Welcome to the Fort Bend County, Texas Branch!

Upcoming Events:  watch this space for the August salad luncheon!

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MAY Recognition Brunch – Sunday May 7, 2017 – We met our Educator of the Year, Virginia Irizarry and the 2017 recipient of the Mary Frierson scholarship to Wharton County Junior College, Edris Mitchell.  We had a GRAND TIME at Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse  –  Many thanks to Membership VP,  Norma Mitsakis for organizing a wonderful event and to the hard-working officers of 2016-17 and the great incoming board of 2017-18 (see below and here).

After May, program meetings will start again in August.  During the regular year we meet on 2nd Thursdays at Kelley’s Restaurant in Meadows Place (Stafford), 11555 W Airport Blvd, Meadows Place, TX 77477…GOOGLE MAP LINK    5:30 PM for dinner, 7 PM program.  All members and guests invited.  Contact Membership VP Norma Mitsakis, to arrange a carpool.

paragraph_separatorMANY THANKS to our 2017-2018 branch officers,  installed at our Recognition Brunch May 7, 2017 at Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse

  • President – Judy Cenkus
  • Program VP – Irene Potocziak
  • Membership VP – Norma Mitsakis
  • Co-Finance Officers – Pearl Lam & Margo Johnson
  • AAUW Funds VP – Angie McCauley
  • Legal Advocacy Fund Officer – Whitney Dewey
  • Communications Officer – Cheryl Bennett
  • continuing thanks to our own Brenda Moss serving as AAUW Texas District Representative for the South District and spearheading efforts of the Local Arrangements Committee for 2018 AAUW Texas Convention right here in Houston

Thank you ALL for stepping UP….looking forward to ANOTHER exciting year!

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Congregate with the Bookies EVERY Month, 1st Monday evening for a lively discussion more…

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IT’S ALWAYS…time to Give a Grad a Gift of an AAUW membership, any time up to 2

years from baccalaureate or associate degree graduation.  Give the gift of AAUW

Give a Grad a Gift of AAUW membership

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Previous Events:

My Personal Story as an American Immigrant –  Pearl Lam, AAUW member

The Power of SurvivalLilas Tiha, author, AAUW member

Refugee Experiences & Assimilation –  Roxanne Paiva,  Executive Director Our Global ourglobalvillageVillage this was an amazing, eye-opening meeting….hope everyone got to shop at The Community Cloth, a microenterprise initiative empowering refugee women in Houston

Many THANKS to Judy (& Mark) Cenkus who are once again hosted our Annual December Holiday Celebration We saw friends old and new, sampled tasty hors d’oeuvres from a groaning table and in the Silent Auction bid in friendly competition for white elephants and homemade edibles, which  benefitted the Branch, our local Mary Frierson Scholarship and AAUW Funds, including the Ann Richards fellowship

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Fort Bend AAUW’s Nora Rodriguez showing us her Quilt Angel white glove. The big smile is for all the fabulous quilts we were able to see as volunteers

 

 

Our chief Quilt angel, Gwen Crockett, was joined by a number of branch members this year, including Nora Rodriguez, volunteering at the International Quilt Show to raise funds for AAUW causes.

Pencil your calendar for Quilt Market Houston October 28-30, 2017 and INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL/HOUSTON November 2-5, 2017 so you, too can wear a white glove and see gorgeous quilts.

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Great Decisions completed Tuesday,  March 28 with Continuity & Change in American Foreign Policy and BONUS Discussion:  Civilization – the opening editorial which poses the same question just raised in the Supreme Court hearings, “Are we (our education system) doing a good job of teaching our democratic values?”  This concludes our Fort Bend Great Decisions for 2017.  For next year’s discussion of 8 more timely, significant topics on world events and American foreign policy, check this page next fall for 2018 topics and to order your book–they arrive quickly.  Thanks to Bill Johnson for acting as facilitator again this year.  Many Thanks to Enid Tovy for organizing every year for the past 30.  We look forward to seeing her at some of the meetings again, and our NEW AAUW participants last year and this:  Pearl, Nora and Carla, who with Nathalie and Rita, each added a fresh perspective to the discussion.

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IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!!  West Harris AAUW EYH – 25th Milestone Expanding  Your Horizons event was February 25, 2017.  Fort Bend Branch supplied several facilitator volunteers this year and participated again in the recruitment of dynamic engineering presenters

paragraph_separatorThe AAUW Texas convention in San Antonio, April 29/30-May 1, 2016 was GREAT.  Step into ACTION!  Our own Brenda Moss is now on the AAUW Texas board as District Representative, South for the coming biennium.

paragraph_separatorShop for a Cause day ticket sales to Macy’s raised an impressive sum for the Legal Advocacy Fund.  THANK YOU, Whitney D!!   Nancy would be so proud of you!

paragraph_separatorAt our branch recognition dinner meeting in May 2015, at  Sweetwater Country Club, we met our wonderful Educator of the Year, Dannielle Prado, and yet another amazing young woman, Sonia Ketchum, from Wharton County JC, recipient of our Mary Frierson local scholarship

Applications for 2018 AAUW Fort Bend Scholarship will open in early 2018 …more  with applicants coming from both Wharton County Junior College campuses here in Fort Bend.

Fort Bend AAUW Scholarship Chair, Judy Cenkus presenting to Lerma Parker, 2014 recipient

Fort Bend AAUW Scholarship Chair, Judy Cenkus presenting to Lerma Parker, 2014 recipient

Here were Tracey’s pictures in the 2014 AAUW Art contest.

TraceyMeyer_AerialView_1     OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Her March program was definitely a WINNER, and we believe the contest winners learned from Tracey’s style!  She is leading the art wave.

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N. Harris AAUW Outstanding Women Awards Luncheon – was a GREAT event on March 4, 2017 at the lovely Shirley Acres! 

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What’s left this year? Programs? Books? more…

Fort Bend Branch will continue to sell AAUW business cards as a Branch fundraiser—see our order form and ad

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