Category Archives: Membership

Anything related to membership activities and support for the Sacramento AAUW branch.

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS by Shirley Wheeler and Pat Winkle, Co-Membership Directors

Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the Sacramento Branch of AAUW:

ASHLEY GILREATH has been a member of AAUW before joining our Branch. She received her BA in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Master in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ashley lives in Carmichael and works full time as a Program Manager- Conservation.

BERNARDETE NUNES was referred by Deborah Dunn. She received her BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Bernardete lives in Elk Grove and is interested in joining Art and Architecture.

TAMARA OLSON received her BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. She is a retired Account Executive at G.E. Capital and lives in Sacramento. Tamara is interested in a number of our interest groups.

KAREN ZUMWALT received her BA and her MS in Health Education form California State University, Sacramento. She is a retired School Administrator and lives in Sacramento. Karen is interested in a number of our interest groups.

MERRIE McLAUGHLIN received her BA degree in English Literature from Swarthmore.  She is a former AAUW member.  Merrie is a retired payroll tech and lives in Sacramento. She was referred by Gloria Sears.

MARY ROSE M. REPINE received her BA and Master degrees in Industrial Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. Mary Rose also received her Ph.D. in Business from Trident University International. She is a retired Executive Director of Hospital Building Safety and a former member of AAUW.

KATHERINE (Kit) ROEMMELE received her BA in Psychology/Sociology from Whittier College. She received her Master of Education from Whittier College and University of California, Los Angeles. Kit was a former AAUW member in Fullerton. She is a retired teacher and Vice Principal. Kit lives in Sacramento and received information about our branch from the Internet.

Membership Matters by Pat Winkle and Shirley Walker

Welcome New MembersPlease join us in welcoming the following new members to the Sacramento branch of AAUW:

ASHLEY GILREATH has been a member of AAUW before joining our Branch. She received her BA in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Master in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ashley lives in Carmichael and works full time as a Program Manager — Conservation.

BERNARDETE NUNES was referred by Deborah Dunn. She received her BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Bernardete lives in Elk Grove and is interested in joining Art and Architecture.

TAMARA OLSON received her BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. She is a retired Account Executive at G.E. Capital and lives in Sacramento. Tamara is interested in a number of our interest groups.

KAREN ZUMWALT received her BA and her MS in Health Education form California State University, Sacramento. She is a retired school administrator and lives in Sacramento. Karen is interested in a number of our interest groups.

Membership Matters by Pat Winkle and Shirley Wheeler

Please welcome our newest AAUW Sacramento Branch members.Welcome New Members

JANIS MACLAY received her AA degree in Science from Cotley College and her BS in Nursing from the University of Nebraska. Janis has been an active member in AAUW and recently moved to Elk Grove from New Mexico. She also has recently become an honorary life member.

JULIA MACLAY received her BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from University of California, Berkeley and her MA in Economics from American University. Julia is a retired Project Manager and lives in Sacramento. She is a life member of AAUW.

BRANDI VEAL is an AAUW Scholarship recipient. She is a student at California State University, Sacramento, majoring in Business Administration. Brandi also works part time as a Library Assistant.

Our AAUW Sacramento Branch welcomed 31 members in the 2015-16 membership years. Several were returning members. Thank you to the many members who referred a person to join us.

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS by Shirley Wheeler and Pat Winkle, Membership Co-Directors

Please join us in welcoming the following new AAUW members:

NANCY CORNELIUS has been a national member of AAUW. She received her BA in Journalism and her MS in Education (Counseling) from California State University, Sacramento. She works part-time managing a real estate property. Nancy lives in Sacramento.

MARIA VASQUEZ is an e-student affiliate of our branch. She attends California State University, Sacramento, where she is majoring in Civil Engineering. Maria also works part-time for the California Energy Commission as a student assistant.

IMPORTANT REMINDERMembership

Please renew your AAUW annual dues by June 1.

Remember, everyone is on the Membership Committee. Refer a friend today!

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.

It’s Almost Time to Renew Your Branch Membership by Pat Winkle

MembershipIn March, the Membership Committee will be busy preparing the renewal forms, which will be mailed to each member in mid-April. We would appreciate it if branch members would also prepare for their renewal so that timely payment can be received by the branch.

