Category Archives: Programs

Anything related to program activities for the AAUW Sacramento Branch.

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.

37th Annual Take Back the Night Next Saturday, October 8 & Mark Your Calendars for Authors Luncheon on April 8

Participate in the 37th Annual Take Back the Night and Help Raise Awareness by Nancy McCabe

The Official Take Back the Night Icon

The Official Take Back the Night Icon

Come join the AAUW Sacramento branch on Saturday, Oct. 8 for our third year of co-sponsoring the Take Back the Night rally and march through midtown. Take Back the Night aims to end sexual- and gender-based violence through awareness building and supporting agencies that provide services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

We are a part of the resource fair, which begins at 5:30 p.m. There is also programming in the same location until 7:30, when we break down the tables and prepare for the march through midtown at 8 p.m. AAUW marchers carry our banner and march along with the other participants in a show of support for women’s issues. It is a good way to become better known as many Second Saturday attendees visit our table to see who we are. We also network with other co-sponsor agencies.

If you can join us, please let Nancy McCabe,, know to expect you.

Mark Your Calendar for the Authors Luncheon by Jane Cooley

The Sacramento branch annual Author’s Luncheon will be held at Plates on April 8, 2017. This year’s speaker is Cindy Samples. Mark your calendars now. Look for menu and reservation information in future newsletters.

Showcase 2016 Recap by Cherril Peabody

Speaker Reva Wittenberg

Speaker Reva Wittenberg

Our branch outreach programs were in the spotlight at this year’s AAUW Sacramento branch Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Arden-Dimick Library. Interest group sign-ups were also available.

Donna Holmes updated us on our 100th Anniversary Grant. We are doing very well in reaching our goal of $75,000. Thus far we have raised $52,000, or 70% in four years


Linda Whitney with Speech Trek members Ann Arneill & Liz Jordan

Linda Whitney with Speech Trek members Ann Arneill & Liz Jordan

Liz Jordan, who co-chairs Speech Trek, spoke about how their committee works with high school. Gloria Yost and Linda Whitney shared about upcoming participation with Schools Credit Union in their Bite of Reality program with high school seniors. This is a program where students are given a scenario of their family structure and income and they have to purchase the necessities of life from us at different stations. It is a lot of fun, and the participants learn that life is not cheap! Consider volunteering when we have specific dates and places. You won’t regret it!

Gloria Yost & Linda Whitney

Gloria Yost & Linda Whitney

Their committee is also presenting a program for all adults about what information is needed if you are incapacitated or deceased and someone has to make decisions on what you leave behind. Who will shut down all of your Internet activities? Where is the gas outlet in the house? Did I promise the car to my granddaughter or her brother? See you there on Feb. 4.

Jo Reiken updated us on Tech Trek and Public Policy. Tech Trek is a wonderful STEM camp at UC Davis where we send six 13-year-old girls to learn their potential in the science fields and open their eyes to the possibility of attending college. Public policy is putting into action the very reasons that AAUW was founded — to advocate for women and girls. Please read their articles in each Capitol Ideas newsletter.

Nancy McCabe, Pat Winkle & Shirley Walker

Nancy McCabe, Pat Winkle & Shirley Walker

Shirley Wheeler and Pat Winkle updated us on membership. They spoke to the advantages of joining at a branch meeting as a new member saves half of the national dues for the year she joins. Offer to host a few new members in your home to get acquainted with them. That is easy, fun, and a way to make new friends.

Our speaker, Reva Wittenberg, the associate director of campus wellness at California State University, Sacramento, spoke on what CSUS is doing to prevent and deal with campus sexual assault. The topic was timely, and her presentation was informative.

If you missed the showcase, you missed an opportunity.

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.

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Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento Branch Fall Showcase for 2016-17

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

Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento May Branch Meeting & WOW Presents Mercy Ships Nurses

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).
Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento 2016 Authors Luncheon with Marilyn Reynolds

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