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Valley View Green Valley Branch Green Valley, Arizona April 2013 Co-Presidents Vol. 39 Issue 8 Judy Thut and Lorna Kitchak President’s Message: What Kind of Imprint Have We Left On The Community? Now that it is April and branch activities are winding the money go? All members of AAUW Green Valley are down, it's a good time to give ourselves a vigorous pat on members of our national association. $49 of your $72 our collective back as we consider the "flowering" that dues, wherever paid, go to the Association. Per person, our AAUW year has encouraged. We've enjoyed our $43 of those dues go to the Association's 501(c)(3) funds. Book, Border Issues, Bridge, Hablamos Espanol, Lunch, We currently have 157 members. Considering that some Needles, Newcomer and Travel groups. We've even been of our members are Life Members, not required to pay On the Road Again. We've made friends, had interesting association dues, and that others have joined under discussions and become better special membership offers, a ballpark informed about many topics; but what We have contributed more estimate of the funds we contributed to kind of imprint have we left on our financially to more philanthropic AAUW causes through our dues is community? Have we lived up to our $5,600. This year, as a branch, we are causes than you may realize! mission statement to increase equity? I able to set aside an additional $2,000 So, where did y/our money go? for local scholarships and $2,000 to the think we have in many ways. AAUW funds that will be chosen by our 2012-2013 Our Border Issues group - well, the name says most Honored Member (s). Individual members responded of it - has been publicizing and educating the wider magnificently to the presentation about EMERGE by community about social and financial issues associated directly donating $1,440 to that organization. with living on the border. Hablamos Espanol has enabled Individually, members gave $685 directly to AAUW some of us to speak more fluently with our neighbors, funds. The grand total of these philanthropic amounts is always a good practice. The new St. Andrew's Clinic $11,725. Way to go Green Valley Branch members! project provides packed lunches so that parents and children have food to eat on their long journeys home In many ways your AAUW membership is a great following treatment at the free clinic. To round off our investment and a personal pleasure. outreach for the year, we'll be helping Green Valley and For a detailed account of the various AAUW national Sahuarita middle school girls explore careers in the funding targets check the listing at http://www.aauw.org/ STEM fields through the Expanding Your Horizons resource/support-aauw-programs-faq-2/ program. Judy Thut, Co-President We have contributed more financially to more philanthropic causes than you may realize! So, where did 2013-2014 DUES Are DUE!! We are collecting 2013-2014 dues. Renewing now assures your entry into our 2013-2014 Directory. Payments are accepted in person or by mail to: Treasurer AAUW-GV Branch P.O. Box 178, Green Valley, AZ 85622 A reminder to our Dual Members: We recommend that you pay your dual dues to us before you leave. Questions? Call Irene Sullivan, Treasurer 520-399-0414 Board Meeting 10:00 a.m. Presby. Church Monday April 1 Program & April Brunch 9:30 a.m. Desert Hills Tuesday April 16 April 16 Program: First Student to Register at the University of Arizona Actually, that's not quite right. Karen Board Morgan of Tucson, but formerly of Massachusetts, where she served as AAUW state president, is presenting the program at our Spring Brunch and Annual Meeting. She is portraying Clara Fish Roberts, who was the first U of A registrant and the founder of the Collegiate Club of Tucson. She has many stories to share about the community, education, and suffrage as the daughter of a pioneer Arizona family in the years 1909 - 1913. Karen moved to Tucson eight years ago after a 32-year career in public and community education. An avid researcher, she was an American Society Teacher Fellow and a National Endowment of the Humanities Scholar at Harvard on New Scholarship on Women, which helps her portray and relate the stories of interesting women of the past. Be sure to bring your friends to hear this interesting story. Eloise Fredrickson, Program Vice President Membership Information One third of our members (51) renewed at our March meeting and are eligible for the drawing of one free national membership at our April meeting. Plan to renew now or at the beginning of our April meeting and you too might win the national membership worth $ 49.00. New members Kathy Davisson, Karen Lueck, and Pam Wiggington-Fee each won a free national membership at the March general meeting. We have six new members…. Please be sure to add them to your Directory. 