Salisbury AAUW Holds Annual Brunch

Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell as speaker

Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell as speaker

Salisbury Mayor Pro Tem, Maggie Blackwell, was featured speaker at the Annual Brunch of the Salisbury Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  The brunch was held at the Salisbury Country Club on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Also in attendance were Sandra Sims-Campbell, candidate for Register of Deeds (Dem.) and Constance Johnson, candidate for N.C. State Senate District 34 (Dem.)

AAUW is a national non-partisan organization that addresses equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Livingstone College recently became an institutional affiliate of AAUW and was represented by Dr. Lea Vickers, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Kathryn Moland, Professor of Computer Information Systems.

Ms. Blackwell opened her presentation by referring to AAUW’s trail-blazing role for women.  In 1919 AAUW members raised $156,413 to buy one gram of radium for Marie Currie.  Her radium research led to a Nobel Prize in Science.  “In today’s dollars, that represents $2.2 million,” according to Blackwell.

 Blackwell’s talk on “Successful Women in a Male Dominated Industry” included a slide presentation with examples of her own life’s experiences in business and public service.  She shared several quotes from important women in her life, including “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission” from Eleanor Roosevelt, and “No one is ever worth losing your dignity” from Betty Azbell, Ms. Blackwell’s mother.

AAUW Salisbury Branch President Kathy Pulliam introduced Livingstone student Tonya Stewart as this year’s recipient of a $500 scholarship from the Branch to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, to be held in June at the University of Maryland.  Ms. Stewart is a Junior studying Computer Information Systems.

Founded in 1881, AAUW is one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls.  It’s most recent publication, “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap” is available for free through the Salisbury Branch.

For more information contact Kathy Pulliam,, 704-636-6082 or


March 13, 2014
Greetings Everyone,

We had the most informative meeting last night with the program being Girls on the Run. It was good to see some members back last night after absences and for those of you who were unable to attend, you were missed and we hope you will be able to return soon.
Our Annual Brunch will be next month and I need to get some information out to you concerning it. It will be held at the Salisbury Country Club on Saturday April 12th at 9:30 am. The cost of the meal is $18.00 per person and this does include gratuity. Kyndall Moore is lining up another informative program for us. We need your reservations and payments sent to Eileen Hanson-Kelly by Monday April 7, 2014, so she can call the Country Club with our totals. This is a great opportunity to invite guests to visit and learn about AAUW, so I hope you will think about that. Our hostesses will be Dr. Catrelia Hunter and Bonnie Hodges.
Please note the email address change of Dr. Patricia Trueblood, her new email is: Dr. Patricia Trueblood is now taking over our website so any information regarding Salisbury Branch AAUW can be sent to her for posting on the webpage.
I do look forward to seeing everyone in April.

2013 – 2014 Programs: Honoring Our Legacy – Forging Our Future

2013 – 2014 Programs:

Honoring Our Legacy – Forging Our Future

Our meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, September through June. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. West, Salisbury.  Please check in at the welcome desk with YMCA personnel on arrival.

Rescheduled due to weather

Thursday, February 13 March 13, 2014,  AAUW Lecture Series, 6:30 – 7:30 pm - “Girls on the Run” by Tanya Kummerow, Council Director, Iredell and Rowan County Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is a nonprofit prevention program for girls in the 3rd through the 8th grade, with over 200 councils in the United States and Canada.  Each council is committed to the mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education. Free.  Held at the J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. West, Salisbury.  Please check in at the welcome desk with YMCA personnel on arrival.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 TBA,  AAUW Lecture Series, 6:30 – 7:30 pm - ”Crossing the Line – Sexual Harassment in Schools” . Free.  Held at the J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. West, Salisbury.  Please check in at the welcome desk with YMCA personnel on arrival.

Saturday, April 12, 2014,  AAUW Annual Brunch, 9:30 – 11:00 am - ”Successful Women in a Male Dominated Industry” . Advance registration required.  Held at the Salisbury Country Club.

Thursday, May 8, 2014,  AAUW Annual Business Meeting, 6:30 pm -  Held at the J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. West, Salisbury.  Please check in at the welcome desk with YMCA personnel on arrival.

Thursday, June 12, 2014,  AAUW Annual Picnic, 6:30 pm. Advance registration required.  Held at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Picnic Shelter.

Rowan Women in Leadership Discuss: “The Most Significant Event in My Professional Career”

The program was a great success! Look for a write up shortly…

AAUW-eventbrite-graphicListen to a panel of prominent female community leaders speak on the most significant event of their professional lives.

Panelists will come from government, non-profit and business sectors to provide a wide range of information about making it as a professional female. Following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with panelists individually and ask questions. Light refreshments will be provided by AAUW Salisbury.

Program Details:

Who: Program is geared towards high school & college, girls and women who are interested in hearing from strong female community and business leaders.
What: A panel of female community and business leaders will answer the question “What is the most significant event of my professional career?”, after which attendees will be able to network and discuss with panelists. Refreshments will be provided.
When: March 14, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: RCCC Salisbury Campus, Room 251 A & B
Speakers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Maggie Blackwell (Government & Community, City Council Member)
  • Carol Spalding (Education, RCCC President)
  • Mary Ponds (Government, Mayor Granite Quarry)
  • Kyna Foster (Non-Profit, Rowan Helping Ministries ED)
  • Starling Johnson (Business, Johnson Concrete)
  • Carol Hallman (Pastor 1st United Church of Christ)
  • Maia Smith (Business, Maia’s Fashions)

This event is sponsored by AAUW Salisbury and RCCC.

In addition we will be raffling two memberships to AAUW Salisbury, and anyone who joins AAUW after attending this event will get a huge discount on their membership fees.