January/February 2022 AAUW Little Rock, Inc. News
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Women's History Month: AAUW on the Right Side of History

Saturday, March 12
11:00 a.m.
(Zoom Meeting Link Below)

For Women's History Month, we have a special presentation from the granddaughter of AAUW member Adolphine Fletcher Terry, Susan Borne. Susan has some treasured family pictures and will share information about her grandmother's remarkable life. Mrs. Terry was one of the co-founders of the AAUW Little Rock Branch.

Our program will also draw from the 2009 Masters Thesis of Kara D. Ellis: "Assuming Responsibility: The Little Rock Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Little Rock School Desegregation Crisis." Did you know that AAUW Little Rock worked closely with the Women's Emergency Committee (WEC) to Open Our Schools?  Ms. Ellis' conclusion is that "Little Rock AAUW helped bring the Crisis to a satisfactory resolution by the fall of 1960." These stories will be presented by Co-President Maria Jones.

Dr. Diana Glaze, Honorary Life AAUW LR Member, will also share highlights of her and AAUW Little Rock's activism in confronting a Little Rock City Board member in the 1970's who pronounced that women cannot be Mayor of Little Rock. Lottie Shackleford, an AAUW member at the time, not long after was elected to the City Board and became the first female Little Rock Mayor in 1987.

For more information related to the March program click on the links below:

Adolphine Fletcher Terry, Encyclopaedia of Arkansas

A Cherished Resource Needs Protection, Wilson Stiles, AR Dem Gazette

Lottie Lee Holt Shackleford, Encyclopaedia of Arkansas

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Lilla B. Preyer
1923 - 2022

Lilla B. Preyer, 99 of Little Rock, passed February 4, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband: Virgel H. Preyer, parents: Willie Mac and Ada Blake, siblings: Cleo, Garfield, Luke, Allen, Lucious, Lurilla, Betsy, and Eva.

Loving memories left to daughter: Lilla Yvette Preyer, Goddaughters: Tufara L. Waller-Muhammad, Danita Waller-Paige, and Beverly Dean Thomas, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Preyer was a longtime member of AAUW Little Rock, joining in 1988. She attended meetings up until the mid-2000's and was one to share her opinions on the topic at hand. One of her Goddaughters reported that she enjoyed getting the AAUW newsletters by mail after she could no longer attend the meetings due to health issues.

Her Homegoing celebration was held on February 17, 2022 at First Baptist Church, 701 S. Gaines Street in Little Rock.
Superior Funeral Services 

New AAUW Members' Database


Every AAUW member with an email address should set up their new account on the National AAUW website here. You no longer need to know your membership #, your account is connected to the email address you have on file with AAUW.

You will find more options to self-service your account information and the ability to view past registrations, purchases, make donations, and more.

Logging In

To access your account, click the “Log In” at the top right corner of the website or visit The first time you log in, you’ll need to reset your password by clicking the “Forgot Password” link. Once you create a password and log in, you can update your profile by clicking “Edit Profile” in the menu on the left side of the screen. A video tutorial is provided as a step by step guide.

If the email address you currently use is not what AAUW National has on file, email for assistance setting up an account.

Shown above are Lottie Adams, CoPresident Zenobia Harris, and Lula Brooks (seated) at a political forum organized by AAUW LR in 2016.

Happy Birthday AAUW Little Rock

AAUW Little Rock was founded in 1922 by a small group of women with college educations mostly acquired from east coast colleges like Vassar and Wellesly.  This year we will be celebrating our 100th year.
Discover our branch's "shout out" in the National Membership Matters February electronic publication here.

If you are interested in AAUW history and would like to participate in planning for our branch's centennial celebrations, contact Maria Jones and/or  Zenobia Harris.



Regular meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month and begin at 11am. Because of the December/January surge in COVID,  the Branch Board decided to continue Zoom meetings for now. We do hope to find an outdoor location at least for the annual meeting and hope to hold a membership event this spring.

March 12  Regular Meeting - AAUW LR Women in History
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April 9 (tentative) - AAUW LR Membership Event

May 14 -  Annual Meeting

May 20 - Branch Dinner (tentative)

May 21  - State Convention




The AAUW Tuesday Afternoon Book Club held their February 1 meeting in Kathryn Buril's home. She provided afternoon treats along with the book review of Burn After Writing by Sharon Jones.

The next book club meeting is scheduled on April 5th at a place to be determined.

COVID-vaccinated AAUW Little Rock members are eligible and invited to participate. The Book Club meets at 12:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, October through May. They do not meet in January. Contact Diana Glaze, Book Club President, if you would like to attend the next meeting or join the book club.



Share your announcements, events, awards, pictures, greetings and activities with other members.  Send to Maria Jones by clicking here and she will add to the next newsletter.

Current AAUW Members Seeking Leadership Roles in our Community 

Ella Walker Roth 

AAUW member Ella Walker Roth, is running for the retired trustee position #9 on the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System Board. If you are a retired school employee and an Arkansas Teacher Retirement System pensioners you are an eligible voter.  Also, many AAUW members have retired family and friends who receive a pension check from the Arkansas Retirement System and will be eligible to vote in March, when ballots are mailed.  

Tara Shephard

AAUW member and past Board Secretary Tara Shephard is running for the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 79.

Senator Linda Chesterfield

AAUW member and Senator Linda Pondexter Chesterfield is running for the Arkansas Senate for District 12.

NOTE: AAUW does not endorse candidates for office and is nonpartisan. We do celebrate our members that seek leadership roles in our Community. If you have or are seeking a new leadership position (elected or otherwise) and would like to share this with your AAUW Little Rock Community, email Maria Jones for inclusion in a future AAUW LR Newsletter.

Stephannie Lane Baker, the new Executive Director of Emerge Arkansas, has requested that we share the following information with our members:

"If you already know of a progressive woman running for office in this 2022 cycle, we'd love to help them refine and turbocharge their campaign plan. We'll be holding a spring candidate training boot camp April 23 - May 1. You can find more information as well as the application link here. Space is limited and applications are due by March 15th."

To contact Stephannie directly, click here.

Equal Pay Day 2022 is March 15th

This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

AAUW believes that pay equity and equal employment opportunity are matters of simple fairness.

To see where AAUW stands on equal pay, quick facts, in-depth research, and a link to Work Start Salary Negotiation programs, click here.

The Induction Ceremony for the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame will be Wednesday, April 20th, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. It will be at the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center. Past AAUW State President Dr. Margaret Clark will be one of the inductees. AAUW Arkansas and Little Rock will have a table of 10. Tickets are $200.00 each and going fast. If you can buy a ticket and attend, please contact either Maria Jones, Zenobia Harris, or Felisha Perrodin now.

AAUW LR Members at 2018 WHoF Induction Ceremony (Photo credit: Amanda Potter Cole)

Evening of the Stars 2022
LRSD Volunteers in Pubic Schools

Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS) will hold its Evening of the Stars for the 2021-22 school year at a gathering at the Museum of Discovery on April 19. This program honors volunteers, LRSD staff members, organizations, and students who go above and beyond in service to the LRSD community.  To be successful, this program needs your nominations. If you know of a program or person or organization that should be recognized for their work this past year, please click here  to fill out the nomination form. Nominations are due by 5pm on March 15.

A big Thank You!! to Nell Matthews who has served as the AAUW Little Rock representative on the ViPs Board.



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