Join AAUW for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” on March 15 & Help Support Our Branch Programs

Are you looking for an entertaining way to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon?

unsinkable.mollyWell, we have the answer: Come and bring your friends and family to see “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the lively musical of stage and screen fame featuring the adventures of that unique, spirited woman of the old west, Molly Brown. Runaway Stage is presenting this stage production, and we will have the entire house at the matinee performance on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. A wine and cheese reception during intermission is included in your ticket price. Tickets are $35 per person, $20 of which is tax-deductible.

This will be our major fundraising event for the AAUW Sacramento 2014-15 program year, so it’s critical that we sell as many tickets as possible.

As you may recall, three years ago we had a theatre party with Runaway Stage for a performance of a musical version of “Legally Blond,” and everyone enjoyed the event, so we are doing it again with this new production. Proceeds will benefit our local Scholarships, Tech Trek and Speech Trek projects, plus our national Funds programs.

As already stated, we need to sell this performance out in order to raise as much money as possible for our local programs. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to come, too. You can purchase tickets either by sending in the flier found here with your check or purchase tickets online using the Eventbrite program (click on the orange button below). This time we won’t be holding a silent auction or selling raffle tickets, so you will not be asked to pay for anything else beyond the tickets.

Eventbrite - The Unsinkable Molly Brown Theater Party & Fundraiser for AAUW Sacramento

We hope to see you there!


Announcement of Slate of Nominees for Board of Directors for 2015-2016

President:                           Nancy McCabe
President Elect:                 Unfilled at present
Program Director:            Linda Patterson
Membership Directors:  Linda Tinker, Shirley Wheeler
AAUW Funds Directors:  Donna Holmes, Marty McKnew
Finance Director:             May Ruth Lynch
Secretary:                          Unfilled at present


If you are interested in any of the open positions, please contact Molly Dugan at

President’s Message by Cherril Peabody

As I write this, it is February 15, and it is so nice to feel the warmth of the sun through the window. I know we need more rain, but I can’t help enjoying the sunshine! I hope you are, too.

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15

Since I became president, I have been inundated by a huge number of communications via email from both State and National AAUW. Although I have shared a few of them with you, I have restrained myself from having our wonderful email tree coordinator, Shari Beck, send all of them on to you, for which I’m sure you’re grateful. However, I do want to remind you that there’s a lot of good information on those websites. State and National AAUW are working tirelessly to keep women’s issues before the state and national government decision-makers and the public. I hope you will log on occasionally to see what’s happening. The website addresses are in the front of our membership directory. Do check out Capital Ideas next month for an article from our new public policy director about what our branch will be doing for Equal Pay Day in April.

I also want to remind you that while probably all of our members consider themselves feminists, they hold various views about other political issues. I ask you, therefore, to encourage different viewpoints be expressed during discussion of current topics as they come up in interest groups and as we socialize together. Even if we disagree about the best way to solve important problems in our society, we should be respectful of the opinions of others and recognize that we might actually gain new insights from listening to their ideas. I mention this in response to some comments mentioned to me by members. We want all our members to feel comfortable when they meet with other AAUW members.

I hope to see a lot of you at our Molly Brown fundraiser later this month.


Make Your Voices Heard

AAUW state and national elections coming this spring

Exercise your right to vote on AAUW’s bylaws, public policy program, and leadership.

National Voting opens April 15 and closes June 19.

Candidate profiles are available at (national) and (state).

The state voting period is April 18-May 8, 5 p.m.

Watch for future notices.


Meet Carolyn Martin, Part 2 by Linda Tinker

voteIn last month’s newsletter I interviewed Carolyn Martin about her experiences with AAUW in 1972-73 during her time as branch president.  I thought it would be interesting to ask her to tell us about what our branch was like in that time period.  Her answers were amazing.

In 1972-73, AAUW Sacramento had 1200 member and was the largest branch in the country.  It was the only branch in Sacramento at the time.  In order to become a member, an active member of the branch would come to your home and see your degree.  You had to have a 4-year college degree.

