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

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.

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!