Wow! I think we can all agree, it’s been a wild ride the last few months. We are living in a period of profound change: a global pandemic, political upheavals, economic crisis, and a powerful uprising for the Black Lives Matter movement. Protests have erupted not just across the country but across much of the world. The anti- discrimination protests have led to both an outpouring of support and criticism. Reflection and deep thought is a daily exercise as we all try to navigate the changing world around us. Our country has become divisive. Is this the new normal? I hope not. Perhaps profound change can be a motivator for inclusion and positive unity?
Hope – a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Hope is the one thing we must have to get us through tough times. Hope is how we come out stronger than we were before. Hope is having faith that we are exactly where we are supposed to be. Hope is seeing the light through the darkness. Hope is what will change this world for the better.
I, your new President at the AAUW Seaside Branch, along with your board, are excited for the opportunity to work with all of you to bring about positive change, to shake things up, be part of an amazing movement that will be talked about for generations. A movement where all women and men are actively working to help bring inclusion and opportunity for others in these trying times. Together, we can overcome fears of change, create new ideas, have new conversations, develop new friendships, bring new beginnings fun and enlightening, and yes, perhaps a new normal.
We need to rise above. We need to have tough conversations. We need to be vulnerable and realize our old ideas may need to be replaced. We need to respectively listen and be respectively heard.
Your Seaside AAUW Branch board is committed to finding ways we can plan for a changing future and finding our way in this wild new world. It is not a time for stagnation; this is an opportunity for a rehabilitation of our world. It is a time to surge forward with new ideas, new vibes and big change. So get ready to surge my friends. When women come together, there is an immense power to create, nurture and transform that of which is unstoppable.
AAUW Seaside President-
Seaside Scholarship Foundation Receives Donations and Awards Scholarships for 2019
Seaside AAUW Scholarship Foundation has recently announced a donation from Windermere Foundation and a grant from Pacific Power Foundation. Grants and donations help fund college scholarships for local young women who are either the first in their family to attend college or are returning to college after a five-year absence.
Pictured below are Jane McGeehan, Foundation chair; Pam Ackley from Windermere Foundation; and Pat Johns, Joanne McIntyre and Tricia Howell, board members with Seaside AAUW.
Jane McGeehan is pictured with Alisa Dunlap, Pacific Power Regional Business Manager accepting the grant on behalf of Seaside AAUW Scholarship Foundation.
Seaside AAUW has been giving scholarships to local women totaling more than $30,000 since the 1990’s as well as helping to support local middle school girls attend a summer Tech Trek program and honor a local girl or woman as part of the Breaking Barriers Award program. Beginning modestly with a scholarship of $300 in 1990, the foundation was granted 501c3 status in 2005.
Donations for this important work can be sent to Seaside AAUW Scholarship Foundation and mailed to PO BOX 693, Seaside, OR 97138.
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