Gallery 2020 – 2024

Supporting a Sister Branch – February 15, 2024

Black History Program flyer - The Blues and Beyond

 

 

 

 

 

Members of our branch attended AAUW St. Augustine’s Black History Month program, The Blues and Beyond:  Exploring the Role of the Blues in the African American Experience.  The speaker, Dr. Scott Swann who holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from Florida State University, educated and entertained those in attendance at the historic Lincolnville Museum.

General Meeting – February 10, 2024

Black History Month ~ 40th Anniversary of Branch

Lenny Foster and Branch President Ellie Bozzone

Lenny Foster and Branch President Ellie Bozzone

 

Fine art photographer Lenny Foster enthralled members and guests with his visual storytelling.  His images tell the story of African Americans in St. Augustine and beyond.  He explained that his work “combines my fine art photography with a historic and social awareness of the continuing struggle for justice, equal rights, freedom, and recognition by the people who are my ancestors, my heritage.”

Currently a resident of St. Augustine, Mr. Foster owns Gallery One Forty Four in the city.  He previously lived in Taos, New Mexico where he owned and operated The Living Light Photography Gallery.  Lenny Foster’s work is widely exhibited in public museums and private collections.

 

We celebrated our 40th anniversary with a special cake and a look back in time through pages of a scrapbook documenting the beginning of our branch.  We were honored to have one of our founding members in attendance.

Scrapbook page from first AAUW Flagler Branch meeting

Polly Conkling

Polly Conkling, one of our founding members

January 19, 2024 – In Memory of Queenester Jones

Diane Marquis and Q. Jones_April 2018

Queenester with her friend, Flagler County historian Diane Marquis, who spoke about the Second Seminole War at a General Meeting

 

We sadly announce the passing of Queenester Jones, a long-time member of AAUW Flagler.  Queenester was a seasonal resident, spending the winters in Palm Coast and the summers in West Virginia.  Queenester was an active branch member, attending monthly General Meetings and State Conventions and holding leadership positions, the most recent being Co-Program chair.

Queenester Jones Obituary – Death Notice and Service Information (legacy.com)

General Meeting – January 13, 2024

 

Dr. Mary Gatta, Director of Research at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and Co-Chair Public Policy, AAUW Florida, shared brand new research on the impact of college career services on undergraduate women pursuing technology careers.  Specifically, she addressed how college career services can level the playing field for women in general and in particular for women pursuing tech careers.

General Meeting – December 9, 2023

The Flagler Palm Coast High School Formality Singers, under the direction of FPC Choral Director and AAUW Flagler member Ester Jackson, performed songs of the season.

Christmas dessert

President Ellie Bozzone and Ester Jackson

President-Elect Gail Palmer, Esther Jackson and Mackinzie Rogan

President-Elect Gail Palmer, Ester Jackson and Mackinzie Rogan, a 2023 Arts Grant recipient

November 13, 2023 – Festival of Trees

AAUW Flagler continued its tradition of participating in the Flagler County Public Library’s annual community-wide holiday celebration.  During the Festival of Trees event, local organizations are invited to set up trees or wreaths at the library that are representative of their mission.  There were over 40 trees and wreaths this year. Our tree was decorated with images of women that reflect the National Women’s History Alliance theme, “Women Who Tell Our Stories.” The ornaments featured well-known writers, journalists, and photographers as well as the scholarship winners who help tell the story of our branch.  Thanks to those members who helped to set up and decorate our tree.

General Meeting – November 11, 2023

Lisa Ruberg and Nadine King

Lynn Balaban, Suzer Sachs & Gail Ulmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Ruberg and Nadine King from Christmas Come True, described this community program and distributed wish lists to members who wished to participate.

Lynn Balaban, a retired CPA, spoke about Women’s Financial Literacy.  Lynn is a graduate of the University of Florida and the sister of AAUW Flagler member Gale Ulmer.

Long-time branch members Queenester Jones and Polly Conkling

General Meeting – October 14, 2023             

 

Selina Hernandez, Assistant Director of Student Services for the Flagler County Education Foundation,  spoke about the Take Stock in Children Program administered by the foundation and the important role adult mentors play in the success of the program. Take Stock in Children was founded in 1995 to combat a troubling and persistent dropout rate that plagued the public school system.  Its mission is to decrease poverty through education.

 

                AAUW Flagler partnered with the Flagler County Public Library to celebrate                                                               Banned Books Week, October 1 – 7, 2023                                                    Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

On September 29th we kicked off Banned Books Week with a Just for Fun event, a Book to Movie Matinee featuring 11-year–old Margaret who navigates new friends, feelings, and the beginning of adolescence when her family moves from the city to the suburbs,

On October 3rd members of AAUW Flagler’s Reading Women Book Club led a Banned Book Discussion of the library’s featured banned book, Are you There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume.

 

Monday, August 21, 2023                                                             A Just for Fun Event

Members met for lunch at Dominic’s Deli followed by a celebration of Senior Citizen Day at the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast.

We were entertained with rock songs of the 50s, 60s, and 70s performed by Dennis Hurlie and DJ Rudy.  Some of us were even asked to dance!

                                       

 

May 13, 2023 – General Meeting

 New Officers Installed and Scholarship Recipients Recognized

Pat DeWitt, AAUW FL Past President. with Gail Palmer, President-Elect and Suzer Sachs, Director for Program

Pat DeWitt, AAUW FL Past President. with Gail Palmer, President-Elect and Suzer Sachs, Director for Program

Continuing Education Scholarship recipient Karissa Jackson with Scholarship Chair Ellie Bozzone, Karissa's grandmother and mother, branch member Ester Jackson

Continuing Education Scholarship recipient Karissa Jackson with Scholarship Chair Ellie Bozzone, Karissa’s grandmother and mother, branch member Ester Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellie Bozzone, Scholarship Chair, with Arts Grant Recipients Chloe Long and Natalie Mill

Ellie Bozzone, Scholarship Chair, with Arts Grant Recipients Chloe Long and Natalie Mill

 

Scholarship Chair Ellie Bozzone with Rising Senior Scholarship Recipients Alexus Ear and Caitlin Bryant

Scholarship Chair Ellie Bozzone with Rising Senior Scholarship Recipients Alexus Ear and Caitlin Bryant who will both be graduating from Flagler Palm Coast High School

 

 

 

Tech Trek Committee members Vicki Fitzgerald and Susie Baird flank the 2023 campers Addison Asay, Eliana Torrens, Maria Araujo and Rocio Martinez

Tech Trek Committee members Vicki Fitzgerald and Susie Baird flank the 2023 campers Addison Asay, Eliana Torrens, Maria Araujo and Rocio Martinez, all from Buddy Taylor Middle School

Some of the AAUW Flagler Branch members

Some of the AAUW Flagler Branch members

April 1, 2023 – General Meeting

Dr. Michael Butler

 

We welcomed back one of our favorite speakers, Dr. Michael Butler, Professor of History and Chair of Humanities at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

Dr. Butler’s presentation addressed a timely topic – What is Academic Freedom and Why Does it Matter?

