AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
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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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November 29, 2014
“. . . miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost
Autumn has been such an interesting time, as GNB AAUW initiates a new season. I enjoyed attending an October Membership Committee meeting chaired by Donna Walker. Creative ideas and enthusiasm characterize this group of AAUW members as they plot, plan, and scheme to offer members varied opportunities to share and explore AAUW life in Southwest Florida. Meeting Donna Allenson and chatting with her in a small group setting was a special treat for me.
While I have participated in our STEM Girls Count conference for the past two years, joining the STEM Committee, as chair Caroline Crew checked off her agenda items gave me a deeper appreciation for this signature AAUW event. The organization and the attention to detail that this committee manages with apparent ease surely contributes to the success over many years. Sue Barley sat at the other end of the table, so we did not speak personally, but I was pleased to make her acquaintance and listen to her thoughtful suggestions. New to the STEM Committee, Lanetta Warrenburg brings a wealth of experience to her role of managing the adult speakers at the conference.
Movie and a Meal made its pilot appearance as a special interest group viewing Bill Murray in St. Vincent at Mercato’s Silver Spot theater. My new carpool buddy and experienced AAUW member, Joan Kenzior, joined a small group for a pleasant lunch after the movie. Watch for more information about this fledgling SIG (special interest group.)
Books, books books – I love to read so I attended not one but two book groups recently. Mysteries and Thriller – Bibliophile’s discussed CJ Box and his Picket series as well as the general world condition. Friday’s Book Group (that’s how I identify my other book group) had rousing conversations about Orphan Train. Susan Becker keeps us organized as chair of this SIG. Miriam Geist and Nancy Webster hosted their respective groups.
Once again GNB AAUW thanks Dr. Marcia Turner and Hodges University for unfailing hospitality.
Having a meeting next month? Let me know, and I will try to attend. I am trying Non Sequitur for the first time in December.
Your president hears you: Membership Rosters
With all my AAUW conversations this month, one topic kept rising to the top: hard copies of the Membership Roster.
I plan to explore options for reproducing the membership roster. Members have stated that they are willing to pay the duplication
If you would like to weigh in on this or any other topic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AAUW!
The first AAUW branch was formed in November 133 years ago.
November 1, 2014: Jackie Stephens CEO, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County
“ A Refuge for Children”
AAUW GNB Past Presidents, Vi Steffan and Harriet Lancaster,
With Items Donated by GNB to the Children’s Advocacy Center
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