Closing Out Our Branch Year

Plan to attend our annual meeting to be held at Cross Creek Cafe (1221 Cross Creek Parkway NW) on May 6 from 11 am to 1 pm. It is a time to celebrate Branch accomplishments for 2016-2017. There will also be a presentation by Trees Atlanta. Members will order from the menu and receive individual checks. It is also time for membership renewal, and Kay Collins, our Vice President for membership, will gladly take your checks.

Evites for this event have already been sent. If you have not received an evite, please contact our Program Chairs, Amira Saleh or Betty Arden at
as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

A Great Opportunity to Get Better Acquainted with Branch Members

Perhaps you have recently joined the AAUW Atlanta Branch, or perhaps you are a long-time member.  In either case, come to the March 25 meeting and learn more about the wonderful members who belong to our Branch.  The meeting will be held at the Peachtree Presbyterian Church at 3434 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta 30305, from 10 am to noon.  We will gather in the Saint Andrew’s Room (2209) to celebrate Women’s History Month and explore the members’ gallery.  There will also be brunch and a business meeting.  Cost of this event is $20. (cash or check).

Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the women who share membership in our Branch.  And if you are interested in bringing something to share, please contact Amira Saleh ( to become part of this program.

You should have already received an evite for this meeting.  Please RSVP by March 11.   Looking forward to an interesting day!

Atlanta Women for Equality and Title IX

Our February 4 meeting will introduce Branch members to Atlanta Women for Equality (AWE), a non-profit organization providing free legal advocacy for low income women and girls facing sex discrimination in the workplace or at school, and working  to expand economic  and educational opportunities for women and girls. AWE also works with schools and workplaces to meet standards of equal treatment.

We will meet at the Neiman Marcus Cafe, located on the lower level of Lenox Square, beginning at 11 am.  The official address is 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326.  The menu includes Mandarin orange souffle, chicken salad with sliced almonds, seasonal fruit, and sweet bread.  Beverages include house brewed tea and coffee, or sodas.  Cost of the lunch is $20 (cash or check made out to AAUW Atlanta Branch).  You should already have received the evite to this meeting; please RSVP by January 28.  Contact if you have questions.  See you there!

Welcome to 2017!

AAUW Atlanta Branch had a splendid holiday party on December 11, held at the home of Mary and Darwin Womack.  The food selections were great, as was the punch.  In addition to our regular members in attendance, we welcomed  AAUW Fellowship winners Priya Paul (Georgia Perimeter College), Faizat Badmus-Busari (Emory University), and  Cleyana Mayweather (Emory University).  These young women shared their current academic work and their plans for the future.  There was also a silent auction and proceeds from the auction raised $448. for AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

Another highlight of this celebration was the announcement of the Named Grant Honorees for 2016.  They are:  Myra Carmon, 2014-2016 Branch President; Wendy Venet, Branch Program Vice President for 2014-2016; Deborah Karvey, 2016 Bookfair Chair and member of the Cobb County Branch; and Louise King Mitchell, in memoriam.  Special recognition was given to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Buckhead Branch, for allowing us to hold Board meetings there; and Whole Foods Market, Inc., Briarcliff location, a book drop that accepts many donations throughout the year.

We look ahead to another busy year for our Branch.  Please join us for our 2017 meetings in February, March, and May.  More information about these meetings will be forthcoming.

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

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.