the selection process.
PRIVATE BRANCH MEMBER WEBPAGE
NEXT MEETING: OCTOBER 14th, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 8PM EST
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October 14 Meeting Attachments
SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 – FOUNDERS' DAY
SEPTEMBER 9 MEETING AGENDA
Opening Statement – Barbara Spencer Dunn, VP for Membership
Greetings – President Higginbotham, President
Global Impact – DID YOU KNOW?
Four Significant Tools Woodson Created:
• Association for the Study of Negro Life and History 1915
• Journal of Negro History 1916 (now Journal of African American History)
• Associated Publishers in 1921
• Woodson Home 1922 – Next Generation – Woodson Legacy
• Negro History Week (1926) (now Black History Month)
• The Importance of Themes
• Negro History Bulletin 1937 (now Black History Bulletin)
Woodson’s Idea of Branches 1929 first Branch (news article 1927)
Woodson highlights place-based education – 1937 celebration of Negro History Week (National Park Service’s implementation of African American Historic Sites)
Why Am I a Member?
ASALH Legacy of Mentoring and Its Meaning Today
How Do You Personally Promote the Legacy?
Join the National Membership in our membership campaigns
Starting today through October 3rd (the day ASNLH was incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1915) engage in at least one of these Membership Campaigns:
• Family Members
• General Membership (especially targeting those 55 and under)
• Institutional Members
• Encourage Registration to the Annual Meeting and Conference
• Use Membership Campaign letters and flyers
• Everyone recruit at least one member September 9, 2021 thru October 3, 2021
2021 ASALH Significant Anniversaries:
Centennial of the publishing of The History of the Negro Church
Centennial of the first writing of the manuscript The Case of the Negro published in 2009 as Carter G. Woodson’s Appeal
Centennial of the Founding of Associated Publishers (now ASALH Press)
Social Justice Workshops. Use link below to register. Additional information can be found under attachments.
Register for the Annual Conference: September 14 – September 30
(every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
Annual Branch Contributions were due August 31, 2021
Deadline for 2022 Black History Month Festival Submission COB October 15, 2021
Share the program you have planned for Black History Month (All branch programs will be promoted through the ASALH calendar; two branch programs will also additionally be promoted with the National ASALH BHM Promotionals)
Renew your Membership between October and December 2021 – JOIN
Promote a reading of Carter G. Woodson’s Appeal – Give this treasure as a gift – BUY NOW
Promote a reading of The Mis-Education of the Negro – Use this Study Guide.
September 9 Meeting Attachments
PREVIOUS BRANCH MEMBER MEETING RECORDINGS
July 8, 2021
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May 13, 2021
Have your branch adopt "Lift Every Voice and Sing" as its official song
During the February 2020 Executive Council meeting, Lift Every Voice and Sing was adopted as our official song. Each branch has been asked to pass a motion at a branch meeting to adopt this song and to send the motion and date passed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Op Ed from James Stewart, Ph.D. President, Manasota ASALH
“Why We Can’t Wait:” Responding to Racial Protests – Then and NOW
IMPORTANT BRANCH DOCUMENTS
PREVIOUS BRANCH CALLS
JULY 8 MEETING AGENDA
Hello ASALH Branch Members,
It is our hope all is well with families and members of ASALH. As we get closer to the virtual ASALH Annual Meeting and Conference this year, please invite your friends, colleagues and family members around the world to register. This is the silver lining in the COVID19 experience–you can participate no matter where you are in the world. So let’s make sure our friends and family from around the world participate. This is always a time to get family members on board as members of ASALH–encourage them to join as well.
Please check with all of your branch members to make sure they received and have reviewed the suggested Constitution and Bylaw change that was submitted to all members last week. Changes to the Constitution and Bylaws must be submitted to members 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting and Conference, then voted on by the membership at the Annual Meeting. So be sure to survey your branch members to make sure they read and understand the suggested change before attending the Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, September 30 at 6:30 pm EST.
Be on the lookout for your ballot very soon. Make sure all of your members take the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the 2021 ASALH election. Remember, if you have ever ‘unsubscribed’ to ASALH Constant Contacts, you will not receive your ballot electronically. Please take care of reinstating your subscription to Constant Contact if you have ever unsubscribed. You are the only one who can re-engage with Constant Contact. If this is you, take care of this reinstatement TODAY.
Again, we are asking everyone to check with all members of your branch to ensure they are receiving notices for the monthly membership meetings. If not, please contact Headquarters at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Barbara Spencer Dunn
Vice President for Membership
Call to Order
Regret to report the Van McCoy Legacy Branch of ASALH has been dissolved.
