Sept 2013 AAUW President’s Letter from Beth Nienow

I hope everyone has had a fun and productive summer!  Our program year will certainly get off to an exciting start with a topic that has huge potential for our community’s future, the plan to turn our city a Destination Medical Center rivaling larger cities and prestigious medical facilities throughout the country.  I am interested in learning more about what the impact of the DMC will be for those of us who live and work in Rochester.

In June, Diane Hellie and I attended the 2013 AAUW National Convention in New Orleans.  I attended workshops on holding efficient meetings, recruiting and retaining members, and personal branding.  Highlights of the convention for me were getting to hear retired Senator Olympia Snowe speak at the convention banquet and a presentation by Eleanor Roosevelt biographer Robin Gerber.  The time seemed to go very fast but we did have time to do some exploring in the French Quarter and enjoy the wonderful New Orleans cuisine.  One more adventure awaited me on the way home when all the flights back to Rochester were cancelled because of bad weather and I had the experience of spending the night at O’Hare.

As you may recall, our branch sponsored two University of Minnesota-Rochester students to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in the Washington DC area in June.  I heard that both young women had great experiences and am eagerly awaiting more from them.  I will share more information as soon as I have it.

Watch for a future issue of Rochester Women magazine that will include an article about the 40th anniversary of Title IX featuring Diane Ilstrup, who was the speaker at our May general meeting and banquet.

See you  in September!

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