President’s Message by Ann Brice

Towards Healing


As we move toward the end of this year, I’d like to express my gratitude to the members of this branch who have helped keep our group thriving during the second year of the pandemic. I know it’s been hard to continually meet over Zoom, and I appreciate your patience as we all work toward optimal health. This December, we won’t have our usual Saturday morning Zoom meeting because Megan Preston, Karen Lange (our Program Chairs), and I will be delivering cookie trays to any AAUW member who requests one. We are excited about our adjusted form of the cookie walk this year. We are going to remain on Zoom for our January meeting and then we’ll reassess the Covid situation after that.

This has been a difficult year, not only because of the pandemic, but because of the continued civil unrest in our country. If you’re like me, it’s hard not to be discouraged. Bill and I watch the PBS News Hour every night, and sometimes I don’t want to see negative story after negative story, but I know it’s important to stay informed. To counterbalance the negativity around us, I try to focus on all the groups and people who are doing things to lift others up and to heal our country. Through my work with AAUW, I’ve become aware of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Mosaic, Towards One Wisconsin, The Unity Project, Leader Ethics of Wisconsin, and the Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council. I’m sure you can think of many other organizations who are working towards healing instead of tearing apart.

As AAUW members, we too are contributing to making the world a better place, especially for women and young girls. Please know how grateful I am for each of you! Wishing you perfect health and much happiness as we approach the winter solstice.