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Speech Trek Contest Saturday, February 17, 2018 9 a.m. – Noon by Liz Jordan


Saturday, February 17, 2018
9 a.m. – Noon
Cosumnes River College, Winn Center 150

Approximately 10 EGUSD High School Students are Expected to Speak on “How to Stand Up to Sexism?”

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear young women and men address the topic “Stand Up to Sexism?” Students have six minutes to present a prepared speech with their ideas about personal and organizational efforts to end gender bias in our schools, our workplaces, our communities and our military. At the heart of the AAUW Mission, this topic should elicit some thought-provoking responses from young people who are just becoming aware of the historical and cultural barriers to gender equity.

Please join us to listen and reward our winner with a $500 check, 2nd Place with $250, 3rd Place with $100, and a possible Honorable Mention with a $50 prize. All students will be video-recorded, and the winning speech will be uploaded to YouTube, making it available for the State Semi-finals. By March 10, if our winning speaker is selected as one of the top three speakers, she/he will be invited to speak as a finalist at the Biennial Convention on April 28 at the Irvine Marriott. Those finalists compete for $500, $1,000, and $1,500 in prize money.

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Please note: Speech Trek Contest is also a collection opportunity for the food donation drive for CRC Hawk Spot Food Pantry. We will collect donations to help students feed themselves and their families.

Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, Feb. 17 For Speech Trek Contest by Liz Jordan

It’s the future of the movement for gender equity. It’s the best feel-good event of the AAUW year. It’s a chance to see a dozen young people from the Elk Grove Unified School District high schools speak to the topic: “How do we stand-up to sexism?”

Please join us at Cosumnes River College in Room #150 of the new Winn Center. Easily accessible off Bruceville Road from 9 a.m. to noon. The setting is inspirational, the speakers are tomorrow’s leaders, and the issue is timely. These high school students will have 6 minutes to compete for cash awards of $100, $250 and $500.

Everyone, even those with handicap placards, must pay the $2 parking fee, so be sure to find the pay station before leaving your car. Otherwise, this event is free to members and the public. Bring a friend!

Want to help? Or need more information? Contact:

Shari Beck, 916-451-5143, gsbeck@surewest.net
Liz Jordan, 916-354-9608, lizjord@msn.com
Ann Arneill, 916-737-0131, ann@arneill.com

 

Speech Trek Thanks Our Donors By Liz Jordan

The Speech Trek Committee wishes to thank the generous donors who are making the upcoming Feb. 17 Speech Trek speech contest possible.  Because of these donors, Speech Trek is able to provide

  • An informational workshop for interested students on each of the nine regular education high school campuses of the Elk Grove Unified School District.
  • Cash awards of $500 for the 1st place winner, $250 for the 2nd place winner, and $100 for the 3rd place winner.

This is a mission-based program administered by AAUW California and offers students the practice of a life skill and the opportunity to compete at the state level against the winning speakers of the 15-20 other California Branches that also offer the contest at the local level.

The following donors included a donation to Speech Trek along with their dues this year:

Ann Arneill

Kathleen Asay

Alice G. Bauer

Shari Beck

Jean Bonar

Ruth Burgess

Vivian Counts

Mary Ann Fleming

Judy Foote

Cheryl Fuller

Joan Hammond

Marlys Huez

Elizabeth Jordan

Virginia Kidd

Inger Lindholm

Catherine Locke

Charlotte Luallin

Carolyn Frame Meeker

Susana Mullen

Vicki L. Nicholson

Kathleen Papst

Bonnie Penix

Anne Rhodes

Elizabeth Rose

Sandi Schoenman

Ellynrose Sheehan

Hedda Smithson

Shirley Wheeler

Linda Whitney

Patricia Winkle

Sandra Winter

Gloria Yost

11th Annual Speech Contest Plans Begin by Liz Jordan

Would you like to join the fun?  This is chance to give a kid the opportunity to build a life-skill.

