Monthly Archives: January 2016

Speech Trek 2016 this February 20! by Liz Jordan and Shari Beck

Speech Trek

Speech Trek

Come one and all to hear this year’s high school students compete in original five- to six-minute speeches for prizes of $400, $200, and $100.  Mark your calendars.  This event will leave you smiling.

Saturday, February 20
9 a.m. – Noon
Valley Hi-North Laguna Library Community Room
7400 Imagination Parkway
Sacramento, 95823
Off Bruceville Road and across from Cosumnes River College




Although admission is free, please register online with Eventbrite

Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento Speech Trek Contest 2016

or contact Dawn Boyd (email  or call (c)925-321-9946 or (h)916-942-9227)  so that we may plan on your attendance.

This year the complete topic question asks:  What is gender bias and inequality?  What is its impact on people?  Why should organizations such as AAUW continue to work to change its practice?

Students are all from the regular nine high schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District.

For more information, contact:

Liz Jordan, 916-354-9608,
Shari Beck, 916-451-5143,
Ann Arneill-Py, 916-942-9227,
Mary Ann Fleming, 916-688-3417


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.

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Membership Matters by Shirley Wheeler and Pat Winkle

Please welcome the following new AAUW members:

CAROL CORBETT received her BA in English from Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., and her MA in English from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Carol is a retired stockbroker and lives in Sacramento.

SHELLEY SHAVER received her BA in English/journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and her MA in English/creative writing from UC Davis. Shelley works full time and is a part-time English professor.

CAROLINE WEST is a returning Sacramento Branch member. She received her BS in business from UC Berkeley and her MA in Economics from Harvard University. Caroline is retired and worked in institutional research (higher education administration). She lives in Carmichael.

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Corrections on Last Month’s Newsletter

Correction: Last month in listing our contributors we accidentally omitted Linda Patterson. Please accept our belated thanks.

Spelling Correction: Please note that the newsletter assembler originally misspelled scholarship winner Rachel Jahnsen’s last name. Apologies for the error.

Exploring Our Interest Groups – Readers’ Theater by Cherril Peabody

Reader's theaterHave you always had a secret desire to be an actress? Well, the Readers’ Theater interest group can help you explore that heretofore hidden corner of your personality. Every month, October through May, Readers’ Theater members read a play – with feeling! – munch on a dessert treat, and generally have a good time together. The plays, which are sent out by the Northridge AAUW Branch, span a wide range of comedies and dramatic offerings. Every December their tradition is to read a children’s book called The Best/Worst Christmas Play Ever. In June, they don’t act out, they dine out – at lunch.

Readers’ Theatre needs some new actors! If you would like to try it out, give long-time chair Diane Petersen a call at 916-214-4644 or email her at

What is a Research and Projects Community Action Grant? by Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew

Community ActionCommunity Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state
organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls.

Since the inauguration of the Research and Projects Fund in 1972, AAUW has provided support to hundreds of communities around the United States to advance education and equality for women and girls. Palo Alto branch member Marie Wolbach founded Tech Trek in 1998 with the help of an AAUW Community Action Grant. Since then, AAUW of California has grown Tech Trek to 10 camps on eight college campuses across the state.

Some other recent projects are Camp GirlForward, which provided educational and leadership opportunities to adolescent refugee girls ages 14–19 who have been resettled in Chicago; and Opening the Door to Higher Ed for 1st-Generation Grads, a Florida project to help at-risk high school girls finish high school and go on to college. Of the 32 grants awarded in 2015-16, five are projects in California.

Why should the Sacramento Branch sponsor a Grant?

In 2020 the Sacramento Branch will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. In 2012, to honor this occasion, the Branch committed to raising $75,000 to fund a Community Action Grant. We are enlisting the help of other branches in this effort, as donations to AAUW Funds by our branch members have contributed to the completion of many grants through the years.

Once this endowment is complete, AAUW will invest the money, awarding the interest. Typically the interest from a number of endowments would be combined, as in the Florida example above where seven Florida endowments sponsored the grant. Our branch and its 100 years of service will be honored each time a grant is awarded.

Public Policy Updates by Inger Lindholm and Cherril Peabody

Title IXTitle IX by Inger Lindholm

Title IX was presented at the last meeting as the most important piece of legislation for advancing women’s rights. This occurred 43 years ago, and we continue to celebrate the benefits as an amendment to the Civil Rights Acts under former President Lyndon Johnson.

Many unsung women worked diligently to change the status of women, including college professor Bernice Sandler, Rep. Edith Green (D), and Rep. Patsy Mink (D), a known and respected legislator from Hawaii.

These women and groups such as AAUW, NOW and Women’s Equity Action League provided not only the monetary support for research and hearings, but have held the continued spotlight on other inequities. Foremost are the inequities in education but also in sports, jobs, equal pay, and promotions on the job, just to name a few.

We are not there yet. We need to honor these women and our AAUW founders for their continued work and become a part of the process.

