Submitted by Marsha Melkonian
Smith Mountain American Association of University Women held the annual President’s Reception at Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, on Sunday, June 2.
It is open to women from all communities associated with the lake — Franklin, Bedford and Pittsylvania. The group’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The group aims to develop opportunities for women and girls that enable them to realize their full potential.
The Smith Mountain branch of the AAUW raised $7,000 through an annual fashion show fundraiser last fall and awarded two scholarships to local college students of $3,000 each. The group also funded four elementary school girls’ trips to a science camp in Roanoke this July. In addition to the monetary awards, the branch has worked with all levels of the Girl Scouts, mentored 10 promising high school girls from Staunton River High School to help prepare them for a future college experience.
They learn through unusual and entertaining programs at each of the branch meetings. This year programs ranged from Team Therapy using horseback riding to rehabilitate and socialize disabled persons to Personal Self Defense presented by our local police department. They also learn at 2 other monthly groups – Classic books and International Studies. This upcoming year they are studying mysteries and Morocco.
For more information, see us on the web at www.smithmountain-va.aauw.net