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AAUW Candidate Forum – Women’s Issues

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Place: Grace A Dow Memorial Library Auditorium

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Midland Branch has scheduled a Candidate Forum on Women’s Issues on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Grace A Dow Memorial Library Auditorium, 1710 W. St. Andrews, Midland, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All candidates for State House of Representatives 98th District, State Senate 36th District and 4th District US House of Representatives have been invited.

The AAUW Midland Branch Public Policy Committee will ask candidates prepared questions on equal pay, gender equality, living wage, and Title IX. Women’s Issues questions on cards from the audience will also be put to the candidates.

Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Midland Country Club, 1120 W. St. Andrews
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. ~ Lunch at 12:00 p.m.

We have a dynamic program that you will not want to miss. First, we will view a video of Aliyah Khan Ph. D. the first recipient of our AAUW Midland Branch National Fund #4277. Ms. Kahn, an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, has graciously made this video to tell us how being the recipient of the AAUW American Fellowship Grant is benefiting her.

Our keynote speaker is a local woman, Carolyn Krebs, who retired from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She was Associate Director for Engineering Support in the Earth and Space Science Directorate and Chief of the Instrument Systems and Technology Division in the Engineering Directorate. Her talk is entitled, “A Journey – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.”

Our luncheon will feature Chicken and Mushroom Crepes, freshly baked breads, coffee and tea. To further tempt your palate, a complimentary dessert will be Strawberry Shortcake. Guests are welcomed.

Reservations are required by May 14. The cost of the luncheon is $20. Make checks payable to AAUW Midland Branch and send to P.O. Box 30, Midland, MI 48640-0030. Please write to aauwmidland@gmail.com for more information.

Fall 2018 Used Book Sale

Find great bargains at the AAUW Midland Branch Fall Used Book Sale September 28, 29 and 30, 2018 at the Midland Mall! (in the center court, between Younkers and Ruby Tuesday)

The Used Book Sale hours are 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday is “bag day”!

Books are sorted into many categories including suspense, romance, westerns, fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, collectibles and children’s books.
Most hardcover books are priced at $2
Most paperbacks are $1 to $2
• Others are priced as marked

Donate your books! Sale proceeds from your generous book donations help to fund our Scholarships! Collection barrels are located at Family Fare, Kroger, Sanford Food Center and at the Midland Mall (at the two main entrances: Food Court entrance and the entrance next to Ruby Tuesday). Donation barrels will be out on September 7, 2018. The last day to place books in the barrels is September 24, 2018. Please, no encyclopedias or magazines.

For more information about the AAUW Midland Branch Used Book Sale or to donate a large quantity of books, please write to aauwmidland@gmail.com
Thank you for your continued support!
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Make Friends and Make a Difference with AAUW!
Consider joining the Midland Branch of AAUW! If you join at a public event (such as one of our general meetings or at our Used Book Sale) you will receive 50 percent off our national dues. Enjoy this nice incentive as you become part of an organization that supports women and provides many opportunities for personal growth and camaraderie.

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Midland Branch Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 3710 Jefferson Ave.

The Annual Meeting will include the election of Branch officers and recognition of this year’s Named Gift Honoree. The program will be an update on public policy activity. The Midland Branch Public Policy Committee has been very active partnering with Midland Zonta to make this year’s observance of Equal Pay Day on Tuesday April 10 an outstanding event.

Branch member Judy Donahue will present information on Equal Pay Day activities locally and at the state level. She will also talk about Pay Equity and the Gender Wage Gap. Judy is passionate about the issue and will share what it takes to close the Gap. As a retired VP of the Capitol Group Company, a world-wide investment management firm, Judy has a grasp on pay issues.

Dinner will be catered by Panera. You will have a choice of three types of sandwiches and three varieties of salad. The meal includes a fresh fruit cup, cookies and beverages. Cost for the meal is $10. Make checks payable to AAUW Midland Branch and mail by March 12 to AAUW Midland Branch, P.O. Box 30, Midland, MI 48640-0030. Please write to aauwmidland@gmail.com for more information.

