Membership Happenings

Membership Happenings By Gloria Yost and Vicky Lovell

Strengthening our AAUW Sacramento connections and friendships

Holiday seasons can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a number of different religious celebrations occur, there are parties, gatherings, gift giving and more. On the other hand, there can be isolation and loneliness that can make this season very hard for some of our fellow members and neighbors.

Our hope is that each and every one of you, our members, receives that greeting, or phone call, or invitation of inclusion that will make this holiday season a blessing for you.

Congratulations to our Membership Ambassadors

These eight women – Marlys Huez, Karen Burley, Hedda Smithson, Cherril Peabody, Jean Bonar, Bonnie Penix, Gloria Yost and Michele Hobza – have recruited 12 new members so far! We have held two “bring in a new member drawings” so far and the winners are

  • October – Karen Burley
  • November – Jean Bonar

Congratulations ladies!

Please be sure Gloria Yost knows when you bring a guest and potential member to a meeting so you can get your name on the wall of recognition.

Member in the News

Jessica Waugh recently presented at the BPIS Conference for teachers and administrators that focused on non-punitive strategies to help students engage at school. Her topic was on ways to support students who may be experiencing racism at school. Congratulation Jessica!

Meet our New AAUW Sacramento Members!

Please join the membership team in welcoming eight new members to the Sacramento Branch!  If you meet them at an event, or a book group or interest group, let them know what you enjoy and appreciate most about our branch — after telling them how glad you are they joined. These folks joined our branch in October and November 2023:

  • Darcy Burton
  • Gail Field
  • Diane Ouellett
  • Jill Peckingham
  • Lina Rincon
  • Cathy Sallas
  • Julie Sporrer
  • Jessica Waugh

In Memoriam – Jean Brown
February 24, 1937 – October 31, 2023

Sacramento, California – Jean E. Brown of Sacramento passed away on Oct. 31, 2023 surrounded by her loving family.  Jean was born on Feb. 24, 1937 to Raymond and Marie Boyd in Springfield, Missouri.  Her parents moved to California when she was 5 years old, and she and her three sisters grew up in Sacramento. After graduating from Grant Union High School and Sacramento State University, Jean taught in Washington Unified School District for 30 years after which she taught at James Marshall Preschool for another 20 years. Jean married Kenneth Brown in 1964 and had two daughters, Kathryn and Amy.

Jean was a 56-year member of AAUW where she shared her love of music by directing the Musettes, our branch choir.  The Musettes performed for a number of holiday branch meetings over the years.  She directed again when she led the choir for our 100th Anniversary party in 2020.

Celebrating December Birthdays! 

Happy Birthday to All!

  • Becky Anton                                   12/1
  • Diana Squire                                  12/1
  • Jean Bonar                                     12/4
  • Marcia Becwar                              12/8
  • Diane Petersen                             12/8
  • Angela Scarlett                              12/11
  • Karen Burley                                 12/12
  • Laraine Silberstein                       12/14
  • Lynn Anderson                             12/17
  • Linda Whitney                              12/27
  • Bonnie Penix                                 12/30
  • Susan O’Connell                           12/31