The Greater Naples Branch, AAUW is pleased to present the 2013-14 Board of Directors and Officers. The installation was carried out as a part of the April 6, 2013 Spring Scholarship Luncheon after President Ellen Granger thanked the outgoing 2012-13 Officers for their outstanding performance and dedication to the Branch and to the AAUW mission. Congratulations to all!
The annual GNB Scholarship Celebration Luncheon was held on April 6, 2013 at the Country Club at the Strand. It was time to celebrate the culmination of 2012-13. The 2013-14 officers were installed. Those moving off of the board were thanked for the service in the past year. Special recognition was made of Mary Schell for her STEM work and Karen Clegg for her dedication to the Branch as whole as well as specifically to RIF. The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of scholarships to eight of the 10 local scholarship recipients for 2013. This was a very meaningful event. The Greater Naples Branch wishes everyone a restful and wonderful summer!
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The 2013 Greater Naples AAUW (American Association of University Women) Charitable Foundation Benefit & Luncheon for 2013 was held on March 7 at Grey Oaks Country Club. Seven Women of Achievement awards were presented during an inspiring, sometimes emotional, and empowering program. More than 200 women and men shared in the celebration of these women who have made significant contributions to the community through their philanthropic efforts in Lee and Collier Counties. The honorees were: Carole Beauregard for work with The Shelter for Abused Women and Children, the Knights of Columbus and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Debra Frenkel for founding the Freedom Waters, a Naples non-profit that provides adaptive sailing programs for people with special needs; Jeanne Nealon for her work as the co-founder of Laces of Love, providing new shoes for disadvantaged children in Collier and Lee Counties; Dr. Lois Bolin for her role as co-founder of Naples Backyard History and her tireless advocacy and promotion of Naples’ and Collier County’s history; Pat Smart for her major initial and continuing fundraising efforts on behalf of the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida; Dianne Mayberry-Hatt for her leadership of the Education Foundation of Collier County in a new vision entitled “Champions for Learning”; and Dr. Dee Pearlmutter (Posthumously) for her commitment to the women of Collier County through Planned Parenthood, Haddassah, Democratic Women’s Forum, Greater Naples Leadership, Shelter for Abused Women and Children and the League of Women Voters. Ellen Granger, President hosted the program with Co-Chair Susan Mehas introducing WINK-TV’s Lois Thome as the commentator for the award presentation. A highlight of the event was a Local Scholarship recipient Noemi Perez presentation, describing the positive impact the scholarship has made on her life and that of her family. The proceeds of the event are used to fund scholarships to local women ages 21 and over who wish to earn their college degrees. In addition, a percentage of the proceeds are also contributed to support the AAUW Educational Opportunities (assistance with advanced degrees) and Legal Advocacy (assistance to women impacted by discrimination in academe and the in workplace), programs on the national level.
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The Greater Naples Branch, AAUW, hosted its 16th annual STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) Conference for fifth grade girls, their parents and educators in cooperation with the Collier County Public Schools at Golden Gate High School. It was a huge success with approximately 100 girls and parents attending. Continue reading
President Ellen Granger has announced the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation board is providing the membership with the opportunity to sponsor a named scholarship for a dear family member, friend, etc. with a donation of $1,000 or more. Checks for named scholarships should be made payable to Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. and forwarded to the Greater Naples Branch PO Box address. The named scholarship form is available on the website by clicking this link: Named Scholarship Form 2012, or by contacting Ellen via email.