March 30, 2023 – AAUW Honored

 

The Advisory Board of the Daytona State College Falcon Hope Center (which was called the Women’s Center and later The Center for Women and Men) voted this year to honor AAUW at its annual Women’s History Luncheon.

The 2023 theme was “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”  This year’s honoree is Pat Ross, President of the Daytona Branch of AAUW and former President of AAUW FL.

AAUW Flagler members Susan Baird, Gail Palmer and Ellie Bozzone flank Pat Ross (second from left.)

AAUW Flagler members Susan Baird, Gail Palmer and Ellie Bozzone flank Pat Ross (second from left.)

March 26, 2023 – Tag Sale Fundraiser

The Tag Sale held at the European Village Farmer’s Market to benefit AAUW Flagler County’s Operating Fund was a great success!  Not only did the participants have a good time, but we also raised $516.00 for the Branch’s Operating Fund.  Thanks to Suzie for booking the event and to all who contributed sale items, time, haggle expertise and their husbands to make the event so profitable!  A special “Thank You” to Haydee Bernal’s husband, Pete, and son, Sean!

March 21, 2023 – Fashion Show Fundraiser

Our models - Gail Palmer, Suzer Sachs, Lisa Schall, Susie Baird and Sally Smeaton

Our models – Gail Palmer, Suzer Sachs, Lisa Schall, Susie Baird and Sally Smeaton

Fashion + Fun = Funds for Scholarships

In another successful fundraiser, our members walked the Chez Jacqueline runway modeling everything from fashions for a casual cruise to elegant evening wear.

Thank you to our models and members who participated through their attendance and donations.  Special recognition goes to Suzer Sachs for securing Massage Envy gift certificates for the silent auction.  Much appreciation to Chez Jacqueline for supporting local scholarship fundraisers by providing the venue, fashions to model and refreshments at no cost to community organizations.

March 15, 2023 – Equal Pay Day Un-Happy Hour

Equal Pay Day 2023 Un-Happy Hour

 

AAAUW Flagler members met at JT’s Seafood Shack for an Un-Happy Hour to recognize Equal Pay Day.

This symbolic day denotes how far into the year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year.  All are wearing red to symbolize how far women are “in the red” with their pay.

 

 

 

February 24, 2023 – AAUW FL NE Regional Workshop

        Members from AAUW branches in Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Flagler County, St. Augustine, New Smyrna Beach and Winter Park/Orlando attended the Leadership Workshop            held at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach.   Representatives from our branch included President Ellie Bozzone, Membership Vice President Vicky Fitzgerald and Web Manager Theresa Owen.                                                      

Floyd Phillips from the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, St. Augustine and Commissioner for the Gullah Geechee Historical Corridor.

Floyd Phillips from the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, St. Augustine and Commissioner for the Gullah Geechee Historical Corridor.

           February 11, 2023 – General Meeting

AAUW Flagler Recognizes Black History Month

Mr. Phillips educated meeting attendees about the  Gullah Geechee people who descended from enslaved Africans from specific tribal groups in West Central Africa, (of present-day Angola) and Kizzi. The Gullah Geechee, who lived in isolation on plantations from coastal North Carolina to Northeast Florida, developed their own patois, hybrid religious beliefs, folklore and arts. They spoke their own words in their own patterns and songs.

Just for Fun – January 25, 2023                

 

Members, joined by family and friends, visited the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine followed by lunch at the museum’s Cafe Alcazar.   Celebrating its Diamond Anniversary this year the museum had several new exhibits, including a beautiful display of Tiffany glass.  A wonderful day was had by all.

 

Speaker Pat Ross, President of Daytona Beach Branch and Past President of AAUW Florida. January 14, 2023 – General Meeting

Pat Ross, President of the Daytona Beach Branch and former President of AAUW Florida, updated AAUW Flagler members with information about new and upcoming programs and projects at the state and national levels of our organization.  She also spoke about the Legacy Circle, AAUW’s recognition society for our beloved visionaries who are committed to advancing equity for women and girls long into the future.


December 14, 2022 – Just for Fun

Formality Singers 2021Dinner and Holiday Lights – Members met for dinner at Olive Garden and visited Fantasy Lights, a Rotary sponsored event at Central Park Town Center,

 

December 10, 2022 – General Meeting 

   The Formality Singers, a mixed voiced chorus composed of students from Flagler Palm Coast High School, entertained our branch members with holiday favorites.

 

December 1, 2022 – Scholarship Fundraiser

Financial Officer Gail Palmer on the red carpet.

Fashion Show models – Sally Smeaton, Linda Lockwood, Gail Palmer, Vicki Fitzgerald, Lisa Schall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another successful fashion show fundraiser at Chez Jacqueline – $1,000 was raised for local scholarships!  Much appreciation to all who supported this event by buying tickets, donating raffle baskets and modeling.  Many thanks to Chez Jacqueline for providing the venue, fashions to model and snacks at no charge to our branch!

November 30 – Dedication of Shirley Chisholm Trail

Members of AAUW Flagler participated in the dedication of a bronze plaque renaming the Pine Lakes walking/biking path the Shirley Chisholm Trail.  The Democratic Women’s Club of Flagler County in conjunction with other community organizations worked with the City of Palm Coast to recognize the many accomplishments of this amazing woman.  She was the first black woman elected to the United States Congress as well as the first black candidate to be nominated by a major party for the office of President of the United States.  She spent her last years as a resident of Palm Coast.

