Our November Program is Confirmed!
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Don’t Miss This! 60th Anniversary Bethlehem Branch Book Fair Celebration Luncheon
The Bacchae study group met on October14 at Fran Bentkowski’s and Jeanne Eroh’s house. This year we are adjusting the timing of some of our meetings to earlier in the day, 4 PM. When the days get shorter and several of our members will become “snowbirds,” and we will meet on Zoom as we did last year at our “normal ” time of 7 PM.
Last week we rated and tasted two wines from Vynecrest in Breinigsville, a Pinot Grigio, and one of their specialty wines, Cherry Divyne, which is divine with chocolate! The next meeting is on November 11 at 4 PM at Myra Jones’ house with JoAnn Kelly as co-hostess.
This year we are focusing on wines from PA and NY.
Questions? Contact Phyllis Wargo
Gateway to Equity Award Presentation
Linda Robbins and several AAUW members met at the Apollo Grill in Bethlehem on June 24 to present Rachel Griffith, owner of the Apollo Grill, with the Gateway to Equity Award for 2021. Rachel has been a part of the highly successful Apollo Grill for over 10 years. She began as a manager, then general manager, and now the owner. Rachel leads women, including a female executive chef, hot and cold line leaders, and waitstaff, most unusual for this industry. She has also launched the Generation Next Scholarship Fund created under the non-profit Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley to assist minority students with college access. Rachel exemplifies the qualities of a strong business sense as well as a need to serve her community. We are pleased to present Rachel Griffith with this certificate and a check for her dedicated activism.
60th Annual Used Book Fair is Coming!
The dates have been set for the 60th Book Fair at the Ice Rink on Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem. We know you have all been waiting, too. Keep saving your books and be ready for our sale!
Collections begin April 4 through April 26, 2022 and we will be accepting used books, CDs, DVDs, and Audio Books.
More exciting is how close we are to reaching a goal of $1 million in sales of the donated materials. Since 1962, $979,000 has been raised and with that, approximately 735 girls have received scholarships totaling approximately $750,000.
Inter-Branch Diversity Study Group “Goes” to Harrisburg
On July 15, 2019, members of the Bethlehem-Easton inter-branch study group, ‘Diversity: Deeds and Dialogue,’ joined other AAUW-PA members to participate in a webinar conversation with Pennsylvania’s First Lady Frances Wolf. This program was led by AAUW-PA Public Policy Chair, Barbara Price. Mrs. Wolf mentioned her interested in the issue of women and the criminal justice system, particularly that of re-enetry.
In the Q&A box, D:DD co-chair, Randi Blauth, thanked the first lady and the governor for their work and recognition of the problems women face upon reentry to our communities. Randi mentioned that our group had studied many of the issues and had worked, in limited capacity, with groups in the Lehigh Valley working for change. Mrs. Wolf expressed an interest in what the group had done and said she’d be in touch.
The next day, her Chief of Staff, Jen Wilburne, contacted the group to schedule a conversation with her and Executive Staff Assistant, Madeline Williams. A week later, many from the inter-branch study group “went” to Harrisburg via Zoom. Mrs. Wolf’s staff and the D:DD shared an energizing and fruitful conversation on the barriers to safe housing, jobs, job training, transportation, safety, mental health, and domestic violence. the Diversity: Deeds and Dialogue study group is grateful for the opportunity to work with Mrs. Wolf and her staff.
You can read more about the experience on page 5 of the September Newsletter.
AAUW Lehigh at the NCCWSL Conference
In 2019, AAUW Lehigh sent four students to the NCCWSL conference at the University of Maryland. The student group was able to do so because our members along with other friends – raised more than $1,700 to help them with registration and travel expenses. In appreciation, the young women presented an autographed copy of Roxane Gay’s book “Bad Feminist”.