September 20, 2013
I have served in many roles in AAUW. I am a second generation member brought to membership by my mother under the proviso that I would be a branch member for one year on her dime just to get to know the organization. To say I was reluctant is an understatement but I did it and by the end of the year I was a life member, asked to join the state board and my branch board and on my way to eventually serving on the national board. In between time I received a Community Action grant and was able with the assistance of many other members to put on the first Statewide Educational Roundtable on Shortchanging America - Shortchanging African American Girls followed by a similar local roundtable focused on Shortchanging Hispanic American Girls. The Shortchanging Research provided the impetus for both of these events. Every dollar that I give goes toward research, leadership development and bringing more equity to the women and girls of America and the world. I have always found that both my money and my volunteer efforts have been well used and respected. I have personally gained from the opportunities in leadership development as well as the feeling of empowerment as AAUW has positively changed the world for women and girls. Each role that I have had - member, volunteer, grant recipient, life long learner, leader and donor - is important to me but I count donor as the most important because it is through my donations that I feel I have the greatest long term impact. Thanks, Paula Jean Yukna
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