Attend AAUW Sacramento’s Yearly Branch Showcase on Sept. 19, 2015

Save the Date!

For the Sacramento Branch Showcase of Programs and Interest Groups

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 9 AM – 11:30 AM

Rancho Cordova Library

9845 Folsom Blvd. (cross street is Paseo Rio Way) near Bradshaw Road and Hwy 50



  • Learn about upcoming Branch activities at the first Branch Meeting of the 2015-16 year
  • Meet the new Sacramento Branch Scholarship Winners
  • Reconnect with other Branch members
  • Welcome New Branch Members
  • Hear Special Guest Sue Miller, Public Policy Chair, AAUW California, discuss the Stronger California network, AAUW’s support for Planned Parenthood, and the status of AAUW supported legislation including;
  • SB 3 to raise the minimum wage in California,
    • SB 358 which prohibits employers from paying any employees less than wages paid to the opposite sex for similar work,
    • ACR 50, the Equal Pay Day


Secure your spot at this important meeting now by registering  for free right here on Eventbrite .  Any member can register for multiple folks (in case you want to bring a guest).  If you have any questions, contact Dawn Arnone Boyd, our AAUW Branch Registrar at


See you there!


Hmong Women and Cultural Clashes: Past, Present and Future: A WOW talk with May Ying Ly on August 25

When:  August 25 at 7 p.m.

Where: Arden-Dimick Library meeting room, 891 Watt Ave. Sacramento
How: RSVP for free via Eventbrite
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May Ying Ly

May Ying Ly

On August 25 Women of the World will be hosting at Arden-Dimick Library a presentation by May Ying Ly, the executive director of the Southeast Asian Assistance Center (SAAC).  SAAC is a non-profit organization that provides culturally and linguistically responsive services to connect limited English proficient individuals and their families to vital resources that promotes health and well- being.
Ms. Ly’s previous experience has included being the founding executive director of the Hmong Women’s Heritage Association (HWHA), which serves Hmong women and their families through a myriad of health and educational programs that promotes wellness, both physical and mental.  Ms. Ly is a social worker by training with an MSW from California State University at Sacramento, and is a current PhD student at the UC Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Health Care Leadership program. Additionally, she has traveled extensively back to Laos and Thailand for humanitarian missions and to research the history of Hmong nurses during the Secret War, some of which will be addressed by Ms Ly in her presentation on August 25th.

Ms Ly’s talk titled, “Hmong Women and Cultural Clashes:  Past, Present and Future,” will tell a brief history of the Hmong-Americans within our community, particularly the challenges faced by the Hmong women. A Hmong proverb, “Nine stars does not shine as bright as one sun, nine daughters is not worth as much as one son,” highlights the cultural hurdles women in the Hmong community face. Yet, Ms Ly works with these women to enlighten them as to their potential in their cultural community, and the Sacramento community, at large.

For May Ying Ly efforts with the Hmong refugees, In 2005 Ms Ly received from Hon. Doris Matsui, Congressional recognition for having been chosen as one of 10 recipients, out of 700 candidates, for a Robert Wood Johnson award for Community Health Leadership Program to continue her work with the Hmong refugees.

WOW July 22nd, 7 p.m. at Belle Cooledge Library

What Questions Would You Have About Teaching in Saudi Arabia?

  • Was there a reason to worry about being being a female American in Saudi Arabia?
  • Was wearing a hijab uncomfortable?
  • Did it feel demeaning to have a prescribed mode of dress?
  • How did the young women you taught feel about any of these questions?
  • Did you have discussions about “arranged marriages?”
  • Did your students show curiosity about the United States?
  • Were your students aware Americans perceive that Saudi women live a very restrictive life? Did any of them feel that they do?
  • What motivates them to seek higher education? Do they feel that they will be able to work in their chosen field after they return to Saudi Arabia?

If you had wondered about any of these questions, or have others of your own, come to listen to Karen Williams discuss her experiences teaching in Saudi Arabia. She will be addressing us on July 22nd, at 7 PM, in the Belle Cooledge Library Meeting Room, 5600 S. Land Park Drive.

Please email Anne Rhodes at if you plan to attend.

July 2015 Wow Picture

Financial Literacy Workshop Coming Up on June 24!

financial literacyJust what are local high school students and our Tech Trekkers being taught about financial literacy? Come and find out. We have a chance to preview a PowerPoint version of the financial literacy simulation program, Mad City Money, which SAFE Credit Union plans to present to local schools next year. At the same time we will be helping the credit union presenters troubleshoot this new program.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

7 p.m.

SAFE Credit Union Corporate Offices

2295 Iron Point Road, Suite 100

Folsom, 95630

Bring identification to present to security at SAFE’s corporate office and your desire to be a part of our AAUW outreach to young people in our community. Please RSVP to Linda Whitney, or (916) 421-0341 so we know how many to expect.


