2018-2019 was an exciting year for our AAUW branch! We commemorated our first 100 years as an organization and took time to look back on our organization and our membership’s many accomplishments. But we aren’t resting on our laurels for long!
We are now halfway through our 19-20 year, with much accomplished. We started by celebrating women—and girls–in science. We heard from the Whatcom middle school girls we sponsored to attend the annual Tech Trek STEM camp this summer. We hope their experiences will set them on a path of lifelong learning and perhaps even careers in science. We also heard from a young woman who is just beginning her career in a STEM field. She told us about opportunities that are available to women today who want to pursue a science-based career. We closed out last calendar year with our annual holiday musicale at the Old City Hall.
We have been placing special emphasis on advocacy. We had a speaker on Title IX issues, and will hear in the spring about Human Trafficking. In addition to learning, we participated in the Women’s March in January, followed by attending the annual Lobby Day in Olympia, where we met our legislative members.
Continuing on this calendar year, we will host our major fundraising event, a vintage fashion show and tea celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. It’s another look back at where we’ve come over the last 100 years and sets the stage for where we want to take our organization in the next 100. We’ll celebrate the many accomplishments of area High School Scholars. And, of course, we’ll have some interesting speakers and our June potluck to round out our year.
At AAUW Bellingham, there are many ways you can get involved. We need your ideas and your energy! Are you are interested in advocacy? You can advocate for political changes at Lobby Day. Or you can help college women learn to negotiate for better salaries and promotions through Work Smart workshops. You can become a Two-Minute Activist, responding to AAUW’s calls for contacts with our elected officials. You can even advocate with your feet, marching for change or staffing our table at marches.
If fundraising is your area of interest, we’re always raising money for college scholarships and to send middle school girls to Tech Trek. This year we want to raise money for our High School Scholars, too. And we’re working to develop more fundraising sources. You can get involved by generating fundraising ideas, leading or volunteering at events or doing whatever’s in your wheelhouse to bring in funds to support equity for women and girls.
If you are more interested in social activities, we have groups who meet to discuss books, attend movies, take in art exhibits. Or you might start a new group in your area of interest! You’re bound to find other like-minded women who’d love to join in. We’ll be holding social get togethers get to know each other better and welcome newcomers. We hope you’ll join us!
And, by the way, you can do it all. Our membership’s many hands make light work so that you can advocate, fundraise, schmooze and still maintain your family and career and take an occasional spa day.