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September 2018                                                                         Fall Newsletter
 
WELCOME BACK AAUW NC

 

After the summer lull, most branches are now in gear preparing exciting and interesting programs for the year.  Hopefully most of you stayed dry during the visit of Hurricane Florence, but our hearts go out to our members in eastern North Carolina who were inundated with water, power shortages, and clean-up issues.

Your Co-Presidents plan to visit all 5 regions of the state this fall to learn about branch programs, provide updates on state initiatives, and gather feedback for the Annual Conference next March.  Our goal is to increase collaboration among branches and with other women’s organizations, so women of NC can speak with one voice on the issues so important to us today. Please keep us posted with your news by sending it to Branch Advocate, Diane Schneider at dmschneider@icloud.com.



Name Our AAUW NC Newsletter!      

This year, AAUW  NC has decided to  follow the lead of  other organizations which  have determined that printing  and mailing newsletters has become far too expensive. Most organizations are finding that it is far more expedient to prepare briefer, more  up-­‐to-­‐date newsletters, which can be emailed out frequently, at far less cost to members. So expect the AAUW NC newsletter on your electronic doorstep this fall.

Since our new Internet newsletter needs  a new banner on the masthead, a title that reflects North Carolina and our AAUW interests,  we are opening a “Name the Newsletter” contest. If  you will think up the new title for our masthead, we will  think up the prize! Submit all entries to president@aauwnc.org.            Jane & Cherrie

         

Governor Cooper signs proclamation for Women’s  Equality Day, August 26, 2018      Co-­‐Presidents  Cherrie Wheaton and  Jane Terwillegar attended  the Governor’s press conference at the Old State House in Raleigh for the signing of the 2018 Proclamation  for Women’s Equality Day. We were very pleased  that Governor Cooper recognized AAUW for our efforts  to eliminate the pay gap, with our "Work Smart" & "Start Smart" salary negotiation workshops.

From  the Governor’s  speech: “...analysis  has shown that we’ll  get to equal pay for equal  work around the year 2060.  That’s not fast enough. We have to do more to  make that happen....We’re exploring partnerships  with the American Association of University Women  and learning from them ways that we can close the pay gap. And as Governor, I will work to close the pay gap”. (applause)

Co-Presidents Cherrie Wheaton and Jane Terrwillegar, at the Old State Capitol in Raleigh for the Governor’s Press Conference  (Proclamation for Women’s Equality Day)
 




Work Smart – Possibility of a State-wide Program?

The North Carolina Council on Women and Youth Involvement is considering using AAUW’s Work Smart workshops across the state.  The thinking is that Work Smart would be an excellent follow-up to their research report on The Status of Women in North Carolina, Employment and Earnings.  Following the governor’s proclamation, your co-presidents were invited to attend the Women’s Council Board Meeting to give personal testimony about the merits and status of Work Smart in NC and the US. Funding will be a major challenge.  We’re waiting to see if NC will be the next state to adopt the program.

 



AAUW NC Justice Center Academy

 

On August 21st, twenty-two AAUW NC Board members and branch presidents (or their representative) met in Raleigh at the NC Justice Center for a half day Academy with their staff.  For those not familiar with the Center’s work, the Justice Center is a nonpartisan think tank with the primary goal of ending poverty in North Carolina. The Center routinely provides research data concerning NC economics, along with public policy advocacy. NC Policy Watch is one of their departments.  

A new report, The Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment & Earnings, was on the agenda.  This is the first in a series of four publications commissioned by the NC Council for Women & Youth Involvement. Mary Williams-Stover, Executive Director for that state agency presented findings from this current research.

This was an excellent day, providing attendees with an overview of the work of the Justice Center, as well as an introduction to the work of the NC Council for Women and Youth Involvement.  Both these organizations are excellent connections for research and policy related to AAUW NC’s goals for women and girls in North Carolina. Strong women was the theme for this year’s conference and we left the Academy knowing we can be even stronger.

