Updates from AAUW Branches around Alabama
The Birmingham Branch chose to salute Suffragettes and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution with a Celebration Parade. Our traditional September salad luncheon to welcome new members and give everyone a chance to visit was replaced with a drive-by event. Our members, both new and returning, were encouraged to wear their suffragette colors of white, purple, or green and come to Sharon Bounds' home Saturday, September 12th from 10:00 - 12:00. Most of the officers were on hand to enthusiastically greet the members and hand out our new directory. There was also an opportunity for photo–ops, socially distanced and safely outdoors of course.
While our Tuscaloosa Branch members very much miss gathering over lunch or happy hour, we are glad to have reconnected in virtual meetings this fall. We look forward to meeting more regularly throughout the Spring and pursuing new, virtual opportunities to advocate for positive change on AAUW issues.
On October 26, the Tuscaloosa Branch hosted a virtual watch party for the national premiere of a new documentary, Represent. The film features the story of three midwestern women running for office during the 2018 election cycle. It was a wonderful film that captured the challenges, victories, and even routine moments of the featured campaigns. This was a great opportunity for us to revisit and acknowledge women’s experiences in running for office while also taking our minds (briefly) off of the current election cycle!
The Scottsboro -Jackson County Branch of AAUW has maintained its level of members during this pandemic year. We are proud of this accomplishment. We started meeting in October in a local nonprofit board room where we can practice COVID protocols. Our speakers have included our new mayor, Jim McCamy, Heritage Association Director Annette Bradford and in January new council member, Nita Tolliver.
A highlight of our fall was hosting the wedding reception of member Laura Pitts and Drew Wisdom. Laura and Drew were married at Fernwood, historical home of Donna and John Cleveland. Donna is the Program VP of our branch. Laura is the new Communications Chair for the state AAUW board.