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Candidates for AWC Co-Presidents

Cindy Shotliff >>      <<  Jennifer Sparks

We are excited to offer ourselves in the role of Co-Presidents for the American Women’s Club of Thailand. We wish the best of luck to our current President, friend, mentor and fellow member Lauri Barrett and her family on their move to a new and exciting experience in Tokyo. We will miss her!

Both new to Bangkok and to AWC (less than one year), we have found this group to be valuable in ways we cannot measure. Individually we have made friends and participated in various activities, tours and events. Most of all we value what AWC and you contribute to the community through promoting the education of girls—our future women! These are the reasons we have stepped up to the challenge of trying to fill the shoes of the strong and amazing women who have come before us.

We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to move the Club forward. As Co-Presidents filling the role through the end of the year, we anticipate finishing up the second half of 2018 in what we have come to know as the AWC style of the 3Fs: FUN times, FABULOUS friends, and FULFILLING missions! Together, with all of you, we hope to maintain the wonderful traditions of AWC while stepping boldly into the AWC of the future.

We look forward to the strength we will find together in our numbers—all of you—AWC Strong!


Cindy and Jennifer bring more than 40 combined years of professional work and community volunteer experience to the role of Co-Presidents. Cindy is a speech-language pathologist, and Jennifer is an entrepreneur and business owner. Together they have combined experience volunteering in their respective local and professional communities around the world, including positions with organizations such as Girl Scouts, fire department, churches, universities, PTA and even with our own AWC (Jennifer as Membership & Oscars Breakfast Chair).
June 5, 2018

Blast Announcing Candidates for Co-President: (sent to all members June 2, 2018)

Announcing Candidates for Co-President 2018-2019

The election to replace Lauri Barrett as AWC President for the remainder of the term is coming up. A Nominating Committee was formed in accordance with the By-laws, and candidates have been presented to the AWC Board. A quorum of the AWC Board voted unanimously in favor of nominating Co-Presidents for the remainder of the 2018-2019 term. These candidates are:

•  Jennifer Sparks and • Cynthia Shotliff

We thank Lauri for her service as President, and we are thrilled that Jennifer and Cynthia have offered to step into the leadership role as Co-Presidents. We appreciate their willingness to give of themselves and their talents to support the American Women's Club of Thailand.

Bylaw Amendments

Before we can vote for the candidates, the AWC Bylaws need to be amended to allow for any position on the Board of Directors (Executive Officers or Standing Committee chairs) to be shared. Once the Board approves the propose amendments, a petition will be sent to all members for consideration. This is planned for June 8th. Then the members will be asked to vote to approve the amendments online beginning June 15th. Following a majority vote in favor by the members, we can move forward with the election.

The Election Process

The election for Co-Presidents 2018-2019 of the AWC is scheduled to take place via online voting in June 2018 after the by-law amendments have been approved.

  • Every AWC member, whether Regular or Associate, is allowed to vote.
  • No write-in candidates will be accepted (Bylaw V.D.4.). All names must appear on the online ballot. 
  • The Nominating Committee will announce the results of the election by email within 48 hours of the election.
Thanks for your time and consideration. Contact the Nominating Committee if you have questions.

AWC Nominating Committee 2018 – nominate@awcthailand.org

Joette Berkompas, Chair, 081-848-3419
Laura Bagin, 097-247-0623
Shannon Blocker, 080-997-2777‬

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