The May Manhattan AAUW Branch meeting was the Annual Wrap-Up and Celebration which included a special dinner prepared by the Meadowlark staff at Meadowlark Hills Community Room on May 8, 2017 with dinner at 6:00 pm. Awards have been given to the following: AAUW Scholarships were given to three students from K State. They are Jarah Cooper from Salina, Senior in Personal Finance Planning, Sarah May from Manhattan, senior in Computer Information Systems & Cyber Security and Eliza Weber from Manhattan, Masters Degree student in Fine Arts. STEM Scholarships were awarded to Kathryn Hyde, 8th grader from Anthony Middle School and one may be used at Eisenhower Middle School.
Indira Mohanty brought new member Sujatha Prakash who is in engineering at K State. Maurine Pruitt brought Gail Chalman a new member also. We presently have 62 members. Our AAUW Branch put on two coffees for potential new members, and four members worked at the Community Fair taking names of potential new members
From a Survey sent out for new ideas Connie Noble won $15 toward her dues. In the silent auction Nancy Bolsen won the Gift Card from Planet Beach and the Basket of items and Gift Card from Hair Designs. Claudia announced Grow Green income was $945 and the matching amount was $472.50.
The following were recognized: The Manhattan Branch of AAUW Branch won the Five Star Award for Overall Projects. Five- year pins from National were given to Nancy Bolsen and Barbara Gatewood. Outgoing Elected Officer –Nancy Bolsen – Past State President and State Liaison from our board. Continuing Officers – Connie Noble, Teresa Landis, Marilyn Bunyan and Claudia Jones, Shauntia Rippee. New officers – Mary Stamey – President and Maurine Pruitt – Secretary. Outstanding Member – Claudia Jones who has been treasurer for nine years. She received a beautiful bowl made by Ned Gatewood. President’s Award – Usha Reddi who gives so much to the community as Mayor, works full time, and does many things for AAUW. Outgoing President Recognition – Karen Tinkler. Thanks for her hard work these last two years. She worked for our branch meetings, made members welcome, supported STEM and the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders Scholarships in a sincere and caring manner. She was also presented with a beautiful bowl made by Ned Gatewood. A big Thank You to the First Congregational Church for all meals cooked for our members at our many programs presented this year. Our next meeting will be in September.
Persons interested in learning more about AAUW in Manhattan may go to manhattan-ks.aauw.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.