 

For more information about the NC Justice Center:  www.ncjustice.org

For a copy of the Status of Women in NC report:   ncadmin.nc.gov


 
AAUW NC attendees at the NC Justice Center Academy
Co-presidents Cherry Wheaton and Jane Terwillegar emphasizing that we can work together as “Strong W’s



STEM  Leaders  Needed      Science,  Technology,  Engineering &  Mathematics (STEM)  are studies that will  lead girls and young women  to better paying jobs and satisfying  careers. Providing STEM activities are  in AAUW’s Strategic Plan and are one of  our NC major goals. Needed  immediately  is  a volunteer   to be our state  chair. Duties will  be to assist local branches  with STEM activity planning and  to help promote STEM activities in  all corners of our state. If you are  willing to step up and help us at the state  level, please let Jane or Cherrie know. Email president@aauwnc.org .

LET’S  DO MORE!                                                                  





North  Carolina  Events & Deadlines


Regional AAUW NC fall meeting  schedule: (Please check with branch president for locations and time of meeting.) 
September 19 – Southern Region (Charlotte,  Gaston Regional & Salisbury)
September  20 – Triad Region (Greensboro & Winston Salem)           
October 4 – Triangle Region (Orange, Chatham & Durham –ODC-­‐, Raleigh/Wake County, & Sandhills/SouthernPines)
October 10 – Eastern Region (Cape Fear, Jacksonville, & Twin Rivers)
October – Western Region  TDB

December 15 – Application deadline for 2019 salary negotiation workshops to be funded by AAUW NC (Work Smart or Start Smart)      

March 22 & 23, 2019 – Annual Conference at the PTI Airport Marriott in Greensboro

 



September 17 – Fighting for the ERA, An oral History of the Women’s Forum of North Carolina’s efforts to pass the ERA, Meredith  College, Raleigh, NC, Johnson Hall, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

September 22 – ERA Roundtable meeting, Greensboro, at the International Civil Rights Museum (134 Elm Street), 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

October 6 – ERA-­‐NC Alliance Annual Meeting, Parkway United Church of Christ, 2151 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston Salem, Noon – 4:00 PM,  $25, includes lunch. www.era-­‐nc.org

November 10 – 5th Annual North Carolina Women’s Summit: Women Moving Mountains, The Collider, 1 Haywood  St., Asheville, NC, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. $45 Organizations participating: ERA NC Alliance, Democracy NC, Blueprint North Carolina, Justice Center, NC Council  for Women & Youth Involvement. www.womenadvance.org



Will NC be the Final State to Pass the ERA?
 
On June 27th, the ERA Alliance sponsored a press conference gathering women from across the state, in Raleigh, to deliver ERA literature to State legislators.  AAUW is a founding member of the Alliance and was well represented by our Co-Presidents, Cherrie Wheaton and Jane Terwillegar, who lent support to our fellow women’s groups and spread the word to State legislators.  Cherrie and Jane are pictured here with Barbara Ann Hughes, AAUW NC past president and member of the Raleigh branch.
Passing the Equal Rights Amendment would give all women, and men, the additional tools to fight against gender-based violence, pay inequity and other areas of gender bias.

Adopting the ERA would prevent justices from taking away the limited protections that currently exist, which is critical with the possibility of more conservative justices on the bench.   The 14th Amendment is interpreted to provide a number of protections against gender bias, but not to the extent of those provided for religious, racial or national origin discrimination.

Unfortunately, the ERA bills have not passed through the NC Legislative Rules Committee.  We need everyone’s help contacting your local representative and letting them know we want the ERA passed by North Carolina!

The pictures below are of speaker Sen. Waddell and another supporter at the press conference at the North Carolina General Assembly.
AAUW Grant Awarded to the Greensboro Branch for Women’s Non-Traditional Careers
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is addressing the need for working women to secure training in higher paying non-traditional in-demand jobs.   AAUW, true to its mission, looks forward to enlightening local women about opportunities for greater economic security.
 
Photo 1: Janie Dominique, Linda Jensen, Deborah Green. Photo 2: Ann Schwabeland, Barbara Carter, Elaine Ostrowski

The grant is collaboration between the Greensboro Branch, Degrees Matter and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is for a two-year training program at the Forge, for technical skills in trade professions.  The program will begin in September and can lead to certification or an Associate’s Degree in Welding. 

Both pictures are from the reception the Greensboro branch held to celebrate the grant.

