AAUW Bookstore Opening May 1
It is exciting news to announce that the AAUW Jamestown Used Bookstore will be opening again on May 1, 2017. The bookstore is opening in collaboration with the Dakota Store and the Jamestown Volunteer Center. The new bookstore is located at 601 1 Ave. South in Jamestown (across from the St. James Basilica). It will be open weekdays, Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM starting on May 1, and some Saturdays. Our grand reopening will be held May 11-13, 2017. Read more about it and Watch for advertising!
We will be holding our May meeting on Thursday, May 4 from 5-6 p.m. with a tour of our new used book store located at 601 1 Ave. S. in Jamestown. Make plans to go out for supper together after the tour!
Kelly Krein Recognized as Zonta Outstanding Women Leader
”The Zonta Club of Jamestown recently honored five outstanding women leaders of the community at its second annual “OWL” Brunch for Outstanding Women Leaders awards presented on Saturday, March 25, at the Bunker. Kelly Krein, Jamestown AAUW member, was one of the recipients.
Krein pointed out the benefits of a smaller community like Jamestown, where people are more likely to know and seek you out to help on a project. She highlighted the importance of seeking out others, helping them to see their talents and gifts, and empowering them toward greater roles in the community taking what she has learned and paying it forward.
Zonta is an international service organization working together to empower women locally andworldwide through service and advocacy.
Time To Renew Your Membership
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AAUW National Election Now Open – All Members Need to VOTE
Learn about your candidates for election to the Board or apply for appointment to the board; read up on the proposed by-laws amendments, the proposed public policy platform, and resolutions on this year’s ballot in the Voter Guide; or learn how to turn your branch meeting into a polling place so everyone can vote! Read more.
Your Voice is Your Vote Video
Alber Received “Women of Distinction” Award
Debbie Alber, (Jamestown), was the recipient of AAUW’s ND “Women of Distinction” award. The award is given to a member who promotes women’s and girls’ issues, has served as an officer at both the local and state level, has attended a national conference, participates in leadership development within the state of ND, and is recognized within the community and/or state as a leader and motivator.
Jamestown AAUW Receives Prairie Rose Award at State Meeting
Jamestown was recently awarded the Prairie Rose Award for their most successful and outstanding project this past year (2016-2017) for Tech Savvy that was held in March that brought over 300 middle school girls together to learn hands on about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. President Joan Slusser is accepting the award from State AAUW President, Theresa Leiphon.
See highlights of the AAUW Annual Meeting April 21-22 in Wahpeton
Join AAUW’s Online Book Discussion with the Author of Re Jane: A Novel, Patricia Park
Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as we talk with 2013–14 AAUW American Fellow Patricia Park about her book Re Jane. What The New York Times calls a “breezy, engaging” first novel that “grapples with real issues of identity, race, and culture from global and historical perspectives”. Register to join the discussion on May 2, 2017 at 7:00pm. Read more.
Jamestown branch member, Mary Craft, submitted her entry “Spring Rain on Tulips” to the AAUW Annual Art Contest. Mary took the photo while on a trip to the Keukenhof Gardens. Mary has entered the contest the past three years and this is her first win. Mary’s photo was one of the winners of the popular vote in the 2017 AAUW Art Contest! Her winning entry will be featured in a collection of note cards that will be mailed to members this spring. Congratulations!
AAUW Jamestown again held their annual 2017 Tech Savvy event at the university of Jamestown. Over 300 young middle school women gathered at the University of Jamestown to learn more about careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math. The girls had lots of fun enjoying hands on activities in each of the Stem Careers. Read all about the event here.
AAUW Bookstore Looks to Relocate
The AAUW bookstore formally closed it’s doors in the Buffalo Mall on Feb. 28. Plans are in the works to relocate to a new location with a partner business. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.
Jamestown AAUW is a proud co-sponsor of the We Rise 2017 event that was held in Bismarck. Over 168 women from across the state participated in this two day event. Several attendees were active in testifying on HB 1308 – Welfare Drug Screening. Read more about this testimony here.
University of Jamestown Students Wins Scholarship to Attend NCCWSL
Victoria Getchell, a senior at University of Jamestown, with a Major in Political Science & a Minor in English & Philosophy was recently selected as our scholarship winner to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. She wrote that her purpose in life is to give a voice to those who do not have one. She no longer wants to sit by while the cries of my fellow women are falling on deaf ears. This conference will help build her leadership skills. She is excited to attend the conference and plans to soak in every minute of it and extend the knowledge that I picked up to anyone willing to listen.
January Brunch Meeting
Hong Mawbe, a teacher’s aide in the Jamestown Public Schools, was the guest speaker at the January 7 branch brunch at the Legacy Center, Jamestown. Mawbe has helped many Asian children in language interpretation and cultural adjustment.
Hong Mawby, was sponsored as a 23-year-old Vietnam refugee to Jamestown in 1979 along with her brother, Cuong Duong, 24, and sister Thanh Duong, 14.
Mawby, as 9-year-old Hong Duong, said she remembered bombs falling in front of her school in Cholon, a Chinatown community near Saigon — now Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Parents were frantic as they searched for their children, she said.
“All of these things are still vivid in my head,” Mawby said. “That is why I think war is so horrible. It ruins families.” Read more about her story in the Jamestown Sun.
Branch Member Attends Women’s March in Bismarck
Branch member, Lauren Sako, attended the Women’s Rally Day and March that was held at the Bismarck Capital on January 21. The march was held to bring support of women’s priority issues to the forefront especially now during the ND legislative session. Issues that are a priority with AAUW such as equal pay, violence against women, health care access and more. You can sign AAUW’s petition to make women’s priority issues America’s issues. Take Action
June 14-17 – AAUW National Convention
The 2017 AAUW National Convention, Leadership For Women By Women, will be held June 14-17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the Renaissance hotel in downtown Washington. Visit the convention website at http://convention.aauw.org/ to keep abreast of convention news and updates.
