March 2014 AAUW President’s Letter from Beth Nienow

Think about what you like best about belonging to our AAUW branch.  Maybe it is the fun and fellowship of dining out each month with Evening Rapport at a new restaurant or an old favorite.  Maybe you’ve discovered new books to read and exciting new authors through your book group that you wouldn’t have come across on your own.  Maybe its keeping your mind active and forming new friendships playing bridge or studying current events for foreign policy.  Maryette and Diane plan interesting and informative programs for our general meetings and Noon Luncheon each month. Special events like the Educational Fund luncheons and our May banquet bring us together to celebrate and further our mission.  Even if you don’t belong to a book group or other interest group or don’t attend general meetings very often, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of a group of like-minded women and men who support other women and work to promote every aspect of gender equity: educational, economic, and legal.

In order for all of these things to continue, we need strong leadership for our branch. Keep this in mind if you are contacted by a member of the nominating committee for an open position on our board.  Some of you have already agreed to serve a second (or more!) term in office.  Thank you!  Even if you  have served before, consider serving again, or recommending a friend who would like to become more involved.

Little did I realize when Pauline Utzinger nominated me in 2005 that I would be branch president, let alone chair a state convention!  Serving on the board of our branch has been an invaluable experience for me and it can be for you too.

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