On Saturday, May 2 members gathered from across the state to participate in a day of fellowship, learning, rededication and celebration of our mission in AAUW.
AAUWMO President Diane B. Ludwig called the meeting to order, and after a beautiful rendering of the Star Spangled Banner by flautist Jan Scott, Linda Hallman, AAUW CEO, gave an update on AAUW activity. Members saw a video of current activity and heard about new developments. Following the keynote speech, Erica Stout, AAUW Training and Program Manager,conducted a session on How to Market Your Branch. She distributed useful materials that branches could use to analyze their target audiences and their message, and present AAUW to the public in a positive and effective way.
After a delicious lunch catered by the Holiday Inn, the AAUW State meeting commenced. Awards to individual branches were presented: the state STAR Awards, and the special Galaxy Awards. Branches proudly stood for their pictures – see below. Officers for 2015 were installed by Linda Hallman: (From right) Diane B. Ludwig, current President, Jan Scott, President-Elect; Nicky Stanke, VP Program (elect); Doris Nistler, Secretary (elect); Ellen Johnson, Finance Officer; Sue Barley, current Vice President for Membership.
After the meeting’s close, Erica conducted a second training session for branches: Spice Up Your Programming. Again, useful information and materials were given out that focused on presenting to an audience; from designing posters and publicity to determining the tone required to present to different groups.
Following the training session, Linda Hallman, Erica Stout and Toni Johnson (AAUW Vice President, Major and Planned Giving) answered questions from members. It was a full, empowering and enriching meeting! – Joyce Katz
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STAR Awards: AAUW MO has developed the Ten Star Program to encourage branches to develop programs that carry out the mission of AAUW. Each star represents an action goal for branches. A branch receives a star for each goal it accomplishes.
(not pictured-Boonville Branch – 3 stars; Canton Branch – 4 stars; Springfield Branch- 4 stars)
GALAXY AWARDS: The Galaxy Award is presented to a branch that develops and implements a project that carries out the mission of AAUW and goes above and beyond the Ten Star goals.