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THE BRADFORD BRANCH of the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN met on Saturday April 9 at the Church of the Nazarene.

After welcoming members and guests, Madeline Miles, Vice President of Programs, introduced Isabelle Champlin, who taught archeology and anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford.

Over the years, Champlin has traveled the world to explore his passion for archaeology. In 2019, she participated in an archaeological field project on Easter Island, a territory of Chile located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is home to hundreds of enigmatic massive stone statues of human figures that have watched over the island landscape for hundreds of years. Champlin spoke about the myths, theories and current research regarding the meaning of these iconic statues and the people who inhabited this mysterious and isolated island.

President Holly Spittler opened the business portion of the general meeting by thanking the welcoming committee of Samila Sosic, Julie Stacey and Nancy Dryden. A motion to accept the slate of officers as presented by the nominating committee was carried unanimously. Officers will be installed at the annual banquet in May and will include President Patricia Stromberg; recording secretary Nancy Dryden; Assistant Treasurer Susan Hughes; and program vice president Madeline Miles. Faye Parisella will serve as corresponding secretary and look after Sunshine and Memorials for the coming year.

Terri Leven reminded members that the date for the annual banquet is Saturday, May 14 at 11:30 am Cheryl Lutz thanked members for their generous donations of personal items, non-perishable food and money for the Bradford YWCA. It has been decided that the AAUW will continue its fundraising efforts for the people of Ukraine by making and selling handmade blue and yellow dish towels.

In other announcements, Spittler mentioned that Sosic’s exhibit titled “Birds” will run April 16-May 14 at the Tri-County Arts Council Gallery in Olean, NY Sosic teaches art at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford and is a member of the AAUW. Marie Troskosky encouraged members to take advantage of the wide variety of adult programs at the Bradford Area Public Library.

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THE BRADFORD AREA HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION held its March meeting at the Model T Inn with 23 members in attendance to discuss the 2022 Membership Drive and annual scholarship program.

It was reported that 2022 membership renewals and donations are going well with year-to-date levels in line with 2021. Additionally, BAHS seniors have started collecting scholarship application forms at complete and return to their school guidance office by mid-April. The association’s selection committee will review scholarship applications received during the first two weeks of May. This year’s committee members have been named and the group has voted to increase the scholarship amounts for 2022.

Planning for the annual lunch with seniors selected for an Alumni Award has taken place with the date set for Thursday June 9 at the Bradford Club.

The next meeting of the BAHS Alumni Association is scheduled for Thursday 28 April when possible summer activities will be discussed.