Annual Authors Luncheon on April 30, 2016 by Linda Patterson

“The Perils and Pleasures of a Writing Life”
Featuring Guest Speaker Marilyn Reynolds

April 30, 2016, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Frasinetti’s Winery and Restaurant
7395 Frasinetti Road, Sacramento

Wine Tasting & Check-in 11 AM – 11:30 AM
Lunch Served at 11:30 AM
$24.00 per person (additional service fee if registering online here with EventBrite).
Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento 2016 Authors Luncheon with Marilyn Reynolds

As an English teacher and reading specialist working with teens in crises at a southern California

Writer Marilyn Reynolds

Writer Marilyn Reynolds

alternative high school, Marilyn Reynolds had difficulty finding books that interested her at-risk students. Why not try writing something they might actually want to read? Her efforts ultimately led to the ten popular books of realistic teen fiction that now comprise the “True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High.” Reynolds is also the author of a book for educators, I Won’t Read and You Can’t Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers, which is based on her thirty years of classroom experiences. Her most recent book is a collection of essays, Over 70 and I Don’t Mean MPH. She remains actively involved with at-risk teens by writing with incarcerated youth, and through author visits with middle and high school students. She also provides teacher training workshops and is often a featured speaker at education-related conferences. Reynolds lives a quiet life in Sacramento, near the American River. She is currently at work on Til Death or Dementia Do Us Part, and also on Over 80 and I Don’t Mean MPH.

Buffet Lunch includes salad, chicken marsala, rigatoni pasta with red meat sauce, vegetarian penne pasta, seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, baguettes, rolls, coffee and tea.
Reserve online  via the orange “Register Now” button or by sending a check made out to AAUW Sacramento to Dawn Boyd.  Please contact her at for the address.

Reservations are due April 25, 2016


May Branch Meeting and WOW program to feature Mercy Ships Nurses by Linda Patterson


Our May Branch program will feature Katie Wolf, R.N., and Mollie Van Parys, R.N., two Sacramento nurses who will talk about their volunteer efforts with Mercy Ships in Madagascar. Mercy Ships is an international charity operating a hospital ship that provides free lifesaving surgeries for people who live in places where medical care is nearly non-existent.

In Madagascar, access to medical care is beyond the reach of many people. In addition to the high expense of medical care relative to the average Malagasy income, the prevalence of trained medical professionals remains extremely low. In 2010, Madagascar had an average of three hospital beds per 10,000 people and a total of 3,150 doctors, 5,661 nurses, 385 community health workers, 175 pharmacists and 57 dentists for a population of 22 million people.

Currently at port in Madagascar, Mercy Ships provides extensive surgeries, outpatient care, hospice services, and agricultural and healthcare education for the community.

Katie Wolf works as a Burn ICU nurse at the UC Davis Medical Center and volunteered as an ICU nurse on the ship in March-April 2015.  Mollie Van Parys is a Preop/PACU nurse with Greater Sacramento Surgery Center and volunteered as a PACU nurse on the ship in November-December 2015. Mollie and Katie will be discussing not only their volunteer experience but sharing some prominent issues for the women of Madagascar.

Come join us on May 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, to learn about Mercy Ships and Madagascar from these local nurses.

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Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento May Branch Meeting & WOW Presents Mercy Ships Nurses

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Also on the program is the Installation of the Sacramento Branch Board of Directors for 2016-17.

Exploring Our Interest Groups: Travel by Cherril Peabody

Travel is one of our newer interest groups, which started two years ago. Sandi Schoenman is chair of the group. They organize trips together and share information about other trips they have taken. They meet on the second Tuesday morning of the month.

travelRecently, five members of the group took a six-day trip to Los Angeles for a Road Scholar program, “Artist Collectors and Their Collections,” and Sandi reports that it was a great trip and very educational. This month, six members are going on a trip to Savannah, Charleston and Jekyll Island, again with Road Scholar. Five members are planning a trip to Seattle in September.

The group is still taking new members because the group is somewhat fluid with some members always away traveling. For more information, contact Sandi at

April President’s Message by Nancy McCabe

What a fantastic event our branch hosted for the community! Our Human Trafficking program drew more than 200 members and guests to learn about this horrendous community problem and what is being done to combat it.


The Human Trafficking Forum drew a packed house thanks to our work and our wonderful co-sponsors

Our moderator and first speaker was Jenny Williamson, the founder and executive director of Courage Worldwide. Their mission is to build homes for children who have been rescued from sex trafficking around the world. They have a home in the Lincoln area that has six beds, which is inadequate for the 400 referrals they have received from Northern California counties alone.

