Welcome to the West Harris County (TX) Branch of the American Association of University Women

Texas AAUW Membership Flyer
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November 18, at 9:30 a.m.
Anne Sung, Policy Director, Harris County Precinct 4

Anne will give us an overall picture of the work carried out at Harris County Precinct 4. She will explain how they develop proposals that help create a more equitable, sustainable, and brighter future for Harris County.  From improving legal defense within our criminal justice system to creating programs for direct COVID relief for families, they put forward new ideas at every Harris County Commissioners Court to improve the quality of life for Harris County residents.

Lilian Care, Vice President  for Program

Most people don’t know that Texas teachers are not able to draw their spouse’s Social Security or all of their own just because they taught in Texas. Also, they don’t know that when a teacher retires, they do not receive a cost-of-living raise like those who draw Social Security, so this is important for us. Please vote. Retired Texas teachers could use your help!! This is important! Please share.

Prop 9 Vote YES!

*****Texas Voters: In November, there will be 14 propositions on the ballot. PROP 9 authorizes a cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment for some of the Teacher Retirement System annuitants. The monies to provide for this small COLA will NOT COST THE TAXPAYERS ANYTHING! The funds are ALREADY IN the TRS Account. We just need everyone in Texas to vote YES in order for the legislature to release the funds. The annuitants who will receive these funds have not had ANY increase in 20+ years.

Please spread the word to all your family and friends. Tell them to VOTE YES for Prop 9!!! Retired teachers deserve this Cost-of-living adjustment!!!

Introduction Video

Legacy Circle

Ever since working on 5 Star Recognition for our branch last year, I have been very curious as to what was involved regarding becoming a Legacy Circle contributor. Legacy Circle has come up again in the next generation of 5 Star. My quest was to find the easiest way to set up a Legacy Circle bequest and then encourage other branch members to look into doing the same thing.  Legacy Circle funds promote equity and benefit women and girls in the future.

My first step was to check out AAUW National’s website and then contact a representative of Legacy Circle. I did not want to set up a trust, change my will, or affect any other retirement programs I already had in place. I found out all I had to do was set up a savings account at my bank naming AAUW as the Paid-on Death (POD) beneficiary.  You don’t need to open the account with thousands of dollars, a few hundred will do! Most banks want a minimum of $200.00 to open an account. Then, over time, you can add funds as you wish. Even after setting up the account, if you need to withdraw any money in the future, you can do that!  Not my intention, but good to know I have that flexibility. Once you have opened the account, you fill out a simple form called Legacy Circle Enrollment Form and forward it to AAUW National.  That form can be found on the national website.  AAUW Leave a Legacy

If anyone would like to know more, feel free to contact me.  I want to encourage other WHC members to participate in Legacy Circle now and in the years to come.

Rose Ennis
Past President, WHC

Member News Notification

Please send Becky French (bfrench1@flash.net), Corresponding Secretary, any news about our members they give you permission to share.

This year we are sending digital birthday cards to all members for whom we have dates, so if you’ve had a birthday since mid-July, please check your email inbox for a card. We hope you enjoy them.

 Becky French
Corresponding Secretary

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