The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a vibrant non- profit and non-partisan national organization whose members have been working to impact the lives of girls and women since 1881. The organization’s mission is advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The national agenda includes but is not limited to critical issues that affect girls and women such as equity issues in the workplace, reproductive rights, human trafficking, Title IX, civil rights, and education.
Tampa AAUW celebrated its 100th Anniversary and Scholarship Fundraiser at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club on September 10, 2016. The keynote speaker was Mrs. Sonja Garcia a community advocate and retired library administrator offered an inspirational message that was moving and informative. The Florida AAUW president, Shirley Reid laid the foundation for the day’s celebratory event with supportive and congratulatory remarks.
To highlight the mission of AAUW during this 100th year celebration, Tampa created ,the Ribbon of Honor Award to honor leaders in the community whose lives and work whether volunteer or career reflected exemplary leadership in implementing and or promoting the principles of advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research in their careers and in their everyday lives. The recipients included Mrs. Avis Chaplick, 51 year AAUW member, Mrs. Sonja Garcia, retired library administrator for the University of South Florida and community advocate, Representative Betty Reed, Dr. Ara Rogers, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning institute, University of South Florida, and Mrs. Doris Weatherford, local author and historian of the woman’s role in history.
Mrs. Betty Chester, local piano instructor and performer and vocalist and local nurse, Mrs. Ericka Reynolds provided beautiful and inspiring music to mark the momentous occasion.
Please join us as we begin our next 100 years!
For the complete list of branch events, please visit our calendar of events.
Annual Fundraiser: Variety Show, Book Sale/Signing,
and a silent auction. Please watch this site for date and location.