Linda Lybecker, AAUW Oregon President
A Note from the President
Welcome to the 2023-2024 AAUW year! Thank you for joining around 1,000 other Oregon members in supporting a vision of equal opportunity for all.
AAUW of Oregon held its conference and annual members’ meeting in person in Ashland in April this year. At the luncheon, the annual Breaking Barriers Achievement Award was given to Andrea Reeder, vice president and executive director of the Asante Foundation in Medford.
More information may be found here.
At the first Oregon in-person statewide event since 2019, conversations centered around the future of our organization and branches, the efficiencies of virtual meetings versus the energizing effects of in-person gatherings, and continuing the important work of advocating for women and girls. National AAUW Board Vice-Chair Malinda Gaul sparked many discussions with her video comments. See the interview on the AAUW of Oregon YouTube channel: Comments from Malinda Gaul
We marked the end of an era during the business meeting by asking delegates to hold up the voting paddles one last time. Bylaws were approved to allow any member in good standing and in attendance to vote for officers and bylaw changes at the annual meetings. Next year’s annual business meeting is planned as a Zoom meeting. We are planning an in-person meeting in 2025.
Besides having fun at the conference, members shared leadership tips and program ideas. Each Branch President sent a written annual report filled with good ideas. I encourage you to read them along with state officer reports here
Thank you to the many volunteers who made this year’s conference and meeting a wonderful experience, honored a woman leader with the Breaking Barriers Award, tracked state legislation and wrote testimonials, helped us learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, supported our activities with technology and helped women college students attend NCCWSL in late May.
I am impressed by the commitment, passion, and intelligent discussions I have found with other AAUW members. Keep up the good work this coming year, and if you are interested in helping one of these projects, contact me for more information.