President’s Message (Fall/Winter 2021)

By: Cindy Parks  Email Me

When are we going to meet face-to-face? For indoor programs, the short answer: probably Fall 2022. Why probably? Because it depends upon our ability to reserve group meeting space at Chapel Hill Public Library or at the southwest branch of the Durham Public Library. Reservation systems remain closed because of the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus. Our Fall 2021 programming has concluded. We meet again Feb. 19 and Mar. 19.

While we greatly miss in-person contact, we have benefitted from being able to include speakers from all over NC, and we’ve broadened our AAUW-NC audience because going virtual removed the travel barrier.  Zoom worked so well for our February Fellows program last year that we plan to keep it virtual. Using Zoom means we don’t have to worry about fickle February weather!

That said, we are committed to incorporating safe, in-person branch opportunities in Spring 2022. I’ve initiated “Get Outside!,” a branch interest group. I hope you’ll join the  guided tour set for May 21, 2022 at the Stagville State Historic Site in Durham. If tours at Pauli Murray’s childhood home  re-open next year, we may try to visit there. Such opportunities would compliment our March 19 Zoom program : The Power of Inclusive History at Our Places of Memory: A Conversation – more info. – here. 

Please watch your inbox for details about these programs, the January book talk  (Murray’s “Proud Shoes” ) and links to sign up to stay connected with each other in spite of whatever happens with the virus, boosters and meeting space bookings. Please note: we are not  holding a “ticketed” fundraising event in Spring 2022. Instead, we’re trying something new. We’re asking members and friends of AAUW-ODC to consider other times and ways to give – learn more – click here.

I am so thankful for your continued engagement when you open our emails, attend our programs, support our scholarships and most especially, I am grateful for your patience with me and the board as we continue to try new things. Our intention is to hit the sweet spot.

As we head into Thanksgiving and all the winter holiday hustle bustle, I wish you peace. Keep a smile on your face and a K-I-S-S (keep it simple, sisters!) on your lips. I look forward to opportunities to gather again – one way or another – in the New Year.