Celebrate the Season with AAUW Sacramento on December 13, 2014!


Hi all,

Our annual holiday luncheon is on December 13.  We will celebrate the season at Northridge Country Club.  The ARC flute quartet will be providing the entertainment, we will be collecting items for Oak Park Preschool in honor of Lois Graham.

  •  Meal choices are either Chicken Havarti Crepes or Mushroom Ravioli with Marinara Sauce (vegetarian)
  • A vegan option is available upon request
  • Each meal comes with a butter lettuce salad with gorgonzola, tomato, and balsamic vinagrette
  • Coffee, tea, and cookies are included
  • Cost is $26 per person
  • Parking is available
  • Reservations are due December 6
  • Click here to bring up the Eventbrite option or contact Dawn B. at darnone1@att.net or 925-321-9946 if you wish to send her a check directly.

AAUW Sacramento WOW Presents “Mississippi Then & Now”

We are very pleased to announce that on November 19th, 2014,  we will have a special WOW (“Women of the World) event at Robbie Waters Pocket Library at 7 pm.

Special guest Karen Duncanwood will recount her experiences as a participant during the Freedom of Summer in Mississippi.  RSVP Here via Eventbrite or download the PDF flyer here.

This event is open to the public and we welcome everyone.


Branch Showcase on Saturday, September 20th!

Please join us to:

  • Meet & greet members of the new AAUW Sac State Chapter of student affiliates.
  • Hear Eva Lee and Jessica Arauza share their experiences at 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).
  • Celebrate with our scholarship winners as they receive recognition.
  • Get in the know about all our branch activities and outreach programs.
  • Bring prospective members and introduce them to AAUW Sacramento.

Eva Lee is a current graduate student in the counseling program at Sacramento State. She received her Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in 2010 where she studied Human Development and Asian American studies.

Jessica Arauza is an undergraduate student at Sacramento State pursing her Bachelors in Mass Communications and Women’s Studies.  Her first encounter with AAUW was as a seventh grader, when she decided to attend Tech Trek.

Share your passion for AAUW mission by joining us on the 20th.

RSVP to Dawn Boyd, darnone1@att.net or 925-321-9946 or click on AAUW Sacramento Annual Branch Showcase powered by Eventbrite to RSVP online.

AAUW Sacramento Membership’s Five National Dues Winners

The Membership Co-Directors announced at the June board meeting that our branch earned five free national memberships this year under the Shape the Future campaign. Under the guidelines of recognizing individuals who contributed their time and resources to benefit the entire branch this past year, it was decided to award those free national memberships this year to the following branch members:

 Sharon Anderson, as Membership Treasurer, ensures we have an accurate branch directory, monitors updates, processes and connects our new members, and works with the branch Treasurer and National and State offices to timely handle all dues and paperwork. She puts a lot of effort into our renewal process, including organizing the mailing, and following up to ensure the branch submits its Dues Reports timely each year.

 Liz Jordan, as Fundraising Coordinator, contributed significantly toward the success of our “Pride and Prejudice” fundraiser last fall. Taking on that major event, especially given the short lead time, required a lot of coordination as well as her personal commitment of time and energies. We also recognize and appreciate the commitment she has made to our successful Speech Trek program.

Angela Scarlett, as Communications Coordinator, schedules and hosts the monthly Happy Hours, maintains our website, is part of the newsletter team, and publicizes branch events through social media. She also assists with e-mail blasts. These responsibilities connect our members to one another and promote AAUW in the broader community.

 Anne Rhodes, as Hospitality Coordinator, puts a lot of time and energy into soliciting refreshments and volunteers, and arriving early and staying late for every branch and WOW meeting. Her efforts provide a welcoming atmosphere for those meetings, which is so critical to the fellowship our branch offers.

 Ruth Werner, for several years, has consistently assisted Hospitality at the branch and WOW meetings. She has put a lot of time and energy into providing the refreshments, arriving early to set up, and staying late to clean up.

