Jacksonville Regional Branch March 2012 Newsletter

Greetings Members! All I know is that it is way too early in the calendar for it to be this hot!

We had a wonderful speaker in February. Tamara Todd told us about the Guardian Ad Litem program. She has been a child advocate with the program for almost two years. She discussed her duties and responsibilities and the training that volunteers go through. She was kind enough to leave a few application forms with us for anyone who may be interested.

Connie proposed some fundraising ideas. She had a brochure from Biltmore Inspirations, a company that offers home decor and accessories. She also thought we could do a combined Mary Kay and Avon products fundraiser. We both agree to donate 25% of our profits to our scholarship fund. If you have other fundraising suggestions, we would love to hear them! I would like to continue this discussion at the March meeting.

Connie has graciously offered to host our March meeting. Georgie Stone-Wilson, Onslow Literacy tutor and local author, will be our speaker. Details are below.

Looking forward to seeing you there! – JoAnn Hall

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OUR NEXT MEETING: March 26 (Monday), 3:30 p.m. at Connie’s house, 107 Epworth Drive, Jacksonville. Guest speaker: Georgie Stone-Wilson, author and Onslow Literacy tutor. Georgie’s first book was New River: The Jewel of Onslow County. Her second book is entitled Yana’s: A Taste of the Past Where Goodbyes Never Happen. A third is on the way. Please join us to hear about Georgie’s writing and her volunteer work as a literacy tutor.

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NEWS FROM OUR ONSLOW LITERACY COUNCIL FRIENDS: Collette Boyd and our friends at the Onslow Literacy Council are kind enough to invite us to a number of their events. Two that you may enjoy take place in April. On Saturday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m. the Carolina Saints semi-professional football team will face off against the Carolina Ruff Ryders of Wilson, NC. The game benefits the Onslow Literacy Council. Admission is a book. It can be a dictionary, classic novel, science book, or an easy-to- read book. Location: 482 Springhill Road, the Belgrade Community Center.

Additionally, on Monday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m., Onslow Literacy’s open house will feature a special presentation by the Legacy Theater. Location: The Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church, 400 Bayshore Blvd., Jacksonville (across Johnson Blvd. from City Hall). If you can attend this event, please let Collette know by contacting her at readolc7@ec.rr.com .

You may check the Onslow Literacy Council website – http://onslowliteracy.zxq.net – anytime to see their upcoming events and interesting pictures of their activities.

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2012 MEETING DATES AND PROGRAMS*

March 26, 3:30 p.m. – Meeting at 107 Epworth Dr., Jacksonville. Speaker: Georgie Stone-Wilson. Refreshments provided.

March 30-31 – AAUW NC Annual Meeting in Burlington, NC. Go to www.aauwnc.org for details.

April – Fundraiser – ideas?

May – Installation Banquet

*Locations will be announced closer to the meeting date.

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REMINDER: Our branch website is available 24 hours a day with our branch newsletters, current and past, and the latest information on what we are doing. So if you accidentally erase this e-mail, don’t worry. We are still here! Go to www.jacksonville.aauwnc.org .

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