September 2021

Friday, April 1- Sunday, April 3, 2022
Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista

The Power of Story
·      How stories shape our lives and beliefs, and those of others
·      How to tell a true from a false story
·      AAUW's story—and how it has changed
·      How to tell our story

After missing two traditional in-person state gatherings, we have found a wonderful place and time to get together again! The hotel, www.rosenlbv.com, is attractive yet reasonably priced, and close to many attractions including Disney World and Universal Studios. The room rate of $89, tax included, will be extended for three days before and after the convention. 
You won't want to miss this!
The AAUW Florida Board currently has openings for
  • Secretary
  • Economic Security Chair
  • Historian
If you would be willing to serve in any of these positions, or have someone to recommend, please contact AAUW FL President, Pat DeWitt aauwfldewitt@gmail.com
 January 18-19 2022 
Watch for more information!
Nominations Open for AAUW FL Board 2022

We invite you to nominate talented members of your branch who are interested in being part of the leadership on the AAUW FL State Board that will be elected in April 2022. Self nomination is also encouraged. The available positions are Director for Membership, Director for Development, Director for Communications and Secretary. 

Each candidate must complete a Candidate Vita Form which must be completed and returned to me (tcccny12@gmail.com)  by November 15, 2021.

Duties of the officers as set forth in the Bylaws of AAUW Florida  Article X:
Director for Membership.
The director for membership shall:
a)    assume responsibility for developing and maintaining membership;
b)    act as presiding officer in the absence of the president, president-elect and director for program.

Director for Development.
The director for development shall implement Fundraising Programs of AAUW and AAUW Florida.

Director for Communications.
The director for communications shall:
a)    be responsible for all internal and external communications;
b)    be responsible for publications originating in AAUW Florida.

The secretary shall:
a)    record the minutes of the meetings of the AAUW Florida board of directors;
b)    file all written reports presented at state meetings;
c)    have available at all meetings a copy of the current AAUW Bylaws, the state bylaws, and list of state officers, committees, and task forces.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the nominating committee:
Chair: Shirley Koo                           
Dr. Kamala Anandam                       
Dr. Kay Lee-Smith                             
Julie Olander                                     
Ellen Roche                                      
Alternate Kathy VanderVliet            
Past State President Consultant /Advisor: Patricia Ross   
Branch Counterpart Zoom Meetings
Branch Presidents:
When:  Held via Zoom every Second Thursday of the month, until May 12, 2022    
Social Time: 5:30pm. Meeting: 6:00 pm
How to register:  Contact AAUW FL President Pat DeWitt for Zoom link
Congratulations to Florida's
AAUW 5 Star Recognition Program Awardees

Five Stars: Sarasota
Three Stars: Daytona Beach

AAUW’s Five-Star National Recognition Program rewards affiliates (states, branches and other organizations) for aligning their work with the AAUW strategic plan and other initiatives that foster the organization’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls. The program will run from July 2021 through June 2022.
For more information about how your branch can participate in the program: www.aauw.org/.../member/initiatives/5-star-program
Equal Pay Day Calendar

  • Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day is September 8. Native women are paid 60 cents for every dollar paid to white men.

AAUW Fellowships and Grants

AAUW is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 Fellowships and Grants for women pursuing academic work or leading community projects. Spread the word! https://www.aauw.org/resources/programs/fellowships-grants/
AAUW Florida's Advocacy Blog

AAUW Florida has an Advocacy Blog which shares interesting information and opinion on timely issues. Recent posts have included:
Visit http://aauwadvocacyflorida.blog to learn more.
Strategic Plan
Our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan guides state board activities and is based on AAUW National's Strategic Plan 2.0.Collaboration with other organizations is a key element and we need your help to pool information about collaborative efforts around the state. Let us know the collaborations you've already had with other organizations as well as those that have potential. We'll use that information as we work to:
  • Compile a speakers’ bureau with emphasis on Title IX to enhance awareness.
  • Furnish more concrete guidelines for promoting women's economic security and leadership in your communities. 
  • Promote sharing and creative thinking to increase branch membership and, meanwhile, explore establishment of an online branch for those who are far from an in-person AAUW branch. 
  • Continue with counterpart Zoom meetings between state and corresponding branch officers.
Mini-Grant Deadline

Does your branch need financial support for a community outreach project? If so, take advantage of our mini-grants and get your application in by October 1. Get more information and the application form in the Branch Resources on our website – https://aauw-fl.aauw.net/mini-grants/
Share Your Branch Zoom Meetings

If you would like to have branch Zoom meetings which you think would be of interest to members throughout the state, included in this publication, please send the Topic, Date, Time and Registration Information to the Editor by the 23rd day of the month before the meeting.
Florida’s Tech Trek 2021 Virtual Program is Now History

In 2021 we held two virtual camps. The girls selected for the 2020 camps and the girls who selected for the 2021 camps were able to choose which session of the camp they prefered to attend. Both 2021 camps were held July 19th through July 23rd. The field trips were virtual visits to Florida STEM locations. More information and a presentation made by some of the girls is available on the AAUW Fl Tech Trek website.
AAUW Membership Renewal for Fiscal Year 2022 
(Renew by 8/31 to remain in good standing!)

  • Online Please have your card information ready: https://ww3.aauw.org/national-member-join-renew/.
  • By check: Make check payable to your AAUW branch. Mail it to your branch finance officer. Be sure to include your State dues ($12) and Branch Dues (varies by branch)
We hope you will join us again this year.
Together, we can drive meaningful change in 2021.

  • Please review your contact details and note any changes with your finance officer.
  • Questions, contact Connect@AAUW or call 800.326.2289 weekdays 10-5pm ET.
AAUW National Individual Membership dues are $62:
P.S. Don’t forget that $59 of your AAUW membership is tax deductible and you have access to exclusive discounts on insurance, hotels, prescriptions and more, as well as equity updates and opportunities to take action!

Branch Membership Directors: Remember there is a special Shape The Future program for new members who join at a branch event.
We are tenacious and trailblazing — 
advocating for women and girls since 1881 and into the future! 
Together, we can achieve a vision of equal opportunity for all!
For information contact: 
Patricia DeWitt - AAUW Florida President: aauwfldewitt@gmail.com
Bea Holt - AAUW Florida President-Elect: aauwflbholt@gmail.com

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