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Building networks – Becoming mentors

Think Globally, Join Locally

AAUW has an amazing mission!

AAUW’s Mission: To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

I’m pretty busy with work and family.  And I’m not old, but I’m getting there.  When I look at that Mission, I can’t help but think, “Mission impossible.  I need a nap.” One day, some day, we will have gender equality.  But is there something – something a tad less intimidating – that I can do today?

Well…I have a lot of wisdom and experience, and I like sharing it with anyone who could benefit.  I like meeting people who share their stories as well.  I like connecting people when they have something in common.  And I like to chat over coffee.  Could that help the mission?

Can a friendly chat over coffee drive our mission?  I think so.  Let me explain…

As a young woman filled with energy and enthusiasm, (and perhaps a bit of righteous anger), I thought of AAUW and women’s advocacy solely in terms of STEM projects and political causes.  Now, I see something of a deeper purpose – to focus on building a wide network of local women who actively check in on each other.  If that network is strong, then advocacy will follow. 

Importantly, when we learn more about each other, we build more connections.  When doing so, it is easier to identify potential ‘best fit’ mentors for young women (or men!) seeking advice for either pursuing their career or dealing with the challenges that come along with it.

If you live or work in or around the Raleigh-Wake County area and that kind of networking and mentoring sound good to you, please consider joining our Branch.  Keep up with our Tarheel Branch as well!  The Tarheel Branch is our statewide, virtual branch for NC.

Pandemic inertia is real, and we’re all still recovering.  We need your energy to help us get the ball rolling again.  And when it does…watch out below!

Looking forward to coffee,

Lisa Lowe, Raleigh-Wake County (NC) Branch member and grateful AAUW Fellowship recipient

Let’s Gather Together! Tuesday November 17th, 2020 at 5:00pm

It’s out time again! Looking forward to seeing you all at our monthly meeting.  Check your email for the zoom link.

We’ll have a program that will catch us all up on our officer election results. Meet our new co-presidents Brandy Ndao and Terry Wall!





  • our book club anniversary recognition
  • our plans for the upcoming year 
    See you all on Tuesday !!!

Come & Join Us for Our October 20th Meeting!



Let’s Welcome Our Speaker

Regelyn “Reggie” Edwards



Regelyn “Reggie” Edwards is the Executive Director of The Encouraging Place, a non-profit ministry in Raleigh, NC created to serve women/families and work toward racial healing. A Raleigh native, she attended local colleges and graduated from Justice Fellowship College of Theology with a Master of Arts in Ministry in 2005.  Reggie is also an ordained Minister of the Gospel.

Reggie has over 25 years of experience working in urban communities.  She has impacted over 5,000 women through women’s empowerment programs and is a Certified Life Coach. She has also led hundreds of men and women in a deeper understanding of race and reconciliation.   She serves as a consultant with churches/organizations on Biblical Reconciliation and works to help churches bridge the racial divide.  In addition to several groups she coordinates, Reggie also holds annual conferences and forums on dismantling racism…God’s way. She believes one cannot adequately deal with issues around racism without a historical, cultural, structural and institutional analysis.  Reggie is a strong proponent of the Racial Equity Institute and participates on a regular basis.

Following God’s call, Reggie Edwards joined Building Together Ministries in 1994, where she coordinated the FRIENDS (youth) mentoring program, the women’s ministry and the Racial Reconciliation/Christian Community Development Outreach.  She says, “everything I know about urban ministry, I learned at Building Together”.  Another one of her passions is the people of Haiti, and she serves on mission teams there often.



Welcome Back! It’s Our Time! We Meet Tuesday September 15th, 2020 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Our Special Guest Speaker

Lena Epps Brooker was born in Lumberton and grew up in the rural community of Saddletree in Robeson County in eastern NC.   She attended Magnolia School, a public school for American Indians, and was the first American Indian (and first person of color) to graduate from Meredith College, Raleigh.  She lived in Raleigh for 26 years, taught school, and worked for NC State Government, including the Commission of Indian Affairs, the Department of Employment and Training, and The Women’s Center.  She was the corporate diversity consultant for a multi-state financial institution.  Brooker’s volunteer activities in Raleigh included board member of the city’s Human Relations Council, the Arts Council, and the Triangle Native American Society.  She served on the boards of NC Council of Women, NC American Civil Liberties Union, and the administrative board of Hayes Barton United Methodist church.  She is a certified lay minister for the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Brooker’s honors include the Lights of Hope Award from the Wake Public Schools, Woman of Achievement Award from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of NC, Who’s Who in the South, and the Distinguished Woman Award from American Indian Women of Proud Nations.  Lena is married to Jim Brooker and lives north of Asheville on a mountainside overlooking Reems Creek Valley.  In addition to enjoying time with their two children, she also gardens and plays tennis.

