Presidents’ Message by Liz Jordan and Charmen Goehring

AAUW Sacramento off to an exciting 100th year

Liz Jordan

What does AAUW Sacramento do with your money? Our programs in September and October provide genuine opportunities to see how we are acting to level the playing field for women and girls in Sacramento.

At our Showcase meeting on Sept. 21, we heard our Scholarship recipients explain the importance of our support to their career efforts. We also listened to our very first NCCWSL recipients, two CSUS leaders whom we sent to the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders, held in May at the University of Maryland. So impressive!

Coming up we have an exciting opportunity to learn about our very successful Tech Trek outreach program with middle school girls. The Tech Trek brunch, headed up by Jo Reiken and Ashley Gilreath, is a must-attend branch meeting on Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – noon at the Rancho Cordova City Hall. See the full article about this meeting for registration information.

Open to all members is the upcoming IBC Leadership Training on Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Community Church Pilgrim Hall, 890 Morse Ave. The training and lunch are only $15. This is an opportunity for current and future AAUW leaders to

  • discuss local leadership needs
  • gain more insight into AAUW CA and National priorities as well as what tools and resources are available
  • develop implementation plans

See the flyer here for details about signing up for this opportunity.

What’s our future? Change.

Charmen Goehring

Sacramento is planning to celebrate our 100th Anniversary next February with a grand luncheon party. This looking back at our history means we also need to look forward to our future.

AAUW National has recently concluded a year-long self-analysis and restructuring, which included reducing its staff significantly and developing a more focused plan for future efforts. The mission, to “advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy” remains the same.

The sharpened focus is on four areas:

  • Education & Training
  • Economic Security
  • Leadership
  • Governance & Sustainability

To learn more about the Strategic Plan BEYOND ASPIRATIONS, go to and scroll down to the second half of the home page. Click on it and you will be taken to a full explanation.

The local impact of this plan is most immediately felt in our AAUW Funds. See the article from our Funds Directors Kathy Asay and Merrie McLaughlin in this issue about the changes to Funds. Look for other articles here on Capitol Ideas (our website) and at Branch Meetings about how to donate to the newly streamlined funds.

Our branch is also planning changes:

  • to our website
  • to our membership renewal process
  • to our local outreach donations process

We believe these changes will enhance your understanding of all AAUW efforts and events, save the branch money, and make it easier to donate to your favorite programs/projects.

As your branch leader-volunteers prepare each new change, we will provide opportunities to learn more in articles in upcoming newsletter issues, announcements at branch meetings and in News You Can Use messages to your Interest and Book Groups.