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Membership Happenings

Membership Happenings By Gloria Yost and Vicky Lovell

Strengthening our AAUW Sacramento connections and friendships

Fellow active members, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Do you know that only about half of our members read Capital Ideas?
Even fewer read the e-Blasts!
How can they participate when they are so uninformed?

Please help us increase member participation by checking on your AAUW friends.  Help them add AAUW Sacramento to their contact lists so it doesn’t end up in spam or worse

  • Our newsletter, Capital Ideas, arrives near the end of each month. Did your fellow members open and read it?
  • Look for Eblasts, usually sent out on Monday or Wednesday, that provide details about our upcoming branch events and how to sign up to attend. Do your friends read them?
  • Finally, if they accidentally unsubscribed to AAUW Sacramento, or are having computer troubles, PLEASE LET US KNOW SO WE CAN HELP.

Meet our New AAUW Sacramento Members!

We now have 18 new members who have joined this year so far.  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.  Our three newest members are:

  • Paola Mendez
  • Rebecca Peebles
  • Jeannie London

Welcome all to AAUW Sacramento!

Celebrating February Birthdays! 

Happy Birthday to All!

  • Anna Storey                                  2/1
  • Kathleen Deaver                          2/2
  • Margaret Steinberg                     2/3
  • Arlene Cullum                               2/4
  • Kathie Huff                                    2/4
  • Susan Whetstone                         2/9
  • Jane Cooley                                    2/14
  • Nancy Fox                                      2/16
  • Jean Brown                                    2/24
  • Carol Finney                                  2/25
  • Inger Lindholm                             2/26
  • Karen W. Smith                            2/26

Did You Know? 

Did You Know?

CA Public Policy News By Amy Hom and Melissa Maceyko

Co-chairs, AAUW California Public Policy Committee

Please click <here> for the January issue of Public Policy News. It includes

  • Information on the next Branch Public Policy meeting
  • Information on Lobby Days
  • Key links to public policy resources
  • An article about Parents’ Rights

From the IBC Fund Luncheon

One of our AAUW Fund recipients, Krystal Lau, is a published author. She wrote a book for children, “My Elastical Fantastical Bubble” and  shared a link to her story here: https://literacycloud.org/stories/3093-my-elastical-fantastical- bubble/

April Program Quiz Answers

Banned Books and the Right to Read Anything!

Quiz answers

  1. c) Satanic Verses was banned in 14 countries = blasphemy against Islam. There are a lot of Islamic countries.
  2. b) China has banned 33; Singapore, 32; Indonesia, 24; Australia, 22, and the US, 20.
  3. d) All of the above.
  4. c) Spain

It’s AAUW’s Art Contest Time!

AAUW’s annual art contest is officially under way, and we invite members to submit a high-res image of their original painting, photography, sculpture, collage or other artwork. We will be accepting submissions through January 31, 2024. Your work could be among the winning entries!

Starting in February, AAUW members will select their favorite entries via ranked-choice voting. The winners will be featured on a collection of notecards sent to all members this spring. The back of each card will include the winning artist’s biography, a fact about AAUW and a highlight of the artist’s local branch affiliation when applicable.

For more information on submitting artwork, or to peruse last year’s art gallery, please visit the AAUW Art Contest page <here>.

Sunshine Chair

Pat Winkle is our Sunshine Chair and needs to hear from you if you know members who might appreciate a get well, sympathy or “thinking of you” card. As she doesn’t know everyone, she needs your help in remembering our friends. Her contact information is in the directory.

Printable Newsletter Articles

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Membership Happenings

Membership Happenings By Gloria Yost and Vicky Lovell

Strengthening our AAUW Sacramento connections and friendships

As we wrap up 2023 and turn toward a new year, it’s a good time think about how AAUW Sacramento can contribute even more to your life, and how you can contribute more to the branch.  Would you like to try a new interest group this year?  Do you have a friend who would like to join a book group you’re enjoying?  We’ve already hosted several excellent events this fall – are you keeping up to date on which you’d like to attend?  There are so many opportunities to learn and enjoy the company of other members.

Our Membership Ambassadors

Our Membership Ambassador ranks grew by two this month.  Marjorie Wade and Monique Stovall each brought guests to the December Winter Luncheon.

