Club News

The Washington, Iowa Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) met on Saturday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Debbie Stanton with Dani Kane, Monie Hayes, Marde McConnell and Millie Youngquist as co-hostesses for the delicious May brunch.

The group was pleased to have their 2018 $1,000 scholarship recipient Sonya Love-Smith in attendance. This is the 37th year for this local AAUW project. Sonja has a BA in early childhood education and was employed for 20 years as a Head Start teacher and is currently teaching at St. James School. She is studying to earn an endorsement in early childhood, special education from Northwestern College in Orange City. Sonja plans to complete her studies by next spring.

Willow Kane, Washington High School senior, entertained the group by singing a group of songs, accompanying herself on the ukelele. She then shared her post-graduation plans of working in the summer, completing her associate degree from Kirkwood and then attending a four year college to receive a bachelor?s in history education. She told of interesting internships she?s participated in and shared her dream of one day helping to facilitate the creation of a Brinton Museum in Washington.

President Millie Youngquist presided over the business meeting and here are some highlights.

Youngquist thanked the scholarship committee on selecting a wonderful candidate, Sonja Love-Smith, for the 2018 scholarship.

Treasurer Patty Roe?s report was shared and members were reminded to pay their 2018-19 dues.

Marde McConnell reported that members had recently coordinated three career speakers for the WRAP (Washington Regional Alternative Program) students. They were in the following fields: jewelry design and retail (Karen Kuhlman), law enforcement (Sheriff Jared Schneider) and nursing (Dave Schlueter from WCHC). The final speaker will be Kat Nelson on May 21 telling about her career experiences in the theater field.

Karen Murphy and Linda Sturdevant were very pleased to report the large number of individuals registered for the June fundraising bus trip. The event is a Mississippi River cruise, including lunch and entertainment. There are very few seats remaining and it?s anticipated there will be a waiting list.

It was noted that Mary Wagamon is a 50-year member of AAUW. Very special recognition plans were discussed to thank Mary for her very long-term dedication to AAUW.

President Youngquist gave the members a handout about potential, national, AAUW by-law changes. Following a question-and-answer time, members were encouraged to go online and vote their feelings about these potential changes.

The members suggested several program ideas and signed up for hostess responsibilities for 2018-19. A committee will meet this summer to plan for next year?s meeting.

In closing, Debbie Stanton told of their upcoming move to Topeka, Kansas, to be closer to family. The members in attendance thanked Stanton for all she and her family had done to enrich the lives of those of us living in Washington. Stanton was also thanked for her great commitment to AAUW.

Anyone wanting more information about the American Association of University Women, feel free to contact Marde McConnell, 319-653-3884 or Jenisa Harris 319-400-1157 or Millie Youngquist at 319-653-4673.