Category Archives: President’s Message

President’s Message January 2016 by Nancy McCabe

President Nancy McCabe

President Nancy McCabe

January is thought of as a time for new beginnings — diets, exercise, and all things to better oneself. As an organization, AAUW is no different. We are always looking at ways we can be a more effective community asset. As all of our members are important to the whole of AAUW, we need to ask ourselves how we can further the mission of AAUW. We have a full Board of Directors for this fiscal year, and they are doing a wonderful job of furthering the goals of philanthropy, education, research, and advocacy. However, soon the nominating committee will be looking for new members of the board, and you might ask yourself if this would be some place where you could lend a hand.

One of my goals has been to raise our community profile so more people and potential members know what we stand for. Along this line, we need to add value to our community. On March 10, we are sponsoring a high profile panel discussion on Human Trafficking in the Sacramento area. You probably know that this is a major problem that needs to be addressed. We are asking if you have contacts in other fraternal, social, philanthropic, religious, or government groups that may want to cosponsor this event. We are only asking that they publicize this event and attend with their members.

You can assist our branch in hosting this event by attending and learning what you can do to fight this evil in our community. If we can get as many AAUW members and guests to attend this event as came to the holiday party, we will be well on our way to filling the hall. You can invite your friends, neighbors, and coworkers to join us and perhaps carpool. You can volunteer to bring breads or cookies for refreshments. You can be a greeter or help with registration. We need all of your talents to present this great event to the community. I will be asking you to sign up for your part next month.

“Changing the World One Individual at a Time” is the motto of Courage Worldwide, the lead presenter at our Human Trafficking Forum. Together, we can do this!

President’s message- December 2015 by Nancy McCabe

President Nancy McCabe

President Nancy McCabe

If you were at the September Showcase meeting, you know that we heard an emotional presentation of our scholarships for this school year. I asked how many of us were first-generation college graduates in our families, and about half of those present raised our hands. As I am one of these first in the family graduates, so it seems like a good time to share my story.

Neither of my parents graduated from high school. My father was orphaned at age 10, and he and his five siblings went to an orphanage. The boys were sent to farms to work, so his education ended with the fourth grade. My mother was one of 11 children of a tenant farmer who died leaving half of the children still underage. Mother dropped out in the eleventh grade to help her family.

My mother valued education and basically expected me to attend college. She found a scholarship that paid my tuition, which went from the princely sum of $90/quarter to $105 by my senior year. I worked to pay for my books and such. I don’t believe that I would have undertaken college without her support and expectations. I know that all of us who are first generation have someone who enabled us to see ourselves as going further than our predecessors. Donating to our scholarship fund would be a way of paying forward their gift to us. We can enable and encourage other women to pursue their dreams by showing that we believe in them. It is money well spent.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela

President’s Message by Nancy McCabe

AAUW Sacramento president Nancy McCabe and her granddaughter.

AAUW Sacramento president Nancy McCabe and her granddaughter.

“Well-behaved women rarely make history,” is a quote attributed to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and

the message on the bumper stickers we gave out at the recent Women Take Back the Night event. Membership Co-Chair Shirley Wheeler, Past-President Cherril Peabody, and I tabled at this event to support young women in their struggle for equality and to make our presence known in the community. There is a lot of truth in this statement and one that I hope resonates with our membership. AAUW has a long and illustrious history of rocking the proverbial boat to improve the lives of women and girls.

From our first study in 1888, “Health Statistics of Women College Graduates,” which challenged the belief that women college graduates’ health was adversely affected by attending college, to the 2015 study, “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap,” AAUW has been out front putting our dues to work studying and advocating for women’s issues. We can be proud of what our forebears have done, and we need to continue to advocate for our daughters and granddaughters. We can build on the shoulders of the suffragettes and women of our youth who campaigned for equality. Change has been made, but there is always more that can be done.

I enjoy meeting the young women who are committed to making things better for society. During the event, we were approached by two groups of high school girls who have feminist groups at their schools. One group asked if we could come to talk to their group. I will have to wear my t-shirt that says, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” The bumper stickers were hot movers!

President’s Message by Nancy McCabe

AAUW Sacramento president Nancy McCabe and her granddaughter.

AAUW Sacramento president Nancy McCabe and her granddaughter.

As I have transitioned from president-elect to president, it seems like a good time to tell you who I am. I moved to Sacramento from Ohio 49 years ago when my husband was stationed at McClellan AFB. I grew up in Columbus and graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in social work, which was my chosen field for 42 years. Most of the time I worked in adult services or employment services.

I have two adult daughters, one in the Bay Area and one here in Sacramento. My 22-month-old twin granddaughters live about five minutes from my home, which allows me to spend time with them. Of course, they are the joy of my life!

After I retired, I was looking for a way to give back to the community and hadn’t really found my niche. My friend Sharon Norris asked me to contribute to the backpacks that AAUW was putting together for children at the Stanford Home. I contributed, and the project piqued my interest. After looking into AAUW, I decided to give it a try. As I had no idea how involved I would become, I chose to use an old email address that I use for businesses and groups that send out way too many emails. I now spend way too much time telling people that Nancy Gant and Nancy McCabe are the same person and to use the McCabe email address.

