York Branch celebrates its fiftieth year on April 1. This undated photo shows the “Founding Mothers” of the Branch. The caption states they are, “from left, seated Mrs. Daniel C. Witmer, president, Mrs. Charles Briddell, secretary, and Mrs. Eugene P. O’Brien, treasurer, and standing Harriet Fitzkee, first vice president and Mrs. Dale D. Shaffer, second vice president.” They are planning programs for 1972-1973. The September speaker was Mary Purcell, second vice president of the Middle Atlantic Region of AAAUW, later to become national president.
Fifty years are something to celebrate! We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships, served the community through numerous community projects, lobbied the State Legislature and United States Congress for equal pay and equal rights, made life-long friendships, experienced new things and had a lot of fun!
We will celebrate our Fiftieth Anniversary on May 10. Several of our “Founding Mothers” will share their memories of York Branch AAUW – the successes, the challenges and the adventures of the earliest years of the Branch.