… “Helping Women and Girls Realize Their Potential”
AAUW Doylestown Branch was organized in 1958. Our charter was granted on May 20, 1958 with a membership of sixteen. Branch membership has now grown to 100+ members.
This branch of AAUW has long tradition of attempting to solve educational issues for women and girls. For example, in the early 1970′s it was a group of Doylestown Branch members who founded ‘Aid for Girls’, the organization that later became ‘Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bucks County’.
FULFILLING OUR MISSION
AAUW Doylestown branch contributes to the community:
- By awarding an Annual scholarship granted to a graduating girl from Central Bucks East, South or West.
- By awarding an Annual Scholarship granted to a young woman graduating from Bucks County Community College and continuing her studies.
- As a supporting member of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition
- By conributing to AAUW Funds and the Legal Advocacy Fund
Branch meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday evening of each month at Wesley Enhanced Living (formerly Heritage Towers), Veteran’s Lane, Doylestown. Meetings begin with a half-hour informal social gathering at 7 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m.
Kimberly Underwood, DMH
President's Perspective, November 2013
Her last message to the members of AAUW Doylestown
May you rest in Peace!
This past month has given me a new perspective on AAUW-Doylestown. As we all know, it is sometimes difficult to step away from the midst of an activity to see what is going on. We put our heads down and push through to the next event or deadline. For better or for worse, I had to step back and let go of the reins I thought I held. When I looked up I saw something amazing. I saw each of you stepping up to make sure the work got done. I saw leaders emerge who might not have thought of themselves as strong leaders. And I watched as these new leaders guided other individuals to take on new (and maybe even scary) tasks and help them run with them!
Each of you should be very proud of your role in keeping your organization running smoothly and moving forward. I have found (perhaps this is in a study somewhere) that women with college/university educations have greater self- confidence. That self- confidence helps us figure out what we are good at and what tasks are better left to others and what skills we might acquire for use at a later time. The building blocks of learning and teamwork are usually taught in elementary or high school. Higher education allows women (and men) the opportunity to use those learning blocks as her own, in her own unique way. She will be able to take something; an idea or a plan and make it hers and then she will be able to share that with the world around her (family, friends, co-workers, other volunteers). This is the purpose of learning. It isn’t storing up bits of knowledge; its taking what we learn and experience and applying the relevant bits to other areas in our lives. Our job is to help women achieve a level of higher education that will allow them to create their dreams, nurture them and then fly with them!
Thank you all for your warm wishes & prayers, the texts, emails and the quiet times. It was much easier to focus on health stuff knowing that I hadn’t left AAUW in the lurch and that it was running smoothly because of all of you. Now that I am home, I can actually rest (which is what I am doing) and begin recovering from all of this.
I wish each of you and your family & friends a wonderful holiday season!
Kimberly passed away quietly at home on November 20th.
Donations in Kim's memory should be sent to the Doylestown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), 14 Sandy Knoll Dr, Doylestown, PA 18901. The proceeds will be used to fund a one-time scholarship in memory of Kim.
AAUW Doylestown Branch Meeting Notepad
Ladies of History
at 7:00 PM
Wesley Enhanced Living at Heritage Towers
Storyteller, Alisa Dupuy “Ladies of History”
This program promises to be a fun evening of education and entertainment!
Please join us to hear historic re-enactor and professional storyteller, Alisa Dupuy, present “Women of the Civil War” as part of her Ladies of History series.
Guests are welcome to attend.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Doylestown Methodist Church
Speaker: Dr. Bridget Rose Nolan, AAUW Fellowship Awardee
The Annual Potluck Luncheon held at Doylestown Methodist Church on Saturday, January 11, 2014, will feature speaker, Dr. Bridget Rose Nolan. When Bridget decided to publish her analysis of the terrorism center culture, her ordeal was just starting. Her employment as a graduate fellow at the CIA piqued her interest to study the agency and write her dissertation on it. Her exciting and intricate story of getting her 206 page dissertation published was chronicled in a Philadelphia Inquirer cover story in August, 2013. AAUW's fellowship was instrumental in Bridget receiving her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Come hear Bridget's fascinating narrative.