On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the American Association of University of Women presented its 2012 Good Guy of the Year Award to our Chief of Juvenile Probation Tommy Ramirez Jr. The annual awards banquet was held at the Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club Convention Center located in Rancho Viejo.
The AAUW luncheon recognizes one woman (Woman of the Year) and one man (Good Guy Award) in the community who have made a difference with the advancement of women. This year’s awards went to Elka Jaross who, along with supporting the arts, Girl Scouts and education, was the founder of Kenmont Montessorri School. Tommy Ramirez received the Good Guy Award as his philosophy coincides with AAUW’s in such areas as support for women’s equity, professional mentoring and advancement of women.
AAUW raises money for scholarships to local girls graduating from public schools in Cameron and Willacy counties to attend the university of their choice.
The American Association of University Women is the largest, oldest U.S. organization working for the advancement of women and girls, life-long education, and positive societal change. The Association has more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 550 college/university institution partners nationwide.
Since its founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day, educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s work extends globally through its international connections and membership in the International Federation of University Women.
The President of the Harlingen branch of the AAUW is Nancy Franz. Head of Programs is Elka Jaross with Jill Graves, Membership, Rosemarie Herrmann, Treasurer, Migdalia Lopez, Public Policy, and Nadine Woodall, Communications. Dorothy Boven was coordinator for the luncheon.