COMMUNITY PROJECTS

  • AAUW Daytona Branch members sponsor local girls to attend Tech Trek and send women leaders from Stetson University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College to the National Conference for College Student Women Leaders
  • In 2012-13 the Museum of Natural Science, The Burns Science-Technology Charter School in Oak Hill received a community Action Grant for the Archeology Partnership. ┬áBranch members were active volunteers.
  • In 1998-99 Louise Chapman and Cynthia Chesley received a Florida Teacher Fellowship Grant to fund the Rose Bay Environmental Project.
  • In 1996, the AAUW Daytona Beach National Agenda Special Interest Group received a Community Grant from AAUW to catalogue and archive the contents of the Mary McLeod Bethune Home Museum. The goal was to establish the Mary McLeod Bethune House as a recognized National Museum and to bring to light information about this exceptional African-American woman who had contributed so much to our history. Dr. Betty Seidmon and Betty Stern chaired the project. They sought advice from John Daniels, from the Pensacola Florida Historical Project, and from Wanda Bell, a museum curator and member of the branch, about the methods necessary to accomplish cataloguing the contents. Categories were assigned a number and each article in that category given its own number. The job of placing the number on each piece and recording a description, location and other information on a record sheet was enormous.

As soon as each piece was marked, branch member and photographer Pat Race took over a thousand pictures and they were placed in two volumes for the further identification of articles. Triplicate sets were made, one set to be kept in a vault for complete safekeeping, one for the college library and the third set to be kept at the Foundation Home for visitors and tours to browse.

Branch librarian, Harriet Nace performed all the necessary work on books in the home. She catalogued each book according to library standards and criteria under author, title and specific headings. Various volumes are of special interest due to inscriptions from world leaders and authors.