November 2022 – Festival of Trees

AAUW Flagler continued its tradition of participating in the Flagler County Public Library’s annual community-wide holiday celebration.  During the Festival of Trees event, local organizations are invited to set up trees or wreaths at the library that are representative of their mission.  There were over 40 trees and wreaths this year. Our tree was decorated with images of women that reflect the National Women’s History Alliance theme, “Women Who Tell Our Stories.” The ornaments featured well-known writers, journalists, and photographers as well as the scholarship winners who help tell the story of our branch.  Thanks to those members who helped to set up and decorate our tree.

AAUW Flagler members with our holiday tree.

November 5, 2022 – General Meeting

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We welcomed back a favorite speaker, Dr. Mary Gatta, sociologist, researcher, advocate and author.  Dr. Gatta recently moved to St. Augustine and is currently working as the Director for Research and Public Policy for NACE, the National Association for Colleges and Employers. 

Her presentation about gender and race inequities in internships garnered many questions and led to a lively discussion.   We learned that the top three skills employers are looking for are in the areas of communication, critical thinking and teamwork.

October 8, 2022 – General Meeting

Kaiti Lenhart, Supervisor of Elections, with Program VP Susie Baird

Kaiti Lenhart, Supervisor of Elections for Flagler County is a Florida native, born and raised in Ormond Beach, Florida. She has been administering elections since 2009 with the Flagler County Elections Office. She was appointed Supervisor of Elections by Governor Rick Scott on January 9, 2015, and elected in 2016. 

Kaiti’s presentation about the election process, election security and the importance of voting was both informative and engaging.

 

September 20, 2022

Lunch and a Musical Event in                             St. Augustine

An enjoyable day was had by all as several members lunched at the St. Augustine Fish Camp followed by a Words and Music performance at the Waterworks Building that featured past AAUW FL president, Patricia Dewitt and her husband.

 

Words and Music Series with Peter and Patricia Dewitt. _ Visit St. Augustine2

 

August 27, 2022

Dedication of National Votes for Women Trail Marker

AAUW Flagler and the Flagler County Historical Society partnered to host a dedication ceremony for the unveiling of a historical marker at the gravesite of Alice Scott Abbott, a local suffragist who fought tirelessly for women’s right to vote.

Historic marker program celebrates local Suffragist Alice Scott Abbott (news-journalonline.com)

Historic marker program celebrates local suffragist Alice Scott Abbott (Palm Coast Observer)

Alice Scott Abbott Marker Adds to Flagler County’s Historic Assets – Flagler News Weekly

Friday, August 19 – Lunch and Library Program

Wednesday, August 24 – Smithsonian Museum Exhibit and Lunch

Some of the branch members who met for lunch at La Creperie Kafe and attended an enjoyable music and humor filled program at the Flagler County Public Library.

Branch members and spouses who attended a tour of Waterways, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum’s On Main Street Program on display at the African American Museum and Cultural Center. Lunch followed at Terranovas Restaurant in Bunnell.

 

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Flagler Youth Orchestra Premiere String Quartet provided music for our entertainment

April 23, 2022 – Author’s Tea Fundraiser a Success!

Our featured speaker was Sarah Symons, Founder and Executive Director of Her Future Coalition, an international non-profit fighting human trafficking and gender violence with education and holistic support.  Sarah spoke about her most recent book, Standing in the Way:  From Trafficking Victim to Human Rights Activist, written with former trafficking victim Anjali Tamang.  Despite having suffered the most heinous abuse imaginable, Anjali is now working to combat trafficking and protect the next generation of girls in her community.

Although human trafficking is a heavy topic, there was an uplifting side as we learned how Sarah’s organization has educated, sheltered, trained, employed, and provided mental health support to thousands of survivors and vulnerable girls.

Sarah held a book signing and sold silver jewelry which was handcrafted by women enrolled in Her Future’s vocational programs. The Palm Coast Community Center was a wonderful venue and members banded together to provide proper refreshments – tea sandwiches and baked goods. Flagler County Suffragist Alice Scott Abbot, aka AAUW Flagler member Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, attended to remind us that she led a fight against human trafficking over 100 years ago!

Author's Tea Photos

     

April 4, 2022 – In Memory of Arlene See

Arlene See

December 10, 1931- April 4, 2022

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Arlene See who had been an AAUW Flagler member since 2011. Arlene was a seasonal resident who divided her time between Palm Coast and Lemont, IL. She made the most of her AAUW membership during the time she resided here. Arlene regularly attended monthly Luncheon Meetings, was an avid reader and member of the Reading Women Book Club and enjoyed participating in Just for Fun outings. She was especially enamored of the Downton Abbey exhibit which we visited at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine.

Obituary | Arlene Elizabeth See of Illinois | Richard J. Modell Funeral Home & Cremation Services (rjmodellfh.com)

April 2, 2022 – General Meeting

Program Chair/President-Elect Ellie Bozzone, Randy Jaye, Co-Presidents Marty Butler and Patti Paukovich

Program Chair/President-Elect Ellie Bozzone, Randy Jaye, Co-Presidents Marty Butler and Patti Paukovich

 AAUW Flagler Welcomes Randy Jaye,                   Local Author and Historian    

Randy Jaye who has had a lifelong passion and interest in history, took us on a journey through various episodes of black history from the rural South that featured local historical adventures weaved into broader national and international events. His presentation spanned from the European Invasion of the New World, the Plantation-era South, the American Civil War, Jim Crow laws, the two World Wars, to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

     

March 31, 2022 – Branch Recognizes Equal Pay Day    

Members of our branch met at JT’s Seafood Shack on March 31 for an Un-Happy Hour to call attention to the disparity in women’s wages compared to what men are paid. Equal Pay Day marks how far into 2022 the average U.S. woman had to work in order to catch up with what the average man earned in 2021. In 2021, the average U.S. woman was paid only 83 cents for every $1 paid to the average man.  We wore RED to symbolize how far women are “in the red” with their pay.     

