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EWTG Star April 2017
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President's Corner EWTG Star Submissions Mini-Course
Monthly Luncheon Community Service Membership
Educational Event Executive Success Teams National Poetry Month
Calling All Retirees! The Affiliates Legislative Reception Wrap-up
Texas 85th Legislation Session Business Etiquette The Career Center
New and Renewing Members Scholarships EWTG Board Meetings
Volunteer Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors
President's Corner

Money is a funny thing. How much we think is enough, when we are anxious about it, what we give to help others, how much we save for the near and long term, whether we nickel and dime ourselves on small things and don’t purchase one nicer item, or the reverse, the list goes on.

One thing is certain, your board of directors is keenly aware of having enough money for the organization to succeed, to be able to pay our bills, and to be able to put on the conference while making sure we provide service to our members. For example, the annual dues increased last year, but we also lowered the cost of the conference to offset the increase. We still brought in enough from non-members conference fees to pay the bills and be in the black. This year, the Austin Women’s Club, where we host our monthly luncheons, has gone up to $25 apiece, but your EWTG Board voted to keep the cost to you at $20 for the luncheon, if you, as always, register in advance. The lunch expense to you remains the same. The plus side of the increase charged to us is that the meals are a little nicer –stuffed pork roast with sweet potatoes and broccoli, salad, those crunchy rolls, and dessert, plus ice tea and coffee, for example. The cost also includes free parking, tax, and service.

In March, we hosted a premier social event with the legislature and the LBJ School. The event was free to members and included very nice appetizers and libations. This month, we’ll be having our first Educational Event at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center. The cost will be $11 for a docent-led tour that includes the cost of admission and a box lunch.

We try to watch your money and make sure to give back to you in monthly skills development opportunities, leadership activities, options for community service and social interaction, and scholarships. One thing that may be worth noting is with the potential cutbacks in state spending this year, if your agency usually sends you to the conference but may not due to budget cuts, we do have scholarships for the conference. Start thinking about that now and see what you need to do regarding committee work and such to qualify. Then jump in and enjoy.

Clare Dyer
2017 EWTG President

EWTG STAR Submissions

email image EWTG STAR loves to celebrate the accomplishments of our members. If you know of any members who have achieved any accolades, promotions, acknowledgments, recognitions or other achievements, please let us know. We want to share with other members.

Please send the information to with the subject line– EWTG STAR. May submission deadline is April 21, 2017

Pearl graphicFuture Article: Pearls of Wisdom
What is the best advice you received from your mother or mother figures in your life? You know that one thing that has stuck with you as you journey through life. It could be beneficial to others, so will you share? Pearls of wisdom are gems that increase in value when shared.

Send your pearls (best advice) to with the subject line – Pearls. Deadline April 25, 2017.

mini-course - April 12, 2017

Amie Stone King photoFill Your Own Cup First?

guest speaker

Amie Stone King

Making A Scene, Social Media Marketing

Imagine waking each day brimming with excitement about your job, your family and your own potential. Women are often held to incredible standards. Expectations to manage households, deal with interpersonal relationships within the family, and excel in the professional world leave little time for the nourishment of our inner selves. Stress grows if we continually ignore our own needs, believing that this sacrifice is just part of attaining goals. It’s not. Numerous studies have shown that self-care actually makes us better workers, partners, parents and friends.

During this talk, we will explore the ways fear, failure, hindsight and hope play into our daily decisions. Through readings, self-reflection and encouraging dialogue, you will discover how a daily practice of self-care can enrich your life and the lives of those around you. You’ll find that learning to “Fill your own cup first,” may have surprising results in both your personal and professional lives.

Amie Stone King, owner of Making A Scene, Social Media Marketing, is the mother of a teen daughter and young son. Recently, Amie left her job as Communications Director for First Baptist Church of Austin to focus on family, writing and other creative pursuits.

Amie holds a BFA and MA from the University of Texas. Following graduate school, she worked as co-chair for the Austin based non-profit Access to Learning and as the Volunteer Coordinator and education team member at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. After the birth of her first child, she became a booking agent serving several local authors. Amie finds balance in her life through writing, acting, playing the flute, serving as a church deacon and as a dedicated volunteer to both her son’s elementary and her daughter’s top-selling Girl Scout cookie business.

