Friday, February 23, 2007

New York State Convention: A Good Mix of Business and Pleasure

The 2007 AAUW New York State Convention, April 27-29, at the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa in Saratoga Springs is shaping up to be a fun event filled with time well-spent.

The keynote speaker at Friday evening's Presidents' Dinner will be Sally Chamberlain, program vice president of the Educational Foundation (EF). She'll be bringing us up-to-date on important changes within the Foundation. EF awards will be presented to outstanding branches, and I know I'm looking forward to the after-dinner entertainment featuring Revisions, a nationally renowned barbershop quartet.

Saturday morning's Awards Breakfast will recognize branches for outstanding work in the areas of: membership development, outreach, visibility, leadership development, technology and communication.

The Public Policy Forum that follows Saturday's business meeting will include Dr. Evelyn Murphy speaking on "Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What to Do About It". Workshops after the Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) awards luncheon will cover a wide range of topics including: workplace inequities, conflict resolution, working with community colleges, the gender gap as it relates to Information Age technology, female political candidates, sexual harassment, retirement security, and an in-depth look at the work of the LAF.

Saturday afternoon will find AAUW members exploring Saratoga Springs by following Treasure Hunt clues as part of the Fun Walk for EF. At least one member or team from each branch is encouraged to participate and awards will be presented to those who raise the most funds or who find the most correct answers for the Treasure Hunt.

Highlights of Saturday evening's Educational Foundation Gala will be the installation of officers and the chance to bid on theme baskets created by branches to benefit LAF.

Before you know it, it will be Sunday morning. You'll have just enough time to pack up, eat breakfast, see if you won that LAF basket you had your eye on, and celebrate the good works of branches across the state, before you enjoy one last great meal: the IFUW Bina Roy Luncheon.

Whew! A trio of days filled with non-stop, fun-filled activities -- not to mention good food! Have I convinced you to attend? Did I mention the good food? Great! Send in your registration form now while you're thinking about it. We'll see you there!

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