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Winter Luncheon-Register NOW!


When: Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Northridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Ave.,
Fair Oaks

Join the AAUW Sacramento Branch at our Winter Luncheon on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Ave., Fair Oaks., starting at 11:00 a.m.

Menu will be choice of Beef Short Ribs OR a Quinoa Bowl. Both include a garden salad, bread, and coffee, tea, or iced tea. Dessert will be seasonal candies. A No Host Bar is available.

Love Talk Read is back this year and we will be collecting for infants to age 10. Please bring cardboard toddler books and chapter books for grades one, two and three. Celeste will also bring her book on the learning skills lost due to the pandemic.

Afghan Refugee Support. Lisa Howard will bring an Afghan woman to update us on the refugee Community. Items needed for our refugees will be listed in an eblast and can be found <here>. We will be collecting items at the event.

There will also be a brief business meeting. Be ready for a fun day with a mixer thrown in!

Cost per person is $35.00. You can pay via credit card on Eventbrite OR by check payable to AAUW Sacramento and sent to Cathy Locke (Find her address in the directory or call 916-722-2017). ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 1ST!

Click <here> for the Winter Luncheon flyer.
Click <here> to register on Eventbrite.

Note: As per National AAUW and our Board’s decision, all attendees must show proof of COVID vaccination upon arrival. Our greeters will be efficient and friendly, but please respect this requirement for everyone’s safety.

Annual Holiday Party

Annual Holiday Party

AAUW Sacramento

When: Saturday, December 10, 2022, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Northridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Ave.,
Fair Oaks

Please save the date to join us for socializing with branch members in a festive atmosphere.  Details to come soon.

October Program – CA Ballot

November 2022 CA Ballot Proposition Forum

Presented by
AAUW Citrus Heights- American River and AAUW Sacramento

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 4:45pm
On Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4350679895?pwd=TjMvZFZtSE4xdXFCUjhDU0dKWnlCdz09
Meeting ID: 435 067 9895
Passcode: 184701

Join us as Professor Mary Beth Moylan and a panel of McGeorge School of Law students review the current propositions on the November ballot. Q&A to follow the discussion.

President’s Message

President’s Message By Angela Scarlett

Dear fellow AAUW Members,

I sit here on a Tuesday night, trying to capture how lovely our meeting was on Sept. 17! Members such as Barbara Smith, Kathy Schrumpf, Jane Cooley and Barbara Smith brought snacks and helped set up the room. Sandi Schoenman greeted folks at the door.

Kamariah Alexander

One of our scholarship recipients, Kamariah Alexander, spoke movingly

Marissa Floyd

about returning to college after becoming a mom. In contrast, our NCWSSL winner, Marissa Floyd, spoke about the diverse offerings of leadership training she could access at NCWSSL.

Our guest speakers, Jay Cohen and Maiya De La Rosa, both from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, spoke to the challenges for women and pregnant persons in a post-Dobbs world. They framed the policy opportunities in

Planned Parenthood

California and the practical matter of providing reproductive health care to hundreds of thousands of low-income people.

It warmed my heart to see many of our members present and engaged with issues that impact our mission. I want to see more folks engaged as this year rolls along. To this end, I am setting up a Phonevite account. What’s a Phonevite account? Well, it’s a handy low-cost tool that sends our robocall reminders to members’ phones to remind them of upcoming events. AAUW California suggested this as an option for doing outreach with members who don’t use email very often. Please reach out to me if you have thoughts about this platform.

I hope to see everyone online for our October program, the CA Ballot Forum!


September Kick-Off and Coming Attractions

September Kick-Off, By Angela Scarlett

Since February 2020, AAUW Sacramento has limited nearly all of our branch meetings to digital offerings on Zoom to ensure the safety of our members from COVID-19.

We are excited to inform you that we will meet in person on September 17 at the Carmichael Library Meeting Room, 5605 Marconi Ave.! While our reservation is from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., we want to encourage members to arrive around 10:15 a.m. to check in, have coffee or snacks, and socialize.

We have a variety of items on the agenda for the day, including:

  • Voting on our annual budget. You can find the proposed budget <here>.
  • Hearing from our scholarship recipients
  • Getting an update on all the exciting ideas coming out of our Strategic Planning Committee

Jay Cohen, who works for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, will speak to us that day. We hope to hear about the impact of the SCOTUS Dobbs decision on women, girls and other folks, as well as the implications for AAUW’s core mission. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte has 30 health centers throughout mid-California and northern Nevada.

We will provide registration via Eventbrite (you only have to give us your name and email), but we won’t turn away folks at the door. Don’t forget to bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  We also encourage folks to bring masks, especially if they’re medically at risk. Come, bring a friend and get involved!

If you would like to provide refreshments or help with setup, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Angela Scarlett via her contact information in the directory. We look forward to seeing you all!

Coming Attractions – Mark Your Calendars!! By Donna Holmes

  • Saturday September 17th the new and improved Showcase from 10:30AM to 1PM at the Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608
  • Thursday October 20th, in partnership with CHAR, 4:30PM Zoom meeting on the California ballot propositions
  • Saturday December 10, 2022 from 11AM to 1:30PM Holiday Luncheon at North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Ave., Fair Oaks, CA 95628
  • Saturday January 28, 2023 IBC Funds Luncheon on Zoom
  • Saturday February 18, 2023 Speech Trek location TBA
  • Saturday March 25, 2023 Annual Meeting – Author’s Luncheon location TBA

Happy Summer to All Our Members!