June Potluck Social — New Time & Extended RSVP until tomorrow (June 11)


Come one, come all.  Enjoy fellowship with AAUW friends and guests as we relax in the Knowles’ beautiful backyard.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

5:30 -8:30 p.m.

John & Della Knowles’ home

3743 College Avenue, Sacramento 95818

Their home is very near William Land Park.         Street parking is available

Spouses and friends are welcome.  Please bring one of the following to serve 8.

Appetizer         Salad           Main Dish           Dessert

Beverages and paper goods will be provided.

Contact Gloria Yost, or (916) 961-3306 to sign up for your food item and let her know how many of you are coming.

President’s Column by Cherril Peabody

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15

This is my last president’s column, so I have been looking back over the past year to see where we have been and what we have accomplished. One of my goals for the year was to buy a public address system for the branch so that we could hear our speakers at meetings, and we accomplished that right away. We inaugurated it at our Showcase meeting in September, where we had a full house to get our program year started.

In October, we participated for the first time in the Take Back the Night community event, the goal of which is to raise people’s consciousness about the need to make women safe from sexual predators. I believe our participation will grow in coming years. We also started exploring some new ideas about providing financial literacy training for girls in October. Those meetings led to a new partnership with several credit unions that offer interactive financial literacy training programs at local high schools. A few of our leaders presented a training at Pleasant Grove High School in April, and we hope that the number of our members volunteering with this project will grow in the years to come.

We also developed some guidelines for the interest groups and book groups to help them manage personality issues that arise in the groups from time to time. We sought input from the group leaders in developing the guidelines and offered them as a model with the understanding that they could develop their own guidelines if they preferred.

We sponsored a number of interesting events during the year. In November, Karen Duncanwood told our fascinated audience about her experiences as a Freedom Rider in Mississippi during the civil rights movement 50 years ago. In December, we had a great holiday luncheon at the Northridge Country Club with musicians from a local high school to make it even more festive. In January, we had a very successful Inter-branch Council Luncheon at Plates with two interesting AAUW fellows as speakers, both teaching at California universities. In February, Speech Trek held its most successful contest yet, with nine participants and a good contingent of AAUW members to cheer on the contestants. The winner, Ciera Miller, went on to win third place at the state AAUW Speech Trek competition in April. Ciera gave her speech again at the Installation Tea to enthusiastic applause.

In March, we had our theater fundraiser at a performance of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Though we didn’t raise as much money as we had hoped, the event was well attended, and everyone seemed to have a good time. In April, we presented Israeli-American memoirist Karen Levy, who spoke at our annual Authors Luncheon very movingly about her experiences growing up in two very different countries. In May, thanks to the hard work of a whole bunch of our members, the Program Committee put together a delightful and very well attended installation tea, which also honored our 95th anniversary as an AAUW branch. We even saw some hats! We have one more activity to come, the potluck social at Della Knowles’ home this month. I hope to see many of you there – it will be fun!

As I end my term as president, I want to thank all of you who helped, some in official ways as board members and other leaders and some in unofficial ways, answering my questions – and I had many! – or doing me a favor when I needed help with something. This year has been a rewarding experience for me, and I couldn’t have done it all without your help and support!

Sacramento Branch Named Gift Honorees for 2015 by Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew

This month we continue our series on past presidents who were honored as the Sacramento Branch Named Gift Honorees for 2015. For every $750 donated to Funds on behalf of our branch, we can choose a Named Gift Honoree. This year we have chosen four of our past presidents to be honored.

Past President Molly Dugan

Past President Molly Dugan

Molly Dugan, co-president from 2011 to 2013, has been a member of the Sacramento Branch for 10 years. In addition to these two terms as president, she was the branch secretary for two years and most recently served as Scholarship co-chair and on the Nominating Committee. This Sacramento native is planning to take some time off from serving on the board but will always be involved in AAUW activities. Member Cathy Locke recruited Molly for AAUW when they worked together at the Sacramento Bee. She joined AAUW for the mission but admits that the people are what it is all about.

At the age of 18 Molly began her career in journalism as a copy girl at the Sacramento Bee. With a Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, she worked for various newspapers, eventually returning to the Bee. In 2006 she had an opportunity to teach journalism at Sacramento State University and has been there ever since. It is her way of giving back for her wonderful career. In 2000 Molly married a fellow journalist, Dan Smith. We are so lucky to have this vivacious member as a vital part of our AAUW family.

Barbara Smith  preparing for the 95th Anniversary Tea

Barbara Smith preparing for the 95th Anniversary Tea

Barbara Smith, co-president for the 2006-2007 year, will soon be joining the exclusive club of 50-year members of the branch. She has been newsletter editor many times as well as Program vice-president and recording secretary during her years of membership and can be found working behind the scenes on most AAUW events. Barbara joined in 1967 after being invited to a tea for prospective members. She liked what she saw and soon became active in branch activities. She has been a member of her book group ever since and took part in couples gourmet for over 35 years.

