Per our National organization all face to face meetings have been discontinued until further notice due to COVID 19.

Join our Spring meetings on ZOOM
or by phone: 1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 860 9951 6295
Passcode: 210738

April Branch Meeting
Topic: Understanding and Taking Care of our Waterways
Date: April 21, 2021

On the night before Earth Day, what would be timelier than hearing from one of the area’s most successful environmental groups? We are pleased to bring Karen Forget, the Executive Director of Lynnnhaven River NOW as our speaker.

Karen Forget
Ms. Forget, begins her biography on the LRNow website, with this: “When you grow up on an organic farm and then live on a sailboat in the Chesapeake for three years, it’s only natural to become an advocate for the environment. That was only the beginning. She has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s from the College of William and Mary. Karen came to Lynnhaven River NOW after thirty years as a science teacher and Headmaster of a private school. Since 2005, she has been working full time with LRNow, first as the Education and Outreach Coordinator and since 2007 as the Executive Director. In addition to her responsibilities with LRNow, Karen serves on a variety of city and regional committees including the Virginia Beach Green Ribbon Committee, the Norfolk Environmental Commission and Virginia Beach Vision. She also serves on the Boards of Buy Fresh, Buy Local Hampton Roads and Virginia Forever. She is the President of the Virginia Conservation Network Board and was a Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute Fellow in 2012. She has four sons and five grandchildren.

February Branch Meeting
Date: February 17, 2021

The topic of our meeting this month is a different one. Although we spend many of our meetings concentrating on political issues, we decided to use this meeting to talk about an issue that each one of us will face…end-of-life decisions. As we know, women are caregivers
throughout their lives and, as such, are often faced with having to make end-of-life decisions not only for themselves but also for their loved ones. Judy Welp, our speaker, earned an MSW from West Virginia University and has had a career in a wide range of settings including day care, foster care, college student services and domestic violence services. Her career took a bit of a turn as she left social work and worked 23 years as an adjuster for Allstate Insurance. She likes to say she did not leave social work just took a crisis intervention position that paid better. Judy has volunteered with Compassion and Choices for a year. Her interest in this type of work built slowly with normal life experiences, but really developed after being one of the primary caregivers for her sister, who died from lung cancer in 2004

November Branch Meeting
Topic: Gerrymandering
Date: November 18, 2020

Liz White, the Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 Foundation, will be our speaker at our November 18 meeting. This foundation promotes nonpartisan redistricting reform in the Commonwealth of Virginia through research, analysis, and education.

The Foundation conducts research into the advantages and disadvantages of proven redistricting methods, generates nonpartisan analysis of the issues, and makes the results of both available to the public for educational purposes.

As we know, a gerrymandering amendment is (was) on the November 3 ballot this year. At the time of this newsletter, no results were known. AAUW has endorsed efforts to end gerrymandering. Come and learn what Virginia has done and what our next steps are.

October Branch Meeting
Topic: Virginia Beach Mayoral Race
Date: October 21, 2020

When a presidential election comes about, we sometimes forget that much of what governs our life is LOCAL!  So, come to our October program to meet (via Zoom) the candidates for Virginia Beach mayor.  Both Jody Wagner and Mayor Dyer will give us a 10-minute summary of their plans for the city.  You’ll have time to ask questions.  Each of you is encouraged each to come.  And, ask a friend to join us from the comfort of their own home.  We WANT an informed electorate!

 September Branch Meeting
September 16, 2020 
6:30 p.m. (meeting) 


Our topic will be “Good Things About the Pandemic.”  Our speaker will be … US! Are you saying that this will be a short meeting?  I think that we’ve all done some things during our “lock down” that we are happy to have done.  I think that we’ve learned things…about ourselves and others that we are glad to have learned.  And, I think that we can all learn ways of coping from other smart, capable women.
So, zoom on in at 7pm on 9/17 with your stories of how you’ve coped… what you’ve learned…and what you’ve done to survive this pandemic.  You are bound to learn something.  And, hopefully, our stories will encourage laughter (a great coping skill!)