Category Archives: Programs

Anything related to program activities for the AAUW Sacramento Branch.

Equal Means Equal: Documentary on the Status of Women in America Showing on October 10, 2017 at 1 and 6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Community Room #166 of the Student Center
American River College



  • Parking Lot A Off Myrtle Avenue; $2 fee; see pay station
  • FREE & PLEASE pre-register here on Eventbrite
  • 1:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. Showings

93-Minute Documentary followed by brief Q & A


“…An unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. By examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, …the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. [Lopez] reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.” (

AAUW Sacramento and Citrus Heights-American River Branches invite students, faculty, AAUW members & the public

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Our Annual Branch Showcase is Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9 -11 a.m.

Arcade Library Meeting Room
2443 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento 95821

Plan to attend our upcoming Branch Showcase on Saturday, September 23.  This is a great opportunity for members to learn about plans for the upcoming year to implement our theme “AAUW Speaks Out for Women.”

  • Information about outreach priorities, such as Speech Trek, Tech Trek, Financially Fit Forever, and Public Policy, and upcoming programs/events will be shared.
  • Our Tech Trek participants (six 8th grade girls from two area schools) will discuss their experience at the UC Davis Tech Trek Camp.
  • Scholarship winners will be introduced and recognized.

Our upcoming Branch Showcase is a great time to introduce friends and prospective members to our Sacramento Branch.   Information about Branch Interest Groups will be available and members and prospective members who join AAUW will have the opportunity to sign up for Interest Groups.

To attend, please register at Eventbrite by clicking the Register Now button below:

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or send an email confirmation of your attendance to Dawn Arnone Boyd at

So, mark your calendar, bring a friend, and get ready to learn, explore, and connect.  Oh, one more thing:  please remember to bring your AAUW nametag!

Recapping Our 2016-17 Year and May’s Branch Meeting by Donna Holmes

WOW, what a great branch year, and our May meeting provided a great recap!

Nancy McCabe announced that for the second year in a row our branch won state recognition for programs. The winning program was To Engineer is Human, put on by Linda Patterson and the Tech Trek committee and featuring our very own water engineer Anne Lynch.

Next, Nancy introduced Morgan Glover, incoming Tech Trek co-chair and currently with the California State University, Sacramento, Branch, to share with us an award from CSUS for the Start Smart program held on campus in April. Our branch supported this financially and with member participation. The award is Outstanding Civic Engagement Program/Event, and only one is given per school year.

Kathy Le, our Speech Trek Winner, presented “Is it time to pass the ERA.” This is the second year she has competed, and this year she won for our branch and came in 5th place statewide!

 Following up on the ERA, Liz Jordan gave us a wonderful and educational history and current status of the Equal Rights Amendment.

 Then Pat Winkle and Shirley Wheeler, Membership Co-Directors, recognized Sandi Schoenman on achieving 50 years of membership. When Sandi joined she was part of the recent grads group, and the branch had 1,200 members! She has been in the same book group for 45 years, served as Program Director and works with Bite of Reality, just to name some of her activities.

 Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew, Funds Co-Directors, introduced the 2016 Named Branch Gift Honorees. The honorees are Sharon Anderson, Jean Bonar, Nancy McCabe and Angela Scarlett. Their stories are featured in the Funds article.

Finally, Alicia Hetman, Past President of California AAUW, installed the officers for the 2017-2018 branch year.

Presidents – Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew, Program Directors – Nancy McCabe and Deborah Dunn, Membership Directors – Linda Patterson and Sharon Norris, 
AAUW Fund Directors – Bonnie Penix and Kathy Asay, Finance Director – May Ruth Lynch, Secretary – Tiffany Ardisana

and Nominating Committee: Shari Beck, 
Barbara Smith and Ruth Werner

Thank you to Nancy McCabe, Pat Winkle, Inger Lindstrom, Liz Jordan, Ruth Ann Hines, Molly Dugan and everyone who put this meeting together!

Please click here to see a photo album of the event on our Facebook page.

Attend the May Meeting on May 13: Installation, Recognition & Public Policy by Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew

100th Anniversary Funds Progress

Be sure to attend our May installation meeting, where this year’s Named Gift Honorees will be announced.  Watch for the June newsletter for information about the winners.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to AAUW Funds over the past five years during our tenure as Funds directors.  We had a dream of starting a Research and Project Grant to honor our branch’s 100th anniversary.  Thanks to so many generous donors we are almost there.  As we move on to the presidency we are leaving Funds in very capable hands.

