Welcome to the AAUW Fort Myers/Lee County Website
We hope that you will browse all the pages of our website and enjoy learning about the activities and events that our branch organized and supported to further the AAUW mission, proving, once again, that “Women working together have no limits.”
September 2016 – Membership Meeting: Pennies for Community Progress (P4CP)
Abdul’haq Muhammed, the founder and Executive Director of Quality Life Center, is a community leader and a motivational speaker with a vision for uplifting children and adults through confidence-building programs based on core values that will teach the tools of a rewarding life. He was invited to our September Membership Meeting to introduce us to P4CP, a program that seeks to create a funding source to meet the greater needs of the community, including tackling poverty and violence in Lee County.
P4CP believes that Lee County can do much more to eliminate poverty and violence. Evidence based research tells us that $1 put into prevention saves $7 in the future. Lee County’s FY 15-16 Human Services budget is only 1% of the Lee County annual budget. Recent deadly shootings reinforce the urgency for Lee County to recognize and address the causes of poverty and violence in Lee County. Lee County needs to improve the health and wellbeing of our community now. Lee County needs interventions now. Lee County needs leadership now.
Following the presentation, AAUW 5 yr. pins were awarded to Nancy Kuyoth, Cathy Tucker and Suzanne Harden, and a 10 yr. pin to Marie Glasgow. We also welcomed four new members: Geri McArdle, Jan McTeak, Wendy Wassman and Ann Spielmaker (not pictured). See Meetings page for future meeting information.
August 2016 – Adopt A Precinct
For the past 11 years, our branch has “adopted a precinct” in Fort Myers and staffed it for all local and national elections with members. Usually this entails 11-13 members attending training sessions prior to the day of election. On election day they arrive at the precinct at 5:30 a.m. to set up, work at a specified poll station for the 12 hours that the precinct is open, and then carefully account for all ballots, supplies, etc. after the last voter has exited. Most of us leave an hour later, but the Precinct Clerk, Deputy and two Voter Assistance Inspectors stay until the elections office is satisfied with all the precinct input.
August 30th our precinct was staffed by 10 members, two members of our “men’s auxiliary” and a wonderful bilingual poll worker. These photos were taken after the precinct closed and show a tired but happy bunch.
Since 2006, our branch raised $27,825 for scholarships as a result of these “paid volunteers” donating their pay to AAUW.
Our very special guests for this meeting were Brooke Turner, Varsity Lakes Middle School, and Morgan Russell, Caloosa Middle School, accompanied by their very proud mothers and Morgan’s sister. Both were selected by the FL Tech Trek committee to attend summer camp and both were financially supported by our branch – along with two other rising 8th graders from Lee County. More about Tech Trek below.
This was also an occasion to thank President Suzan Harden for her leadership during the 2015-16 year and to congratulate Shelley Siriano on her election to the position of President for the 2016-17 year.
AAUW Florida’s Tech Trek – Primary STEM focus for Fort Myers/Lee Co. Branch
Tech Trek camp will begin on Sunday June 12th. Of the 60 girls selected to attend the camp, four are from Lee County and are financially sponsored by the Fort Myers/Lee County Branch. The scheduled morning core classes include Computer Application Inventions, Robotics and Cyber Security. There will be two workshops each afternoon. By the end of the fourth day each girl will have participated in all eight workshops. Some of the workshops are: Zumba, Simple Physics Machines, Edible Science, DNA/ Forensics and Chemoecology. There will be special activities each evening including a dinner with professional women with careers in a variety of STEM fields. On Friday the girls will go on a field trip that will broaden their horizons even more and after dinner work on skits or similar programs which they will present to their parents and other campers at the close of camp on Saturday.
The camp classes will be held on the Palm Beach State College Boca Raton Campus. The girls will reside in the dorms on the adjacent Florida Atlantic University’s Campus. It takes approximately $1,000 per girl to hold the camp each year. The Fort Myers/Lee County Branch contributed $4,000 to FL Tech Trek this year, fully supporting the four participants from Lee County. Janet George, Scholarship Chair, and the 2016 Tech Trek participants will share their experiences at our October 14, 2016 monthly meeting. Guests are welcome. See Meeting page.
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Every year governors across the country offer up their assessments of the state of their respective states. While each one undoubtedly claims, “The state of our state is strong,” it is unfortunately less common for governors to examine the issues that AAUW members prioritize. In 2016, of the 42 governors who gave speeches or wrote addresses, only two governors discussed equal pay. Check out where your state ranks nationally, and learn about the existing state laws.
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