March 29, 2022 – Fashion Show Fundraiser

Our Fashion Show Fundraiser at Chez Jacqueline on March 29 was a SUCCESS! Between ticket sales and raffle basket drawings we made $750. Kudos to our five members who showed off their modeling skills as they strode the runway and especially to Sally Smeaton who took her modeling responsibility so seriously that she arrived at Chez Jacqueline ready for duty almost straight from the hospital following a week-long stay. Much appreciation goes to Chez Jacqueline, a wonderful supporter of non-profits in our community. The venue, drinks and snacks are offered free of charge providing an opportunity for organizations to fund-raise for their causes.

Thanks to Sherri Barnett for taking the lead on this fundraiser!

March 2022 – Tech Trek Campers Announced

March 12, 2022 – General Meeting

Local Suffrage Research Presented for Women’s History Month

                        2022 Gen Mtg 3-12 Kim and Ellie comp                                                                    Kimble Medley, a branch member and local author, discussed her journey in writing her book, Suffrage, Women & Untold Stories, and shared photos that offer a glimpse of Woman Suffrage in our county. Kim’s research for the branch’s celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment led to the discovery of more than 200 Flagler County women, including over 50 African American women, who registered to vote for the November 1920 General Election.

When Alice Scott Abbott, Flagler County’s suffragist, came to light, Kim spearheaded efforts to have Alice added to the National Votes for Women Trail and the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. She also worked toward recognizing Ms. Abbott’s final resting place with a commemorative marker by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.  Kim also joined other branch members to present a revised version of the skit, “Women Won the Vote: How Did That Happen,” first brought to life by long-serving member Muriel Levy.                                                                               

                                                         February 22, 2022                                                                                AAUW Flagler Participates in Inaugural Meeting of Flagler County Cultural Council
Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky as Alice Scott Abbott and Gail Palmer and Theresa Owen as 1900’s Suffragists

Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky as Alice Scott Abbott and Gail Palmer and Theresa Owen as 1900’s Suffragists

Our branch was represented at this community event at the African American Cultural Society.  We increased awareness of our organization as well as our joint project with the Flagler County Historical Society to raise funds to purchase the 1916 Seventh Day Adventist Church building in Espanola, move it to its original location in Bunnell, and turn it into a Florida Women’s Voting Rights Museum.

New cultural council will act as sole arts agency for Flagler County | Palm Coast Observer

February 12, 2022 – General Meeting

Michael Butler, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor of History, Flagler College and Regina Phillips, Executive Director of the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center spoke about the Contextualization of Confederate Iconography.  In the aftermath of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, cities throughout the South debated the meaning and relevance of Confederate monuments that occupied prominent public spaces. St. Augustine was no exception, and city leaders formed a committee to contextualize a structure dedicated to the memory of those “who gave their lives in the service of the Confederate States.” Dr. Butler and Mrs. Phillips were selected as two of the seven committee members. Their presentation told the story of the Contextualization Committee’s formation, findings, and recommendations. Most importantly, the experience demonstrates how nostalgia, memory, and identity pervade public discourse concerning uncomfortable historical truths.

Trivia Winner table

January 8, 2022 – General Meeting

Ellie Bozzone, Mary Gatta, Patti Paukovich

President-Elect Ellie Bozzone, Dr. Mary Gatta and Co-President Patti Paukovich

 

Dr. Mary Gatta, Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, discussed her current work regarding the multiple challenges facing Generation X women (those born between 1965 and 1980), who are in the middle of their careers.  They are navigating work, family and aging.  Her presentation shared the economic state of Generation X women, the way gender roles are changing, and the key challenges this group is facing as they approach retirement age.

December 11, 2021 – General Meeting

AAUW Flagler Celebrates the Season with Songs and Sharing

Formality Singers 2021

We very much enjoyed holiday favorites performed by The Formality Singers, a mixed voiced chorus composed of students from Flagler Palm Coast High School.  This talented group performs extensively throughout the community and at surrounding civic events. The Formality Singers Chorus and the Women’s Formality Singers Chorus have earned honors at the district and at the state level music performance assessments.  This performing group, originally started by Alana Fitzgerald and continued under Amelia Fulmer, has been entertaining audiences for over 25 years.  Now, under the leadership of Ester Jackson, they eagerly share the joy of music while building a bridge between arts education, career, and the community.

Branch members were generous in their giving, overflowing the Toys for Tots box with new, unwrapped toys.  William Donahoe and Sadiah Gomez picked up the toys for the Marine Corps Program which will be distributed to needy children in Flagler County.

Ugly Sweater Contest - Lorrie (second from left) took first place in a sweater she saved from the 1980's.

Ugly Sweater Contest – Lorrie (second from left) took first place in a sweater she saved from the 1980’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read about our event in The Flagler News Weekly and the Palm Coast Observer.

 Saturday, December 4, 2021 – Holiday Craft Fair 

Marty Butler, Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, Linda Russell, Suzer Sachs

Marty Butler, Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, Linda Russell, Suzer Sachs

 

Another successful fundraiser at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation Creative Bazaar in Town Center.  Our booth sold creative craft items and baked goods donated by our members. Thank you to all who gave of their time and talents.  We raised $580 for our branch!

       

November 2021 – Festival of Trees

AAUW Flagler continued its tradition of participating in the Flagler County Public Library’s annual community-wide holiday celebration.  During the Festival of Trees event, local organizations are invited to set up trees at the library that are representative of their mission.  This year our tree was decorated with images and quotes from well-known women as we supported the International Women’s Day theme, “Choose to Challenge.”  Thanks to those members who provided quotes and ornaments and helped to set up our tree.

Theresa Owen, Sally Smeaton, Susie Baird & Patti Paukovich

November 13, 2021 – General Meeting

Co-Presidents Patti Paukovich and Marty Butler with Mr. Robert Snyder

2021 November Trivia Winners

Our speaker was Mr. Robert Snyder, who in his position as Health Officer/Administrator to the Florida Dept. of Health in Flagler County, managed the overall response to Covid-19 in our county.  During his presentation, he shared observations, data and lessons learned regarding public health since the onset of the pandemic.

 

November 7, 2021         Fall Fundraiser

Much appreciation goes to Ellie Bozzone, Susie Baird, Haydee Bernal and Suzer Sachs (and families) who braved a brisk day to staff a both at the Palm Coast Farmer’s Market at the European Village. The fundraising event netted $576 for our branch.  Thanks to all who donated items.

