AAUW Florida History
AAUW Florida began in 1929 and has been active ever since. Thirteen years earlier in 1916 a group of Tampa women organized as a branch of the Southern Association of College Women. It was the only branch in the state until 1923 when a Tallahassee group organized a second branch. The two groups were joined by St. Petersburg in 1924, and then followed by Jacksonville, Miami, Gainesville, Pensacola, and Sarasota in 1926, Hollywood in 1927 and Central Florida (now Orlando-Winter Park) in 1928. These branches were the founding branches of AAUW Florida. Over the years the number of branches has varied as has the total membership. Presently we have 39 branches with a total branch membership of approximately 2,500 and there are another 1000 AAUW members living in Florida who are not affiliated with a branch.
AAUW FLORIDA VOTING ONE MEMBER ONE VOTE 2016
***IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ!***
In the statewide voting that ended on Saturday, June 11th the majority of the members voted to adopt National’s Public Policy as Florida’s Public Policy. Download and/or print the 2015-17 Public Policy Program Brochure
Send questions or comments to State Co-President at AAUWFLfarace@gmail.com
Tech Trek Camp News
The 60 girls who were selected to attend the 2016 camp arrived in Boca Raton on Sunday afternoon June 12th. They checked in, unpacked, said good-bye to the family members who brought them to camp and began meeting the other campers and their counselors. They learned which of one of the morning core classes, Computer Application Inventions, Robotics or Cyber Security they would attend Monday through Thursday mornings, There were two workshops each afternoon. These were: Zumba, Web Animation 2D, Simple Physics Machines, Hip Hop Fitness, Fundamental Engineering, Edible Science, DNA/ Forensics and Chemiscsology. By the end of the fourth day each girl had participated in all eight workshops. There were special interesting activities each evening including a dinner with professional women with careers in a variety of STEM fields. The girls dressed up and each sat a table with one of the professional women. On Friday the girls went on a field trip that broadened their horizons even more and after dinner worked on skits or similar programs which they presented to their parents and other campers on Saturday morning before saying goodbye to their new friends and heading for home.
If you would like to see the press release that was written about the camp go to https://techtrek-fl.aauw.net and you will find it right there on the home page.
Tech Trek Camp Funding
It takes approximately $1,000 per girl to hold the camp each year. Branches should solicit financial support from local corporations so the burden of financing the camp does not fall entirely on AAUW Florida members. As of now the camp has received generous contributions from Arthrex, Inc., Florida Power and Light, Publix Super Market Charities, Susan Berlin, DDS, Verizon Foundation, Symantec Corporation, the Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s Allen Wirtz Nobbe and Jo Brown Nobbe Fund, Daniella Levine Cava, Miami Dade Commissioner and Praxair Foundation, Inc..
It is not too late to make a contribution to the camp. Please make checks payable to AAUW, and mail them to the Fundraising Coordinator, Tech Trek Florida, PO Box 2938, Jupiter, Fl 33468. Please include your branch name, if applicable, and your complete contact information so that we can thank you promptly for your generosity.
AAUW Florida Convention News
We are pleased to announce the names of those who will serve on the AAUW Florida Board of Directors from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017; Newly Elected officers are co-Membership Vice Presidents Maria Barbosa, Flagler County, and Coral “Corky” Miller, Marco Island; Carol Napper, St Augustine, Director for Communications; Florence “Flossie” McNally, West Pasco Director for Development, and Susie Baird, Flagler County, Secretary. They will join Shirley Reid, Venice, who will be President through June 30, 2018, Jacqueline D’Alessio, Manatee, Director for Program; Nancy Pura, West Pasco, Director for Finance; and Patricia DeWitt, Jacksonville, Director for Public Policy, who will serve through June 30, 2017. Appointed Officers will be: Sue Shea, Venice, Administrative Assistant; Carol Newnam, Venice, Bylaws, Policies and Resoutions; Mimi Welch, Venice, Parliamentarian; Susan Cornehl, Jacksonville, College/University Chair; Diane Schrier, Ocala, Social Media Chair; Synthia Fletcher, Daytona Beach, Diversity Chair; Cheryl Temple. Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte, Web Manager; Kamala Anandam, Weston, Director for Research; Virginia Farace, Palm Beach County, Voting and Elections Chair; Sue Slone, Northern Palm Beach County, 2017 TechTrek Camp Director and Laura Adolfie, Flagler County, STEM Coordinator. To be announced later: Historian, and 2017 Leadership Conference Chair. Go to the State Convention page for a description of the convention events.
