Events are open to all members and potential new members. Please join us!
Golf Lessons – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:00 call Holly (flyer)
- Sept 18 – Drama 2-4 – location Sandy Senft
- Sept 20 – Game Night – 6:00-8:00 – Host – Connie Friel
- Sept 21 – Hike Woodland Trail – 10:00 – leader Monique (flyer)
- Sept 21 – Speech Trek meeting – 12:00 – contact Sandra Miller
- Sept 25 – Margarita Monday – 5:00-7:00 – Sonora Cantina — NEW LOCATION!
- Sept 26 – Quiet Game Night – 5:00-7:00 – Host – Deanna (flyer)
- Sept 27 – Dine Out 6:00 – (members & significant other) Alpenhorn (flyer)
- Sept 29 – Lunch & Learn – 11:30 to 1:00 Chamber- “How to effectively use your email and negotiate our website” (flyer)
- Oct 3 & 5 – AARP Senior Driving Class 1:00 – 5:00 both days – presenter Paul Senft (flyer)
- Nov 1 – Give Big kick-off at OCI 4-6 entertainment, heavy appetizers, drinks and FUN
Welcome Members and Visitors!
A warm hello to all: long-time members, new members, and those of you considering joining AAUW Big Bear Valley Branch. It’s good to be able to share my thoughts. Much has happened since my last writing, and so many exciting things are on the horizon!
I’m pleased to announce recognition recently received from AAUW California for the highest ratio of base-to-new membership growth across all the state’s branches so far this year. And we certainly have been growing, with 16 members added since January 2017. Continued slow and steady growth is expected to continue through word-of-mouth, press coverage, and our support for the community. Lately I’ve noticed fewer people asking what the acronym AAUW stands for, and more people saying things like, “I’ve heard of you,” “Thanks for what you do,” and “I’ve been thinking of joining.”
What’s bringing in all these new members? I’m always interested in learning each new member’s reason for joining. “Finding a group of intelligent and like-minded women” is what I hear most often, followed by “Getting involved in meaningful activity.” Many members have joined after attending one of our mission-based activities such as Women in the Arts, or donating to a fundraiser like GiveBig. Our fun interest groups are also a draw. But the thread that runs through it all is support of AAUW’s core values and the wish to improve the lives of women and girls through organized effort.
This brings me to the next part of my message: involvement. Our branch never pressures members to be more active than they want to be, or can be. We all have busy lives and many members are part time residents. BBVAAUW is a “family” of support and friendship where competition and judgment don’t belong. This said, however, I strongly encourage everyone to be involved in some way, big or small!
Volunteer (Women in the Arts, Scholarship, Tech Trek, Speech Trek, GiveBig committees); read (Literature Group); hike, snowshoe, ski, bike (Outdoor Adventure Group), act (Drama Group), create (Writing Group); enjoy (Margarita Mondays, holiday event, annual luncheon), be enriched (Lunch and Learns)…and much more! Regardless of involvement, you will make new friends, expand existing relationships, and have a lot of fun at the same time. I personally guarantee it.
Now for the last part of my message, and this one is the most important. From the national to local level, AAUW is a non-partisan organization dedicated to one goal: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. This is our reason for being. BBVAAUW fundraising directly benefits young girls in our own community, but membership supports AAUW’s mission at a national level as well. To find deeper meaning in your membership, keep informed of women’s rights issues. Follow links provided on bigbearvalley-ca.aauw.net to current legislative and judicial activity of concern to the American Association of University Women. Being informed is a foundation that will give your membership a higher meaning.
For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me at email@example.com. Be sure to visit bigbearvalley-ca.aauw.net for a wealth of information on current activities, photos of past events, as well as an online application. Thanks for reading!
P.S. Our fantastic fundraiser, “Women in the Arts” is Sept. 10, and the “GiveBig” campaign kickoff is Nov. 1 at OCI. Info on bigbearvalley-ca.aauw.net.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, this national grassroots organization has worked to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. Members examine and take positions on the fundamental issues of the day facing women and girls— educational, social, economic, and political.