 

  Just for Fun Events

November 4, 2021 – Mary McLeod Bethune Statue Exhibit Tour

Bethune Statue Group

AAUW Flagler members joined the AAUW Daytona Branch for a guided tour of the exhibit at the News-Journal Center.   Mary McLeod was a legendary woman who fought for suffrage, civil rights and education.

Following a two-month exhibit in Daytona Beach, the sculpted white marble statue will represent Florida in the National Statuary Hall at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 3, 2021 – Women’s Suffrage Movement Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of our branch traveled to the Athens Theater in Deland to view “Ladies Taking Liberty,” a suffrage movement play written by a Deland resident who has family connections to famed suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  Thanks to Kathy for the photos.

October 14, 2021 – A Just for Fun Event

Seven of our branch members joined our sister branches from St. Augustine and Jacksonville to tour the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center.  The African American history museum is housed in the historic Excelsior School Building which served as the first public black high school in St. Johns County in 1925.  Through exhibits and stories we were schooled in 450 years of the African American experience in St. Augustine and beyond.

Lunch at the Blue Hen Cafe - Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, Elaine Studnicki, Suzer Sachs, Marty Butler, Theresa Owen, Gail Palmer, Barbara Barry

Lunch at the Blue Hen Cafe – Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, Elaine Studnicki, Suzer Sachs, Marty Butler, Theresa Owen, Gail Palmer, Barbara Barry

Patti Paukovich, Theresa Owen, Gail Palmer, Marty Butler, Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, Regina Gayle-Phillips (Executive Director) Elaine Studnicki, Suzer Sachs, Cathie Altman

Patti Paukovich, Theresa Owen, Gail Palmer, Marty Butler, Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, Regina Gayle-Phillips (Executive Director) Elaine Studnicki, Suzer Sachs, Cathie Altman

In Memory of Muriel Levy

AAUW Flagler mourns the passing of former member Muriel Levy.  A fabulous fixture in our branch, Muriel made us shine!  Her writing skills lead to the suffragist play “Women Voting?  How Did That Happen?” which was performed around the state and recreated in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.  She was a Reading Women Book Club regular and directed several mystery plays to raise funds for scholarships.  Muriel was active in the community as well, volunteering her time and talents.  She believed in walking for exercise and could be seen walking all over Palm Coast before she moved to John Knox Village in Orange City.  A friend to all who knew her, she will be missed!

Read more about our long time member Muriel.

 

October 9, 2021 General Meeting

AAUW Flagler Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Candice Wilkie, Outrech Coordinator for the Family Life Center

Candice Wilkie, Outreach Coordinator for the Family Life Center is flanked by Co-Presidents Patti Paukovich and Marty Butler

 

Candice Wilkie, Outreach Coordinator for the Family Life Center, described the services provided by the organization – the only state certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency in Flagler County.  Through heart touching personal stories Ms. Wilkie provided insight into the complex issues for which services are sought by many in our county.  In addition, she spoke about volunteer opportunities within the agency, the importance of fundraising and how the community can help through always needed donations.

Susie Baird and Ellie Bozzone

Susie Baird and Ellie Bozzone

 

Read about us in The Palm Coast Observer and the Flagler News Weekly

Long serving Board Member Susie Baird installed Ellie Bozzone as Co-President-Elect during the meeting.  Ellie’s counterpart, Linda Russell, was installed in absentia.

October 2021 Trivia Winners-2

October Meeting Trivia Contest Winners

September 11, 2021 – General Meeting

We welcomed a new year of AAUW meetings with something new – trivia contests! The questions inspire a lot of conversation at the tables.

Linda Russell and Karen Basany are the first contest winners.

September 2021 Trivia Winners

 

August 2021

Appreciation from STUFF Bus Project Recipients

These drawings are from twin brothers who attend Belle Terre Elementary School. The children had no school attire/shoes for going back to school and wanted to thank the S.T.U.F.F. Bus program for the clothes they received.


August 28, 2021

Women’s Equality Day Celebration a Success!

AAUW Flagler Branch member Kathy Reichard-Ellavasky

AAUW Flagler Branch member Kathy Reichard-Ellavasky as Alice

Alice Scott Abbott

AAUW Flagler celebrated 101 years of women voting on August 28th with a special event honoring Flagler County’s own suffragist, Alice Scott Abbott of Bunnell.  The celebration, featuring state and local dignitaries, was held at the First United Methodist Church of Bunnell.   The Florida Commission on the Status of Women was represented by Commissioner Maruchi Azorin who presented the plaque for Alice Scott Abbott’s induction into the Florida Hall of Fame to Ed Siarkowicz of the Flagler County Historical SocietyFlagler Palm Coast High School JROTC presented the colors.  Girl Scout Troop 54754 lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.  Boy Scout Troop 400 conducted a flag folding ceremony for the flag flown over the U.S. Capitol honoring Alice Scott Abbott.   Catherine Robinson, Mayor of Bunnell, Andrea Totten, Flagler County Court Judge, and Suzie Johnston, Mayor of Flagler Beach were guest speakers.  AAUW Flagler member Kathy Reichard-Ellavasky portrayed Alice Scott Abbott.

Palm Coast Mayor David Alfin, Flagler County Historical Society President Ed Siarkowicz, Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson, Flagler Beach City Commissioner Jane Mealy, Flagler Beach Mayor Suzie Johnston, Flagler School Board Member Dr. Colleen Conklin, AAUW Flagler County Branch Publicity Chair Kim Medley, Flagler School Board Member Cheryl Massaro, Flagler County Judge Andrea Totten, AAUW Flagler County Branch member Kathy Reichard-Ellvasky, Flagler County School Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt and Flagler Auditorium Director Amelia Fulmer celebrate Women’s Equality Day 2021, at the First United Methodist Church in Bunnell. (Flagler News Weekly)

Flagler Palm Coast JROTC

Flagler Palm Coast JROTC

Flagler County Historical Society President Ed Siarkowicz

Flagler County Historical Society President Ed Siarkowicz

Kim Medley

Kim Medley, AAUW Flagler Publicity and Social Media Chair spearheaded the event.

