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february 2018
Vero Beach AAUW Hotline
 February Newsletter
To submit information for the Hotline, please send to Gail DeGioia, Editor at gmcrd222@gmail.com by the 5th of the previous month.
AAUW Vero Beach
PO Box 2143
Vero Beach,FL 32961

Vacation time is over and it's back to work. We're already half way through our fiscal year already. This year is going quickly. Good programs, many new members and a great fundraiser were all positive accomplishments for the first half.

The Nominating Committee is elected and working to find officers for next year. I feel very lucky to have a great Board presently. I know the committee will find equally efficient women for next year. Call me if you would like to be in a leadership role in this exciting Branch of AAUW, empowering and helping women from pre-K through adult.

Vero Beach is a very strong Branch, boasting one of the largest memberships in Florida as the count approaches 160. Yet over the past few years we consistently have about 40 women at our meetings. I know many of our members are older and we value their memberships whether they can attend meetings or not. They help to make our many programs viable as do all our members. However, many members still do not attend the meetings. If there is a reason for that, I would like to hear from you. If you need a ride to a meeting, call our Members Helping Members Chair Gilda Barkley-Avelar at 321-6384. Otherwise, please reconsider, come to our meetings and give us a chance to know you better. Thanks.

Joyce Burkett
AAUW, Vero Beach Branch.

Strong Leadership Positions Available

The Vero Beach Branch of AAUW is looking for strong leaders for the 2018-19 year beginning July 1, 2018. If you would like to be a part of a great team of women, call Avalon McGann, President of the Nominating Committee, at 299-1394, The following elected offices are open along with several appointed offices that may interest you.:

  1. One Assistant Treasurer -a two year commitment with a move to the Treasurer position in the second year.
  2. Recording Secretary - two-year

There is some work involved but that is true for any successful organization

The following article is written by Joyce Levi about Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Frazier. Joyce is a present member of our Branch and a past president. It may give you a snapshot of Elizabeth and Joyce Levi as leaders of AAUW Vero Beach.

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Frazier
by: Joyce Levi

During a recent phone call to AAUW Life Member the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth H. Frazier, she didn't sound 102 years old, her current age. Still spry and forward-looking, she was delighted to get news of Vero Beach and our AAUW Branch. Here during the 80's and 90's and into the 21st century, she wrote:

AAUW membership broadens horizons,
stimulates thinking, removes stereotypes
and gives women a respected place to fight.
AAUW/VB people, causes, activities and
meetings will always be an important part
of my lifetime memory treasures.

Elizabeth was one of the first women to graduate from Yale Divinity School, and it was there she encountered AAUW. She served as president of the New Haven Branch, the second oldest in the country. Her profession took her to numerous states and AAUW branches. Many years later, she and her husband Dr. Donald Frazier served as pastors in Vero Beach. She was introduced to our local
AAUW Branch at a Dodger Pines luncheon in 1984, later serving on the board and offering many invocations at our AAUW meetings. Her Art of Writing Invocations has appeared in many of our yearbooks since then. She once remarked that her best advice as we grow older is to "use it or lose it." Now living in Connecticut, she sends her love to all.

It is almost time to pay our dues again. Although the deadline is not until June 30, you are able to pay them as soon as you receive your renewal form . Please send them to Barb Spelman or pay with a credit card or Pay Pal on line before June 30th. It makes the Handbook so much easier to do. Think about that when you receive your renewal form. We on the Handbook Committee would be very appreciative.
Book Review Breakfasts
Indian River State College
Richardson Center

Go to:
for a list of books, authors and reviewers for the 2017-18 season!

9:30 am- Continental Breakfast on the veranda
10 am- Book review in the auditorium


Monday, February 5, 2018

About the Book- f rom Amazon.com-- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life- all the way to the very end.

About the Presenter- -Mindy Serafin is a Chaplain at Indian River Medical Center. She experienced a gentle internal nudging to do something different than her chosen career of nursing when her minister gave her a handbook about attending seminary. She shares with us the rich experiences she's had in her compassionate roles and relates those to the book
Handbook update

Mary Mitchell - eliminate her home phone and adjust her cell number to (860) 559-4199

Pat Blossom - new address is: 2350 Indian Creek Blvd West
apt. D111; Vero Beach, FL 32966. Phone hasn't changed.

Lynn Foote - 13 Plantation Dr. #201, Vero Beach, FL 32966, 585-576-0848, lynnfooo@aol.com

Eleanor Wade -new phone number 772-226-0834

Carla Calwell - new email address - cacalwell@gmail.com

Also, please remember to add new members to your handbook as well.
Welcome New Members

Nancy Alderman
5620 Corsica Place
Vero Beach, FL 32967

Lauranne O'Neil-Gallagher
2055 82nd Ave. Lot 508
Vero Beach, FL 32966

Ellen Spector-Haigney
45 Vista Gardens Trail, Unit 107
Vero Beach, FL 32962
cell- 516-457-0618

Nancy Stiefel
634 Centre Ct. SW #101
Vero Beach, FL 32962

Susan Grandpierre
735 Riomar Dr.
Vero Beach, FL 32963

Women's Words

It is finished!! Our Creative Writers book is on the market. It is beautiful and we are so proud of them. You can find it on Amazon.com. When you get to Amazon, type in AAUW Creative Writers' then Women's Words and it should come on the screen. It's a special price now of $9.24 for a limited time. Please go on line and order it. You'll be glad you did.

Save the Date

The Leadership Conference will be held on April 22-24, 2018 at Sarasota for the second year. Four Vero Beach Members attended last year and had a very enjoyable weekend. We are looking forward to attending! Hope you are too.