A few words from our NAWIC Chapter 21 President for the 2016-2017 year:

I am humbled, honored and privileged to assume the role of President of NAWIC Chapter 21 for the 2016-2017 year.  I am deeply grateful to my predecessor, Melinda Dicharry for her leadership and contributions the past two years, the board members, and of course the membership for their outstanding commitments to the programs and achievements we’ve accomplished to make San Diego’s NAWIC Chapter one of the best in the country.

Just to mention some of our fabulous programs, Camp NAWIC was created as a community outreach program to kindle interest among high school girls who may want a career in construction.  If you haven’t yet signed on to a committee, this one promises satisfaction and camaraderie with several of your NAWIC sisters.  Block Kids is a building program open to kids from grade 1 to 6.  Can you imagine the excitement in the room while they work on their projects and how amazing it must be to see their creative minds working away?  Just ask the ladies on this committee and consider joining them!  How about participating on the CAD Drafting Competition committee?  This contest was developed for High School students and provides recognition for creative design, successful problem solving and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings.  Our WIC Week committee has the task of raising awareness of the opportunities available to women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.  They’ve done this brilliantly in the past with fun and interactive activities, and can always use some extra hands and minds to continue the success.  There are so many ways that you can make a difference as a member and I encourage all of you to get involved the minute you join.  You’ll make wonderful friends and great memories while helping to keep our Chapter successful.

This past year marked the beginning of the NAWIC SD Future Construction Leaders Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that gives us the ability to receive charitable contributions and apply for grants.    Our annual Golf Tournament raises funds for the foundation as well as making a donation to Rady Children’s Hospital.  With this year’s event complete we’ve reached an accumulated total over the past 5 years of $50,000 for Rady Children’s with an equal amount going to our own NAWIC programs!

By increasing our membership we increase our capacity to raise awareness for Women in Construction.  With your involvement in the programs we offer and you knowing how big of difference YOU can make to our organization, the more likely you’ll stay with us and inspire others to join us in our efforts.

I look forward to working with all of you this next year and can’t express enough how much I appreciate your support.

Thank you,

Paula Covert