Winner of our “bring in a new member drawing” in December:  Marlys Huez

Congratulations Marlys!  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.

Meet our New AAUW Sacramento Member!

Please join the membership team in welcoming our new member who joined in December.

Hopefully you’ll have a chance to get to know her at a branch event, or an interest group or book group meeting:  Kathryn Rutledge

Celebrating January Birthdays! 

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
  • 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
  • Molly Dugan                                   1/31

Did You Know?

Did You Know? 

You can get up to 75% off of office supplies! By Liz Jordan

Refer to the December 2023 newsletter for information on this discount.

Ordering AAUW Name Badges By Nancy McCabe

You probably have seen some of our members wearing AAUW badges with our branch inscribed. We ordered them about six years ago when we were using paper badges on a string around our necks. It reminded some of a work badge or a nametag for a cocker spaniel. Ten dollars looked like a bargain for a bit of self esteem. Strangely, the badges are still $10 and can be ordered at aauw.source4.com, then choose Accessorize. My second line is ‘Sacramento Branch, Inc.’ We chose not to add our leadership position name as we often change jobs within our branch. After all, $10 is $10! When we ordered the badges earlier, they added ’empowering women since 1881′ but I gather they are no longer doing that. Anyway, the badges are pretty cool, so feel free to order yours, and shop the site for other logo stuff!

Sunshine Chair

Pat Winkle is our Sunshine Chair and needs to hear from you if you know members who might appreciate a get well, sympathy or “thinking of you” card. As she doesn’t know everyone, she needs your help in remembering our friends. Her contact information is in the directory.

RBG Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a Ruth Bader Ginsburg stamp! The Postal Service has issued a new Forever stamp that honors the legacy of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Available now!

 

Printable Newsletter Articles

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President’s Message

President’s Message By Nancy McCabe

Last month we talked about women who have given a significant amount of time to maintaining the presidency of our branch. This month we need to talk about what help is needed to keep the branch running.

When you get involved, besides knowing that you are a part of the leadership team, you will get to know other active members who just could become your great friends. Look at our current vacancies and see where you fit in!

Lisa Howard, the chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, needs help putting together the March meeting, which will use the AAUW implicit bias tool kit.

Charmen Goehring would like members to become familiar with the California School Board Project, which is a part of our Public Policy committee. The San Juan school board was just flipped to extremists so we need to monitor what and where this is happening. We also need a public policy chair to report on bills before the state government that our state lobbyist is following. You would also attend an alternate-month Zoom meeting and write articles for this newsletter informing us of issues we might want to follow.

If you are interested in helping high school girls plan for a career in government, we could use help in contacting schools to recruit girls. We have a state Gov Trek representative in our branch who could show how this is done. Contact Kathy Papst for any of these areas of focus.

The Speech Trek committee needs another member or two to shadow Ann and Shari as they conduct their November informational speech contest workshops (about one hour each) so that you can learn to conduct some of these meetings yourselves. You would need to be available a few weekdays by mid to late November. Where are our former English and/or speech teachers? Contact Kathleen Deaver if you would like to get involved.

Karen Burley could use some help getting the newsletter out and can show someone the ropes. Some comfort level with technology/computer applications such as Microsoft Word is needed.

It takes a lot of hands to accomplish our goals, and we would like to have your time and talents to help accomplish our goal of advancing gender equity for women and girls! Be in touch! All of the contact people are in the directory.

SEE YOU AT THE HOLIDAY PARTY!

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

Did You Know?

Did You Know? By Liz Jordan, Nancy McCabe, Karen Burley

You can get up to 75% off of office supplies! By Liz Jordan

Every AAUW member is entitled to a number of perks and discounts. As a member of leadership for the last few decades I used the old Office Depot discount to make copies of all kinds of materials for different programs in which I participated. Recently, I learned that Office Depot has completed a reorganization of their discount program, and if I wanted to continue to get a great discount on printed copies, etc. I needed to take a few new steps. It was easy to do. If you want to get an Office Depot discount card, here’s is what you do:

  1. Go to aauw.org. Click Log In and sign into your membership. You probably set this up when you first paid your membership online. https://www.aauw.org/membership/
  2. Once on your Profile page, click Membership tab on the upper right corner of the menu band across the top of the page.
  3. On the new page, on the right side there is a menu list. The very last item is Discounts and Perks. Click through to the list of opportunities.
  4. Scroll down. Under the red band Other Discounts and Services, the third item is Office Depot.
  5. When you read through the information, it will tell you that to receive your member discount, you’ll need to re-enroll or register for an account through our dedicated ODP site. REGISTER NOW. Click through and follow the directions, giving your name and address to register for the program. Once you have registered, you will receive an email at the address you gave, to click through and get access to the card you can carry in your wallet.

