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May Program

May Program By Angela Scarlett

AAUW Sacramento will hold its May Meeting and Officer Installation at 11 a.m. May 20, 2023, at the Sacramento Dharma Center, 3111 Wissemann Drive, Sacramento 95826.

We will install our new president and vice presidents of programming, hear from this year’s Speech Trek winner, and recognize our branch’s named gift honorees and new 50-year members.

We will also have a light lunch and enjoy the Dharma Center’s back garden again, as we have the center until 1 p.m.

We encourage everyone to bring a guest or fellow AAUW Sacramento member who hasn’t been able to attend an event in person. Please RSVP to Angela Scarlett at angela.scarlett@gmail.com or contact her on her cell phone (in our directory). If you would like to volunteer, don’t hesitate to contact her.

Membership News

Membership News By  Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew

Ever wonder about the women supported by AAUW National?  Here is a great way to see our history and brighten your day:

Since 1881, AAUW members, fellows and awardees have made pioneering advances in virtually every field. Check out our “Faces of AAUW” online gallery of trailblazing women, which includes Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903; Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1969; current Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; and so many more. It’s the perfect way to reflect and remember AAUW’s world-changing impact this Women’s History Month!

Annual Renewal

Renewal season is in full swing!

Things to note:  National dues increased by $5 to $72 per year, no change for State ($20) or our Branch ($20), new total is $112 of which $89 is tax deductible.

You may pay online with a credit card by clicking on this link: <Renew> and enter your email and password.

If you paid by check last year, you should have received, by the end of April, a renewal form, return envelope and green sheet showing what is tax deductible.  Please respond quickly and take this opportunity to provide needed updates your directory information.

If you want to print your own here it is: <click here>.

Celebrating May Birthdays! By Donna Holmes

Happy Birthday to All!

  • Ellen Nathan                                    5/1
  • Patricia Stillwell                               5/1
  • Patricia Morehead                          5/5
  • Stephenie Moczydkowski              5/7
  • Janis Appel                                       5/13
  • Margaret McCarthy                        5/16
  • Elizabeth Mark                                5/17
  • Rosemary Howard                         5/18
  • Pat McCarty                                     5/19
  • Deborah Dunn                                5/22
  • Maria Teresa Hoecker                   5/23
  • Cheryl Fuller                                    5/24
  • Merrie McLaughlin                         5/26
  • Tamara Olson                                 5/28
  • Patty Taylor                                     5/29
  • Margot Leidig                                  5/31

Membership News

Membership News By  Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew

Annual Renewal

Dear Members,

Welcome to renewal season!  Renewals for 2023-24 officially open April 1 and you have until June 30 to renew.

Things to note:  National dues increased by $5 to $72 per year, no change for State ($20) or our Branch ($20), new total is $112 of which $89 is tax deductible.

You may pay online with a credit card by clicking on this link: Renew and enter your email and password.

If you paid by check last year you will receive a renewal form and return envelope in the mail during the month of April.  You may pay by check again, plus any extra donations, and return your form and check in the envelope provided.

Please also take this opportunity to provide needed updates of your directory information.

Thank you for your quick responses so we can get the directory out.

Donna & Marty

Member Recognition

One of our members, Ann Arneill, PhD, was recently recognized by the Sacramento County
Board of Supervisors for more than 30 years of service as a champion for behavioral health.
Ann served as executive officer for the California Council of Mental Health from 1985 to 1993
and the California Mental Health Planning Council from 1993 to 2011. These organizations were
established in state law to advise the California Legislature and state government on mental
health issues. During this time, she was a significant contributor to the evolution of mental
health in the State of California.

Dr. Arneill received a doctor of philosophy degree in psychology from UC Davis in 2004 to help
with her work in the field of behavioral health. In addition, Ann served on the Sacramento
County Mental Health Board from 2015 to 2022 and as chair from 2019 to 2020.

Congratulations, Ann! We are very proud of you and your contributions.



Celebrating April Birthdays! By Donna Holmes

Happy Birthday to All!

  • Anne Rhodes                                    4/1
  • Carol Nyman                                    4/3
  • RosaLee Black                                  4/7
  • Theresa Chekon                              4/9
  • Sandi Schoenman                           4/10
  • Sandra Young                                  4/11
  • Ann Pickens                                     4/17
  • Pamela Saltenberger                     4/17
  • Janelle Kauffman                            4/19
  • Carol Doughty                                4/22
  • Loretta Hom                                   4/25
  • MJ Hamilton                                    4/26
  • Margaret Brown                             4/27
  • Ronni Riemer                                  4/28
  • Dorothy Hodel                                4/30

Membership News

Membership News

New Member Orientation Meeting By Marty McKnew and Donna Holmes

Sat. March 25, 2023, 10:30 am
Arcade Library Meeting Room
2443 Marconi Ave, Sacramento

All members welcome!

