The Statesman Journal recently published an article about Construction Career Day, the fun and educational annual event that is organized and hosted by the Salem NAWIC Chapter. Construction Career Day is in its eleventh year, and with the event quickly approaching on May 6th, the group is still looking for sponsors and exhibitors.  For more information about the event, visit our Construction Career Day webpage, or Facebook page.

See here for the Statesman Journal Article – Construction Career Day

For the months of February and March, the Salem NAWIC Chapter will be holding a food drive benefiting the Marion-Polk Food Share. Members and non-members alike, please join us in supporting this very important cause and very influential non-profit organization in the community. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and donations during our February and March general meetings. Also, a number of drop sites will be placed around our members’ businesses during the week of March 2-8, more details to come. To find out more information about the good work that Marion-Polk Food Share is doing for the community, click here.

Construction Career Day is one of the biggest construction related events put on in Salem every year, and this is your chance to get involved! For the 11th year in a row, on May 6, 2014 the Salem NAWIC Chapter is organizing and hosting a day aimed at exposing over 600 local high school students to the multitude of opportunities available in the construction industry. This event is only possible with our wonderful exhibitors and sponsors, and we need your help to make it a success once again! For more information about Construction Career Day, please visit our Construction Career Day Page. Please also see the attached Letter to potential sponsors and exhibitors, Sponsorship Form and Contractor Registration Form (2014).

If you aren’t familiar with our Chapter’s annual Construction Career Days, there is a wealth of information about this fabulous event on our website. However, for more frequent updates about the event and who will be participating, please check out our new Facebook page here.

trees-150x150Christmas is right around the corner!  Every year the Salem NAWIC Chapter sells locally grown, beautiful poinsettias and wreaths for the holiday season. There are multiple color and style options, all of which will add that very special touch of Christmas cheer to your home or office. Hurry and get your orders in before the deadline – Friday, November 1, 2013, for pick-up or delivery by December 4, 2013. For more information, please see the 2013 Poinsettia & Wreath Order Form.  Help support your local businesses and local NAWIC Chapter!

10.16.13 NAWIC lunchThe Salem NAWIC Chapter hosted a fun and informative luncheon and membership drive on October 16, 2013. Representative Kim Thatcher, who is also a member of the Salem NAWIC Chapter, presented to the group on the legislative process, relevant bills that passed (and some that did not) during the last regular legislative session, and agenda items for future legislative sessions. Thank you Kim for your service, your time in presenting to the group, and for your continued representation of the people of Oregon and the construction industry! NAWIC President, Yasmine Branden, and Region 9 Director, Sarah Webb, were also in attendance and presented to the group. If you are interested in joining NAWIC, or would like to find out more, please feel free to contact any one of the members, or send an email through the website.

Red Nawic Logo (Blog pic)Planning for the annual Spring Forum is underway, and it is shaping up to be a great event that you won’t want to miss! The details so far:


Hosted By National Association of Women in Construction

Portland Chapter 54

May 15th – 18thSAVE THE DATE!

Location: Historic McMenamins Edgefield

  • Our discounted room rates are only available thru 3/14/14 so start making your arrangements now!
  • $175 Registration fee for NAWIC Members covers both days packed full of professional development, networking, and 3 delicious meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  
  • Saturday evening will be a FORMAL banquet.  So get out that dress that you never have an occasion to wear, or start shopping.

Link to event website:

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Kim Thatcher


 WHEN:   October 16, 2013   11:30 – 1:00 pm

WHERE:  Pringle Hall Community Center

606 Church St SE, Salem

Our speaker, and NAWIC Member, Oregon House of Representative Member, House District 25, will be providing the group with a Legislative Update on the Construction Industry.

Kim Thatcher is the owner of two small companies that work in the road construction industry.

As a small business owner Kim knows first-hand how it can often be difficult to deal with state government. She spearheaded new laws to give businesses a say in the rulemaking process, and provide more information about whether tax incentives for economic development are actually producing the jobs originally promised. Government shouldn’t be the one to create jobs and Kim will continue to fight for policies that improve the atmosphere so private sector can put more Oregonians back to work.

1 HR Continuing Education Credit. DOOR PRIZES!

Special Guests: Yasmine Branden, NAWIC National President, and Sarah Webb, Region 9 Director.

RSVP for your FREE LUNCH by 10/11/13 to Linda Almendinger, 503.743.3256, or email

2013 Region 9 Forum—April 12-13, 2013, Spokane, WA, Hosted by Spokane Chapter

The Davenport Hotel and Tower
10 S Post Street, Spokane, WA

Current Forum Agenda


            Thursday April 11, 2013

4:00 – 8:00 PM Registration – Mezzanine Drinks, Appetizers and Networking


            Friday April 12, 2013
8:00 AM Registration & Chapter Sales

9:00 AM Welcome to Spokane and the Davenport Hotel A history of the Davenport and the renovation
The Art of Behavior and Emotional Awareness A criteria for leadership success and how emotions play a critical role in leadership success by John Sporleder

            Lunch Program Apprenticeship Program on Women in the Workforce by a representative of the AGC

Marketing Your Chapter by NAWIC Member Samantha Jordan

2:30 PM Jobsite Tour: WSU Biomedical Research Facility

6:00 – 9:00 PM Welcome Party at Looff Carousel at Riverfront Park NEF/NFSF  Fundraiser


            Saturday April 13, 2013
9:00 AM Reports & Announcements

Construction Contracts by NAWIC Member Erika Grubb

NAWIC Strategic Plan by Dalene Bloom


Gonzaga University by Chris Wheatly

Invitations & Bids

Old Business

New Business

Tours Small group tours of the Davenport Hotel & Team Building Team Building while groups are touring the Davenport

Awards Dinner

Room rates are:
Davenport Hotel Deluxe Room
$135 Single/Double Occupancy

$150 Triple Occupancy

Tower Deluxe Rooms: (These are right across the street & are part of Davenport)
$125 Single/Double Occupancy
$140 Triple Occupancy

Davenport Hotel or Tower Suites
$195 Single/Double Occupancy
$210 Triple Occupancy

Fun things to do in Spokane while you are there.

Wineries | With more than twenty wineries calling the Spokane region home, it’s no secret that delicious wines come from Eastern Washington.

Shopping | If shopping is the name of the game, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking for unique boutiques, renowned department stores or expansive shopping centers, this region is just the place for you.

Attractions | Riverfront Park, Explore 100 acres of fun right in the heart of Downtown Spokane. This city landmark features year-round attractions including a Giant Screen IMAX Theatre, gondola skyride over the falls