                              Branch News

 

ASHEVILLE

 

    The branch’s Scholarship Endowment, known as the GEM Fund, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year. Founded in 2002, GEM’s sole purpose is to raise funds for worthy women whose undergraduate education had been interrupted or delayed.

GEM scholars, ranging in age from 23 to 53, have in common the desire to make a better life through education. For example, some fund recipients are single mothers struggling to make ends meet; some are just now realizing the value of an education in attaining their personal and professional goals; after raising their family, others want to embark on a first or second career. The GEM Fund helps them realize these goals.

    By the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year, GEM had awarded a total of $163,000, over a total of 144 scholarships. For this year, GEM will award 33 additional scholarships. The growth and success of the GEM Fund is due entirely to the amazing generosity of the AAUW Asheville Branch family, friends and business partners.  

 

GREENSBORO

 

    In celebration of Women’s Equality Day, branch members attended a breakfast at the Coliseum on August 25th-the date in 1920 when women got the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Governor Cooper’s “Proclamation for

Women’s Equality Day” was read aloud, inspiring the attendees.

    On September 18th, the branch will have a “Salad Super” followed by a panel discussion on the topic of “Women on a Mission”. The four panelists-all serving in active community positions supporting women-will address such issues as:  how their organization benefits and influences women; how to stay positive and motivated in their mission; and who were the role models/advocates that most inspired them.

    On October 20th, the branch will continue its support of Triad Tech Savvy workshops on the UNCG campus for 8th and 9th Grade girls.

   

GASTON REGIONAL

 

     The branch’s meeting for September was held on the 11th. Members had been asked to present biographies of famous women, dressed up as those women would have been. Each of these notable women made an impact on others, whether it be her local community, her state, or even the country as a whole.

     On October 23rd, the branch will host a membership meeting that will be open to the public. The program will consist of a panel of community women leaders who will discuss the nature of leadership and how women can best pursue roles of this type.

     For November, they will have a discussion of the book “Varina”, by Charles Frazier. This novel is about the wife of Jefferson Davis and her experiences coping with her husband and the Civil War years.

 

CHARLOTTE

 

     The branch has been planning for a Start Smart Workshop to take place on September 13th. This was made possible from AAUW-NC grant funding. However, it was necessary to reschedule this workshop due to the arrival of Hurricane Florence. The new date is Thursday, October 25th.

 The host campus will be Wingate University-a first time collaboration with this school.  The branch officers and workshop chair are looking forward to a continuing relationship with this university, located in the greater Charlotte area, for future workshop events.

     The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce was approached as a possible host for a Work Smart Workshop.  They agreed to work with the branch for a Fall 2018 event. Another grant is being applied for to fund this workshop. It will be offered to women currently in the workforce in the greater Charlotte area. A tentative date of November 5th was decided upon pending grant approval.

 

HENDERSONVILLE

 

      The Hendersonville Branch joined with the League of Women Voters of Henderson County to register people to vote during the Apple Festival on Labor Day Weekend. They were able to promote branch activities at this time and provided information about the branch to prospective members.

      A Tea and Fashion Show is planned for October 18th. This will be a fund raiser for scholarships for women students attending Blue Ridge Community College, as well as statewide. There will be raffle prizes and hat competition prizes with fashions provided by Stein Mart. Reservations are required by October 8th at a cost of $30.00. This year marks the branch’s 10th year of fundraising efforts.


TRYON AREA

 

     The branch will hold its annual fundraiser for the year-a Scholarship Tea-in October.

Funds are used to send high school students to the Clemson Summer Scholars Program to take STEM courses. In addition, a couple local, older women are awarded scholarships to assist them in pursuing higher education.

     Guest speakers invited annually are local, female award-winning authors. This year the branch will host Denise Kiernan, author of  “The Girls of Atomic City” about Oak Ridge, TN and “The Last Castle” about the Biltmore Estate and Susan Rivers, author of “The Second Mrs. Hockaday,” a novel set in the Civil War era.

    Homemade treats and teas are provided by the members and served by girls in local high school service clubs and a local book shop has the books on site for purchase. Then, as a grand finale, scholarship recipients are asked to share their educational experiences with branch members at a general meeting.

 

 

 

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