AAUW Sacramento has been very successful over the last 10 contests.  Our winners have gone on to the AAUW CA Speech Trek Semi-Finals and Finals, to win all five possible places, from 1st Place ($1500) to 5th Place ($150).  Planning for another successful competition year has just begun.

Our Sacramento contest will be held on the Cosumnes River College Campus February 17, 2018 in Winn Room 150.  We are very excited to be working with the administration at CRC to bring our contest to their campus.

The topic for the coming contest is: How can we stand up to sexism? What can I do as an individual, what can organizations like AAUW do to break down stereotypes and biases in school, in the military, at work, and in our communities?

 By presenting an Informational Workshop on each of the 9 high school campuses of the Elk Grove Unified School District, we recruit high school girls and boys to compete.   The workshop, conducted by a Speech Trek committee member, includes contest information and speech preparation materials for interested students.  Committee members coach students who commit to the competition from the workshop to contest day.

If you are interested in joining our committee, we are looking for enthusiastic new members.   We offer you the chance to shadow an experienced committee member in arranging and presenting the workshops.  We need help with all the preparations for contest day.

For more information, contact:

Speech Trek Thanks Generous Members by Liz Jordan

Speech Trek has had another successful year. The competition on Feb. 18 resulted with our local branch first-place winner Kathy Le placing fifth at the state level.

Now is the time to say Thank You to all members who donated to Speech Trek in 2016-17. We have such a supportive group who enable the Speech Trek committee to continue its work providing this opportunity to high school students.
Thank You All!!

Becky Anton
Alice Bauer
Ruth Burgess
Lori Franz
Lisa Howard
Charlotte Luallin
Anne Rhodes
Hedda Smithson
Linda Whitney
Ann Arneill
Shari Beck
Vivian Counts
Cheryl Fuller
Elizabeth Jordan
Vicki Nicholson
Marianne Rorden
Pamella Vaughn
Patricia Winkle
Gloria Yost
Kathleen Asay
Jean Bonar
Gladys Deloney
Joan Hammond
Catherine Locke
Kathleen Papst
Sandi Schoenman
Shirley Wheeler
Sandra Winter

10th Annual Speech Trek Contest Celebrates with a Two-Time Winner by Liz Jordan

Manmit Chahal, 3rd Place, Kathy Le, 1st Place, and Simran Thandi, 2nd Place

The Speech Trek Committee and many wonderful volunteers, family, and friends of the speakers listened to five high school students from the Elk Grove Unified School District at the Southgate Library on Saturday, Feb. 18. The contestants spoke to the following topic: “Is it time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment? If so, how can this be accomplished? How can organizations such as AAUW help in getting this amendment ratified once and for all?”

Dr. Virginia Kidd, Communications Professor Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento; Kasmira Kit, a former Marine and creative entrepreneur; and Danielle Metzinger, a Learning and Development Specialist for CalSTRS judged this year’s contest. New AAUW member Jacqueline Rose served as timekeeper for the contest, and Morgan Glover, President of the CSUS Chapter of AAUW, video-recorded all of the student speeches. The Speech Tech Committee also thanks AAUW members Kathy Papst, Gloria Yost, Linda Whitney, Elizabeth Rose, and Gina Schumacher for their help at the event.

The winner of the 2017 Contest was Kathy Le, a 10th grader from Pleasant Grove High School and a familiar face to the contest because she also won first place last year as a ninth grader. This year Kathy won the $500 prize, and a video of her speech has been uploaded to the AAUW CA Speech Trek Channel on YouTube. AAUW Sacramento pays a $25 entry fee to submit Kathy’s winning speech into the state semi-finals.

Last year, 14 branches from around California submitted entries. The judges for the semi-final round view the videos of the branch entries and return their judging forms back to Cathy Foxhoven, Speech Trek Coordinator for AAUW CA. Five of the top speeches are selected. The fourth and fifth place winners are named, winning $250 and $100 respectively. The top three speakers are invited to compete at the State Bi-Annual Convention or the one-day Bi-Annual Meeting.

