PUBLISHED: 5:47 PM on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
National Organization for Women: Juneau chapter elects officers
On April 12, Juneau National Organization for Women held its annual meeting to elect new board members and set goals for the upcoming year. NOW's new president is Kate Burkhart with Deb Munsell serving as vice president. Heather Brandon is the new secretary and Patricia Macklin was re-elected to serve as treasurer.

Outgoing president Joan Cahill was thanked for her leadership during the organization's first official year.

Juneau NOW is a local chapter of the National Organization of Women that was revived in June 2005 after almost twenty years of dormancy by UAS Professor of Women's Studies Ann Ropp and community activist Andrea Doll. By August, there were fifty members. Ropp served briefly as the organization's President and helped lay the groundwork for the successes that followed.

Incoming President Kate Burkhart set the tone for the coming year.

"This is a time when we need to make a change, and the members of NOW are energized to take action to make that change - in our homes, our community, our legislatures, our world. Of all the issues that NOW addresses, the Juneau chapter has identified the issues of poverty and the education and empowerment of young women as our primary areas of focus. You will see us in the community, in the news, on the stump and on the hill," Burkhart said.

At the annual meeting, outgoing president Joan Cahill presented highlights from NOW's first year: The chapter was established, bylaws were written, and a sophisticated website was created by Juanita and Steve Reese at Last fall, NOW sponsored the first Assembly candidates' forum of the election season at Mountain View Senior Center for over sixty interested voters.

Monthly meetings featured guest speakers from Juneau Pro Choice, the Juneau Teen Health Center, On Call!, the League of Women Voters' Observer Corps, the Alaska Network for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and the United Way.

In January, NOW collaborated with a host of other local groups to bring three dynamic national speakers for a free community presentation on the environment and population. The event had a standing room only crowd at Centennial Hall. NOW's educational display at the Women's Health Forum featured a "Love Your Body" theme that underscored media distortions of women's and girls' self-images to the point of self-destruction.

Juneau NOW encourages interested people to attend monthly meetings as they can. Meetings are held at 5:15 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month the downtown Library large conference room. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 10. For more information, contact 209-8602, or visit