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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.

“Congratulations to our Named Branch Gift Honorees” by Donna Holmes

This month we are featuring two of our Named Branch Gift Honorees, Nancy Lawrence and Marty McKnew.  These two amazing ladies have close to 100 years of AAUW membership and achievements to their names.

Nancy Lawrence has been a member of our branch for more than 50 years and has been active in giving her whole life.  In our branch she has been finance officer, newsletter editor, president twice (a total of four years), book group member, and HUGE supporter of Tech Trek.  In my last six years on the board I have only met her once and spoken to her on the phone once, but her name and generosity come up all the time.  As I worked on this I was surprised to find we live in the same neighborhood, and I hope to get to know her better.  Besides all she has done for our branch and AAUW at large, Nancy has found the time and energy to work with the Girl Scouts, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Sacramento Public Library Foundation.  Thank you, Nancy. Women like you make AAUW the prestigious organization it is today.

Marty McKnew

Named Branch Honoree Marty McKnew

Marty McKnew has been active in AAUW for more than 30 years. I have had the pleasure of working with her on the board for four and a half years, and we are continuing together for another year.  Marty started in the Salinas Branch, where she was president in 1986-87.  She has served in many positions for AAUW-CA, including Central Coast District Director, Nominating Committee, Northern District Director, Educational Foundation Committee, and she is an AAUW Legacy Circle Member.  In our branch, Marty has served many years in various Funds Director positions, nominating committee, and she was branch president in 2009-10.  Her devotion to our national mission and programs was publically recognized when she was named the AAUW California 2012 Named Gift Honoree.  Additionally, she has worked tirelessly on the past three branch fundraisers, helped anyone who calls and needs an assist, and single-handedly published our newsletter one month when we lost our coordinator suddenly and had not found a replacement.  And, just like Nancy, her efforts and generosity are not limited to AAUW.  Somehow Marty has found the time and energy to travel extensively with Friendship Force (international travel group) as well as being their president for the past two years.  Additionally, she has been a docent at the California State Capitol since 2000 and was president of the docents from 2008 to 2010.  Thank you, Marty, for your willingness to always step up and do a stellar job!


Congratulations to our Named Branch Gift Honorees by Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew

Each year we try to pick a theme for selecting our named branch gift honorees. This year we have chosen to recognize past presidents who had never been recognized by our branch. We would not exist as a branch without the ladies who step up to lead us and accept the presidency when called. Thanks to all of you who have served, and especially to this year’s honorees:

  • Molly Dugan – Past President 2011-2013
  • Nancy Lawrence – Past President 1994-1996 & 2004-2006
  • Marty McKnew – Past President 2009-2010
  • Barbara Smith – Past President 2006-2007

These ladies will be honored at our tea on May 16. Look for future articles on all they have done for AAUW. They are truly role models.

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!


Sacramento 100th Anniversary Fund Update by Marty McKnew & Donna Holmes

Thermometer 34 Percent

 Great news! We are making phenomenal progress on our 100th Anniversary Grant.

To celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2020, the branch started a research and progress grant. The grant requires donations of $75,000 in a 10-year span before grants can be awarded with the earnings. We requested that the grants be used for community action projects, which are awarded annually to AAUW members submitting the best proposals. One project that started this way was Tech Trek, which has been so successful it has now gone nationwide.

Since starting the grant just two years ago, we have amassed $25,413, or 34 percent of our goal. This includes $15,653 from our branch members and fundraisers, and $9,860 from other branches. Many thanks go to the members of the following branches: Turlock, Redlands, Citrus-Heights-American River, and especially Nevada County, which donated their entire fundraising effort of $4,900. If you are a member of another branch, or have connections to other branches, please ask them to consider the Sacramento 100th Anniversary grant #4372 when they send in their donations at the end of the year.


“Funds Update” by Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew

Happy New Year! The branch’s funds directors want to thank all of you for your support. As of October 31, 2014, the Sacramento branch has donated $19,638 towards our $75,000 100th Anniversary Grant. We are doing well and plan to keep making progress.

We are $19,638 toward our goal of $75,000 for AAUW Sacramento's 100th Anniversary Fund.

We are $19,638 toward our goal of $75,000 for AAUW Sacramento’s 100th Anniversary Fund.