Welcome to Lake/Sumter AAUW Florida Branch

Lake/Sumter Summertime Notes from new Presidents Jacquie and Susan

We are excited that at our “Jump Start” Board meeting  was held on June 14, 2017.  And the group came up with a Vision Statement and identified Priorities on which to work for the upcoming year. We happily share these as follows:

Vision Statement:
An active organization that impacts equity for women and girls in our community.

Priorities established by the group:
Increase Membership
Engage new and existing members
Increase Recognition of who/what is AAUW i.e. “branding”
Public Policy – greater presence
Special Activities
Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the start of this branch

With these in mind, we agreed to get together once again to flesh out the goals and action steps in each category so that we know where we are going and how we are going to get there.  Those present agreed our first meeting was very productive and trust this one will be as well. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Followup Jump Start 2 –  Summertime Board Meeting
Based on the schedule of those present at the meeting , we will be holding the next Board meeting on Wednesday, July 19 at the Sheriff’s Annex on 466 from NOON – no later than 3 pm. We all may want to bring ourselves a bag lunch.
Warm regards, ​Susan Gold and ​ Jacquie Latzer  ​Co-Presidents​

AAUW and LWV Joint Tea- August 18  – Blazing the Trail
Honoring Those Whose Jobs Opened Up Fields For Other Women To Follow

On Friday, August 18, 2017, from 2:00-4:00, Lake/Sumter AAUW and the League of Women Voters of Lake/Sumter will jointly sponsor a tea to commemorate the anniversary of the final ratification of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution which gave women the right to vote. Suffragettes worked hard and long to achieve what seemed to be an impossible goal.  When meeting to plan their strategy,  they held “teas” which was a message that there would be issues discussed during these gatherings.

The tea will be held in the community room on Guava Street behind the Lady Lake Library.  We encourage all attendees to wear white, purple or yellow to honor these women of the past.  We will have guests that represent women we know who have blazed new trails in their careers. There is a nominal cost of $5.00, payable at the door.

Additional notes from WebMaster
Our fiscal year is nearly over (June 30)!  
The new presidents are busy reaching out to branch members who may have a little time to help the board of directors and branch committees.  Additional volunteers are needed to help with the operations for next year:  program committee, finance committee, fundraising committee,  membership,  and others.   Reminder to all –  the branch has grown to 147 members and we have additional members joining every year.  We are starting to use social media more as a method of communicating and for publicity.  Please bring your special skills to the team.
Contact Presidents Jacquie Latzer (jacquie.latzerATgmail.com) and Susan Gold  (susangold28ATgmail.com)    Please note that @ replaces AT when emailing.

The Co-Chairs,  of the Casino Night Fund Raising Event  (scheduled for Jan. 27, 2018) are asking members to join in the effort of this major fundraising event.  Contact the Co-chairs: Cathy Cirocco and Liz Schweers.

The Presidents are looking for 2 volunteers to perform a financial review of the Branch’s financial records.  Per the bylaws, this should be completed by the end of September.

The Finance Directors are eager for one or two members to be there to help them when the membership drives and fund raising activities are the busiest.

There is an opening for a Director of Fundraising. This person(s) would work on building a schedule of events that would bring in financial support for all of our efforts:  scholarships, TechTrek Camp, special programs,  and develop a long range plan for future fund raising events.


The TechTrek/Stem team worked hard to select 12 young women to attend this year’s  TechTrek Camp and 5 of our 12 candidates were selected   Here is the website that gives you more information and lets you know where to send donations.  Special Projects  http://techtrek-fl.aauw.net/

The new bylaws are in effect   – Lake-Sumter-AAUW-Bylaws-2017-approvedMar2017-FINALjkb.    These bylaws clarified some confusing language and now we should be in good shape as we move forward.

Direct email from our branch:  Carolee Litwinka sends out  emails about activities and information which are important to all of us. Watch for our AAUW emails coming from Carolee or   lakesumteraauw@gmail.com

Check for Updates for Monthly Meetings and locations on our
Calendar of Events

Do you have  questions on any duties and responsibilities of our committees or leadership positions? Take a look at our booklet of Duties and Responsibilities: Officers-Committees_Duties_v2.1_042715 .

To find our branch online:
Make use of your search engines by using these keywords:
lake sumter aauw website , lake sumter aauw facebook

Don’t forget –  your internet searching tools are your BEST friends.

At the General Meetings, generic branch business cards are available for any and all members working on various projects and gathering donations.  Take as many as you need.  We will try to keep a good supply available at all times.  Our status with FL Consumer Services is very good and we need to maintain our reputation.
On the back of the card – is   disclosure information REQUIRED by the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services for all advertisements, handouts, or whatever is used for solicitations.
“A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7345) within state or visiting www.800helpfla.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

Lake/Sumter AAUW  Registration Number is CH8258.  ( Required disclosure information Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services)”