1. Pamela Boehms 4. Kathy Davisson 1107 W Calle Artistica 564 N Mazatzal Dr. Green Valley, AZ 85614 Green Valley, AZ 45614 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 520-829-7270 520-777-3738 2. Betsy Hansen 5. Karen Lueck 676 N. Cedar Bend Ave 849 W Golf Course Pl. Green Valley, AZ 85614 Green Valley, AZ 85622 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 520-207-5101 520-300-6248 3. Patricia Fina Weaver 6. Pam Wigginton-Fee 2500 E. Skywalker Way 1860 W Camino del Zanco Green Valley, AZ 85614 Green Valley, AZ 85622 No Email submitted email@example.com 717-451-1285 440-774-5522 Carol Bowley, Membership Vice president Annual Spring Brunch April 16 Pre-registration is required $13 per person Contact Pat Young 2 April 2013 Green Valley Branch of AAUW Expanding Your Horizons You still have a chance to help with our first Expanding Your Horizons event on April 6. The committee chairs would be very pleased to hear from you, even at this late date. Contact Susan Kirk to hostess, Carol Rueckert to help with the Presenters' Lunch, Carol Bowley or Linda Enterline for assisting with registration or Lorna Kitchak to serve the snacks. They will appreciate your willingness to help. All the sixth to eighth grade girls in the Continental and Sahuarita School Districts, as well as those attending Great Expectations Academy, have been contacted. Six hundred registration forms have been distributed. Interest is high. The staff members in all the schools have all been most cooperative. We're looking forward to a very successful event. If you are helping, please wear your AAUW name tag to distinguish us from the presenters, parents, and educators. Sharon Lyons, Community Outreach Chair Out to Lunch Bunch April 19 We will stay local this month. We will meet at the new Grill at San Ignacio, in the private dining room. A new chef and menu make this a spot to enjoy. New members are welcome to join the group. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation. Randy Westrope On The Road Again Friday, April 19: Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory All AAUW members and their guests are invited. There will be uphill walking, stair climbing, and standing. 8:15 a.m. Depart the West Center parking lot. Please have $2 for the drivers. They will have directions. 9:00 a.m. The tour begins with an orientation at the Visitor Center on Elephant Head Road, where there are exhibits on astronomy, astrophysics, natural science, and cultural history. 9:30 a.m. A bus with a tour guide takes us up the 10-mile, single-lane mountain road (with few guard rails!) to the summit of Mount Hopkins (8,550 feet). En route, there are several stops, including a stop at a picnic area for lunch -- BYOL Then vans take the group up the steepest part of the mountain to the observatory. 3:00 p.m. The bus returns the group to the Visitor Center. Prior reservations are required. The cost for the tour is $7 per person. Mail payment to Jo Ann Wilson at 2181 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Green Valley, AZ 85622 by April 12. Contact her at 207-6870 or email@example.com. For more information and "virtual" touring, search online for Whipple Observatory, or http:// www.cfa.harvard.edu/facilities/flwo/visit_center.html. Jo Ann Wilson, New Members Committee Green Valley Branch of AAUW April 2013 3 Pat Burgess: Recording Secretary Pat received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana, She has 73 additional graduate hours. She is another AAUW member who is a passionate supporter of the League of Women Voters. Ragdoll cat “Muffin” lives with Pat who finds her to be a “constant companion, very loving, and entertaining.” In addition to enjoying her cat, Pat likes to read, take daily walks and visit with people as she strolls through her neighborhood. Her favorite role in life was being a wife to “my wonderful husband, Gordon. That was the absolute best role for the almost forty years before he passed away.” Pat and Gordon enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and Europe during their summer breaks. Pat taught high school history and economics. After moving to Arizona, she attended the University of Arizona to earn a certificate in elementary education and then taught primary grades which were “fun and rewarding.” She also received a library certificate and for a few years was the school librarian as well as the kindergarten teacher. She loved “choosing and sharing books” with students. You may not know that although Pat was born in Illinois, she was raised in Gallup, New Mexico. Another couple of interesting facts about her: she played drums in the school band and was a majorette. (Ed. Note: hmm… I recall that Suzan Van Thul played the steel drums in school —- is there a drumming program in our future? Wouldn’t that be fun??!!) Her grandmother frequently repeated the saying, “Act in haste; repent in leisure” and it became a favorite of Pat’s. 50-25-25 Winners Pat Danloe and Susan Kirk each won $30.50 in the March raffle. The “50-25-25 Raffle” is your chance to win money and support our GV Branch! The cost of one ticket is $1.00 and the cost of six tickets is $5.00. All the money collected is divided in half. One half will go to two lucky members with the winning tickets and one half goes into the branch treasury to support our operating fund. I am still open for any suggestions you may have for speakers. Thanks to those who have already given me ideas. Ruth O'Brien Sandy Parker won a new membership during the Comedy L to R: State President Claudette Haney who has been a Night fundraiser in February. president and co-president of our branch; Elizabeth “Libby” Beyrer, a past co-president and current Valley View editor; and Co-President Judy Thut at the February fundraiser. 