AAUW/JACKSONVILLE REGIONAL BRANCH MAY/JUNE 2007 NEWSLETTER

PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE: Thank-you to our fundraising partner, Charlene Shearer of Tastefully Simple, for helping us put on a fundraiser extraordinaire. The food was wonderful and we had no trouble choosing items to take home to our families. At last count, we made $285. Thank you also to everyone who supported this funds-for-scholarship event: Onslow County Council for Women, parishioners from St. Anne’s, AAUW/Wilmington and AAUW/Twin Rivers-New Bern.

On a sad note, we know all of you will want to express your sympathies to Katharyn Thayer on the sudden passing of her son-in-law. Inspite of this trying time for Katharyn and her family, she has been unwavering in her AAUW duties. She stands as a model of strength to us all.

Evelyn and Connie

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OUR NEXT MEETING: Saturday, May 19, 3-5 p.m. – Installation Banquet at Duck’s, 1207 Gum Branch Rd., Jacksonville. PLEASE NOTE THIS SPECIAL DAY AND TIME. We will be ordering from the menu. Connie needs a head count for the restaurant. Please call (910-346-8223) or e-mail (cgo@ec.rr.com) to let her know if you and your guest will be attending. She needs the count by May 14th.

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SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2007-2008: We will vote on the following slate at the May banquet –

Treasurer – Katharyn Thayer

Secretary – Judy Martin

Vice-President of Programs – Heather F. Ochse

Vice- President of Membership – Joanne Whitney Hill

Co-President – Evelyn Lynge

Co-President – Connie Gamble Ochse

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DUES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007-2008: You are encouraged to pay your dues for the next year at the installation banquet. They are $47 for national + $11 for state + $11 for branch dues = $69. (If you wish to pay a voluntary contribution to the Education Fund and the Legal Advocacy Fund, you may add $30. This is totally voluntary.) If you cannot attend the banquet, please see that Katharyn receives your dues by June 30 for your membership to remain current. Make checks payable to AAUW/Jacksonville Regional and mail to 203 Hodges Street, Morehead City, NC 28577.

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GREEN NEWS: Country Home Magazine recently published an article entitled “2007 Best Green Places”. Jacksonville was listed as #163 out of 379! Twelve North Carolina cities made the list, and out of those, Jacksonville placed 6th! Good news like this rarely makes the newspaper, so lets celebrate this great piece of news about the place many of us call “home”.

Also on the environmental front, last month our co-president, Connie, received the Sarah Humphries Onslow Pride Award “in recognition of outstanding efforts to care for our public lands and help educate others to increase their awareness and responsibilities in keeping Onslow County beautiful”. Congratulations, Connie!

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBER: Sue Currie, welcome! You will remember Sue as our outstanding speaker at the January “Women in Technology” meeting. We look forward to including Sue in our AAUW activities.

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CALENDAR

May 19 (Saturday), 3-5 p.m. – Installation Banquet, Duck’s, 1207 Gum Branch Rd., Jacksonville. Guests welcome. (Connie needs a head count by May 14th.)

June and July – NO BRANCH FUNCTIONS.

June 29-July 2 – AAUW National Convention, Phoenix, AZ.

July 13-14 – AAUW NC Summer Conference, Gastonia, NC.

August 25 – Mark your calendar for a fun AAUW event to kick off the new year. More later…

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Heather F. Ochse, Editor, hksalc@yahoo.com

Connie Gamble Ochse, Assistant Editor, cgo@ec.rr.com

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