Washington AAUW celebrates 40 years
The Washington Branch of the American Association of University Women began 40 years ago on Sept. 4, 1973. Five of its charters members are still an active part of the organization: Joy Batterson, Virginia Bordwell, Julia Gamon, Karen Murphy and Jean Potratz.
A major project of the group is the National Honor Society Reception for students and their parents. Every year as part of the reception the group gives an AAUW Education Award. Last year’s honorees were Connie Hoffman-Svenby and Beth Moravec, who coordinated the middle school painting project in the summer of 2012.
AAUW, founded in 1881, is open to all graduates with an associate or higher degree from an accredited institution. Its mission is to promote equity for women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. To help fulfill that mission, the Washington Branch provided scholarships to Miranda Hansen and Ann Patterson last year. Also, they gave Camp Invention scholarships to two grade-school girls, enabling them to spend a week studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and math.) Other projects included finding speakers for high school students at the Assure Center and donating books to the elementary and public libraries.
To raise money for their projects, the group sells greenery and poinsettias for the holidays. They also sponsor area bus tours. Marde McConnell is president of the local group. Anyone interested in joining may contact her at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Jennine Wolf at <email@example.com>.