My priorities for this coming year are to raise AAUW’s profile in the community and to engage members in activities that further our mission of advocating for women and girls. I would hope that all of our branch members are good community spokeswomen who are familiar with our reason for being and communicate that to prospective members. I would like to collaborate with women’s groups who share our mission and values to do more than we as one group can do. As we collaborate, we need to reach out to diverse groups to strengthen our mutual interests. Ultimately, we all win.

“Alone we can do little. Together we can do much.”  ~Helen Keller

October 10, 2015 Women Take Back The Night by Nancy McCabe

The Official Take Back the Night Icon

The Official Take Back the Night Icon

The AAUW Sacramento branch will again co-sponsor the Women Take Back the Night Rally and March to end violence against women around the world. Women Take Back the Night is an international feminist tradition of marches and rallies that have been organized around the world for nearly forty years.

This year marks Sacramento’s thirty-sixth annual Take Back the Night and the second year that our branch has participated.

 

 

Please join us on Second Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Native American Health Center at 2020 J Street in downtown Sacramento.

  • We will staff a table at the resource fair to share with the community what AAUW does to advocate for women and girls and actually participate in the march about 8 p.m.
  • . The rally is a celebration of activism to end all forms of violence and oppression against women and children.

Break out those walking shoes and join us in a march. You will be glad you did!

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!

“President’s Message” by Cherril Peabody

It was so nice to see everyone at the Authors Luncheon on April 11. It was a lovely event – good food, a fascinating speaker, a nice venue that we can feel good about supporting with our business as they help women reinvent themselves in a positive direction. Not only that, we proved one more time as we elected a new board of directors that women will say yes to stepping up to leadership roles in an organization that is important to all of us.

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15

You will have received your renewal forms for the AAUW 2015-2016 program year by now. I hope you will be prompt in returning your form with your check, since we must have the money turned in to state and national AAUW by the beginning of the new program year on July 1. That means we need to receive all the renewal checks and process them well in advance of that date. Also, please consider signing up to work on a committee when you fill out your form. It’s a great way to meet new friends, plus you will be helping us do the work that needs to be done to make this organization effective.

We have decided to schedule some programming this summer, which we haven’t done in a long time. Watch for more information about the WOW meeting scheduled for July – it sounds fascinating!

I hope to see many of you at the Installation Tea on May 16! It is shaping up to be a really special occasion.

 

President’s Message by Cherril Peabody

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15

Spring is in the air, and we have several more fun activities to experience before this AAUW program year is over. But before talking about those, I want to thank everyone who participated in our recent musical theater fundraiser, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” I don’t yet have the final tally on how much we netted, but thanks to all of you who bought tickets or made contributions at the last minute, we made a profit and had a fun event. I want particularly to thank our Fundraising Committee members who took time away from their project responsibilities to do whatever needed to be done. They are Gloria Yost, Donna Holmes, Marty McKnew, Molly Dugan, Liz Jordan, Shari Beck, Izzy Brookshire, Nancy McCabe, and May Ruth Lynch. Whatever would I have done without you! Thanks are also due to the interest group leaders and others who sold tickets.

Our next branch event is the Authors Luncheon on April 11 at Plates. If you haven’t sent in your reservation form yet and want to attend, go on Eventbrite or call Reservations Chair Dawn Boyd today. The reservation deadline is April 3. You can read more about the program and our guest author, Karen Levy, elsewhere in this newsletter. Our election of AAUW officers will take place at this event, too.

Speaking of elections, both state and national AAUW elections are coming up in the next couple of months. Look for more details in this newsletter.

Our last branch meeting will be the Installation Tea on May 16, and that should be a lovely – and delicious – event. You will learn more about it in next month’s newsletter.

 

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.

 

President’s Message February 2015 by Cherril Peabody

We have a couple of great events coming up that I hope you will be able to attend. Our branch needs the support of all of us in order to be successful.

The Speech Trek Contest is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, at Valley Hi-North Laguna Library in Elk Grove. Students from several Elk Grove high schools will be speaking on a very interesting topic for our membership: “College: Is It Worth the Time and Expense?” AAUW has always promoted higher education as a way for women to achieve financial equity in the world, but it has become so expensive that it often takes many years to pay off college debt. Therefore, the topic is a pertinent question for not just young women but young men as well, and the answer may be different for different people, depending on their goals. Come and see what our local young people have to say.

I hope you will join me on March 15 in supporting live theatre and our AAUW projects when we have a date to see “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” at the Sierra 2 Center. This fun musical show tells the story of a real character, Molly Brown, who grew up poor in Colorado and married a man who became rich mining for silver. Her adventures came to be widely known and inspired this hit Broadway show as well as a popular movie musical featuring Debbie Reynolds as Molly. Proceeds from the show will benefit our local programs as well as the national AAUW Funds. Please invite your friends and family to join us, too. It is a way to do something good for our community while having a great afternoon at the theater.

Finally, I want to thank two of our members for stepping up to fill two of our vacant positions: Charlotte Luallin has agreed to take over the position of Secretary from Susana Mullen, who had to resign for family reasons. Thank you for your service, Susana, and thank you for agreeing to finish the year for us, Charlotte! And Robin Howlett has offered to take over the vacant Public Policy Director position. Thank you, Robin!

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15

Cherril Peabody, AAUW Sacramento President for 2014-15