There were over 20 interest groups, and a babysitting co-op watched the children while their mothers attended meetings. There were study groups, and the members spoke to the media on their findings.  Some of the topics of study and discussion were  Women in TV (The findings showed that the only women on the nightly news were weather girls) and Gourmet Couples (The group Carolyn and her husband belonged to in 1972 still meets, although it is no longer affiliated with AAUW.)

Social events were huge, with 200 to 300 members in attendance. Like today,  some meetings included special speakers or luncheons prepared by the members.

AAUW’s  focus at that time was environmental policy, and members were active in testifying at board of supervisor meetings and before the state legislature.  Topics of study included land use planning, air quality control and education.  After attending these informative meetings and conducting research, members made public statements on the topics.

At the national level some of the study groups were foreign language study and women’s issues (Women had no credit history at that time. Everything was in the husband’s name.)

At the state level members discussed and debated main legislation, and study guides were produced.  Some of the topics were gun control and nuclear energy.  The interest topics were broader and often led to policy change such as ordinances and state laws.

At the national conferences voting was weighted, so with 1200 members Sacramento had 250 votes.  When they spoke, it was important.

I asked Carolyn why she dropped out of AAUW, and her answer was she wanted to concentrate her efforts on the Lung Association and the state tobacco control program.  AAUW shifted its focus from environmental topics to education, and Carolyn’s interests were elsewhere.

I asked why she has returned to AAUW, and she said, “I was attending the Past Presidents Luncheon and was inspired to rejoin and meet my old friends again.”

Be sure to say “hello” to Carolyn at the next meeting and question her about her experiences.  What a life she has lived.


Attend Authors Lunch and Participate in Voluntary Early AAUW Membership Renewal by Gloria Yost & Sharon Anderson

WHAT:                     AAUW Sacramento branch authors luncheon.

WHEN:                    Saturday, April 11, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:                 Plates Café & Catering, 14 Business Park Way, Sacramento, 95828.

The reservation form is now available here for the 2015 AAUW Sacramento branch’s authors luncheon.  Please get your reservations in early.  Let’s see which book group gets the highest percentage of members attending.  You can also register using online using Eventbrite. Click the orange button below:

Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento Author's Luncheon

Local author, Karen Levy, will discuss her memoir, My Father’s Gardens. She will be selling copies that day.  It is available at The Avid Reader in Davis and at Avid Reader Tower, as well as Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and through Homebound Publications.

While you enjoy this year’s authors luncheon, take a few minutes to renew your AAUW membership. Early membership renewal offers members an opportunity to complete their forms and submit payment all at one time. A special table will be set up with the renewal forms.

Please remember that the total renewal fee is now $85, up because of a $4 increase in the State’s portion of our fee. AAUW California has increased its fee for membership from $16 to $20. The increase was proposed by the AAUW CA and voted on and passed by the voting State members. Therefore, when you receive your renewal application from us in April, you will see a total fee of $85 for National, State, and the Sacramento Branch. For more information, search for “fees” on the State website:

This is the first state fee increase since 2004. AAUW CA has reduced costs in many ways, such as finding less expensive office space and holding some Board meetings by phone rather than in person. However, costs continue to rise while income from investments and membership has fallen.

If you have questions about membership renewal, please call Sharon Anderson at (916) 594-7650 or email her at



Speech Trek: And the Winners Are… by Liz Jordan

from left to right: Camrick Solorio - 10th grade, Laguna Creek HS - 3rd Place Johanna Martin - 12th grade, Elk Grove HS - 4th Place Kamra Newton - 12th grade, Monterey Trail HS - 2nd Place Ciera Miller - 12th grade, Elk Grove HS - First Place.

from left to right:
Camrick Solorio – 10th grade, Laguna Creek HS – 3rd Place
Johanna Martin – 12th grade, Elk Grove HS – 4th Place
Kamra Newton – 12th grade, Monterey Trail HS – 2nd Place
Ciera Miller – 12th grade, Elk Grove HS – First Place.

