Annual Holiday Luncheon is on Saturday, December 10. Reservations Due December 3! by Donna Holmes

Happy Holidays ProPlease join us as we honor our 2016 Named Gift Honorees, learn about this year’s charity, Love-Talk-Read, a children’s book drive and literacy program (ages 1-13) and socialize with our branch members.

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Or, click here if you want to download and print the hardcopy form to pay by check. Make checks made out to AAUW Sacramento and send them to Dawn Boyd. Please contact her at for the address.

  • Music provided by the American River College Brass Quintet.
  • Please bring new or gently used children’s books for Love-Talk-Read.
  • REGISTRATION DUE December 3.
  • Menu Choice: Lasagna or Butternut squash ravioli (Vegetarian).
  • Lunch includes salad, bread, butter or garlic bread, coffee , tea, Iced tea and mini-desserts.
  • Vegan meal by request.
  • Parking is free.
  • No host full bar.

Are You Good to Go? Come to Special Meeting on February 4! by Linda Whitney

Get Organized

Get Organized

Let’s face it! Our lives are filled with paperwork, numbers, bank accounts, passwords, health and medical documents, property and insurance paperwork, as well as financial investments.

Most of us feel some concern about what would happen if we became ill and unable to make our own medical or financial decisions. We wonder how our loved ones will take care of things when we need help, or after we are gone.

This meeting will present a simple organizing system that you can use. There will also be an option of a two-hour follow-up workshop for those who would like some additional support on creating their Estate Organizer. Your loved ones will likely view this organizer as a small miracle – and a wonderful gift.

Consider the following questions:

  • How quickly can you locate your important documents and information in case of emergency?
  • Do you have to scramble to organize paperwork at tax time or when meeting with a new legal, financial or medical professional?
  • Would your loved ones know where to locate important information they might need in case of your incapacitation?

 Join AAUW member and presenter Karen O’Hara as she shares valuable tips at this AAUW special event on

  • Feb. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Road.

Karen has been organizing documents for others for more than 30 years. She has earned licenses as a real estate broker, insurance broker, and mortgage broker along with being a Certified Financial Planner.

IBC Luncheon Save the Date for January 28 by Cherril Peabody

 Save the date for our annual IBC AAUW Funds Luncheon! It’s scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28 at Plates, 14 Business Park Way, Bldg. 149, Sacramento. As always, the meeting will feature a delicious lunch and women speakers who have been awarded AAUW fellowships or grants who will talk about their work and their aspirations.

This is also a great opportunity to introduce young women in your family or among your acquaintances to AAUW, so do consider bringing a guest. You will also have the chance to meet members of other area branches and find out what they are doing.

Click here to print the flyer to sign up for this event. You won’t want to miss it. The Woodland branch will be accepting the reservations and lunch payments. The registration deadline is Jan. 18

AAUW CA Public Policy Priorities Due for Renewal by Charmen Goehring-Fox

What Public Policy Is (and means to AAUW Members)

What Public Policy Is (and means to AAUW Members)

Every two years, members of AAUW California have the opportunity to review the current Public Policy Action Priorities, suggest changes, and then vote on the revised platform. It is now that time. Please read through the 2015-2017 Priorities below and send any comments or suggestions to or as soon as possible

To achieve economic self-sufficiency for all women, AAUW California supports:

  • Pay equity, fairness in compensation, and economic justice.
  • Equitable access and advancement in employment, including vigorous enforcement of employment anti-discrimination statutes.
  • Strengthening retirement benefits and programs, including pension improvements and protecting Social Security from privatization or reduction in benefits.
  • Programs that provide women with education, training, and support for success in the work force.
  • Strengthening programs, including welfare and career and technical education, to improve post-secondary education access, career development, and earning potential.
  • Greater availability of and access to a high standard of benefits and policies that promote work-life balance.

To support a strong system of high quality public education, AAUW California advocates:

  • Adequate and equitable funding for high quality public education for all students.
  • Increased support for programs that break through barriers for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
  • Protection of programs that meet the needs of girls and women in all levels of education, including vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education.
  • Opposition to the use of public funds for nonpublic elementary and secondary education and for charter schools that do not adhere to the same civil rights and accountability standards as required of public schools.
  • Support and adequate funding for women and disadvantaged populations access to higher education, including two-year degree programs.

To guarantee equality, individual rights and social justice for a diverse society, AAUW California supports:

  • Choice in the determination of one’s reproductive life.
  • Freedom from violence and fear of violence, including bullying and sexual harassment, in homes, schools, workplaces, communities and the military.
  • Increased access to quality, affordable health care, and family planning services, including expansion of patient rights.
  • Strengthening California programs that improve the lives of children in families living at or below the poverty level.
  • Strengthening United Nations programs that address human rights and women’s and girls’ concerns.
  • Freedom in definition of family, and guarantee of civil rights in all family structures.
  • Vigorous protection of and full access to civil and constitutional rights.


MEMBERSHIP MATTERS by Shirley Wheeler and Pat Winkle

Please join us in welcoming our newest member.

