Holiday time is here! Best wishes to each and every one of you for the health and well-being of your families, the country, and the success of the year ahead! We each need to do what we can to support our democracy in these tough times and fully recover from the effects of Covid to be truly healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

We continue to celebrate our friendship—and we’ve added about a dozen new members so far this new AAUW year, by the way! That’s because of you and the great job done in spreading the word about our great organization. Together, we promote the advancement of women and girls and strive to make our world more equitable for all.

Our speakers this year have enabled us to better understand our theme of Economic Security through Pay Equity. Most recently, we heard Dolores Zapata-Caballero, Director of Operations for AlamoPROMISE, emphasizing how this San Antonio initiative is working to support educational equity. Remember that all speaker presentations are posted on our website and remain there for the month following their presentation.

The AAUW Board of Directors announced Gloria L. Blackwell as our new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 18, 2021. Gloria has been with AAUW for 17 years, led numerous initiatives, and was most recently AAUW’s Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer. See the article in this newsletter for more details on Gloria’s career and contributions to AAUW.

Thanks to Ruth Lyle for her generosity and willingness to serve as our new Membership Vice President. Ruth has been on our board for some time and had already taken on the fund-raising task for the raffle to support textbook scholarships. Don’t forget to mail in your tickets that Ruth sent to each member. It’s a $300 VISA card to the winner with the drawing at our December 4th meeting.

This is the giving season. By giving to AAUW you will help those who need an advocate to get Congress to give families what they need; provide research on Covid’s impact on women and give attention to them; train women to negotiate for fair salaries and financial skills; and engage with company leaders for fair-pay practices.

Enjoy the season and find its joy and peace with those you love.

Here’s to the coming year—

Cheryl Fuller, AAUW SA President