She sits on the Alumni Board of the Scottish Rite Dormitory and in 2007 compiled and edited the book, It’s a Sardine’s Life for Me, (Nortex Press) a collection of stories spanning nine decades at the all-girls dormitory at the University of Texas. Her history of the Zeta House at the University of Texas is forthcoming. In the past few years Amie has found fulfillment sharing the gift of self-care with others.

Reserve your seat and lunch selection today.  Online registration will end at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2017. Cancellations must be received twenty-four (24) hours before the event to get a refund for your pizza orders.

Submitted By Patricia V. Hayes 
Mini-Course Director

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monthly luncheon - April 26, 2017

Jessica Campo photoHow to Increase Your Leadership:
Build Credibility and Authority with Social Media


Jessica Campos

Today everyone from big brands to healthcare authorities is using social media to bolster their profile through public engagement. And increasingly, that trend is also shifting the flow of discourse between government bodies and the public. Social Media can transform the power of communications. For government agencies, it's no longer a place to send public information. Citizens expect more. The question is: how can we manage this powerful tool to use it as a resource to grow our career? The answer - networking.

During this workshop, Jessica will present The Six Golden Rules of Social Media: a simple guide to taking your networking to the next level. Expect to walk away learning:

  1. The art of making real connections with “strangers”
  2. How to attract leaders to your network
  3. Strategies that will increase your influence
  4. How to lead your organization in effective usage of this powerful tool
Jessica Campos is a greatness activator and author of The Six Golden Rules of Social Media. She traded in her law career so that she could pursue her passion: helping others win by building their dream businesses to attain success.

The luncheon is held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas, 78701 – view map (ample free parking is located at the rear of the building on Nueces Street between 7th & 8th Streets). Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The program starts at noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $20 for EWTG members and $25 for guests.  Remember to register early for the luncheon in anticipation of a “full house,” thank you!

Online registration will end at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017. Cancellations must be received forty-eight (48) hours prior to the event to receive a refund or for your registration fee to be waived.

Submitted By Barbara Chavis
EWTG Program Director
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Community Service - 2017 Handbags for Hope Drive
handbags for hope logoPlease help the EWTG Community Service Committee support the Travis County Sheriff’s Department by collecting new or gently used handbags for children to pick out and give to their mothers for Mother's Day. The Community Service Committee will be collecting the handbags at the April mini-course and luncheon.

handbag photoHandbags for Hope has collected more than 29,000 bags since it first launched ten years ago. Children in shelters across Texas will select a donated handbag to give to their mom on Mother’s Day. Tucked inside each bag will be a chance for a new beginning. Each handbag will have the domestic violence legal telephone number along with safety planning and economic empowerment pamphlets.

If you are unable to attend the April mini course and/or luncheon, the committee can schedule a time to pick-up the items. Please contact Lenora Jones at or

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th.

Submitted by Lenora Jones
EWTG Community Service Chair

EWTG Membership

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March was an important month for Membership. The emphasis this year is to retain our members, offer new benefits, as well as seek new members.

  • We began a new retired members group led by Barrie Cogburn.
  • We offered a discounted full membership to those who have served as presidents or been honored as Woman of the Year.
  • The March luncheon honored the past presidents with a special meal discount as well as gifts at their reserved table.
membership photos We honor our Past Woman of the Year recipients at the April Luncheon. There are plans in the works for a road trip to Bryan-College Station - a day filled with fun and activities with Austin, and the Brazos Valley, Dallas, and Houston affiliates.