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AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Make Friends and Make a Difference with AAUW!
Consider joining the Midland Branch of AAUW! If you join at a public event (such as one of our general meetings or at our Used Book Sale) you will receive 50 percent off our national dues. Enjoy this nice incentive as you become part of an organization that supports women and provides many opportunities for personal growth and camaraderie.

Am I My Best Advocate? and Valentine Treats

Branch General Meeting, Thursday, February 15, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Greater Midland Community Center, Senior Room, 2205 Jefferson Avenue, Midland

Too Many Meds? That was the question posed by Consumer Reports in their September 2017 issue. It reported that we are taking more prescriptions pills than ever. With more prescriptions available to treat our ailments, we improve our quality of life, but there is also a risk of adverse effects. What impact is this having in Midland County? You might be surprised to learn that locally we have an opiate addiction problem among different age groups, and yes, even the elderly. Our speaker, Community Education Nurse, Mary Griffore, RN, from MidMichigan Health will present an overview of what is happening in Midland County. Learn what is being done and what our role is.

Most importantly, we will gain a better understanding of medications (prescription and over the counter) and also, if you combine them with alcohol, what is the effect. You will learn that you are your own best advocate for good health and what questions to ask your doctor when a medication is prescribed. Mary will educate you about a valuable resource that is often underutilized, our local pharmacist. Pharmacists are professionals who are knowledgeable about drugs and are trained in human anatomy. How to best use this resource will be shared. Please come and hear what Mary has to say about this very important topic.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we will serve healthy and delicious combinations of chocolate, nuts and fruit. We ask a contribution of $5 to help defray the rental fee and other expenses; there is no charge for guests. Make checks payable to AAUW Midland Branch and mail by February 12 to P.O. Box 30, Midland, MI 48640-0030. Please write to aauwmidland@gmail.com for more information.

Coffee & More -Branch General Meeting

Thursday, January 18, 10 a.m. – noon
Creative 360, 1517 Bayliss St., Midland, MI

Each January, Midland Branch has featured an international program. This year our focus is on a program that helps women and children in India. Indira Oskvarek will talk about Global Compassion, Inc. that has two major outreach programs: International (India and others) and Local Community (Midland area). In India, the emphasis is to provide funding to drill wells for water in remote areas where families and livestock are in dire need of water. The organization also empowers women to attain self-sufficiency by providing sewing machines (along with training), dairy cows and goats. It also provides support for education for children in orphanages. Indira will have much more to tell us.

Indira and her husband Ed are the founders of the organization that started in 1996 and received 501c3 status in 2008. Since 2006 Global Compassion, Inc. has raised $503,000 in donations and disbursed 97% for outreach. Funds raised go directly to the needy in India, other countries and local projects. The organization is completely run by volunteers. One of their fundraisers is an Indian feast prepared by Indira and friends. Some of you may have attended one of these annual dinners in Midland.

Branch members are encouraged to bring a guest to hear about this remarkable international service. Plan to visit over coffee, tea and a variety of home-baked tea breads, scones and muffins.

We ask a contribution of $5 to help defray the rental fee and other expenses; there is no charge for guests. Make checks payable to AAUW-Midland Branch and mail by January 15, 2018 to P.O. Box 30, Midland, MI 48640-0030. Contact aauwmidland@gmail.com if you have questions. If you are so inclined, tax deductible donations will be most welcome for Global Compassion Inc.

‘Tis the Season Branch Program

Thursday, December 7, 1 – 3 pm ~ Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Rd.

This year Branch programs are focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education. For children to succeed in today’s workplace these are critical skills. Midland’s Chippewa Nature Center, CNC, provides basic skills for young children entering school and reinforces these skills for youth in elementary grades. Their outstanding preschool nature program was featured on PBS. This program inspired the general meetings team to select CNC as our featured community program for December. You can watch the short PBS special at https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/b-bug-preschoolers-make-nature-classroom.

CNC programs provide children with the opportunity to experience rich, nature-based programs under the guidance of caring, well-trained professionals who provide developmentally appropriate play-based learning in a safe environment. Many of the programs at CNC are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of members and local foundations. However, some of the most powerful programs – Nature Preschool and Nature Day Camp – are necessarily fee-based. It is CNC’s goal to make these programs accessible to children regardless of their family’s economic status.

