The Northwest District has kicked off its 2016-2017 Program year reaching out to the community with AAUW introduction meetings for new members, with candidates forums to review policy positions for local lawmakers and with tabling events to Get Out The Vote and to help new voters register.
The Lincoln City branch is busy planning its program year and welcoming new members. Five new members joined on October 5th at the Get Out The Vote tabling event held at Oregon Coast Community College back-to-school barbeque. Lincoln City will present Half The Sky:Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide on November 21st at the Lincoln City library and invite the wider Newport/Lincoln City community to join in for the after conversation.
The Tillamook branch began the AAUW year with the Fall Kickoff Membership Luncheon Tea on September 20. This year’s event was informative regarding AAUW and branch activities as well as recognizing new female teachers in Tillamook County. We hear local testimonials often from the female high school seniors we spot-light for their achievements in science, technology, and math at AAUW’s annual STEM Recognition event. The Tillamook branch political candidates forum was held October 5th at Tillamook Bay Community College.
The Astoria branch held its annual dessert theatre performance in September with two back-to-back weekends presenting Love/Sick, a play by John Cariani. This is a benefit production for Clatsop Community College students and to support continued use of the Performing Arts Center, a collaborative effort of Astoria AAUW and Partners for the PAC. Dessert theatre has been wowing audiences and providing scholarships since 1987!
Astoria held its fall kickoff meeting at the Blue Scorcher Restaurant with an interesting twist. Invitations were sent to friends and friends of friends, urging local women to come meet the women of AAUW. We then had a speed-dating session for everyone to get to know each other and invite them to join our ranks.
Clatsop Community College held its annual Welcome Back barbeque on September 28th and AAUW was there with a tabling event to register people to vote. Sara Meyer, co-president of the Astoria branch, signed up 12 brand new millennial voters!
Astoria has scheduled its Candidates Forum for North Coast voters for October 26th to be held at Clatsop Community College.
Many Seaside branch activities have been happening simultaneously to engage with our community:
The Seaside branch held its opening Fall kickoff meeting at Camp Kiwanilong on September 28th. The potluck dinner welcomed several brand new members and prospective members to this vibrant and committed group. Branch officers then gave talks on the various interest groups highlights and meeting times.
WINGS has kicked off its 2017 monthly planning sessions and the date for WINGS 2017 is now set for February 11th.
The Seaside Candidates Forum was presented at City Hall October 3rd. It was standing room only and received next day front page coverage by the Daily Astorian.
An AAUW campaign to support ‘Vote YES for our local schools’ began with a coffee klatch neighborhood round robin to inform voters of the upcoming bond issue on the November ballot, $99.7 million to move Gearhart Elementary School, Broadway Middle School and Seaside High School out of the tsunami inundation zone. Weyerhaeuser has donated the land for the new schools and the state of Oregon has promised $4 million in matching funds if the bond passes. Seaside AAUW members have begun a vigorous letter to the editor campaign to support the bond.
Finally, the Northwest District has now put in place all the local leaders who have stepped up to help plan a great Oregon AAUW Convention, April 21st-23rd, Salishan Resort, Lincoln City. Mark your calendars! Reach the resort at 800-452-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AAUW NORTHWEST DISTRICT REPORT
BY ANE MCINTYRE
The new program year has started strong. The Presidents Circle of the Northwest District met August 10th to strategize around our 2016 goals of increasing community involvement, focusing on mission-driven events and reaching out to younger women.
We held a joint branch meeting for the Astoria and Seaside branches at Kamp Kiwanilong with Joyce Zook, Oregon co-President, and Pat Lehman, Oregon Membership V.P., presenting a recruitment of new members training session on Oct. 14th.
The Seaside branch held a Public Forum at City Hall on the topic of ‘Internet-Friend or Foe’, Sept 24th, with Deputy District Attorney Buzzard giving advice on protecting students while online. The Astoria branch tabled AAUW at the annual Clatsop Community College back-to-school barbeque on Sept 30th. We met with the Dean of Students to present the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders(NCCWSL) program. The Seaside and Astoria branches are working on a Spring 2016 joint event showing the Half the Sky video in a public forum with guest speakers on the issue of education equity for women and girls globally.
The Tillamook branch held their Fall invitational luncheon on Sept 20th. We welcomed seven new members, including Heidi Luquette, Director of Development for Tillamook Bay Community College.
The Lincoln City Branch held its 3rd bi-annual Silent Auction on July 5 to provide scholarships for local deserving young high school senior women pursuing higher education. In the past 14 years over $50,000 has been disbursed. Beverly Ulbricht (seated below) had the winning bid for an “English Tea in Your Home” at the AAUW Silent Auction, offered by Carole Atkin (far right) who was born and raised in England. Not only did Carole serve specially ordered Buckingham Palace tea, she made from scratch all of the delicious items: two kinds of tea sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones, shortbread, and little tea cakes of lemon curd decorated with butterfly pastry wings.
The Lincoln City branch has also been busy kicking off the new program year by reaching out to Oregon Coast Community College. We met with college President, Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge on Sept 28th to invite OCCC to join AAUW as a C/U partner. Dr. Ryslinge was our guest speaker at the Lincoln City branch meeting on Oct 19th. When OCCC joins as a C/U partner they will be the 21st Oregon college to participate and offer free e-affiliate memberships to all students.
WINGS(Women Interested in Going to School), a collaborative program of the Seaside and Astoria AAUW branches partnering with Clatsop Community College, held its first steering committee meeting on Oct. 23rd for the Spring 2016 one-day event. The steering committee will meet monthly to pull together this 13th annual incredible conference to help women return to school and reach for their dreams. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, 2016.
Now, with our 2016 goals of increased community involvement, reaching out to younger women and focusing on mission-driven events, we hope to deepen AAUW’s impact on improving the lives and dreams of the women and girls of Coastal Oregon. A thrilling personal moment for me was witnessing Governor Kate Brown sign into law the Wage Transparency Bill on Sept. 28th.