Do you have other great membership and retention ideas? Pass them along to

Submitted by Bobbe Walker
EWTG Membership Director
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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Docent-Led Tour for EWTG

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

LBJ Wildflower Center photoWhat to expect on your tour of the Wildflower Center:

  1. See stunning gardens that you'll want to replicate at home and learn how native plants and wildflowers help conserve water, reduce mowing costs, provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, protect the soil and save money on fertilizer and pesticides.
  2. Learn more about native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South, and West Texas that, as Lady Bird Johnson said, "Give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours."
  3. Stroll the more than five miles of trails, dine in our cafe, and shop 'til you drop at our spectacular store.
We have space reserved with a docent for 30 people. The cost is $11 per person and parking is available at the center. Plan to arrive at least 15-minutes early to park - drive through the gate and park in the visitor lot to the left or unload at the Visitor Drop Off area. We’ll meet with the group at the ticket area by 9:55 a.m. and enter the center together. Visit the LBJ Wildflower Center website for more information and a map of the gardens. You may bring a refillable water bottle that can be filled at water stations at the Center. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour, and we’ll eat afterwards. EWTG will provide a boxed lunch for the event.

Please dress appropriately for the weather (hats for the sun, coats for the wind and rain, etc.) and note that several of the walkways are stone pavers or gravel, which may be uneven.

Please, RSVP with EWTG by April 15, 2017, to save your spot!

Submitted by Marie Cohan
EWTG Educational Events Committee Chair
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2017 Launch of EWTG's Executive Success Teams
success graphicExecutive Success Teams (ESTs), the major component of EWTG’s peer mentoring program, are one of our members' cherished benefits.

Teams consist of groups of five to seven women who meet regularly to learn with and from each other in an open, relaxed, and confidential environment while developing and expanding their EWTG network. Team members commit to meeting throughout the year to support each other in personal and professional development.

Each group sets their team rules for meeting, including the time, place and agenda. Meeting times can vary: lunch, after work, or weekend. Most groups meet monthly. Some teams have professional topics of interest, while others are more social in nature, and many cover a wide range of professionals and social activities. Each group offers an enjoyable and relaxed way to get to know other EWTG members in a small and supportive setting.

Please complete this short survey by April 19th if you would like to participate in the EST program this year. The Mentorship Committee will sort you into teams based on your answers, so the more information you provide, the better match we can make for you. A reception for all teams, both current and new, will be held scheduled in May 2017. Look for more details about the reception at upcoming luncheons, mini-courses, and in the newsletter.

Submitted By Deborah Shaw-Boatner
EWTG President-Elect and Chair of Mentorship Committee
Short Survey

EWTG Celebrates National Poetry Month

poetry graphic 1In 1996, the Academy of American Poets started National Poetry Month. It has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our society. EWTG will spotlight our very own poet Cheryl Taylor, in celebration of national poetry month. Cheryl has been writing poetry for as long as she can remember. Cheryl is a Systems Analyst for the Texas Department of State Health Services and has served as a member of the Communication Team for over five years. For the past two years, Cheryl has served on the Board as EWTG Communications Director.

I conducted an interview with Cheryl and here is what I learned about what inspires this artist to create and share her work with others.

STAR: What inspires you to write?

CHERYL: Life inspires me to write. I write for relaxation as I take the time to let my mind wonder about life possibilities and situations. I write as a means of expression on topics of society that show up in the news. I am inspired by things that provoke thought in others. You can write a poem about almost anything – just by observation.

Submitted By Tamala Fletcher
EWTG Communications Team

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Calling All Retired Members ~ Zilker Botanical Gardens

retiree logoHave you retired? Are you missing seeing your EWTG peeps on a regular basis? Then join us May!

You missed a treat in March, our first retiree get-together, when we met for lunch at the Carillon at UT's AT&T Conference Center. Afterwards, several of us walked across the street and toured the new exhibit at the Ransom Center. Who knew that Mathew Weiner (creator, executive producer, the writer for the acclaimed drama Mad Men) donated his archive to the Harry Ransom Center? Or that Robert De Niro also donated his archive? It was a treat to see several of the items in these collections.

Zilker Gardens photo For our next get-together, plan to meet us Tuesday, May 9th, at the Zilker Botanical Gardens (ZBG) at 9:30 a.m., located at 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78746. The group will meet in the Garden Center Office area. We'll tour the gardens and have lunch afterwards at the Shady Grove.

Want to find out more about ZBG? Check out the following links to eventsguidelines for visitors,  photographers, and view a map of the gardens.

Let me know if you can join us or email me with any questions or future suggestions - If you have not already done so, RSVP  today.

