President: JoAnn Hall (

VP Branch Communications: Connie Gamble Ochse (

President’s Message

Greetings Members! I hope that this finds each of you enjoying good health and the warmer (?) weather.

I am looking forward to seeing you on Sunday at our annual luncheon meeting. Remember that you can pay your 2013-2014 membership dues at this meeting. We will also be electing our 2013-2014 branch officers. Nominations from the floor will be welcome.

Also, there is still time for you to vote online for National officers. (Go to and follow the directions.) I have made my reservations for my flight to New Orleans for the National Convention in June. We lived on the West bank many years ago, and I am looking forward to seeing the growth and changes that have occurred since we lived in Louisiana.

Thank you to Marena, Joanne, Katharyn, Chris and Connie for showing up to pick up litter at Richard Ray All-American Park for our Earth Day project. We stayed until it started to rain and picked up ten bags of litter!

– JoAnn


OUR NEXT MEETING: May 19 (Sunday), 2:00 p.m. – Our annual meeting will be at the Saltwater Grille in Swansboro. We will elect our 2013-2014 branch officers, pay dues ($71), and enjoy a delightful meal in each other’s company.



May 19, 2:30 p.m. (Sunday) – Jacksonville Regional Branch Annual Meeting, Saltwater Grille, Swansboro waterfront.

June 9-13 – AAUW Biennial Convention, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA. Former Senator Olympia Snowe will receive the 2013 AAUW Achievement Award in New Orleans and you can be there! The third longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, Snowe earned nationwide recognition as a leading policy maker in the U. S. Senate. In addition to receiving the award, Snowe will sign copies of her memoir, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress (Weinstein Books).

June, July, August – Summer hiatus

*Locations will be announced closer to the meeting date.


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