Introduction of Organizing Branch Leadership
Greensboro NC Triad Brian Robinson
Rochester NY Pamela Reese Smith
Tulsa OK Vanessa Adams-Harris
Marketing Committee Announcement, Zebulon Miletsky, Chair, Rose Chandler, Vice Chair
ASALH Electronic Media Toolkit
ASALH TV Committee/Festival Planning Lopez Matthews, ASALH TV, Chair & Gladys Vaughn, Festival Planning Committee Co-Chair
Virtual Conference Registration Announcements Sylvia Cyrus, Executive Director
The Conference Media Toolkit Branches are free to use these images
Branch Contributions are due August 15
Branch Event Announcements from July 9- August 11. – All events that are to be announced must be submitted via the website prior to the meeting. Click here to post the event.
ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR INFORMATION
Annual Meeting and Conference Business Meeting, September 30, 2021 6:15 p.m. EST
Branch Chartering and Workshop, Saturday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. EST
Expect your ballots for ASALH’s 2021 election during the first full week in July. Please encourage all of your members to exercise their right to vote. Here are the voting instructions and candidate bios.
Are you receiving your Journal of African American History? If not, contact ASALH Headquarters immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate members do not receive copies of the JAAH and do not vote.
During this year’s membership recruitment period [October – December 2021] encourage all of your Life Members to become Sustaining Life Members by giving a tax-deductible donation in the Sustaining Life Membership Category. Only Life Members can participate in this category. These members are listed in the Annual Meeting and Conference Program Journal.
Remember, this year focuses on Family. Encourage your family members across the country and around the world to join ASALH.
Branch Presidents Photos https://asalh.org/members/branch-presidents/
JULY 8 MEETING ATTACHMENTS
Hello Branch Presidents,
This week’s meeting is focused on a discussion with branch leadership and it is our hope we will have 100% of our branch presidents in attendance. Please ask all of your officers to also attend. All branch members are invited to attend as well; but the focus is a discussion with branch leadership. The goal of the National Membership Committee in collaboration with HQs is to ensure you are knowledgeable and understand what is required to remain in compliance. Although we have gone through quite an intense past three months, we want to make sure each of you have all of your questions answered.
Please sign in at least five minutes early so you will not miss a moment of the meeting We will start promptly at 8:00 p.m. We hope to see all of our branch presidents, all of our branch officers, and all branch members who are interested in supporting your branch leadership by also absorbing what it takes to be a branch that obtains and remains in compliance.
Thank all of you who answered the call to support HQs in this season of audit; we still have a ways to go. The NMC is required to report on the status of our branches at the Executive Council Meeting in June; our report is due on May 17th. We are asking our branch presidents, with support from the officers of all branches, to help us provide a realistic report of your branch status. If you by chance are among the few branches who are still missing reports, please think through this and come prepared to ask any questions you have so we can help where appropriate.
We look forward to seeing all of you on Thursday, May 13, 2021, a few minutes early so we can kick-off our discussion sharply at 8:00 p.m.
National Membership Committee
Barbara Spencer Dunn, Vice President for Membership and Co-Chair, NMC
Kathie House, Co-Chair, NMC and Chair, Compliance Subcommittee, NMC
Dorothy F. Bailey, Vice Chair, NMC
Anita Shepherd, NMC
Ida Jones, Member NMC and Co-Chair, Compliance Subcommittee, NMC
Janet Sims-Woodson, Member NMC and Co-Chair, Compliance Subcommittee, NMC
Gloria Browne-Marshall, Member NMC and Chair, International Subcommittee, NMC
Ex-Officio: Evelyn Brooks Higginbothm, President
Sylvia Y. Cyrus, Executive Director
P.S. As we reported as next steps at our last meeting, we have now organized the NMC into regions and are still seeking members of ASALH, especially branch members, to join the NMC. Our goal is more efficient oversight and support of our branches. We are seeking additional members to join the National Membership Committee to further enhance our ability to provide you with the best support possible. Please consider encouraging someone from your branch to join the NMC.
MAY 13 MEETING AGENDA
Call to order – Barbara Spencer Dunn
Greetings – President Higginbotham
Branch Compliance Status Kathie House
Membership Update; Growth Overall; and Branch membership needs for Compliance – Sylvia Cyrus
Q&A and discussion
APRIL 8 MEETING AGENDA
The April 8th meeting recording can be viewed here.
