AAUW plans to meet Jan. 23

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Branch of American Association of University Women will meet Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain.

The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and a soup and salad dinner will begin at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. and will feature Marlene Mottes speaking on “human trafficking.”

Mottes is a victim advocate for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan in Marquette. She will address both sex and labor trafficking in the United States. Information about the U.P. Human Trafficking Task Force will be shared, as well as current Michigan cases her office has prosecuted.

Area women are invited to attend this meeting. Reservations are needed no later than Monday, Jan. 15, for those who want to attend. Reservations may be made by contacting Jan Van Gasse, branch co-president, by email at janicevangasse@gmail.com or by cell phone at 906-396-2747. Those interested in joining the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Branch of AAUW also can contact Van Gasse for more information.

AAUW is a nationally recognized, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that strives to promote equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Branch of AAUW supports this mission by providing scholarships for area women to attend a two- or four-year college or university of their choice. They also advance equity for women and girls through mission-based programs, the Speech Trek competition, an annual book sale, candidates’ forums, College Night, voter registration drive and Start Smart workshop.