Worried about those 11 (yes 11!) propositions on the Nov. 6 ballot? How will you find out what they mean and how they impact you and others? Your AAUW Branch has a solution for you. You will not want to miss this opportunity to help prepare yourself for the November election.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Sacramento and Citrus Heights-American River branches of AAUW are co-sponsoring a California Ballot Proposition Forum at 10 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita, Carmichael.
Professor Mary Beth Moylan and a panel of McGeorge School of Law students will review each of the propositions, providing an overview of the arguments in favor and in opposition to each. Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions to the panelists, which will be addressed during a question-and-answer period after the presentation.
The Forum is free of charge, but seating is limited, so please register through Eventbrite by clicking on the following button:
Eventbrite registration is encouraged, as it is very easy (we only ask for your name, email and whether you are an AAUW member. Alternatively, you can register by emailing Dawn Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directories for Sale by Sharon Anderson
If you would like a second copy of the Branch Directory, please send cash or a check for $5 (which includes postage) made out to AAUW Sacramento, and mail it to Sharon Anderson, 9045 Thilow Drive, Sacramento, 95826. If questions, email Sharon at email@example.com or call 916-396-9790.
Interest Groups, Book Groups, Birthdays and Printable Articles Here:
Cecelia H. Payne
Did you know that AAUW’s fellowship program gave its first award as long ago as 1890? It was $500 for postdoctoral study, supported by individual donations. Almost from the beginning, the Association of Collegiate Alumnae (AAUW as it was then) saw the need to help women financially to further their education. In the following years, as the quality of AAUW’s recipients became recognized, memorial endowments were given so similar awards could be made.
By 1919, aid to gifted women had become so much a part of the mission of AAUW that $.25 of member dues was committed to the funding of fellowships. In 1923, International fellowships were developed with the provision that the recipient study in a country that was not her own, a provision that still applies.
With that in mind, consider Cecilia H. Payne of England who in 1924 was doing breakthrough work in mapping and understanding the stars but needed a Ph.D. in astronomy to advance her position at Harvard’s Observatory. Payne received $1,000 from the Rose Sidgwick Memorial Fellowship of AAUW to complete her degree, becoming the first person to obtain a Ph.D. in her field at Harvard. Her thesis that many of the stars she was studying were primarily hydrogen is still an accepted principle of astronomy. In 1956, Payne became the first female full professor at Harvard and soon after the chairman of the department of astronomy. At $14,000, her salary became higher than her husband’s (he also worked at the Observatory) but was far below that of her male peers.
The members of our book section 8 read about Cecilia Payne in The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel. You never know where you will encounter the amazing women who have benefitted from the AAUW Funds program.
During the 1970s, the Sacramento Branch had a great partnership with the Sacramento District Dental Society Auxiliary, which provided dental hygiene education to grade school children in the Sacramento City and San Juan district schools—and brought a source of income for our own scholarship funds because the Auxiliary paid us for each presentation.
The script was prepared and recorded by the Auxiliary. It was based upon the familiar story of “Hansel and Gretel,” with a twist on the idea of the children eating too many sweets, which attracted them to the witch’s house in the forest. It was a marionette show with a pre-recorded tape of the voices of the various characters: Hansel, Gretel, the wicked witch, and the hero “Mr. Toothbrush.”
Volunteer AAUW members loaded the backs of their station wagons with a large plywood platform, the puppet stage, a full-sized tape recorder, and the puppets. They usually did two performances at each school after learning how to manipulate the string puppets and bring them to life. Sometimes they even brought their own preschoolers along when they couldn’t get babysitters, and they joined the audience. They put the shows on in the multi-purpose rooms to excited audiences who got the message about the importance of good dental hygiene practices. They “booed” the witch and cheered the toothbrush when he rescued the children. Volunteers had to have strong backs and legs to lug around the equipment and stand on boxes to be tall enough to reach over the top of the puppet stage—but they have fond memories of this community service.
Our Showcase meeting in September was delightful, but it didn’t result in a lot of sign-ups for Interest Groups. Therefore, I thought I would mention again some groups that would welcome new members. Participating in interest groups is a great way to make new friends and expand your horizons!
- Board Games meets on the last Friday at 7 p.m. Members play card and board games. Contact Anne Rhodes, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Book Groups: There are currently eight groups that meet either during the day or in the evening, and most are accepting new members. Two new groups have been proposed, as well. Contact Book Group Chair Linda Cook, email@example.com
- Bridge for Fun, which meets on the first Tuesday at 1 p.m., needs substitutes. Contact Jane Reinmuth, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chicago Bridge meets on the fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m., and they also need subs. Contact Margot Leidig, MHLeidig@aol.com
- Cultural History meets on the first Thursday at 1 p.m. Members discuss two or three books during the year about cultural changes that have impacted history. Contact Diane Preece, email@example.com
- Great Decisions I meets on the third Monday at 7 p.m. They discuss world issues using materials from an international organization. Contact Jen Henderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Great Decisions III meets on the third Monday at 1 p.m. See above for description. Contact Marlys Huez, email@example.com
- Healthy Heart meets on the second Sunday at 6 p.m. in members’ homes, bringing healthy, tasty food to share with the group. Contact Jane Cooley, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Readers Theater meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. Members read aloud plays that are provided by an AAUW branch. Contact Diane Petersen, 916-214-4644
- Scrabble Just for Fun meets on the last Monday at 1 p.m. Members play one or two games of Scrabble in groups of two or three. Contact Vivian Counts, email@example.com
November 2018 CA Ballot Proposition Forum on October 13
On October 13 at 10 a.m., AAUW Sacramento is co-sponsoring a forum on the November 2018 Ballot Propositions with the AAUW Citrus Heights- American River branch. Professor Mary-Beth Moylan and a panel of McGeorge Law School Students will review the propositions on the November 2018 ballot. A Q & A will follow the panel.
Register for free on Eventbrite. Here is the Ballot Proposition flyer.
Membership Matters by Linda Patterson and Sharon Norris
As our Branch meetings begin again this Fall, it is nice to remember that we have a great membership recruitment tool in the Shape the Future campaign. The Shape the Future membership campaign is an opportunity for current members to offer a discounted rate to prospective members. With this campaign, new members pay just 50 percent of the national dues rate when they join AAUW at a public event. Branches also earn one free national membership to give away for every two newly recruited members, with a maximum of three free memberships annually. Please encourage friends and family to join AAUW at a Branch event. That benefits both the new member and the Branch.
Please welcome new member Mollie McDonald. Mollie graduated from California State University, Sacramento, in May with a BA in psychology and a minor in statistics. She will be attending University of Nevada, Reno, in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Mollie is the past president of the CSUS AAUW affiliate and was on the Branch 2017-18 Tech Trek Committee. Although she will be moving to Reno temporarily to attend school, she intends to reside in California permanently, with the goal of giving back to her community. Mollie hopes to attend the September Branch meeting. Please take the opportunity to say hello and welcome her to the Branch.
Proposed Budget for 2018-19
The Board of Directors has approved the budget for fiscal year 2018/2019 (click here for part 1 and here for part 2), and Branch members are asked to review the proposed budget which will be voted on at the September Showcase.
Please direct any questions or suggestions to May Ruth Lynch at 916-382-4412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Interest Group and Book Group Calendars and Printable Articles
- Click here to see the Interest Group Calendar.
- Click here to see the Book Group Calendar.
- Click here for a printable version of the articles.
- Note, if an event has passed, please contact the coordinator for future dates!