Welcome back to the branch for Fall 2015!
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Leveling the Playing Field for Women and Girls in Middle Tennessee Since 1913        September 2015
Branch members Mary Hoffschwelle, Dia Cirillo and Alicja Lanfear represented AAUW at the MTSU New Faculty Orientation on August 18, 2015 and stirred up interest in our September Open House!
Join us to make the AAUW difference
By Dia Cirillo
President, AAUW-Murfreesboro

Dear members and friends:

Welcome back! The return of fall forecasts what’s new on the calendar, providing us with the start of school and the academic year. This is a time to sharpen the mind – and to make a difference.

AAUW offers us the opportunity to make THAT difference on behalf of women and girls, and the branch allows us to make that difference together.

Our tradition emphasizes fundraising for scholarships, raising awareness about workplace and educational inequities, such as the pay gap, and hosting informational and skill-building workshops, like $tart $mart.

This year, we are launching a “Women & Work” theme for our programming to emphasize our work on pay equity and highlight programming such as $tart $mart workshops and presentations related to being successful in the workplace.

As part of our work this year, we will take on new fundraising activities to help fund scholarships for students attending MTSU and to support branch and AAUW programming. We will be hosting a branch open house on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00pm, directly following an inaugural one hour business meeting. This open house will help to raise funds for the AAUW Fund, which provides required resources for all of AAUW core programming, such as $tart $mart.

In addition, the board has voted to staff the Murfreesboro Half Marathon and has committed to provide 21 volunteers. This activity alone will bring in $3000 to our scholarship fund. We will look to each member to commit to recruiting and confirming at least two (2) volunteers. And, in the spring, we anticipate co-hosting a new event called “Songs for Scholarships”.

We will continue to expand the application of one of our branch values “a role for every member, friend and ally”, by ensuring that each member has a slot on a working committee. The October branch meeting will focus on this.

We will continue to recruit new members, supporting the state organization in an effort to expand our reach and diversify our ranks.

One of the branch’s enduring strengths is having a talented and committed membership. You will have an opportunity to participate in programming, fundraising and public policy activities this year.

As always, if you know women and men who support our work and hold at least an Associate’s degree, please bring them to one of our programs or branch meetings. There is much to be done in the Boro and across the state regarding equity for women and girls. That’s the AAUW difference we make.  

Join us to make that difference! I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 10th, first at the branch meeting at 5pm, and then at the open house at the Boulevard at 6pm.

Until then, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Yours in AAUW!
Dia Cirillo
President, AAUW-Murfreesboro
It's not too late to get your tickets to see Rapture, Blister, Burn at Nashville Rep Theatre on September 19! Members of AAUW Nashville and AAUW Murfreesboro and their guests will attend the matinee; NRT will host a discussion afterwards. Call TPAC Group Sales at (615) 782-4060 and mention that you are with AAUW-Nashville. Guests welcome!

September Open House and Fundraiser
Don't forget to join us for "Busking at the Boulevard," an open house event to immediately follow the branch meeting on September 10th. Get to know AAUW’s mission and membership over drinks & appetizers. New members can join for 1/2 price dues!

Philanthropy is one of AAUW’s principle activ
ities. We will be “busking” for donations to the AAUW Fund in true Music City style. Please consider “dropping” a donation “in our guitar case” to support great AAUW programs nationwide. Suggested donations are spare change, $10, $15 and $20. All donations are tax deductible.
Branch Meeting
September 10th, 5:00-5:45 PM
MTSU Sam Ingram Bldg Room 101
Open House
September 10th, 6:00-7:30 PM
The Boulevard Bar & Grille
2154 Middle Tennessee Blvd

Elevator Speeches at the Leadership Summit
By Rachel Forlines

The Murfreesboro branch and the AAUW MTSU student organization were well represented at the AAUW of Tennessee annual Leadership Summit, held at MTSU on June 13.

One of several Leadership Summit activities was the collaborative drafting of "elevator speeches" for AAUW. What's an elevator speech? It's a quick, 30-second statement (short enough to deliver on an elevator ride) describing what our organization does and why the person you are talking to should get involved.

Together, Murfreesboro branch members and MTSU students came up with this speech, specifically for a student audience. The next time you find yourself talking to a student about AAUW, try out this elevator speech.
"AAUW is the oldest professional women’s organization in the USA. Our mission is to make the world a better place for women and girls to work and learn. Would you like to learn more about salary negotiations? Join us at one of our $tart $mart workshops this fall."

What does YOUR elevator speech sound like? Tell us on Facebook!
AAUW Murfreesboro Branch
Fall Calendar

September 10BRANCH MEETING. 5:00-5:45 PM, Sam Ingram Bldg., Rm 101, MTSU / Business meeting and recognition of outgoing branch officers.
September 10“BUSKING AT THE BOULEVARD” OPEN HOUSE FUNDRAISER. 6:00-7:30 PM, The Boulevard Bar & Grille, 2154 Middle Tennessee Blvd. / Food and drink cover: $10  professionals and branch members, $5 students / Proceeds to benefit AAUW Fund / New members may join at the meeting for $36.00, one-half price of the usual dues.
September 26EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS (EYH) CONFERENCE. Branch volunteers needed to serve lunch at the 19th annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) in Science and Mathematics for middle and high school girls, MTSU. Contact Myra Norman,
October 8-10PACKET PICKUP AT THE MIDDLE HALF. Branch volunteers needed to staff Packet Pickup for Murfreesboro Half Marathon to raise $3000 for Ruth Houston Memorial Scholarship. Contact Alicja Lanfear,, for information on how to volunteer.
October 15BRANCH MEETING. 5:00-7:00 PM, Sam Ingram Bldg., Rm 101, MTSU / Dinner ($5.00), program, and business meeting / Program: Committees Launch and Workshop on Equal Pay / Donation: Baby food and formula for Domestic Violence Shelter
October 25AAUW-TN FALL BOARD MEETING. 2:00-4:00 PM, Nashville Airport Marriott, Nashville.
October 25RECEPTION, TENNESSEE ECONOMIC SUMMIT FOR WOMEN. 4:00-6:00 PM, Nashville Airport Marriott, Nashville.
October 26TENNESSEE ECONOMIC SUMMIT FOR WOMEN. 7:30 AM registration, Nashville Airport Marriott. Click here to register online.
November 12BRANCH MEETING. 5:00-7:00 PM, Sam Ingram Bld., Rm 101, MTSU / Dinner ($5.00), program, and business meeting / Program: “Strategies for Working Together” presented by special guest Dr. Debra Fish of Fish Leadership. / Donation: Laundry detergent for Domestic Violence Shelter
December 10BRANCH MEETING. 5:00-7:00 PM, Forest Oaks I Clubhouse, 1002 East Northfield Blvd / Potluck Holiday Dinner and Buffalo Raffle to benefit AAUW Fund / New members may join at the meeting for $36.00, one-half price of the usual dues. / Donation: Gift cards for Domestic Violence Shelter
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