4 April 2013 Green Valley Branch of AAUW Nominations for AZ AAUW 2013 Officers The AZ AAUW Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following nominees for election at the State Convention in Tucson, AZ on April 5 and 6, 2013: President Elect Jane Adrian, Scottsdale Branch, for a one-year term, 2013-2014 Taking the office of State President, for a two year term, 2014-2016 Membership Vice President Sharon Groves, Prescott Branch, for a two year term, 2013-2015 Recording Secretary Rhysa Davis, East Valley Branch, for a two year term, 2013-2015 Program Vice President Harriet Young, Flagstaff Branch, for a one year term, 2013-2014 The committee was unable to locate a nominee for Nominating Committee Chair for a one year term, 2013-2014. The business meeting at the AAUW State Convention on April 6, 2013 will be when officers are elected. Nominations will be accepted from the floor with the nominee’s permission. Elected officers who will continue to serve until June 30, 2014 are: Corresponding Secretary Donna Haugland, Southeast Valley Treasurer Susanne Burgess, West Valley. Thanks go to Carolyn Maxon, Phoenix Branch and Geneva Rodriguez, West Valley Branch for serving on the committee this year. Barbara Neubert, Nominating Committee Chair Gloria Thiele: Communications Chair Gloria has two bachelors degrees, one in fine arts from Washington University in St. Louis and one in communications/science at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is an active volunteer for St. Andrew's Children's Clinic in Nogales, Ariz., she designs clothing and is a newspaper reporter, but photography and travel are her favorite pastimes. Her favorite role is grandmother to three “wonderful grandchildren.” Many people do not know that she likes to scuba dive and snorkel. (Ed. Note: I think she and member Ronni Pine have that in common!) One of her favorite sayings is, "Love makes the world go round.” In Remembrance The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. ~~ Marcus Tullius Cicero We say good-bye to our former member Sara “Sally” Dallas. Sally had been a member of both Green Valley and Phoenix AAUW branches. She was a triad president from 2003-2004 and she was very involved in organizing our Authorama fundraiser. In addition, she was a mentor to students in the OASIS program at the Sahuarita Primary School. Her abstract water colors were shown in the Tucson Botanical Gardens, at the Otero Art Gallery in Tubac, at the Hillside Gallery in Nogales, and in Green Valley galleries. She was a teacher, an artist, a mother, a volunteer and a life partner. Her spirit will live on in her work, her children and our memories of her. Green Valley Branch of AAUW April 2013 5 Emerge Workshop There was such a good response to the program presented by Kim Thompson from Emerge! at our February meeting, we donated $1441 to Emerge! Perhaps some of you would like to learn more about domestic abuse. I attended an Emerge! workshop in 2011 and I found it to be informative, enlightening and very engaging. As an AAUW GV member you may be interested in attending the Community Domestic Kim Thompson Abuse Workshop on April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Emerge! administrative from Emerge! headquarters in Tucson. It is an extended and in-depth training and it is free. If you would like to participate call Sarah Jimenez-Valdez at 520.795.8001 to RSVP and to get driving directions to the workshop. Susan Kirk, Philanthropy Chair Dr. Tom Purdon, Fundraising Chair president of Friends of Carol Rueckert and Madera Canyon and a Co-President Lorna board member of Save Kitchak at the the Scenic Santa Ritas, Comedy Night presented stunning fundraiser in photographs and February. The pertinent information “Bottl e Raf f le” about the canyon and portion of the event the mountains during raised more than our January meeting. $400. “BITS AND PIECES… AAUW Washington Updates” (AAUW email notice on 3/15/13) . . . the White House withdrew the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, at Halligan's request. A minority of senators blocked Halligan's confirmation vote earlier this month. This is just one example of how the Senate's broken process for considering judicial nominees is threatening equal rights for women and girls. . . . two teens were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl and sentenced to serve time in a juvenile correctional facility in the Steubenville, OH, case that has gained national attention. Read more on AAUW's blog. In an effort to help student loan borrowers, the Obama