Barbara Marder and Laney Forge,
Co-Presidents for 2019-20
DECEMBER LETTER FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS
By Barbara Marder and Laney Forge
Hello and Happy Holidays to All—
Our Branch Fall was made bright by another very successful book sale, a delightful membership luncheon, and a series of fun, informal C & C’s (Cocktails and Conversations) at various socializing spots in the county. Thanks to all of you who made these activities a chance to make new friends, raise money for scholarships, and have a good time along the way. Over 60 members participated in the book sale, from the Fourth of July parade when bookmarks advertising our coming collections were distributed to the final Sunday afternoon in November when unsold books were packed for the wholesaler in Frederick and cardboard boxes were broken down for re-cycling. Many thanks also to the husbands, children, co-workers, neighbors and others who helped with collections, move-in, and final clean-up.
First on our upcoming activity schedule is STEM Girls Count!, a program introducing careers in STEM fields to 4th grade girls and their parents from Anne Arundel County. Hosted by AAUW and jointly sponsored by AAUW, AACC, and AACPS, the December 7 program will provide a series of hands-on workshops for the girls and short lecture-activities for the parents. Ninety-six girls have been selected by their teachers as having high potential and limited opportunity for background exposure to these careers. Hosting the program will require the volunteer help of thirty Branch members as well as twenty-five professionals from the public schools and fifteen to twenty faculty-staff members from AACC.
Following STEM day on Dec. 14, we will join together for our annual Holiday Luncheon. In January there will be more local trips offered by the Public Policy Committee to prepare us for participation in the MD legislative season and for our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment. Also in January, our scholarship committees will begin their search for candidates for our Transfer and Women-to-Women scholarships. In March we will host the Annual Maryland State AAUW meeting which will focus on the 19th Amendment anniversary celebration.
Our next regular Branch meeting will be in early March. At that time we will consider a motion to revise the division of funds among our scholarship accounts. Please see the article explaining this motion and the action required.
Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you soon and wishing you a Happy Holiday in person.
For information about the branch’s Special Interest Groups, download the Branch Brochure above.
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.