In 1970 Barbara was a member of the first local scholarships committee and the following year chaired a large fundraiser for local scholarships. Another project she remembers was the Balance of Nature Show members took around to grade schools. Many things have changed in her 48 years of membership. Noteworthy to Barbara was that her identity changed from Mrs. Roger Smith to Mrs. Barbara Smith to now just Barbara Smith. She is much happier with her current status. Barbara and her husband Roger have been married for almost 53 years and have three children and two grandchildren. Members like Barbara have enabled our branch to thrive for its 95 years.

95th Anniversary Tea Party a Huge Success by Gloria Yost

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A beautiful Saturday afternoon in Rancho Cordova and a number of our members decked out in hats and gloves set the stage for a most enjoyable tea, installation and 95th anniversary celebration. A crunch of last minute reservations ensured that no one was left out of the conversations as we visited, enjoyed delicious food prepared by members, and discussed our tea cups and clever tea quotations, supplied by Kathy Papst.

Our Girl Scout helpers  for the tea

Our Girl Scout helpers for the tea

Seven girl scouts and their leaders from troop #599 assisted with everything from set up to greeting us upon arrival, serving tea, helping with clean up and hauling items to our cars. They worked diligently until we had all clean-up work completed.





Outgoing President Cherril Peabody

Outgoing President Cherril Peabody

We recognized our 50-year members and 16 past presidents for their continued devotion to AAUW and bestowed named gift honoree recognition to past presidents Molly Dugan, Nancy Lawrence, Marty McKnew and Barbara Smith. During a brief business meeting, Pat Winkle was elected as Co-Membership Director and Shirley Wheeler, Sandi Schoenman and Cherril Peabody were elected to the nominating committee.

Our 2015 Speech Trek winner, Ciera Miller, presented her prize-winning speech. President Cherril Peabody read a

Our local Speech Trek Winner Ciera Miller

Our local Speech Trek Winner Ciera Miller

special recognition letter from National commending our branch on its 95th anniversary. Gloria Yost installed the 2015-16 elected officers May Ruth Lynch, Jenny Woltz, Donna Holmes, Marty McKnew, Shirley Wheeler, Pat Winkle, Linda Patterson and Nancy McCabe. The year-end transition was completed as Cherril passed the gavel to incoming president, Nancy McCabe, and Nancy presented Cherril with her past president’s pin.


Incoming president Nancy McCabe & her granddaughter.

Incoming president Nancy McCabe & her granddaughter.


All agreed that the tea planning committee put on a very successful event. In addition, our event netted approximately $1,600 toward the completion of our 100th Anniversary Research & Projects grant. Thank you to all who lent teapots and serving trays for our use, prepared the delicious food, and helped with both set up and clean up. You all deserve kudos.


Jane Cooley & her granddaughter (and fellow AAUW member) Tiffany Ardisana

Jane Cooley & her granddaughter (and fellow AAUW member) Tiffany Ardisana

Many Hands Build Program Success by Gloria Yost

I want to thank the members who were involved in planning and developing the Branch programs this past year. Many more volunteered to be greeters and provide refreshments. I would not have been able to accomplish everything without all of you. I’d like to recognize those of you who took on special roles.

Many Hands

  • Anne Rhodes and her helper, Alice Bauer, regularly made sure we had beverages and treats at our events.
  • Linda Whitney arranged for greeters to welcome us at every meeting.
  • Dawn Boyd handled reservations and nametags during the year.
  • Laura Randles-Little organized the AAUW Showcase.
  • Donna Holmes arranged for the holiday party entertainment.
  • Mary Schneider organized our holiday philanthropy effort with the Oak Park Preschool.
  • Liz Jordan, Shari Beck and committee organized the very successful Speech Trek Contest.
  • Barbara Smith not only handled all the details for our author’s luncheon, she arranged for Karen Levy to speak.
  • Sadie Lawrence organized voter education opportunities in the fall, and Robin Howlett partnered with AAUW Sacramento State to celebrate Equal Pay Day in April.
  • Hedda Smithson maintained a database of attendance at Branch events.
  • Mary Schneider (decorations), Kathy Papst, Barbara Smith and Anne Rhodes (food and tea) led the hard working group that put on our successful May installation tea.
  • Shari Beck very ably handled all last-minute requests for e-blasts to improve attendance.
  • Angela Scarlett kept our social media accounts and website up to date to promote attendance.

Other members of the program committee were: Izzy Brookshire, Vivian Counts, Molly Dugan Joan Hammond, Della Knowles, Vicky Lovell, Nancy McCabe, Marty McKnew, Cherril Peabody, Sherry Reser, Gina Schumacher, Linda Tinker and Pat Winkle.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!