Category Archives: Programs

Anything related to program activities for the AAUW Sacramento Branch.

Save the Date for the Authors Luncheon on March 24 by Nancy McCabe

Hoang Chi Truong was a 13 year old daughter of a South Vietnamese Colonel when South Vietnam fell in 1975. Her life of relative privilege and comfort ended and her family became refugees. They fled to Guam and finally to the United States where they were not wanted by 60 percent of Americans. They spent three months in a second refugee camp in San Diego before they were ‘sponsored’ in Wyoming but actually were exploited. A church and refugee services in Fresno helped them to begin a new life in California.

She started writing her book, ‘Tigerfish,’ to share with her children how different her life had been from theirs. With a lot of hard work her family has been able to earn their piece of the American Dream. With refugees being a hot topic, her understanding from life experience is timely.

If you saw the Ken Burns series on the war in Vietnam, you may have seen her being interviewed by Scott Syphax on Studio Sacramento or read the Bee article by Stephen Magagnini, profiling her life experience and her book Tigerfish. Her presentation is certain to be one of our best. Her book is available on Amazon , Avid Reader and Blumoon & Vinyl.

You can register online here:

Eventbrite - AAUW Sacramento 2018 Authors Luncheon

Or, if you wish to pay by credit card. or via the pdf here if you wish to pay by check

Deeper in Debt Follow-Up: Cosumnes River College Food Closet Assistance by Deborah Dunn

At the November Branch Program, “Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans,” we learned from Yolanda Garcia, the Financial Aid Supervisor at Cosumnes River College, that the college is addressing the needs of its homeless and food insecure students by providing a food closet called The Hawk Spot. The food closet, a partnership between the Elk Grove Food Bank and CRC, is assisting about 500 students per month and is in need of non-perishable food.

As a follow-up to our “Deeper in Debt” program, during February, our Sacramento AAUW Branch will be collecting non-perishable items from members and donating them to The Hawk Spot. The most popular items students ask for are cereals, small bags of rice, pastas, flavored oatmeal, Jelly/jams, macaroni and cheese, and tuna. Other items to consider include soups, peanut/almond butter, and pasta sauce.

If you would like to assist The Hawk Spot with a voluntary food donation, there are a couple of ways to do so. If you are going to the Speech Trek Competition on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Cosumnes River College in Winn 150, please consider taking a bag of non-perishable food. Branch members will collect all the food brought to Speech Trek, and members of our Program Committee will arrange to deliver it to CRC during their drop off hours. If you are not attending Speech Trek but still want to help, you can drop off your bag of food at any the homes of the following members of the Program Committee: Deborah Dunn (located in Greenhaven/Pocket area), Nancy Nolen Swanson (located in the Folsom area) or Gloria Yost (located in the Fair Oaks area). Please email Deborah (, Nancy (, or Gloria ( to make arrangements for dropping off your bag of food.

Thank you for your help in supporting student wellness and reducing the impact of food insecurity on learning. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Deborah Dunn, Program Co-Director, AAUW Sacramento.

IBC Luncheon on Saturday, January 27th. Reservations Due on January 19 by Donna Holmes

This month we have the annual Capitol Cities Inter-Branch Funds Luncheon. This year’s two fellows, Kara Leong from UC Davis and Zawadi Ahidiana from UC Berkeley, are receiving their support from local grants. We are so delighted women honored to have grants in their name or their branch’s name will be introducing them at the luncheon.  Many of you have asked if we will ever meet the ladies who benefit from our soon to be completed Research and Project grant, and this is how we do it.  Just think, in another couple of years, one of our grant recipients could be speaking at this luncheon!  Click this link for the flyer and sign up today.  Note:  since this is an IBC function there is no EventBrite sign up.

We will also be hosting a silent auction to raise money for Funds.  Donna Holmes has donated an Americana double/queen size quilt.  Marty McKnew will have custom greeting cards for sale.  Bring your cash or checkbook!

Deeper in Debt Recap by Alicia Hetman

Alicia Hetman

The “Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans” program in October was very informative and provided a great opportunity for the attendees to learn more about how the issue is handled in the Sacramento area. We heard from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Financing, Lupita Cortez-Alcala, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, and Yolanda Garcia, Financial Aid Supervisor at Consumnes River College.

