Vol. 10-11 Issue 5
American Association of University Women - Green Bay Area Branch Newsletter
The AAUW mission is to advance equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Einstein Science Expo
Saturday, January 15th 9:00am-4:00pm
Admission is $4 for children, $2 for adults
This year as part of our STEM initiative, we are encouraging members to bring or send elementary
and middle school students-- especially girls, to the Expo presented by Schreiber Foods and WPS.
The Expo is packed with hands-on science fun for kids as companies showcase the science behind their
businesses. Some of the highlights this year are
* Lego Robotics demonstrations from the Robotics team at Bay View Middle School
* Ping Pong Cannon
* Stock cars built in the Formula High School programs at Preble and Ashwaubenon High
* Human patient simulator where kids can feel pulse, take blood pressure and more. It can
also simulate various conditions like asthma and pneumonia
* Zippin Pippin exhibit
This is a great opportunity to connect classroom science to the real world and connect science with career
options in the student’s future. Plan to bring a young person – son or daughter, grandchild, scout, neighbor – to
check out all the science related activities and inspire thoughts about a STEM related career! (If you can’t
attend, you are encouraged to sponsor students at your local school or outreach organization by donating
admission fees. Some members are providing tickets to families at Literacy Green Bay.)
Wednesday, January 26th 6:30-8:30pm
Discussion of Half the Sky
Harmony Cafe (east side of Goodwill Store)
1600 W. Mason St., Green Bay- plenty of parking!
(1/2 mi. east of Hwy 41 exit to Mason St. - next to Toys R Us)
6:30 Brief Branch Meeting – updates on Dreamers and Doers, budget, programs, etc.
7:00 Book Discussion of Half the Sky by Kristoff andDunn. Excerpts from last year’s CARE program
for International Women’s Day will be shown, including profiles of women in the book. Branch
member and UW- Green Bay professor, Kim Nielsen, will also share her experience in Aman, Jordan
where she helped to direct a United Nations course for young adult leaders who were active in their
communities working against gendered violence.
The book is available at the library, Reader’s Loft (ask for AAUW book group discount) and Barnes and Noble.
It is now in paperback. Plan to come whether you have read the book or not – and invite a friend and/or
prospective member. This meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so encourage anyone interested in
international women’s issues to attend. We hope to have a great attendance – YOU can make that happen!
Looking Ahead... February 17th Branch Meeting Eileen Littig will show her award-winning
documentary The Hidden Homeless and discuss the homeless situation in Green Bay and the efforts to deal with
this problem. Currently the GB School District has 800 homeless students.
MEMBERSHIP Kathie Nielsen
Now is a great time to recruit new members – dues for the 2nd half of the year Jan-June are ½ price.
$36.00 will cover national, state and local dues – offer good from now through March 15th!
Branch Directory Addition
UW-Green Bay, BS Social Change and Development
UW- Madison, MA Anthropology
Occupation: Retired MGR Education & Training
Members in the News
Eileen Littig was nominated by Dotty Juengst for the GB Press-Gazette Person of the Year Honor for all of
her work promoting diversity and the production of award-winning documentaries/teen connection programs at
NEWIST. She was profiled in an article on Dec. 26th.
Carol Pearson was recently named to the Professional Development Advisory Committee of the National
Science Resources Center. She was identified as an expert through her roles as a liaison and presenter of the
middle school science and technology units of the Einstein Project where she is the professional development
Spotlights Shine on AAUW Fellows
Jane Chen, CEO and co-founder of Embrace, was interviewed on 20/20 for her role in creating
inexpensive incubators that help underweight babies keep warm in developing countries. Chen, who
received a Selected Professions Fellowship from AAUW, is continuing her work to decrease infant
mortality rates. Rosalind Wiseman, another AAUW fellowship and grant recipient and author of
Queen Bees and Wannabes, appeared on the December 17 episode of What Would You Do? This show
included a segment about bullying, an area in which Wiseman provided expertise.
Convention Registration Open
Early bird registration is now open for the national AAUW Convention to be held in Washington D.C.
June 16-19, 2011. Given the location, we should have some terrific speakers, will lobbying our
legislators as well as taking in the sights! It would be great to have several branch members attend!
