The Co-Presidents’ April Message:
Laney Forge and Gail Viamonte
Happy Spring! The daffodils are blooming and pansies are showing up everywhere! What a glorious time of year! We hope the cold is over and mild weather is here to stay.
We had a wonderful branch meeting on March 13th at Woods Memorial Church. About thirty of our members attended and we enjoyed introducing ourselves again to each other. It was encouraging to see some of our newest members there. Thanks to Lucia St. Clair-Robson for her entertaining presentation about her journey writing books about women in history. It was interesting to listen to her personal story about becoming an author and to learn about the fascinating women she discovered who had many amazing accomplishments.
Laney gave a short presentation on a fundraising idea and handed out a step-by-step instruction sheet on how to be a part of this effort. The plan is simple in that we each would approach a local business owner to ask if they would be willing to offer a $100-$200 gift certificate or donate products from their store. The business would sell raffle tickets to their patrons for a month (3 for $5/5 for $10) and then have a drawing on a Saturday for the prize. AAUW would participate by giving the business owner pamphlets about our organization to hand out to customers about AAUW’s mission to raise money for college scholarships. We would emphasize that these scholarships would go to women and girls in our community. AAUW would receive the amount collected in the raffle and the business would receive great publicity. It is an outstanding way for the business to be seen as one that is contributing to women in our community. If you have a relationship with a local business owner that you could approach, please let Gail or Laney know. We can help!
Our next Branch meeting is Monday, April 10th, at 7:00 pm at Woods Memorial Church. Our next Convos and Cocktails meetup is Monday, April 24th, at Severn Inn. We’d love to see you there. Our national AAUW convention is June 14-17th in Washington D.C. It’s going to be an awesome gathering of AAUW members from across the nation. Join us!
For information about the branch’s Special Interest Groups, download the Branch Brochure above.