President’s Message by Ann Brice

Thank You

By: Ann Brice, AAUW–La Crosse Branch President

It seems like every President’s message I write lately says, “It’s a blustery day as I write this,” and this month’s message is no different. I hope by the time this newsletter
is delivered, we have stopped our streak of days with high winds and low temperatures.

Though it is still chilly outside, I am writing this message with great warmth for you. Thank you for being so gracious and patient with me during my two-year term as your branch President. I know meeting on Zoom was challenging, and I appreciate your good cheer as we navigated the technology necessitated by COVID. I am looking forward to our new President Andrea Hansen’s tenure and I am also looking forward to taking on my new role as branch Treasurer.

Last weekend was the AAUW WI State Convention and I was pleased to see so many of you there. We had wonderful speakers and breakout sessions. After a welcome by State President Joan Schneider, we heard poetry by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton. We were then joined by Gloria Blackwell, AAUW’s CEO who spoke about 140 years of AAUW, Breaking Barriers and Moving Forward. We saw a short but inspiring video about what AAUW has accomplished in the last 140 years. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, you can see it by clicking this link:
https://www. videos/2908094872832209 

Many members were excited to visit with each other during the Virtual Happy Hour Friday night, and because several people shared drink recipes, I learned a lot about Old Fashions, something I’ve never tried. Saturday morning was our Business Meeting followed by a presentation from our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Renee Gralewicz, who talked about the devastating effect of Pope Nicholas V’s 1452 Doctrine of Discovery on indigenous peoples. I left this session wanting to learn more. We were lucky to have our convention chair’s husband, Mike Goodnight, to take over for the afternoon breakout sessions because I had to attend Western’s graduation. I am looking forward to seeing the recordings of all our wonderful speakers.

I am hopeful that next year we will be able to have an in-person convention while continuing to offer a virtual option. Thank you again for all your encouragement and support during these two years as your president. I look forward to serving you as treasurer.