Please welcome our newest members. All have joined since July.
Maria Bright, Saundra Cohen, Dana Evans, Christine Gelek, Marcy Leverenz, Marguerite Metzler, Sharon Orenik, Mussaret Anwar Sheikh, Lisa Shumate, Ruth Teferi and Sallie Williams.
December Holiday Dinner
Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Join us on Thursday evening, December 13 at 5:30 pm at Glory Days Restaurant in Falls Church (Barcroft Plaza) This is close to where Braddock Road and Columbia Pike intersect. The address is 6341 Columbia Pike but the restaurant is at the Braddock Road end of the shopping center.
Ben Gold , a popular lecturer for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will talk about “The Roaring Twenties: One of the Most Dramatic Decades in US History.”
Dinner will be a buffet with a choice of entrees and sides plus dessert for $27.00 per person. Checks should be made out to Springfield/Annandale AAUW and sent to Wendy Cleland-Hamnett no later than Monday, December 10.
January Meeting Preview
Join us for a movie – “One Woman, One Vote” – documenting the 70 year battle for women’s suffrage. Light refreshments will be served. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10 am at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield.
New Member Coffee
Welcome our newest members and renew acquaintance with others on January 26 at Milano’s Restaurant at 2 pm. Stay tuned for particulars.
Irene McGhee and Terry Graham, Co-Vice Presidents for Membership
Spring Fling 2019 will he held on March 30, 2019 at the Springfield Golf and Country Club. After a silent auction and a delicious lunch, the keynote speaker will be noted author, Alice McDermott, winner of the National Book Award for “Charming Billy.” Contact your friends and family so they can save the date. More details will follow.
Ann Sauberman, Spring Fling Coordinator.
The 2018 White House Christmas Ornament commemorates the presidency of Harry S. Truman, our 33rd President. It is double sided and was designed to reflect the changes made to the White House during Truman’s administration and to the Presidential Seal itself. Ger your ornaments for your family and friends while they last. Price is $21.00
Movies at Midweek
There will be no Movies at Midweek in December. Save the date for January 23, 2019 and watch for the email.
ERA RATIFICATION – YES, VIRGINIA WE CAN DO IT!
The ERA ratification movement remains strong throughout the Commonwealth. AAUW of Virginia continues to add its voice and energy to the efforts of may other groups who believe the time is now and Virginia should be the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. We are writing postcards to state legislators and meeting with ERA advocates in the area. Susan Burk will bring postcards to the December Holiday Dinner December 13..
The ERA state-wide bus tour sponsored by VAratifyERA to educate and advocate for ERA ratification was a smashing success. With stops at George Mason University and in Arlington, many members were in attendance.
AAUW of Virginia’s own ERA Booklet – “Unfinished Business” – continues to be picked up by organizations throughout the state advocating on behalf of ERA ratification. If you have not downloaded a copy, make it a point to do so. And familiarize yourself with the arguments for the ERA and the myths opponents are using to defeat ratification in the 2019 General Assembly.
AAUW is a leading vice on pay equality in Virginia and we want to harness our members’ energy and the support of other organizations and groups to make a strong and focused push on this in Richmond this year. We are working on a game plan as we identify potential community partners. The Chambers of Commerce are critical players on this issue and, generally, have not been persuaded of the value of pay equity and barring questions on salary history. We will be tackling this in the coming months. If you have contacts in the Chamber community, please let us know.
State Lobby Day
State Lobby Day will be Thursday, February 7, 2019. This is a one-time change from previous years to accommodate our reception for women legislators on the evening of Wednesday, February 6. We have requested meetings with Governor Northam and Lt. Governor Fairfax already and we are working on logistics and other meeting details of our program. We will get them to you as soon as we can.
AAUW of Virginia Reception for Women Legislators. We will host the second annual AAUW of Virginia reception honoring the Women of the 2019 Virginia General Assembly on the evening of February 6, 2019. If you will be joining us for State Lobby Day, please plan to join us for the reception. Again, details will be provided later.
And there’s more. We have added a second State Lobby Day.
We will be in Richmond on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 for an additional Lobby Day. Our focus on ERA ratification this year, the short 2019 legislative session, and our desire to increase AAUW’s visibility with our Virginia legislators led the Board to agree to add an additional Lobby Day to our schedule. The focus in January will be ERA ratification and we will visit every delegate and senator to hand-deliver “Unfinished Business.” We will contact the League of Women Voters to ask about joining their weekly Legislative Roundtable that morning before we deliver our ERA booklets. Please consider joining us in January. We can arrange carpools and we will do lunch!
Pre-Session Women’s Legislative Roundtable: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 to prepare for the 2019 General Assembly Session.
The Virginia League of Women Voters is sponsoring this excellent pre-session roundtable on December 5, 2018 in Richmond. The roundtable will offer presentations by 15-20 issue experts to charge our advocacy and action batteries. Susan Burk and Sylvia Rogers, Co-Vice Presidents for Public Policy for AAUW of Virginia, will participate and share AAUW of virginia’s public policy priorities for the coming year.
Senator Warner’s Women’s Conference on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Roanoke attracted 800 attendees who listened to speakers and attended workshops. AAUW presented two Work Smart salary negotiation workshops. We understand that nearly 100 participants took advantage of these workshops, a wonderful way to promote AAUW’s programs that empower women.
Susan Burk , Co-Vice President for Public Policy, AAUW of Virginia and Public Policy Chair for Springfield/Annandale branch of AAUW.
If your local community has a newsletter or other communications tool, Karen Flann would like your help in publicizing our programs. We plan to have several options of information that could be sent.
Nancy J. Joyner and Judy Baldwin, Co-Presidents, Springfield-Annandale,
AAUW and the Value of Friendship
Springfield-Annandale AAUW has accomplished so much this year to advance equity and education for women and girls, to continue the fight for equal rights and pay equity, and to resist turning the clock back on all the advancements we had made for well over one hundred years. As we have experienced ups and downs on the road to progress, one constant has always been there: our friendships.
For those of you who have been members of AAUW for many years, you are aware of the personal bonds which we form with our members. From the beginning of my membership in AAUW fifty years ago, I have been an AAUW member in virginia, Louisiana, Florida, Pannsylvania and North Carolina. No matter where I lived, I knew that I had an “AAUW home” in the local branch as well as in the state AAUW.
So in this holiday season, let us all give thanks for our friendships and the joy of working together for our common goals. We are stronger together than we ever thought we could be – andlike our foremothers, we won’t give up the fight for equality.
Nancy D. Joyner, Springfield/Annandale AAUW co-president
AAUW supports equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
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