While we recognized and rewarded these women this year, we also know that it takes a team effort to promote the mission of AAUW and to keep our branch functioning well. Every branch member is a part of that team, and for that, we appreciate all that you do and we value your membership and contributions to our branch!

A big part of promoting the mission of AAUW is recruiting new members, and we were very successful at that this year. Our branch welcomed 44 new members, 30 of which were referred by our own members! Please see the separate listing in this newsletter, identifying our new members and their friends who recruited them. Thank you to these ambassadors for AAUW! Please look for our new members at our functions and introduce yourself! (They will have green dots on their name badges.) We had a recruitment incentive this year to award full membership for the upcoming year to one recruiter whose name would be drawn at a year-end drawing. The winner of that drawing at the May installation of officers meeting was Dee Brookshire. Congratulations, Dee!

We want to thank those of you who submitted your renewals timely this year (about 67% of you as of July) and also solicit your feedback on how we might improve that percentage in the coming year. We currently mail the renewal forms and put them on the website in late April and request response by June 1. Reminders are then sent via email and announced at meetings. The membership committee then has to follow up with everyone who doesn’t respond in order to get the reports to National by July 1. More importantly, this process helps us to retain our valuable members. So please keep all of this in mind next year when you get that renewal package in the mail. Please provide your suggestions for improving this process to Sharon Anderson.

Give a Grad a Gift: Following the college graduation season and your celebrations of that milestone with friends or family, we hope you will please consider this special opportunity. AAUW members can give a recent grad — a friend, daughter, son, mother, father, granddaughter, grandson, niece, or nephew — a free AAUW National and State membership within two years of graduation, at no cost to you or them! Your grad will receive a one-year member-at-large membership — a $65 value. They can join a branch at any time but will be responsible for paying branch dues. Please contact Membership Treasurer Sharon Anderson for application information.

AAUW Sacramento Branch Now Registered with Amazon Smile

American Association of University Women Sacramento branch is now registered with Amazon Smile. If you shop at Amazon, please register for our branch, and we will receive 0.05% of eligible purchases from Amazon. The money will go towards our Sacramento Branch 100th Anniversary Research and Project Grant. If you wonder what these grants do, a prime example is Tech Trek, which started from an R & P Grant. First go to:


Once you sign in, you will be asked to select your charity. Please select us:


PLEASE NOTE: Type our name in full – American Association of University Women – Sacramento

Amazon will give you the opportunity to save a new bookmark for Amazon Smile. We recommend you do that. If you log on normally at Amazon, the money will not go to us. If you want to enter the bookmark yourself, it is: https://smile.amazon.com

Thank you for your continued support, and please let all your friends and family know! Our President-Elect Nancy McCabe said it well: I belong to American Association of University Women, an organization dedicated to furthering education and other issues relating to women. We support scholarships as well as other issues of concern to women such as employment and healthcare. We have lobbyists on both the state and federal level.


Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew

Co-Directors – Funds

Message from Incoming President Cherril Peabody – 6/13/2014

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. In July we will embark on another AAUW Sacramento year of dynamic and thought-provoking programs, stimulating interest group activities and the wonderful camaraderie that pulls it all together. Our fantastic new board is already gearing up with planning for our fall Showcase, the kickoff for the 2014-15 program year. Save the date: Saturday, September 20, at the Arcade Library.

We hope to offer many programs and activities this year that will pique your interest and encourage your participation. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer and keep cool!

Cherril Peabody
Incoming President

May 22, 2014 Women Of the World: Women Warriors Speak Gallery

Member Spotlight: Mary Kight

Mary Served as Our Public Policy Director for the 2013-14 Year and Was Honored with other AAUW Sacramento Vets at Our May 22nd WOW Meeting for Her Military Service


Captain Kara Siepmann, retired General Mary Kight and Senior Master Sergeant Sandra Sainz

Captain Kara Siepmann, retired General Mary Kight and Senior Master Sergeant Sandra Sainz


Retired Major General Mary J. Kight has been a member of the AAUW Sacramento branch since 2011.