It’s Easy To Become a Two-Minute Activist – Sign Up Today! by Cherril Peabody

National AAUW has a great program called the Two-Minute Activist, sponsored by the AAUW Action Network. Periodically, they email participants information about a current AAUW focus issue that needs support or opposition and an already prepared letter for you to email to your elected representative. You can add your own comments or just send it as is with your signature and zip code. It truly only takes less than two minutes. To register, sign up here:

The AAUW Public Policy Committee has set a goal of recruiting at least half of our members to participate in this program. If you are already a Two-Minute Activist or if you sign up as a result of this message, please contact Cherril Peabody at and let her know.

Two Scholarship Winners graduate from CSUS in December by Donna Holmes

Sharay and Donna Holmes

Sharay and Donna Holmes

Sharay Robinson, awarded three scholarships by our branch, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Health Care Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Sharay was attending American River College when she received the Gloria Eriksson Scholarship for 2012-2013. She then transferred to CSUS where she received the Dalma Godt Memorial for 2013-2014 and the Donn and Mary Random Memorial Scholarship for 2014-2015. She is 30 years old and a single mother of three children. She had her first child at 14. I sent her a card and letter of congratulations when she graduated on Dec. 20. Here is what she had to say in response:

“There are not enough words to express my gratitude. I feel so blessed to have had the chance to complete my dreams of earning my degree. At the time when I applied for the 2nd scholarship, I felt like giving up because it was getting extremely hard. But, once I received the letter about being awarded it gave me so much hope. I want to thank you and your family for everything. Love, Sharay & God Bless”

Thanh Ho

Thanh Ho

Thanh Ho, awarded two scholarships by our branch, graduated with a 3.6 GPA from CSUS with

a BS in Health Care Administration. She immigrated to Sacramento from Vietnam eight years ago with her mother, brother, and sister. For the last 20 years, she has been the caregiver to her mother, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Thanh is currently working as an intern with Covered California. We received the following note from Thanh:

“I am so happy to have finally finished my BS degree, which has taken almost 8 years to complete. Your mental and financial support has given me more strength to overcome the many hardships and obstacles of my long journey. So please consider my achievement is also yours because, without your support, I might not have been able to finish on time. I am so proud to be a part of the Sacramento AAUW Chapter. I hope you will continue to provide support for other women who struggle to attain their educational goals while facing many difficulties in life.”

The Scholarship Committee will meet in March to select four 2016-2017 scholarship awardees. If you know any potential applicants, the application can be downloaded from the Scholarships webpage of the AAUW Sacramento website, or you can email Scholarship Co-Chair Anna Storey at with the applicant’s contact information and she will send her the announcement and application form.


A Photographic Record of the January 23 IBC Luncheon at Plates

View of the IBC Luncheon Crowd

View of the IBC Luncheon Crowd

AAUW Sacramento State & AAUW Fellows

AAUW Sacramento State & AAUW Fellows

Kathleen Crawford, Roseville-So. Placer

Kathleen Crawford, Roseville-So. Placer

Registration Desk with Cherril Peabody, Nancy McCabe & Gina Schumacher

Registration Desk with Cherril Peabody, Nancy McCabe & Gina Schumacher

Charmen Goehring, AAUW-CA Director and Barbara Smith, Sacramento Branch

Charmen Goehring, AAUW-CA Director and Barbara Smith, Sacramento Branch

Gloria Yost with leaders of Sac State Branch

Gloria Yost with leaders of Sac State Branch


Swadi Patel and Helen Rocha

One of the lovely Plates servers

The Plates Restaurant Manager

Carolyn Garfien - AAUW Past President & Cindy Faulkner

Carolyn Garfien – AAUW Past President & Cindy Faulkner

View of the different branches

View of the different branches

IBC Luncheon January 23. Registration due on January 15

Swati Patel, AAUW Fellow & IBC Luncheon Speaker

Swati Patel, AAUW Fellow & IBC Luncheon Speaker

Last month we gave you a heads up about the Interbranch Council (IBC) Luncheon on Jan. 23. If you didn’t get around to making a reservation then, now is the time! It will be held at one of our favorite venues, Plates, and we will have two great AAUW fellows as our speakers. How can we go wrong?

If you are new to AAUW, you may not know that we give a lot of fellowships on a national level to women who are working on graduate projects of many kinds. We have a regional group of AAUW branches, the Interbranch Council, which comes together once a year to highlight the achievements of a couple of our Northern California fellows. This time we have invited Helen Rocha, a civil engineer from California State University, Sacramento, and Swati Patel, a mathematician from the University of California, Davis, to tell us about what they are doing. Besides hearing about the work of some very talented women, we get to socialize with members of other area branches and learn what they’ve been doing, which is always fun.

Helen Rocha, AAUW Fellow & IBC Speaker

Helen Rocha, AAUW Fellow & IBC Speaker

If you plan to attend, please fill out the registration form located here and send it with your check for $28 per person made payable to Capital Cities IBC to Shirley Zeff, PO Box 820, Chicago Park, CA 95712-0820. (Please note that you can’t use EventBrite for this luncheon.) The menu details are explained on the form. The deadline for reservations is Jan. 15. If you have questions, contact Shirley at 530-273-3010, or