Donna and Marty

Retiring AAUW Funds Directors

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May Meeting and Installation Agenda

  • 9:30 a.m. – Registration & socializing
  • 10 a.m.- Welcome by Nancy McCabe – President
  • 10:10 a.m. – Kathy Le – Speech Trek Winner presents “Is it time to pass the ERA” introduced by Liz Jordan – Speech Trek Co-Chair
  • 10:20 a.m. – Liz Jordan, introduced by Inger Lindholm – Public Policy Chair
  • 11:00 a.m. – Recognition of 50-year members by Pat Winkle & Shirley Wheeler –Membership Co-Directors
  • 11:10 a.m. – Recognition & introduction of Named Branch Gift Honorees by Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew – Funds Co-Directors
  • 11:30 a.m. – Installation of 2017-2018 officers by Alicia Hetman – Past President of California AAUW
  • Adjourn

Mark Your Calendars for May 13, 2017 for Our Annual Installation Meeting by Marty McKnew and Donna Holmes

Marty McKnew, Funds Co-Director

Many thanks go to Gloria Yost for the interesting write-up in the March Newsletter on Dr. Marjorie Wade.  Little did many of us know what a “star” we had in our midst.

Mark your calendars for May 13, 2017.  Our annual installation meeting will be held from 10-12 p.m. (with registration starting at 9:30 a.m.) that day at 2700 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento.   In addition we will be honoring our Named Gift Honorees for 2017, recognizing our Tech Trek students and much more.  You don’t want to miss this annual rite of passage.

Donna Holmes & scholarship winner Brandi Veal

Each year AAUW branches can recognize members who have contributed in many ways to AAUW and its mission.  The number of members recognized is dependent on the amount of donations to AAUW Funds.  This year we had more than enough donations to recognize 3 members.  Please come to celebrate these important branch members.

“To Engineer is Human” – Paths to California Water Resource Management by Linda Patterson

March Branch Program
March 16, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Arden-Dimick Community Library Meeting Room
891 Watt Ave., Sacramento

The March Branch Program, in recognition of Women’s History Month and the contributions women are making every day to save our environment for generations to come, will feature two women with a big impact on California’s water crisis. Anne Lynch is a water resource engineer specializing in flood management, recycled water and water resource planning. She is senior project manager with CH2M, where she leads the Statewide Flood Management Planning Program as a consultant to the California Department of Water Resources. Lynch is also a member of the AAUW Sacramento Branch.

Lynch will discuss how she found her calling as a water resource engineer by discussing her career and notable projects in Texas and California. She will reveal how her work on these projects either bucked past trends, sought to solve emerging challenges, or maximize resources. She will then discuss the need to change the way we approach water resources in California in the future.

Our second speaker, Leslie Laudon, is Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Financial Assistance for the California State Water Resources Control Board, a member of the California Environmental Protection Agency. The mission of the Water Control Board is to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations. Laudon will discuss some of the key projects of her organization and the path she took to arrive at her current position.

Drought remains a serious issue for our state. “Although recent rain and snow leads to hope that California’s drought might be coming to an end, whether the drought is broken or not, Californians must act this year to achieve more sustainable long-term water management,” said Jay Ziegler, director of external affairs for The Nature Conservancy in California.

This program, sponsored by the Sacramento Branch Tech Trek Committee, promises to be inspiring, informative, and fun. We hope to see you there.

To attend, please register at Eventbrite by clicking here or send an email confirmation of your attendance to Linda Patterson at

A Follow-up on Last Month’s Branch Program “Are you Good to Go?” By Gloria Yost and Linda Whitney

An interested crowd of nearly 60 people had many questions to ask as AAUW Sacramento Branch member Karen O’Hara, who facilitated an interactive session that addressed what could happen if one should become ill and unable to make medical and financial decisions for oneself.

As attendees shared stories of difficulties dealing with a deceased parent’s estate when papers weren’t in order or family members who didn’t know and couldn’t agree about how to proceed, Karen guided the group to compile a list of more than 50 documents and wishes that should be organized and placed where they can be easily found by those who need to know. She posed “survivor” questions such as:

  • Would you know the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the next-of-kin?
  • Do you know where to find the names and numbers of service providers of the deceased?
  • Would you know the location of credit cards and the card ID numbers?

Karen also shared information about IRS requirements and instances where death certificates are required.

People came away from this workshop happy that they had a much greater awareness of how important it is to organize things ahead of time, informed that they know how to do the organizing, and determined to get things in order for peace of mind.

Are You Good to Go? Come to Special Meeting on February 4! by Linda Whitney

Get Organized

Get Organized

Let’s face it! Our lives are filled with paperwork, numbers, bank accounts, passwords, health and medical documents, property and insurance paperwork, as well as financial investments.

