AAUW-MN Annual Meeting is May 1

What you need to know to be a part of it!

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What's in this issue?

  • Welcome note from our president
  • Standing rules for the annual meeting
  • Resolutions
  • Nominating committee
  • Annual meeting minutes 2020
  • Reports
  • Annual Meeting Agenda
  • Registration and Ballot
  • Share your Branch Hi-Lights
  • 2022 State Conference invitation
  • New to Zoom? Helpful video

Welcome note from our president

Dear AAUW Members,

It’s spring, and that usually means one thing to me-state convention time in Minnesota. We find ourselves for the second year in a row of not planning that trip to some special place in Minnesota where we can enjoy the speakers and the workshops and leave energized to go back to our branches with new ideas to continue our mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls.

We have all had to make changes in our lives this past year due to the pandemic. The AAUW MN Board has worked hard to do this annual meeting, which in the past meeting was identified as our convention. This is our first electronic meeting open to all AAUW MN members using zoom. It is not the same as a gathering “in person” but it is a way to keep us connected and informed. Our “convention book” will be an electronic version identified as the 2020 AAUW MN Annual Meeting Information, (AMI) and will contain the components of our annual meeting as well as the officers’ reports. We hope we get to “see” many of you at the annual meeting via zoom.

We are proud of a program that was initiated by the AAUW MN State Board this year. In the fall of each year, the state board participates in an activity called Board to Branch. Board members are assigned to make two or three calls, usually to the branch president, about branch activities and needs.

This year the need for speakers and programs were identified as major needs. The focus of the board became a way to meet the identified need and provide an opportunity that all members could access speakers and programs regardless of the location and size of the branch. Zoom was identified to meet the need without having to have members leave their homes.

The board decided to use some program grant funds to develop a state-sponsored program on a trial basis without cost to branches or members. Minneapolis made an offer to share their programs which were wonderful because the programs were all designed through the end of May. AAUW MN members were notified about the opportunity to sign up and identify programs they were interested in by subject, date, and time by the Pine Editor/Web Site Manager, Cyndy Harrison. (We have already received a request from out of state to participate, but have said no.)

Can you envision a program of women helping women, branch helping branch, and state helping state? What program opportunities we would have!

Standing Rules

Standing Rules of the 92nd AAUW Minnesota Annual (Convention) Meeting

All persons should select “Mute” unless speaking

1. Any current paid member of AAUW MN and college and university representatives may attend the annual meeting.

2. Voting will be conducted by electronic ballot in advance of the meeting. (see ballot below)

3. Only members who have paid their dues according to the AAUW data as of February 1, 2021 and any college or university representative may be a voting delegate. 4. Only eligible delegates shall be allowed to vote.

The AAUW MN State Board voted to suspend Article. XVIII, Section 4, f.,6, regarding resolutions from the floor for the Annual Meeting on May 1, 2021.


The Resolutions Committee, comprised of Pat Sween, Deanna Ensley, Jan Bensen, and Jan Carey, began the Resolutions process in February 2021 addressing the need to communicate the process to branch members. The process was published in THE PINE and individual branch presidents received an email posting outlining the process.

The committee received three Resolutions for review. The committee reviewed and exchanged suggested edits to the authors. Revisions were completed. The Resolutions are presented for approval. If you will be voting on these resolutions, please read by clicking the links below.

Nominating Committee

The AAUW of Minnesota Nominating Committee presents the following candidates for election prior to the 2021 AAUW of Minnesota Annual Meeting on May 1, 2021.

Nominating Committee Report - Slate of officers

Annual Meeting Minutes

Last year's Annual Meeting Minutes were respectfully submitted, Trudy Severson, Secretary April 27, 2020, and the condensing committee.

Annual Meeting Minutes


To access the following reports, click this link (once on the page, select the report by clicking the link, then click the "top" to go back to the top of the page)

  • Administrative Assistant Report
  • By-laws Committee Report
  • College/University Representative Report
  • Finance Report
  • Funds Report
  • Membership Report
  • NCCWSL Report
  • Programs Report
  • Public Policy Report
  • Secretary Report
  • Strategic Plan Report
  • The Pine/Website Report

Annual Meeting Agenda

92nd AAUW Minnesota Annual Meeting (Electronic Convention)

May 1, 2021
10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Call to Order
Welcome to the 92nd AAUW MN Annual Meeting, the 2nd Electronic Annual Meeting


2021 AAUW MN Annual Meeting Information (AMI)

Speaker Kim Churches, CEO AAUW at 11:00 a.m.

Video Message on Membership Vote, Karen Kirkwood

Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction of the Board and Committee Members
Introduction of the Parliamentarian

Business Session
Roll Call of Branches

Credentials Report

Ballot Results

Convention Standing Rules

Agenda for the Annual Meeting
Approval of the 2020 Annual Meetings Minutes
Slate of Officers and Nominating Committee, Introduction
2021-2022 Budget
Distribution of AAUW Funds
Bylaw Changes

Reports in the AMI Not Requiring a Vote
Treasurer’s Report-If there are no questions, the report will be placed on file for audit.
The 2020 Financial Records Review Committee report found the state records to be in good order.
Other Business

2021 AAUW MN Annual Meeting Fund Raiser in Lieu of a Silent Auction

Recognition of Service
MN Members of Legacy Circle
Welcome New Board Members
AAUW Membership Vote on Change-Karen Kirkwood
2022 Invitation to the AAUW MN State Convention from Linda MacLeod

Motion to Adjourn the 92nd 2021 AAUW MN Annual Meeting

Registration and Ballot

The annual meeting will be held on Zoom on May 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. CDT. If you are unfamiliar with logging into a Zoom call, please see the video located at the bottom of this page.

Please use the registration form to indicate your attendance at the meeting. You may register for the meeting until April 30 at midnight (CDT).

The ballot is also withTo access the ballot you will be asked to indicate your credentials for voting. The voting deadline is Thursday, April 15 at midnight (CDT).

Share your Branch Hi-Lights

Tell us what your branch is doing!

It has been two years since we met in person at the last state convention in Grand Rapids. Please complete the form below by April 15, 2021, in order to have your branch information be a part of a digital version of the Branch Hi-Lights.

If you have a picture you would like to share, please send it by email to cyndy.harrison@msn.com and put AAUW BOOKLET in the subject line.

Branch Hi-Lights/information request (click here)

It has been two years since we met in person at the last state convention in Grand Rapids. Please complete this form by April 15, 2021 in order to have your branch information to be a part of a digital version of the Branch Hi-Lights.

The 2022 AAUW-MN State Convention

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The Saint Cloud Area Branch sends an invitation to attend the AAUW Minnesota State Convention, Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, 2022

By Branch President, Linda MacLeod

UNITY is the theme of the 2022 convention. We will be honoring all the AAUW Minnesota Branches, their long and storied history. The Saint Cloud Area Branch was founded, February

14, 1922. We will celebrate our 100th Anniversary at the Minnesota AAUW State Convention.

Further information will also be available on the branch website, http://stcloud-mn.aauw.net.

New to Zoom? Check out this video!

Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time; Fun and Easy Online Connection