AAUW Barnegat Light Chapter Invites New Members

Aug 09, 2017

The American Association of University Women Barnegat Light Chapter is observing its 55th anniversary this year. After an anniversary pizza party for its membership, hosted by Mary Ellen Foley and Sheila Foley, President Vilma Applegate outlined endeavors of the organization. The AAUW supports women through scholarships, and works to aid victims of human trafficking, among other goals.

“Our members are from Long Beach Island, Little Egg Harbor and Manahawkin,” Applegate said. “We are looking to increase our membership. By increasing our membership we can strengthen our future programs and continue offering our high school and continuing-education scholarships.

“The AAUW is a national organization with more than 170,000 members and supporters nationwide. The mission of our organization is to provide funds to support women and girls in our local community. We offer four scholarships a year for women’s continuing education and to girls from local high schools. These monies are earned through fundraisers.

“Our group has also been involved in helping victims of human trafficking help support themselves upon escape,” Applegate said.

“We are also involved in educating women, men and children, both citizens and foreign nationals, about how to identify potential trafficking. This is very important since it can be the difference between slavery and freedom.”

A fundraising method to maintain the scholarships has been yard sales. Members donate items as well as fresh baked goods for a successful group sale.

Applegate added, “We sponsor theater trips. We coordinate trips to different locations. Our last trip was to the World Trade Center, and later lunch in Little Italy.

“Every year we have a convention that is offered to our members. This year three of the members of the Barnegat Light Chapter of AAUW attended the two-day state convention in Atlantic City.”

To learn more about the BL Chapter of the AAUW and future programs, call Membership Chairwoman Jeri Riffle at 609-290-9135.  —M.S.

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