SHARON FURTAK received her bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She received her master’s of science and Ph.D. from Yale University in behavioral neuroscience. Sharon is a full-time Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento. She will be our Sacramento Branch college representative/liaison to the campus student AAUW members. Sharon lives in Davis and is a current AAUW member of the Davis Branch.

Photo Challenge for Interest Groups by Cherril Peabody

Capture AAUW Moments!

Capture AAUW Moments!

Our interest groups have had a great year. They have visited a lot of dynamic art installations and galleries, walked to a lot of great lunches, played lots of fun games, eaten a lot of tasty dinners, read many thought-provoking and entertaining books, learned about policy issues around the world, planned interesting trips, watched sad and funny movies, and more.

The one thing that has been missing in many of our articles about the different interest groups and what they do is photographs. So now I challenge you: Take some photos of what you’re doing at your interest group meetings and send them to me to be published in the newsletter.

For your book group meeting, devise a tableau that would illustrate the book you are reading, or wear a hat or make a food dish and take a photo of it and send it to me. Find a graphic to go with a report of a particularly interesting book. Take a neat photo of a painting you all liked. Angela and Kim, our hard-working editors, will be thrilled! Thanks!

President’s Message by Nancy McCabe

President Nancy McCabe

President Nancy McCabe

On October 22, our board of directors and interested members attended a Strategic Planning session with Sandi Gabe and Dawn Johnson, both from AAUW California’s Leaders on Loan program. They are both state officers and leaders in their respective Mariposa branch. We spent time doing a SWOT analysis of our branch: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. While our branch concerns are important to our members, we were assured that we have a lot in common with other branches of our size.

We spent most of our time looking at concerns about the way we do business, and we received quality guidance about how to further our branch mission. We will be starting to formulate plans at our next board meeting and will continue working on this until we have completed our plans. Look forward to hearing about how you can help at your interest groups and upcoming meetings

You will probably notice that there is no branch program for November. As there is no program director, we are dependent upon groups or individuals to step forward to plan our monthly events. Our next event will be our Holiday Luncheon which was planned by our Funds Co-Director Donna Holmes. Look for reservation information in this newsletter. The January event is the IBC luncheon on January 28 which is sponsored by the Capitol Counties IBC. Cherril Peabody and I are your representatives to this group, so we have been involved in the planning. We hope to see you at these AAUW-sponsored luncheons.

To paraphrase John Kennedy, Ask not what AAUW can do for you. Ask what you can do for AAUW.


Love, Talk, Read by Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew

lovetalkreadAt the September Showcase, our second-year Kit Mahnke Scholarship winner, Christina Ibarra, introduced us to the nonprofit Love, Talk, Read. Christina, a Speech Pathology major at California State University, Sacramento, and the CSUS Speech Pathology & Audiology Department, are leading a major book drive for this program, which provides children’s book to low-income families.

Since our branch supports education and selects a local group to help at our holiday party, we have selected Love, Talk, Read and partnered with CSUS to collect books. This is a team trifecta: our branch, our university partner, and our scholarship winner. To learn more about Love, Talk, Read go to

We will have book collection boxes and flyers at our holiday luncheon, and Christina to tell us more about the program. Of course we will be happily collecting money for our own programs, as well: Funds, Speech Trek, Tech Trek and Scholarships!

Hope to see you on December 10th!

Donna & Marty

Interest Groups Updates By Cherril Peabody

Anne Rhodes & Lisa Carpenter at Halloween Scrabble

Anne Rhodes & Lisa Carpenter at Halloween Scrabble

The Showcase meeting was a big success. Members tell me they appreciated learning more about our outreach programs. They also enjoyed learning more from our guest speaker, Reva Wittenberg, about how the rising number of sexual assaults on college campuses and their effect on women students are being addressed. Many thanks are due to Sharon Norris and Jane Cooley who brought refreshments and to all the people who helped set up for the meeting or helped clean up afterward.

Quite a few women signed up to participate in interest groups, but it’s not too late to add your name to the list of one of the groups that is seeking more members. These are Board Games (day or evening), Couples Dining Out, Cultural History, Great Decisions III (day), Readers’ Theater, Scrabble Just for Fun and Walk-to-Lunch.  Three other groups have plenty of members but can take more because most members don’t attend on a regular basis, and they don’t meet in members’ homes.  They are Art and Architecture, Film Fans and Singles Dining Out. You can find descriptions of all of these groups in your 2016-17 Membership Directory and Handbook.

We tried to get several new interest groups going and had mixed results. Three of them – Charades, a couples dining group for Millennials and Gen Xers, and an additional evening Great Decisions group – did not make the cut. Opera Buffs and Women of the World had several sign-ups each, but none of the women who signed up expressed willingness to be the leader of either group, so these groups cannot proceed. The Opera Buffs group would attend Metropolitan Opera screenings together at local theaters, and the Women of the World group would hear presentations from women who have experienced other cultures.

If you are interested in participating in one of the interest groups that is accepting new members or if you might be willing to chair either the Opera Buffs or Women of the World groups, please contact me at or 916-973-0821.