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Jacksonville Regional Branch September 2009 Newsletter

President JoAnn Taylor Hall’s Message:

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our September meeting! We will have a guest speaker and then our business meeting. Please come with your ideas and suggestions.
These are some of the topics that will require your input:

1. Fundraiser for this year? When? What?
The last few years we have worked with a Tastefully Simple consultant for our fundraiser. Last year we also had a Pampered Chef consultant. Is this something that you would like to do again this year? Do you prefer October or November? Would you like to try this on a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon?

2. Holiday function? Silent auction? Lunch at a restaurant? Other options?

3. Guest Speakers. I have received two suggestions for programs and possible speakers for future meetings. What topics or speakers will bring you and possibly guests to our meetings?

Also, at our meeting, I would like for us to consider donating to the Onslow Community Outreach. They support the soup kitchen, the homeless shelter and the Caring community clinic. We can be Friends of the Oktoberfest Festival and have our organization listed on the program and the website. There are various levels of support and I think that we should consider donating $100.00. This will be on the meeting agenda.

Membership Updates:

Membership dues ($71.00) are past due. Please mail your check as soon as possible to Katharyn Thayer, 203 Hodges St., Morehead City, NC 28577. Make checks payable to AAUW Jacksonville Regional.

Our Next Meeting: Meet us in classroom #2 in the Onslow Memorial Hospital Education Building on Western Blvd on September 28 at 6:30 p.m. Our speaker will be Onslow County Commissioner Barbara Ikner. Refreshments will be served. We will be discussing branch programs/projects for the coming year.

Fall Leadership Meeting: This statewide meeting will be October 9-10 in Boone at the Broyhill Inn on the ASU Campus. [Overnight room reservations are still available 15 min. away in Blowing Rock at the Holiday Lodge (828-295-4422). With AAA there is a 10% discount.] Friday evening at 7 p.m. is the Board meeting. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be the regular session. The meeting registration fee of $25 includes morning refreshments and luncheon. Send your check to Barbara McCaughey, 130 Chandy St., Boone, NC 28607, by October 1. Make your check payable to AAUW High Country and indicate your branch on the memo line. Also, mention any special needs.


September 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Jacksonville Women’s Expo, American Legion Bldg, 146 Broadhurst Rd.

September 28, 6:30 p.m. – Regular branch meeting, Classroom #2, Onslow Memorial Education Bldg. Speaker: County Commissioner Barbara Ikner. Refreshments will be available.

October 9-10 – AAUW NC Fall Leadership Meeting, Broyhill Inn on the ASU Campus, Boone. Rooms are still available in Blowing Rock. Go for the latest up-date. Meeting registration of $25 is due October 1.

Save the date: November 7, 11 a.m. – Carolina Authors’ Luncheon hosted by AAUW Wilmington in the Warwick Center, UNCW, Wilmington. Tickets: $25. Contact: Phyllis Leimer – or 910-798-2296. Contact Connie (346-8223) for carpooling possibilities.

Thank you to the AAUW Winston-Salem Branch for so graciously allowing us to copy their newsletter format. We thought it was professional looking and befitting an organization of well-educated women. Let us know what you think!

Editor – Heather F. Ochse,