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Bonnie Van Wie chosen as ‘Emerging Leader’

Pictured, from left are AAUW co-president Ella Ryder, Bonnie Van Wie, Emerging Leader, presenter — Dr. Melinda Grube— as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Nancy Peck branch co-president Jennifer Garren, branch membership vice president and branch webmaster, Linda Hammond. (Photo submitted)

CORNING — Six members of the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the American Association of University Women recently attended the AAUW-NYS Convention in Corning where the organization received recognition as a Gold Branch for outstanding programming consistently marketing the mission of AAUW.

The award focused on their 50th anniversary celebration of the branch which was chartered in 1968. Past, as well as present members, were invited. The program included a history of the local branch through displays and a power point slide show. The state International Chair spoke at the event and presented a certificate to the branch.

In addition to the Gold Award, local AAUW branch member, Bonnie Van Wie, was honored as Emerging Leader of the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown Branch of the American Association of University Women for 2018. At the President’s Dinner on April 20, she was presented with a corsage, seated at a table with Emerging Leaders from other branches and awarded a certificate for her accomplishment. Her photo and biography have been added to the AAUW-NYS website.

AAUW provides a platform for developing leaders. The 2018 AAUW-NYS Emerging Leader Award recognizes one AAUW member from each branch who demonstrates leadership potential through her enthusiasm, creative ideas and commitment to AAUW’s mission. This can be an existing member who now assumes leadership positions in the branch or a new member. Each branch in the state was asked to select one person only who has shown through her actions and ideas that she should be selected as the branch’s Emerging Leader.

Van Wie joined AAUW in 2007. She has always offered to assist anyone who took on a project, according to a news release. She has volunteered with past Tech Savvy Summit for Girls, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Summits, Celebration Fund Raisers and AAUW Book Club. She has served as secretary and program vice president of the branch and currently serves as chair of the Day Trippers branch travel group. She is also an active volunteer in her church parish. She graduated from FMCC and is a retired nurse. She currently is an elementary school aide in Gloversville. According to the release, the AAUW branch holds Van Wie in the highest esteem and was pleased to nominate her as its Emerging Leader for 2018.

Highlights of the convention included Kimberly Church, AAUW CEO national who addressed AAUW’s new horizons and initiatives to solidify AAUW’s position as a global leader on equity.

There was also a panel discussion on Advocacy in Current Media Landscape which covered how the changing media landscape affects people’s impressions and how advocacy messaging needs to work in this environment.

Aileen Rizo, Legal Advocacy Fund litigant spoke at the LAF luncheon. She is being assisted by AAUW in her suit under equal pay and gender discrimination laws after she discovered that she had been hired on the first step of the pay scale, while a male colleague with less experience was hired on the ninth of 10 steps pay scale. She is a research associate for math education and an adjunct faculty member at Fresno Pacific University.

Also speaking on Saturday, was UN girl advocate, Aasha Shaik, second year undergraduate at Rutgers University who discuss vulnerable leadership and the power of girls.

The Saturday evening AAUW funds fundraiser featured Melinda Grube, PhD adjunct lecturer in history at Cayuga Community College in Auburn and interpreter of regional women’s rights and suffrage history. She presented an Evening with Elizabeth Cady Stanton in costume.

Members attending the state AAUW convention had the opportunity to take a tour of the Corning Museum of Glass. Two vases were donated by Corning gaffers for the AAUW funds auction. The Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch provided two purse-baskets for the fundraiser as well. Catherine Julius and Sandra Maceyka were in charge of the branch donations.

Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown AAUW members attending the convention in Corning were co-presidents Nancy Peck and Ella Ryder, program vice president Darcelle Winchell, membership vice president Jennifer Garren, webmaster Linda Hammond and Emerging Leader Van Wie.

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