President Diane Sakmar welcomed everyone including Guest Speaker Carolyn Johnson, new members, and scholarship recipients. After the invocation by Doris D. Brooks, a delicious array of foods was enjoyed.
Guest Speaker Johnson, a graduate of Georgia State University, told of some of her work experiences at DFACS for several years before taking her present position with the Bartow County Juvenile Court. In conclusion she answered several questions and closed with the poem: "Starting Over."
Several fresh sunflowers were given to Johnson by Program Vice President Faye McCord.
Johnson's daughter, Misty, was recognized as a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School with second highest honor. She previously graduated from Cartersville High School as Valedictorian and now works in criminal law.
Program Vice President McCord installed the Branch officers giving fresh sunflowers to new officers: Jane McElreath, program vice-president; and Connie Bostick, treasurer. They join Diane Sakmar and Janet Martin, co-presidents, and Barbara Cousins, membership vice president 2010-2011.
The 2009-2010 named gift honoree was awarded to McCord. Brooks stated several fine qualities of McCord including McCord's serving as AAUW program vice president and as president plus being a devoted wife and mother; an attorney and also being most friendly. President Sakmar who is a former honoree presented McCord a pin and certificate. These indicate that $500 was sent by this Branch to the AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation for Girls.
The AAUW Branch also awarded two scholarships this year for more than $2000 each from monies made at the annual book sale during the Rose Lawn Arts Festival in September. One recipient, Cathy M. Wilson, was a guest at the luncheon.
President Sakmar and Treasurer Carlene Beck attended the AAUW State Convention, Marietta in April. The focus during convention was STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
A research study found that girls are doing well or better than boys in high school mathematics and Science. However, in certain colleges due to a male dominated faculty, girls are intimidated and do not excel in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. AAUW and other organizations are working on programs to encourage girls, while in college, to excel in the above areas of study.
AAUW membership is open to anyone who holds an associate's, bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university. For more information call 770-382-4041.