Happy Summer to All Our Members! By Karen Burley

Wishing all our members a great summer! May you find ways to stay cool and have some fun! While it may appear we are all taking a break over the summer months, your branch leadership team continues to work on your behalf, planning an enlightening and enjoyable year for our members starting in September. Please continue to tell your friends and acquaintances about all the benefits of AAUW membership and that we would love to have them join us.

In case you missed our in-person May event, we were able to hear Maren DeMille, our branch Speech Trek winner and state 4th place winner, give her speech in person. Her speech on the topic, “Has the US lived up to its pledge of liberty and justice for all? Would requiring the study of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a high school setting help ensure liberty and justice for all?” seems ever so timely given current events in our nation. It was wonderful to meet Maren and her mom in person.

May Program – In Person!

May Meeting to Celebrate Our Members By Kim Rutledge

The AAUW Sacramento Branch will hold its May membership meeting on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sacramento Dharma Center, 3111 Wissemann Drive, Sacramento, CA 95826. The meeting will feature a presentation from this year’s Speech Trek winner (tentative), plus recognition of our 50-year members and our named gift honorees, and installation of the 2022-23 branch officers.

Following the program, a catered lunch from My Sister’s Cafe will be served. My Sister’s Café is a volunteer-based support program for My Sister’s House to help domestic violence survivors get back on their feet financially. My Sister’s House serves domestic violence survivors of all ethnicities.

Please RSVP using the Eventbrite link here no later than Friday, May 13. It is important that you RSVP by that date so we can provide the caterer with an accurate head count. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to attend this event, so please bring your vaccination card or digital vaccination record on your phone. We ask all members to pay $5 cash at the door to help offset the catering cost.

We are excited to see our members in person on May 21!

April Author’s Event

April Author’s Event to Feature San Diego Author’s Coming-of-Age Memoir By Kim Rutledge

Please join the AAUW Sacramento Branch for our annual Author’s Event on Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. via Zoom. This year’s featured author is Jennifer Gasner, author of the forthcoming memoir, “Walking is Overrated.”

At 17, Jennifer was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare, progressive, neuromuscular disease. After the initial shock and denial wore off, she realized that her life was going to be full of joy. Her determination and sense of humor helped her meet the challenges she faced going from walking independently to using a walker, and eventually, a wheelchair.

She attended college at her home state’s University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she received her BA in English. She was involved in the Student Activities Board and campus radio station, where she honed her love for music. She then went on to Western Illinois University for her MS in recreation.

After college, she began working with Independent Living Centers in Wisconsin and advocating for people with disabilities and learning about disability culture. She moved to San Diego by herself when she was 28, where she worked for various non-profits and UC San Diego.

In 2020, she became an Ambassador for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, (FARA), advocating for research and bringing awareness of FA to the community. As a result, she participated in Rare Across America, meeting with legislators to discuss current legislation affecting more than 25 million Americans living with one or more rare diseases.

She is a member of the San Diego Memoir Writers Association and was Member of the Month in February 2020. Her short story, “Diagnosis,” was selected for publication in “Shaking the Tree Vol III,” which is available for purchase on Amazon. She is currently writing a coming-of-age memoir with the working title, “Walking is Overrated.” Besides writing, in her free time she loves doing yoga, going to movies, and travelling. She lives in San Diego with her boyfriend Gregory and their two dogs, Wyatt and Ki.

Jennifer will read her story “Diagnosis” at the AAUW Author’s Event and discuss her literary journey.  We will start the event with a brief business meeting and the presentation of the slate of officers for the 2022-23 Branch year. Please register to attend via Eventbrite here. You will be sent the Zoom link two days before the event.

AAUW CHAR Program-In Celebration of Women’s History Month

AAUW CHAR Program-In Celebration of Women’s History Month By Charmen Goehring

If interested, please attend the March AAUW CHAR Branch Program on March 12 at 10 am. Here is the Zoom link:

We are fortunate to be joined by new author, and longtime AAUW member, Sandy Camillo, who will be sharing stories from her new book.

The Journey of an “Invisible” Woman recounts stories of how Sandy and women of many generations struggled to overcome stereotyping and societal barriers erected to keep them in their “place”, to keep them invisible and silenced. She invites readers to accompany her on this journey of confronting biased gender norms, becoming visible, and finding a voice. Sandy and I (Charmen Goehring) served together on the National AAUW Board from 2011-2015 and I look forward to introducing you to my talented friend from New York!

(Sandy’s book is available on Amazon and other retailers if you would like to read it ahead of our visit with her on March 12.)

Membership – December Update

Membership – December Update By Donna Holmes and Marty McKnew

One-third of our membership participated in our all-inclusive Holiday Party in December!  This was our first in-person event since February 2020 and it was lovely.

Members are the branch and together we change the world.  Membership directors are automatically on the Program Committee plus other non-board members who volunteer.  With Kim Rutledge’s leadership, we work out a plan for the year and who will work on each program.

At our December program we try to support another group in need, and this year we chose the Afghani refugees served by the Highlands Community Charter School.  We also learned about other cultures and their holiday observances.

The program team was made up of Bonnie Penix, Shari Beck, Gloria Yost, Barbara Smith, Jan Stuter, Kim Rutledge and Donna Holmes, with technical support by Karen Burley.  In total, 68 members made this event a rousing success.  The photo shows gifts collected at the holiday luncheon that made more than 100 children very happy.  Remember, membership is all of us — no one has to carry the whole load.  When you can, volunteer, take a chance to join a committee, interest group or even the board.  Together we are advancing gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.

Join us on Jan. 29 at the IBC Zoom meeting to hear from three fellows who received part of the $5M given out by Association this past year.

Happy New Year!

-Donna Holmes & Marty McKnew