Public Policy Impact Grant for 2014-2015
AAUW Florida has been awarded a Public Policy Impact Grant for 2104-2015. The primary issue is Equal Pay with a secondary issue of Human Trafficking. We held an advocacy Day in Tallahassee on March 18, 2015. Branch members were asked to meet with elected officials in January and February regarding Equal Pay and our other public policy priorities.
Getting Out the Vote is an important element of the grant. Sending letters to the editor about Equal Pay and Human Trafficking and talking with legislators about these two items that are of great concern to women is equally important. Read the Public Policy Impact Grant‘s Action Plan to learn how you can incorporate appropriate actions into your branch plans.
On-Going Statewide Activities That Assist Branches
- AAUW Florida sends out AAUW Florida Action Alerts as needed during the Florida Legislative session. If you would like to become a subscriber to these Action Alerts, please email Pat DeWitt State Public Policy Chair, and ask to have your name added to the list. Write AAUW Florida Action Alert in the subject line. The Action Alerts advise subscribers when an important issue included in our public policy program is about to be heard in a committee or voted upon in a legislative session.
- Branches may apply for mini-grants of up to $500 for special branch projects. The funds requested must be matched by branch funds, monetary contributions or in-kind contributions.
- Branches may also invite an AAUW member from a branch in another part of the state to speak to share their expertise and/or experience of in an area of particular interest to the branch. The state will pay for the speaker’s travel expenses if the branch applies for funding through the Leader-on-Loan program.
We publish a newsletter, FloriVision, twice a year and have a Facebook page. Please visit our Facebook page and like us!
Branch Activities that Benefit Girls and Women
Many of our branches are located in communities where there are PACE Centers for Girls and are active in supporting these centers by volunteering their services, donating needed materials and supplies, making financial contributions and/or serving on their boards of directors. PACE Centers are for teenage girls who have lost their way and fallen behind in school. Girls that attend PACE, a free program, improve their grades, graduate, go on to college or begin careers thanks to a caring staff, teachers, and personal counselors. Other branches support local girls organizations by contributing needed supplies and materials. Still others are very involved with activities such as the Academic Olympics, Math Superstars, Reading is Fundamental, STEM workshops for girls of various ages, or work in local precincts during national, state and local elections, etc. Most of our branches raise funds for the AAUW Funds (Educational Opportunities, Eleanor Roosevelt, Legal Advocacy, Public Policy and Leadership Programs). Many branches also raise money to award scholarships to local women needing financial assistance to complete their work toward Associate of Arts or Bachelors degrees. The qualifications for the scholarships and the amounts of financial assistance vary from branch to branch. We are committed to the AAUW Mission and the Public Policy Action Program established at the June 2015 Convention in San Diego, CA.
Other Items of Interest
Read this eye opening report on Human Trafficking written by Mary Palomar a member of Florida’s West Pasco Branch. Sadly, it is a big problem in Florida. Learn about the National Women’s History Museum and look at the online exhibits. The museum has private funding to build a museum on the National Mall in Washington, but needs to have congressional approval to purchase the land for the building. Sign the petition on the home page to ask the Senate to support the bill that will enable the museum to purchase the land at no expense to taxpayers. If the bi-monthly Mission & Action e-Bulletin isn’t arriving in your email you may read the most recent issue and older issues at http://www.aauw.org/resource/aauw-mission-action/.
View AAUW’s calendar of events by visiting the AAUW website at www.aauw.org.