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 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.

Come Help Celebrate Women Making History this Wednesday on March 19, 2014

March is Women’s History Month

To celebrate this special month, AAUW Sacramento has put together a special panel of successful business women in the Sacramento area: Azizza Davis Goines, president and CEO of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, Pat Fong Kushida, president and CEO of the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, and Alice Perez, CEO and President of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce .  Our theme for March is “Celebrating Diversity.”  We honor this theme with  this special panel.

The cost is $15 per person and tickets are available via brown paper tickets here.

You  can also click on the flier link below.

Woen Making History Flier

Women at the top…why not?

Women At The Top

On Saturday, February 22, 2014 the AAUW Sacramento Annual Speech Trek Contest will be held at the Valley Hi Laguna North Library Community Room. The branch membership and the public are invited to attend this mission-based event, which begins at 9:30 when we ask all audience members to be in their seats.  The speakers are students from the Elk Grove Unified School District high schools, grades 9-12.

Students will have a 5-6 minute speech in which to examine the above question about circumstances that still limit so few women from leading our major corporations and public enterprises. After 50 years of the Women’s Movement, there are only 14% of private and governmental organizations led by women.  Yet, one billion women are expected to enter the global workplace in the next decade!  What creates a barrier to women leading these enterprises and becoming the decision-makers that effect so many? And how do young women break through the opportunity ceiling with the personal decisions they make while still in high school?  How do today’s young men create tomorrow’s solutions to breaking down these barriers?  When our society uses 100% of available human resources, can we create a dynamic future for everyone?

We know that all of our futures rest in the hands of today’s young women and men. Come listen to them talk about their ideas, opinions, and dreams.  It’s not just an outreach program event; it’s an opportunity to hear how breaking down barriers for women and girls happens; these speakers will tell us how do we get to the future from here.

For more information, please contact Liz Jordan,, (916) 354-9608; Shari Beck,, (9160451-5143.

Call for Candidates Night on January 16th, 2014

Please join your nominating committee at our “Call for Candidates” night.  

This is an excellent opportunity to meet current and past leaders of the branch that are willing to help you each step of the way in becoming a more active member of our branch by sharing their experiences . Join us and discover your potential and passion to make an impact on the future of AAUWSacramento and its Mission.
Where:  Arcade Library at 2443 Marconi Ave, Sacramento
When:  January 16 at 6:30 PM

Click here for applications and more information

Women in Engineering: A New Norm? A STEM Talk by AAUW Members in Engineering

Join us for a discussion panel with our own AAUW Women in Engineering, Sarah Bauer, Anne Lynch, and Marianne Rordan. The panel will be moderated by branch member, Lisa Howard.

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave. Sacramento
RSVP to Caroline West at or 916-5703649 by
January 12.


Sarah Bauer is a Senior Software Consultant at Computer Deductions in Orangevale, California and has eighteen years of experience in the architecture, design and development of computer software. Sarah studied Software Engineering at Ohio State University.


Marianne Rordan has worked in the defense and aerospace industry since 1988, starting out in design and transitioning to systems engineering and project management.  Marianne is currently an aerospace systems engineer at Aerojet Rocketdyne. She holds a BS from Bucknell University and a MS degree from the University of Arizona in Mechanical Engineering.


Anne Lynch is a senior project manager with CH2M HILL in Sacramento, CA. She specializes in flood management, recycled water, and water resources planning projects and is currently the PM supporting the California Department of Water Resources’ Statewide Flood Management Planning Program.  Anne earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma and a BS in Civil Engineering from Auburn University.


Moderator, Lisa Howard, is a senior consultant with Public Consulting Group, Technical Solutions and is currently working with the California Health Benefit Exchange to implement Covered California. Lisa earned her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from UC Davis.  The women will be sharing their experiences and career insights about opportunities for women in STEM fields.

Ring in the New Year with Happy Hour at Kupros Bistro! Wednesday, January 8th at 5 pm


Our next Happy Hour is at Kupros Bistro (  Kupros is in a converted craftsman house located at:

1217 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Be the first to bring a new prospective member to Happy Hourand earn $20 worth of food and drinks. As this is a public event, any new members may join that night for the reduced rate.  Everybody has some serious competition in SueAnn Freeman, our secretary.  She has recruited more members than anyone and gets there EARLY.  Be there at 5 pm, just in case.

Please RSVP to Angela Scarlett: or 916-612-8442 to give her an idea of how many will be attending.  Parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood on the street.