When asked what AAUW members could do to help students navigate through the maze of student loans, Cortez-Alcala suggested that we receive training and assist in the student trainings offered by the California Student Aid Commission. I have her contact information and in January will begin to see if some of you may be interested in participating in this project. For more information, I can be reached at

Our Annual Holiday Luncheon is Saturday, December 9 at 11:30 a.m. by Nancy McCabe

Annual Holiday Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.  on Saturday, December 9. Reservations due by December 4.

(Editor’s Note:  Folks, as this newsletter is coming out when the reservations are essentially due,  if you were still deciding whether to come to the Holiday Luncheon, please register via Eventbrite immediately or contact Dawn Boyd immediately at 925-321-9946 to let her know that the check is on its way and your menu choice.)

Please join us for our always enjoyable holiday luncheon which will again be held at North Ridge Country Club. The setting is lovely, and you get to enjoy the program, Mothers of Invention, given by our member and renowned speaker Carolyn Martin. When Carolyn earned her M.A. in History from the University of Washington, women rarely appeared in her studies. She later took a Women’s History class at CSUS and has continued to research and teach about women’s contributions in many fields. Her presentation is both fun and enlightening-Did you know that a woman invented disposable diapers? Scotchguard? Permanent Press? Talk about necessity being the mother of invention!

Music will again be provided by our talented member Mary Williams.

The menu selections are Chicken Fusilli Pasta and Vegetarian Lasagna. A vegan meal is available by request. Included in the lunch are salad, bread, coffee, tea and crème brulee. Parking is free and there is a full no-host bar.

  • Click the button below to register and pay with Eventbrite (note that the cost on :

Eventbrite - 2017 Annual Holiday Party

  • Click here to print the form if you wish to pay by check made payable to AAUW Sacramento. Mail to Dawn Boyd to her address in the directory.

Please bring new or gently used children’s books for Love-Talk-Read. Reading to children greatly enhances their chances for success in life. This group donates books for children up to twelve years of age to numerous organizations both here and abroad. If you want to make your book donation go farther, you may want to check out Friends of the Sacramento Public Library Book Den. See their website for location and hours. They have a great selection!

We have approximately 230 members so let’s aim for 230 books!

See you at lunch!

Deeper In Debt – Women and College Loans on November 9, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Carmichael Library
5605 Marconi Ave., Carmichael, 95608

  • Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans: AAUW Research Findings, Recommendations, and Panel Discussion, Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.; Carmichael Public Library, 5605 Marconi Ave., CarmichaelWomen now earn 57 percent of the bachelor’s degrees from U.S. colleges and universities, a remarkable achievement since AAUW’s founding in 1881 when women were awarded only a small fraction of college degrees. However, during the past few decades, student loans have become an increasingly common means of paying for post-secondary education. As a result, 44 million borrowers in the United States hold about $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans, which has caused increasing awareness of student debt as a challenge for the U.S. economy as well as for individual borrowers.

    AAUW’s new research report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, examines student debt from the perspective of gender and shows its disproportionate effects on women. Women hold nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the United States—more than $800 billion. And the gender pay gap contributes to the finding that women pay back their loans more slowly.

    On Nov. 9, the Sacramento Branch and the California State University Sacramento AAUW partner will present the AAUW research report findings and recommendations on student debt, followed by a panel discussion. We are pleased to have the participation of some very highly regarded California leaders in areas of education financing. Our panelists include Lupita Cortez-Alcala, Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance.

    Please plan to attend this important program at the Carmichael Public Library. Also, consider bringing a friend with potential for joining AAUW. If they join at the meeting, they will receive a 50 percent discount on the national dues, a savings of $24.50. You can register for free at Eventbrite by clicking the link below.

Eventbrite - Deeper In Debt: Women and Student Loans

Featured panelists:

  • Assemblyman Kevin McCarty–Chair, Budget Subcommittee on Education Financing
  • Lupita Cortez-Alcala– Executive Director, California Student Aid Commission
  • Yolanda Garcia–Financial Aid Supervisor, Cosumnes River College

AAUW Sacramento and AAUW Sacramento State Chapter invite students, faculty, AAUW members & the public

Equal Means Equal: Documentary on the Status of Women in America Showing on October 10, 2017 at 1 and 6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Community Room #1 of the Student Center
American River College,

Showings at 1 and 6 p.m.


