Friday, May 2, 2008

Bernie Carpino Looks Back

From the Historian, Bernie Carpino:

I joined AAUW in the early 1970’s when Pat Johnson was President. Adelaide Van Wagenen, a neighbor, invited me to a membership tea and then to several meetings as a guest. Impressed, I decided to join. There have been 19 presidents sinse then – different personalities, different styles, but all concerned with AAUW’s goals.

Fundraisers have varied from sponsorship of the Nutcracker Ballet, a bicentennial quilt project, cocktail parties, tote bag sales, raffles, bridge luncheon, and trips.

AAUW has made a difference locally – support of the library, commitment to establishment of Ulster County Community College, a groundbreaking study on child abuse, local scholarships, diversity programs, and a study of the local justice system.

A nucleus of hard working members has helped the organization survive. It’s encouraging that there are newer members who are enthusiastic, creative, and willing to take responsibility.

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