A message from the President of AAUW
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Dear Members of Redlands AAUW and Interested Readers:
My name is Sue Wallace and I have the pleasure of serving as president of the Redlands branch of AAUW for the 2020-21 year. This will be a challenging year for our organization and so many others. Our interest groups and service projects, for the most part, are centered around close social activities and we will have to make adjustments to meet the guidelines for COVID-19 social distancing. Our mission is to empower women to attain leadership roles both in the workplace and in their community. Working together with other branches in California and throughout the nation our goal is to achieve gender equality in education, economic security, and leadership.
Locally we have worked through our STEM projects to broaden the vision of our young female students to aspire to reach out into careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. At this point we may not be able to do this in our normal way of providing a day long seminar for 8th grade girls to hear the experiences of women leaders in those fields in an open social forum. However, we will work together to provide that opportunity even if it is an online experience. We will be adjusting our normal fundraising activities to raise funds to provide scholarship opportunities to students who plan on expanding their education beyond high school. Our many interest groups which involve social, educational, and service opportunities for our members will be finding ways to alter their programs so that we can continue to social distance. This will require changes but I know that our membership has many innovative ideas on how to make these adjustments.
This is my last Sue’s News as your president. This year has been a challenge for all of us, but I want to thank the board and all those who volunteered for our programs and projects for the year. We could not have kept things going without your help. Erica Wilson and I have been working together to make the transition to next year as easy as possible. She will be contacting those of you who have been volunteering for programs, projects, and interest groups to solicit your help for next year. Please consider continuing in the roles you have been fulfilling, and if you are interested in volunteering for any part of our organization, please contact Erica to let her know. Some of our interest groups that have not been meeting this year because of the restrictions of the pandemic will be starting up again in the fall (Bridge, Bunco, etc.). If you have any suggestions for new interest groups, please let Erica or one of our at-large board representatives know (Mary Lou Guerrero, Judy Dods, Barbara Simmons).
The board will be contacting past members who did not rejoin this year because of the pandemic restrictions to encourage them to come back into the fold. If you have friends who you would like to join us, be sure to invite them to the September branch meeting. We are lucky to enjoy having such a diverse, large group of women in our local branch but will always welcome more. Once more a big “Thank You” to all the members for your support this year. It has been great getting to know many of you on a more personal level. I’ll be “seeing” you in the fall.
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President, AAUW Redlands branch
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