June Dinner Meeting
The final meeting of the 2016-17 year was a festive Italian buffet at the Army-Navy Country Club in Fairfax. Our speaker was Jane Marum Roush who was a Fairfax County Circuit Judge and an interim appointee to the Supreme Court of Virginia. Those who heard her speak at the state convention last year were very impressed and she was just as great at the dinner.
In addition, officers were installed for 2017-2019.
Co-Presidents: Judy Baldwin and Nancy D. Joyner
Co-Vice Presidents for Program : Ginger Caress and Verna Muckle
Treasurer: Mary K. Johnson
Each year, the Springfield/Annandale Branch honors four girls from our closest high schools for their efforts in promoting multicultural understanding. From left, Zahra Alisa, Tiara Luna, Lauren Joyner and Madeline McAvoy are this year’s winners and were honored at the April general meeting..
Katherine white, a Springfield/Annandale branch member, spoke at the May General Meeting about the Women and Gender Studies Center at George Mason University.
The branch welcomed its new members at a tea and dessert on Saturday, May 20, Patsy Quick, AAUW of Virginia Co-President, spoke and different members described aspects of our program and activities.
With college graduation season just behind us, this is a reminder that you can give a 2017 college graduate the gift of one year free national membership in AAUW. Anyone can give a membership to a new college graduate. Go to www.aauw.org/resource/give-a-grad-a-gift and fill out the form. Besides her name, you will need to have her mailing address, phone, email and the name of the institution from which she has graduated. Please note that to join a branch, she would have to pay state and branch dues.
Movies at Midweek
Movies at Midweek is on hiatus until Fall when we will once again meet on the fourth Wednesday morning of each month at Cinema Arts. Watch for an email in September.
Ginny Wells, Movie Maven
In this, our final Presidents’ Notes, Deborah and I would like to share some thoughts from our experience as Co-Presidents of the wonderful Springfield-Annandale branch of AAUW for the last four years. We have tried to spread the mission of AAUW: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research to more of our members and to get them involved in activities related to the mission. By adding social activities like Movies at Midweek and assorted educational field trips, we’ve attempted to enhance our members’ positive experiences with Springfield/Annandale AAUW and AAUW in general.
We feel we’ve personally grown with the AAUW-related activities of the last four years (many of which we’ve been a part of): participation in STEMtastics, which we introduced to our branch; GOTV; candidates’ Meet and Greet plus other related voting activities; Lobby Days in Richmond and DC; working for Equal Pay; actively planning programs for out monthly general meetings, including our major fundraiser, the annual Spring Fling (with noted speaker and diverse Silent Auction) and our Diversity/Inclusion meeting where four high school juniors each receive a $500 scholarship from us; lobbying with the Lobby Corps in DC; our book groups; and celebrating our 60th anniversary as a branch in 2015.
We have a better appreciation of just what it takes to lead a group of intelligent and committed women to a cause which we mutually support. The dynamics of our monthly board meetings, always lively, sometimes took us by surprise. We have relished our new and old driendships, made largely through out AAUW connection. And, Deborah and I, working so well together, are grateful for the chance to have been your Co-Presidents from 2013-2017.
We remain in awe of the dedication of so many wonderful women at the branch, state, and national level to a cause which benefits us all.
Ginny Wells, Co-President Deborah Dodd, Co-President
AAUW supports equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
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