Welcome to the Fort Bend County (TX) Branch!

Upcoming Event:

April Program: Birding our East Texas Hot Spots, Bill Johnson, Coastal Prairie Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists

Bill Johnson, a Texas Master Naturalist and Birding Enthusiast will take your on a tour of our greater Houston area  birding sites.  With learning opportunities for novice birders, a day trip plan for more serious birders and photographers, and some just fun places to see a colorful bird or two up close. You are guaranteed to see at least one alligator, and who knows what wild flora or fauna as well.   With tips and trips and places to eat (and where there are none) along the way.  Including information on the

7:0PM, Thursday April 14, 2016, at Kelley’s, Meadows Place, 5:30 PM for dinner.

all members and guests invited. Contact President Barbara PIckthall, to arrange a carpool.  

On Saturday April 16, 2016, at 11:30 am, we are looking forward to another GREAT Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon at Brenda’s – graciously hosted by Brenda and Irene.  Luncheon theme is Women Whistleblowers  2015 had record attendance and raised  a record amount for the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund.Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank you Brenda and Irene. Did you know Eleanor was an AAUW Member? or Read Lessons from Eleanor

paragraph_separatorIt’s not too late to attend the AAUW Texas convention in San Antonio, April 29/30-May 1, 2016.  Step in ACTION!  Come vote our own Brenda Moss onto the AAUW Texas board as District Representative, South for the coming biennium.  Sign up NOW!

Great Decisions wrapped up with a discussion of Cuba and seven other timely qnd significant topics on world events for 2016.   Many Thanks to Enid Tovy for organizing every year for the past 30, and to our NEW AAUW participants this year:  Pearl, Nora and Saba, who with Nathalie and Rita, added a fresh dimension to the discussion.  Check this page for topics.  Thanks to Bill Johnson for acting as facilitator this year.  We look forward to Enid being back at the helm in 2017.

paragraph_separatorWELCOME our incoming branch officers for 2016-2017 who will be installed at our Recognition Dinner May 12 at Sweetwater Country Club.  SEE YOU THERE!

  • Co-Presidents – Barbara PIckthall & Irene Potoczniak
  • Co-Program VPs – Mona Fogt & Brenda Moss
  • Co-Membership VPs – Marion Millar & Norma Mitsakis
  • Co-Finance Officers – Pearl Lam & Margo Johnson
  • AAUW Funds VP – Angie McCauley
  • Legal Advocacy Fund Officer – Whitney Dewey
  • Communications Officer – Milly Bergman

Thank you ALL for stepping UP….looking forward to ANOTHER exciting year!  Many thanks to our 2015-16 officers for all their hard work.

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paragraph_separatorWest Harris AAUW EYH – 24th Expanding  Your Horizons event, February 20, 2016.  Fort Bend Branch supplied 5 facilitator volunteers and participated in the recruitment of dynamic engineering presenters.

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

Thursday, December 17 – wqs  Poinsettia Pickup at the home of Jane Stilley.  we enjoyed cocktails (or coffee) and convos (conversation) with some we missed at the Holiday Party or had a more relaxed chat with our wonderful 50-year member, Charlotte M.  The GORGEOUS  poinsettias freshly delivered from Brookwood Community, support Brookwood AND the AAUW Funds.

Shop for a Cause day ticket sales to Macy’s raised a record sum for the Legal Advocacy Fund.  THANK YOU, Nancy W!!

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 2016 AAUW Fort Bend Scholarship are now open …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

GAGAGIT’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 membership

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.  Make plans to go again on March 5, 2016! 

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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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