The Penobscot Valley Branch offers educational meetings which include information on women’s health issues, bullying in schools, voting rights, women in the legislature, and women in STEM fields. We also enjoy each other’s ideas and conversation at our luncheon, “pizza and politics” dinners, and annual meeting. Please visit the projects page for other activities and for national and local scholarship information.
Next Meeting: Saturday, March 24,11 AM to 2 PM Place: Dirigo Pines Inn, Kenduskeag Gathering Place. Program: “Making a Difference in Challenging Times.” Come hear presentations and meet several local activist groups. A light lunch will be served and the public is welcome. Find more details in the March “Branching Out.”
We’re trying different ideas to raise money for scholarships! Because the book sale, a successful fundraiser, has become difficult to accomplish, this year members will be receiving a fundraising letter with more information. The leadership team always welcomes input and ideas from members.
A Little Penobscot Valley History …
Originally called the University of Maine branch, our branch was founded in 1924. Many familiar with the University of Maine will recognize buildings named after these charter members: Dr. Caroline Colvin, Dr. Ava Chadbourne, and Dr. Edith Patch. Later, in the 90’s, we became the Penobscot Valley Branch. Our branch now includes members from Bangor, Belfast, Holden, Newburgh, Old Town, Orrington, Orono, and Topsham.
Special Recognition …
Maryann Hartman Awards:
Members Mary Cathcart, Ruth Lockhart, and Katherine Musgrave have received the Maryann Hartman Award at the University of Maine, These annual awards recognize women whose works inspire others and raise awareness of contemporary women’s accomplishments.
Maine Women’s Hall of Fame
Mary Cathcart, Katherine Musgrave, Sharon Barker, Ruth Lockhart, and Ann Schonberger are elected members of the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame.