AAUW FLORIDA HOMEPAGE
Last Updated Oct 2013.
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AAUW's mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
WELCOME TO THE AAUW FLORIDA WEBSITE!
AAUW Florida began in 1929 and has been active ever since. Thirteen years earlier in 1916 a group of Tampa women organized as a branch of the Southern Association of College Women. It was the only branch in the state until 1923 when a Tallahassee group organized a second branch. The two groups were joined by St. Petersburg in 1924, and then followed by Jacksonville, Miami, Gainesville, Pensacola, and Sarasota in 1926, Hollywood in 1927 and Central Florida (now Orlando-Winter Park) in 1928. These branches were the founding branches of AAUW Florida. Over the years the number of branches has varied as has the total membership. Presently we have 39 branches with a total branch membership of approximately 2,500 and there are another 1000 AAUW members living in Florida who are not affiliated with a branch.
Nominations for State Board Officers to be elected in April
The state board officers to be elected at the state convention and annual meeting in April are: Directors for Communications, Development, Membership and Secretary. The position descriptions are posted on the forms page of this website and so is the candidate application form. The deadline to submit applications is Friday November 15th. If you are interested in serving on the state board in one of these positions don't wait for someone to nominate you, nominate yourself!
AAUW Florida Convention.
AAUW Florida holds an annual convention or annual meeting in the spring of the year. Conventions will be held in the even numbered years and annual meetings combined with a special event or activity will take place in the odd numbered years. The 2014 convention will be held at the Sheraton Tampa East on Friday April 4th and Saturday April 5th. Details are located on the state convention page. The convention is designed to be educational, interesting, and rewarding experience for the attendees so that they return home invigorated with renewed enthusiasm for advancing the AAUW mission in their communities and spreading their enthusiasm to the members of their branch. The convention features interesting and motivating speakers, a variety of workshops, and several opportunities to socialize and network with members of branches in other areas of the state.
Exciting Summer News
We are excited and very proud to announce that AAUW Florida has just been selected as one of the 20 states chosen to participate in the 2013-2014 State Organizer Program! This is another feather in our cap. Details will be announced on this page just as soon as we receive them.
July 2013 Tech Trek Camp a Big Success!
The 2013 AAUW-FL Tech Trek camp for 40 bright, enthusiastic, and energetic girls who will enter 8th grade this fall was most definitely successful! The girls participating in the five day residential camp on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando came from a variety of areas of Florida. They enjoyed hands-on activities such as building rocket launchers, constructing bridges, learning how oyster mats are made, and designing bottle rockets and that launched egg passengers. They spent a day at NASA, a group of women from Siemens presented a workshop on wind energy, the girls toured the science labs on campus and learned about STEM careers on Career Night. The girls were interested, excited, and motivated by what they learned about the STEM fields. Of course they made new friends as they worked together on the various activities and figured out how to design rocket launchers and bridges. There were opportunities to develop new leadership skills as they participated in the various activities.
Shirley Reid has been selected as Camp Director for 2014 which will be held July 13-19 at Eckerd College in St Petersburg. Shirley and her team have been awarded a second $10,000 AAUW grant for TechTrek-Florida 2014. This is a wonderful program to stimulate girls’ interest in the STEM fields and we should continue it annually. Be thinking how you can help - financially or by volunteering your time and talent.! Right now Shirley is looking for a Social Media Coordinator. If you are interested in assuming this position or know of someone who would be qualified to do it, please contact Shirley at email@example.com.
On-Going Statewide Activities That Assist Branches
We publish a newsletter, FloriVision, twice a year and have a Facebook page. Please visit our Facebook page and like us!
Branch Activities that Benefit Girls and Women
Many of our branches are located in communities where there are PACE Centers for Girls and are active in supporting these centers by volunteering their services, donating needed materials and supplies, making financial contributions and/or serving on their boards of directors. PACE Centers are for teenage girls who have lost their way and fallen behind in school. Girls that attend PACE, a free program, improve their grades, graduate, go on to college or begin careers thanks to a caring staff, teachers, and personal counselors.
Some branches without PACE Centers in their communities support other local girls organizations by contributing needed materials and supplies and volunteering their services, etc to these organizations.
Other branches are very involved with activities such as the Academic Olympics, Math Superstars, Reading is Fundamental, STEM workshops for girls of various ages, work in local precincts during national, state and local elections, etc.
Most of our branches raise funds for the AAUW Funds (Educational Opportunities, Eleanor Roosevelt, Legal Advocacy, Public Policy and Leadership Programs). Many of our branches also raise money to award scholarships to local women who need financial assistance to complete their work toward Associate of Arts or Bachelors degrees. The qualifications for the scholarships and the amounts of financial assistance vary from branch to branch.
We are committed to the AAUW Mission and the Public Policy Action Program established at the June 2013 Convention in New Orleans, LA. Please download and print the 2013-2015 brochure. The AAUW Florida Public Policy Program was updated on Sunday April 22, 2012. Read or download the Florida Public Policy Action Program for 2012-2014.
Other Items of Interest
Read this eye opening report on Human Trafficking written by Mary Palomar a member of Florida's West Pasco Branch.
Read the AAUW blog at http://blog-aauw.org. The blog examines news and events related to AAUW issues. It's a space for members to share ideas, join discussions, find resources, take action on issues, and explore ways that you or your branch can make a difference in your community. These articles are interesting and thought provoking. . Any member may sign up to receive the blogs via email when you logon to http://blog-aauw.org.
Learn about the National Women's History Museum and look at the online exhibits. The museum has private funding to build a museum on the National Mall in Washington, but needs to have congressional approval to purchase the land for the building. Sign the petition on the home page to ask the Senate to support the bill that will enable the museum to purchase the land at no expense to taxpayers.
If the bi-monthly Mission & Action e-Bulletin isn't arriving in your email you may read the most recent issue and older issues at www.aauw.org/publications/mission/index.cfm.
View AAUW's calendar of events by visiting the AAUW website at www.aauw.org.
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