AAUW Jan President’s letter from Beth Nienow

Happy New Year!

Even though we don’t have the excitement and stress of hosting a state convention this year, there are a number of events coming up to look forward to and mark on our calendars.  First of all, our branch will be one of the cosponsors of the human trafficking awareness event, “Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery – Protecting Our Children” on Saturday morning, Jan 11 at Assissi Heights.  Marilyn Morem, who is public policy chair from our branch, is now serving on the local human trafficking awareness committee, so we will have a voice in this issue that is important to AAUW because it affects the health and well-being of women and girls in Minnesota.

At our January general meeting we will learn about the art of glass etching and engraving from a local woman artist. January also brings the annual Beat the Odds awards banquet for college scholarships to deserving students which our branch also helps to sponsor, always a festive and emotional event.  In February we will hear about the new and improved Boys and Girls club and will also have an opportunity to tour the new building.

P.S. Duffy, a local author who has been receiving national attention for her debut novel, “The Cartographer of No Man’s Land” will be our speaker at our Educational Funds luncheon in March.

The AAUW MN state convention will be held in Minneapolis April 11-12.  This will be the first year that the state board will be trying a shortened format so I am curious how it will work out.  I hope several of our branch members will be able to attend.

On a personal note, thank you to everyone who expressed concern and offered to help me out when I managed to fall and fracture my elbow on Thanksgiving.  Fortunately it was my left arm so I have been able to get around without too much difficulty.

Beth Nienow, President

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