administration announced cuts to the commissions paid to private collection companies that chase students with overdue loans. The largest federal employee union in the U.S. announced this week that the Equal Employment Opportunity Com- mission, which focuses on ending workplace discrimination, might have to furlough its employees if the sequestration cuts continue. The expected furloughs would increase the agency's backlog of discrimination cases, the union said. Despite the Affordable Care Act’s goal of increasing women’s access to reproductive health services, a number of state provisions passed since the law was signed in 2010 will end up restricting access by banning private insurance companies from covering abortions. After the Supreme Court's 2011 ruling in Wal-Mart v. Dukes obstructed a major class-action lawsuit by 1.5 million current and former female Wal-Mart employees, smaller groups of women are coming forward alleging discrimination and unequal pay from the company. Ladik v. Wal-Mart, filed by five women in Wisconsin, is the latest regional class action suit against the company. 6 April 2013 Green Valley Branch of AAUW April 2013 Study/Interest Group and Community Outreach Calendar April 1 & 15 Needles+--Bring your current project: knitting, quilting, needlepoint (or whatever) to work on as you 1:30 p.m. enjoy the company of creative women. Contact Susan Kirk, firstname.lastname@example.org of 648-3189 for location and to be added to the email list. April 2 Book Discussion: Morning—We will be choosing books and hosts for next year. Please send 9:30 p.m. recommendations to Marilyn or bring books for final nominations. We will meet at La Posada in the Men's Club on the third floor of La Vista next to the elevator. RSVP to Marilyn at 648-7956 or email@example.com April 3 Mystery Readers—We will discuss The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly. We will meet at 1:30 p.m. Gloria Thiele’s home, 1077 W. Ashworth Rd in Green Valley. For more information or to RSVP, call Gloria at 648-1590 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. April 9 Book Discussion: Afternoon--We will discuss Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean. La Vern 1:30 p.m. Schroeder will be hostess and Joan DuDeVoire will be discussion leader. LaVern’s address is 635 S Park Center Ave., Apt. 1211, at La Perla in La Posada. For more information and to RSVP phone LaVern at 393-6585. April 10 Non-Fiction Book Discussion—We will be selecting our books for next year. Coordinator: Frances 1 p.m. Farris-Bailey, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. We meet at Friends-in-Deed. April 11 & 25 Hablamos Español—Join us to practice speaking Spanish. We meet at Posada Java on Continental 1:30 Road. For more information and to RSVP, contact Susan Kirk, email@example.com or 648-3189. April 18 Border Issues Study Group—We will meet at the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 La 9:30 a.m. Cañada Dr. (north of Duvall Mine Road on La Cañada). The speaker will be Bobby Montiel, an Operation Streamline attorney. The public is invited. April 19 On the Road Again—We will tour the Whipple Observatory east of Amado. For more details see story 9 a.m. on page 3. April 19 Out to Lunch Bunch—We will meet at the new Grill at San Ignacio, in the private dining room. 1 p.m. Contact Randy Westrope, firstname.lastname@example.org, to make your reservation. See page 3. April 25 Travel Addicts—We will meet at the home of Dadee Reilly, 4171 S. Campina Ct. Gloria Thiele 9:30 a.m. will present a program on her recent and extensive trip to South America. Further details will be provided in an e-mail reminder sent to members the prior week. Please call Dadee Reilly (648-0596) or Nancy Helgath (741- 2395) if you plan to attend. Visitors are welcome. April 28 Singles—We will have lunch at Ragazzi, in Green Valley Village. For reservations contact Ginny noon Seabrook 393-3386. New Groups Will Be Formed If Members Are Interested: Contact Vickie Joy, email@example.com Send Calendar Items to Sandra Rooney, firstname.lastname@example.org, by the 10th of each month. Green Valley Branch of AAUW April 2013 7 Green Valley Branch PO Box 178 Green Valley, AZ 85622-0178 The Mission of AAUW To advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Valley View Notes Receive the Valley View by Mail Deadlines for the May Valley View are April 10th for The $10.00 subscription fee covers issues mailed the calendar and the 15th for everything else. September through May each season. If you did not send this fee with your dues renewal Editor: Libby Beyrer and wish to receive the Valley View through the mail, ElizabethBeyrer@cox.net please mail your $10 check to: AAUW-GV P.O. Box Calendar: Sandra Rooney 178 Green Valley, AZ 85622 Srooney8@cox.net For Membership Information Circulation: Kathy Gullen Please contact Carol Bowley, vice president of Proofreaders: Jan and Jim Diers Membership, at 648-0960 or Carolyn Morley, vice president elect of Membership, at 393-0133.
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