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American Association of University Women
Lake/Sumter Branch, Inc.

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Our Branch Thanks Gold in Art Jewelers' Richie Kluesener

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Lake/Sumter Branch fulfills the educational dreams of college women in Lake and Sumter Counties. Since 1988 our Branch has awarded scholarships to 55 women to complete their baccalaureate degrees.

The generosity of Richie Kluesener (pictured left) of Gold in Art Jewelers is a major contributor to the Branch being able to fulfill these women’s dreams. Each year Richie donates a piece of jewelry for the Branch’s annual drawing. Proceeds from the drawing alone fund at least two individual scholarships.

Recently, several AAUW members (below right), many of whom were lucky enough to win a piece of exquisite jewelry in past drawings (below right), stopped in at Gold in Art in Lady Lake to personally thank Richie Kluesener for his part in fulfilling the educational dreams of these women. We presented a plaque to recognize his generosity and thank him for his support.

April General Meeting

Saturday, April 27

Allamanda Recreation Center

Villagers for Veterans will present a program on their work with women veterans experiencing homelessness. Ashley’s House, currently being built in Eustis, FL, will serve as a transition home for homeless women veterans. Currently 13% of the military consists of women who serve, giving rise to women veterans being among the veterans who are experiencing homelessness in large numbers. Ashley’s House will be a safe haven for these women veterans, the largest demographic in today’s military. Our April General Meeting is also our Branch's Annual Meeting, including election of officers for 2024-25.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and conversation.

Program starts at 10:00 a.m.

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Primary Election Workers

On Primary Day, March 19, AAUW had a team of volunteers work at the election precinct at Seabreeze Recreation Center. They earned $2,500 and the money will be used for Tech Trek, a STEM summer camp for local rising 8th grade girls

Scholarship Update

A total of nine young women from Beacon College and Lake Sumter State College have applied for an AAUW scholarship. Interviews for the candidates will be conducted during the month of April, and winners will be announced at our end of the year luncheon in May.

Tech Trek Update

Hooray! For Tech Trek 2024, 19 girls were nominated by their science and math teachers, 13 girls applied, ALL 13 girls were selected by our Branch, and State AAUW has notified ALL 13 girls that they are going to camp!

The schools that participated this year are Wildwood Middle High School, South Sumter Middle School, and The Villages Charter School at Buffalo Ridge and Middleton locations.

And thanks to generous members and sponsors like The Friends of The Villages Library (pictured below), The Evening Rotary Club, The Villages Pops, All One Family, Inc., the Baha'i faith, and neighbors and friends.

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