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BREVARD BRANCH NEWSLETTER Breaking through barriers Our 55th Year for women & girls A Platinum Branch March 2010 PRESIDENT’s MESSAGE Every day there is at least one message popping up on my inbox with detailed information on both state and national AAUW efforts to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. What a remarkable organization at every level! Brevard Branch in rural Western North Carolina proudly supports these national efforts through contributions to fellowships and grants. Look at all you do locally! For many years women of Brevard Branch have funded a number of local efforts benefitting women and girls. Women in History is celebrated with Jeopardy in fifth grade classrooms, featuring outstanding women in world leadership, business, sports, the arts, and science. Women at Work, this year’s display at the public library during March, celebrates local women with non-traditional careers. Plans are underway for an exhibit honoring women who were first to serve in numerous roles in Transylvania County as our community celebrates the 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2011. Encouraging girls in science, technology, engineering, and math studies (STEM) has long been supported by Brevard Branch through summer science camp scholarships to Green River Preserve and most recently, Clemson University. Early exposure to these under-represented areas of study will hopefully encourage girls to pursue STEM careers. Brevard Branch recognizes the importance of early support for students. New Century Scholars Program taps middle school students with potential to remain in school, graduate, and go to college locally. After-school enrichment at Rise & Shine Freedom School is supported by an AAUW Team of volunteers promoting academic excellence and character development. College scholarships for Transylvania County women are proudly provided at both Brevard College and Blue Ridge Community College. AAUW partners with Brevard College to mentor women students in the Institute for Women in Leadership (IWIL). A scholarship for one candidate to attend the 25th National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in Washington, DC is being provided this year. Our community is blessed with local women who exhibit leadership, share their knowledge and expertise, participate in community matters, dedicate their time unselfishly, and serve as inspirations to others. Each year Women Who Make a Difference are selected and honored at our May luncheon and a donation made to the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund in their names. Believing that informed citizens make better voting decisions, AAUW develops a non-partisan voter guide in election years at the state and local level. None of these projects and efforts would be possible without the funds generated by the awesome AAUW Book Sale held each year. Just look at all you do! Judy Baghose BRANCH MEETING March 9, 2010 7:00 pm College Walk Ina Warren of the Blue Ridge Monarch and Milkweed Association will speak on the monarch butterfly and its biology, habitat, and annual Mexican migration. Hostesses: Dianne Krause and Judy Lauter HURRY, HURRY, HURRY!!! The deadline is approaching for applications for the Women Who Make a Difference Award. April 1st is the cutoff date for submission! Send in the application form from the AAUW Brevard Branch web page and address it to me, Jeanmarie Doel 230 Probart St., Brevard, NC 28712. The award ceremony will be in May and we have many talented and supportive women in Transylvania County. There's no reason why your favorite candidate should NOT be considered! JEOPARDY March is Women's History Month and by the time you read this our Jeopardy Game will be in full swing. Twenty four members have volunteered to go, in teams of three, to all but one of the fifth grade classes in Transylvania County. We will conduct our version of Jeopardy which is based on fifty famous women in History, Business, Arts, Science and Sports. This is both a worthwhile learning experience for the students and good fun for the AAUW members who participate. Thank you all for helping out. Margaret Madgwick and Rob Price Is there anyone out there who missed the chance to volunteer earlier but who'd be willing to fill a time slot in our program. Our schedule is set, but we've had a few folks who cannot be available at their scheduled time. Call Margaret if you can help. LEGAL ADVOCACY FUND New Research Shows Long-Term Benefits of Sports for Girls Two recent studies featured in the New York Times show a direct correlation between participation in sports and numerous long-term benefits for girls, including reduced risk of cancer, better grades, and high self-esteem. One study found that Title IX and the ability to participate in sports accounted for about 20% of the increase in education attainment and about 40% of the rise in employment. The second study compared the rates of obesity and physical activity of women before and after passage of Title IX. It found that sports participation for girls could be associated with a 7% lower risk of obesity nearly 25 years later. The New York Times article concludes that when boys or girls are physically active, developmental and health benefits are achieved but that we haven’t reached equity yet. AAUW agrees 100 % and urges its members to press Congress to pass legislation that would better enforce Title IX stipulations Connie Keeney, Legal Advocacy Fund Chair 2 Brevard College Scholarship Winners Huldah Warren, Director of Development of Brevard College and a member of AAUW, arranged for