“Solving the Equation: Hear…Learn….Explore” – November Meeting
Members will hear the findings of AAUW’s research on why so few women are being educated in the critical fields of engineering and computing and what we can do to make these fields open to and desirable for all employees at the Nov. 3, 2016 meeting at Orlady Hall Room 26 at the University of Jamestown at 7:00 PM. Orlady is the science building next to the old gym-Hanson Center. Guests are welcome.
Presenter Erica Althoff, an area engineer with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and a branch member will share her expertise and about her work with the Tech Savvy program in Jamestown that impacts middle school youth in Stutsman County.
AAUW will Host Two Trick or Treat Events on Halloween
Trick or Treaters will again be greeting and rewarded with books when they visit the AAUW Book Store at the Buffalo Mall on October 31 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Branch members are to arrive by 4:15 PM to help set up.
Branch members will also be greeting Trick or Treaters at the Pioneer School from 5 pm – 7 p.m., Halloween night, October 31. Dress warm as it can be cold on top of the hill!
Bismarck Branch Meeting
Jamestown Branch AAUW members and guests traveled to Bismarck on October 1 where they heard from Jean Gehrz who attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in June. Jean received a scholarship from the branch to attend the event. She is going into social work and much of what she attended will be helpful to her in her new career. A business meeting was then held with the Bismarck members in attendance. Lunch and a tour of the Bismarck Heritage was also fun!
Jamestown AAUW Rocks the Block
Our AAUW branch participated in the 9th Annual Community Block Party that was held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 5pm – 8pm on Main Street in Jamestown. The Block Party is a wonderful opportunity to welcome the students back to University of Jamestown for a new school year and for all Jamestown area citizens to get to know each other and learn more about what the community has to offer in a fun “Street Fair” atmosphere.
Our topic was “Get out the VOTE.” Our booth was located in front of the Office Bar on Main Street.
Branch Member Speaks Out About Pay Equity
Connie H., a branch member and former National Board member shared AAUW research statics on the gender pay gap in a recent letter to the editor in response to another letter stating there is no gender pay gap. We are so proud of Connie for sharing the AAUW proven research and standing up for equal pay. You can read her letter here, http://www.grandforksherald.com/opinion/letters/4118027-letter-gender-pay-gap-cant-be-explained-away and the letter she responded to here: http://www.grandforksherald.com/opinion/letters/4111499-letter-dont-blame-discrimination-pay-gap.
AAUW Bookstore Now Open in New Location
The AAUW Bookstore is now open during posted hours at it’s new location between KSJB and Fabric and Textile Warehouse in the Buffalo Mall. You will love our new look, bigger location and the reorganization of our books. Visit our Bookstore page for opening details or check our calendar for dates and times that we are open. Thank you for everyone who assisted us with our move and organization of our books.
AAUW GARDEN TOUR
The Annual AAUW Garden Tour was held on a hot July 20, 2016. Thank you to all of our tour participants: Ken and Rosemary McDougall, Gerhardt and Gayle Lange, Gary and Jill Riffe and Al & Renaye Wartner, who allowed us to tour their yards and gardens. A special thank you to our door prize sponsors, ticket sellers, and publicity sponsors: Country Gardens Floral, Don’s House of Flowers and Don’s Bistro and Decor, The Arts Center, The Garden District, the Garden Gate, Lloyds Toyota, The Jamestown Sun, KQDJ, CSI Cable and Dakota Central. We had great participation from the community despite the hot and humid evening. Thank you for supporting this event that supports our Scholarship Endowment Fund at University of Jamestown, the AAUW Educational Foundation and the Legal Advocacy Fund that provides resources that are used to promote our mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
June Salad Luncheon
Branch members enjoyed a salad dinner for the June meeting that was held at Centerpoint Condos on June 2. This was our member recruitment luncheon and we were joined by two visitors. The salads were delicious.
Iron Jawed Angels and Popcorn
Branch members met on May 5 at 7:00 PM at the Centerpoint Condos to enjoy a viewing of the movie, “Iron Jawed Angels.” Bring a friend and enjoy popcorn and beverages. “Iron Jawed Angels” tells the remarkable and little-known story of a group of passionate and dynamic young women, led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and her friend Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor), who put their lives on the line to fight for American women’s right to vote.
AAUW Number One at Annual Meeting
The AAUW Annual meeting was held in Devils Lake at Lake Region State College on April 22. Members and guests were treated to wonderful information about “Protecting Their Income both Before and After Retirement,” were fired up with the seminar on “Get Out The Vote” and heard about how AAUW is “Changing the Climate” for women and girls. Thank you Devils Lake Branch for organizing all of the great information and for planning this event. The AAUW meeting was also fun as members hammed it up for AAUW is Number One! For more photos and a complete story visit our annual meeting page at: annual meeting
Branch Members Elected to State AAUW Board
Several Jamestown Branch members were recently elected to and installed as officers on the AAUW ND State Board. Connie Lillejord (not pictured) was elected as the Secretary starting on July 1 and Mary Craft was elected the the AAUW Funds Chair. Pictured from left to right are Malinda Gaul, AAUW Board of Directors and our state liaison from Texas, Theresa Leiphon, our next State President, Mary Craft, Funds Chair and Kathy Ashe, By-Laws Chair. Performing the installation ceremony and in the background is current State President and Jamestown branch member, Debbie Alber.