See our press coverage in the Daytona News-Journal and Flagler News Weekly

July 31, 2021

Back2School Bash @ Carver Community Center

Haydee Bernal, STUFF Bus Chair: Co-Presidents Patti Paukovich and Marty Butler; Tech Trek Chair Susie Baird and AAUW Flagler member Terri Smith

Haydee Bernal, STUFF Bus Chair: Co-Presidents Patti Paukovich and Marty Butler; Tech Trek Chair Susie Baird and AAUW Flagler member Terri Smith

AAUW Flagler County Branch joined Move to Improve Inc., a local non-profit organization, and other local merchants in hosting the third annual Back2School Bash.  S.T.U.F.F. Bus Chair, Haydee Bernal was excited to add yet another amazing bus stop. The Supplying Things U Find Fundamental (S.T.U.F.F.) Bus is a program by the Flagler County Education Foundation and one which AAUW Flagler has supported for many years. Its mission is to provide essential supplies and clothing to students of families experiencing economic difficulties. Saturday’s event did not disappoint. 

In four short hours, AAUW Flagler’s S.T.U.F.F. Bus delivered: school supplies, clothing, tennis shoes, 65 hand soaps and hand sanitizers, 42 laundry detergents, nearly 280 toiletry items, over 900 feminine products, more than 200 cereal bars, almost 300 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, 50 packets of Instant Oatmeal, in excess of 60 boxes of Kellogg’s and General Mills breakfast cereals, and many other food and essential items just in time for school, which begins August 10, 2021. Many thanks to the AAUW Flagler members in attendance and the community of Flagler County. Without their support, this event would not be possible. 

 

 

AAUW Flagler joins Move to Improve at Back2School Bash | Food | daytonatimes.com

May 23, 2021

A Just for Fun Event ~ E-Bike History Tour

 

AAUW Flagler members joined the Palm Coast Historical Society’s celebration of Preservation Month by participating in an e-bike tour of the “core area” of the city of Palm Coast.  The guided tour was led and sponsored by early Palm Coast resident and local Flebike shop owner Frank Paccilli.

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021 

Our end of the year meeting was held picnic style, at Flagler County’s Bings Landing Park on A1A.  Officers for the coming year were inducted and we learned about the winners of the three scholarships we awarded.  Our members were overjoyed with the opportunity to visit in person.

May 1, 2021

Fundraiser at Palm Coast Arts Foundation Creative Bazaar

AAUW Flagler had a booth at the PCAF Creative Bazaar at Town Center to raise funds for AAUW Flagler Branch and Scholarships.   Members and friends donated their crafty and yummy creations for this worthwhile cause.  Proceeds for the day totaled $305.50.

Linda Russell, branch Treasurer, was in charge of the cash box

 

April 27 – 2021 High School Scholarship Awardees

AAUW Flagler participated with the Flagler County Education Foundation during their Drive & Surprise Scholarship Award Ceremony.   Three scholarships were awarded this year, including the first Mary Rose Hoffman AAUW Scholarship.  Read about our scholarship winners here in this article in the Palm Coast Observer.

Rebecca Martinez, Flagler Palm Coast HS

Rebecca Martinez, Flagler Palm Coast HS

Mikaella Penagos, Flagler Palm Coast HS

Mikaella Penagos, Flagler Palm Coast HS

Sarah Flannery, Matanzas HS, with Scholarship Committee members Haydee Bernal (left) and Terri Smith (right)

Sarah Flannery, Matanzas HS, with Scholarship Committee members Haydee Bernal (left) and Terri Smith (right)

 

April 16, 17, 18  ~  AAUW FL 2021 Virtual

 Leadership Conference & Annual Meeting

We gathered together virtually to renew acquaintances and our commitment to equity for women at all stages of their lives. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021 – General Meeting

  Flagler County Schools Superintendent, Cathy Mittelstadt, visited with us via Zoom and shared how the schools in our county faced and overcame challenges in the era of Covid-19, and developed many innovative programs unique to each of our schools.

March 24, 2021 – Equal Pay Day

Wearing RED and gathering safely outdoors for an Unhappy Hour at JT’s Seafood Shack to call attention to Equal Pay Day – the date that marks how far into the year the average women must work in order to earn what the average man earns in the previous year. 

March 13, 2021

Promoting the Florida Women’s Voting Rights Museum @ the Flagler Auditorium
Stronger Together – A Salute to Women                                                         A Pat Benatar & Pink Tribute

During intermission, AAUW Flagler members  spoke about a joint project of AAUW Flagler and the Flagler County Historical Society.   The audience learned about the efforts to move the 1916 Seventh Day Adventist Church (attended by Flagler suffragist Alice Scott Abbott and currently located in Espanola) back to Bunnell, next to the historic Holden House, and  transform it into a Florida Women’s Voting Rights Museum.  

 Read about our efforts here in the Flagler News Weekly

Ready for networking prior to the show. ( Linda Russell, Gail Palmer , Susie Baird, Kathy Reichard-Ellavasky, Theresa Owen, Kim Medley)

Celebrating Women’s History Month @ Our General Meeting
Suffrage, Women & Untold Stories with Kim Medley

AAUW Flagler’s Publicity, Social Media and Women’s Vote Centennial Chair shared unusual stories she uncovered while conducting research on women’s suffrage for her upcoming book.

March 12, 2021 – Just for Fun

Following the High Tea Soiree at the Palm Coast Community Center, members (dressed in Suffrage attire to promote the Florida Women’s Voting Rights Museum) visit with Vincent the Turtle.  Vincent is part of the Turtle Trail, a public community sculpture campaign started in May 2018 by the Palm Coast Arts Foundation.  Sponsored by AAUW Flagler Co-President Patti Paukovich and her husband, “Vincent” was inspired through one of Vincent Willem van Gogh’s more than 2,100 artworks, Café Terrace at Night (1888).

March 3, 2021 – Stuffing the Bus

New S.T.U.F.F. Bus Chair Haydee Bernal has been expanding AAUW Flagler’s efforts to support this critical program founded by the Flagler County Education Foundation.  Read about Haydee’s work in this article in the Flagler News Weekly.

