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AAUW Members Discuss the Wage Gap at CAMP

Lisa Beauchamp and Brandy Shiners were invited to speak about the wage gap to the California State University, Sacramento, College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at the California State Capitol on Friday, Feb. 27. CAMP is a unique educational program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds to succeed at college.

CAMP was created in 1981, and its goal is to help students navigate through college life by providing assistance with forms for financial aid, admission, and other university services. CAMP also provides a support system that will help improve the students’ study skills and lead to a successful path to graduation

Beauchamp, Shiners, and Gail Reed were honored to speak at CAMP’s meeting. They discussed how the wage gap impacts the students, and how with the power of information they can negotiate their salaries. They also informed the students about AAUW’s $tart $mart salary negotiation program and hope to bring this valuable program to them in the near future. All three women enjoyed spending the afternoon with the CAMP students and look forward to working with CSUS again soon.


Directories for Sale!

If you need a new or second copy of the Branch Directory,

  • Please send cash or a check for $5 (which already includes postage) made out to AAUW Sacramento
  • Mail it to: Sharon Anderson, 9045 Thilow Drive, Sacramento, CA 95826
  • If you have questions, please call Sharon at (916) 594-7650.

“January 2015 Fundraising Committee Report” by Cherril Peabody

Though the Fundraising Committee doesn’t have a director, we have been busy nonetheless.  Gloria Yost, Liz Jordan and Donna Holmes are writing grant proposals to benefit Tech Trek, Speech Trek and Scholarships, with more to come, and we have started planning a major fundraising event, which we hope you will all support.

We had tentatively planned on having a phantom tea to support our 100th Anniversary Fund, but we have decided to incorporate that into our Installation Tea options, so as not to burden you with too many fundraisers.

In March we hope you will be ready for some entertainment, and we are planning a musical theatre party fundraising event, courtesy of Runaway Stage, the company that previously captivated us with “Legally Blonde” two years ago.  This year they are producing an old favorite, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” which promises to be great fun, and we have bought out the house for Sunday afternoon, March 15.  This event will benefit the Funds programs, Scholarships, Speech Trek and Tech Trek.  We hope you will all come and bring your friends and family to an engaging afternoon performance with a wine and cheese reception. You will hear more details about this event soon.


AAUW Sacramento WOW Presents “Mississippi Then & Now”

We are very pleased to announce that on November 19th, 2014,  we will have a special WOW (“Women of the World) event at Robbie Waters Pocket Library at 7 pm.

Special guest Karen Duncanwood will recount her experiences as a participant during the Freedom of Summer in Mississippi.  RSVP Here via Eventbrite or download the PDF flyer here.

This event is open to the public and we welcome everyone.


AAUW Sacramento Membership’s Five National Dues Winners

The Membership Co-Directors announced at the June board meeting that our branch earned five free national memberships this year under the Shape the Future campaign. Under the guidelines of recognizing individuals who contributed their time and resources to benefit the entire branch this past year, it was decided to award those free national memberships this year to the following branch members:

 Sharon Anderson, as Membership Treasurer, ensures we have an accurate branch directory, monitors updates, processes and connects our new members, and works with the branch Treasurer and National and State offices to timely handle all dues and paperwork. She puts a lot of effort into our renewal process, including organizing the mailing, and following up to ensure the branch submits its Dues Reports timely each year.

 Liz Jordan, as Fundraising Coordinator, contributed significantly toward the success of our “Pride and Prejudice” fundraiser last fall. Taking on that major event, especially given the short lead time, required a lot of coordination as well as her personal commitment of time and energies. We also recognize and appreciate the commitment she has made to our successful Speech Trek program.

Angela Scarlett, as Communications Coordinator, schedules and hosts the monthly Happy Hours, maintains our website, is part of the newsletter team, and publicizes branch events through social media. She also assists with e-mail blasts. These responsibilities connect our members to one another and promote AAUW in the broader community.

 Anne Rhodes, as Hospitality Coordinator, puts a lot of time and energy into soliciting refreshments and volunteers, and arriving early and staying late for every branch and WOW meeting. Her efforts provide a welcoming atmosphere for those meetings, which is so critical to the fellowship our branch offers.

