Serving the South Shore of Massachusetts from Quincy to Plymouth
April 9, Tuesday, 7 pm
HONDURAS HOPE: The Strength and Resiliency
of a Central American Community
Speakers: Kathy and Peter Swanson
Hingham Public Library
66 Leavitt St. (off Rt. 228) Whiton Room
Everyone reads and hears about the plight of desperate immigrants who leave their Central American countries to flee violence and poverty. But what of the people who chose to remain? What is their story, and why do they stay? Learn about the efforts of Honduras Hope, an organization based in Franconia, New Hampshire that has been working since 2002 to build healthy, safe, sustainable communities in Yoro, Honduras.
Pine needle baskets will be available for purchase (price range $16-20). The indigenous women of Plan Grande (a reservation) in Yoro, Honduras make the baskets. Honduras Hope pays fair market value directly to the women. All profits/proceeds go to Honduras Hope to fund educational and nutritional programs for the children of the community.
Presenters: Kathy Swanson, retired North Quincy High School Spanish teacher; Peter Swanson, retired Quincy High School Science teacher. Members of Honduras Hope since 2013
Our programs are free and open to the public.
In honor of our branch’s formation 50 years ago, here is a PDF slide show looking back on AAUW’s place in women’s history since 1968.
For the complete list of 2018 – 2019 branch programs, please click on the Programs tab above.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.
We welcome you to join our branch.
The South Shore Area branch of AAUW is the South Shore’s leading advocate for education and equity for all women and girls. We seek and welcome new members from Quincy to Plymouth holding an associate or equivalent or baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution.
The South Shore Area branch of meets monthly from September through May usually on the evening of the second Tuesday of the month at various locations convenient to the wide area covered by our membership. Our programs relate to AAUW’s mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
We engage in fundraising for AAUW Funds which supports programs such as the Educational Opportunities Fund, the world’s largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women and the Legal Advocacy Fund, which supports the protection of the legal rights of those who are facing discrimination.
For many years our branch funded the Pamela J. Lincoln Recognition Award presented to an female applicant continuing higher education. The 2013 award winner pursued an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (RN program) at Massasoit Community College. In 2014 the branch sent two Bridgewater State University students to the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). In 2018 the branch sent two Curry College students, Paulina Adams and Tiana Delano, o NCCWSL.
Here is a slide presentation in PDF of Paulina and Tiana’s experience at NCCWSL, 2018 .
The South Shore Area branch also encourages Study and Special Interest Groups. Study Groups may be formed to allow for a more in-depth exploration of a particular topic or for a more informal presentation of a timely topic than might otherwise occur at a branch meeting. Special Interest Groups, open only to our branch members, include book discussion, (SOUTH SHORE AREA BRANCH BOOK LIST 2018-2019), adventures in dining, and a game night. Groups generally meet in homes and are announced in the monthly branch bulletin. Check with Ginny Giordano for information on our current interest group activities.
We seek and welcome new members among graduates who hold an associate or equivalent or a baccalaureate or higher degree from a college or university. Undergraduates may join the branch as AAUW student affiliates. We practice AAUW’s diversity statement: There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class. We welcome new members from the South Shore! For more information about how to join, please contact our Membership Vice Presidents, Gail Saccone, 781 749-9881 or Anne Foley, 781-749-2369. Download a copy of our Branch Brochure 2017-2018 in PDF format.
2018-2019 Dues Branch dues are $89 annually beginning July 1. Dues are $59 to the national association, $15 to the state and $15 to the branch. Dues include subscriptions to the Outlook, the BayStater and the News of Note. Student affiliates are exempt from branch dues, but must join the national association ($17) and the state ($8).
Programs and Events 2018-2019
The South Shore Area Branch is in its 50th year as part of the American Association of University Women. AAUW members believe in the power of education to change women’s lives. We also recognize that women’s education means not only attaining higher degrees. It also means becoming financially literate, daring to take risks to grow and learn throughout our lives, and to help others both around us and far away from us to reach their potential.Our programs focus on our mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. We hope you will join us at one of our events. No matter how busy your daily routine is, we think you’ll get something out of our events. You’ll meet like-minded women from the South Shore. We’ll hear from fascinating speakers on thought-provoking topics.
Click here for a list of our 2018-2019 branch programs and dates.
For more information about our meeting topics and speakers, please contact Program VP, Carol Sullivan-Hanley. Expand your horizons and potential. Come to our monthly meetings, bring a neighbor, friend or colleague! Remember, AAUW advances equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research — because equity is still an issue. We look forward to seeing you!
Online Voter Registration Tool
Registering to vote just got easier, thanks to the AAUW Action Fund online voter registration tool. Now people can complete the voter registration application online so that all they have to do is print the form and mail it to the address provided. Click here to get started: www.aauwaction.org/registertovote.
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