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An Exciting Internship Program for Local Girls!
Our Mission: Advancing equity for women and girls
through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research
- Mar 5 – Zoo Committee, 11:00-1:00, School Board meeting room, Contact Jill
- Mar 10 – Field Trip, 8:00-3:00, Bonita Domes, Contact, Christie Walker (flyer)
- Mar 10 – Mardi Gras, 5:00-10:00, Chamber Gala at the Convention Center, Contact Ellen Clark (flyer)
- Mar 12 – DATE CHANGE Literature group, 4:00–5:00, Host – Cathy Niederkorn, 43561 Bow Canyon, book – “Little Fires Everywhere”, by Celeste Ng (flyer)
- Mar 13 – Board meeting, 11:30–1:30, Chamber board room, Contact sara tully
- Mar 13 – Easy Writers, 3:00–4:30, Host Karen Oliver, Contact Mary Marich
- Mar 14 – Program Committee, 12:00-1:00, Moonridge Coffee Co, Contact Jill Myers
- Mar 14 – St. Patrick’s Dine Out, 6:00 to 8:00, Old Country Inn, contact Sara Tully (flyer)
- Mar 19 – Drama-2:00-4:00, Host Sharon Congdon, Contact Sandy Senft
- Mar 20 – Field Trip, 8:30, Spa day – Desert Hot Springs, contact Christie Walker (flyer)
- Mar 21 – Game Night-6:00, Host Linda Bulman, Contact Annette Stewart
- Mar 26 – Margarita Monday, 5:00–7:00, Sonora’s Cantina
- Mar 28 – Lunch & Learn, 12:00 -1:00, “Women In Government” Speaker Liz Harris, Chamber board room,(flyer)
- Quiet Games DARK for March,
- April 27-29 AAUW California State Convention, Irvine Marriott (flyer)
Group-to-Group (Supporting other community organizations)
Big Bear Chamber of Commerce yearly fundraiser:
“Mardi Gras Dance Party!” • March 10 (flyer)
Welcome Members and Visitors!
I’ve always had a problem with writer’s block. The blank page is more frightening to me than a bear lumbering through our backyard. So for the first president’s message of 2018 I decided to try a different approach: start with a list of inspiring adjectives to describe AAUW. Surely this warm-up exercise would trigger creative thoughts! Partnering with thesaurus.com, I happily sat down at the computer only to come to a screeching halt on the third word on the list. The problem wasn’t coming up with words; it was the realization that AAUW means different things to each member; to the community; and to the women and girls who benefit from our efforts.
As a member, your word list could include fun, meaningful, educational, challenging. A member of the community might use helpful, involved, productive, cooperative. Valley students would likely agree with supportive, caring, valuable, generous. What words would you choose?
I’ve decided that AAUW is many things to many people. Following impressive member growth in 2017, we kick-off 2018 only a few members short of a 100-member milestone. My bet is that every one of those members would have a different word list, depending on their level of participation. But there’s the most important word of all: Participation.
Our organization thrives when every member participates at some level, however big or small. And there are so many ways to be involved! Join a committee, attend a fun one-time activity, sign-up for a monthly interest group. High levels of participation meant success in reaching our 2017 fundraising goals, with special thanks to project leaders Sandy Senft (Women in the Arts – $6,500), Lisa Patterson (GiveBig – $12,000) and Sandy Miller (Holiday Auction for the zoo program – $1,500).
2018 promises to be another exciting year. Vice President Jill Meyers and her committee have created a first-of-its-kind program that will immerse local girls in the daily operation of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, earning a certificate and gaining skills and maturity that will boost their confidence, enrich their resumes and aide in college entrance. The program has already received glowing reviews from AAUW at the state level and could ultimately be adopted at the national level.
Our program committee, also lead by Jill, will continue to add fun and interesting activities to the monthly calendar (all activities are listed on our website).
And don’t miss Speech Trek on Feb. 22. Students will compete with speeches on the theme, “How Can We Stand Up to Sexism?” It will surely be a lively competition.
The thread that runs through all that we do is dedication to our mission: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Now there is a great list of words!
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018,
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.