It’s My Vote – I Will Be Heard

Every election is important–you already know that.  I urge you to read today’s email from Lisa Maatz, AAUW’s Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy. A portion of this message is posted here:

Research shows voters are more likely to participate if you make it easy. They’re also more likely to vote if someone personally asks them to do so. Here’s everything voters need to turn out on Election Day. Just forward this email forward this email to friends, family, neighbors, and contacts to encourage them to speak their minds at the polls!

Logistics. From where to go to what to bring, here’s everything you need to know about Election Day. Voting laws have changed across the country — don’t let your friends and family be caught flatfooted, and worse, disenfranchised. If you need a ride to the polls or want to offer one, visit CarpoolVote.

Candidates. Who’s on your ballot and where do they stand on the issues affecting women and their families? The AAUW Action Fund’s 2016 Voter Guides offer head-to-head candidate comparisons on a wide range of issues for many Gubernatorial, Senate, and House races, while our Congressional Voting Record documents incumbents’ records on priority issues.

Issues. Ballot measures can advance or undermine policies that help working families. We’ve put together this handy guide to ballot initiatives in select states.

Help. Have questions about the voting process and your rights? Experience or see problems at the polls? The Election Protection website and hotline (866.OUR.VOTE) are available to assist voters across the country. Use it!

There’s too much at stake for women to let others make decisions for us — and when we don’t vote, that’s exactly what we do. Help make sure our voices are heard November 8 and beyond — it’s time to GET OUT THE VOTE!

Enough said.

Ruth Yurchuck, Communications Committee Chair

Public Policy and Legislative Update: Become an Informed Voter

Clear your calendars to attend the October 13, 2016 brunch and program!  It is a joint meeting of the Atlanta, Cartersville, Cobb, and North Fulton branches to educate our members about the upcoming election.  There will be a panel presentation, including Debbie Karvey, Public Policy Chair of AAUW Georgia; Kelli Persons, Program and Advocacy Director of the Georgia League of Women Voters; Erica Clemmons of 9 to 5; and Melissa Johnson, Senior Policy analyst, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.  The program begins at 9:30 am.

The event will be held at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center at 500 Powder Springs Road, Marietta, GA  30064.  Breakfast will be served.  Cost of the event is $25 for members and guests and $15 for students, payable by cash or check.  Invite a guest to join you for this informative program.

If you have questions, contact Amira Saleh, Program Co-Vice President, Atlanta Branch, at amirasaleh23@gmail.com

The deadline to RSVP is Friday October 7th.

Driving directions to Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center from ATL

  • Take I-75 to Exit 265 (N. Marietta Parkway/120 Loop).
  • Go west on N. Marietta Parkway, 2.5 miles to Powder Springs Street.
  • Continue straight and go 0.2 miles.

 

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!

Please Volunteer for Our 57th Annual Bookfair

Our 57th Annual Bookfair will take place at Perimeter Mall during the last full week of September 25 through October 2, 2016. The sale opens Monday night, September 26, 2016.

Please sign up on Sign Up Genius, the online sign up sheet, for as many shifts as you are able and bring family and friends. Earn more hours for your AAUW Branch!

Sign Up Genius

If you have signed up with Sign Up Genius in the past, you will already have an account.  If you have forgotten your password, the reset process is easy.  If you are new to Sign Up Genius, you will be given the opportunity to create an account.

THANK YOU for volunteering.

2016 Fall Membership Tea

The calendar now reads September and it’s time for Branch members and their friends to gather at Agnes Scott College on September 11.  We will meet in the Woltz meeting room in Rebekah Scott Hall from 2 pm to 4 pm.  There will time to enjoy refreshments, renew friendships with current members and meet their guests before the program begins.

You will hear from all committee chairs about plans for the coming year.  The highlight of the afternoon will be a presentation from those students who attended the National Conference of Women Student Leaders (NCWSL) in June.  A short business meeting will conclude the afternoon.

Please invite a friend or colleague to join you as we begin our 2016-2017 Branch activities.  See you on September 11!

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.