Most of us feel some concern about what would happen if we became ill and unable to make our own medical or financial decisions. We wonder how our loved ones will take care of things when we need help, or after we are gone.

This meeting will present a simple organizing system that you can use. There will also be an option of a two-hour follow-up workshop for those who would like some additional support on creating their Estate Organizer. Your loved ones will likely view this organizer as a small miracle – and a wonderful gift.

Consider the following questions:

  • How quickly can you locate your important documents and information in case of emergency?
  • Do you have to scramble to organize paperwork at tax time or when meeting with a new legal, financial or medical professional?
  • Would your loved ones know where to locate important information they might need in case of your incapacitation?

 Join AAUW member and presenter Karen O’Hara as she shares valuable tips at this AAUW special event on

  • Feb. 4 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Carmichael Library Community Room (note change of library), 5605 Marconi Avenue
  • Click button below to register for free
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Karen has been organizing documents for others for more than 30 years. She has earned licenses as a real estate broker, insurance broker, and mortgage broker along with being a Certified Financial Planner.

Holiday Party 2016 Recap by Donna Holmes

holiday-party-2016-nancyIn absence of a Program Director this year Marty and I agreed to do the Holiday Party, which is also one of our 4 official branch meetings.  We had several goals; social time where members truly mixed, recognizing our Named Branch Gift Honorees and talking about Funds, inclusion, philanthropy, entertainment and the meeting.  We could not have done it without our committee of Danielle Metzinger, Kathy Papst and Gloria Yost as well as reservations by Dawn Arnone Boyd, Angela Scarlett, Sharon Norris, Deborah Dunn and e-blasts by Shari Beck.  We thoroughly enjoyed our working meetings and getting to know more of you.

To facilitate our members “mixing it up” holiday-party-2016-anna-storey-and-kathleen-asayat the Holiday Party, an AAUW game was introduced.  We discovered our members are really competitive as 25 members were able to obtain signatures from 20 others who met one of the criteria.  We learned who has lived out of the country for more than a year (Sue Bordner, Kathy Papst, Marilyn Orrick, Hedda Smithson, Jane Cooley, and Anne Rhodes), who speaks another language (Donna Holmes, Vivian Counts, and Hedda Smithson), who owns a copy of Vanishing Victorians (Sandi Schoenman, Ruth Ann Hines, Linda Sparks, and Kathy Asay), and much more.   Carol Hayes, the first to finish, was the main prize winner.  Everyone had a good time, 12 ladies took home prizes and hopefully many talked to new people in the process.

Fortunately all four of our honorees were able to attend!  Kathleen Asay, Marilyn Orrick, Hedda Smithson and Gloria Yost combined have more than 150 years of active membership.  Hearing about and listening to the ladies informs us why they are true role models.

We werholiday-party-2016-sac-statee truly delighted that our CSUS branch leaders were able to attend as well as the new group from Consumnes River College. Entertainment was by American River College music major students led by Professor Susan Hamre.

We partnered with one of our scholarship winners, Christina Ibarra, to collect books for Love-Talk-Read.  We collected 504 books and they are going to 2 great organizations.  The first group is CCHAT, The Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking.  They provide a unique auditory/oral program whose mission is to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and develop spoken language.  The second group is La Familia Counseling Center, Inc.  Serving Sacramento County for more than 40 years their mission is to improve the quality of life for at-risk youth and families of diverse backgrounds by offering multicultural counseling, support and outreach services and programs to help families to overcome adversity, to become empowered and succeed in their lives.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful and successful meeting and event!

Annual Holiday Luncheon is on Saturday, December 10. Reservations Due December 3! by Donna Holmes

Happy Holidays ProPlease join us as we honor our 2016 Named Gift Honorees, learn about this year’s charity, Love-Talk-Read, a children’s book drive and literacy program (ages 1-13) and socialize with our branch members.

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Or, click here if you want to download and print the hardcopy form to pay by check. Make checks made out to AAUW Sacramento and send them to Dawn Boyd. Please contact her at for the address.

  • Music provided by the American River College Brass Quintet.
  • Please bring new or gently used children’s books for Love-Talk-Read.
  • REGISTRATION DUE December 3.
  • Menu Choice: Lasagna or Butternut squash ravioli (Vegetarian).
  • Lunch includes salad, bread, butter or garlic bread, coffee , tea, Iced tea and mini-desserts.
  • Vegan meal by request.
  • Parking is free.
  • No host full bar.