In the past, the branch has received requests from members to pay their dues on a payment plan. However, we do not have a financial system that can accommodate such payments and do not want to create an additional burden for the treasurer, who already volunteers an incredible amount of time maintaining our records. Since the dues amount of $85 in 2016 and the deadline of June 1 are known in advance, we suggest that members set aside funds so when the renewal form is received, it will be less of a financial burden to pay by the deadline.

Additionally, the Board has adopted the following:

Sacramento Branch Dues Assistance Process

In the past, the Sacramento Branch implemented an informal system to assist members who are temporarily unable to pay their dues renewal due to unusual financial circumstances. These guidelines are intended to formalize that process to provide better consistency and application.

  1.  Since members were advised in prior newsletter articles about the Dues Assistance Fund, the renewal form will not provide information about it, other than retaining a line for members who wish to make donations to the Dues Assistance Fund.
  2. Assistance will only be provided if there are monies in the Dues Assistance Fund. No monies will be committed out of the general operations budget.
  3. Members seeking assistance must submit their request in writing/e-mail to the Membership Director(s) explaining the general circumstances giving rise to their current financial need.
  4. The Membership Director(s) will share the request with the President, Membership Treasurer and the Financial Director so that the criteria in these guidelines can be addressed.
  5. The Membership Director(s) will review the request and apply the following criteria:

a. The member is not eligible if they received assistance in prior years.’

b. As this is intended to be a fix for a short-term problem, are the circumstances in the                      nature of short-term rather than long-term need?

c. Determine their level of participation and contributions to the branch in the past                            year. Involvement in branch meetings and committees will be given more weight                            than special interest groups.

d. Require a payment from the member to cover, at a minimum, the state and branch                      dues (in 2016 that is $36.00).

6. The Membership Director(s) will make the final decision and respond to the applicant after         consultation with the President, Membership Treasurer and the Financial Director.

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Membership Matters by Shirley Wheeler and Pat Winkle

Please welcome the following new AAUW members:

CAROL CORBETT received her BA in English from Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., and her MA in English from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Carol is a retired stockbroker and lives in Sacramento.

SHELLEY SHAVER received her BA in English/journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and her MA in English/creative writing from UC Davis. Shelley works full time and is a part-time English professor.

CAROLINE WEST is a returning Sacramento Branch member. She received her BS in business from UC Berkeley and her MA in Economics from Harvard University. Caroline is retired and worked in institutional research (higher education administration). She lives in Carmichael.

Interest Groups and Birthday Celebrations

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Corrections on Last Month’s Newsletter

Correction: Last month in listing our contributors we accidentally omitted Linda Patterson. Please accept our belated thanks.

Spelling Correction: Please note that the newsletter assembler originally misspelled scholarship winner Rachel Jahnsen’s last name. Apologies for the error.

Membership Matters by Shirley Wheeler and Pat Winkle, Co-Membership Directors

We have recently had 11 people join the Sacramento Branch.  This does not include our three scholarship recipients who attend Sacramento State.  They are three e-student affiliates to our branch.  Please click on this link to see the wonderful people who have joined, their educational backgrounds and any members who referred them.  Let’s give everyone a warm welcome.

Jane Cooley brings Sunshine to AAUW by Nancy McCabe

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

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

Jane Cooley is a past president of our branch and the current Sunshine chairperson. She received her BA in business from California State University, Sacramento while caring for her five children and working in an insurance office. This was a bit of a departure from her former Air Force career, where she was the only woman in the weather reconnaissance group at McClellan and Malestrom Air Force Bases. Her husband’s Air Force career took them to England, Seattle, and mostly Texas.

Jane’s favorite AAUW experience was attending national conferences and feeling the electricity of intelligent women interacting. She has been public policy chair, secretary, president, and currently sunshine chair in the Concord and Sacramento branches. She currently participates in Healthy Heart Dinner group, Great Decisions, and a book group.

Jane’s current mission in AAUW is sending cards to members and their spouses who are sick or to the families when our members die. She can’t do this without your help, as she doesn’t know every one of our members. Please either call her at (916) 483-0302 or email her at Janecooley1@gmail.com so we can let our membership know that we care. We appreciate Jane and you — our members — for keeping her informed.