Welcome to the Springfield-Annandale, VA Branch of AAUW!

From left, Zahra Alisa, Tiara Luna, Lauren Joyner and Madeline McAvoy

April Diversity/Inclusion Awards Meeting

Each year the Springfield-Annandale Branch recognizes four high school Juniors from our area for their efforts in promoting multicultural understanding. This year, the Diversity/Includion Committee decided to take a slightly different approach and focus on anti-bullying and school inclusion efforts.p.m. Zahra Aalisa and Madeleine McAvoy from Lake Braddock Secondary School, Lauren Joyner from Robert E, Lee High School, and Tiara Luna from West Springfield High School are this year’s honorees. As before, when one high school did not submit any applications, the committee chose two girls from another school and in this case resolved a very close tie.

We are proud to honor Zahra Alisa and Madeleine McAvoy from Lake Braddock Secondary School, Lauren Joyner from Lee High School, and Tiara Luna from West Springfield High School. They will met each other and members of the committee at a dinner on Monday, April 17 at the home of Ann Sauberman. On April 20, they received a $500 check and a certificate. The each one gave a short presentation about their experiences. A cake with their names on it and punch were served afterward.

You will have another opportunity to meet these wound women since they will be invited to attend the Spring Fling Luncheon next March.

Members of the Diversity/Inclusion Committee are Judy Baldwin, Debbie Bullock, Susan Burk, Helen Cassidy, BettyMarie Fields, Ann Sauberman, and Joanna Shows.

April Field Trip – Sunday, April 30

A Feast of Flowers – Lecture, Tasting and Tea

Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA. 1-3 p.m.

Edible flowers – fresh and cooked – add tasteful, healthful and beautifully decorative dimensions to any dish sweet or savory. Discover which flowers are edible and the surprising ways they can jazz up recipes. Sample a variety of blooms that run the gamut of the flavor spectrum! The program is followed by a traditional English tea at the historic house. Finger sandwiches, cream and jam. Meet at the Horticulture Center for the lecture.

For reservations, contact Liz Clements, co-Vice President for Program by April 12. You may pay by check for $36, making checks payable to Elizabeth Clements. Reservations are limited but the afternoon should be delightful.

AAUW Night at D.C. Divas Football Game

Many lf you will remember Allyson Hamlin, quarterback of the D. C. Divas and also a Prince Georges County homicide detective who was a huge hit on the panel of women in male-dominated professions at the AAUW state conference. A number of ou said we should all go to one of the Divas’ games, so we are organizing an AAUW evening at the Boston Renegades game on April 22 at Lee High School in Springfield.

Divas won the national championship in 2015 and 2016, beating the Renegades 47-21 en route to winning the Eastern Championship last year. Boston had won three of the last seven national titles, so these are archrivals. This was the Divas’ sixth undefeated season in their history.  In  case you are wondering, it is full contact football. These women are awesome.

The game is at 6 p.m. at Lee Hish School, 6540 Franconia Road, Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for seniors and students 7-17, and free for under 6 with an adult. You can buy tickets online at www.dcdivas.com until noon on April 22. Tickets at the gate are cash only. Gates open at 4:40 p.m. Let’s meet at 5:30 p.m. near the gate to go in. There is free parking and tailgating is encouraged.

So grab your spouse and friends and come spend a Saturday night supporting and cheering for the women of the Washington Divas.

Caroline Pickens, Co-Northern District Representative

Public Policy

There is an easy way for you tl make your voices heard on important public policy priorities. Sign up for AAUW’s Two Minute Activist Program. Go to the AAUW.org website and look for Two Minute Activist. Enter your email to receive urgent e-mail notices on key pending issues and be able to contact your members of Congress via a few quick keystrokes. No fuss, no muss, and remember Democracy is not a spectator sport.

On Saturday, APril 1, Ginny Wells, Susan Burk, and Deborah Dodd attended the AAUW of Virginia Annual Business Meeting in Charlottesville. Fifty-one members, representing 20 branches from around the state attended.

The interesting keynote address was given by Dr. Sidney R. Bland, Professor Emeritus in American History at James Madison University. He spoke about the women’s suffrage movement and the Turning Point Memorial planned for Lorton, site of the Workhouse where some of the suffragists were jailed.

Northern District Co-Representative Caroline Pickens provided updates on AAUW policies and national AAUW priorities.

State Historian Neola Waller discussed the Legacy Circle Program and awarded pins to the new Legacy Circle members who were in attendance.

