2020-21 Message from President Wanda Schnabel
Welcome to the 2020-2021 year of the Longmont AAUW Branch. A new year, in a new time, that is unfortunately not post-COVID. I was so hopeful that by the fall we could be back to normal, but it appears that we will need to become accustomed to a ‘new normal’.
I like to say that I am a Pollyanna and a Procrastinator and while I am still hopeful for a resolution to this virus, I am very much a procrastinator right now because there is so much we do not know, and our planning needs to be flexible.
The Pollyanna side thinks that our Longmont Branch can still be effective in promoting our goals of Education * Equity * Leadership, although we may have to change our styles. The program committee has been working all summer, together with Current Issues and Advocacy, to prepare programs that will educate us about racial bias, inclusivity, and economic equity. The November election will give us a chance to study leadership and work to encourage everyone to vote. Unfortunately many of these programs will probably have to be via Zoom, but we have volunteers (see below) who are willing to help anyone unfamiliar with it.
The Procrastinator side says: “be prepared for change, but not till you must.” I am a planner, and all of my summer trips had to be cancelled or rescheduled, but I always waited till the last possible day to do that, hoping it would not be necessary. Events, like the Fall Kickoff, will be different, and not a group gathering with good food, but a Happy Hour in the comfort and security of your own space. We have plans to connect in small groups with other members outdoors and more information will be forthcoming.
Stay safe, stay healthy, do only those things in your comfort zone, and be assured that members of this AAUW Branch are together.
2018-19 AAUW Longmont Board Message
Empowering: Giving oneself the authority or power to become stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.
That is Webster’s take on the definition, with a little license from me. When you hear the words “empowering women”, a number of visuals may come to mind … Suffragettes marching for the vote; Rosie, the riveter showing her muscles; bra-burning feminists; Civil Rights supporters coming over the bridge in Selma; a #MeToo survivors rally; or my personal favorite, the pink Girl Power symbol encouraging young women to be the most they can be. No matter what comes to mind, empowering women is as important today as it has ever been.
Our programming committee has focused on that premise, selecting the theme Empowering Women: Setting the Tone for this year’s programs. In addition to some long-time favorites, our branch’s monthly offerings will cover topics such as salary negotiation and pay equity, sexual harassment, and STEM. In mid-August, look for your newly designed yearbook which will provide more information about each of this year’s programs.
Our branch has not yet been able to fill the president’s position, so instead of a monthly president’s column we’re empowering branch members to share their thoughts in this space. Let me know if you would like to be one of our contributors.
On a final note, I would encourage all of you to empower yourself and others to make a difference daily. Participate with other members in an interest group, learn something new at a monthly meeting and work with us to have an impact on our community. And, of course, bring others along with you to see what we’re all about. It’s planned to be great, empowering year for each one of us.
Kathy Hall, Communications Manager