You print the paper, take it with you the next visit to Office Depot, and they will laminate the card for you.

TA-DA! “Up to 80% discount off of Preferred Products!”

Ordering AAUW Name Badges By Nancy McCabe

You probably have seen some of our members wearing AAUW badges with our branch inscribed. We ordered them about six years ago when we were using paper badges on a string around our necks. It reminded some of a work badge or a nametag for a cocker spaniel. Ten dollars looked like a bargain for a bit of self esteem. Strangely, the badges are still $10 and can be ordered at aauw.source4.com, then choose Accessorize. My second line is ‘Sacramento Branch, Inc.’ We chose not to add our leadership position name as we often change jobs within our branch. After all, $10 is $10! When we ordered the badges earlier, they added ’empowering women since 1881′ but I gather they are no longer doing that. Anyway, the badges are pretty cool, so feel free to order yours, and shop the site for other logo stuff!

Sunshine Chair

Pat Winkle is our Sunshine Chair and needs to hear from you if you know members who might appreciate a get well, sympathy or “thinking of you” card. As she doesn’t know everyone, she needs your help in remembering our friends. Her contact information is in the directory.

RBG Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a Ruth Bader Ginsburg stamp! The Postal Service has issued a new Forever stamp that honors the legacy of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Available now!

 

 

Printable Newsletter Articles

Click here for Printable Newsletter Articles.

Membership Happenings

Membership Happenings By Gloria Yost, Vicky Lovell

Are you in the loop?
Do you know what different activities are happening?
Did you accidentally unsubscribe to AAUW Sacramento?
Do you know who to contact?

Being in the “know” is a useful way to take advantage of all the opportunities your AAUW Sacramento membership has to offer, and to get the most value from your dues dollars.

  • Our newsletter Capital Ideas is our primary way of communicating important branch information, so we hope you read each one thoroughly!  Watch for them close to the end of each month. When you get an “AAUW Sacramento” email, it’s branch news!!
  • Eblasts are sent out multiple times with details before our branch events. Read them, mark your calendars, forward them as invitations to friends and more. Note if an RSVP is needed.
  • Check our website, https://sacramento-ca.aauw.net, to read the Membership Resource Handbook and learn more about all our various activities.
  • Open California Connections, the AAUW CA eblast – a quick and often humorous read.

 Member in the News

 AAUW member Monique Stovall has recently been promoted from assistant superintendent to chief business officer in Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento.

CONGRATULATIONS Monique!

Meet our New AAUW Sacramento Members!

Please join the membership team in welcoming six 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 July through September 2023:

  • Susan Cox
  • Joyce Humphrey
  • Sascha Mowrey
  • Tom Smithson
  • Joy Allender
  • Robin Howlett

Join our growing Membership Ambassadors Group

  • Bring a guest to a meeting – get your name on our wall of honor
  • Bring in a new member – get your name added to our basket
  • Drawing at every monthly branch meeting for a prize
  • Recruit the most new members and WIN – a free AAUW membership for 2024-25

Our goal is to strengthen our AAUW Sacramento connections and friendships

Your Membership team is Gloria Yost and Vicky Lovell. You can find our contact information in the Membership Directory.

Glee Scully Celebration of Life

You are invited to member Glee Scully’s Celebration of Life on Friday, November 17 at the Firehouse, 1112 Second Street, Sacramento. Note that the RSVP deadline is November 1st! More information about the memorial can be found <here>.  The family is requesting , in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Scully Social Justice Endowed Scholarship at McGeorge School of Law.

 

Celebrating November Birthdays! 

Happy Birthday to All!