Jan Scully, former Sacramento District Attorney, is the director of the new Family justice Center, which will deal with all forms of domestic violence and abuse. She brought a wide range of knowledge, history and evolving thinking about trafficking.

Sonia Satchell, a deputy District Attorney, works in the trafficking unit with law enforcement to locate the victims, help them escape their trafficker and prosecute him or her. We learned that yes, traffickers can be women, too.


Speakers Jenny Williamson,  Jan Scully, Sonia Satchell and Holly Gibbs

Speakers Jenny Williamson,
Jan Scully, Sonia Satchell and Holly Gibbs

Holly Gibbs is a survivor and health educator with Dignity Health who has worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, among other venues. She has also written a book about how America’s youth are vulnerable to sex slavery.

The speakers were powerful in their knowledge and understanding of the issues. Those in attendance were moved by the impact of trafficking on our vulnerable youth and our community. Our branch was joined by 10 other organizations that co-sponsored this event and encouraged their membership to attend. We made valuable connections with several groups with whom we will collaborate on issues of mutual concern in the future.

If you missed this presentation, you missed seeing AAUW at its best. The program committee is to be commended for this outstanding program.

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Speech Trek 2016 Wrap Up by Elizabeth Jordan

Speech Trek

Speech Trek

Eleven talented Elk Grove Unified School District students competed in our ninth annual Speech Trek Competition on Feb. 20 at the Valley Hi-North Laguna Library. The topic for 2016 was What is gender bias and inequality? What is its impact on people? Why should organizations such as AAUW continue to work to change its practice?

Kathy Le, a freshman at Pleasant Grove High School, won the Sacramento Branch competition.  The video of her performance was then screened along with all other California Branch winners.  Unfortunately, this is where Kathy’s journey ended. California’s top three orators are Caitlyn Jordan from Roseville-South Placer Branch, Claire Gorham from Mariposa and Sharon Lu from Alhambra-San Gabriel Branch. Sam Reynolds of the Half Moon Bay Branch and Sabrina Fleming of the California Online Branch rounded out the top five.

If you missed Kathy’s inspirational speech, you can hear her April 30 at our Author’s Luncheon.

A giant thank you goes out to all of our generous donors who made this another successful year:  Ann Arneill-Py, Alice G. Bauer, Shari Beck, Jean Bonar, Jane Cooley, Vivian Counts, Cheryl Fuller, Joan Hammond, Elizabeth Jordan, Catherine Locke, Charlotte Luallin, Susana Mullen, Vicki L. Nicholson, Cherril Peabody, Bonnie Penix, Anne Rhodes, Hedda Smithson, Pamella Vaughn, Shirley Wheeler, Linda Whitney, Patricia Winkle, Sandra Winter, Sanaye Yokota, and Gloria Yost.

It’s Easy To Become a Two Minute Activist – Sign Up Today! by Cherril Peabody; Recruiting AAUW Presence for Equal Pay Day by Nancy McCabe

In our February issue of Capital Ideas we asked you to sign up for the Two Minute Activist program that two minute activistAAUW National sponsors to make it easy for us to respond to issues we support.  If you didn’t get around to it, here is the info again.  To register, do a Google search for AAUW Action Network, and the first listing will be for the Two Minute Activist.  Enter your info, and they will start sending you the emails.

The AAUW Public Policy Committee has set a goal of recruiting at least half of our members to participate in this program.  If you are already a Two Minute Activist or if you signed up as a result of this message or the February article, please contact Cherril Peabody at and let her know.  Thanks!

Calling All Available Members! Your Presence is Needed April 11 for Equal Pay Day! by Nancy McCabe

"Aunt Sam" needs you!

“Aunt Sam” needs you!

We need local AAUW members to attend a session of the California Assembly on Monday, April 11 as our AAUW Resolution on Equal Pay Day will be up for a vote. We need a large group to gain visibility for AAUW California. You will enjoy seeing how our state’s elected officials work. We are gathering at 12:30 p.m. outside the L Street entrance to the Capitol to go through security and be in place by 1:30 p.m. Email Nancy McCabe at ASAP if you can join us. It is painless and should be fun! Gathering for lunch beforehand is always an option!

AAUW Scholarships Awarded by Anna Storey

scholarshipThe AAUW Sacramento Scholarship Committee awarded $2,000 scholarships to three outstanding students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Maha Haidairi is a civil engineering student currently studying at Sacramento City College. She will be attending California State University, Sacramento in the fall.  In addition to her engineering studies, she has given many hours of her time volunteering both in her field of study and in the community.   Her goal is to become a civil engineer focusing on transportation so she can help improve California’s infrastructure.  And she hopes to show other women in the community that with determination one can succeed in any field. She has been awarded a branch scholarship.

