Tidings September 2013

  The Tidings

Daytona Beach (FL) Branch                                      September 2013

 September Meeting: September 21

AAUW Florida Tech Trek

11 a.m.

Palmetto Club, 1000 Beach St., Daytona Beach

Bring a Guest!

Speaker: Jennifer McDaniel, 2013 AAUW Florida Tech Trek Director

Find out more about AAUW Florida’s new Tech Trek program. Tech Trek started in 1998 with one site in California and in 15 years grew to 10 camps on eight college campuses across the country. AAUW expanded the camps to five new campus locations in the summer of 2013 through partnerships with branch, state and member leaders.

Attending camp on a college or university campus helps girls — especially those whose parents may not have gone to college — to see themselves seeking higher education. The university campus experience gives girls a chance to think about the kinds of opportunities a college education can afford them. Camp field trips encourage maximum interaction and instruction in environments where STEM professionals work.

Girls are immersed in a world in which they are empowered by their capabilities and encouraged to think about themselves not just as young women but also as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer scientists.

The 2014 Florida Tech Trek will be held July 13-19 at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Luncheon Choices: Chicken Breast with Spinach and Artichoke Stuffing


Seafood Salad.

 RSVP Brenda Axelson (673-1425   baxelsen@cfl.rr.com) with your selection by September 13.

The luncheon cost is $14.

AAUW Literature Club

September 9 at 10:30 a.m.

City Island Library, Daytona Beach

 We will read “Let’s Take a Long Way Home” by Gail Caldwell.

Pat Race will facilitate.

They met over their dogs. Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp (author of Drinking: A Love Story) became best friends, talking about everything from their love of books and their shared history of a struggle with alcohol to their relationships with men. Walking the woods of New England and rowing on the Charles River, these two private, self-reliant women created an attachment more profound than either of them could ever have foreseen. Then, several years into this remarkable connection, Knapp was diagnosed with cancer. With her signature exquisite prose, Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion, and courage in this gorgeous memoir about treasuring a best friend, and coming of age in midlife. Let’s Take the Long Way Home is a celebration of the profound transformations that come from intimate connection—and it affirms, once again, why Gail Caldwell is recognized as one of our bravest and most honest literary voices.

We will also be discussing the book selections for the upcoming year. Everyone is welcome.



Several committees need help. Please come to the meeting prepared to join a committee or help on a project.

Daytona: We Have a Website


 Check our new website for current information on branch events. The website is still under construction and we will be adding additional information. If you have suggestions or information, which should be included, please call Patricia Ross 252-1652 or e-mail paross@aol.com


If you have not already paid your dues, please do so as soon as possible. Branch dues are $72. You can send your dues directly to our Finance Officer: Dolora Petteys, 4565 South Atlantic #5407, Ponce Inlet FL 32127

You can also download a membership form from our website or renew online on the AAUW national website at www.AAUW.org/DB. Log onto the website with your Member Number. Click JOIN, select Renew Branch Membership and enter the Member Services Database. You can pay your national, state and branch dues by credit card. You can also update your personal information or make a donation to AAUW.

Give A Grad A Gift!

AAUW members can give recent college graduates a free, one-year AAUW national membership within two years of graduation, at no cost to you or them. You can pay state and branch dues separately to the branch.Expose the grad to the power that comes from belonging to a national women-led organization of more than 165,000 members and supporters who believe in and advance equity and education for women and girls.

  • Expand their networking opportunities through career development opportunities and community action projects. Keep them current on the events and people that affect their life as they receive Mission & Action, AAUW Outlook, Action Network alerts, and more.
  •  Increase their buying power with access to member only discounts.
  • The Give a Grad a Gift Form is available on the national website at www.aauw.org

 President’s Comments

 I want to welcome you back to an exciting year for AAUW Daytona. Our mission states: AAUW advances equity for women through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Our programs throughout the year will focus on the AAUW mission and on our involvement in our community.

 Our September meeting will introduce you to Jennifer McDaniel, the Director for AAUW Tech Trek 2013. Tech Trek is a week-long science and math summer camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who are entering the eighth grade. Be sure to invite potential members to join us to learn more about this project.

Our branch is partnering with the Museum of Arts and Science on the Archeology Lab project, which is partially funded through and AAUW Community Action Grant. There are many volunteer opportunities for our members, ranging from historical research to help on the dig and in the classroom. There will be more information at our meeting and on our new website www. daytona-fl.aauw.net. Please consider how you can help to make this project a success.

Our Literature Club and Daytrippers groups are already meeting. Remember you are welcome to join the interest groups and you are encouraged to help us start other groups, which would be of interest to members.

Your board members have been working hard throughout the summer to plan an interesting year of programs and projects. But, for the branch to be successful, your participation is crucial. There are so many ways you can help. I encourage you to share your ideas, volunteer to help with the fundraisers and other projects, invite friends to join the branch. With everyone’s help we can grow our branch, focus on our mission and make a real difference for our community.

Thank you to all of you who have already offered your time and talents to benefit AAUW. A special Thank You to Jeanne Jeffs who has your Member Directory ready to pick up at the meeting. The Directory is a big job and we are most fortunate to have someone who accomplishes it in such a timely manner!

I am looking forward to working with you and getting to know you better. Because equity is still an issue.

Patricia Ross