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2017 Scholarship Winners: Claire & Morgan

We awarded our 2017 scholarships on June 25 at the Scholarship Tea at the home of Joyce Leak. Claire Mason and Morgan Shimkus were each awarded $4,000 to continue their undergraduate studies following a competitive application process where their scholastic achievements, rigorous studies, community involvements and volunteer contributions were highly noted. Claire Mason started her college career at Everett Community College in Running Start and is now at the University of Washington. She is pursuing a degree in international studies with a special emphasis on Middle Eastern Studies. Her goal is to achieve a law degree within this specialization and was recently accepted into the Jackson School of International Studies. At the University of Washington, Claire’s academic courses demonstrate focus, rigor and an above 3.5 grade point average. She continues to volunteer with Stanwood High School’s leadership program and was Head Counselor at the Mt. Olympus…

Tech Trek 2017

Our Tech Trek campers, Greta, Carolina, Grace, and Jolene, attended camp in July. They will be attending our October 12 meeting to tell us all about their camp experience. I attended the camp as a guest on Thursday, July 13, attending the afternoon session where electives were offered and also the evening session of professional night. There were two 1.5 hour elective sessions offered in the afternoon. The classes offered a variety from nursing procedures to shellfish in the Salish Sea, to mapping, optics and more. The classes were about a 45 minute introduction and then 45 minutes hands on. I was very impressed by the variety and the safety of the girls in the campus environment. Our nominee for the Betty McCadden Scholarship, Jolene Henrikson, was in quite a few of the sessions I attended including the evening session and she was a star. She was always engaged…

President’s Message – May 2017

First I need to mention that Lynda Buehring and her former colleagues did a wonderful job at the AAUW State Convention in North Bend on Saturday, April 22. They presented a program on Human Trafficking similar to the one we had here in March. Many branches approached her after the panel about having a panel present on this topic at their branches. It’s very satisfying to be able to make a worthy contribution to the mission of AAUW and it’s something that every one of our members can be proud of. There were 17 branches represented from throughout the state with about 70-80 people in attendance. Our branch was represented with a group of five: Mary Raymond, Helen Smith, Lynda Buehring, Janie Morgan and me. I truly wish that I could have been with you on Saturday, but circumstances were against me. I have heard that the…

Wrapping Up Programs

May and June traditionally focus on the results of our mission within our Stanwood Camano branch community: our High School STEM Scholar Recognition, the introduction of this year’s Tech Trek campers, and the awarding of our college scholarships. Families join their student and it is gratifying to meet them and offer our personal messages of congratulations and support for their daughters. These are easily two of our most heartfelt celebrations as we enjoy the opportunity to actually engage with those young women whose academic feats are acknowledged through their nominations of school faculty, and/or whose determination to complete their higher education initiates with their application and attention to the requirements we ask them to fulfill. Please join us for our High School STEM Scholar Recognition and Tech Trek camper introductions on Thursday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Stanwood United Methodist Church. Helen Smith will…

Mary Lou Sanelli, “A Woman Writing”

Seattle area author, Mary Lou Sanelli, returns to our branch with a reading of her newest work, “A Woman Writing,” that explores the realities true to anyone thinking of making writing a part of their life. With her first new work in six years, Mary Lou “opens the curtain on the personal writing experience, expertly yet provocatively, asking us to see more, to know her more deeply.” (Aequitas Books, NY). From book clubs to Soroptimist, workshop presentations for other writers, regular contributions to Seattle City Living Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Art Access, and NPR Radio affiliates, Mary Lou has contributed to both skill enhancement for those who have thought about writing, but also, the teachable moments of verbal presentation skills that apply in both voluntary and professional lives. The April program will share the life lessons that Mary Lou learned through writing: determination, persistence and the rollercoaster ride of choosing…