NCJW Long Beach Annual Planning Retreat – Learn, Connect, Do

by Joanne Levy, Executive VP

On June 13, 2018, NCJW Long Beach many of your officers, committee chairs and other interested members gathered at Temple Israel for a day-long retreat to share information, generate new ideas and plan for a successful 2018-2019 year! We had a productive day, led by President Linda C Fox. The morning was dedicated to conducting business and learning from those who attended the National Leadership Retreat in St Louis. Our Media Consultant, Sue Reveche, presented an update on recent website improvements and digital capabilities, including our social media presence.  The afternoon was spent in break-out sessions with each committee projecting and planning events, followed by groups sharing, comparing and collaborating.      


Linda presented the newly approved business model and financial relationship between Sections and National. As previously reported, one significant change is that Life Memberships have been eliminated effective June 30, 2018. Linda reported that NCJW remains committed to its essential Pillars - the first 3 remain unchanged: community service, advocacy, and education. The fourth pillar, formerly philanthropy, has been replaced by 2 pillars; leadership training and community organizing. However, philanthropy will remain an important function for Sections to pursue.      


Sue Reveche presented several tech/social media updates for members! Our Section now has a dedicated phone line (657) 235-2511 where your messages will be monitored and responded to in a timely manner. The NCJW Long Beach website is being enhanced to be more professional and interactive. Portions visible to the public will promote our mission and events. Additionally, we now have the capability to accept online payment for tributes and registration fees through PayPal.  While we are still working out the bugs, Sue has made important improvements in our digital capabilities and we appreciate it! Look for NCJW LB presence now on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under NCJWLongBeach. Please SHARE so we can grow our membership and your friends can see what we are doing!      

Dale Strok, Co-VP of Communications, announced that the membership directory will no longer be published and mailed to members. All members will be provided a digital access link to the new directory; however, members may request a printed copy. This decision will result in significant financial and resource savings. Stay tuned!      


Several projects and events are already in the planning stage for an exciting and impactful year. Be sure to watch for our monthly Eblasts so you can participate.