E3 Women’s Summit-Equity, Energy and Empowerment

Mark your calendars everyone!! AAUW of Michigan, Grosse Pointe Branch, is presenting its first WOMEN’S SUMMIT

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods

The Summit marks the first, in what we hope will be, an annual fundraising event to raise funds for our local scholarships. We look forward to growing the Summit into an event which addresses the needs of women in our community, our city, the
tri-county area and the State of Michigan.

The Summit features women who have experience in STEM professions. Panelists include:
Pam Turner, Former Director, Detroit Water and Sewerage
Suzy Elfishawy, Director of Development, Quality Assurance & Production Support, Billhighway
Dr. Evon Ereifej, Fellow at Case Western University.
Moderator: Beth Chappell, Immediate Past President, Detroit Economic Club.

The program will begin with a presentation on the historical timeline of important contributions made by women, presented by members of the AAUW Grosse Pointe branch. The presentation will be followed by the panel discussion focusing on ADVANCING EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE. These 3 E’s are essential: EQUITY – ENERGY – EMPOWERMENT

The cost of the event is $30 or a table of 8 for $200. Go to EVENTBRITE to register.



Who wouldn’t want to win one of these fabulous Gift Card Prize Packages! The AAUW GP branch is having a gift card raffle with total of $1845 in gift cards!

The raffle ticket has FIVE prize packages with the gift card values as follows: First Prize: $565, Second Prize: $460, Third Prize: $370, Fourth Prize: $275 and Fifth Prize: $175. You will have FIVE chances to win on every $5 ticket!!! A good ratio and a great bargain!

The drawing will be held Friday, June 1, 4:00 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe Woods City Hall, 20025 Mack Plaza Drive. All are welcome to attend the drawing. Winners need not be present to win.

If you have any questions please email Diana Langlois at dilang58@comcast.net or Carolyn Barth at barth1030@aol.com anytime after March 4th.



We’re here!! We have arrived and are living in 2018. In our previous posting, we stated “In Michigan, it is predicted that by 2018, there will be a need for 274,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) trained job candidates.” According to a Georgetown University study, that figure reflects a 4% increase in STEM jobs; 94% of which will require postsecondary education and training. Females are still very underrepresented in the STEM fields in Michigan as well as across the nation and also in the international community. We continue to focus on the AAUW mission which is:

Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research

Our commitment to the First Lego League team at Defer Elementary School continues, thanks to you and your contributions to our fundraising efforts. Again this year, we sent five (5) fourth and fifth grade girls to a summer mindcrafts class at The Robot Garage located in Grosse Pointe Park. The Robot Garage, thanks to a grant from Ford Motor Company, sponsored an additional five (5) girls and the ten (10) girls together make up the Defer Gears Girlz First Lego League Team for 2017-2018.

Defer principal, Lisa Rheaume, who is in her first year as principal, is an enthusiastic supporter of the team as is their coach, Mark Ezop. The girls practice weekly at the schools and will be competing this spring in the First Lego League competitions. Joanne Johnson and Sandy Stanley are filling in as AAUWGP administrative liaisons while member, Ellen Chapin, is away.

Thank you for your continued support for this very important STEM project as well as for our other scholarship projects. Our fundraising efforts for the year 2018 are getting into full gear. Please read about the efforts here and support them with your presence, help and contributions.