Meet AAUW Atlanta Branch’s Oldest Member!

Dr. Floreine Hudson 100th Birthday July 5, 2016

Dr. Floreine Hudson 100th Birthday July 5, 2016

Dr. Floreine Hudson celebrated her 100th birthday on July 5, 2016 with Branch friends.  Flo, as she is affectionately known, has been a member of AAUW for over 50 years and served as Branch President from 1969-1971.  Flo was also a name grant honoree in 1970, 1981, and 2003.  She compiled a 50 year history of AAUW of Georgia in 1977.

Flo was the first woman to receive a doctorate in education from Auburn University.  She was recruited to the DeKalb County School District  where she served as a principal and member of the administrative staff.  In 1964 she was appointed a professor in the Georgia State University College of Education.  She retired in 1977 and became a professor emeritus.

In her retirement Flo served as chair or president of at least 12 organizations and was active in the Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

For more information about Flo Hudson and her influence on the Atlanta Branch, just ask our own Alta Birdsong.  Floreine Hudson is truly an outstanding woman!

It’s Official!

At our May 14, 2016 meeting we elected our Branch officers to serve for 2016-2018.  Here they are:  Co-Presidents Blondie Chitunya-Wilson and Mary Lynn Merkel; Program Vice Presidents  Betty Arden and Amira Saleh; Membership Vice President Kay Collins; Recording Secretaries Marcy Nader (Board) and Susan Diffenderfer and Sarah Rondeau (Meetings); and Finance Officers Alta Birdsong and Phyllis Miller.

We  thank these members for their willingness to serve our Branch.  Please plan to give them your support as we begin Branch activities in September.

Our Annual Meeting on May 14, 2016

This year’s Branch activities will be celebrated at our annual meeting, to be held at Cross Creek Cafe (1221 Cross Creek Parkway NW) from 11 am to 1 pm.  An evite will be sent shortly, so please respond by May 11. Members will order lunch from the menu provided and there will be separate checks.

We will also nominate and elect new Branch officers. This year’s Nominating Committee (Bea Meyer, Mary Lynn Merkle, Betty Slater, and Wendy Venet) will present the candidates for office who will serve from August 2016 through May 2017. The slate is as follows:
Co-Presidents:  Blondie Chitunya Wilson and Mary Lynn Merkle
Program Vice Presidents:  Betty Arden and Amira Saleh
Treasurer:  Alta Birdsong
Nominating Committee:  Myra Carmon, Cele Covatta, Huiping Du, Mary Hanson, and Wendy Venet

Special entertainment will be provided by actresses from Shakespeare’s Tavern, who will present Act I, Scene V from Twelfth Night.  This scene was featured in the Tavern’s recent all-female production, Lady Shakes.

Please plan to attend and close out this year in style with good food, good friends, and good entertainment!  See you on May 14!



March meeting: Women’s Health

We are honored to have Dr. Benedict Benigno, a well-known and respected gynecologist, as our March 5, 2016, Branch meeting speaker. He will be talking about advances in treatment of gynecological cancer in women, a subject of great interest to our members and friends. A business meeting will precede Dr. Benigno’s presentation.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Perimeter Suites located at 6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE. We will have a buffet luncheon; cost of the luncheon is $20. If you have not already done so, please respond to your evite ASAP or call Hospitality chair Betty Arden if you have questions.

The hotel is located one block north of the intersection of Ham-mond Drive and Peachtree Dunwoody Rd.- Take Hammond Drive off 400 or 285 Peachtree Dunwoody Exit.

Time for Our Annual Legislative Update

Plan to attend our annual Legislative Update meeting on February 6. At this year’s meeting State Senator Elena Parent, who represents north and central DeKalb County, will be our speaker. Bring your questions about current legislation!

The meeting will be held at Nancy G’s Cafe and Bistro (4920 Roswell Road, Suite 55, Sandy Springs) in the Fountain Oaks Shopping Center. The cost of the buffet luncheon is $25.00

An evite will be coming shortly. Please RSVP by February 1. See you there!

It’s Time for Our Annual Holiday Party!

Mark your calendars for December 6 when we gather at the home of Mary and Darwin Womack  (3945 Club Drive, Atlanta, Ga  30319) at 3 pm to welcome the holiday season!   There will be lots of goodies, supplied by the Board, and a Silent Auction to benefit Legal Advocacy.  So round up some items to contribute to the auction and plan to do some holiday shopping.  Recipients of scholarships awarded locally and nationally have been invited to attend.  Look forward to seeing your there!

Please note:  There will be a Board meeting at 1:30 pm preceding the holiday party.