Dear ASALH Branch Members,
Call to Order
Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, National President
Testimonial – Using the Branch Tools:
Audrey Wiliams, President, Hampton Roads Branch of ASALH
NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING DISCUSSION GUIDE
• Branch Compliance is mandatory
- Has your branch scheduled a meeting to discuss with all of your members the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document?
- The National Membership Committee (NMC) instructs all branches to first review this document with the all the officers of your branch, then schedule a meeting for all branch members to review this document. The goal is constant succession planning. If you educate all of your branch members about what it takes to be a branch in compliance, you are more likely to find members who will be willing to serve because they will have knowledge of what is required and expected of a branch. If you have questions on Branch Compliance, please send in advance to email@example.com
• Are you scheduled for at least 4 meetings this year? This requirement will be added to the FAQ. It is important to develop a system to stay in contact with your members.
The NMC must do a better job explaining and documenting what is required.
• This incident proved there are a large number of branches that do not understand or ignore the plea to follow instructions that guarantee compliance. We want to hear from you what you think would be a way to improve our communication for success in this area.
- Please provide questions OR ideas in advance of Thursday’s meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If easier, call Barbara Spencer Dunn at 301-254-3137. Barbara will record your idea or question to include in this discussion.
The officers of all branches of ASALH must work as a team, read all documents shared by the NMC and HQs, and follow instructions.
• No one member of the branch should bear the burden of branch compliance alone. There should be a strong core of eight members (5 of them officers) that work closely to keep the branch flowing properly.
• Newly formed branches are organized with this concept in mind and should always work to keep that precedent in place to ensure the branch will always operate efficiently. One person becoming ill, having to take a needed vacation, take on care for a sick relative or aging parent, etc., should not cause the branch to fall apart.
If you have not paid National Membership Dues, you are not a member of the branch and cannot hold an office.
• This is a critical requirement–failure to have officers who are compliant at all times places the HQs in jeopardy during audit season. Officers must be compliant at all times.
• The 15-member requirement is also in jeopardy—a branch must always have 15 members.
- Remember, it is ok to have a couple members who faithfully pay their dues each year but do not work. But you must have a core group of eight to keep the branch moving forward at all times.
• The NMC encourages all branches to take advantage of the national membership campaign immediately following the Annual Meeting and Conference of ASALH each year to get all branch dues paid by December 15th (to be sure membership does not expire on December 31st.) All membership dues paid from October (or immediately following the annual meeting if the meeting is in October) are activated on January 1 and do not expire until December 31 of the following year.
• Remember, ASALH’s calendar year is January 1 through December 31. Whenever you join in the year, your membership expires on December 31. (unless you pay membership within the membership campaign season as noted above.)
- Share your thoughts on this campaign suggestion.
- What has been your difficulty and how do you suggest it is resolved?
- Has this policy worked well for you? If so, share your branch success with this suggestion.
URGENT NOTE: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS MONITORING 501 ( c) 3 ORGANIZATIONS VERY CLOSELY. BRANCH NON-COMPLIANCE PLACES THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION IN JEOPARY OF LOSING ITS 501 ( c) 3 STATUS.
• You are ASALH. Without working branches, which also promote and carry out the mission and vision of our founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, ASALH would not exists.
FINAL NOTE: We are expanding the National Membership Committee to organize by regions. Our goal is to encourage branches to mentor and engage each other. Let us know if you are interested in volunteering for the NMC. Email email@example.com
IMPORTANT DEADLINES TO REMEMBER:
• Call for Papers Early Bird Deadline is March 15. The final deadline is April 30.
Deadlines for submission of proposals are as follows: Early Bird Submissions HAS PASSED. Responses to Early Bird submissions will be sent out by April 15, 2021 at 5 P.M (EST). After this date, the committee will accept all submissions until the deadline of April 30, 2021. Regular Submissions will be responded to by June 15.
• Call for Posters contact is Aaisha Haykal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Executive Council Nominations due April 15, 2021. The Nominating Committee of The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) seeks nominations for the Executive Council, class of 2024, and, for the Executive Officers of the Association as follows: President, Vice President for Programs, Vice President for Membership, Secretary, and Treasurer. Nominations may be sent electronically to the Co-chairs of the Nominating Committee at email@example.com and to the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org under the heading Executive Council Nominations and must be received by April 15, 2021.