Hope to see you in May!  

Submitted By Barrie Cogburn
EWTG Retiree Coordinator
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The Affiliates – Gathering In Bryan-College Station

The Affiliates graphicPerfectly located in the epicenter of Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Bryan-College Station (BCS) has a lot to offer. Many locals describe BCS as having a small town feel with big city amenities.

Spend a day with your EWTG sisters exploring this up and coming community. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17, 2017, for a day of exploration, good food, and great company.

Afterwards, learn from Assistant Chief Brandy Norris of the College Station Police Department about what it is like to be a woman rising in a male-dominated industry.

Mark your calendar; more details are coming on this event.

Submitted By Kim Everett
EWTG Bryan-College Station Affiliate
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Legislative Reception Wrap-up

Legislative Reception WrapUp photoThe legislation reception that EWTG co-hosted with the LBJ School of Public Affairs on March 7th to honor Secretary of the Senate Patsy Spaw was a huge success. Over 150 people were in attendance, including at least half of the senators, two agency directors (Comptroller Glenn Hegar and Attorney General Ken Paxton), Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and the heads of all of the Legislative Support Agencies (Sunset, Legislative Budget Board, Legislative Council, and State Auditor’s Office). Many retired senators as well as many members of the Texas House of Representatives came to honor Patsy. Some of the retired senators in attendance were Babe Schwartz, Jeff Wentworth, and Tommy Williams.

Legislative Reception WrapUp photoClare Dyer, this year’s EWTG President, and Angela Evans, Dean of the LBJ School, opened the reception. They were followed by Lt. Governor Patrick, who told everyone that as an incoming senator, Patsy Spaw was the first person to see and the person who kept the members on the right path. Clare Dyer provided a brief history of Mrs. Spaw’s 48-year career, and then Laure McLaughlin and Dean Evans presented Patsy with a beautifully engraved crystal vase and a dozen long-stemmed yellow roses.

2017 Legislative Reception Wrap-Up photoEWTG members were able to tell many people about the benefits of being an EWTG member, as well as getting to spend time as the event was winding down socializing with each other and enjoying the tasty appetizers. 

Legislative Reception WrapUp photoThis event was made possible by many EWTG members, including Laure McLaughlin, to whom we owe a big debt of gratitude for spearheading the event; the ladies who met on a Monday to pass out the printed invitations and flyers to every legislator in the Capitol; Nora Jones and Heather Jones, who helped set up and then checked in people as they entered the event; Amy Redmond who helped Laure with the flower arrangements for all the tables; and all the members who attended the event and represented the best that EWTG has to offer. The event was one for the record books.

Legislative photo







Thank you all.

Submitted By Clare Dyer
2017 EWTG President

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Texas 85th Legislation Session – Making Headlines

I don’t know about you, but after a year where it appears media coverage prioritizes legislation, was it any surprise that the Texas Legislature is spending so much time discussing a bill that decides which bathroom to use? We only have a short time and an obscene number of Bills to cover, some good, some bad, and some just downright strange (HB 4260 anyone?), so let’s get to it.

Legislative Review Texas graphicThe legislature meets every odd-numbered year beginning on the second Tuesday in January. Members then have 140 days to complete the business of the state. Legislators have been filing bills since November 14 and had until March 10 to file bills without restriction. A total of 6,502 bills were introduced in both the House and the Senate.

That said, the only items that can be voted on within the first 60 days of the session are “emergency items,” which are exclusively determined by the governor.

This year, those among Governor Abbott’s priorities for the 85th Legislative Session include passing a resolution calling for a Convention of States, reforming Child Protective Services, banning sanctuary cities, and implementing meaningful ethics reforms.

While most of these emergency items appear to have bi-partisan support, the banning of sanctuary cities has put Texas in the national spotlight.

Submitted By Heather Jones
EWTG Legislative Committee Chair

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Business Etiquette – Working In Cubicles

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Do you work in a cubicle, defined as a small, partitioned-off area of a room? Offices with permanent walls and doors seem to be a luxury that many employees no longer enjoy these days. Many employees work in cubicles, just as some of you – they appear to be the preferred office structure.

