It’s time for our Board Elections. We will take nominations up until the March meeting. You can nominate yourself or another member with his or her permission. Ballots will go out in April and the people who are elected will be announced at the May meeting.
Term of service is two years and runs from May 1, 2018 thru April 30, 2020. Here are the positions that are elected and the duties associated with each.
The President is responsible for:
Acting as group spokesperson and promoting the Chapter’s mission and purpose
Presiding over meetings of the Board of Directors as well as over general business meetings
Maintaining current bylaws
Leading the strategic planning process
Overseeing chapter budget
Submitting an annual report as required for NCGR National
The Vice-President is responsible for:
Assuming the office and duties of the President on account of the absence, resignation or demise of the President
Working to create linkages with other astrology groups
Cultivating contacts with national groups
The Treasurer is responsible for:
Maintaining records of Chapter finances
Assisting in preparation of Chapter budget
Monitoring terms of checking and other bank accounts
Maintaining proof of nonprofit status/EIN
Collecting membership dues and other fees, and when so directed by the President and/or Board of Directors, disburse monies.
Making a written report at each board meeting, and presenting oral interim reports at business meetings.
Submitting an annual report as required by NCGR National.
The Secretary is responsible for:
Keeping records of board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meetings
Sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each board member
Assuring that Chapter records are maintained
Acting as Parliamentarian during official board and business meetings
Maintaining supplies of letterhead, logo, P.O. Box, software and other office items
The Membership Director is responsible for:
Keeping records of members ~ who's membership is current, and who's is about to expire or has expired.
Encouraging members to re-join, once they have left.
Implementing new ideas to encourage membership growth.
UAC Is Just Around the Corner!
Registration for the United Astrology Conference (UAC 2018) is now open!
This exciting event is presented every few years by a cooperating group of educational astrological organizations, including NCGR. The result is education, fun for all, and the largest gathering of astrologers in the world!
Click here to check it out - and by all means register!
Once you are registered, please reserve your room. They are limited at the special conference price, and you don’t want to miss out.
NCGR Workshop at UAC:
Cyber Tools for Astrologers
NCGR is presenting an exciting and informative all-day workshop at UAC 2018 on Wednesday May 23, 2018. $90 for the day, or $55 for session 1, $30 for session 2, $30 for session 3. The complete program is shown below.
Session 1. Office Tools. (2.5 hours with 15 min. break) 10 am-12:30 pm
1. Introduction to Google Suite of products. 30 mins
a. What products are present within Google Suite: Doc (similar to Word), Sheets (similar to Excel), Slides (PowerPoint), Sites (to create websites), Google drive to store materials;
b. What is the advantage of using the Google suite: multiple people collaborating simultaneously. How to create and edit documents in multiple devices, maintain revisions, convert to pdf;
c. Refer to handouts for all training material on YouTube, websites etc.
2. Power Points: 45 mins
a. Best practices for effective presentations;
b. Easy tips and tricks for using animations;
c. Adding pictures, tables into PowerPoint;
d. Smart Art
3. Excel (Sheets): 1 hour
a. Step by Step instructions on creating and editing worksheets;
c. Sorting, filtering; d. Formulas.
Session 2. Audio/Video Interactive Tools. (1 hour) 2- 3 PM
1. Use of online webinars for consulting and teaching
a. Comparison of zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting, skype;
b.Demo of an online webinar: tips and tricks;
c. How to have an interactive online session;
d. How to record and share webinars/ consultations–Hightail, Mediafire, Dropbox
Session 3. Cyber Social Tools. (1 hour) 3:30-4:30 PM
1. Better utilization and integration of your Facebook page, twitter, blog and website
a. How to create a Facebook page and maximize its potential;
b. When to use twitter vs blogs vs Facebook;
c. Other online tools: surveys, email, calendar.
Wanted: Volunteers to help out at the NCGR Table at UAC.
Right now, we are looking for 1 – 2 hour commitments, from Tuesday, May 22 thru Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
This is a great way to meet people in the area as well as across the world. Working at the NCGR Table will also allow us to advertise our Northern Illinois Chapter, attracting new members and new speakers. The UAC Faculty will realize how great Chicago is and want to come back and speak for our chapter, and maybe offer workshops. Your volunteer efforts will make a big impact on our group, so we thank you in advance for your assistance.
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Doors open at 7:00 pm.
* Meeting is from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.
Monthly Meetings are $8.00 for Members, $12.00 for Guests
Payment at door - cash only. Thank you!
Des Plaines Elks Lodge #1526
495 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Join the Geocosmic Family!
NCGR members are part of a vibrant astrological community. Members receive first-rate publications, discounts on conferences and education programs, the opportunity to become involved in our extensive network of local astrology chapters and special interest groups, access to online discussion groups and more!
NCGR offers one-year, three-year and lifetime memberships to individuals and couples worldwide.
You can join NCGR or renew your membership in three easy ways:
Online: Go to www.geocosmic.org and select "Join NCGR" from the navigation bar.
By Phone: Call (212) 838-NCGR (6247)
By Mail: Send your name, contact information and dues payment to :
Liane Thomas Wade
531 Main St., #1612
New York, NY 10044
NCGR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; membership dues are tax deductible charitable contributions.
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