Highlights and Notes from the President
AAUW Tillamook, President
Andrea Goss is President from 2017-2019
Greetings Members! The 2017-18 year has just begun and we’re already off to a good start. Excitement ramps up as we plan to have our monthly meetings at Nelia’s new Pacific Restaurant at Second and Main St. We will meet each month at 11:30, order our lunch, visit with one another and then start our meeting at 12:00. For the rest of this calendar year we have three speakers that will educate and inspire us. In October Jan Boal will tell us her experiences traveling around the world, studying endangered animals in her talk, “Follow the Signs, Lose the Fear.” In November the AAUW State Public Policy chair, Trish Garner, will tell us how she and her committee spearheaded the effort to pass the Equal Pay legislation in Oregon and what needs to follow to make sure it is implemented. In December, Pat Lehman will tell us about Seaside’s extremely successful WINGS (Women Interested in Going to School) program that has impacted over 700 women in the last 15 years. At our June dinner I mentioned that I wanted to strengthen our relationship with TBCC and I am hoping that we can partner with them to have a WINGS program in Tillamook.
In September we had our annual Membership Recruitment event at the new PRI (Partners for Rural Innovation) building and had Kathi Dew, the AAUW State President talk a bit about the history of AAUW and some of the challenges moving forward. We had eight guests attend and three decided that they would like to join our branch. Welcome Jessica Linnell, Christy Wolf Teigene and Kelsey Filosi! Since June we have also acquired another three women who have joined us and have already added their skills and abilities to help us work toward our mission. Again, welcome to Michele Bradley, Sarah Miller, and Kathleen Marvin.
On Saturday, September 30th, AAUW Tillamook and Friends helped serve at the annual YMCA dinner and auction. This served as a fund raiser for AAUW and will help support our administration budget and allow us to present additional programs to the community.
Just a few days after our October meeting, on Monday the 16th we will be co-hosting a forum with the Headlight Herald, at TBCC, open to the public, to educate the Tillamook community on a controversial, complex ballot referendum, #29-152, creating an excise fee on construction over $250,000. This referendum is proposed to help relieve the housing crisis Tillamook faces. We will have representatives from both sides of the issue to discuss their positions. We need a time keeper, two people to manage questions from the audience, finger food snacks, and a set up and take down crew.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 10th, 2:00-5:00, for our Holiday Party at Paula Wende’s new home in Bay City! More information will follow, but plan on attending and bringing a significant other to enjoy the afternoon.
Cathy Manis has agreed to serve on the Scholarship Committee. She is replacing Heidi Luquette who has agreed to co-chair our STEM program with Kris Lachenmeier. Dione Bacon will be our Social Activities chair. Kathleen Marvin is willing to co-chair Wine and Chocolate 2018, and we are looking for a veteran Wine and Chocolatier to co-chair with her. Other open positions available include Program Chair and Membership Chair.