Our branch was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for advancing AAUW’s Public Policy priorities by consistently sending the largest contingent of members to State Lobby Day. Perhaps in February 2018, we can send an even larger number than the five who attended this past February. It is always an inspiring day. We gather with other AAUW members from around the state to meet with our state and local representatives to lobby for AAUW initiatives.

Susan Burk, Public Policy Chair

Movies at Midweek

Movies at Midweek continues Wednesday morning April 26 at Cinema Arts.  Watch for an email the Friday before with the name of the selected movie and the time to meet by the box office. Although we  had a lovely time at Choices by Shawn Restaurant in March, we will return to First Watch Restaurant in the same shopping center as Cinema Arts (Fair Center Mall). No need to sign up, just meet neat the ticket booth shortly before the scheduled showing. See you at the movies!

Ginny Wells, Movie Maven

Dine Around

Stay tuned for future information.

STEMtastics 2017

On March 11, our branch joined the Fairfax, McLean and Vienna branches to host a very successful STEM program for almost 300 middle school students. There were 22 workshops for the students as well as parent workshops and an excellent keynote address. This event could not have been successful without the help from so many volunteers from our branch.

Ann Sauberman, Ginger Caress, Susan Burk – STEMtastics steering committee members

Spring Fling 

Thanks to many of you, we had another wonderful Spring Fling. There are too many volunteers to name but as coordinator, I appreciate all your help. We received many compliments for the food, the excellent silent auction, the beautiful flowers and of course, the outstanding speaker, Molly Smith., Artistic Director at Arena Stage.

We not only had a very informational and enjoyable afternoon, we were able to raise over $4,000 for The AAUW Fund. Our money will be used for the Legal Advocacy Fund and scholarships.

Thanks to all who bid on auction items, donated funds, and participated in so many ways. 

Ann Sauberman, Spring Fling Chair

New Members

We welcome new members Mae Kamalick, Mindi Weisenbloom, Verna Muckle, Cheryl Roby, Cynthia Bass and Elizabeth Onyejekwe.

2017 AAUW National Convention Coming to D.C.

What major AAUW event happens every six years in Washington D.C.?

The National AAUW Convention.

And that time is now! The AAUW National Convention will be in our backyard in Washington D.C. June 14-17, 2017. Nearly 1.000 attendees will hear inspiring speakers, attend informative workshops, network with other members and staff and eat delicious food. Along with all that, there are opportunities to lobby Congress, tour AAUW National Headquarters, and visit historical sites in the area. For complete details, go to convention.aauw.org/tag/convention-2017 

It has just been announced that Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS News Hour will be one of the speakers.

Presidents’ Notes

Will “April Showers bring May Flowers” this year? After all the winter-spring confusion, Mother Nature is leaving us guessing. Who knows what’s next.

But no guesswork was involved in our most successful 16th annual AAUW fundraiser Spring Fling, held at the Springfield Golf and country Club on March 18. Kudos to all who helped, donated, purchased and attended! We couldn’t have done it without our faithful duo, Coordinator Ann Sauberman and Silent Auction chair Nancy O’Day. Our speaker, Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Arena State, was a smash hit with her timely and engaging talk and graciously answered all manner of questions. It was indeed a wonderful day.

March is always a busy month for our branch and 2017 was no exception. In addition to Spring Fling we help sponsor STEMtastics, the middle school chiefly girls STEM career day, held this year on Saturday, March 11 at Northern Virginia Community College Annandale. Three of our members, along with three other AAUW branches, were instrumental in planning for and running this popular event. Many branch volunteers helped out on the actual day.

Our intrepid monthly movie group continues to enjoy many wonderful films at Cinema Arts. We are lucky to have an arts movie theater in our backyard – and we take advantage of Senior Wednesdays when prices are appealing. Our March pick, “The Sense of an Ending”, based on the book by Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes, was considered by some attendees to be one of the best we’ve had the pleasure of viewing. Now we want to read the book! Our provocative discussions over lunch further enhance the movie experience. Look for the regular Movies at Midweek update email.

Looking ahead: Equal Pay Day is April 4 this year. Governor McAuliffe has again issued a proclamation designating April 4 as the symbolic day when women’s earnings catch up to men’s from the previous year.

Our two book groups meet either the first Thursday of the month (Evening Group) or the second Thursday (Morning Group) so this month it’s April 6 or April 13.

We will have our annual Diversity/Inclusion Awards program at our April 20 meeting at Greenisprings Retirement Community. A field trip for a “Feast of Flowers: Lecture, Tasting and Tea” is planned for Sunday, April 30 at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria.

Do become or continue to be a part of our activities – and ask your friends to join AAUW!.

Ginny Wells, Co-President                                 Deborah Dodd, Co-President


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