Celebrating March Birthdays! By Donna Holmes

Happy Birthday to All!

  • PJ Missman                                    3/1
  • Patricia Morgan                            3/5
  • Sharon Norris                               3/6
  • Marjorie Patzer                             3/6
  • Julia Maclay                                   3/8
  • Vicky Lovell                                    3/9
  • Alice Bauer                                    3/14
  • Mary Lou Lentz                             3/17
  • Carolyn Meeker                            3/17
  • Tracy Ramondini                          3/17
  • Janice Chung                                 3/19
  • Cecilia Delury                                3/25
  • Elizabeth Jordan                           3/28

Two Recent Obituaries By Linda Sparks

We lost two 50-year members this year: Georgia Richardson in September and Dorie Bracchi in October. Both were educators. Georgia taught for the San Juan Unified School District, working with Continuing Education High School students. Dorie was a nursing educator for Sacramento City College students.

Georgia’s community involvement was mainly through her church. She started the Great Books interest group for our branch and was the leader until she moved away from Sacramento. She was always ready to help in any way that the branch requested. She decided she did not want to permanently live in such a hot place so she purchased a home facing Glass Beach in Fort Bragg and moved there. Her daughter still lives in this home.

Dorie’s community involvement was mainly with the Sacramento Jazz Festival. She and her husband, Alex, were involved from the outset of this festival, working in several venues, but spent the most years working at the Firehouse Court Courtyard until the festival ended. After retiring from teaching nursing, she started playing bridge frequently. She earned many Master points at competitive events.

Both will be missed.

Membership Update

Membership Update By Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew

Hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start!  We want to introduce three new members:

Samantha Fischer, a former Tech Trek camper who volunteered at the Fresno camp for five years prior to COVID.  She also volunteered with the San Francisco Branch when she lived there.  Samantha lives in zip code 95826 and may be emailed at srosef@ymail.com.

Pamela Harder, with a background in social work who lives in zip code 95835 and may be emailed at pah29@sbcglobal.net.  Pamela is interested in Great Decisions II and Healthy Heart.

Kathie Huff, who joined after coming to our new members get-together.  Kathie is a retired resource specialist and special education teacher.  Kathie lives in zip code 95822 and may be emailed at kathiehuff@gmail.com.  Kathie is interested in Art & Architecture, Film Fans, Singles Dining Out and Travel.

Please join us in giving them a warm welcome to our branch!

The Branch received a note of thanks from Celeste Roseberry-Mckibbin for the children’s books we donated at the Winter Luncheon. The books were given to a local Head Start in a high poverty area of Citrus Heights.

On a sad note, Anita Miller, Past National, International, State and Branch President passed away on Dec. 29, 2022.  Glee Scully, her long-time friend and 50-year member, has advised us Anita’s family would like donations given to National 9110 Fund in her memory. Here is the obituary:  https://www.eastlawn.com/obituary/anita-mae-miller/


Celebrating February Birthdays! By Donna Holmes

Happy Birthday to All!

  • Anna Storey                                    2/1
  • Kathleen Deaver                            2/2
  • Arlene Cullum                                2/4
  • Kathie Huff                                     2/4
  • Margaret Ann Dukleth                  2/7
  • Susan Whetstone                          2/9
  • Barbara Puett                                2/10
  • Jane Cooley                                    2/14
  • Nancy Fox                                       2/16
  • Ann Louise Kinnison                     2/21
  • Linda Howard                                2/22
  • Jean Brown                                     2/24
  • Carol Finney                                   2/25
  • Inger Lindholm                              2/26
  • Karen W. Smith                              2/26

Membership Update: Birthdays, Winter Party, and More

Welcome New Member! By Donna Holmes

Pat McCarty joined our branch at the Winter Luncheon using STF!  She is a former member from Burlingame and when she contacted us about joining she was delighted to hear about STF and came with her application and check in hand!

She is retired from research administration, has a degree in history from UCD, secondary and elementary credentials from UCD and an AA in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy/Cordon Bleu.

Pat is interested in scholarships, art & architecture, day book groups, bridge for fun and scrabble just for fun. Be sure to say “Welcome!” when she shows up at our interest groups and events.

Celebrating January Birthdays! By Donna Holmes

Happy Birthday to All!

