Looking Forward: We’re Off and Running in the 21th Century
The Palos Verdes Peninsula branch has been actively involved in our community since its founding in 1957. We started the first recycling center in our area and were centrally involved in the first program addressing domestic violence. We have a strong track record of working with schools and other organizations in our community who share our commitment. As the AAUW mission states, we advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. And mostly, we just enjoy being together!
Not content with simply celebrating our past, in recent years we asked ourselves how best we can prepare for the future. We asked whether or not the traditional Board of Directors governance system gave us the flexibility and vision to meet the needs of the new generation.
After much thought and careful planning we have adopted a new governance system. We cut the “red tape”, reduced the number of officers, streamlined the meetings, and provided incentives for innovative ideas and programs. Short term responsibilities, rather than year-long commitments are the norm. The basis of the system is the Branch Council which includes all members who serve in any capacity. It meets bi-monthly, operates by consensus, and is open to all members.
Today our members enjoy the enrichment and friendship provided by our many interest groups, reach out to our community through projects in our schools, and enjoy our times together.
If you’re not already a member, we hope you’ll join us.
Elayne Nahman, Chair