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President Lynne Rogerson's August Letter

Mid-August, 2021

Greetings from Chautauqua, New York where we are having a relaxing and restorative vacation. On the way here, we stopped at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. It is a fascinating museum, covering the history of glass and also modern works of glass design.

Welcome to a new year of the Summit College Club. First, I would like to thank Hedy Tukey for her term as President. No one could have seen something like COVID-19 and its shut down coming. Hedy extended her term for an extra year and, because of her extraordinary efforts, guided us through very unusual times with a steady hand and the help of Zoom. Thanks also to the Board Members who stepped up to the plate and learned to use Zoom.

I hope you are all looking forward to our 100th Anniversary Gala, long delayed but at last here. Prof. Karen Gevirtz will be speaking on "Is Advocacy History? Women, Men and the Birth of Modern Science." It will be held in person on Sunday, September 12, 2021 starting at 12:30 p.m. at The Grand Summit Hotel. We have requested that the tables be spread out and that only six people be at a table. Masks will be worn except when seated and dining. For those who cannot attend, we plan to record the presentations so they can be viewed later. Also, if you get a chance, look at Marylou Motto's 100th Anniversary Bulletin again, especially the article on our founder, Tilla Thomas.

For our programs this year, we will be doing a combination of in-person and online meetings. Details for this quarter (September through December) are included in our new email Bulletin.

At the New Jersey State level, Karen Brown continues her term as President with this year's theme: The Strength of Women. At the national level, it was a loss that, after four years, Kimberly Churches is moving on but we will hope for an outstanding replacement.

I look forward to a year of programs, stimulating ideas and service, and hope that you will continue to support the AAUW mission of "gender equity and economic security" through "research, education and advocacy." And we'll continue the SCC tradition of scholarships for young women.

Lynne Rogerson, President

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