CNC provides scholarships for Nature Preschool and Nature Day Camp through donated funds. For preschool, these funds are distributed to families for whom state-funded scholarships are not available. For camp, scholarships are distributed through schools based on criteria set by the school and through CNC based on financial need. The support of garden, civic, service, and education groups as well as interested individuals is critical for CNC to be able to offer scholarships for these programs to children in need.

In Nature Preschool, a child will have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to support success in kindergarten. In Nature Day Camp, campers engage in learning opportunities. Both programs provide critical opportunities for the child to develop a healthy relationship with the natural world.

By holding this meeting at Chippewa Nature Center, our members can experience nature all around them as they learn about what’s available for local youth. CNC’s Director of Programs Jenn Kirts will present an overview of the numerous opportunities our youth can experience in nature that support STEM education. You may also explore the nature trails after the program.

Holiday treats will be served with time to mingle. Bring your spouse or a guest. There is no charge for this program, but we do need you to RSVP so we can make preparations. Contact aauwmidland@gmail.com by Monday, December 4.

Members who are inspired by CNC’s youth programs will have an opportunity to support scholarships.


Make Friends and Make a Difference with AAUW!

Consider joining the Midland Branch of AAUW!   If you join at a public event (such as one of our general meetings or at our Used Book Sale) you will receive 50 percent off our national dues.  Enjoy this nice incentive as you become part of an organization that supports women and provides many opportunities for personal growth and camaraderie.

2017 Fall Used Book Sale

Find great bargains at the AAUW Midland Branch Fall Used Book Sale September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017 at the Midland Mall! (in the center court, between Younkers and Ruby Tuesday)

The Used Book Sale hours are 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday is “bag day”! 

Books are sorted into many categories including suspense, romance, westerns, fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, collectibles and children’s books.

  • Most hardcover books are priced at $2
  • Paperbacks are $1 to $2
  • Others are priced as marked

Donate your books! Sale proceeds from your generous book donations help to fund our Scholarships!

Collection barrels are located at Family Fare, Kroger, Sanford Food Center  and at the Midland Mall (at the two main entrances: Food Court entrance and the entrance next to Ruby Tuesday). The last day to place books in the barrels is September 24, 2017Please, no encyclopedias or magazines.

For more information about the AAUW Midland Branch Used Book Sale or to donate a large quantity of books, please write to aauwmidland@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support!

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 Make Friends and Make a Difference with AAUW!

Consider joining the Midland Branch of AAUW!   If you join at a public event (such as one of our general meetings or at our Used Book Sale) you will receive 50 percent off our national dues.  Enjoy this nice incentive as you become part of an organization that supports women and provides many opportunities for personal growth and camaraderie.

 

Annual Fall Open House

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 3710 Jefferson

Do you hear “What is AAUW?” and people say, “Oh, they are that group that sells used books for scholarships.” Yes, we are that, but we are MORE! Learn about how our AAUW Midland Branch contributes to the community in other ways, as well as contributing to women across the nation. We will hear a report from Carol Arnosky about her trip to AAUW National Convention. This meeting is a great time to bring potential new members.

Our program will take place in the lovely 1st floor Gathering Room. Scrumptious finger foods, both savory and sweet, and punch will be served. Cost is just $5 per person (no charge for your guests). Reservations must be in by September 18. Make checks payable to AAUW-Midland Branch and mail to P.O. Box 30, Midland, MI 48640-0030. For more information, please write to aauwmidland@gmail.com.

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Make Friends and Make a Difference with AAUW!

Consider joining the Midland Branch of AAUW!   If you join at a public event (such as one of our general meetings or at our Used Book Sale) you will receive 50 percent off our national dues.  Enjoy this nice incentive as you become part of an organization that supports women and provides many opportunities for personal growth and camaraderie.

Program Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Midland Area

Update on the environment

Suzanne Dixon, retiring LWVMI Natural Resources Chair and officer of the LWV Lake Michigan Region, will speak about Great Lakes Challenges and Solutions (protecting the Great Lakes). The event will take place at the Chippewa Nature Center (400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI 48640) on September 19, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. This talk is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Midland Area. No reservations are needed and it is free to the public.  For more information, visit http://www.lwv-midland.org/