AAUW-WI News Pat Hinckley, 434-0784
The state board will meet on Saturday, January 22 in Eau Claire. We will be finalizing policy and procedure
revisions and plans for the spring convention April 8-10, 2011.** We will decide which AAUW Fund will be
the recipient of the convention basket auction proceeds, and will consider a recommendation to raise state dues
to cover increasing costs, including the new state 2-minute activist feature on our state website. We will begin to
discuss the input from members who attended the STAR Saturday Workshops in Nov. to develop planning for
**The convention is being hosted by the Appleton Branch at the Bridgewood Resort in Neenah April 8-10,
2011. Our branch is in charge of setting up and staffing the basket auction at the convention. Please
contact Jill Lauritsen if you have items to donate for 3 or 4 baskets from our branch. Let me know if you will
help for a few hours on Friday night or Saturday to help with the auction.
Challenges Facing Aging Populations
The Wisconsin Women's Network (AAUW-WI is a member) recently released Challenges Facing Aging
Populations, a new addition to a series of research briefs from the Wisconsin Elder Economic Security
Initiative that examine specific challenges facing different aging populations in Wisconsin. Other briefs in the
series include Focus on: LGBT Elders, Elders and Debt, Elderly Women, Immigrant Elders, Elderly
Women of Color and Rural Elders. All of the research briefs can be accessed through
www.wiwomensnetwork.org. The research briefs are meant to be shared and discussed.
In December, the House failed to pass the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act
(H.R. 2103) aimed at preventing or reducing the practice of child marriage internationally. Already passed by
unanimous consent in the Senate, the bill was expected to be signed into law by the president in an effort to
identify child marriage as a human rights violation, direct the administration to create an action plan to reduce
child marriage, and integrate child marriage prevention into existing United States development efforts.
The Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Dream Act, both supported by AAUW.
Fund Development Karen Kersten 632-4432
Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) Update
A federal judge recently ruled that 4 top officials at the University of California -Davis are not entitled to
immunity in an ongoing Title IX lawsuit against the school. The suit, brought seven years ago by former women
wrestlers, alleges that the 4 UC Davis officials were “deliberately indifferent” to the women’s constitutional
right to nondiscrimination in athletics in a government-funded educational program. The judge dismissed the
officials’ claim that equal opportunity in athletics is not clearly defined as a constitutional right, and the case
will proceed with a jury deciding if the officials were indeed “deliberately indifferent.”
The case, Mansourian, et al. v. Regents of the University of California, et al., is a longtime supported Legal
Advocacy Fund case.
Thanks to all who attended the Dec. 4th tea at The ARTgarage and brought items for the LAF sale. We
collected $160 as our year's donation. If you missed the event, you missed a good time plus a most interesting
presentation by Sid Bremer and Jerry Rodesch. If you get a chance to hear their talk "Israelis and Palestinians
Searching for Peace" at some other time and place, be sure to take advantage of it!
Happy New Year to All.........
International Women Carol Pearson
United Nations – Commission on the Status of Women
AAUW is the first nonprofit to be asked to participate as an "observer" during the preparation phase for the
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 55) meeting that will be focused on STEM. The meeting will
explore the gender dimensions of science and technology, and identify policies and programs that can accelerate
progress toward the internationally agreed development goals
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a landmark
international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the
world. CEDAW is a practical blueprint for each country to achieve progress for women and girls. To date, 186
out of 193 countries have ratified the treaty. The United States is one of only seven countries—including Iran,
Sudan, Somalia, and three small Pacific Island nations (Nauru, Palau and Tonga)—that have not yet ratified
The American public strongly supports the principles and values of equality, fairness, education and basic
human rights. Under the leadership of Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton, the U.S. ratified similar treaties on
genocide, torture, and race. Ratifying the CEDAW treaty would continue that important bipartisan tradition.
Ratification of the CEDAW treaty requires 67 Senators to stand together for women and has no financial cost.
Write your Senators and encourage the ratification of the agreement.
CEDAW Works: Invest in Women, It Pays.
In countries that have ratified CEDAW, women have partnered with their governments to improve the status of
women and girls, and as a result have shaped policies to create greater safety and opportunity for women and
their families. Around the world, CEDAW has been used to reduce sex trafficking, domestic violence, and
female genital mutilation; ensure primary education for girls and vocational training for women; ensure the right
to vote; end forced marriage and child marriage; improve health care services and save lives during pregnancy
and child-birth; allow women to own and inherit property; and ensure the right to work and own a business
without discrimination. For example:
Mexico responded to an epidemic of violence against women by using CEDAW terms in a General Law
on Women's Access to a Life Free from Violence. By 2009, all 32 Mexican states had adopted the
Kenya has used CEDAW to address differences in inheritance rights, eliminating discrimination against
widows and daughters of the deceased.
Kuwait's Parliament voted to extend voting rights to women in 2005 following a recommendation by the
CEDAW Committee to eliminate discriminatory provisions in its electoral law.
