“LET YOUR POWER FLOWER”
2017 Annual Meeting
April 21-22, – Wahpeton, ND
A big thank you to the Wahpeton Affiliate who hosted our 2017 Annual Meeting. The meeting was fantastic.
Saturday began with a continental breakfast at the ND State College of Science Red River Room in the Student Center. President Theresa Leiphon called the meeting to order and then inspired us all with an inspirational talk on how we can, “Let Our Power Flower.” Here is her opening statement, ““Let Your Power Flower.” Members then heard from National AAUW Directors, Malinda Gaul, AAUW Director from Texas and AAUW Vice Chair, Alicia Hetman from California. They gave wonderful information on the direction of AAUW for the future, informed us of some very important BY-LAW changes that most be voted on by each member and gave us some insight on the new location change for the National office and how it better fits our needs. This information was presented via Skype from California. Member were given lots of opportunities to get their questions answered. It was a great session and was appreciated by our members.
Next was the business meeting. The most important item of business is that all members NEED to VOTE in the National Election. Learn about your candidates for election to the Board or apply for appointment to the board; read up on the proposed by-laws amendments, the proposed public policy platform, and resolutions on this year’s ballot in the Voter Guide; or learn how to turn your branch meeting into a polling place so everyone can vote! Read more.
Watch this video on why it is important to VOTE!
New board members for the upcoming 2017-2018 year were installed. They are President Elect, Theresa Leiphon (Devils Lake), Von Da Lee Grandelan (Wahpeton) VP of Membership (second term) and Dr. Sharon Etemad (Devils Lake, Finance Chair).
AAUW member Connie Hildebrand presented “A Republic, If You Can Keep It” which was a 15 minute fun advocacy training that really brought home our need to advocate.
The meeting also recognized winners of the “Women of Distinction” Award and the affiliates who won the “Prairie Rose” awards.
After the business was concluded we also were wowed by hearing from Alisa Mitkog, District 25 State Representative and Kathy Hogan District 21 State Representative and Assistant Minority Leader in the ND State Legislature. We learned a lot about the current issues and how the legislature works. They were well received.
We also heard from Renee Bertsch who serves on the Wahpeton City Council and is also on the board of the ND Women’s Network. She made us all reaffirm that we need to get involved in our communities and/or state by sitting on a board or committee. Women are vastly under represented across the state. So please stand up and be heard and get on a board or committee in your community. Yes you can!!!!!
Members also recognized Mary Craft (Jamestown)
for winning the AAUW National Art contest and Virginia Goerger (Wahpeton) for being honored for celebrating 50 years of her business, “Virginia’s Photos.” She was featured on the front page of the Wahpeton Daily News.
Members went home with many wonderful “Flower” door prizes” that will indeed help us remember to
“Let Our Power Flower”
We had a great group in attendance and it was a wonderful time in Wahpeton.
Highlights from the 2016 AAUW Annual meeting in Devils Lake.
Protecting Your Income Before and After Retirement
AAUW members attended the 2016 Annual meeting that was planned and hosted by the Devils Lake branch. The event was wonderful. It all started with a social hosted by branch members that included great food and wine at the home of branch president, Theresa Leiphon on April 22.
Saturday after a welcome breakfast the program started with a panel discussing protecting a women’s income. Since women in ND earn less than our male counterparts, every dollar counts. This event will focus on how we can make the most of our income. The panel was made up of Gayle Gette, Financial Literacy Outreach Coordinator, Lake Region State College; Jill Hanson, Financial adviser, Thrivent Financial; Karen Hausmann, Ramsey National Bank, and Howard Kossover, Social Security Administration, Grand Forks. Next was a video conference with AAUW Grassroots Advocacy Manager, Elizabeth Holden, on the AAUW “Get Out The Vote” campaign. Ms. Holden shared tips, ideas and resources for branches to use in their advocacy work. You can listen to her entire presentation and the active discussion here.
We had a wonderful soup and sandwich wrap luncheon. During the luncheon we were updated on Human Trafficking issues by Erika Nelson, Human Trafficking Navigator, Minot Domestic Violence office.
Following lunch we had an update on AAUW from Malinda Gaul, National Board of Directors. Malinda reinforced members on how AAUW has been and is continuing to Change the Climate for Women and Girls in courtrooms, in classrooms, on campuses, in boardrooms, in government and in our cities and towns across the country. AAUW is turning a chilly climate for women and girls into a welcoming one!
The was followed by our annual meeting where the new officers for the 2016-2017 year starting July 1 were elected and installed. They are: Theresa Leiphon, State President; Connie Lillejord, secretary; Mary Craft, Funds Chair; and Kathy Ashe, By-Laws Chair. They will join fellow board members Linda Steve, Finance Officer; Von Da Lee Grandalen, Membership Chair; Sandy Sidler, Public Policy; Molly McLain, CU Chair and Debbie Alber,
past president; along with the incoming branch presidents. Special recognition was given to Bobbi Shreve for her service as our secretary and President Debbie Alber was crowned for her hard work and reign as our past president.
Awards were given out by recognizing the Dickinson and Grand Forks Branches for their outstanding project work with the Prairie Rose Award and our “AAUW ND Women of Distinction” was given to Maureen Kelly Jonason, Fargo-Moorhead branch.
It was a fun and rewarding meeting for all who attended. A special thanks to the Devils Lake Branch for hosting and planning this event and to our site hosts, Lake Region State College.