This year’s Speech Trek Finals will be held at the Annual Meeting at the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Millbrae on April 22. The students and their chaperones will be feted at the meeting luncheon, during which they will deliver their speeches to determine the first, second, and third place winners. Those students are awarded $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively. Those awards are made possible by the generous memorial donation of Mr. Gray Allen of Roseville. Eleanor Stem Allen was an active member of Roseville AAUW and a passionate supporter of the Speech Trek Program.

This year, students from four of the district’s nine secondary campuses competed. Simran Thandi, a 10th grade student from Sheldon High School, won second place and a $250 award. Manmit Chahal, an 11th grade student also from Sheldon High School, won third place and a $100 prize. Also competing were Angela Tran, a 12th grader from Monterey Trail High School, and Bisma Khan, 12th grader from Cosumnes Oaks High School. The Speech Trek Committee provides speech contest workshops at all nine of the high schools in EGUSD.

The Speech Trek contest for 2018 will be planned for the third Saturday in February. The committee is always looking for interested members who want to work with high school students.

For more information please contact:

10th Annual Speech Trek Contest and February Branch Meeting Saturday, Feb. 18 by Liz Jordan

Southgate Library Community Room
6132 66th Avenue
9 a.m. to Noon

  • February Branch Meeting is open to the public
  • Members and public, please register here for free on Eventbrite

Please join the Speech Trek Committee of AAUW Sacramento in welcoming approximately 10 students from the Elk Grove Unified School District to compete at the annual Speech Trek Contest developed by AAUW California in 2006.

The Committee has given nine informational workshops in district high schools and is now receiving applications and rough drafts from aspiring contestants from all nine schools. We look forward to hearing what these young people think about the issues surrounding the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, which dates back to 1923 and was most recently part of the political life of the United States during late from 1978 to 1982. It has been proposed in each new Congress since it missed passage by three states in 1982. This year, however, there is renewed energy for its passage, and these young students have been researching and writing about the possibilities of its passage.

  • First Place $500; Second Place $250; Third Place $100; 4th Place $50
  • All students are video-recorded
  • Our winning speech is submitted to AAUW CA Speech Trek for the Semi-finals, which is judged by a diverse panel that views the speeches on YouTube.
  • AAUW CA invites the top three speakers to deliver their speeches at the Annual meeting where 1st Place wins $1,500, 2nd Place wins $1,000, and 3rd Place takes home $500.

Speech Trek is a mission-based program that is part of our educational outreach efforts. For more information, please contact

Speech Trek 2017: Is it Time to Pass the ERA? by Liz Jordan

Speech Trek White edgeMark your calendars!  Signup on Eventbrite!  Speech Trek’s 10th Annual Branch Speech Contest is coming Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Southgate Library Community Room, 6132 66th Avenue.   

Students in grades 9-12 from Elk Grove Unified School District have been invited to speak on the topic:  Is it time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment?  If so, how can this be accomplished? How can organizations such as AAUW help in getting this amendment ratified once and for all?  In order to answer this question, students must know some detail about the amendment, how an amendment to the U. S. Constitution is passed, and what are the arguments for and against passage.  A tall order for a 5-6 minute speech!

Branch membership has been very generous in supporting Speech Trek with donations at dues renewal.  As a result, the committee has increased the prize money to be awarded this year to $500 for 1st Place, $250 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd and $50 for Honorable Mention.

All student speeches will be video-recorded.  When the branch winner is selected, the winning speech video is submitted to the state Semi-finals by uploading the video to You-tube.  The top five speeches submitted to the AAUW CA Speech Trek committee are awarded with a monetary prize.  The top 3 speeches compete at the State Convention or Annual Meeting for $500, $1000 and $1500 awards.

Eventbrite - 2017 Speech Trek

Speech Trek is a Mission-Based program that is part of our educational outreach efforts.  For more information, please contact

2017 Speech Trek – Planning Begins by Liz Jordan

Speech Trek White edgeThe 2017 Speech Trek Contest year has begun for the Sacramento Branch. Committee members Shari Beck, Ann Arneill, Liz Jordan and new member Ellynrose Sheehan recently met to begin planning the next round of informational workshops that the committee provides to interested students at all nine of the Elk Grove Unified School District regular secondary schools.