Christina Ibarra is studying speech and language pathology at California State University, Sacramento. A single mother of two teenagers and the first in her family to attend college, Christina’s goal is to earn a master’s degree and work with special needs children.  Her academic career has been notable for her high achievement: she has consistently maintained a 4.0 cumulative average.  She has been awarded the Kit Mahnke Scholarship.

Brandi Veal is studying business administration at California State University, Sacramento.  She has maintained a 3.85 cumulative average at CSUS and is Vice President of Student United Way on campus. She is passionate about business and literacy and hopes to use her degree to work with libraries in order to create a rich learning environment for people of varying backgrounds. She has been awarded the Mary and Donn Random Memorial Scholarship.


Sexual Assault on College Campuses by Jessica Arauza

What Public Policy Is (and means to AAUW Members)

What Public Policy Is (and means to AAUW Members)

March concludes Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to rewriting women back into history and celebrating the innumerable contributions women have made to the country and world at large.  The month offers us both the opportunity to celebrate our strides and also assess how much further we have yet to go in achieving gender equity.

April marks the transition into Sexual Assault Awareness Month and enables us to engage in conversation on what superficially may seem like a simple topic of the gender equity scope: keeping women safe. Around 28 percent of women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students.  Laws such as Title IX, the Violence against Women Act and the Clery Act are some of the many public policies intended to hold college campuses accountable for making concrete efforts at ending sexual assault through education, empowerment and assistance of victims.

While these policies have undoubtedly resulted in tremendous changes and impact, strengthening sexual assault efforts also means advocating for more preventative measures through bystander intervention trainings and male ally groups on college campuses. Moreover, we need to be equally vested in training and educating law enforcement on how to properly address sexual assault cases and develop more streamlined measures to help victims who do not report directly to law enforcement. True gender equity will not prevail until we are able to find multifaceted and transformative solutions at institutional and societal levels to address violence against women.

Membership Matters by Shirley Wheeler & Pat Winkle; In Memoriam: Virginia Mueller by Cathy Locke

Membership Matters

membership benefitsPlease join us at the Author’s Luncheon on April 30, when we will acknowledge our 50 Year Honorary Lifetime Members. The women of our Branch who have achieved that status this year are JEAN BROWN, RUTH BURGESS, VIVIAN COUNTS, RUTH ANN HINES and BARBARA SMITH. Congratulations to each of you, and thank you for all you have contributed to AAUW!

On March 6, the Membership Committee hosted a meet-and-greet gathering for new members at the home of Gloria Yost. Approximately 10 new members were in attendance as well as seven longer tenured women. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet each other, share information about the Branch mission, and speak about the Scholarship Committee, Speech Trek, Tech Trek and WOW. Several of the new members have already been active in committees and interest groups. The gathering was so successful that members requested to hold another one in a few months.

Please welcome the following new AAUW members:

Lynn C. Anderson received her BA in English from the University of California, Davis. She was referred by Sharon Anderson. Lynn is a retired Policy Analyst with the State of California. She lives in Sacramento.

Karen Humphrey received her BA in humanities from the University of Southern California and her MA in public policy and women’s studies from California State University, Sacramento. Karen is

On March 6, Membership Hosted a New Member Social at Gloria Yost's

On March 6, Membership Hosted a New Member Social at Gloria Yost’s

a retired education administrator/elected official. She was referred by Pat Winkle and lives in Sacramento.

Ellynrose Sheehan received her AA from Rogue Community College in Medford, Oregon. She is currently attending Sacramento City College and plans to transfer to California State University, Sacramento and major in art history. Ellynrose lives in Sacramento.

Monique Stovall received her BS in dietetics from Prairie View A&M University in Texas and her MBA from California State University, Sacramento. Monique works full time as a dietician for San Juan School District. She was referred by Lisa Howard and lives in Sacramento.


Reminder: AAUW Dues Renewal Forms will be mailed mid-April. Please renew by June 1! Thank you.

In Memoriam: Virginia Mueller by Cathy Locke

Virginia Mueller, a 50-year AAUW member and longtime Sacramento attorney, died March 14 of pneumonia. She was 91.

Virginia began practicing law in 1946 and was hired as Sacramento County’s first female deputy district attorney in 1959. She later worked for the Legal Aid Society, serving as a defense attorney. She spent many years in independent practice, retiring in 2009. She is remembered as a mentor to generations of younger women entering the legal profession.

Family members plan to hold a celebration of her life at the family home in Sacramento, probably in June. Friends and colleagues will be invited to share their memories of her.