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The Greater Naples Branch is one of the most active in the state of Florida. With a membership of approximately 140 and growing, it is a well respected organization within the community because of its commitment to the community.
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From the President’s Keyboard
I feel a wonderful anticipation for the “new year” as our first General Meeting of 2014-2015 rapidly approaches on Saturday, October 4th. I can best summarize the meeting’s program as “This One’s For You”, a General Meeting devoted to and especially for YOU, our members. We’ll start at 9:30 with some time to greet each other, share stories of our summers and enjoy refreshments. At 10:00, the program will begin, including:
This One’s For You – Membership Initiatives
The Membership Committee has met several times and will report on their ideas and innovations for this upcoming year. Membership Director, Donna Walker, envisions a year of events and efforts to expand our membership in new areas even as it reaches out to long time members.
This One’s For You – Upcoming Programs
Susie Mehas, Program Director has put her talents and energies into contacting and securing interesting speakers on important topics. Also Interest Group Chairs will be on hand to share their group’s focus Come hear plans for this year.
This One’s For You – Tours and Talks
The buzz this summer about Tours and Talks has been enthusiastic and creative. Those who enjoyed the Everglades City tour last spring can look forward to more events. And while both the Program and Membership Directors have ideas, they are anxious to hear from the membership. Bring your ideas and be ready to share as we plan these events.
This One’s For You – Technology Survey
The branch is administering a Technology Survey in order to begin a conversation about a) starting a tech interest group b) providing tech support and training to members c) identifying members who can serve as tutors and tech lifelines and many more ideas. Part of the October 4th meeting will be devoted to helping members complete the survey right at Hodges. Please see below for more information on the Technology Survey.
Your Board will be speaking, but more importantly we will be LISTENING TO YOU. Plan to come and share in the conversations.
The Avalon Elementary Media Specialist forwarded this beautiful thank you note that was created by the Kindergarten class for all of the members of the Greater Naples Branch AAUW ladies who come to their school to provide them with their very own books. It is a beauty! If you would like more information on the RIF program (Reading is Fundamental), please click on the “About Us” tab on the home page, select the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation from the drop down menu. Scroll down to “Projects” for the brief description of the program. A contact is provided if you would like to learn even more about RIF.
The final event for the season of the Greater Naples Branch AAUW year occurred on April 12, 2014, at The Club at the Strand. The presenter for the event was Jennifer Edwards, Supervisor of Elections of Collier County. She provided a number of statics on the voting demographics, which, interestingly enough showed that the highest number of voters are white women over 60! While we are glad to see women are a majority in the voting booth, we certainly would like to see greater diversity in race and age. AAUW has a lot of work ahead of it.
After the presentation, President Ellen Granger briefly described the GNB Local Scholarship program, noting that Chair Nadine Wells was unable to attend due to a family emergency. In her absence, Ellen presented the 2014 recipients of that program with their certificates of congratulations. There were nine women selected, but only five were able to attend the luncheon. Those who did attend brought a parent, friend and/or boyfriend with whom they shared their success. The other four recipients have been mailed their certificates and received telephonic congratulations from the Chair. Kristen Allen, one of the scholarship recipients, spoke on behalf of the 2014 selectees, describing her struggle to earn a college degree and expressing great appreciation to the Greater Naples Branch membership for the scholarship assistance.
The recipients were:
Kristen Allen, Hodges University, B.A. Applied Psychology
Betsy Camacho, Edison State College, Nursing RN
Milen Dobscha, Hodges University, B.A. Health Science
Irene Mursoi, Med-Life Institute, Nursing (Geriatrics/Hospice)Jenny Thuc Phuong Ngo, Edison State College, A.A. Science (Pre-Med)
Sheila Pierre, Hodges University, B.A. Business Management
Maria Rodrique, Edison State College, A.A. Social Work
Sandra Schaupitz, Hodges University, B.A. Legal Studies
The event continued with the election and installation of new officers. Those were: Janet Ankiel, President; Susie Mehas, Vice President and Programs; Glenda Struthers, Recording Secretary; Ruth Wendl, Director of Finance; Donna Walker, Membership; Marsha Turner, Public Policy; Dana Bailey, Communications; Kate O’Brien, Educational Opportunities; Ellen Granger, School & Community Relations; and Jennine Frump and Niki Felts, Co-Chairs of Local Scholarship. The officers who remain on the Board are Robin Birnhak, Legal Advocacy; and Lisa Brice, Historian. The installation was carried out by Mary Ellen Wolfe, which was followed by the presentation of the Past President’s Pin and Badge passed from Jackie Pierce and other Past Presidents to Ellen Granger. The final activity was the selection of membership representatives for the 2015-16 Nominations Committee. The following were selected: Mary Ellen Wolfe, Mary Lou Tuttle and Carol Light.
Below: 2014 Local Scholarship Recipients
Thirty women joined together at Audrey’s Tea Room in Naples on March 13 to celebrate Women’s History Month. Jackie Pierce, the hostess with the mostest, presented “Her-story” rather than His-tory about four incredible women: Bertha Palmer, Edith Wilson, Betty White and Lily Bolinger. Hats galore were worn by AAUW members and their guests, all vying for the top prize for the prettiest, oldest, cutest or most ridiculous hat. A wonderful time was had by all in a lovely setting among period clothing, jewelry and many other attractive items.