  • Lana Widman                                   1/1
  • Susana Mullen                                 1/1
  • Marilyn Orrick                                  1/6
  • Joanne Reiken                                  1/6
  • Tiffany Ardisana                              1/6
  • Mary Miller                                       1/14
  • Jane Pivetti                                       1/15
  • Gail Johnson                                     1/16
  • Gloria Yost                                        1/17
  • Gretchen Christophel                     1/18
  • Nancy Nolen-Swanson                   1/21
  • Kimberly Rutledge                           1/23
  • Betty Hayes                                      1/24
  • Elizabeth Rose                                  1/24
  • Katherine Henderson                      1/26
  • Joan Hammond                                1/27
  • Georgia Richardson                         1/28
  • Molly Dugan                                      1/31

Winter Event Photos

Some photos from the December Winter Event. Good conversations, great food, inspiring presentations!


Do You Know CANVA? A Request

Branch Communications and Publicity folks are looking for a member who knows the creative program CANVA.  We have many advertisements for branch activities, outreach programs and efforts like the annual membership drive for which we want to design eye-catching fliers, social media posts, email blasts, etc.  The branch has a CANVA subscription but we don’t have anyone who is experienced with using this program.  If you or someone you know would be helpful in volunteering for this effort, please contact Tiffany Ardisana-James or Liz Jordan, both of whom can be found in Sacramento Branch Membership Directory.

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Membership: WOMEN WITH A WHY!

WOMEN WITH A WHY. LET’S GROW! By Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew

Can you share why you are an AAUW member in a succinct and joyful way?   “Where do we find new members?”  Anywhere. It could be in line at Rite Aid, at the DMV, or at a farmer’s market (or in a state of undress at a health club!)  The key is enthusiastically sharing how AAUW gives your life purpose and meaning. Do you have the elevator speech down?

A story I hear over and over is “I’m new in the community and with the COVID shutdowns it has been hard to meet people.” Do you know someone in these circumstances?  Invite them to your book group or any other interest group.

We recently hosted a very successful new member orientation/get together for five of our newest members.  We are anxious to repeat the session for more new members.  Do you know someone you would like to invite?  Let us know!

On a sadder note:

Member Dorothy Bracchi
March 17, 1931 – October 23, 2022
Sacramento, California – Dorothy Patricia Bracchi died peacefully at her home in Sacramento with Alex, her husband of 38 years, at her side. Born to John and Tillie Burant and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she was one of nine children. She was preceded in death by her parents, six of her siblings, and her first husband Ernest Bracchi. Dorie, as she was known to all, is survived by her husband Alex Hoeffner; her daughter Kim Spalding and husband George; son Arne Bracchi and wife Audrey and their two daughters Georgia and Ella; sisters RuthAnn Melk and Lois Burant plus many nieces and nephews; Alex’s daughter Corrine Kaufman and her son Ocean and daughter Raven.

Dorie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing from Marquette University and University of San Francisco, respectively. She began her career in the field of public health nursing in San Francisco, continued on in Yolo County, and then worked for the Visiting Nurses’ Association in Sacramento. In 1977 she accepted a faculty position at Sacramento City College as an obstetrical nursing instructor and remained in that capacity until retiring in 1993.

Dorie was a life-long bridge player and achieved the title of life master from the American Contract Bridge League. She competed in tournaments in Reno, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Honolulu. She was also a long-time member of the American Association of University Women and was active in the local branch’s book section group.

Dorie was equally at home in the great outdoors. She backpacked in the Mokelumne Wilderness Area and Kings Canyon National Park. She took excursions on two fourteen-day, 225-mile rafting trips on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Annual houseboat trips on Shasta Lake were another of her favorite activities. She also enjoyed travel abroad to Europe, Mexico, Turkey, French Polynesia, and the Fiji Islands.

One of her favorite activities was volunteering to work at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. With very few exceptions she spent every Memorial Day Weekend for over 30 years serving as a site manager at various venues.

She had a long, passionate, and fruitful life and will be missed greatly by all who knew her. A celebration of her life was held on November 13 beginning at noon at The Firehouse restaurant.

Published by The Sacramento Bee from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2022.


Sac State Buzz, Birthdays, Book Groups, and Printable Articles

Sac State Buzz By Gloria Yost

Do you know?

  • Our own Paola Mendez has become an e-member of AAUW.
  • Paola has won a Sacramento Semester Internship for spring semester and will be working at the Capitol. She is majoring in political science journalism.
  • Our NCCWSL attendee Marissa Floyd has joined AAUW. She is working full time as a behavior analyst’s assistant for a local school district and is a child development major.
  • Cynthia Gonzales has joined in our efforts to re-activate our Sac State chapter. She is a women’s studies major.

Celebrating December Birthdays! By Donna Holmes

Happy Birthday to All!

