Jahnn Gibson chosen as Emerging Leader of local AAUW branch
AAUW provides a platform for developing leaders. The 2017 AAUW-NYS Emerging Leader Award recognizes one AAUW member from each branch who demonstrates leadership potential through her enthusiasm, creative ideas and commitment to AAUW’s mission. This can be an existing member who now assumes leadership positions in the branch or a new member. Each branch in New York state was asked to select one person only who has shown through her actions and ideas that she should be selected as the branch’s Emerging Leader.
Jahnn Gibson joined AAUW in 2010 after she met AAUW branch members at a chamber of commerce event which highlighted local organizations. She has served as chairperson of the AAUW’s branch high school literary scholarship for the past three years and organizes the June potluck picnic for the branch. In addition, she presented a branch meeting, regarding understanding blindness.
Her passion is working toward a sustainable future for our children. She has encouraged formation of Mothers Against Global Warming. In that capacity, she writes to her Congressmen, submits monthly letters to the editor and demonstrates.
Gibson organized three annual environmental movie nights for the local AAUW branch and writes articles in each branch newsletter about saving the environment.
She is the organizer of the 2016 and 2017 Earth Day/Clean Energy Fairs.
Gibson graduated with a BA in psychology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1971 and received an AAS in nursing from Adirondack Community College in 1987. She is currently retired.
Gibson spent the last 10 years of her working life as a psych nurse in an in-patient mental health unit.
She enjoys sailing and was the first female officer of the Mayfield Yacht Club.
In addition to the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown AAUW Branch, she also belongs to three study clubs, the First Presbyterian Church where she is a member of the choir and volunteers at the thrift store at her church and the Saturday meal program. She also volunteers at the local food co-op. She is also an active member of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association. She is corresponding secretary of the local Historical Society, where she has led, a nighttime tour of the local Colonial Cemetery for three years.
For more information about the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown Branch of AAUW go to age-ny.aauw.net.