NW District News

Today I wrap up my three year mark as your Northwest District Director.  It has been such a wonderful experience to get to know all of you a little better; I’ve tried to attend at least two functions at all four branches each year. Serving as liaison between the branches and state is the most rewarding volunteer work I’ve ever done so I have renewed my membership for 2017-2018 in all four branches: Seaside, Astoria, Tillamook and Lincoln City.  I want to always maintain my contact with the wonderful AAUW women of the Oregon Coast.  You can be proud to know we have grown from 118 members in 2013-2014 year to 155 members in 2016-2017 year and have gained one more College Partner in Oregon Coast Community College, Newport.

Tomorrow I assume the duties of VP of Membership for AAUW of Oregon for a two year term.  I hope to visit every corner of the state and meet so many new friends!

Meanwhile, we wrapped up the program year in Tillamook with 36 young women from up and down the coast attending Tech Trek camp at Tillamook Bay Community College. Wednesday was Professional Women’s Dinner with the Trekkers meeting several professional women in many different walks of life.  They had 5 minute group “dates” with each professional women to peek into career options for their futures. Our own Lt. Colonel Ellen Silverman shared her thoughts on life in the Air Force. She is pictured below with the young ladies of Astoria, Warrenton and Seaside who are this year’s North Coast Trekkers.Thanks so much!

Ane McIntyre

Middle school girls find role models in science, math and more

North Coast middle school girls attend Tech Trek camp
The Daily Astorian
Published on July 28, 2017 12:01AM

Source: The Astorian. Participants in the American Association of University Women North Coast Tech Trekkers 2017 included, from left, Abigail Sills, Julia Bowers, Alejandra Lopez, Emily Carpenter, retired Lt. Col. Ellen Silverman, Brianna Brouse, McKayla Medjo and Joanna Catton.

TILLAMOOK — Several North Coast girls recently attended a American Association of University Women Tech Trek camp at Tillamook Bay Community College. Through hands-on problem solving, a day trip and encounters with women role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Tech Trek helps girls see their futures while having fun.
One of the role models was U.S. Air Force retired Lt. Col. Ellen Silverman, who shared her work experiences with the Trekkers on professional women’s night. She headed up the Social Action Program at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The weeklong experiential camp is designed to make STEM exciting and accessible to girls in middle school, the age when research shows girls’ participation in these fields drops. After attending the camp, many alumnae say they are less susceptible to negative stereotypes about women in STEM, and more determined to achieve in whatever career interests them.

All campers are nominated by their seventh-grade math and science teachers, and selected by a committee. Thanks to sponsors and donors, families pay only a $50 fee to send a girl to camp.
For information about Tech Trek camps, go to http://bit.ly/1jKMrBu