Mary J. Kight  began her military career when she was commissioned into the United States Air Force in February 1974.  “‘She began her career when only a small percentage of Air Force Officers were female and even smaller percentage of military officers were female. ”

“Her career included several firsts leading her to many interesting and challenging assignments which continued when she joined the National Guard.  In February 2010, General Kight was appointed to command the California National Guard as the 45th Adjutant General.  She became the first female Adjutant General of California’s National Guard and the first African-American woman to hold such a post across the Nation.  General Kight received several major awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal.”

(Quoted directly from her profile on the Shriver Report here.)

Mary has been involved with our Scholarship program and served the past year as our Public Policy director which included the Equal Pay Day program at Sac State, Sponsoring 3rd Annual South Bay Women’s Conference on March 8 in San Jose, where Lilly Ledbetter was a guest speaker, and submitting numerous articles to the Capital Ideas newsletter.

She was also recognized for her many years of military service during our May 22 Women of the World (as were several other branch members) meeting where military women currently serving spoke to the WOW audience.

Mary is in high demand as a speaker and has a wonderful down-to-earth speaking style.  We are very happy to have her as a member of our branch.



Calling All Communications Volunteers

Looking for a way to get more involved with AAUW Sacramento’s many activities? Only have a couple of hours a month to donate time? Well, we have the job for you!

AAUW Sacramento Communications team is looking to expand.  We are looking for:

  • enthusiastic writers
  • dedicated shutterbugs
  • social media mavens
  • publicity hounds
  • talented graphic artists
  • …and other media-minded AAUW members.

The team currently produces a monthly newsletter, manages a Facebook page and runs a Twitter account. We would love to have a larger pool of volunteers who are willing to support AAUW Communications endeavors.

Here are some examples of a upcoming communications need:

Photographing this month’s May 17 Meeting
Assisting AAUW Programming by writing press releases or designing flyers
Writing articles or helping produce the lovely newsletter you are reading today
Running our Twitter account by creating daily tweets and relevant hashtags
Creating content for our website
Finding good locations to advertise flyers

If any of this sounds intriguing, please contact Communications Director, Angela Scarlett, at angela.scarlett@gmail.com or at 916-612-8442

Meet artist Taylor Gutermute, Hear Our New Speech Trek winner, and See Installation of New Officers


Saturday, May 17, 2014,

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery & Mama Kim’s
1616 Del Paso Blvd. (near Del Paso & Arden Way)
Sacramento 95818

As we conclude our year of “Celebrating Women” and this month’s focus on women expressing creativity, we have the great privilege to hear award-winning artist Taylor Gutermute (a.k.a. Patty Taylor) share her personal and artistic journey as an arts educator and visual artist. She will relate pivotal moments with family, friends, and mentors as she weaves her story around “the events in our lives that bring us each to our personal uniqueness as creative women.” She will also share what inspires her work and how she produces her metal sculptures and monotypes.

Since 1992, she has had more than 45 exhibits in addition to corporate collections and public art commissions, including a Del Paso Streetscape sculpture just down the street from our meeting place. Gutermute holds a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Following our morning program hosted by the Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery, we will stroll across the breezeway to enjoy a buffet lunch at Mama Kim’s restaurant and install the 2014-15 Branch officers. We will also have the opportunity to hear from our Speech Trek winner, Jennifer Tang, and scholarship recipient, Brenda Calmelat.

Click here for the reservation form.

Reservations due May 9!!!!!!!!!!!

Buffet luncheon including salads, chicken, dessert, and beverages
Cost: $27
Make check payable to: AAUW Sacramento and send to:

Pat Winkle, 1408 Byrne Ct.
Folsom, CA 95630

The meeting is open to the public.