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PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE: Happy New Year! We hope you all had a very special holiday season. Now it’s time to get back to work.

January 28, 6:30 p.m. will be our next meeting. We will be in the Board Room of Onslow Memorial Hospital. Our program will be Diversity: Other Cultures. Joanne Whitney Hill will tell us about her summer in Spain and former member, Carol Thomson, will tell us about growing up in Cuba. This is a unique program and not to be missed. We will also decide in what direction to take our School Supplies Project, so please come to give us your feedback.

Connie and Evelyn


OUR NEXT MEETING: Monday, January 28, 6:30 p.m., the Board Room, the Education Building, Onslow Memorial Hospital on Western Blvd., Jacksonville. Program: Diversity-Other Cultures by Joanne Whitney Hill and Carol Thomson. Guests welcome.


SCHOOL SUPPLIES PROJECT: Heather and Connie presented 22 book totes imprinted with “northwoods elementary school” to that school. They will be used by students who cannot afford bookbags. Principal Peggy Kelley was overwhelmed by the gift and said the bags will be put to immediate use. The school sent our branch a Christmas ornament as a thank-you.

Please bring any school supplies you may still have to the next meeting. Heather is ready to make deliveries.


VOTING NEWS: Voter registration for the N.C. Primary is April 11. Voter registration deadline for faxed originals – April 16. Absentee voting by mail begins March 17. Absentee ballots must be returned to Board of Elections by May 5. One-stop voting begins April 17 and ends May 3. The primary election is May 6.


HEAR IN AMERICA: This is a program designed to give a significant discount on hearing aids to teachers who are teaching or have taught in state registered schools. Check with your local hearing aid provider to see if they are a participant. For more information: Doris Bernlohr of Chapel Hill Branch had success with this program. Connie can put you in touch with her if you wish.



January 28, 6:30 p.m. – Branch meeting in the Board Room, Onslow Memorial Hospital, Western Blvd., Jacksonville. Program: Diversity – Other Cultures.
February 25, 6:30 p.m. – Branch Meeting. TBA.
March 24, 6:30 p.m. – Branch Meeting. TBA.
April 18-19 – AAUW/NC Convention, Downtown Marriott, Greensboro, NC. See the Spring Tar Heel News for details.
April 28 – Branch fundraiser for scholarships.


Heather F. Ochse, Editor,

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