Dear GA AAUW Branch Presidents, Leaders and Members,
During this unprecedented time of global crisis, we hope you are staying safe and healthy.
CEO Kim Churches sent an announcement to state and branch presidents, advising to take into consideration the healthcare impact related to upcoming meetings and conventions. She referred members to WHO and CDC guidelines and cautioned all to stay informed.
Due to the healthcare crisis and uncertainty, the AAUW of Georgia Board has decided to cancel the 2020 spring convention scheduled for April 24/25 in Valdosta. Thank you to the Valdosta Branch and members from other branches who have been working and organizing the event.
Plans are being implemented to shift important business to an online format. Details will follow when arrangements have been made.
- Election of Co-President and Communications Vice-President for 2020 to 2022 cycle.
- Approval of Bylaw changes.
The special program celebrating the anniversary of women’s right to vote will be moved to the Fall Board Meeting … date and location to be determined.
The state website will be updated and the Cherokee Rose Newsletter Spring 2020 edition will be published. Please share the message with branch members and anybody who has been engaged or planning on participating.
Thank you for your work and support as we continue with our mission,
Beatriz Potter and Wilhemenia Sibley
Mark your calendar:
Friday and Saturday (April 24th and 25th)
AAUW of Georgia State Convention
Venue: The Woman’s Building
1409 N. Patterson Avenue, Valdosta GA
The state convention planning committee is working on details to make this an outstanding convention. Look for updates and information so you can make arrangements to celebrate AAUW and recognize the anniversary of the 19th amendment and women’s right to vote. There will be a reception on Friday evening and on Saturday there will be a full day of exceptional programs with guest speakers as well as important business matters to attend to. Plan to come and participate with your fellow AAUW members from across Georgia.
For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.
Through community leadership and collaboration, AAUW of Georgia will improve equity, access, and opportunity for women and girls. AAUW of GA will empower women and girls and will provide a forum for their voices to be heard.
On Saturday, August 24th, AAUW of Georgia members gathered together at Valdosta State University Center to attend the Fall Board Meeting. This meeting allowed the state leadership team to focus on goals and events for the coming year. With Co-Presidents Beatriz Potter and Wilhemenia Sibley presiding, the group tackled important details that included finance and budget review, Working Policies & Procedures review, preparations for state by-laws review at spring convention (big thank you to Evelyn Merk), Work Smart projects for branches, state convention planning as well as nominating committee volunteers.
- Rosetta Coyne of the Valdosta Branch presented an awesome slide show and detailed the successes that have grown with the Sister to Sister Program. This is the keystone of community involvement that Valdosta focuses on each year.
- An antique voting box served as a focal point to generate ideas to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Many ideas and suggestions found their way into the box during a brainstorming session. A committee is being formed to work on the details for an amazing 2020 AAUW of GA State Convention.
- Co-President Beatriz Potter presented a slide show focused on AAUW strategic goals in partnership with state and local branch programs and activities. Work Smart programs within the community as well as getting the word out about the free online Work Smart opportunity available through AAUW has loft goals of reaching a million women. Work Smart provides tools and techniques to assist women in the workplace to promote themselves with confidence when opportunities for advancement open the doors. Resources are readily available to meet these goals.
Georgia State Convention – April 12 &13, 2019
The annual AAUW Georgia State Convention was held on April 12th and 13th at the Hilton Garden Inn Wildwood. A big shout out to Yetta McMillan and Beatriz Potter for all of their efforts putting this year’s convention together! The meeting featured information regarding the AAUW Work Smart program from National as well as Dr. Zoe Spencer spoke about her challenges fighting racism and sexism in her AAUW supported lawsuit against Virginia State University.
A couple of pictures from the state convention are shared below.