March 2013

Energy!  I feel it coursing through AAUW and it is exhilarating!  We have so many projects building!

Our February program on “Half the Sky” was an eye opener (though some of the atrocities we heard about make you want to shut your eyes!).  Support was overwhelmingly positive to try and get a public showing of the documentary.  I have contacted Caribbean Cinemas, and recently found out that Canal 40 (Sistema Universitaria Ana G Mendez) has the right for Puerto Rico.

You may have seen on Facebook the activity AAUW San Juan did for the One Billion Rising Campaign.  I’d love to continue to add photos to the album.  Is yours in it yet?  Men are welcome too and you don’t have to be a member to join that effort!

March 8th, to celebrate International Women’s Day we will join a march coordinated by the coalition promoting an end to violence against women Paz Para la Mujer (AAUW San Juan is a member of this coalition)to call attention to the legislation still on the table in PR that concerns women.

I know that our Puerto Rico Art Museum program is generating a lot of interest.  Don’t forget that we need to get a good count of who will attend, so we know whether we need a second docent to take us around.

We have our third STEM Bridge program scheduled for April 27th at St John’s School. (Contact Joanne Treistman if you want to help with that!) and our Perfect Pairings Fundraiser will be for May 5th at the 1919 Restaurant in the Vanderbilt Hotel in Condado.

I would also entertain ideas for a new members activity and a Bridge event for law and public service…Anyone want to join me?

And, last, but not least again, don’t forget the AAUW National Convention in New Orleans in June.  I have already registered!

Betsy Parker

PS Another reminder:  Invite someone to join AAUW San Juan.  For $50.50, paid at any activity we sponsor, he or she becomes a member now through June 30, 2014.