10-31-16 NEUAC Board Notes

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This is a copy of Katrina’s Board Notes sent via email

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Happy Halloween! In honor of the holiday, I took some liberties with our template.

Board Notes


In this edition (ctrl+click to jump to any section):

Notes from Executive Director

Meeting the Members

December Board Meeting – DC 

Website Updates






Calendar of Events

Thought for Today


Notes from the Executive Director

Good morning NEAUC Board Members! Did you know last week was National Pumpkin Day? To honor of this very special occasion, I went home to Ohio last weekend for a family reunion and local event in Circleville called “The Pumpkin Show.”. It’s a century-old celebration of all things pumpkin and local farmers compete to grow the largest gourd. The winner this year weighed in at 1,553 pounds. That’s a LOT of pumpkin. Here’s a photo of the giant pumpkins from my adventures at the Circleville Pumpkin Show:





A few additional messages/notes/updates/reminders to start your week:


Meeting the Members

This month, I have had several opportunities to promote NEUAC and make in-roads with partners. Earlier this month, I met with Chris Hickling, Brian Caudill and around 30 advocates from EEI and AGA to re-introduce NEUAC and take their questions/suggestions. We talked a great deal about Action Day and how to use it as a platform to amplify our message of advocacy for low-income families. It was a great conversation and a good way to grow our partnership. More information about LIHEAP Action Day below…keep scrolling!


Mark Wolfe and John Harvanko from NEADA invited me to say a few words on their most recent board call. They also plan to bring a friend from Wisconsin to the December Board Meeting – Barb Klug. We welcome the partnership with our friends at NEADA!


I also was lucky enough to meet last week with Elizabeth Chant, Principal Consultant with Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, while she was in DC. Great to see you and learn more about VEIC, Elizabeth!


The lovely Kelly Caplan thinks of me often and has invited me to several Washington Gas or related functions. I am always happy to attend, speak, and/or meet with our members and their own professional groups. I will take any chance to talk about NEUAC and how important energy policy advocacy is for vulnerable families!


Please continue to think of me when you are in town – I can arrange a time to see the NEUAC office if you’d like, and show you around our new digs in Arlington! Come see me in DC – which segues nicely into our next item …


December Board Meeting – DC

We need you to help fill the hotel room block, please! Only a handful of people have booked their room at this point – book your rooms and register today!


The details for the December Board Meeting are online at the NEUAC website on the calendar page: https://neuac.wpengine.com/events-calendar/ Please go there for information, hotel details, and to register, which will give us an accurate meal count. Might as well do it now while you are thinking of it. J  


Website Updates

There have been updates to the following:


NEW! Member Listing: https://neuac.wpengine.com/our-membership/ 

We now have a complete list of members on the website – more interactive tools to help you network are coming soon, stay tuned!


UPDATED! Board of Directors Listing: https://neuac.wpengine.com/about-the-coalition/leadership/governing-board-of-directors-advisory-board-of-directors/ 

An updated list of fearless leaders is now on the web!


Calendar page: https://neuac.wpengine.com/events-calendar/ 

News and updates to upcoming events are added almost daily – LIHEAP Action Day, board meetings, Conference, and more. 


Membership Form: https://neuac.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2017-NEUAC-Membership-Form.pdf

Become a member today with this easy, peasy form.


Sponsorship Form: https://neuac.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/DonorForm_2017Final.pdf

Sponsor NEUAC today with this handy, dandy form.



The membership form is attached for calendar year 2017 along with a list of member benefits, showing what NEUAC offers and plans to offer as we grow and expand our programming. Current members can renew at www.neuac.org using the member portal login at https://neuac.z2systems.com/np/clients/neuac/login.jsp .


New this year: As discussed at our last board meeting, membership is HALF PRICE for first-time NEUAC member organizations. For non-profits, membership costs are based on size of the annual operating budget. Also, the cost of membership is included in all sponsorship packages. We want membership in NEUAC to be accessible for all, and we want your support to continue to fight energy poverty.



NEUAC welcomes 2017 sponsors to support our work at LIHEAP Action Day and the annual conference. For your convenience, you may download our electronically fillable form, also attached, and return to us by mail. Alternatively, you may donate online by credit card or E-Check/ACH. Here is our latest W-9 should you need it for payment.


Thank you for being supportive – everyone is working diligently to raise funds and raise the profile of NEUAC in 2017!


TODAY is the final day! LIHEAP All Parties Letter

SIGN HERE: https://neuac.wpengine.com/advocacy/2017-all-parties-letter/


You can check if you or your organization has signed at the bottom on the page.


LIHEAP Action Day

… will be here before we know it! Mark February 14-16 on your calendar, kiss your sweetie goodbye (or bring them with you) and hop on a plane to DC to advocate for LIHEAP. Details will be posted on the Calendar page: https://neuac.wpengine.com/events-calendar/ .


Hotel Location:

Phoenix Park Hotel

520 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001


Reservations for the event must be made by individual attendees directly with the hotel prior to Thursday, January 19, 2017. Individual attendees may do so by calling the toll free number 1-877-237-2082 or 202-638-6900 and identify themselves as a member of NEUAC. Additionally attendees may book reservations online by visiting our website www.PhoenixParkHotel.com  and entering the Group Code 20791.


Save the Date: Annual Conference

Watch for the official “Save the Date” for June 26-28, 2017 very soon in an email box near you!


Calendar of Events

November 3: 1 p.m. All Chairs Call — Phone number: (515) 739-1020, Code: 971971#

December 7-8: Board Meeting and Learning Community hosted by Entergy, Washington DC

February 14: Advocacy Training Event, EEI and AGA, pre-Action Day

February 15: LIHEAP Action Day

February 16: NEUAC Board Meeting, hosted by AGA

June 25-28: Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL 


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