Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws (EENP) Assistance Dogs

April 22, 2017
Speaker: Gretchen Aylsworth
Chapel Hill Library, Room A
Social Meet and Greet: 10:30 a.m.; Program 11:00 a.m.

Before volunteering for EENP, Gretchen Aylsworth was the director of the Guardian ad Litem program, Orange/Chatham Counties from 1989-2009.  Its mission is to advocate in court for the best interest of neglected or abused children. She and her staff recruited, trained and supervised approximately 120 guardians.

Gretchen has been a dog trainer and member of the board of EENP since it was founded in 2008.  Located in Carrboro, its mission is to partner people with dogs to improve lives.  It trains and places Service and Medical Alert dogs as well as providing ongoing support to working Assistance Dog Teams that have graduated through the program.

In recent years, it has developed a partnership with the NC correctional system to teach inmates to train Assistance Dogs. This is a triple win: dogs get full-time attention. love and training; inmate trainers develop interpersonal, leadership and job skills; and clients receive life-changing support for their disabilities.

Gretchen will be accompanied by a service dog and Al, a work-release inmate who was one of their original trainers and is now in prison in Hillsborough and permitted to work for EENP.

This should be a fascinating, enjoyable program about a very worthwhile community service.

“…I choose to be confident, be strong, know my worth, be charitable, and inspire others”

Saturday, March 25, 2017
2:00 pm for Coffee & Snacks; 2:30 Program
Durham County Southwest Regional Library
3605 Shannon Road
Durham, NC 27707

Can you imagine if the above were the mantra for ALL young women?  For the fortunate girls who are involved in the programs of Smart Girls Smart Choices Inc (SGSC), it is the starting point for exploring what women can do and how to get there.

Educators, parents, students, and interested parties are invited to join your local American Association of University Women to learn about the inspiring efforts of the SGSC.  Our speaker, Ms. Brandy Burnett, is a founder of this non-profit volunteer organization that seeks to inspire girls 11-17 years of age to realize their full potential by developing skills and building character through training and developmental opportunities. SGSC helps connect girls to local training programs and opportunities to develop themselves, summer jobs, and even small, but critical, things like acquiring basic skills in etiquette. The leaders of SGSC are successful young professionals with a strong desire to give back to their communities by serving as role models and mentors.  (Please see http://www.smartgirlssmartchoices.com/index.html.)

“Women’s Ways of Knowing and Healing: Global and Multicultural Perspectives”

February 18, 2017, featuring recipients of AAUW fellowships
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room A,
100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
10:30 AM (Social Meet and Greet); 11:00 AM (Meeting Begins)

One of the highlights for AAUW-ODC Counties is the annual Fellows Meeting for all members to meet Triangle area grant recipients for 2016-2017 and learn about their research, community outreach and leadership.

For more than 125 years, AAUW has been a leading source of funding for graduate women, providing more than $100 million in fellowships and grants to more than 12,000 women and nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world. During 2016-2017, AAUW awarded more than $3.7 million in funding for fellows and grantees. This exceptional group of recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls.

The State of North Carolina was well represented during the 2016-2017 award year, in which eleven (11) women were honored with fellowships and grants. This year, our branch is fortunate to host three (3) Fellows from the Triangle:  Adela del Valle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Richelle Suttle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and, Michelle Wolff, Duke University. 

Adela del Valle – Career Development Grant
Adela will earn her Master’s in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2017, focusing on Public Health Behavior. Her experience and graduate research include health care policies, social support, outreach education and patient motivation of individuals with Type II Diabetes in Lima, Peru.

Richelle Suttle – Career Development Grant
In line to finish her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2017, Richelle is an experienced health care professional. Her background spans coaching and training in self-care for individuals with developmental disabilities and dementia. Her coaching goals include working with individuals, families and group home settings. 

Michelle Wolff – Dissertation Fellowship
Michelle will earn her Ph.D. at Duke University in 2017. Combining her doctoral studies research, Michelle has developed expertise in issues related to same-sex marriage, Christian theology and ethics in South Africa, religion and sexuality.

Please join us at the February meeting to meet our AAUW Fellows and to enjoy most engaging and informative presentations from Adela, Richelle and Michelle.

-Dr. Donna M. Wilson, Vice President, Programs