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September 11, 2021, 9:00-11:00 am, $10/member (Note: this event is outdoors)
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MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT:
As our AAUW chapter begins its the seventh decade in Merced County, I am honored to be president during the coming year. We all owe Past President Ruth Wax a heartfelt thanks and a debt of gratitude for being our leader during such a challenging year. Not only did AAUW continue to function by offering a series of well attended Zoom programs, but we also found ways to creatively hold two of our signature events: our holiday tea where we delivered tea bags and cookies to members and a very fun virtual fashion show in the spring. Ruth’s positive attitude, can do spirit and graciousness kept our Board and organization moving forward.
Our theme last year, appropriately, was: Bloom Where You are Planted. The Board at its summer planning session selected as this year’s theme: Bloom in Our Community. Our hope was that the pandemic would recede and AAUW members could emerge and once again be of service to Merced County. Our theme is partially captured in the picture above which is of the
lovely tiles that grace sections of Bob Hart Square. This year’s theme also will be actualized in a number of ways including at our Fall Brunch where Vernette Doty from UC Merced’s Center for Community Engagement will speak about how UC students are serving the community and how we can be of support to them. In addition, the Board and I would like to challenge each section to think about what it might do to contribute to our community. There will be more about this idea in next month’s newsletter.
The Board has planned a series of activities for the coming year. Most are outside and some will be on Zoom. This fall, our first two events—the Fall Brunch and Wine at the Vista—will be held outside. Please know that the Board is monitoring the pandemic carefully and we will adhere to county, state and CDC guidelines. Our priority is to keep our members safe and healthy so that AAUW can serve the Merced community for another 60 years. As time allows, please participate in AAUW sponsored activities and bring a friend or two with you! We will not be charging guests this year as we hope to encourage others to learn more about AAUW and join our organization.
I look forward to seeing you during the coming year.