President’s Message by Nancy McCabe

President Nancy McCabe

President Nancy McCabe

On October 22, our board of directors and interested members attended a Strategic Planning session with Sandi Gabe and Dawn Johnson, both from AAUW California’s Leaders on Loan program. They are both state officers and leaders in their respective Mariposa branch. We spent time doing a SWOT analysis of our branch: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. While our branch concerns are important to our members, we were assured that we have a lot in common with other branches of our size.

We spent most of our time looking at concerns about the way we do business, and we received quality guidance about how to further our branch mission. We will be starting to formulate plans at our next board meeting and will continue working on this until we have completed our plans. Look forward to hearing about how you can help at your interest groups and upcoming meetings

You will probably notice that there is no branch program for November. As there is no program director, we are dependent upon groups or individuals to step forward to plan our monthly events. Our next event will be our Holiday Luncheon which was planned by our Funds Co-Director Donna Holmes. Look for reservation information in this newsletter. The January event is the IBC luncheon on January 28 which is sponsored by the Capitol Counties IBC. Cherril Peabody and I are your representatives to this group, so we have been involved in the planning. We hope to see you at these AAUW-sponsored luncheons.

To paraphrase John Kennedy, Ask not what AAUW can do for you. Ask what you can do for AAUW.