Six members of the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the American Association of University Women recently attended the New York State AAUW Summer Leadership Conference at Cazenovia College, July 25-27.
The informal weekend provided an opportunity for state branch members to exchange ideas for mission based programing for the 2014-15 year.
The theme for the weekend was “Empowering Branches to Meet the Needs of the Modern College Campus. All branch members were invited to attend and learn what the state board can do their branch; get ideas on how branches can address the needs of the modern college campus, participate in Peer to Peer Sessions on fundraising, membership, enhancing branch communications, and program development and share best practices as well as food, fun, and friendship with fellow AAUW members.
The local branch led a workshop on poverty as part of the conference. Member Carol Cownie along AAUW Board Member Eileen Hartmann discussed issues of food poverty and emigration to avoid poverty. Last October, the local branch showed the documentary ” A Place at the Table” at the Glove Theater with a panel discussion following The movie and rights were purchased by Dr. Phillip and Helen James to provide the public with an opportunity to see the film and better understand the stereotyping of hunger.
The local Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch provides scholarships for Fulton-Montgomery Community College students to also have the opportunity to join others from around the nation at NCCWSL.
District Caucuses were held by each of the state’s seven districts. The A-G-J branch is part of District IV which includes the Adirondack, Albany, Schenectady, Kingston and Poughkeepsie branches. At the caucus, District IV suggested that in lieu of a District conference, member branches attend the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Symposium which will be held on March 21 at the HFM BOCES Votec Center in Johnstown.
The game BUNCO was played at Cazenovia as a fundraiser for the AAUW Funds, including the Education Opportunities Funds which provide fellowships for postgraduate study, career development and community action grants and the Legal Advocacy Fund which assists litigants in workplace discrimination cases
Utilizing the idea of the “fun fundraiser” at Cazenovia, the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch is planning their own BUNCO game night for October 22 to be held at Patricia’s Restaurant in Johnstown. The event will be open to the public and include refreshments and prizes. Proceeds will also go to the AAUW Funds.To learn more about the AAUW Funds or to apply for the National AAUW grants or fellowships go to aauw.org
AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Anyone with an associate’s, bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university is eligible to join AAUW.
The local AAUW branch will hold a membership recruitment event on September 18 at Nicolino’s Restaurant in Amsterdam for those interested in learning more about AAUW.
“Shape the Future Membership” discounted dues of $49.50 will be offered to those joining on September 18. For more information about the September 18 event, contact membership co-chairs Melissa Ackernecht at 774-6489 or Cecelia Alexander at 212-2113 .
For more information about the local AAUW branch, go to AGJ-NY.AAUW.NET