Dreamers and Doers Pat Hinckley
Nominations for 2011 Dreamers and Doers Award Needed!
Our Branch is seeking nominations for the 2011 Dreamers and Doers Award. This award recognizes
contemporary women in Brown County who have demonstrated achievement, sustained leadership, and shared
their unique talents to make our community a better place in which to live. A nominee may have contributed
significantly to our community through her professional duties, organizational involvement, and/or volunteer
work. You likely know a woman who fits this profile! Please consider nominating someone.
An Official Nomination Form can be obtained by contacting Janice McCarthy at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be postmarked by February 11, 2011 to be
The 2011 Dreamers and Doers Award will be presented at AAUW’s Dreamers and Doers Luncheon April
2, 2011 at Heritage Hill State Park, Green Bay. Award winners and their nominators are expected to be able
to attend the luncheon to be recognized.
Once again we are asking branch members to solicit ads for the award luncheon program. We count on these
ads, as well as sponsors and donors, to defray costs of the tour, tea and luncheon so that we can raise enough
money to continue our local scholarships and support AAUW fellowships. Please try to get ONE ad for the
program. It’s not difficult and the price is right - $30 to $120. All the needed information about the ads – size,
cost, where to send, deadlines – will be e-mailed or mailed to all branch members later this month (and will be
available to the Jan. meeting.
A big THANK YOU to members who have volunteered to help organize the 2011 Dreamers and Doers
Events: Dotty Juengst and Sara Ramaker, sponsors and donors; Jill Lauritsen and Sandy Melroy, tea,
decorations, and artist exhibit; Ginnie Erdmann, luncheon catering; Karen Kersten, tour; Janice McCarthy and
Eileen Littig, awards; and Wendy Schroeder, reservations. They would love to have more members join them to
help us with publicity, ads and volunteers for the days of the events. Call me if you would like to be part of this
Chix AND Flix Ginnie Erdmann
Our enthusiastic and discriminating group of film-lovers will launch a new season of
entertainment on Friday afternoon, January 21, at Bay Park Cinema, after which we plan to dash
out to a nearby eatery for a bite and lively conversation. Since this group was launched we have seen
ten movies... a unanimous thumbs up to "The Proposal", "Toy Story 3", "Crazy Heart", "Wall Street--
Money Never Sleeps" and "The Social Network". The other five, all highly touted in the press,
received mixed reactions from our steely-eyed attendees. This month's movie and show time will be
known on Tuesday, January 18. It's important that we have an accurate nose count, so please call me
if you plan to attend. All members are welcome.
Evening Book Group The Jan. discussion is Half the Sky at the branch meeting on Wed. Jan.
26th. The group normally meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at Reader’s Loft (Bellevue) from 6:30 -
8:00pm. All members are welcome. Members receive a discount on purchase of books at the Reader’s
Loft. Just mention AAUW Book Group.
Jan 26 (Wed) Half the Sky by Kristof & WuDunn at Harmony Cafe (open to public)
Feb 22 Tinkers by Paul Harding
March 22 The Help by Kathryn Stockett
April 26 (T after Easter) Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
May 24 Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Campbell’s Labels for Education Program Wendy Schroeder
Did you know that the Campbell’s company supports schools thru their Labels for Education Program? This
program allows schools to redeem product labels for educational equipment and supplies.
Our branch has been collecting Campbell’s labels for Howe School in Green Bay for a number of years. Some
new participating partners are BIC products (pens, pencils, labels and markers), Pop-Secret microwave popcorn
and all Post cereals. If you use these products or Campbell’s, Franco-American, Swanson, Prego, V8 or
Pepperidge Farm products, please consider saving the UPC codes from the labels of these eligible products: all
types of Campbell’s soup, chili, gravies, tomato juice and supper bake products; Franco-American gravies,
SpaghettiO’s pasta; V8 Splash, Fusion and vegetable juices; Prego pasta sauces; Swanson broths and canned
chicken; and Pepperidge Farm soups, breads, stuffing, cookies, crackers and pastries. Save the UPC code from
most products. You no longer need to save the entire label. Save the caps from all V8 brand juices. If you want
to know more specifics, you can check out the Labels for Education Internet site (www.labelsforeducation.com).
Bring your UPC codes and caps to branch meetings and give to me. Schools often use this program to obtain
items that normal school funds may not cover. This program gives all of us an opportunity to promote AAUW’s
mission statement in one of our community schools.
