Local woman to head CT Audubon board

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Connecticut Audubon Society have elected Southport resident Kathleen Van Der Aue, a retired lawyer, to head the organization’s Board of Directors. She becomes the eighth woman in the Connecticut Audubon’s 120-year history to hold that position.

At the Society’s annual meeting Oct. 20, members also elected Pamela Fraser-Abder, a leading science educator and Easton resident, as vice chair. Five new board members were also elected.

Although women’s leadership has been part of Connecticut Audubon since the beginning, it is the first time that women have held the top two governance posts concurrently. Connecticut Audubon itself was founded in 1898 by Mabel Osgood Wright, a prolific nature writer. Her Fairfield friend and neighbor Annie Burr Jennings was her patron and board chair.

Van Der Aue replaced Peter Kunkel as chair at the conclusion of his three-year term. The board is made up of volunteers recommended by committee and confirmed by a vote of Connecticut Audubon’s membership at the annual meeting.


Youth dance clinic Saturday

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Warde High School Dance Team is hosting a youth dance clinic for third- through eighth-graders on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon in the school’s Aux Gym.

No experience is necessary. The clinic costs $40 in advance or $45 at the door, and includes a dance team T-shirt.

Funds will go toward the dance team’s efforts to get to nationals in Florida. To register, email jkealey@fairfieldschools.org.