June 14, 2012
AAUW provides an opportunity for women to join a local group (branch) of women who are simillar minded in wanting to advocate for equity for women and girls. Last summer I relocated to New Bern, NC with my husband from MI where I was an AAUW member. I contacted the New Bern Branch President about joining AAUW. She responded to me from Israel where she was traveling at the time inviting me to the Branch's Sept. meeting. In August she invited me to a special meeting of NC State representatives where I learned about a Pilot Project for Public Policy to be initiated in 2011. I volunteered to be our branch Public Policy "sender" providing information updates as well as "Take Action" advocacy opportunities on the Federal and State level for our New Bern Branch members who signed on to participate in the pilot. This volunteer opportunity proves to be very educational for me. I am grateful to help our members become more involved in Public Policy. I am learning so much about the NC Legislature in my newly "adopted" state. Our NC General Assembly is currently in session and it is amazing to follow legislation re. Education which is the issue we are following. Besides making new friends I am now volunteering in a new area, Public Policy that I find very rewarding and a way to challenge my mind at age 68. Thanks so much AAUW!!
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