 February 6, 2021 

Joint Meeting with AAUW Flagler & Palm Coast Historical Society    

Judge Andrea K. Totten

Judge Andrea K. Totten

Kim Medley

Kim Medley

 

The Rendition of the Ratification Process & Women’s Right to Vote         

 

 

Flagler County Judge Totten discussed the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the entrance of women into political office, the legal profession, and judgeships, all post-suffrage.

Kim Medley, AAUW Flagler’s Publicity, Social Media and Women’s Vote Centennial Chair spoke about the “New Departure” and its influence on women’s rights to vote.

January 28, 2021 – We Added Alice!

                   Alice Scott Abbott, Flagler Suffragist, Inducted to the                                         2020 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame

In March of 2020, AAUW Flagler’s Women’s Vote Centennial Committee nominated Alice Scott Abbott for the 2020 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.  On August 13th, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women announced that our nominee had been selected as a top ten finalist from 70 applications.  Watch the announcement here

On November 24th we were informed by Governor Ron DeSantis’ office that Alice was one of three women selected for this honor in 2020.  A virtual induction ceremony was held on January 28, 2021.  Watch the ceremony here

Governor Ron DeSantis Selects Three Inductees to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame (flgov.com)

 

https://www.palmcoastobserver.com/article/alice-scott-abbott-bunnell-suffragist-to-be-inducted-to-florida-womens-hall-of-fame

 

AAUW Flagler County Branch was recognized at the Flagler County Commission meeting on December 14th for adding Alice Scott Abbott to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. Patty Paukovich, Kim Medley, Terry Smith, Kathy Reichard-Ellavasky, Susie Baird, Linda Russell, Awilda Hamilton. Photo: Ed Siarkowicz

AAUW Flagler County Branch was recognized at the Flagler County Commission meeting on December 14th for adding Alice Scott Abbott to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Patty Paukovich, Kim Medley, Terry Smith, Kathy Reichard-Ellavasky, Susie Baird, Linda Russell, Awilda Hamilton. Photo: Ed Siarkowicz

January 9, 2021 – Zoom General Meeting

 

Joe Rizzo, Executive Director of the Flagler County Education Foundation, spoke about the Education Foundation and its                role in Flagler County schools.

December 2020 – Recognizing Our OwnRecognition of STUFF Bus Chair Haydee Bernal

December 2020 – Meet Our Newest Members!

Rene Herron

Rene Herron

Amelia Fulmer

Amelia Fulmer

December 5, 2020  – Arts & Crafts Fair Fundraiser

AAUW Flagler participated in the Palm Coast Arts Foundation Creative Bazaar at Town Center to raise funds for the branch and scholarships.  We sold handcrafted items and delicious home made baked goods – all donated by our members.  In addition, we had 100th Women’s Vote Anniversary Ornaments for sale and our Suffragists were in attendance.

November 14, 2020 –  Zoom General Meeting

Kim Medley, branch Social Media and Publicity Chair and AAUW FL Women’s Vote Centennial Chair, spoke about the Women’s Voting Rights Movement in Flagler County and Florida..

November 13, 2020 – Festival of Trees

Flagler Branch takes part in the Flagler County Public Library’s annual Festival of Trees event.  Organizations throughout the County are invited to participate by setting up trees decorated to reflect the mission of the organization.  AAUW Flagler’s tree celebrates the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.  The tree, named “Alice” after Flagler suffragist Alice Scott Abbott is adorned with photos of the first Flagler County voters and stars representing the states that ratified the 19th Amendment.

Flagler Branch members Marty Butler, Kim Medley, Patti Paukovich, Susie Baird, Theresa Owen, Karen Basany and Linda Russell

November 2020 – Filming a Documentary

Gail Palmer and Marty Butler in Echoes of Suffrage documentary filming

Nov. 9 – First day of filming Echoes of Suffrage, a women’s voting rights documentary, at the historic Holden House. Gail Palmer as Lucretia Mott and Marty Butler as Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Nov. 13 – Wrapping up filming at Pine Lakes Golf Club with cast members – (Clockwise) Gail Palmer, Patti Paukovich, Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, Awilda Hamilton, Linda Russell, Marty Butler and Kim Medley

 

Film Crew – Scott DeCicco (Audio Engineer), Jalen Daniels (Director), Infinity V. Campos (Co-Director), Ka’Deem Wynn (Main Videographer)

Palm Coast student entrepreneur takes on documentary about suffrage. (news-journalonline.com)

November 6, 2020

Book Club members

Members of the Reading Women Book Club gather safely outdoors to discuss The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Front row:  Theresa Owen, Sally Smeaton, Marty Butler                  Back row:  Barbara Kroeker, Lorrie Blue-Angle, Kathy Burns, Sharon Danforth (Susie Baird not pictured)

In Memory of Mary Rose Hoffman

We sadly announce the passing of branch member Mary Rose Hoffman.  According to her husband Conrad, “Mary Rose took the 11:00 pm A Train to heaven” on Friday, October 23, 2020.  She was an active AAUW member, attending monthly General Meetings, making Raffle Baskets to raise funds for scholarships and showcasing her artist talents with submissions to the AAUW Art Contests.      https://www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com/obituary/mary-hoffman

October 13 & 20, 2020

Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Fashion Show

Sally Smeaton

Kim Medley, Sally Smeaton, Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky

Susie Baird

Kim Medley

Awaiting models on the runway

 

 

 

 

 

A night of Fun and Fashion at Chez Jacqueline – with limited attendance, masks and social distancing to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

In Memory of Janet Dance Spurlock

With sadness we announce the passing of former branch member Janet Dance.  She was a Past President, serving in the position from 1996 – 1998.  https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/flagler-beach-fl/janet-spurlock-9356294

August 2020 

AAUW Flagler Celebrates 100 Years of Women Voting

AAUW Flagler receives Women's Equality Day Proclamation from Flagler County Commission

Aug. 17, AAUW Flagler receives Women’s Equality Day Proclamation from Flagler Board of County Commission

Women's Suffrage Flag Raising Collage

Aug. 18th, Raising the Suffrage Flag to kick off Forward Into Light Campaign sponsored by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

 Women's Equality Day celebration

Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day celebration – commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the day Women WON the Vote!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library display of Women's Suffrage materials

Our branch worked with the Flagler County Public Library to create a display of Women’s Suffrage materials

Centennial Banner

The women depicted in this collage are but a few of the nearly 200 women who were qualified and registered to vote in Flagler County for the historic Nov. 2, 1920 General Election.

