February/March 2021 Newsletter

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Volume 77, Issue 4

AAUW Branch Program Plans through May

We are excited about the opportunities for our branch members to learn, grow and celebrate during the coming months!  During this time of caution regarding Covid, we will continue to plan for our meetings to be conducted via Zoom.  Each month you will receive an e-mail with the zoom link for that program.

Racial Equity and Equality in Arlington

If you were able to join us for our January 23rd meeting, you had a valuable opportunity to begin the work of engaging in important, relevant, and powerful discussions on diversity, inclusion and belonging.  Part Two of this work will be provided on Saturday, February 20th at 10:30 am.  Krysta Jones, a powerful advocate for racial equity and women’s voices and new Arlington branch member, will continue to guide us in understanding the issues and our own roles in moving forward as individuals and as an organization! You are welcome to attend even if you were not able to join the first part of the program in January! (Please note that this is intended to be an internal discussion, so we will not be inviting the public to join us for this meeting.)

Annual Meeting March 20th

Annual MeetingBesides the important work of electing officers for 2021-23 and other branch business, our annual meeting on Saturday, March 20th at 10:30 am, will include a useful and relevant presentation on Women’s Financial Security provided by Ann Summerson, a certified financial planner and well-regarded expert in this field.

On Monday, April 12th at 7 pm, we will have our long-awaited (postponed from last year!) Girls and STEM program featuring the young women awardees from the Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair and a presentation by Dr. Argie Kavvada, Program Manager for Sustainable Development Goals for NASA.

Our final meeting of the 2020-21 year will be held on Monday, May 17th at 7 pm, where we will celebrate our winners of the Elizabeth Campbell Arts Scholarship, the Lunch Bunch Scholarship, and the APS Educator of the Year.

There will be notification about the Zoom link for each program provided via e-mail in advance of each meeting.  

Meg Tuccillo, Co-VP Programs

2021 Awards Program

Although these are extraordinary times, the branch board of directors has determined that we should continue our awards program at the same level as last year, for a total of $2500:    

    • one Elizabeth Campbell Award (a $1000 scholarship for an Arlington County graduating senior who plans to study the arts in college), 
    • one Lunch Bunch Scholarship (a $1000 scholarship for a graduating senior from the Lunch Bunch program who is continuing to college), and 
    • one Teacher of the Year Award ($500).  

This is where you come in! We need contributions from branch members to fund these awards this year.  To reduce complexity for both you as the donors and for the Treasurer in accounting for contributed funds, the board has further determined that contributions this year be solicited for the overall awards program, rather than for specific awards, which was done in the past.  

Please send your contributions by check made out to “AAUW Arlington, Virginia” with Awards Program in the memo line, to our Treasurer, Gloria Rothman, whose address is in our online directory. Her address will also be sent by email to branch members with a copy of this message. (To clarify, such contributions are not deductible from your federal or Virginia income for tax purposes because the branch does not have 501c3 status.)

Carol Dabbs, President

AAUW Virginia Conference and Annual Meeting

March 13-15, 2021

Mark your calendars for the AAUW Virginia Conference and Annual Meeting, to be conducted  virtually this year. Efforts are underway to replicate the program that had been planned for March 2020, which was a very exciting one.

As was demonstrated during the 2020 Summer Leadership Meeting, virtual meetings enable us to bring in extraordinary speakers from anyplace in the world and allow more members to attend!

An exciting program with the theme “Women Make the Difference! Is planned; further details will be sent by email as they become available.  In the meantime, please mark the conference dates on your calendars: March 13-15, 2021.

Saturday, March 13, sessions will be from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Sunday, March 14, & Monday, March 15, sessions will be from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm each day.

Carol Dabbs, President

Let’s Talk About Books

Just MercyThe February meeting for Let’s Talk About Books is Tuesday, February 23, 2 pm at your regular Zoom location.  Our book selection is Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.Education of an Idealist

Our March meeting will be Tuesday, March 23, 2 pm.  Our book selection is The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power.

Shortly before each meeting Terry Bratt will send an invitation with the Zoom information. So, watch your email and come join the fun!  Look forward to seeing you then.

See all our books for 2020-21 with a brief description of each on the Let’s Talk About Books page.

Barbara Gallagher, Chair

International Coffee Conversation Group:

The Arlington group met via WebEx on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.  Sahar Khan, one of our diplomat members, discussed recipes from her instragram food blog “What’s Cooking Sahar”.  Sahar is the wife of a diplomat from the Australian Embassy.

In February we will meet on Wednesday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m.  We will be discussing Valentine’s Day origins and rites we follow today.

AAUW Branch members are welcome to join us.  For more information please contact Priscilla Becker (see directory for contact information.)

Priscilla Becker, lead

AAUW Calendar

Our AAUW Calendar has moved to google which means you can check it online from the website or subscribe and see it directly on your phone or laptop! Additional information about the events is available by clicking the item.  Contact Teri at newsarlvaaauw@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Arlington AAUW Executive Committee 2020-21

    • President: Carol Dabbs (2019-21) presarlvaaauw@gmail.com
    • Co-First VPs for Programs: Meg Tuccillo and Chioma Eni (2019-21)
    • Co-Second VPs for Membership:  Michelle Milden (2019-21) and Gail McGinn (2020-22)
    • Third VP for Communications: Teri Doxsee (2019-21) newsarlvaaauw@gmail.com
    • Secretary: Marie Schryver (2020-22)
    • Treasurer: Gloria Rothman (2020-22)
    • Public Policy: Sara Anderson

Note from the Editor – April/May Newsletter

Any articles for publication should be emailed to Teri Doxsee at newsarlvaaauw@gmail.com with the SUBJECT line: Newsletter by March 10, 2021


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