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Welcome to the Somerset Hills Branch of AAUW

AAUW (National) is the oldest women’s organization in the USA. The AAUW mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. The Somerset Hills AAUW branch has general meetings and various interest groups. Our major fundraiser is our annual used book sale.

All members, even new ones, are encouraged to participate as board members, group chairs, convention attendees, and book sale workers in order to get the most out of the AAUW experience.

Somerset Hills Branch Program – September 2019

BRANCH MEETING: Tue, Sept 10, 6:30 Bernardsville Library, 1 Anderson Hill Rd, Bernardsville, NJ.

PROGRAM – Author Donna Baier Stein discusses her fourth book, Scenes from the Heartland, a collection of stories inspired by the lithographs of Thomas Hart Benton.  Benton’s lithographs portrayed real people who faced the same issues we face today: corruption, women’s rights, racial inequality.  In these stories, Stein introduces us to the imagined lives of Midwesterners in the late 1930s struggling with life and the issues women faced then and still do now. Note that the Bernardsville Library cannot accommodate meal service, so our September meeting will not be a potluck dinner this year. Light refreshments will be served.

BOOK SALE REPORT: A Big Thank You from Teri Passarello and Bonnie Gould for another super successful book sale, our annual branch fund raiser. ( First 2020 Book Sale meeting is Wed, Sept 25, at 9:30 AMWe welcome any Branch member who wants to take a part in planning our Book Sale’s future.

NJ COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Fri, Sept 27, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM “2019 FORUM ON MODERN SLAVERY: 21st Century Solutions” at Seton Hall University (Bethany Hall) 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ, 07079. Featuring keynote address by NADIA MURAD – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and survivor of sex trafficking by ISIS. This conference is free to attend, but there is a cost of $20 for lunch. Registration is essential. More information about the event on the registration page: https://www.shu.edu/diplomacy/trafficking-forum.cfm

Coming up in October…

CULTURAL TRIP: Sat, Oct 5 – Becky Hughes – “Hudson River School Art Trail” – Save the date, and watch for details of this day-trip in a future AAUW SH News email.

AAUW NJ FALL FOCUS: Sat, Oct 12, 8:30 – 2:30 “Empowering Ourselves for 2020” at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Mt. Laurel. See attached flyer or go to https://aauw-nj.aauw.net/events/ for details and the agenda. Two interactive workshops will show us how to be better leaders in any endeavor. Guests and students are welcome. Cost $30, includes continental breakfast and lunch. Carpools can be arranged.

BRANCH MEETING: Tue, Oct 15 (3rd Tue due to Yom Kippur), 6:30 Bernardsville Library, 1 Anderson Hill Rd, Bernardsville, NJ. PROGRAM – Carol McKinney will give us a living history presentation of the founding mothers, the first ten First Ladies, as known and described by First Lady Dolley Madison.  Light refreshments will be served.