 


April 28, 2020 – Alice Scott Abbott on Votes for Women TrailVotes for Women Trail

Our branch’s submission of the gravesite location of local suffragist Alice Scott Abbott was accepted for inclusion to the Votes for Women Trail, a project of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites.

April 2020  Branch Recognized by AAUW FL

Tech Trek Certificate Membership Certificate

 

March 6, 2020

AAUW Flagler Kicks Off Library’s Flagler Reads Together Program  with “Women Won the Vote:  How Did that Happen?” Skit

AAUW Suffragists at the Library

Patti Paukovich, Linda Russell, Gail Palmer, Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, Kim Medley, Theresa Owen, Susie Baird and Marty Butler

Flagler Reads Together Flyer2020Women WON the Vote Skit FlyeBranch members participated in the many wonderful events scheduled to complement this year’s book – Why They Marched by Susan Ware.  This title calls attention to the 100th Anniversary of Women Winning the Right to Vote!

Equal Pay Day Proclamation – March 3, 2020

Equal Pay Day Proclamation 2020 Palm Coast

Kim Medley, Gail Palmer, Theresa Owen and Marty Butler with Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland and City Council members 

Flagler Live Palm Coast Council Proclamation

Votes for Women March and Rally – March 1, 2020

AAUW Members at the March and Rally

Kim Medley, Theresa Owen, Gail Palmer, Linda Russell and Susie Baird

AAUW Flagler members participated in the march in St. Augustine which started at the Corazon Cinema on Granada St. and ended with a rally at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum on Aviles St.  Speakers included representatives from the Colonial Dames of America, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the proprietors of the Ximenez-Fatio House and the Jacksonville League of Women Voters.

            AAUW Flagler Partners with Flagler County Library         February 17, 2020Flagler Reads Together 2020 Proclamation Photo

 AAUW Flagler joined with Friends of the Library and Holly Albanese, Director of the FC Public                   Library, to receive a proclamation from the Board of County Commission for                                                                                   Flagler Reads Together 2020.

AAUW Flagler Performs Suffrage Skit for Flagler County Historical Society February 15, 2020 

AAUW Flagler Suffragists

General Meeting – February 8, 2020

Speaker Dr. Michael Butler and Elinor Bozzone, Program Co-Chair

Speaker Dr. Michael Butler and Elinor Bozzone, Program Co-Chair

 

Black History Month was commemorated with a discerning and stimulating discussion about “Local Campaigns, National Relevance:  The Florida Civil Rights Movement”, led by Dr. Michael Butler, Kenan Distinguished Professor of History, Flagler College.

Author of Victory After the Fall:  The Memories of Civil Rights Activists H. K. Matthews and Beyond Integration:  The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980, along with a multitude of articles for academic and historical journals, Dr. Butler brings 20th Century Southern History to life in an engaging and informative manner.

2020 NCCWSL Candidate Announced

Lisa Howell

Fonda “Lisa” Howell is a native Floridian. She is married, a mother to three children and a grandmother of six. Her determination and tenacity to persevere with her educational goals will culminate in May as she receives her Associate Degree in Psychology. She is a two-year past-president of the Psychology Club at DSC. Her immediate plans are to volunteer at Stewart Marchman this summer. She has been a Flagler and Volusia County volunteer since 2004. She has received the Gold Seal Specialization in Psychology and is a certified recovery peer specialist. Her scholastic aptitude has garnered notice on both the President’s and Dean’s list. Her awards include the Daytona State College Outstanding Student and Hall of Fame. She is looking forward to representing AAUW Flagler at this year’s NCCWSL. 

2020 STEM Scholar Announced – January 25, 2020

The Daytona Beach, Flagler, and New Smyrna branches of American Association of University Women (AAUW), through their partnership with Daytona State College, awarded Ms. Florence Small their 2020 S.T.E.M. Scholarship. Since 2014, these branches have worked together to offer women attending Daytona State College a $750.00 scholarship so they may pursue Science Technology Engineering and Mathematical (S.T.E.M.) related educational and career opportunities. This year’s recipient exemplifies the pursuit of a S.T.E.M. career while setting an example for the next generation. 

Florence Small is a physical therapist assistant who has worked many years to help others regain their independence. To regain her own independence, she chose S.T.E.M. as her path toward greater self-determination through continued education and a career in electrical engineering. Ms. Small currently attends the Advanced Technology Campus on the main campus of Daytona State College. Her immediate goal is to complete her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and graduate this spring.

Lobby Days   January 21 – 22, 2020

Lobby Days 2020 Group Photo

Lobby Days 2020 Group Photo

G. Palmer and T. Owen Lobby Days 2020

Gail Palmer and Theresa Owen

AAUW Flagler Public Policy Chair Gail Palmer and Co-President Theresa Owen participated in Lobby Days at the Florida State Capitol this year.  They were among 32 AAUW members representing 13 Florida branches who traveled to Tallahassee to lobby in support of AAUW Public Policy Priorities – Pay Equity and the Florida Family Leave Act, Equal Rights Amendment and the Prevention of Human Trafficking.

Just for Fun – January 18, 2020

Dr. Peggy MacdonaldHistory Con

Members visited the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach for Florida’s History Con.  The highlight was a presentation about Florida’s Female Pioneers by Dr. Peggy Macdonald, Adjunct Professor of History at Stetson University. She spoke about the women who helped to shape the Sunshine State – Dr. Ester Hill Hawkes, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, May Mann Jennings and Florida’s Three Marjorie(y)s – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Marjorie Harris Carr and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Sharon Danforth, Marty Butler, Theresa Owen, Cindi Pfleiderer, Susie Baird, Frances Sippel-Wetmore, Arlene See and Joan Tardif

General Meeting – January  11, 2020

 

Mary Gatta, Ph.D. delivered an insightful presentation on the causes and effects of poverty on women in Florida.  Dr. Gatta, an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, earned her Ph.D and M.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University, along with a B.A. in Social Science from Providence College.