Welcome to the Hagerstown (MD) Branch of AAUW!

Scholarship Reception

Wednesday,  May 11, 2022 – 7:00 p.m.

Funkstown Park, Pavilion #4

Learn about the five scholarship recipients.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Excerpt from President’s Message:

…After two years off, we had a successful Book Sale once again.  Happy because I saw so many of you helping in one way or the other. Happy because so many shoppers expressed how they missed us and how happy they were to once again be able to shop our sale.  Happy because once again we were interacting with and visible to our local community.

However, there are a few clouds with those silver linings.  After managing the sale for 9 years, our current book sale chairs are stepping down. Others, myself included, are not sure that the current membership has the physical strength to continue the book sale.  Some had announced publicly that this is the last sale, though that has not been decided by the board or the membership at large. A few are disgruntled that sometimes we seem to be all about the book sale.

My first interaction and awareness of AAUW was because of the book sale. Long before I was a member, I attended the sale whenever I could – at the fairgrounds and then at the Ag Center.  I have helped with the sale on and off through the years, eventually becoming a year-round worker when I retired from teaching.  It does take a lot of work and a lot of muscle and it may be time to let it go.  I just have two questions: If not the book sale, how will we interact with the community so that they know we are here?  Without the book sale proceeds, will we still try to offer scholarships to young women?

…If there is someone, or several someones, who would like to see the book sale continue and will serve as chairs, then the board needs to hear from them soon. Past chairs of the Book Sale will be willing to help with some of the details and organization.  The biggest need, as I see it, for the book sale to go forward is reliable help with strong backs.  We had potential student volunteers this year, but only one showed up.

If this is to be the end of the book sale, then we need to make that decision as quickly as possible.  We have asked the public to hold books until the first of June, but if we aren’t coming back, then we need to let them know. I need to know. As I finished a book this past weekend, I realized I might not be donating it to our shelves this time. For now it sits in a bag waiting for its new home. We will also need to clear out our current rented space as soon as possible.

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2022-2024 Slate of Officers

Since the slate of officers was not finalized for an election to be held at the March meeting, the procedure used in 2018 and 2020 will be utilized.  Because none of the offices have more than one candidate, you may vote in the following manner:  if you’re happy with this slate you need not do anything;  if you object, please contact Charlotte or one of the current board members by May 31, 2022.

  • Charlotte Trout, President
  • Susan Latimer, Membership Vice President
  • Denise Fry, Public Policy Vice President
  • Carol Nase, Recording Secretary
  • Sharon Chirgott, Corresponding Secretary
  • Kelly Weaver, Treasurer

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Membership Renewal Time Nears

Membership renewal as well as new memberships are due in June.  Membership Renewal Form 2022.  Please send your form and check to Kim Powell.

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Facebook Reminder 

For those of you who are on Facebook, don’t forget to check our AAUW Facebook Page for updates and information on upcoming meetings and events. Here is the link to the page:

https://www.facebook.com/AauwHagerstownMd

If you are on Facebook and haven’t “Liked” our page, please do so!!

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Discount Card

AAUW members are being offered savings with a discount card from Office Max and Office Depot. To read more about the savings and to print out your discount card, click on the following link: http://www.officediscounts.org/aauw.html

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AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

For information on becoming a member, please see the “Join Us” link above.

For questions, please email: aauwhagerstownbranchquestions@gmail.com