2017 – 18 BRANCH PHOTOS
The Wednesday Afternoon and Thursday Evening Book Groups meet throughout the summer and had a special visitor at the July meetings. In honor of the “read of the month,”
A Handmaid’s Tale, one of the handmaid’s made a stop at both groups. Given the scary content of this book, the visit and levity that ensued was well received by both groups.
Our favorite handmaid, Judy Skirbunt! The AAUW handmaid, Judy, joins the Wednesday Afternoon group (middle)
and the evening group (bottom).
2017 – 18 BRANCH PHOTOS
The Annual Business Meeting and Dinner, held in June at the end of each fiscal year, was a great success. Instead of cursing the sun, branch members philosophically embraced it as an arbitrator of the coming of a wonderful summer.
Dianne Mero ran a short business meeting and with the help of Judy Skirbunt, (top photo) we honored members for their hard volunteer work for the branch, including the eight state Named Honorees.
We had a wonderful dinner with good service, a great breeze (thank heavens!) and a terrific speaker in Mali Phonpadith, (row 3, right) a refuge from war-torn Laos, who shared her experiences and explained how she was able to become so successful, on many levels, in spite of her initial disadvantages as an female refugee-immigrant. We were all spell bound and in awe of her accomplishments.
Thanks to everyone’s participation (see array of photos), we had a great closure to our year.
The photo (above) demonstrates our branch members usual spirit of generosity. The impressive number of items pictured were donated to BRAWS (Bring Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters) by members attending the annual dinner. you for your kindness and caring for these women and girls.
Book Club Gift to AART
Dianne Mero, Branch President, and Alyse Goldman, Book Group Co-chair, present a generous donation from the Wednesday Afternoon AAUW Book Group to Michelle Sullivan, Director of AART, a program to assist pre-school children with reading skills to ensure they will be ready for kindergarten. March 2018
Reston-Herndon Branch Members enjoyed a Cultural Arts outing to the Fairfax Museum (top) and the Ratcliffe-Alison-Pozer House (above left) in Fairfax City. In spite of a little rain shower, we enjoyed both tours, the beautiful grounds at the House and a lovely lunch together (above right) at Hamrick’s Restaurant in a restored historic home on Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax City. May 2018
AAUW of Virginia State Conference
Cyndi Shanahan, VA State Membership VP, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Reston-Herndon Branch for its outstanding efforts in recruiting and retaining membership for the 2017-18 year.
Branch Member and Northern District Treasurer, Nancy Thompson and Branch President, Dianne Mero, enjoyed chatting at the conference.
April 20-22, 2018
Judi Polizzotti and Dianne Mero attend the premiere of “The Hello Girls” documentary about the telephone operators in Europe that helped our military fighting troops win the war. The event was held at the “Women In Military Service For America Memorial” in Arlington, VA.
Dianne Mero and Ilene Banker meet over breakfast with dual AAUW R-H – NCNW Dulles Section members Laura Thomas (far left) and Carol Bradley (far right) to discuss membership, potential co-sponsorship of programs and other items the two group have in common. As always, it was a very successful strategy meeting. April 2018
Our Branch Meeting Program for March was called “Healthy Options” and featured Michele Wirth (with Snap Fitness); Holly Anderson (from Reston Hospital) and Marcia Childress (Rise Well-Being Center). Their excellent presentations had us all sitting up straighter, watching on sugar intake and breather more gently! March 2018
AAUW R-H joined NCNW-Dulles Section in co-sponsoring a Saturday morning program on “An Immigrant’s Life” with the Giving Circle of Hope. Members of the two groups enjoy a special partnership. January 2018
At the 2017 annual “FriendsGiving” Luncheon on November 4, branch members gathered at Mon Ami Gabi Bistro in Reston Town Center to celebrate our friendship and share our good fortune by contributing to the NVCC – Loudoun Scholarship Fund, the AAUW Foundation Funds and honoring our scholarship winner, Brittany Whitfield.
President Dianne Mero presents Scholarship Recipient Britany Whitfield with her scholarship certificate and other gifts from the branch. (Left)
Judy Skirbunt, Program VP, (second from right) planned the excellent luncheon with the help of the Executive Committee and other members of the Board of Directors and the branch. Above: Ilene Banker, Membership VP; Dianne Mero; Sharon Gilman, Secretary; Janine Greenwood, Vice-President; Judy, and Ruth Ruttenberg, Treasurer.
Our terrific speaker was Linda Sittig, local author, award-winning journalist and dedicated blogger, who kept us all at rapt attention with her interesting anecdotes about Women in History. Great food, great fellowship and a generous cause. November 2017
AAUW’s new CEO, Kim Churches, shares her impressive vision for the organization at the fall gathering of the Northern District of AAUW – VA. October 2017
Members new to the Reston-Herndon Branch for 2017-18 were invited to join the branch leadership team at a “Welcome to the Branch” informational and social gathering organized and hosted by Membership VP, Ilene Banker. New members were able to meet each other and get to know some of the current members. October 2017
League of Women Voters representative, Olga Hernandez, spoke at the monthly branch meeting about the upcoming election and other related voter issues, such as gerrymandering. (top)
We had a good turn-out for this program! (bottom)
Long-time AAUW member, Nancy Thompson is “pinned” into the AAUW LEGACY CIRCLE by Marion Stillson, past-president of the branch and state, and current Legacy Circle member. (left photo) They are joined by VA state presidents, Sandy Lawrence and Patsy Quick. (bottom) September 2017
Branch members enjoyed the Cultural Arts outing to the Udvar-Hazy Center. August 2017
Dianne Mero & Ilene Banker attend
a summer partner – planning session
with NCNW representatives. July 2017
2017 BRANCH PHOTOS
(bottom) Conference attendees at a presentation at Northern Virginia Community College – Loudoun Campus. 2017
Guest Speaker PAULA YOUNG SHELTON
2017 DAR Museum Cultural Outing
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OUR FIRST BRANCH
original leaders of AAUW Reston [later Reston-Herndon] (above) and original members (below)
Original members of Reston Herndon AAUW
(click on photo name for enlarged image)