  • Kathleen Asay                                    11/2
  • Esther Gaines                                    11/3
  • Alicia Hetman                                    11/7
  • Ann Arneill                                         11/11
  • Eileen Heaser                                    11/12
  • Joy Allender                                       11/13
  • Donna Holmes                                  11/14
  • Linda Lawrence                                11/16
  • Carole Cline                                       11/18
  • Jennifer Henderson                          11/19
  • Elaine Ellers                                       11/23
  • Elaine Moody                                    11/30

Programs: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Programs: Looking Forward, Looking Back By Hedda Smithson

Sacramento Branch of AAUW Presents

Episode Four of “The Rights Stuff”: The Right to Higher Education

Lights, Camera, Action!!

Saturday, December 9, 2023 11 AM

North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Avenue

 AAUW Sacramento was founded in 1920. Some of us helped celebrate our 100th birthday on Feb. 29, 2020. One of the first projects these early members started was a scholarship program.

For our December gathering we will invite our current scholarship recipients — Elizabeth, Erin, Nichole, Wahida and Nataliia  to join us for lunch at the lovely North Ridge Country Club.

A choice of entrees will be offered and an opportunity to “take a future grad to lunch” by helping to pay for the lunches of our scholarship guests. There may be a chance to do other giving as well.

More information and how to RSVP for this event will be provided in an upcoming eBlast.

Recaps: September and October of the Rights Stuff

The first two episodes of “Lights, Camera, Action”  are “in the can”. Both were SRO (standing room only!!). Running out of chairs is a good thing? Here are the highlights:

September 23 at the Arcade Library on Marconi Avenue

  • Members approved the budget for the 2023-24 membership year as presented in the September issue of Capital Ideas.
  • Seven Tech Trek campers shared stories of blood draws, food science, and playing with lights and sound at the Mondavi Center in Davis. Each received a Tech Trek bear.
  • Two National Conference of College Women Student Leaders participants told us what they had learned during three days of intense workshops and networking.
  • We learned how to be Membership Ambassadors and earn a star!!
  • New members include Susan Cox, Joyce Humphrey, Pam Harder, Kim McDaniel, Sasha Mowrey, Joy Allender and Tom Smithson. Be sure to watch for and welcome each to future events.
  • We were invited to join a group tour at the Sojourner Truth Museum on Oct. 7 for an African Marketplace, featuring live music, food, and shopping opportunities.

October 14 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center on Gibbons Drive

  • Members from Sacramento and Citrus Heights/American River Branches met for more than a month to put together this program.
  • Representatives from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte spoke to us briefly about their local focus.
  • We listened to stories from The Abortion Chronicles and discussed what we heard.
  • We heard how medical students and doctors have had to make choices about their futures.
  • We learned about maternal care deserts both before and after the Dobbs Decision.
  • Each participant was given a packet full of information, including two pages of actions that each of us could take.
  • Our lesson in government included how amendments become part of the US Constitution and what we can do to have the Equal Right Amendment published.

President’s Message

President’s Message By Nancy McCabe

As I write this, summer is hanging on, and we are anxious for cooler weather and fall
activities. Apple Hill, fall sports and sweaters are looking pretty good.

By now, our first monthly meeting is in the record books and we are looking forward to our Oct. 14 event. I hope to see you attending our events as the Smith and Smithson team is planning our second Lights, Camera, Action program. This will be our best program season in a while as they are creativity personified!

On another note, I would like to introduce you to pages 1-8 in the front of our directory. I think most of us use the directory only to locate other members, but we are overlooking some really good information. As we all are being encouraged to recruit friends and family to join our branch, page 1 describes who we are and what we stand for. Page 2 is the membership cost and board meeting schedule. Page 3 describes the standing programs that are an asset to the community. This is what I talk about when I am sharing what I am most proud of. (I know, don’t end a sentence with a preposition!) The following pages are interest groups, branch programs and branch leaders.

As an FYI, please add Marissa Floyd as the Public Policy chairperson. We are so
pleased that she has agreed to take this on to keep us informed about legislation.
Our voting board, those who attend board meetings, consists of the four elected
and five appointed members. Thus, meeting attendance is narrowed down to
attract leaders who are meeting-adverse. Keep this in mind when you are asked
to help out!

See you in October!

P.S. Also note our Tech Trek co-chairs for 2023-24 are Marlys Huez and Joyce Humphrey. At the Sept. 23rd kickoff we were introduced to our summer 2023 Tech Trek campers.