Employers use cubicles to utilize space and reduce costs; however, there are trade-offs to those benefits. Workings in close quarters is a challenge for supervisors and staff. The STAR wants to help you get the most out your cubicle work environment by providing you with some tools that you can use.

In business, there are etiquettes for almost everything and that includes working in cubicles. By reading several articles and searching the internet; we found an article by Jill Bremer, AICI, CIP of Bremer Communications. She covered some essential information that we found in several other articles. She shared some basic conduct and manners for cubicle living in five key areas. Remember, simple acts of common courtesy can keep the workplace in harmony.  Check out the full article.

Below are some cubicle etiquettes that you may find useful and want to share with others.


  • Never enter someone’s cubicle without permission. Behave as though cubicles have doors. Do not enter before you have eye contact “permission” from the occupant.
  • Try not to sneak up behind someone in a cube. Announce yourself at their doorway or lightly knock on the wall.

Submitted By D. A. Messenger
EWTG Communications Team

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The Career Center - Landing A New Job

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Landing a new job or accepting a new position can be a challenging journey. Obtaining the job that matches your personal values and goals can be difficult.

career center graphic 1While conducting your job search, be sure you are respectful of your present employer. If you are still employed, after all, you will need a good reference from them for the prospective employer. You will need to use prudent judgment to determine if you should inform your current manager that you are seeking a new position; however, honesty is best. You may be surprised at the support you receive if your manager values your skills and understands your career goals.

Research the agency or the unit for which you plan to apply.

  • Does the culture, of the agency or unit, align with your values and your preferred work environment?
    • career center graphic 2Teamwork or independent work?
    • Noisy or quiet?
    • Indoors or outdoors?
    • In office or travel?
    • Office cubicles or private offices?
  • Does the agency or unit meet your goals and interests?
    • Focus on helping others?
    • Work with youth, elderly, men, and women?
    • Perform administrative work only?
    • Assist teams or departments?
    • Contract or Project assignments?
    • Upward advancement or lateral move?
  • career center graphic 3Experience and learning opportunities?
  • What agency or unit products or services appeal to you?
  • What is the history of the agency or unit, and what is the history of the work?
  • What does the industry pay for the job for which you are applying and are you willing to accept the advertised salary?

Basic tips for the interview day

  • Always dress professionally regardless of the position.
  • Have extra copies of your resume available.
  • Write out at least four open-ended questions to ask during the interview that relate to the agency’s history, the position, and the work environment
  • career center graphic 4Think about questions that an interviewer may ask you during the interview such as providing examples of work situations; describing yourself; or specific skills and related knowledge.
  • Practice answering interview questions.
  • During the interview, be sure to smile, give a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact.
  • It is not wise to ask about salary, however, if your salary requirement is asked by the interviewer, be prepared to provide a figure.
  • Follow up the interview with a handwritten thank you note to make a memorable impression.
  • When you land the job, always provide your current employer with a two-week notice as a professional courtesy.
career center 05Celebrate responsibly, maintaining respect and appreciation for your current employer, and prepare for your new journey!

Submitted By Annette Brown
STAR Contributor
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New and Renewing Members

See Who Joined and Renewed in MARCH 2017!

Quarterly Scholarships

EWTG scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis to those wanting an opportunity for professional advancement or personal growth. All interested members are encouraged to apply; financial need is not a factor. Take a moment to treat yourself to a course you have been putting off or a conference you would love to attend.

Guidelines for qualifying for a scholarship and applications are available on the EWTG website at Email your 2017 second quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

EWTG Scholarships

EWTG Board Meetings

The EWTG Board holds its monthly meetings at the Mitte Carriage House in Austin on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The agenda for each meeting will be posted on EWTG's website by noon on the Monday before the meeting.

A summary of the board meeting minutes is also posted on the website.

EWTG Board

Committee Volunteers Needed

Please look over the Committee Descriptions on the EWTG website and consider becoming more active in the organization.

Participating on a committee is a great way to support EWTG, learn new skills and to meet other interesting executive women. As with so many things, "the more you give, the more you get."

Get Involved

Board of Directors

Cheryl Taylor, Editor
Communications Director

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