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Anything related to program activities for the AAUW Sacramento Branch.

AAUW Sacramento Presents: Fall Showcase 2016

Saturday, Sept. 17
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Arden-Dimick Library
891 Watt Ave., Sacramento

You are invited:

  • to learn more about our community outreach projects from their leaders
  • to get more involved by signing up for a committee or interest group
  • to bring an eligible friend or friends who might like to join
  • to hear from our scholarship recipients about their lives and goals
  • to learn more about campus sexual assaults and what CSUS is doing to prevent them
  • to see and chat with old friends and meet new ones
Reva Wittenberg

Reva Wittenberg

Our slated guest speaker is Reva Wittenberg, Associate Director of Campus Wellness at California State University, Sacramento. Her department is primarily responsible for prevention programming, so she is deeply involved in preventing campus sexual assaults. She has also supervised the victim advocate on campus and been a core member of the cross-campus Title IX implementation team. She began her work in the field of sexual violence response and prevention in 1994 as a victim advocate with SafePlace and women’s self-defense instructor with Feminists In Self-Defense Training (F.I.S.T.) in Olympia, Wash. She has held leadership positions in several health-related programs in Washington State and California before coming to CSUS in 2014.

Sign up for the showcase for free here at Eventbrite.

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Fall Showcase – Mark Your Calendars! by Nancy McCabe

showcaseWhat:             Fall Showcase Branch Meeting

When:            Saturday, September 17, 9 – 11 am

Where:           Arden-Dimick Library,  891 Watt Avenue, Sacramento

 It’s almost time for our 2016-17 AAUW year to officially start.  As usual, we will kick off with our Showcase meeting, but we are planning some new features this time around. We will have presentations from Tech Trek, Scholarships, Funds, Public Policy and Speech Trek, and we hope to have an outside speaker who will talk about one of our important AAUW public policy issues. Check out the September Capital Ideas for more details.

Instead of having tables for all the interest groups, we will have one or two tables where you can sign up if you are interested in joining one of the groups. If you have an idea for a new interest group, please contact Interest Group Director Cherril Peabody right away (, (916) 973-0821) and tell her about it, so she can publicize it before the Showcase. Ideas don’t get implemented without leadership, though, so be prepared to chair the new group!

Potluck on June 25 and Programs Update by Linda Patterson



Mark your calendars for June 25 at 5:30 p.m. for the AAUW Sacramento Branch Potluck, which will be hosted this year by Branch member Sandi Schoenman. More information will be available soon. If you are able to help with the food and organization of the event, please contact Nancy McCabe at

AAUW Sacramento Branch meetings and programs have concluded for the 2015-16 year. Our many programs would not have been possible without the coordinated effort and participation of a cadre of dedicated Branch members. Many thanks are due to Nancy McCabe, Cherril Peabody, Anne Rhodes, Ana Facio, May Ruth Lynch, Anne Lynch, Ruth Burgess, Vivian Counts, Vicki Nicholson, Donna Holmes, Kathy Papst, Gloria Yost, Hedda Simpson, Jane Cooley, Carol Doughty, Deborah Dunn, Barbara Smith, Ruth Ann Hines, Sandra Winter, Sandi Shoenman, Cathy Locke, Sharon Norris, Dawn Boyd and Linda Whitney for their roles in suggesting and recruiting speakers, providing refreshments, serving as greeters, organizing media promotion and handling registration at our meetings this year.

Branch programs serve to educate our members and the community on issues that are important to women, provide opportunities for our members to meet and socialize with one another, increase our member retention, showcase our Branch accomplishments and emphasize our mission and goals as an organization.

At this time the Branch does not have a Program Director for 2016-17. However, Branch programs will continue thanks to individual members who have stepped forward and taken responsibility to organize one event each next year. As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, we are only able to do what our membership is ready, willing and able to do. Look for a calendar of Branch meetings and Programs in upcoming newsletters and think about volunteering to help out. These individuals can’t do it alone, and your participation can help ensure the program success. You will meet dedicated women doing what they can do to promote the AAUW mission, have fun and be greatly appreciated.

May Branch Meeting and WOW program to feature Mercy Ships Nurses by Linda Patterson


Our May Branch program will feature Katie Wolf, R.N., and Mollie Van Parys, R.N., two Sacramento nurses who will talk about their volunteer efforts with Mercy Ships in Madagascar. Mercy Ships is an international charity operating a hospital ship that provides free lifesaving surgeries for people who live in places where medical care is nearly non-existent.

In Madagascar, access to medical care is beyond the reach of many people. In addition to the high expense of medical care relative to the average Malagasy income, the prevalence of trained medical professionals remains extremely low. In 2010, Madagascar had an average of three hospital beds per 10,000 people and a total of 3,150 doctors, 5,661 nurses, 385 community health workers, 175 pharmacists and 57 dentists for a population of 22 million people.