Biography retrieved from http://cmlitfest.org/2019-authors/

More about Lena here  https://prabook.com/web/lena_epps.brooker/908340





We meet on Tuesday June 16Th at 5:15pm so MARK YOUR ZOOM CALENDARS!!!



Let’s Welcome   Marian Lewin

League of Women Voters


Marian Lewin has served in several leadership positions for the League of Women Voters-Wake since becoming a member in 1997 including as president from 2014 to 2019. In addition to chairing the Voters Services Committee, Marian is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. She has worked extensively in the public policy arena. In Washington DC, she worked for the General Accountability Office (GAO) in the National Security and International Affairs Division responding to congressional requests for legislative and budgetary analysis of Department of Defense and State Department programs. Marian then worked at the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture providing analysis of legislative proposals. In Raleigh, she served as an Assistant to the Commissioner in the NC Department of Labor. While in Warsaw, Poland, she managed a cooperative agreement between the AFL-CIO and the Polish Worker’s Union, Solidarity. Since 1996 Marian has served as a precinct worker for the Wake County Board of Elections, most recently serving as an election-day Coordinator. She has a BA from the University of California-Davis and an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Please join us!  Our guest has timely information that’s more important now in our history of democracy and freedom than ever before!!


Topic: AAUW Wake Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 16, 2020 05:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 838 2758 2602

May 19th Meeting

Our May Speaker


Our speaker is Lynn Edmonds, Outreach Director for Public Schools First NC and Great Schools in Wake. She has worked in public education advocacy for 10 years, first as a volunteer and then with Public Schools First NC beginning in 2013. Lynn graduated with an associate’s degree from Peace College (now William Peace University in Raleigh). She has served on multiple PTA and civic boards, including her current, at-large position on the Wake County Board of Library Commissioners. A native North Carolinian, Lynn and her husband attended and graduated from Durham Public Schools. They have two children who both graduated from Wake County public schools. We are eager to hear Lynn’s perspective on the current state of affairs of our public schools. Here are a few questions to get the conversation started:
· How are grades, especially exams being handled for 2020?
· What factors go into planning for the fall in Wake County Schools?
· With unequal access to the Internet, isn’t online education an unfair delivery system?
· What other challenges are teachers and administrators are coping with?
· What difference (if any) is made for the future in Wake County by the (December 2019)
Leandro Report and the (April 2020) state and system responses?

AAUW Zoom Meeting Tuesday 5/19/2020 5:15 PM to 7:15 PM


ONE ADDITIONAL NOTE: The fiscal year for AAUW ends on June 30. So, it’s time to renew your membership at all 3 levels (local, state and national AAUW). Both the Membership VP & the branch Treasurer have the capacity to invoice members for the 2020-21 year, if you’d like to get a notice. Alternatively, if you know your membership number, you can go straight to aauw.org and click on Membership. You’ll be guided to the online form for renewal. Send me an email to get your membership number.

April 21st 2020 Meeting

Gregoria Smith, our Program Vice President is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting
facilitated by Treka Spraggins, President.
See Our Agenda below. Just click on the link to join the meeting.
Select Audio/ Video/ or both.

Join Zoom Meeting on your computer or laptop or phone
Meeting ID: 993 9346 9733

Call in or dial the number below (New York) on your phone  
+1-646-558-8656,      99393469733# US (New York)
+1-312-626-6799,     99393469733# US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 993 9346 9733
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abm5xLdOUa

Our Agenda
1. Election temporarily on hold because of a need to rethink how we meet leadership demands
2. An overhaul of how we conduct our meetings until lockdown ends. Zoom for some. Call in for others.
3. Self-Care Habits that support who we are; since “sedentary” is not part of our corporate AAUW DNA
4. Time to get out the vote and touch base with League of Women Voters and find out how they are reaching out to get the job done.
5. Margie’s report: policy
6. Terry’s report: membership
7. Gregoria’s report: programs
8. Member sharing
9. Treka’s Tech & Talking: Keeping in Touch with Members

See you online!

Raleigh Wake-County News Flash!!

Just so you know…..AAUW is going Virtual!  Of course, RWC will be right alongside our national office. So stay tuned for updates on our next meeting date and venue!  









Cancellation of March 17th Meeting

Unfortunately, we must cancel our March meeting.  The covid-19  “virus” is very real and taking a toll on our communities.  So an administrative decision has been made to keep us all safe and cancel our March meeting.

Please follow all cautionary behaviors to keep you and your families safe and healthy.

See you next month!