The Sacramento AAUW Branch hosted its eighth annual Speech Trek Contest on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Valley Hi-North Laguna Library Community Room.

Nine young people from five of the Elk Grove Unified School District secondary schools competed for place and prize money.   They were:

  • First Place – Ciera Miller – 12th Grade, Elk Grove HS Grade – $400
  • Second Place – Kamra Newton – 12th grade, Monterey Trail HS – $200
  • Third Place – Camrick Solorio – 10th grade, Laguna Creek HS – $100
  • Fourth Place – Johanna Martin – 12th Grade, Elk Grove HS – $50

The next step of the contest requires a DVD of the winning speech, filmed during the competition, to be entered by March 1 with the AAUW CA Speech Trek committee.  By March 10, they will have convened a group of judges to select the top five speeches from various California AAUW Branches.  The top three speakers will be invited to speak at the AAUW California Annual Meeting, April 18, 2015 at the Manhattan Beach Marriott.  There, students will compete for the First Place award of $1500.

MC Linda Patterson steered he program through each stage of competition. Our judges were all branch members who came to their judging tasks with many years of speech competition.  They were:

  • Ann Arneill-Py, PhD, retired CEO of CA Mental Health Planning Council
  • Virginia Kidd, Communications Professor Emeritus, CSUS
  • Jenny Woltz, Graduate Academic Advisor for Bellevue University

Jenny Woltz and Ann Arneill-Py are both new members and Dr. Kidd is a long-time branch member.

The Speech Trek Committee wants to thank all the members who attended to support the students and this outreach program.  Speech Trek , open to secondary student girls and boys, fosters the development of public speaking as an important life skill.

Board members attending were Cherril Peabody, President, Nancy McCabe, President-Elect and Gloria Yost, Program Director.  Anne Rhodes, Hospitality chair, and her committee furnished the muffins and sweet rolls that kept the audience, judges and competitors all refreshed.  Additional thanks to Kathy Papst who served as the Time Keeper.

This year’s Speech Trek committee was comprised this year of members Linda Patterson, Sherry Reser, Shari Beck, Liz Jordan and Ann Arneill-Py.

Preparations For Tech Trek 2015 Underway by Izzy Brookshire

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2015 marks Tech Trek’s 17th year and its second year as a nationwide program.

Tech Trek is an annual, weeklong camp for seventh-grade girls that focuses on fostering their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. The camps are held on college campuses across the United States and are organized and run by AAUW members. Every year, participating middle school science and math teachers nominate students they believe would benefit from this program. It is the job of a branch panel to interview and select campers to send to these camps.


This year, the AAUW Sacramento Branch will select six campers from two middle schools to attend the UC Davis Tech Trek Camp. The camp will be held July 5-11 and will host 88 campers from 19 AAUW branches. Campers will get to choose from core courses in genetics, engineering, anatomy/physiology, and architecture. The camp will also offer a core course in app development for the first time.

Co-Directors this year are Susan Wheeler (CHAR) and Dawna Hunter (Mariposa). They are working with an energetic team that has already recruited eight dorm moms and are on their way to conducting Junior Counselor/Senior Counselor interviews. Susan and Dawna are currently looking for publicity voluand welcome any members to participate. To get in touch with Susan regarding publicity for Tech Trek UC Davis, you can reach her at (916) 222-9299 or

As for our own Branch camper selections, volunteers are needed for the interview process, which is tentatively set for Saturday, March 28th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., location TBD. If you are interested in being a part of the interview process, or in getting involved in Tech Trek, please contact Izzy Brookshire at (916) 995-0046 or For more information on Tech Trek, including its history and success stories, you can visit


Join the Tea Party by Gloria Yost

Help celebrate Sacramento Branch’s 95th Anniversary

Experience a little Downton Abbey as we celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Sacramento Branch’s founding and install our 2015-2016 officers. Committee members are busy making preparations for a delightful afternoon experience. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, May 16 from 1 to 3 p.m., at Rancho Cordova City Hall. Plan to bring your favorite teacup along with its story.