Currently at port in Madagascar, Mercy Ships provides extensive surgeries, outpatient care, hospice services, and agricultural and healthcare education for the community.

Katie Wolf works as a Burn ICU nurse at the UC Davis Medical Center and volunteered as an ICU nurse on the ship in March-April 2015.  Mollie Van Parys is a Preop/PACU nurse with Greater Sacramento Surgery Center and volunteered as a PACU nurse on the ship in November-December 2015. Mollie and Katie will be discussing not only their volunteer experience but sharing some prominent issues for the women of Madagascar.

Come join us on May 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, to learn about Mercy Ships and Madagascar from these local nurses.

To register for free, visit EventBrite by clicking the orange Register Now button

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or send an email to Dawn Boyd at

Also on the program is the Installation of the Sacramento Branch Board of Directors for 2016-17.

Annual Authors Luncheon on April 30, 2016 by Linda Patterson

“The Perils and Pleasures of a Writing Life”
Featuring Guest Speaker Marilyn Reynolds

April 30, 2016, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Frasinetti’s Winery and Restaurant
7395 Frasinetti Road, Sacramento

Wine Tasting & Check-in 11 AM – 11:30 AM
Lunch Served at 11:30 AM
$24.00 per person (additional service fee if registering online here with EventBrite).
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As an English teacher and reading specialist working with teens in crises at a southern California

Writer Marilyn Reynolds

Writer Marilyn Reynolds

alternative high school, Marilyn Reynolds had difficulty finding books that interested her at-risk students. Why not try writing something they might actually want to read? Her efforts ultimately led to the ten popular books of realistic teen fiction that now comprise the “True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High.” Reynolds is also the author of a book for educators, I Won’t Read and You Can’t Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers, which is based on her thirty years of classroom experiences. Her most recent book is a collection of essays, Over 70 and I Don’t Mean MPH. She remains actively involved with at-risk teens by writing with incarcerated youth, and through author visits with middle and high school students. She also provides teacher training workshops and is often a featured speaker at education-related conferences. Reynolds lives a quiet life in Sacramento, near the American River. She is currently at work on Til Death or Dementia Do Us Part, and also on Over 80 and I Don’t Mean MPH.

Buffet Lunch includes salad, chicken marsala, rigatoni pasta with red meat sauce, vegetarian penne pasta, seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, baguettes, rolls, coffee and tea.
Reserve online  via the orange “Register Now” button or by sending a check made out to AAUW Sacramento to Dawn Boyd.  Please contact her at for the address.

Reservations are due April 25, 2016


April President’s Message by Nancy McCabe

What a fantastic event our branch hosted for the community! Our Human Trafficking program drew more than 200 members and guests to learn about this horrendous community problem and what is being done to combat it.


The Human Trafficking Forum drew a packed house thanks to our work and our wonderful co-sponsors

Our moderator and first speaker was Jenny Williamson, the founder and executive director of Courage Worldwide. Their mission is to build homes for children who have been rescued from sex trafficking around the world. They have a home in the Lincoln area that has six beds, which is inadequate for the 400 referrals they have received from Northern California counties alone.

Jan Scully, former Sacramento District Attorney, is the director of the new Family justice Center, which will deal with all forms of domestic violence and abuse. She brought a wide range of knowledge, history and evolving thinking about trafficking.

Sonia Satchell, a deputy District Attorney, works in the trafficking unit with law enforcement to locate the victims, help them escape their trafficker and prosecute him or her. We learned that yes, traffickers can be women, too.


Speakers Jenny Williamson,  Jan Scully, Sonia Satchell and Holly Gibbs

Speakers Jenny Williamson,
Jan Scully, Sonia Satchell and Holly Gibbs

Holly Gibbs is a survivor and health educator with Dignity Health who has worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, among other venues. She has also written a book about how America’s youth are vulnerable to sex slavery.

The speakers were powerful in their knowledge and understanding of the issues. Those in attendance were moved by the impact of trafficking on our vulnerable youth and our community. Our branch was joined by 10 other organizations that co-sponsored this event and encouraged their membership to attend. We made valuable connections with several groups with whom we will collaborate on issues of mutual concern in the future.

If you missed this presentation, you missed seeing AAUW at its best. The program committee is to be commended for this outstanding program.

A Community Forum on Human Trafficking in the Sacramento Region on March 10

Human Trafficking

A Community Forum on Human Trafficking

in the Sacramento Region

Human trafficking is a prominent and growing issue in the greater Sacramento area.
Join us to learn more about this issue and what is being done to help victims and to
address these crimes in our community.


Individual presentations and then panel discussion moderated by
Jenny Williamson; Q & A

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.*
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2391 St. Mark’s Way, Sacramento

*Please note that the doors open at 6:15 p.m.  We encourage everyone to arrive early to ensure the program starts promptly at 7.

