AAUW Jan President’s letter: from Beth Nienow

Thank you for your generous response to our fundraising letter for AAUW Educational Funds.  This is our annual fundraiser for the grants and fellowships for which AAUW is well known.  These funds help to provide learning opportunities for women worldwide and for women like Chika Nwachukwu here in Rochester.  Our branch’s contribution also makes it possible to honor members of our own branch with named grant awards.  Special thanks to Marie Maher for the concept of the letter and assistance having it printed including personalizing each letter with our names and signing it by hand.

Our silent auction for Legal Advocacy Funds raised over $200 to assist women who are fighting gender discrimination in education and the workplace.  We will most likely have the opportunity to hear directly from one of these women at our state convention in April.  Having heard these inspiring women at past conventions has made me proud to be an AAUW member and contributor.  Mary Jo Kelly and Judi Mersel did a great job coordinating the auction and making it fun and efficient.

Our branch can be very proud of our tradition of generosity.  Let’s continue this tradition in 2013!

Happy New Year!

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