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Picnic celebrates work of AAUW branch

June 15, 2005|by MARIE GILBERT/Staff Writer

Members of the Hagerstown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) gathered Monday evening at Doub's Woods for their annual picnic.

"The picnic has been a tradition for the past 60 years," said Kim Powell, outgoing president. "It's a way to celebrate our accomplishments - and this year we accomplished a great deal."

According to Powell, AAUW's used book sale was a huge success. Proceeds from the annual sale enabled the local branch to award scholarships to 21 local college-bound students. Seven of the students attended the picnic.

"We did a lot within the community," Powell said. "We are particularly proud of the $25,000 endowment scholarship with Hagerstown Community College. And thanks to Mary Alice O'Keeffe, who bequeathed $5,000 from her estate to our branch, we will be able to begin another scholarship endowment fund."

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The local branch also donated more than $1,000 this year to Discovery Station, Hagerstown's new science center.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the AAUW Hagerstown Branch, and Sen. Donald Munson was on hand at the picnic with a legislative commemorative proclamation marking the milestone and recognizing the group's service to the community.

Also in attendance was Edie Allison, Maryland State AAUW president, who inducted the new officers for the year.

New officers include Sheri Specht and Judy Chaney, co-presidents; Linda Reid, recording secretary; Joanne Jones, treasurer; and Carol Myers, public policy.

Continuing in office are Robbie Matonak and Carol Mendelsohn, program VPs; Marty Amrhein and Fanny Crawford, membership VPs; Dolores Maletzky, corresponding secretary; and Charlotte Trout, newsletter editor.

According to Powell, the Hagerstown Branch of AAUW has a membership of 100 people.

AAUW's mission, she said is to promote equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal changes.

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