Greetings as we look forward to the holiday season! And best wishes to you, the health and well-being of our country, and the success of our newly-elected President and Vice-President. The results of the election will be remembered for many reasons, but among them is a record number of ballots cast at the polls and by mail. Even under stressful, unprecedented conditions, Americans have shown their ability to support and function as a democracy. We celebrate all of the great volunteers that sent texts, made phone calls, sent postcards, worked at the polling places, and did all they could through virtual means. There’s much work to do -- first and foremost, getting control of the pandemic and improving life especially for the adversely affected – their health, their economic security and mental spirit. We all need to focus on staying healthy by following guidance on hand-washing, distancing, and wearing a mask, remembering our vulnerabilities and those of others. We have great hope for a vaccine in the coming year and, being mindful of the other measures for safety, we’ll knock this!

We have much to be grateful for – in AAUW we’ve talked throughout this challenging year about relying on each other and enjoying the times we have had – even when it has had to be virtually. So let’s celebrate our friendship and be glad we belong to this great organization that promotes the advancement of women and girls and strives to make our world more equitable for all!

We have had a great array of speakers this year and we were privileged to have Dr. Richard Lewis, Jr., as our guest speaker on November 7th. Dr. Lewis spoke to us on America’s challenge in addressing inclusion and equality – all part of our theme of well-being for all. If you missed this presentation, you may view it on our website, where it has been posted.

I look forward to our “virtual gathering” on December 5th. Thanks to the fund-raising efforts of Ruth Lyle for another textbook scholarship drive to support young women. Make sure you purchase tickets before our December meeting when we draw for the winner of the gift card.

Peace and joy to you and your families – and don’t forget the fa-la-la-la-la!!

Looking forward to the coming year—

Cheryl Fuller
AAUW San Antonio President