  • Becky Anton                                   12/1
  • Diana Squire                                  12/1
  • Aisha Engle                                     12/3
  • 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

December Book Groups By Sharon Anderson

Book Group 2:
No meeting in December; coordinator is Carol Hayes

Book Group 3: 
No meeting in December; coordinator is Carolyn Meeker

Book Group 4: 
The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett, on Dec. 14; coordinator is Pat Morehead

Book Group 6: 
All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders, on Dec. 19; coordinators are Angela Scarlett, Gloria Yost

Book Group 8: 
No meeting in December; coordinator is Diana Squire

Book Group 10: 
Holiday Party, on Dec. 15 ; coordinator is Sandi Schoenman

Book Group 12: 
Holiday Party, on Dec. 1; coordinator is Linda Cook

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Membership Matters

Membership Matters By Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew

Do you have a unique story of why you or an acquaintance joined AAUW?  We would love to be able to celebrate your story and share with AAUW California.  Here is an example posted recently in a state publication:

A few months ago, the most unusual thing happened at the Beach Cities Branch scholarship awards.  A woman came into the room as the meeting began and took a seat at one of the far tables.  Each recipient came forward and shared her Tech Trek, TTAG, and AAUW journey. The gratitude expressed and pride of the families in attendance brought many to tears. At the end of the meeting, the woman revealed that she walked in on the wrong meeting.  Hers was in another room, but she felt drawn to the magic in this place and stayed. It turned out that one of our members taught her daughter as well. This lovely woman not only joined AAUW on the spot, she also wrote a check for $1,000 to support the scholarship fund.  Perhaps it actually was magic!

What was the magic that drew you to AAUW and why do you stay?  We are interested in your stories – magical or not.  Forward to martymcknew@comcast.net.

We have a new member!  Please welcome Tracy Ramondini.  Tracy is the chair of the PE Department at Sheldon High School.  She is interested in reproductive rights, Title IX enforcement, motivating women to get out and vote, diversity, equity, inclusion, keeping college campuses safe for women, equity in education and pay, to name a few.  Tracy has also applied for a position on the AAUW California Board.

Please welcome all our new members to your interest groups.  We have had a number of inquiries from women new to the community who are looking for in-person interaction.

New member gathering planned for November

Plans are underway for a new member gathering in November.  If you know of a prospective member who you would like to invite, please provide their email address to Marty or Donna.

Service planned for 50-year member Mary Ann Fleming

Mary Ann Fleming, a member of AAUW Sacramento for more than 50 years, died Oct. 11 at her Sacramento home. She was 85.

A memorial Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at St. Mary’s Funeral Center Main Chapel, 6509 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento. A reception luncheon will follow the Mass.

Mary Ann was fluent in Spanish and for many years was an active member of an AAUW Spanish conversation group. She also helped with hospitality at branch meetings and faithfully attended the annual Speech Trek contest at Cosumnes River College.

According to her obituary published in The Sacramento Bee, Mary Ann was born Jan. 8, 1937 in Stockton, and grew up in St. Helena and Sacramento. She graduated from Sacramento High School and California State University, Sacramento, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. A music lover, Mary Ann played the French horn in both her high school and college marching bands.

She taught fourth grade at Maple Elementary School in Sacramento before starting a family.

Mary Ann and husband Benjamin Fleming were married for 64 years. She leaves four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to AAUW, Mary Ann was active with Sacramento Friends of the Library and served as a board member with the organization.



Birthdays, Books, and Printable Articles

Celebrating November Birthdays! By Donna Holmes

Happy Birthday to All!

  • Kathleen Asay                                    11/2
  • Esther Gaines                                    11/3
  • Cristina Whitlock                               11/6
  • Alicia Hetman                                    11/7
  • Ann Arneill                                         11/11
  • Eileen Heaser                                    11/12
  • Donna Holmes                                  11/14
  • Linda Lawrence                                 11/16
  • Carole Cline                                       11/18
  • Jennifer Henderson                          11/19
  • Elaine Ellers                                        11/23
  • Elaine Moody                                     11/30

October Book Groups By Sharon Anderson

Book Group 2:
West with Giraffes, by Lynda Rutledge, on Nov. 1; coordinator is Carol Hayes

Book Group 3: 
No meeting in Nov. and Dec.; coordinator is Carolyn Meeker

Book Group 4: 
Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Kimmerer, on Nov. 9; coordinator is Pat Morehead

Book Group 6: 
Where I was From, by Joan Dideon, on Nov. 21; coordinators are Angela Scarlett, Gloria Yost

Book Group 8: 
The Matrix, by Lauren Groff , on Nov. 28; coordinator is Diana Squire

Book Group 10: 
Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell, Nov. 17 ; coordinator is Sandi Schoenman

Book Group 12: 
The World That We Knew, by Alice Hoffman, on Nov. 3; coordinator is Linda Cook

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