members of AAUW and our scholarship winners to meet for an informal dinner on Campus on Tuesday February 9th. Three of our winners who attended the dinner are featured below, but unfortunately our other recipient, Faye Moser, was unable to attend. Besides Huldah, other AAUW members attending the dinner included Jean Bullivant, Judith Johnson and Audrey Lavery. Also in attendance was student intern Sarah McDorman from the Development Office who helped organize the event. Judith Johnson explained to the recipients the roles of AAUW and explained that the scholarship they were each receiving was from the proceeds of the annual book sale that numerous members of the Brevard Chapter of AAUW worked on for many months. Huldah encouraged those attending to put the date for the next book sale on their calendar. All the young women very much appreciated the scholarship, and Judith encouraged them to be philanthropic and consider giving back to their Alma Mater, in recognition of the women who had made their attending college possible. At the conclusion of the evening, the students presented AAUW members with floral gifts in appreciation of their support Judith Johnson Green River Science Camp Scholarship Winners COMING EVENTS The education committee is pleased to announce the Mar 3 Book Club selection of the winners of our Green River Science Camp 1:00 p.m. College Walk scholarship (our book sale dollars at work). The winners, chosen by their teachers at Pisgah Elementary School, are Mar 8 Board Meeting Lauren Wing, daughter of Gary and Abby Wing, and Selina 1:00 p.m. St. Philip’s Episcopal Brown, daughter of Crystal and Ben Brown. Both girls are Church nine years old and neither girl has ever been to camp before. Mar 9 Branch Meeting Selina Brown lives in Horse Shoe and would like to 7:00 p.m. College Walk learn more about nature, to swim, and to shoot a bow and Mar 22 Bridge Club arrow at camp. She loves to draw and to read. Lauren 1:00 p.m. Ann Findlay’s home Wing lives in Brevard and hopes to learn about different plants and animals at camp. She likes drawing, dancing, Mar 23 April Newsletter singing, cooking, and biking. Deadline We look forward to the October 2010 AAUW meet- Apr 7 Book Club ing when both girls are invited to come tell our members 2:00 pm College Walk about their camp experience. Jenny Pierce 3 BOOK SALE Well, well, Guess what time of the year it is. That’s right BOOKSALE TIME. Just to let you know a few things that are coming up. The yellow boxes are being distributed. The list is incomplete. If you took a yellow box and did not sign the sheet as to where you were taking it please call Carol Carrano at 883-3424. We are in the process of making a master list of the yellow boxes so it will be easier to pass on to the next persons. While we are talking about the yellow boxes there was a mistake made in the dates. They are as follows: Sunday – Saturday June 27 –July 3. These are the dates for people to actually come into the gym and buy books. The times have not be decided as of yet. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU goes to Kay Galvin who once again most graciously made all our boxes. I would like to send a very large thank you to everyone who responded to bringing in the boxes, newspapers, and bags. We can now hold off on them for the time being. There will be an announcement as to when we will need them to be replenished. There are still books out at the shed that need to be priced and packed. We will be securing another shed very soon as we have now filled ours. The response has been overwhelming to the delivery of books. I know that now the white stuff is melting and we will be ready to do some wonderful book stuff. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to call Becky Brown 883-3948 or Annette Blum 885-2376 or Carole Pohl 883-5733. We will try to do our best to solve the problem if there is one and will appreciate all the help and comments you have. This is your wonderful book sale person signing off now. Becky Brown WHAT A SPREAD! AAUW Program Vice Presidents Laura Ledford and Jackie Hovey present TC Arts Ex- ecutive Director Tammy Hopkins with art sup- plies donated by Brevard Branch members. The Arts council will be using a portion of the materials for their children and arts camp programs this summer. Other supplies will be distributed through the Arts Council to the boys & Girls Club, Rise & Shine Freedom school, the family Place and art departments at local elementary and secondary schools. 4 MAY LUNCHEON When: Tuesday May 11, 2010 at 12 Noon Where: Overlook Clubhouse Connestee Falls Menu Chilled Gazpacho Soup Chicken Spinach Mushroom Crepe with Tarragon Cream Sauce Seasonal Vegetable Wild Rice Blend Chef’s Dessert Cash Bar Available Cost: $16.00 per person, tax and service included Reservations: Check payable to AAUW Brevard Submit To: Ann Grant, 12 Galuyasdi Court, Brevard, N.C, 28712 Deadline: Reservations must be received by Saturday, May 1st Program: “Women Who Make A Difference” “Installation of Officers” BOOK GROUP "AAUW book group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 2 PM at College Walk. The next meeting will be on March 3, 2010 and we will discuss Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. For the meeting on March 3, 2010 ONLY we will meet at 1 pm instead of 2 pm. On April 7, 2010 we will discuss Netherland by Joseph O'Neill at 2 pm. For further information please call Carol Carrano at 883-3424." BRIDGE GROUP The AAUW bridge group will meet with Ann Findlay on March 22 at 1:00. Ann will contact the group members. If you would like to join the group, call Connie Kay Hughes. 5