2020 QUADRENNIAL EVENT
Cancelled due to COVID-19
Dear South Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Women,
This year has become a year unlike any other in our lifetime. We know you are making all manner of decisions about what can proceed as hoped and expected and what must be cancelled or postponed, and each of these hard decisions brings with it its own grief. It is with great concern for the health and wellness of our membership that we have decided to cancel the Jurisdiction Events for 2020, and not reschedule them into 2021. Since 80 percent of registrants fall in the “at risk” category of 60-plus, it is impossible to guarantee everyone’s safety until a vaccine has been successfully implemented across our country and beyond.
This decision was reached after much discernment, discussion, and prayer. Please know that it is because we want our membership safe during this pandemic, the leadership of the board and each Jurisdiction came together to arrive at this decision.
Please join us by showing support for your Jurisdiction teams as, yet another set of plans is disrupted during this anxious time, when the most marginalized persons are at such egregious risk.
Much time was invested by the 5 Jurisdiction teams over the past 4 years planning details and working with members and staff to make sure all five events were great celebrations of the 150th anniversary. The creative efforts of each team and the hundreds of volunteer hours created bonds of friendship that will never be broken. We are heart sick at missing this time to come together in celebration, study, and planning for the next quadrennium. We will take a moment to celebrate the work of these amazing teams at the next Assembly.
All UMW quadrennial elections normally taking place at the Jurisdiction Events are now taking place remotely. This include the Jurisdiction Team elections. All normal election protocols are possible through virtual elections including nominations from the floor. Delegates and nominees will receive direct communications about election training and procedures through their Jurisdiction Committee on Nominations Chairs and the National office.
We ask that everyone who has registered for the Jurisdiction Events to wait just a little longer for information about refunds while we work with our teams to share any owed expenses amongst all Jurisdictions so that contributions per person will be minimal. We will email all registrants when ready. Please do not call your Jurisdiction Teams to allow them the time to figure out the best procedures for next steps. A FAQ document will follow to guide Conferences on final reconciliation of any remaining travel purchases.
Stay safe and stay in love with God. Sincerely,
Shannon Priddy, National president
Judi Nibbelink, Western Jurisdiction president
Betty Helms, Southeastern Jurisdiction president
Denise Snyder, Northeastern Jurisdiction president
Rita L. Smith, North Central Jurisdiction president
Charlotte Morrow, South Central Jurisdiction president
Please email any questions you have regarding cancellation to the National UMW Office at: Jurisdictions2020@unitedmethodistwomen.org.
SCJ UMW LEADERSHIP TEAM
SCJ UMW Officer & Director Elections
The 2020 "Calling u" Quadrennial SCJ Event in Little Rock, Arkansas, may have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the 2016-20 leadership team worked extremely hard for 4 years planning and then un-planning this event that never was. Many thanks to these dedicated UMW leaders pictured above.
Officer & Director nominations took place July 20, 2020, and the new 2020-24 SCJ UMW Officers are listed to the right. View their photos and bios by clicking on the green "New 2020-24 Officers" button to the right. Below are the new 2020-24 Directors:
Central Texas - Darlene R Alfred
North Texas - Cynthia Rives
New Mexico - Daryl June Joe
Great Plains - Louise Niemann
Arkansas - Lynn Baker
Rio Texas - Cynthia Johnson
(Click on green button above for bios & photos)
President - Ellen Lipsey
Vice President - Cynthia Alfred Logan
Secretary - Lynne Grandstaff
Treasurer - Carroll Constant
C.O.Nominations Chair - Lisa Maupin
Committee on Nominations:
Cynthia R. Harry
Outgoing 2016-20 SCJ UMW Officers: Charlotte Morrow (President), Carolyn Schumacher (Vice President), Barbara Mobley (Secretary), Carolyn Celestine (Treasurer), Louise Niemann (Nominations Chair), Helen Emerson (Nominations), Alicia Almanza-Leyva (Nominations), Jo Ellen Reed (Nominations) and Alexis Robinson (Nominations).
ABOUT SCJ UMW
The organization of United Methodist Women within the bounds of a jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church implements the election process for the United Methodist Women's national board of directors and is responsible for special programs. United Methodist Women equips women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, governments, and churches. South Central Jurisdiction is one of five that comprise UMW and SCJ leaders serve four year terms. These leaders create opportunities for members to connect through seminars, educational events, and leadership opportunities.
SOUTH CENTRAL JURISDICTION
Comprises 12 Conferences:
Central Texas Conference
Great Plains Conference
New Mexico Conference
North Texas Conference
Northwest Texas Conference
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference
Rio Texas Conference
THE LEGACY FUND
United Methodist Women is pleased to announce the Legacy Fund Endowment Campaign Goal of $60 million. The Legacy Fund will undergird the capacity of future generations of United Methodist Women to carry forward our mission of service and advocacy with women, children and youth in the United States and around the world for the next 150 years.