MARCH 11 MEETING AGENDA
Hello ASALH Family,
First of all, thank you for your support of ASALH’s first Black History Month Festival. Wow…what a whirlwind the month of February has been! We are so grateful we are all still standing. (smile) As promised at our February meeting, our agenda for Thursday March 11, 2021, is to hear from you. It is our hope you will plan to extend the time for at least a half hour longer, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., so we can celebrate you! We are asking each Branch President (or appointee) to share a 1 ½ minute highlight of at least one program your branch presented in February. (We will call branches in order of branch directory on the website (BRANCH DIRECTORY – ASALH – The Founders of Black History Month) Please write down what you plan to share, time your presentation, so we can reach all of the branches. We want you to hear from each other and see each other; so please, plan to have your camera on when you present.
There are some very important deadlines that are coming up, so the National Membership Committee and Headquarters will make sure we share with you, through email reminders, so you will not miss any of the deadlines. In this notice we are sharing items for your review.
We will have a representative from the NMC call each Branch President during the month of March to ensure any questions you have are answered. So we encourage All Branch Members to read this notice and share with your Branch President any items you’d like them to address with us so they will be prepared to share those items when we call.
Please read the following and discuss in your membership meetings. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 11th at 8:00 p.m. EST. And again, thanks for your support of the first Black History Month Festival 2021.
PLEASE REVIEW AND RESPOND ACCORDINGLY
Branch Financial Reports due March 31st (Sample Report attached for your use.)
- Please send Branch News stories on February events so that they can be posted to the website. All news and events must be submitted using the links on the Branch Informer page. This is the official site to maintain the history of branch events and news.
Branch Informer – ASALH – The Founders of Black History Month
Call for Papers Early Bird Deadline is March 15. The final deadline is April 30.
Deadlines for submission of proposals are as follows: Early Bird Submissions will be accepted until March 15, 2021 at 5PM (EST). Responses to Early Bird submissions will be sent out by April 15, 2021 at 5 P.M (EST). After this date, the committee will accept all submissions until the deadline of April 30, 2021. Regular Submissions will be responded to by June 15.
AWARDS NOMINATION FORM
Nominations are open until March 31, 2021
Dear ASALH Member:
The Nominating Committee of The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) seeks nominations for the Executive Council, class of 2024, and, for the Executive Officers of the Association as follows: President, Vice President for Programs, Vice President for Membership, Secretary, and Treasurer. Nominations may be sent electronically to the Co-chairs of the Nominating Committee at email@example.com and to the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org under the heading Executive Council Nominations and must be received by April 15, 2021.
Please make sure all membership funds collected in February are submitted and that all officers are members. The mail list for branch members to receive print copies of the JAAH 2021 Issue 1 is due to the publisher in March. Please send dues to 301 Rhode Island Ave., NW Ste 2204, Washington, DC 20001. (Please do not send mail to Howard. We submitted a change of address which means mail will be forwarded from them to us. It is uncertain how long it will take for the forwarded mail to arrive to the office.)
Please share at (email@example.com) the Agency or organization, other than your ASALH Branch, most responsible for Black History programming in your State or Local area. HQs would like to send them membership information. This is part of an effort to double the size of ASALH database in an effort to double the size of our membership.
MARCH 11 MEETING ATTACHMENTS
FEBRUARY 11 MEETING AGENDA
Special Incentive to Support the Festival Marquee Event
February 20, 2021 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Special Incentive: The ASALH branch with the most Marquee Event participants will be gifted a copy of The Black Church: We Have Come This Far by Faith, by Henry Louis Gates. Your list of participants should include branch members who attend and those referred by branch members who purchased tickets for the Marquee Event. Individuals who call 202.238.5911 to purchase their tickets can have this information recorded in the database during the call.
Branch members will be provided an online form that will be shared in an email on Thursday to provide the names of individuals who have been referred by the branch to purchase tickets to the Marquee event. Thank you for continuing to share ASALH and our exciting Festival events with those you know.
Meeting Agenda, February 11, 2021
Opening Remarks VP for Membership, Barbara Spencer Dunn
Greetings, President Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
Awards Committee Chair, Edna Medford
Nominations Committee Chair, Annette Palmer
Membership Recruitment – Join or Renew here.
Compliance and Branch reports – Missed the deadline? Please Submit Annual Branch Reports here.
View Branch Events. Please confirm your events are posted.
Programs 10 minutes
Updates, Executive Director Sylvia Cyrus
Marketing Committee Chair, Zebulon Miletsky
Subscribe to ASALH TV/YouTube (free and open to the public) Our 2021 goal is 10,000 subscribers. Share this information will friends, family, and colleagues.