2013-2014 Programs

2013 | SEPTEMBER 21: New Member Orientation

Vice President Membership Charlotte Seth and her team presented an outstanding program which outlined the history for AAUW National, Virginia, and Roanoke Valley and provided insight into the many volunteer opportunities available within the Roanoke Valley Branch. Each committee chair presented their respective responsibilities.
Seventeen new members were in attendance and a fun time was had by all.

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2013 | October 12: Women in Finance

Vianne Greek, Financial Advisor, outlined some of the challenges faced by women when it comes to retirement. Challenges such as lower earnings, more time outside the workforce, and longevity, which are more demographic in nature, coupled with lack of general education about finances and the markets, with many women leaving the financial decisions to their husbands, can be cause for some serious concern during a woman’s retirement.
With the current climate of seniors fraud she also provided some good tips on how to avoid being duped by scam artists.

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2013 | November 16: Prejudice Reduction Workshop

Acting Diversity Chair Peggy Shifflett and International Program Chair Barbara Craig presented a very interactive fun-filled workshop on prejudice reduction. After a brief introduction about the different types of prejudice, the group was split into pairs and asked to silently interview their partner. This meant, that we were not able to ask any questions, and just fill in a questionnaire based on our guess – mostly using only age, race, and physical description to answer questions such as “Were you the first in your family to graduate from college?” and “To how many countries have you traveled?” This impossible task gave us some insights into judgements that we make about one another based on physical appearance, and we miss out on such a wealth of information from the individual by making those first assumptions.
We celebrated our differences by applauding each person that had a differing characteristic, and were invited to meet those who we thought were most different from us. The presentation was extremely insightful and informative.

2014 | FEBRUARY 22: Travelogue of Tibet

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2014 | MARCH 8: STEM CONFERENCE A SUCCESS!

On International Women’s Day, the Roanoke Valley Branch of AAUW hosted a STEM conference, highlighting practical applications and career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for young girls. 33 young girls attended and were introduced to Newton’s Laws, Building Science, Money Management, Cyber Safety, Forensic Science and Forensic Anthropology.

2014 | MARCH 22: Gender Equity & the Role of Women in Society

Discussion of AAUW Delegate visits to China and South Africa

2014 | APRIL 12: SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

From left to right, they were Amanda Collins, Myra Ebdalin, Maria Roncal, Holly Gallardo, Brooke Sauerwald, and Meagan Phlegar. Congratulations ladies!

From left to right: Amanda Collins, Myra Ebdalin, Maria Roncal, Holly Gallardo, Brooke Sauerwald, and Meagan Phlegar. Congratulations ladies!

Today, as in past years, our Branch members had the joy of seeing the fruits of their labor. Six talented women were recipients of our branch scholarships. From left to right, they were Amanda Collins, Myra Ebdalin, Maria Roncal, Holly Gallardo, Brooke Sauerwald, and Meagan Phlegar. Congratulations ladies!

Throughout the year, many of our members work tirelessly in the book sale space to sort and clean books for our twice annual book sales. As a result, we are able to award several scholarships each year to women and girls in our community. Click here to learn more about the scholarship recipients.