Vol. 60 No. 6 http://oshkosh-wi.aauw.net/ Oshkosh, WI Branch Newsletter March 2013
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Message from the presidents
We are still hoping the groundhog was right this year, and that spring will come early. Regardless of the weather,
however, we hope to generate lots of energy and warmth at AAUW events in the next month, and as we plan for the
Our dinner meeting at Primo’s at 6pm on March 26 will be very special, with a delicious meal followed by
excellent speakers discussing how the crucial current reform program, substituting treatment for prison, affects
women. See the article below for information, particularly about the March 21 deadline for Helen to receive your check
to guarantee your reservation.
In addition, we are beginning to brainstorm about ways to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Oshkosh branch of
AAUW in 2014. First of all, we need a couple of volunteers to lead the branch during this special year! We three have
enjoyed working together this year, and will be available as mentors next year, but we need a few good women to step
up to become our successors.
Any ideas for celebratory programs or souvenirs? We have discussed making branch bookmarks to distribute,
highlighting our activities. We have also thought about changing our name to the Winnebago County branch—if enough
people are interested, we can pursue how this might be done, to better reflect our actual 21st century membership.
Please pass on any other ideas!
With an eye to the future as well as the past, we’re applying to the National AAUW to become one of ten pilot
sites offering an area “Tech Savvy” conference some time in 2013-14. This program offers middle-school girls and their
parents a day of hands-on workshops and informational sessions, inspiring girls to pursue an interest in STEM fields
(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through high school and college. And think of the future members we’ll
be inspiring as well!
This issue is full of information about upcoming events. We hope our snowbirds will at least wish they could fly
north early to join those of us lucky enough to be able to take part in these interesting activities!
—Helen, Fran and Nancy
Meeting at Primo’s March 26: “Treatment Instead of Prison”
On Tuesday, March 26, the Oshkosh Branch of AAUW will gather for dinner at 6:00 pm at Primo’s to learn about efforts
to encourage Wisconsin to create more “Treatment Alternative Diversion”(TAD) programs, based on the principle that
incarceration is not the best way to deal with people convicted of nonviolent crimes caused by substance abuse and
mental health problems. Stephany Gyldenvand, organizer for Esther, a nonpartisan, interdenominational group in the
Fox Valley that has been working on this issue for many years, will focus her talk on female offenders, for whom the
family disruption caused by incarceration is often particularly painful. Serah Muinde, a graduate of the Winnebago
County Drug Court, a local TAD program, will also join us to speak about her experience in that program. Don’t miss
what promises to be one of our most interesting evenings this year!
Primo’s (2605 Jackson Street in Oshkosh, east of Highway 41) has provided us a limited menu of four outstanding
choices: Chicken Cordon Bleu; Salmon; Tenderloin Tips; and Sundried Tomato Parmesan Pasta—your selection can be
made that evening. All meals come complete with salad, bread, beverage and dessert for $20 including tax and tip. We
need your reservation, confirmed with a check for $20 made out to AAUW-Oshkosh, to be received by Helen Bannan
(3129 Honey Creek Ct, Oshkosh 54904) by Thursday, March 21, to give Primo’s an accurate count. Rides can be
arranged for any member who needs one—call Helen (920-231-2948) to get that set up by March 21 also.
This meeting is identified in our yearbook as our “annual meeting,” during which our bylaws say we will present our
slate of officers for the next year. This year, nearly all of our slate consists of continuing officers and chairs, except for
the co-presidents. If you are interested in this opportunity to get more involved, please call a member of the
Nominating Committee: Fran Garb, Bettie Harriman or Nancy Elsberry.
Opportunities to Preview “Miss Representation”: Big Screen or Little Screen?
Our program for the April 23 meeting will focus on the powerful documentary about women in media, “Miss
Representation”. We are excited that Caryn Murphy, a faculty member from the Communication Department of UW
Oshkosh, has agreed to be with us at our meeting to discuss and show clips from this film
If you are interested in seeing it in its entirety on the “big screen,” the film will be shown at UW-Oshkosh Reeve Union
Theatre (3rd floor) on March 13 at 6 pm. There is no charge. Never wanting to miss an opportunity to have time
together – and eat at the same time – some members will be meeting at 5:00 pm to have dinner at the Union before the
film. At that time of day, parking should not be too difficult. If you would like to join the group, let Lynda Olsen
email@example.com know so they will gather at a big enough table. (But just arrive and pull up a chair if you decide to
come at the last minute.) Or, if you would like to see the film at home any time before the meeting, and have a DVD
player, we have DVD’s of “Miss Representation” to loan; contact Fran Garb (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to
borrow a copy. You’re welcome watch it alone, or invite your AAUW friends over to see it with you!
