April 2022 AAUW Little Rock, Inc. News
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Membership Meet and Greet

Saturday, April 9
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CALS Adolphine Fletcher Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock

Drop by the Terry Library for a lunch snack and friendly faces! Members and prospective members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Little Rock are gathering in person for the first time since Feb. 2020. We will have light lunch pick-up food, door prizes, and half-price Shape-the-Future National memberships for new members or those whose memberships have lapsed two years or more.

There will be informational materials about AAUW and AAUW Little Rock. Did you know that Adolphine Fletcher Terry was one of the founding members of AAUW Little Rock? Did you know that AAUW Little Rock is a founding member of the Little Rock School District’s Volunteers In Public Schools organization? Come learn more about what the Little Rock Branch has accomplished and is working on now.

The public is invited. Each one bring one: Members are encouraged to bring a prospective new member with them.

Although an associate degree or more is required for National membership, AAUW Little Rock includes and welcomes all people interested in our activities and communications.

NOTE: Membership renewals, which usually start March 15, are not yet available due to the new National database start up.  Please do not attempt to renew your 2022-2023 dues until you hear that the new system is ready to accept them. 

Announcing Nominations for Branch Officers


The following members have been nominated for branch officer positions for terms beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2024. Members will vote on the nominees at the May 14th Annual Meeting.

Co-President - Dr. Mary McGehee

Dr. McGehee is currently the Branch Vice President for Membership, elected to this position last year. She has been a member of AAUW Little Rock since 2016. She is retired from the Arkansas Department of Health's Center for Health Statistics where she was the Section Chief of the Survey Unit. She also served as a Certified Advanced Facilitator for sociology and psychology courses. She is currently assisting the ADH Office of Health Equity with COVID-19 outreach activities.

Dr. Zenobia Harris will continue as Co-President of the Branch.

Co-Vice Presidents for Membership - Dr. Lottie Adams and Maureen Terrafranca

Dr. Lottie Adams (left) and Maureen Terrafranca (right) have agreed to be nominated for the vacancy created by Dr. McGehee's ascension to Co-President of the Branch.

Dr. Adams is a retired registered nurse and administrator for the Arkansas Department of Health. She has also worked as an adjunct professor for Embry-Riddle, Strayer and Webster Universities. A member of AAUW Little Rock since 2010, she has served as the Branch Vice President for Membership as well as the AAUW Arkansas State Vice President for Membership.

Maureen Terrafranca is a retired educator who moved to Arkansas from New Jersey to be near family.  Her teaching credentials include a special education certification. She has a Master's Degree in Literacy and served as an adjunct professor for Arkansas State University.  She has been a member of the Branch since 2009, serving as Branch Vice President for Programs and as Branch President.  

Finance Officer - Nell Matthews

Nell Matthews is a retired Research Associate in biomedical research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. You may not know that one of the projects she participated in (prions) won a Nobel Prize! She has been a member of AAUW Little Rock since 2012, serving as Branch Treasurer since 2015. She is currently also serving as the AAUW Arkansas Finance Officer/Treasurer. Ms. Matthews represents AAUW Little Rock on the Volunteers in Public Schools Board. She has agreed to continue the Finance Officer position for another term.

Vice President for Programs - Nominations Open

Nominations are still open for the Vice President for Programs.

Appreciation to Nominations Committee members, Lula Brooks and June Lloyd, who recruited the new branch officers.  Please contact them if you are interested in the Vice President for Programs position.




Regular meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month and begin at 11am.

April 9 - Membership Event,  Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley Dr., Little Rock

May 14 - Annual Meeting (Location to be determined)

May 21 - AAUW Arkansas State Convention: Eye on the Future (Virtual Meeting)



The AAUW Tuesday Afternoon Book Club held their March meeting in Maria Jones' home. She also provided a book review of A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas by Kelly Houston Jones. Two new book club members were welcomed, Mary Robertson and Gloria Bastidas.

The next book club meeting is scheduled on April 5th at 12:30 p.m. in the home of Alice Stuff. She will also provide the book review.

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.

AAUW Arkansas State Convention 

Theme:  Eye on the Future


Virtual and Free!

Saturday, May 21st

9 a.m. - Noon

Watch for program information and the registration link from AAUW Arkansas in your email and/or on Facebook.

AAUW Members Recognized

AAUW Members Mary Louise Williams and Senator Linda Chesterfield were honored as "Difference Makers" on KATV in February and March.  Click here to see the feature about Ms. Williams and click here to see how Senator Chesterfield continues her fight for equality.


AAUW Member Tara Shephard was recently celebrated by Delta Dental with their Community Hero Award.


AAUW Members Addressing Period Poverty

Maureen Terrafranca and Lottie Adams were so inspired by AAUW Program Speaker Janai Taylor Harris (More Chances, Period) on Period Poverty in Arkansas, they contacted the Jacksonville School District offering assistance with donations of feminine hygiene products. They delivered several large bags of products they collected during February and March by shopping local sales. Janai also has offered to add the Jacksonville school district to her list of schools her organization is supporting.

Branch members also donated feminine hygiene products to the More Chances, Period Spring Break Drive and to the Philander Smith College "Pad Drive" (below) led by Representatives Denise Ennett and Jamie Scott.

Date: Tuesday, April 5th
Time: 6:00pm CST
Location: Zoom - RSVP HERE

Judicial Forum
JEOPARDY-Style Format to Keep Folks Engaged
Candidates will gather in-person and be broadcast live from the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law
You'll be able to watch live online by registering for Zoom or watching Facebook Live via Harold Flowers Law Society's page (we'll also share thru Indivisible's Facebook page). You can submit questions for the Q&A section via Zoom chat or Facebook comments.
Early voting begins Monday, May 9.
Final day to vote, on Election Day, May 24.

One seat left - if you are interested, contact Nell Matthews.

The Induction Ceremony for the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame will be 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 would like to have a table of 10. Tickets are $200.00 each.

AAUW Little Rock Branch




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