Presidents’ Message By Liz Jordan and Charmen Goehring

Liz Jordan

The saying goes that March roars in like a lion, but it feels like February stole a bit of March’s roar. Our much-anticipated 100th Anniversary celebration is behind us, but certainly not our ongoing pride in our Sacramento Branch’s contributions to our community.


This brings us to one of the most important issues before the branch that impacts our ability to continue as a vibrant organization … our need for volunteers and specifically for a member to step forward to assume the office of Finance Director. We were blessed for several years with members who were willing to take it on as a new personal challenge and by members with professional expertise. But now the Nominating Committee is facing a serious situation: a needed volunteer to take up the position.


Please read Sharon Anderson’s article about membership renewal. We have been trying to keep you informed about this significant change in the way you will be renewing membership for the 2020-2021 year. We will renew online this year using our most secure credit cards. It’s super simple, and you will get instructions via email and snail-mail. We are hoping you will continue to be as generous with our outreach programs (which are all tax-deductible!!). More information about that process will be mailed to you in April.


We were so fortunate to have Amy Rose step up to take on the Public Policy Directorship this year. Amy has left us for Houston, Texas, and a new job with Harris County Government. We will miss her energy and talent on our board and hope we can find her replacement! Good luck, Amy.


In an effort to help the enormous task of the Nominating Committee as well as bring the branch up-to-date with best practices at both the State and National AAUW, we propose the following changes to our By-Laws:

  1. To make the following changes to our Bylaws Article X: letter c. “the term of one year” to read “term of two years”.
  2. Add a new letter  ‘d’ to the Bylaws Article X. Officers, to read “Officers shall be elected in staggered terms as following: Secretary and Finance Director shall be elected in even-numbered years. President-Elect, Funds Director, Membership Director, and Program Director will be elected in odd-numbered years. The president-elect shall serve for a term of three years, one year as president-elect, followed by two years as president.

The Branch will vote on these changes during the April Branch meeting, along with voting on the proposed slate of officers for next year’s elected board.


Charmen Goehring

March 25, 2020, Branch meeting is an evening meeting at the Arden-Dimick Library Community Room on Women’s Well-Being. This meeting was planned by Amy Rose along with our Program Directors Cathy Locke and Karen Burley. Excellent information will be provided as well as a brief presentation by one of our scholarship winners.

April 25, 2020, at Plates Café is the popular Author’s luncheon. We will have an exciting presentation by Steve and Susie Swatt, along with Rebecca LaVally and Jeff Raimundo on California women’s achievements, celebrating the right to vote along with many other milestones. This is also our annual meeting and we vote on next year’s elected board and some proposed bylaw changes.

Equal Pay Day is March 31, 2020.