Online Branch Meeting Summary

The quarterly meeting of the AAUW of Oregon Online Branch was held May 21, 2012.

Current branch funds are $105.00.  There are six members in our branch.  Three have renewed for 2012-2013.

Outreach to newspapers in Oregon regarding our branch will be done the end of May.  Our Facebook page and group continue.  The website blog occasionally gets a hit.  I do appreciate the effort you have all made to promote our branch.  It is a viable option for members but we do need to do more and better marketing.

Several of you contributed to our book group.  Thank you very much.  If you have a book review and want to post it on our blog, just let me know.

As you know we voted at our August meeting to contribute $200.00 to our state’s NCCWSL Fund to help send more than one student to this excellent conference.  The money we contributed was used to augment the funds available for the one candidate sent by Oregon.  I do hope next year we will again be able to contribute some funds.

At the AAUW of Oregon Convention in Pendleton this April our branch received the top award for membership!  We increased our branch membership by 20% for 2011-2012 – more than any other branch in the state!  Congratulations to us!  Several branch members participated in convention:  Sunny was a convention workshop presenter; Mardy was a State Named Gift Honoree; Cynthia was re-elected our state president; I did a work shop on navigating the AAUW websites regarding membership; new member Mary did an excellent job with the by-laws discussion and changes.  The Online Branch was well represented!

Just a quick update on the Virtual Branch work going on at the National level – the group to develop guidelines on Virtual Branches will be meeting later this month.  If you have ideas about guidelines for Online/Virtual Branches, please send them to me.

We have talked in the past about partnering with a like-minded group.  I have thought about the Oregon Commission for Women.  No decision has made on a group.

As you know Marilyn and I are term limited out of our positions as Finance Vice President and President of the branch of June 30, 2012.  I do hope you will consider stepping forward to serve as either President/Administrative Contact or Finance Chair for 2012-2014.  There is information available on the AAUW website regarding both these positions. Since the branch is young and evolving, this is a great leadership opportunity!  Let me know by June 15, 2012, if either position works for you.

Thank you again for all your support!

Penney Hoodenpyle
Online Branch