In AAUW, we established a mission statement that says we stand for gender equity, for breaking down barriers, for opportunities for girls and women to live and work as equals with boys and men.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, AAUW Sacramento Branch is teaming up with our sister affiliate, Citrus Heights/American River (CHAR) to provide two free showings of a documentary film that looks hard at “how women are treated in the United States today” presenting the “compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.” (

Equal Means Equal (2016), a 93-minute film documentary written and directed by Kamala Lopez, will be shown at American River College, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Our two branches have reserved the Student Center Community Rooms #1-4 for both showings. Parking Lot A off Myrtle Avenue is the closest lot to the Student Center that is not under construction, and everyone (the public, members, with or without handicap placard) must pay the $2 fee at the Pay Station.

All AAUW members are invited along with students and faculty of ARC and the general public. A brief Question and Answer period will follow each showing. Food and drink is available for purchase in the Student Center and permitted in the Community Room.

Please register here for free via the Eventbrite button below

  • Parking Lot A Off Myrtle Avenue; $2 fee; see pay station
  • FREE & PLEASE pre-register here on Eventbrite
  • 1:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. Showings

Eventbrite - Equal Means Equal: Documentary on the Status of Women in America

Our Annual Branch Showcase is Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9 -11 a.m.

Arcade Library Meeting Room
2443 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento 95821

Plan to attend our upcoming Branch Showcase on Saturday, September 23.  This is a great opportunity for members to learn about plans for the upcoming year to implement our theme “AAUW Speaks Out for Women.”

  • Information about outreach priorities, such as Speech Trek, Tech Trek, Financially Fit Forever, and Public Policy, and upcoming programs/events will be shared.
  • Our Tech Trek participants (six 8th grade girls from two area schools) will discuss their experience at the UC Davis Tech Trek Camp.
  • Scholarship winners will be introduced and recognized.

Our upcoming Branch Showcase is a great time to introduce friends and prospective members to our Sacramento Branch.   Information about Branch Interest Groups will be available and members and prospective members who join AAUW will have the opportunity to sign up for Interest Groups.

To attend, please register at Eventbrite by clicking the Register Now button below:

Eventbrite - 2017 Annual Branch Showcase

or send an email confirmation of your attendance to Dawn Arnone Boyd at

So, mark your calendar, bring a friend, and get ready to learn, explore, and connect.  Oh, one more thing:  please remember to bring your AAUW nametag!

Recapping Our 2016-17 Year and May’s Branch Meeting by Donna Holmes

WOW, what a great branch year, and our May meeting provided a great recap!

Nancy McCabe announced that for the second year in a row our branch won state recognition for programs. The winning program was To Engineer is Human, put on by Linda Patterson and the Tech Trek committee and featuring our very own water engineer Anne Lynch.

Next, Nancy introduced Morgan Glover, incoming Tech Trek co-chair and currently with the California State University, Sacramento, Branch, to share with us an award from CSUS for the Start Smart program held on campus in April. Our branch supported this financially and with member participation. The award is Outstanding Civic Engagement Program/Event, and only one is given per school year.

Kathy Le, our Speech Trek Winner, presented “Is it time to pass the ERA.” This is the second year she has competed, and this year she won for our branch and came in 5th place statewide!

 Following up on the ERA, Liz Jordan gave us a wonderful and educational history and current status of the Equal Rights Amendment.

 Then Pat Winkle and Shirley Wheeler, Membership Co-Directors, recognized Sandi Schoenman on achieving 50 years of membership. When Sandi joined she was part of the recent grads group, and the branch had 1,200 members! She has been in the same book group for 45 years, served as Program Director and works with Bite of Reality, just to name some of her activities.

 Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew, Funds Co-Directors, introduced the 2016 Named Branch Gift Honorees. The honorees are Sharon Anderson, Jean Bonar, Nancy McCabe and Angela Scarlett. Their stories are featured in the Funds article.

Finally, Alicia Hetman, Past President of California AAUW, installed the officers for the 2017-2018 branch year.

Presidents – Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew, Program Directors – Nancy McCabe and Deborah Dunn, Membership Directors – Linda Patterson and Sharon Norris, 
AAUW Fund Directors – Bonnie Penix and Kathy Asay, Finance Director – May Ruth Lynch, Secretary – Tiffany Ardisana

and Nominating Committee: Shari Beck, 
Barbara Smith and Ruth Werner

Thank you to Nancy McCabe, Pat Winkle, Inger Lindstrom, Liz Jordan, Ruth Ann Hines, Molly Dugan and everyone who put this meeting together!

Please click here to see a photo album of the event on our Facebook page.