AAUW Lakewood Branch presents
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Have you heard of AAUW’s “NCCWSL?” The complete name is the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. This yearly Conference enables selected women college students to participate in unique leadership opportunities. This year, our Lakewood Branch, is donating $1000 to support a NCCWSL participant in 2017!
At our April meeting, our Branch members will have the opportunity to hear the first hand experiences from two women who are NCCWSL alumni. Danielle Jordan is a 2015 graduate of the Colorado Women’s College of the University of Denver and attended the NCCWSL conference three times. Professionally, Danielle has been a Life Insurance and Financial agent for New York Life Insurance for the last 15 years.
Michelle Bledsoe expects to graduate from Metro State University in 2018, with a degree in Business Management. Professionally, she is an entrepreneur: Bledsoe’s Lawn and Landscaping. Michelle is a two time NCCWSL Alumni. At home, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother!
Our April Branch meeting is all about celebrating our successes, thanking our current Board members, inducting our new Board Members and learning more about AAUW and the women it affects. Join our celebration, starting at 6:30 PM, Program begins at 7 PM, Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church.
2017 Meetings are at
Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church
(March 9, April 20, May 21)
All meetings are the second Thursday of the month, EXCEPT April.(Second Thursday interferes with Holy Week so we are meeting the third Thursday of April).
March 9, 2017 Branch Meeting
April 20, 2017 Branch Meeting
May 21, 2017 Tea/Silent Auction/Fundraiser
Mark your calendars!
About AAUW Lakewood Branch
AAUW Lakewood is almost as old as the city of Lakewood (currently 142,000 citizens). From the start, members embraced the new branch as they developed into leaders and agents of change. Two members became Mayor of Lakewood, two members became Colorado State Senators, and two became Colorado State Representatives.
Adhering to the AAUW mission (AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.) AAUW Lakewood for 33 years raised money to help support the AAUW Funds by successfully organizing our Holiday Home Fair, which grossed $53,000 in six hours at its peak. The branch continues to raise funds in a variety of ways, including its spring plant sale.
Over the years, we have advocated for women and girls in a variety of ways. We worked hard to help pass Title IX and ratify the CO ERA amendment (unfortunately, the ERA amendment failed national ratification). We have followed relevant bills in the Colorado State legislature and lobbied for causes that support our mission. Some of us have trained to teach $tart $mart sessions to college women so they can negotiate more effectively for fair career salaries.
On an international scope, we hosted African educators in our homes as part of a national AAUW program. Also, for several decades we have hosted a Great Decisions discussion group for members and the public.
We have participated in our community in many ways:
- We continue to provide monthly meals for the Action Center shelter;
- We raise funds for Second Wind of Metro Denver, a teen suicide prevention organization;
- We commissioned public art, a lifesize bronze statue sculpted by a member;
- We have supported Stride, which helps women work toward self sufficiency;
- We supplied the Action Center with its first computer server;
- In the past we have mentored young women in high school.
With help through the nationwide AAUW network, Lakewood Branch focuses on educational equality, intellectual growth, individual worth and development opportunities for women and girls.
To relax, as well as build camaraderie, our members play games, indulge in luscious food, and share their favorite or latest thought-provoking books. In addition, diversions are a one-time opportunity to explore the unknown, learn something new, or be entertained.