This year we had 10 applications from graduate women in three colleges (excluding the College of Nursing). The
Committee interviewed four and selected two $1,000 award winners, and an alternate should either be unable to
continue their education the next academic year. Nana Colemann is enrolled in the Masters in Public Administration
program and is from Ghana. Marie Stafford lives in Menasha and is in the Professional Counseling program specializing
in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The alternate is Alia Arafeh, who is a student in the Educational Leadership
program and is from Jordan. These exceptional women have very interesting backgrounds and aspirations, and will be
present at one of our fall meetings to share their career paths. Plan to come and meet them.
—Nancy Elsberry, CoChair, Scholarship Committee
Volunteers Needed to Help at the First-Ever Oshkosh Money Conference April 20
As explained in last month’s Check, the first ever Oshkosh Money Conference will be held Saturday April 20 at Oshkosh
West High School from 8AM to 1:30pm, including FREE breakfast and lunch. The conference is intended to help lower
and middle income families achieve financial stability, one of AAUW’s goals for all women. Until April 12, pre-
Registration will be $2.00 for adults, and free for children under 18; registration on the day of the event will be $4.00 for
adults and $1 for youth. As co-sponsors, we are seeking volunteers for to help with registration and other tasks during
the conference itself on April 20. Contact Helen Bannan (920-231-2948; email@example.com) if you are interested in
volunteering or in registering yourself or others to attend the conference.
Attend the Wisconsin State AAUW Convention, Racine, April 26-27
As you may have read about in the most recent issue of Badger Briefs, the state AAUW Convention will be held at the
Racine Marriott on Friday, April 26 and Saturday April 27. Helen and Fran are planning to attend, and we would be glad
to fill up the car—let us know if you’d like to join us, before the early-bird registration deadline of April 5. For more
details, see the conference website: http://aauw-wi.org/convention-2013/
This year, the conference planners are NOT seeking the large number of baskets from each branch as have
been collected in years past for a silent auction. Instead, they are encouraging each branch to donate a more valuable
item, perhaps with a (not too subtle) local advertising angle (e.g. free tickets for an “Event City” event, etc.) that they
will assemble into packages to be auctioned off. Let us know if you have any ideas, particularly if you have any
connections to a business that might donate a nice prize!
Give a Grad the Gift of AAUW
Looking for a gift for someone you know who is graduating this spring? Consider AAUW’s Give-A-Grad-A-Gift program,
which entitles them to a free AAUW membership within two years of graduation. What an awesome gift at no cost to
you or them!
This is an offer that only AAUW members can take advantage of at no cost. You can apply online or download the
application at http://www.aauw.org/resource/give-a-grad-a-gift/.
Remember, your grad will receive a one-year -at-large membership — a $49 value – for free. They can join a branch at
any time but will be responsible for paying branch and state dues.
Lunch Bunch: The AAUW Lunch Bunch meets the second Monday of every month at 11:45. Please contact Bettie
Harriman (233-1973 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Lunch Bunch will meet March 11 at Dublin’s Irish Pub.
April 8: Benvenuto’s.
AAUW Morning Book Group: Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 AM. March 12: The Poisoner’s Handbook
by Deborah Blum; home of Carol Sheehan, 356 Wyldewood, Unit E, 420-6069. April 9: Cold Glory by B. Kent
Anderson; home of Diane Urch, 433 Lowell Place, Neenah, 722-4486.
AAUW Evening Book Group: Meets the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00 PM. March 13: The Wave by
Susan Casey; home of Dana Calliari, 895 Harborview Ct., 233-4895. April 10: Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot
Livesey; home of Marlene Herzing, 3864 Candlish Harbor Lane, 231-2416.
Treasurer’s Report for February/March
Savings: Savings: $00.00
Younkers Booklets $85.00
Younkers Booklets $130.00
Checking: $00.00 Checking: correction as speaker fee for Feb.
was $25. Not $50
Diane Urch earned another $215.00 for our scholarship fund selling Younkers Booklets for Community Days.
—Susan Morrissey, Treasurer
AAUW Oshkosh Branch
Rachel Krubsack, Editor
1004 Mason St.
Oshkosh WI 54902