APRIL 2020 NEWSLETTER

LETTER FROM THE CHAIRS
Jennifer Stone and Renee Bales
To all the members of our NWIR family,

WOW WHAT IS GOING ON HERE ARE WE STILL ON EARTH?!?!

As we look back over the last month and see the drastic changes in our personal lives, work lives, and society, we question so many things for everyone, especially women. Jennifer and I are both extremely independent women (I told her after I first met her that she scared me, but that we would be best friends someday). So being in this situation brings out the “I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR”, aka “I’ve got this”. But truth be told, we need support too. At this time we all need to remember that no matter how “super” we are or what is dealt to us, we are a family and a community. We need remind ourselves, our significant others, friends and family (who are willing and able) that we need help more than ever and it’s OK for us to ask. You truly never know the impact of listening to someone, smiling back, and/or giving them feedback. At this time, more than any time that we can remember since 9/11, we need to be kind and helpful to one another. We need to take this on together as families and friends, communities and associations, one step at a time.

We have met so many incredible people thru our experiences at NWIR and continue to meet more and strengthen these relationships. We hope you have been able to join us for some of our “Together More Than Ever” series. If not, please take a look at our upcoming schedule below. We hope you can join us at one or more of these events that will provide you with business and emotional support, laughter, ideas, a sense of community, and a reminder that you are NOT ALONE. If there is ever anything we can do to help, please reach out to us directly. We are here for you. Our emails are in the member directory, so please feel free to get in touch.

Be well,
Renae

Jennifer Stone, Johns Manville & Renee Bales, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing; NWiR Co-Chairs
We are compiling photos of NWiR members transitiong to the new normal over the past month. Post yours on social media and tag it #nwir
TOGETHER MORE THAN EVER
Together More than Ever Webinar Series: Stay Connected, Empowered, and Sane

Our involvement with National Women in Roofing has been a tremendous honor and journey. The work is personally fulfilling, especially when we see how you all lift and inspire one another. With all that is going on, it was clear that we needed to find ways to keep this connection strong and help us continue to replenish each other's cups...now more than ever.

 Coping with these challenging times can be made a little bit easier by gaining knowledge and receiving support from each other. To that end, we created a series of online-based meetings that focus on both of these aspects of navigating this new normal. Over the next few weeks, we will be hosting 1-2 webinars/virtual meetups every week alternating between substantive educational content and light-hearted chatting around some issues we have in common. All of these webinars and meetups will be publicized on the NWiR calendar, will be sent to members via email, and shared on social media. Many of the local councils will also be holding virtual meetings, so stay tuned to your council communications for details there.

 We're breaking this down into a few segments, so we can have some real discussion about our new realities. We want to share tips, tricks, hacks, and maybe a few of those moments where we just throw our hands up in the air and say Mercy!

 We will be hosting fun and informational content over the next few weeks to stay connected and hopefully laugh too. For more details, please visit our website's Together More than Ever page.

4/23 – Quarantini Thursday with Ellen Thorp (there may even be a giveaway!)

4/24 – Empowerment in the Face of Uncertainty: Empowerment Through Belief of Self with Jill Keuth

4/27 – Margarita Monday with Jennifer Stone

5/1 – QuaranTEENS hosted by Jennifer Keegan

5/8 – Empowerment in the Face of Uncertainty: Fueling Your Empowered Energy Through Radical Self-Care with Jill Keuth

5/11 – Working from Home with School-Aged Kids hosted by Michelle Boykin

5/21 – Empowerment in the Face of Uncertainty: The Courage to Live an Empowered Life with Jill Keuth
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Susan DeGrassi, Antis Roofing; NWiR Community Service Chair
Share Your Stories!
With social distancing, it is difficult to gather for Community Service opportunities. But, many companies and individuals are still finding ways to serve their communities during this pandemic and we want to recognize that. These may not be the normal, "organized" events, but more organic, individual efforts. Share stories on social media, tag National Women in Roofing, and use #NWIR so we can share as well.
COUNCILS
Karen Edwards, Casimir Group; NWiR Councils Chair
If you have been part of a successful council startup, consider joining the NWIR Councils committee. We meet regularly with councils across the country who are looking for guidance and support to get their own local councils established. Your insight and wisdom will go a long way toward helping others find success. If you are interested, please contact the Councils Committee.

Here’s what some of our councils have been up to lately:
NWiR North New Jersey Council
Submitted by Eilleen Troia
April Virtual Event
Networking from Home: How to Grow Your LinkedIn Network and Personal Brand During Coronavirus

Thank you Tina Powell for this awesome presentation!
For more information about the New Jersey Council visit their website.
NWiR Tampa Council
Submitted by Dawn Holsinger
SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS
CALLING ALL SPONSORS! Take Advantage of Your Opportunities
Michelle Boykin, Rackley Roofing; NWiR Sponsorship Chair

Did you know your sponsorship to National Women in Roofing comes with a host of benefits? As an organization of volunteers, we try our best to keep you informed of these benefits, but many times this information gets lost in a pile somewhere in your office, that you can't access right now due to the current environment. Well, here's an easy way to access the information! Learn more about your sponsorship benefits.
Thank you to all our sponsors, at all levels. You play a critical goal in advancing the goals of NWIR.
Tecta America
Submitted by Robin Hollerich

Tecta America marks 20 years in business in 2020. It continues to solidify its national prominence with ongoing acquisitions of independent roofing businesses, and with continuous improvement of its existing local operating units. Read about their rich history in the roofing industry. 
SRS Distribution, Inc.
Submitted by Cynthia Lang

As the coronavirus continues to impact our communities, SRS wants you to know that everyone’s safety is our top priority. SRS, the strongest national network of independent roofing distributors is a company devoted to our customers, vendors and employees. Now more than ever, this holds true in everything we do. This is an unprecedented time for everyone, and as our daily routines change, we trust you’ll be looking for new ways to stay productive, healthy, and profitable. No matter how we slice it, we work in a people industry – built on strong, personal relationships. You may be asking yourself, “How do we develop the level of trust we need from the prospect when we’re all being asked to maintain a safe distance?”  Read the full article.
EVENTS
Melissa Mulligan Chapman , M2C Services; NWiR Events Chair
Upcoming Events
Make NWIR Events Memorable and Meaningful by being on the Events Committee! 
We’re looking for those interested in providing creative contribution and logistic execution of trade shows and events for NWiR. As a newly created committee, we are looking for those that want to make a difference and interface with other committees in helping them achieve the goals of NWiR. If you’re interested, email the events committee!
Are you speaking at an upcoming industry event? If so we want to know about it and share that information with our members. Email the information to Communications Committee Chair Anna Anderson .
Resources for Remote Work

We have vetted these t wo resources for remote work - you may remember Leila Gowland who was our speaker at NWiR Day 2018; she is the author of the resources posted below. Follow #nwir on your social media platforms for more great info!
NOTES FROM ELLEN'S DESK
Ellen Thorp, NWiR Executive Director

Members should check their inbox for an email that was sent on April 2nd that included all the passwords to the members only pages on the website.

From archived webinars to the mentoring blog to the content resource library - these are all available to members for their personal use, company, or council use.
Thank You To Our Diamond Sponsors
Thank You To Our Platinum Sponsors
Thank You To Our Founding Sponsors
Thank You To Our Gold Sponsors
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