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Barbara Marder and Laney Forge,
Co-Presidents for 2019-20
APRIL-MAY LETTER FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS
By Barbara Marder and Laney Forge
Unnecessary to say, this has been a spring like none other we have experienced, but several very nice AAUW activities have occurred. Our scholarship committees, Women-to-Women and Transfer, met, reviewed applications, held online interviews with their most promising candidates, and selected recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year. Suzanne Furr and Margaret Acquarulo, our scholarship chairs, have included articles introducing the fine women who will receive these scholarships.
Though the Maryland State AAUW Spring Convention, which our branch was to host, was canceled, the State Board and delegates from each branch met in a conference call on May 26 and elected the incoming officers. Our own Roxann King will be serving as Public Policy co-chair on the new State board. Congratulations to Roxann and thanks to the nine board members who served as Convention delegates. As the largest single branch in the state, we also had the largest contingent of delegates.
In April, our Branch meeting was canceled; one virtual C&C was held on Zoom. Though sparsely attended, the visit was pleasant for those of us who participated. Our May spring brunch and induction of new officers was yet another victim of quarantine and social isolation. We will be having an induction of officers, however. Webmaster and communications guru Colleen Kane has scheduled a Zoom meeting open to all branch members. At that time we will induct the new officers, have a chance to ‘see’ one another, and possibly meet some of our scholarship recipients.
Please save Monday evening, June 8, 7 p.m., for the Zoom Branch gathering.
We anticipate the meeting will be brief but friendly. You have the date and time to reserve. BUT since the Newsletter is public, Colleen will email the zoom connection to each of you a few days before the meeting. No reservation will be needed.
And what’s ahead for the rest of summer and this fall? At this time, we have the New Member Brunch scheduled for Saturday, September 19, at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. We will know whether holding the affair will be possible in a few weeks. Gail Burke and the membership committee will host.
Our major fall event is usually our Book Sale. It starts with the Severna Park Fourth of July parade, continues all fall with book collection, and culminates in set-up and sale at the end of October, beginning of November. After much consideration, the Board has agreed that the sale must be canceled for Fall 2020. There are too many safety and health uncertainties to allow us to plan or begin work on an event that requires a gathering of more than ten people at a time and exposes all involved to potential contagion. In their article Stacey Hilder and Linda King, Book Sale chairs, outline the issues leading to this cancellation decision.
The Book Sale has provided a portion of the Branch operating budget and all of our scholarship funds. Are there plans to provide some or all of the funds such as we had available after the 2019 Book Sale? Yes, through a variety of sources Stacey and Linda have addressed in the email each of you received. Please read and respond if you are able to participate in either or both of the proposed activities. Meanwhile, it is the hope that members will be able to make personal donations to the scholarship fund in lieu of time and sweat equity this year. Consider a donation now or in the near future. It may be sent to Dianne Dezio, Treasurer, at any time. Donations must be sent to our Branch directly, not to National, if they are to benefit our scholarship fund.
This, dear friends, is where we are now…eager to move on the next phase of our pursuit of opportunity for women and children through AAUW. We look forward to seeing you June 8.
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In accordance with its bylaws: AAUW is not affiliated with and does not support any other non-profit organizations; AAUW does not support the campaigns of any candidates for public office; but AAUW does support public policy initiatives related to education and equity for women and families that have been approved by the bi-annual voting of the AAUW members.