Green Bay Botanical Garden - Soup With Substance Series
Fridays - January 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25
Come out to the Garden for an afternoon of snowshoeing, skiing or hiking. At 5:30 come indoors, where it’s
warm, to enjoy homemade soup and bread. A short garden topic will be featured and the evening will end with
live music performed by local artists. Advance tickets are required – they are on sale now.
ARTgarage News Sandy Melroy
The ARTgarage has an AMAZING heart on display! It’s a collection of 300 original small canvases by people
in our community – each piece with a wonderful story behind it. This project, called ART meets Heart
Community Mosaic, will be on display until the end of February. You can own a piece of this mosaic for only
$25. The BIG unveiling of this community mosaic will be a Gala at the ARTgarage on Thurs., Feb 3rd
from 5:50 – 7:30 p.m. At the gala, see the heart mosaic, enjoy the ‘tunes’ of Woody Mankowski and Lee
Tomboulian, enjoy artful appetizers and a cash bar … and all for the small price of $10. Tickets are being sold
now at the ARTgarage for both the mosaic pieces and the gala.
The ARTgarage is scheduling coffee mornings on Mondays and Fridays for small groups to appreciate and
‘feel’ the power of this wonderful heart. Call Sandy if you would like to attend a small coffee group. Many
thanks to AAUW for your support for the arts in our community!
New Leaf Co-Op **Hosts First-Ever Winter Farmers Market
New Leaf Market Cooperative is bringing together growers and eaters in the first-ever Winter Farmers Market
in downtown Green Bay for two Saturdays in January to help local residents “Turn Over a New Leaf in the New
Year” by giving them the opportunity to purchase healthy foods from local sources. The New Leaf Co-op
Winter Farmers Market will be held on Saturdays, January 15 & 29 at the KI Convention Center from 8
am to noon. Vendors will have fresh, frozen, organic, and locally grown and prepared food available for
purchase. More information can be found at the New Leaf Market website newleafmarket.org. ** Our May
luncheon will feature Lynn Walter who will update us on the New Leaf Co-op!
News from the Neville
January 19th 7pm International Film Series: The Garden (USA) Free
The 14-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the
United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers
have since created a miracle in one of the country's most blighted neighborhoods by growing their own food,
feeding their families, and creating a community. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.
Presented in conjunction with the One Book, One Community foundation – a follow-up to Seedfolks and our
Sept. potluck discussion!
Through February 27 Our Hidden Community: Images of Hope
During this season of giving, an exhibition on the Museum's Mezzanine will look at some of the hardships faced
by those struggling to get by in the Brown County area and their plans for a better future. This photographic
exhibit was developed in conjunction with the poverty-awareness organization, Seeds of Hope.
In addition to this exhibit, Seeds of Hope is sponsoring the following free events at the Neville:
January 22 Noon Our Hidden Community: A Place at the Table
Join us for lunch and experience what most people living in poverty have to work with when trying to make
meals for their family. RSVP to Catholic Charities at (920) 272-8234
**January 26 6:30--7:30pm Our Hidden Community: The Hidden Homeless
In this half-hour documentary, homeless youth talk about how they became homeless, how they try to hide it,
and their struggle to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. (produced locally by NEWIST/CESA
7, Educational TV Productions of N.E. Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Public Television)
** This is same date as our Half the Sky book discussion – but don’t worry, you won’t miss it as Eileen Littig
will be presenting this at our Feb. meeting!
Our Hidden Community: Experiencing Poverty
February 5 9:30am--Noon
A poverty simulation where participants will experience a month's worth of real-life situations of someone
living in poverty. RSVP to Judy Knudsen, UW-Extension at (920) 391-4610
The WI Alliance for Retired Americans Biennial Convention will be held in Madison on March 21, 2011.
It will feature luncheon speaker, Dr. Zorba Paster (NPR), who will speak on preventing and addressing chronic
illness. There will also be speakers on engaging traditional and social media, and a panel of WIARA partner
organizations on legislative priorities. Registration: $40. More information is available from the Alliance.
AAUW DATES TO REMEMBER
Jan 15 Einstein Science Fair Bring a young person and enjoy science activities!
Jan 26 Book Discussion 6:30 pm Half the Sky at Harmony Cafe Open to the Public
Feb 17 BRANCH Meeting
March 8 BRANCH meeting
April 1 &2 2011 Dreamers and Doers Tours and Award Luncheon at Heritage Hill
April 8-10 AAUW-WI Convention at Bridgewood Resort in Neenah GB Branch does auction!
April 12 Equal Pay Day
May 14 BRANCH Annual Meeting/Spring Luncheon
June 16-19 AAUW National Convention in Washington D.C. Best Value registration until Jan. 21st