Rochester AAUW: Best of Branches

Here is the information I submitted for AAUW Rochester Best of Branches.  We have had a great year!

The Rochester branch continues to have a general meeting each month with the exception of December and the summer months.  This year we have had an emphasis on programs that empower women: Microloans for women in Tanzania, preventing youth from joining gangs, success for women in the workplace: Women under glass, the editor from Rochester Women’s magazine, teaching girls in Cambodia, women in history: Pilot Elizabeth Wall Strohfus, and the Rochester First Steps program to help children. 

Our continuing interest groups continue to be very popular with our branch and new members.  We have 5 book discussion groups which meet at various times, foreign policy, bridge, noon luncheon, and a couple of groups which meet to go out to lunch or dinner.  The lunch/dinner groups discuss issues affecting women and are a great way for new members to meet other AAUW members. 

This year we are working on improving our use of technology.  We are revamping our web page at aauwrochmn.org.  We have a new president’s blog as well as a Facebook page and a Twitter account aauwrochmn.  Please like our page on Facebook!  I also post success
stories for women and girls on the state and national AAUW web pages including the AAUW STEM Facebook page.

We continue to partner with other community agencies.  The Rochester president was on a public televison show on Women and the Workplace.  We partner with the Mayo Clinic to help with their women and cancer seminar.  AAUW members help with the Salvation Army thrift store. AAUW partnered with the League of Women Voters to sponsor a forum on the school bond issue.  We are a sponsor for the Rochester Women Magazine Extraordinary Women Award.  AAUW sponsors a table at the Beat the Odds banquet.  We sponsor 2 awards for the
Rochester Regional Science Fair and help judge at the science fair.  We attended the “Good Body” play at the Rochester Rep, a theater that produces plays which
discuss women’s issues.  We are looking for a couple of new projects to add next year!

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