January 9 at Salem Museum: “Human Trafficking” – Officer Carla Spencer of the Salem Police Department will present and lead round-table discussion surrounding this topic; bring your own lunch. Here’s the schedule of upcoming programs.
Each year, the Roanoke Valley Branch of AAUW awards scholarships to deserving women and girls in the area. Here’s more information about these scholarships, including how to apply.
WINTER BOOK SALE: FEBRUARY 6-7, 2016
Our branch holds two book sales annually. The main one is in September, the weekend following Labor Day. The second one takes place in February, to coincide with the Tanglewood Mall family friendly event.
Most of our members are involved in the sales in one way or another. We start collecting books as soon as each book sale ends. We sort them, classify them and arrange them in our space at Tanglewood Mall (on the second level, opposite Belk’s).
The money we raise goes to fund scholarships that we award not only to high school girls, but also women who have decided to return to college for their degrees. We are proud of our work to provide educational opportunities for women and girls because we know how positively and how deeply this affects society in general.
Travelogue: Austria and Switzerland – November 21
International Program: Palestine and Canaan Fair Trade – October 10
Members gathered at the Salem Museum to hear The Rev. Deborah Hunley discussed Palestinian and Canaan Fair trade as well as taste the olive oil, Moftul and Za’atar that the organizations produce. We learned of the tumultuous history of the area and heard heartwarming stories of the women’s co-ops and the “sisterhood” effect it had on the community of women producers.
SPECIAL VIEWING OF FRAME BY FRAME: SEPTEMBER 28
Our viewing will take place Monday, September 28 at 7:30pm
The viewing has been arranged specifically for AAUW members and their guests. We need at least 52 viewers for Grandin Theatre to make this movie available to us, so please share freely by forwarding the above link via email to your contacts, on Facebook, or other social media outlets you might peruse.
If you have any questions about this special event, please email Peggy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s Connect! New Member Orientation – September 26
September 26th our Let’s Connect program welcomed new members Anna Cory, Laura Koons and Dianne Brings as well as “told tales” about and on ourselves. We also had a special recognition for Jennie Sue Murdock, a new life member!
View the photo album from this meeting.
Roanoke Valley Branch Spring Safari – May 30
The Spring safari of the Roanoke Branch of AAUW, organized by Pat Hales, was a great success. On Saturday, May 30 we visited historical Saltville, VA, Salt Capitol of the Confederacy, and was given a fantastic tour of the wonderful Museum of the Middle Appalachians. Afterward we had lunch at Heartwood, Artisan Center of Southwest VA, in Abingdon and attended the Barter production of “Mary Poppins” which was fabulous!
On Sunday morning, several groups pursued individual interests ranging from biking The Virginia Creeper Trail to perusing the beautiful streets and homes of Abingdon and lunch at the Martha Washington Inn.
We are all looking forward to the fall safari…what a time of friendship and memories!
2015 Scholarship Recipients – Congratulations!
The Roanoke Valley AAUW Chapter welcomed seven new members and presented $12,500 in scholarships to area students at its May 2015 gathering. The chapter also recognized three members who died in the past year.
New members are Sharon Bottomley, Susan Hill, Pam Welsh, Karen Clarke, Penelope Baynton, Tonia Drewery, Kristina Montuori and Melissa Woodson.
Scholarship winners were:
Glenvar High School seniors, Hunter Wilson, Rachael Persons and Carolyn Marciniec; Sarah Harmon of Patrick Henry High School; Samantha Wright and Elizabeth Wingfield, who are studying at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, and Mary Lowder and Hannah Matranga, students at Roanoke College. All received $1,500 scholarships except for Mary Lowder, who was awarded the $2,000 Dorothy Kayser Provine Scholarship.
Dorothy Provine was among three deceased members who were honored at the ceremony. Provine, who died in November 2014, helped establish the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and remained there as the head archivist until 1998. She gave her extensive book collection to the chapter, which has major book sales twice a year at Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke, and also sells books online. The book sales support scholarships and programs that encourage young women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions. Also honored were Lotty Hebblethwaite, a retired psychologist with Botetourt County Schools who died in June 2014, and Kay Koehler, a retired journalist who died in March 2015.