April 2016 From the AAUW President Beth Nienow

I hope you are enjoying the convenience of having Highlights delivered directly to your email!  We are still learning the ins and outs of Mail Chimp, the free program we are using for the newsletter and for some other communications.  Over time, you may see some changes as we learn how to take advantage of all its features.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact editor Barbara Knutsen with your feedback and any suggestions.

I want to thank everyone for your kindness, friendship, and support since my father passed away in February.  Although he was a very traditional man who held conservative values, my father was always an advocate for gender equity.  In high school, he tried to convince the administration that boys as well as girls should be required to take Home Economics and that girls should have the opportunity to take Shop (Industrial Arts).  He didn’t get very far with his request but he was just a little ahead of his time.  He encouraged me to go to college and later to graduate school.  He was supportive of both my mother and me in our respective careers and activities outside of work and home.  I’m sure that much of my commitment to community and social justice is a direct result of his influence in my life.

Thank you to all of our nominees for board positions and to those of you who are continuing to serve during the next term.  Be sure to attend the April general meeting to vote for our new officers.

Beth Nienow,   President

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