Oct. 15 - Dec. 7: Medicare open enrollment around the corner - Whether qualifying for the first time or changing plans, the open enrollment period began Oct. 15. Open enrollment ends Dec. 7. “People’s health and financial status can change over the course of a year. At the same time, plans can change what they will cover and also adjust the cost to the beneficiary. This is an important time of year for older adults to review their plans ... to ensure they are getting the best deal for themselves,” said New York State Office for the Aging’s acting director Greg Olsen, in a public statement. “Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program counselors at each local office for the aging can provide older New Yorkers with the information needed to make an informed choice.”

November 2017 - Native American History Month

Nov. 1 – Dec. 15 (Jan. 30, 2017 in NYS!): Enrollment for the 2018 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) starts on November 1 and ends on December 15. If you need to sign up or change policies, this is the time to do it. The open enrollment period for New York’s State of Health insurance exchange will stretch from Nov. 1 through the end of January, officials said. Because New York runs its own insurance exchange, however, it can set its own deadlines. "Our goal is to ensure that consumers have adequate time to shop for and enroll in the health plan that is best for their family," said State of Health Executive Director, Donna Frescatore. “New York is more committed than ever to ensuring that core protections of the Affordable Care Act remain intact," she added.

November 11-19: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.

November 13-17: National Education Week

November 17-27: House recess (district work period)

November 20-24: Senate recess (state work period)

November 23: Thanksgiving

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 28: AAUW’s first organizational meeting held in 1881

Nov. 28 - 29: “Triumph of the Micro-Monsters: How Parasites Shape Our Natural World.” Clarkson Biology Prof. Andrew David will describe how beautiful and biologically intriguing parasites are, and present some of his work the creatures in Africa and the Adirondacks. Science Café at 7:15 pm on Tuesdays in the Rushton Conference Room at the Best Western University Inn, Canton; repeat at 7:15 pm on Wednesdays at Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. Potsdam.

December 2017

December 4-10: Computer Science Education Week

December 10: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) first introduced in U.S. Senate in 1923

December 13: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) first introduced in U.S. House in 1923

December 15: 115th Congress target adjournment


January 2018: AAUW Branch Board meeting. All members are welcome.

April 20 - 22, 2018: AAUW New York State Convention 2018 - MOVING ONWARD: EMPOWERING WOMEN and the Radisson Hotel in Corning, NY

Contact the Branch Program VP, JoAnn Rogers, for more information about any of these events.

The National Women's Hall of Fame has announced 10 new inductees for 2017.

The full list is:

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