With the close of the online election for our 2020-21 officers, we wanted to share the installation of our new officers, via Zoom, by past AAUW Wisconsin President, Dido Nash. The newly installed officers include:
- Joyce Gregg, VP of Finance
- Jean Kreul, VP of Fund Development
- Lyn Hildenbrand, VP of Programs
- Joan Schneider, President
This issue of Badger Briefs is our Annual Meeting Issue — in a nutshell, all the items that we normally vote on at our annual meeting will be voted on, once this issue of the BB is out to all of you. You will receive correspondence on how to vote for the officers listed in this publication, as well as the minutes from last year’s annual meeting.
Thank you for your kind understanding and assistance in trying to uphold our bylaws, and keeping us on track for fiscal year 2020-21!
In light of Governor Evers’ Safer at Home Order, many of us have had to take our meetings online, including the AAUW Wisconsin state board, which just conducted its third quarter meeting via Zoom!
For your next board meeting or book club, try one of these widely used free resources for computers, tablets or cell phones: Facebook Messenger group chats, Google Hangouts or Zoom. A helpful Zoom tutorial hosted by Marcia Chadley shows you how to participate and host a meeting. And this tutorial by Max Dalton will help you navigate Facebook Messenger group chats.
It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of our 100th annual state convention, as well as the AAUW Regional Convention that was scheduled to take place in June 2020. Due to the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, the CDC and our governor have both called for the cancellation of large gatherings, and we wish to respect this public health recommendation, for the safety of our members.
Thank you to the ladies on the State Convention Planning Committee for all of your efforts. We appreciate the work that you did to plan what surely would have been an outstanding convention.
There is a chance that these events may yet be rescheduled. Our President, Lyn Hildenbrand, will keep members posted of any updates. In the meantime, be safe!
The Convention Issue of Badger Briefs is here! This year, we celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage and our 100th state convention. Information on the 2020 state convention, including registration form, hotel reservations, and schedule, can be found in this issue.
Reminder: the deadline for room reservations and early registration fees for the AAUW-Wisconsin 2020 Convention is March 31, so don’t delay!
At this year’s State Convention, branches will now have the option to use an e-poster (i.e. PowerPoint) to share photos of their programming, membership and outreach activities. Branches may still opt to bring physical displays to the convention, or they may email a PowerPoint highlighting their branch and its activities to Suzanne Hagen, President of AAUW-River Falls, by April 10.
Suzanne prepared a sample River Falls Branch PowerPoint, for reference. Note: branches should keep their PowerPoints smaller than 2MB – about 6 slides – to ensure that they are not too large of a file to email.
2020 AAUW Midwest Regional Convention
June 18-20, 2020
The Bend/Hyatt House in East Moline, Illinois
Kim Churches – CEO of AAUW
Kendra Davis – Senior Vice President for Advancement and Partnerships at AAUW
Lisa Maatz – AAUW’s former top policy adviser
Denise Lieberman – Director of Advancement Project’s Power and Democracy Program
- Economic Security Panel
- Celebration of the 19th Amendment
- WorkSmart–bring your own device for the online workshop
- Town Hall with Kendra Davis
- Branch Program Sharing–bring your best ideas and take some home!
- Breakout sessions on Cyber Security, Running for Office, Title IX, Diversity & Inclusion, and more!
The Quad Cities, an Iowa/Illinois central location in the heart of the region, is an exciting destination: www.visitquadcities.com. Please check out the area!
Pre-convention activities planned for June 17. For more information, email Jennifer.
This past fall, the Janesville Woman’s Club was awarded an $80,000 grant after receiving first place in the 2019 Partners in Preservation: Main Street competition, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. The win was due in part to the efforts of the AAUW Janesville branch, which calls the Janesville Woman’s Club Building home, and worked to help garner the most votes of any of the 20 sites that participated. This historic preservation grant will fund vital repairs to the almost 100-year-old building. Learn more here.