The Elkins Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) has announced its programs for the 2014-2015 year. The Elkins Branch, an affiliate group since 1947, holds monthly meetings during the academic year on the second Wednesday of each month.
The focus of this year's programs range from Randolph County voting patterns, voter registration, city government and learning about some of West Virginia's most beloved places to the archival of West Virginia's Appalachian heritage quilts and a dramatic interpretation of the " It's Not About the Prince! The Cinderella Story as You've Never Heard It Before" presented during Women's History Month. The programs reflect the far-reaching interests of its members.
Meetings are open to the public, and membership is open to anyone who holds an associate degree or equivalent, bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Branch members also belong to the state and national organization. AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership.
The first meeting of the 2014-2015 year is at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will feature Dr. David Turner, chair of the History Department at D&E College, and take place in the Community Room of Booth Library at D&E College. Turner has a passion for local politics. He will present information about the voting trends and patterns in Randolph County over the years. He will also punctuate his presentation with some of his entertaining insights and stories
At the second Elkins Branch AAUW meeting, at 7 p.m. Oct. 8, in the City Hall's Council Chamber (second floor), Elkins City Mayor Van Broughton will share his view of Elkins' challenges: past, present, and future, and a review of the current plans for Elkins.
These two meetings underscore AAUW's underlying interest in the value of the individual vote as a way to address critical social issues. This interest will extend to an AAUW voter registration initiative in early October to register first time voters at the Elkins High School, D&E College, and the Elkins/Randolph County Library.
According to Elkins' Branch President Grace Sundelin the mission and purpose of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Since 1881, nationally it has been one of the nation's leading voices in public debate on critical social issues.