AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network committed to taking positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic and political. Our commitment to our missions is reflected in all aspects of our work.

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.


RECENT AAUW NEWS  __________________________________________

From the President’s Keyboard

The October 4th General Meeting initiated the 2014-2015 season with good cheer and informative conversations.  Due to the splendid effort of Donna Walker and the Membership Committee, Greater Naples Branch of AAUW welcomed over thirty members, new members and members’ guests to the gathering.

The program targeted the many activities and programs GNB AAUW sponsors.  The audience heard from the many levels of involvement in AAUW.  For more detailed information see the minutes from the General Meeting on October 4, which will be posted in the Membership section of the website.

One of the features of the October General Meeting included an opportunity for members to visit a computer lab at Hodges University in order to complete the branch’s Technology Survey.  While the results need further in depth analysis, I would like to share a few responses at this time with more to follow after the October Board meeting.

     iPhones / Smart Phones – Sixty % of respondents would like to know how
to use the contact list and the calendar on their phones.
     iPad – Seventy-five % of respondents would like information about selecting
/using APPS.
     Research Skills – One hundred percent would like to learn to navigate the
branch website.
     Email – One hundred percent would like to be able to block spam!!

As many of our members continue to return to Naples from their summer travels and family visits, we all look forward to reconnecting with the talented members of The Greater Naples Branch AAUW and pursuing those issues important to us all.

2014 – 2015 Branch Meeting Speakers

November 1, 2014:  Jackie Stephens CEO, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County
“ A Refuge for Children”
December 6, 2014:  TaSheekia Perry, Founder, Crowning Daughters for Success
“Empowering, Enriching & Making a Difference for Adolescent Girls”
January 10, 2015:  Jane Billings, Executive Director, Friends of Foster Children of SWFL
“Project Enrichment & the Education Train”
February 7, 2015:  Linda Oberhaus, Executive Director, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children
“Human Trafficking in Florida”
March 27, 2015:  Ellen Cordoba, Director of Clinical Operations, Marion E. Fether Medical Center in Immokalee
“Serving the Healthcare Needs of the Underserved in Collier County”
April 11, 2015:  To be determined

Greater Naples Branch Sponsors Student at NCCWSL

A Letter from Jumanah SaadehJumanah

Dear AAUW,
Thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in such a phenomenally empowering experience. This experience would not have been possible without the scholarship and I am very grateful to have been a recipient. I was blessed to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) once before, in 2012, and this year was just as amazing, (if not more so) than last time.

I met strong, confident women from all over the country with diverse backgrounds. Through the various sessions led by women leaders and experts, in their own right, we learned about each other and ourselves and we bonded through intellectual thought and discussion. This experience of connecting with other women based on our passions was both refreshing and inspiring, in that we are leaders and we are the future, and we are working towards making the world a better place on passion at a time.

I also enjoyed listening to Chelsea Clinton and the 2014 Women of Distinction, which were the two highlights of the conference for me. It was inspiring to hear their stories and to learn from their experiences, and take note of what advice they offered. Chelsea Clinton’s advice about filtering criticism and Hattie Kauffman’s advice about being kind particularly stuck in my mind. This conference also allowed me the opportunity to network with like-minded women.

I aspire to work in health administration and to work to improve population health through research, advocacy and policy change, so to help as many people as possible. I was thrilled to attend both the graduate school and career fairs, where I learned about future possibilities and opportunities. I have recommended, and will continue to recommend that others attend this wonderful conference, which helps individuals grow so much in just a couple of days. I would be more than happy to attend a meeting and share my experiences from the conference with AAUW members.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for this truly empowering experience.

Jumanah Saadeh
Eastern Michigan University

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

If you are interested in helping with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) this school year, please let Karen Clegg, our RIF Coordinator know. RIF is a national program for schools with 80% or more of the students on subsidized lunches.

Our AAUW branch works with 4 elementary schools. On the RIF day, classes come to the school library in 15 minute increments, listen to a small motivational talk and then the children select a book, from dozens of titles, to keep for their very own. For most children, RIF provides students with books that they personally select and own, a rare treat for some youngsters.

Students greatly appreciate the RIF program.  After the AAUW GNB brought RIF to Naples schools for the 2013 – 2014 season, 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! 

RIF thank you! (800x600)

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.