 Ruth Werner, for several years, has consistently assisted Hospitality at the branch and WOW meetings. She has put a lot of time and energy into providing the refreshments, arriving early to set up, and staying late to clean up.

While we recognized and rewarded these women this year, we also know that it takes a team effort to promote the mission of AAUW and to keep our branch functioning well. Every branch member is a part of that team, and for that, we appreciate all that you do and we value your membership and contributions to our branch!

A big part of promoting the mission of AAUW is recruiting new members, and we were very successful at that this year. Our branch welcomed 44 new members, 30 of which were referred by our own members! Please see the separate listing in this newsletter, identifying our new members and their friends who recruited them. Thank you to these ambassadors for AAUW! Please look for our new members at our functions and introduce yourself! (They will have green dots on their name badges.) We had a recruitment incentive this year to award full membership for the upcoming year to one recruiter whose name would be drawn at a year-end drawing. The winner of that drawing at the May installation of officers meeting was Dee Brookshire. Congratulations, Dee!

We want to thank those of you who submitted your renewals timely this year (about 67% of you as of July) and also solicit your feedback on how we might improve that percentage in the coming year. We currently mail the renewal forms and put them on the website in late April and request response by June 1. Reminders are then sent via email and announced at meetings. The membership committee then has to follow up with everyone who doesn’t respond in order to get the reports to National by July 1. More importantly, this process helps us to retain our valuable members. So please keep all of this in mind next year when you get that renewal package in the mail. Please provide your suggestions for improving this process to Sharon Anderson.

Give a Grad a Gift: Following the college graduation season and your celebrations of that milestone with friends or family, we hope you will please consider this special opportunity. AAUW members can give a recent grad — a friend, daughter, son, mother, father, granddaughter, grandson, niece, or nephew — a free AAUW National and State membership within two years of graduation, at no cost to you or them! Your grad will receive a one-year member-at-large membership — a $65 value. They can join a branch at any time but will be responsible for paying branch dues. Please contact Membership Treasurer Sharon Anderson for application information.

Message from Incoming President Cherril Peabody – 6/13/2014

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. In July we will embark on another AAUW Sacramento year of dynamic and thought-provoking programs, stimulating interest group activities and the wonderful camaraderie that pulls it all together. Our fantastic new board is already gearing up with planning for our fall Showcase, the kickoff for the 2014-15 program year. Save the date: Saturday, September 20, at the Arcade Library.

We hope to offer many programs and activities this year that will pique your interest and encourage your participation. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer and keep cool!

Cherril Peabody
Incoming President

May 22, 2014 Women Of the World: Women Warriors Speak Gallery

Come Help Celebrate Women Making History this Wednesday on March 19, 2014

March is Women’s History Month

To celebrate this special month, AAUW Sacramento has put together a special panel of successful business women in the Sacramento area: Azizza Davis Goines, president and CEO of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, Pat Fong Kushida, president and CEO of the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, and Alice Perez, CEO and President of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce .  Our theme for March is “Celebrating Diversity.”  We honor this theme with  this special panel.

The cost is $15 per person and tickets are available via brown paper tickets here.

You  can also click on the flier link below.

Woen Making History Flier

Next Happy Hour Wednesday August 14th, Back at the Mix Downtown



Hi all,

We had such a good time at the Mix Downtown in July (9 new members joined), that I decided to go back there for August as well.  At the top of the Firestone building, The Mix, located at located at 1525 L St., Sacramento, 95814,  has a lovely outdoor patio and great Happy Hour specials for every day of the week.  We will be there on the “Pizza & Pinot” Wednesday (check their website out for more information, but they have half off on their small eats plates and some nice drink specials.

If you are the first person to bring a new potential member, you will earn $20 worth of eats and drinks.  There is street parking, valet, and a parking garage right across the street. You can access the Mix via the stairs or the elevator.  We also encourage friends to carpool, and lastly, we welcome spouses and partners.

Please RSVP to me at or 916-612-8442 to give her an idea of how many will be attending.

See you there!

Angela Scarlett

Happy Hour Hostess