Monthly e-Newsletter for Monday, January 30, 2017
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Don't miss our February Members' Meeting

Calling all members and future members! February's meeting will focus on our work together and how we make a difference as a branch. There will be updates on the charitable arm, the new scholarship and opportunities for members to make a difference in the Boro. We will vote on the nominating committee for officers.

Thursday, February 9
5:30 - 7:00 PM
MTSU Ingram Building Room 101
2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd in Murfreesboro
This meeting is free and open to the public, although only branch members may cast their votes. Light refreshments will be served.
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Save the date for the 2017 Women's Policy and Action Day on the Hill, hosted by Business and Professional Women of Tennessee and co-sponsored by AAUW-TN. Come out with the branch and lobby our legislators on equal pay and other issues. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with other women's organizations and an excellent learnin experience for the budding advocate. 
Wednesday, March 8
Time and Location TBA at the Capitol in Nashville, TN
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Now accepting applications for MTSU scholarships

In addition to the Ruth Houston Memorial Scholarship, AAUW Murfreesboro is pleased to announce that we will award a new sholarship this year, the Butler-Fouts Memorial Graduate Scholarship!
The Ruth Houston Memorial Scholarship will award $1000 per semester for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 to a nontraditional undergraduate woman student, 24 years or older, who best demonstrates academic promise and financial need. To be considered, applicants must have successfully completed their freshman year at MTSU. 
Pictured above is Bethany Jackson, our most recent RHMS recipient.

The new Butler-Fouts Memorial Graduate Scholarship will award $1000 per semester for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 to a graduate woman student who belongs to an underrepresented racial or ethnic group and who best demonstrates academic promise and financial need. To be considered, applicants must be currently enrolled in or accepted to a graduate degree program at MTSU (Masters or Doctorate). Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that they are close to completion of their degree.

Branch members and friends, please encourage students you know to apply for these scholarship opportunities. Applications for both scholarships will be accepted until Friday, March 10, 2017, at 5:00 pm. Click the "Apply now" button below for information on how to submit an application, either online or by hard copy.
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Deborah Johnson, 1947-2016

Executive Director, Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services
AAUW Member since 2009; Murfreesboro Program VP 2010 - 2014

Deb was serving her last year of four as branch program VP when I first met her back in the fall of 2013. Each program looked at a specific issue affecting women and girls. I distinctly remember Deb introducing a local police woman who talked about how the police department handled statements from victims of sexual assault and conducted proceedings related to the assault. It was a sobering moment.
Getting to know Deb over the last few years, I was struck by her easy-going, sanguine nature despite the gravity of her profession. In all that calmness, she was mirthful too. She always had a funny anecdote to share. When she first told me about her tattoo, she liked to joke that she was having it done to show the younger staff members in her office that she was hip too.
She continued to have the tattoo expanded, even after her first round of treatment a couple of years ago. Brightly colored and intricate, the tattoo on her right arm illustrated morning glories climbing up and being tended to by a dragonfly near her wrist and a humming bird half way up on the underside of her arm. When I visited her in hospice in December a few days before she died, she explained the different colors of the morning glories: red for AIDS; purple for domestic violence; and aqua for sexual assault. With each color, she talked about the friends she had lost to AIDS and the families and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault that she had worked with.
To honor Deb, her work and her great spirit, the branch will host “The Deb Talk” each April, for sexual assault awareness month, starting this year.  This April’s topic is “Rape Culture: Let’s Talk about It.” We will aim to address this topic with sobering honesty and compassion.

Gathering together to do this important work will also bring out some mirth in all of us, for Deb’s sake. 

Dia Cirillo
President, AAUW Murfreesboro
To read more about Deb and her life, her obituary can be found here.

The spring calendar is out!

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