Monthly e-Newsletter for Thursday, October 27, 2016
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What you missed at the Open House

The branch had a blast catching up over a glass of wine at Simply Pure Sweets during the October 13 open house. Several guests joined us for the evening—three of whom joined the branch! Welcome new branch members Lisa Bass, Melissa Flowers, and Susan Steen. And welcome to the six new members who joined us at our September panel: Bonnie Black, Lisa Collum, Gayle Jordan, L'Oreal Stephens, Linda Sullivan, and Michelle Willard.

We shared some exciting updates at the open house, but if you missed it, we'll catch you up! Read on to learn more about what's coming up with the branch and how you can get involved.

AAUW Murfreesboro is please to announce our participation in the fourth annual Rutherford ATHENA award program. Our nominee for the 2017 ATHENA award is branch member Deb Johnson, whose work with the Domestic Violence Program has inspired us all.
Nominations are currently open for the 2017 ATHENA Young Professional award for an inspiring leader under 40. These are the nominating criteria. In order to nominate a woman, please submit: her resume, the reason for her nomination and her permission to be considered to We ask that you consider only Murfreesboro branch members and e-student affiliates for this nomination. Please submit your nomination by Friday, November 11.

November meeting and workshop:
Advocacy in Action

Join AAUW Murfreesboro for this workshop on how to talk to legislators and make the case for AAUW priorities. Discover how you can advocate for women and girls all across Tennessee and put the AAUW mission into action!
Thursday, November 10
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
MTSU Ingram Building, Room 101

Free and open to the public!
Bring a colleague, bring a student, bring a friend.
RSVP on Facebook

When women vote, we change the conversation

AAUW of Tennessee has just released a guide for Tennessee voters on two big issues this election season: the gender pay gap and the insurance gap in our state. In partnership with AAUW-TN, the Murfreesboro branch encourages you to use this nonpartisan guide when listening to or interacting with candidates for and legislators serving on the Tennessee General Assembly.

Says Samantha Cantrell, AAUW-TN president and Mufreesboro branch member: "By speaking out on these issues, we can help to shape the conversation both now, during the election, and later, once the newly seated state legislature convenes in 2017. Shaping that conversation is crucial if we want to make Tennessee a better place for women and girls to work and learn."
Download the Voter Guide

Join the fundraising committee!

Barbara Scales, director of the June Anderson Center at MTSU, heads up this year's fundraising project: an "Equali-Tea" on Equal Pay Day. This Equali-Tea will raise funds for a new scholarship to be awarded specifically to a nontraditional woman student of color.
The committee will next meet on Tuesday, November 15 at 4:00 PM at MTSU Ingram Bldg, Room 101. If you would like to join the fundraising committee to plan for the Equali-Tea, please email

Thank you to everyone who helped Staff the Half this year!

For our second year in a row, AAUW Murfreesboro staffed the Murfreesboro Half Marathon (AKA "The Middle Half") Packet Pickup for race runners. Because you and your friends donated your time, AAUW will recieve a generous donation to fund our operating expenses, allowing us to bring more great programming to the community. We thank the Middle Half for supporting the branch.
AAUW of Tennessee is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2016. That’s right! Since 1926, AAUW-TN has been making Tennessee a better place for women and girls to work and learn. In order to continue offering programming, publications, and services to benefit not just AAUW Mufreesboro, but branches across the state, AAUW-TN needs your help.
Please consider making a gift to AAUW of Tennessee in celebration of 90 years strong. Click the button below to pledge your support for our state chapter, our click here to learn more about what AAUW of Tennessee does for us.
Make a Gift Today

In memoriam: Olivia Woods, AAUW Murfreesboro branch member and first Black MTSU graduate

Our condolences go out to Olivia's friends and family. Read more about her accomplishments, her powerful advocacy for education, and her remarkable spirit here at the Daily News Journal.
Copyright © 2016 AAUW Murfreesboro Branch, all rights reserved.

AAUW Murfreesboro
PO Box 330323
Murfreesboro, TN 37133

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