This year’s topic for students to ponder, analyze, research and speak on is: Is it time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment? If so, how can this be accomplished? How can organizations such as AAUW help in getting this amendment ratified once and for all?

Alice Paul first introduced the proposed Amendment to the U. S. Constitution to Congress in 1923. In 1972, Congress finally passed the ERA. At the time she introduced the Equal Rights Amendment to Congress, Paul said, “…We shall not be safe until the principle of equal rights is written into the framework of our government.”

The next step was ratification by at least 38 State legislatures. By 1977 35 of the necessary 38 states had ratified the amendment when advocates appealed to Congress for an indefinite extension of the time limit for ratification, but they only got an extension until June 30, 1982. When the political tide of the time changed, the ratification process stalled and time ran out. Since then, the ERA has been reintroduced at every Congressional session.

Last year at the Academy Awards, actress Patricia Arquette, brought new attention to the gender pay gap, and has since started a campaign to assure passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Filmmaker Kamala Lopez has created a new documentary entitled, “Equal Means Equal,” in which she examines the effects of gender inequality in the United States.

The speech contest is scheduled for the third Saturday in February. The contest runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with refreshments and an opportunity to hear what nine young people have to say about critical issues of equity. This will be the February Branch meeting, and the public is invited as well.

If you are interested in joining the committee as we begin to contact school personnel, please contact Liz Jordan, lizjord@msn.com, 916-354-9608; or Shari Beck, gsbeck@surewest.net, 916-451-5143.

The annual speech contest requires a budget of about $1,300. Students are offered a workshop with helpful handouts, coaching assistance, and content and delivery tips. Because our branch membership was so generous with their donations this past year, the committee increased the prize money for 2017 winners to $500 for first place and $250 for second place. Third place still wins $100, and honorable mention gets $50.

Because our donors are so important to this project, we want to thank them for their donations made along with their membership dues:

Becky Anton
Ann Arneill
Kathleen Asay
Alice G. Bauer
Shari Beck
Jean Bonar
Ruth Burgess
Vivian Counts
Gladys Deloney
Lori Franz
Cheryl Fuller
Joan Hammond
Lisa Howard
Catherine Locke
Charlotte Luallin
Vicki L. Nicholson
Kathleen Papst
Anne Rhodes
Marianne Rorden
Hedda Smithson
Pamella Vaughn
Shirley Wheeler
Linda Whitney
Patricia Winkle
Sandra Winter
Gloria Yost

Speech Trek 2016 Wrap Up by Elizabeth Jordan

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Eleven talented Elk Grove Unified School District students competed in our ninth annual Speech Trek Competition on Feb. 20 at the Valley Hi-North Laguna Library. The topic for 2016 was 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?

Kathy Le, a freshman at Pleasant Grove High School, won the Sacramento Branch competition.  The video of her performance was then screened along with all other California Branch winners.  Unfortunately, this is where Kathy’s journey ended. California’s top three orators are Caitlyn Jordan from Roseville-South Placer Branch, Claire Gorham from Mariposa and Sharon Lu from Alhambra-San Gabriel Branch. Sam Reynolds of the Half Moon Bay Branch and Sabrina Fleming of the California Online Branch rounded out the top five.

If you missed Kathy’s inspirational speech, you can hear her April 30 at our Author’s Luncheon.

A giant thank you goes out to all of our generous donors who made this another successful year:  Ann Arneill-Py, Alice G. Bauer, Shari Beck, Jean Bonar, Jane Cooley, Vivian Counts, Cheryl Fuller, Joan Hammond, Elizabeth Jordan, Catherine Locke, Charlotte Luallin, Susana Mullen, Vicki L. Nicholson, Cherril Peabody, Bonnie Penix, Anne Rhodes, Hedda Smithson, Pamella Vaughn, Shirley Wheeler, Linda Whitney, Patricia Winkle, Sandra Winter, Sanaye Yokota, and Gloria Yost.