Eventbrite - A Community Forum on Human Trafficking in the Sacramento Region

Speakers are:

Jenny Williamson, Executive Director, Courage Worldwide
Jan Scully, Former Sacramento County District Attorney; Founder and
Director, Family Justice Center
Holly Gibbs, Survivor and health educator
Sonia Satchell, Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento District Attorney’s
Office and member of the Human Trafficking Task Force


AAUW Sacramento Branch
AAUW Davis Branch
AAUW California State University Sacramento Branch
Assistance League Sacramento
Daughters of Penelope
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Sacramento Alumnae Chapter
Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc of Sacramento
National Council of Jewish Women
Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

February Programming: A Talk with Julie Steinberg by Linda Patterson

Julie Steinberg

Julie Steinberg

Julie Steinberg is the guest speaker for the Feb. 25 Sacramento Branch Program. She will speak at 7 p.m. in the Carmichael Library Meeting Room, 5605 Marconi Ave., on the topic, “ A Mother’s Journey with her Daughter as they Faced Mental Illness.”

Steinberg is a member of the clergy at Congregation B’nai Israel in Sacramento.

She has been enriching B’nai Israel’s education programs and worship services for more than 16 years. She has an extensive background in both music and counseling.

She began her career in music as a young girl in the Peninsula Temple Sholom Youth Choir in Burlingame, where she also sang for many years in a quartet with Temple Sholom’s Cantor Barry Reich. She studied music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Indiana University.

Steinberg holds a master’s degree in social work and served as a social worker for Jewish Family Services in Sacramento, working with seniors and families in the Sacramento region. She is married to former State Senate President Pro Tem and Sacramento Mayoral candidate Darrell Steinberg and is the mother of mental health advocate Jordana Steinberg and a son, Ari.

In August 2014, Jordana Steinberg was featured the Sacramento Bee feature story, “Jordana Steinberg: ‘A Story of Overcoming’ Mental Illness.” “It’s a story of overcoming, not hardship,” Jordana said in the article.

Please join AAUW Sacramento Branch members to hear Julie share her experiences as a mother in helping her daughter on this journey.

Register for free on EviteBrite

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or by email to Dawn Boyd,

Refreshments will be provided.

Save the Date for March 10 by Linda Patterson

 Thursday, March 10

What: Sacramento Branch Meeting and Program

“Human Trafficking in the Sacramento Region”

The Sacramento area and the Central Valley is a hotspot for human trafficking. Federal agents putthis_on_calendar_clip_art_1_working out of the FBI’s Sacramento field office and local law enforcement in June 2014 rescued nine underage girls working as prostitutes and nabbed seven pimps as part of the Bureau’s Operation Cross Country program, which recovers exploited children. This was the sixth-highest total of recoveries of the FBI’s 54 field offices, officials said at the time.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has set up a special Task Force to address the issue with the public.  “It’s up to us to admit that Sacramento has an issue,” said Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby in a recent Sacramento Bee article. “An issue equates to an opportunity – an opportunity to be a leader.”

Come hear what is being done to curb these crimes in our community

Guest Speakers:  Jenny Williamson, Executive Director, Courage Worldwide; Jan Scully, Founder and Director, Family Justice Center; Holly Gibbs, survivor and health educator at Dignity Healthcare; and Sonia Satchell, Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and member of the Human Trafficking Task Force

Where:  St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2391 St. Mark’s Way, Sacramento

Time:  Doors open at 6:15 PM, Program begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 9:30 PM

Sponsors/Co-Sponsors:  AAUW Sacramento Branch, AAUW California State University Sacramento Branch, Department of Human Assistance, National Council of Jewish Women, Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Sacramento Alumni Chapter, Davis Branch AAUW, Assistance League, 100 Black Women and the Daughters of Penelope

Recruiting Bakers for Human Trafficking Event – March 10, 2016 by Kathy Papst

CaptureLinda Patterson and the program committee are working hard to have a very successful event on human trafficking in the Sacramento area. It promises to be a very informative evening. We anticipate a very good attendance, so as the chairperson of the refreshments for this evening, I am in need of help from our generous members of Sacramento AAUW. I am calling for bakers to bring cookies and sweet breads to this event on March 10. I plan to bake banana bread, poppy seed bread, etc., and freeze them ahead of time for the event.

Please e-mail to me at if you are able to bake three dozen cookies or one or two loaves of your favorite bread for this event. I will need six to eight people who can contribute. I will make sure to send out a reminder a week before the meeting, so that I can coordinate the donations. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to contribute by baking, please let me know so that I can make arrangements for someone to come to your home to pick up your donation. Thank you so much. I look forward to seeing many of our members at this important meeting.