September • 2009 Volume 67 Number 1 www.aauw-ca.org A MessAge froM the Co-Presidents Gloria Taylor and Judy Pfeil - Co-Presidents Breaking through barriers, a mission in motion, has true a combined effort with other organizations or we produce meaning to each of us as a member of our great organization programs independently. Here in California we truly have the opportunity to break through barriers and put the mission that we hold so dear In her program at our recent convention, Karen Ramorino, into motion, especially during EdD asked, “How do different generations participate this time of national economic in our mission? What are some differences that you see difficulties. Many Americans are between your generation and generations other than facing economic struggles such your own? Research indicates that all generations have as lost jobs. Many communities similar values, but they often express them differently.” have had to decrease services We can bring in new members by recognizing these and school districts have had to generational differences and putting their assets, such as reduce employees and programs. their adaptability and technology Some of us have had to rethink expertise, to work on our mission. how we spend our resources. Think outside the box and find a project that will involve all the This brings us to our opportunity Gloria Taylor generations of your branch and to put our “Mission in Motion.” will promote our mission in the On a State level we have continued to expand our community. mission based programs such as Tech Trek, Speech Trek and our newest endeavor, Financial Literacy. We have Steering the statewide AAUW also expanded our support for our branches by making activities this fiscal year is a group available “Leaders on Loan,” and “Mini Conferences,” of energetic, knowledgeable state Judy Pfeil through Leadership development, working together with committee members that met last the Branch Liaisons. This collaboration will strengthen month to develop active, progressive strategies for AAUW our efforts to support branch membership and branch CA. These committees and the Directors look forward leadership to working with each branch this year, and we promise that our members will have all our AAUW CA resources On the branch level, each member has the opportunity available to them. to design mission based programs to support local communities. Although some may find their incomes are less than what they would like, we want to encourage you to continue your membership and remember the Advancing equity for women value you receive as members of this great organization that is actively Breaking Through Barriers. Much can be and girls through advocacy, done in our communities and in our state when we join together to work on mission based programs, whether it is education and research. 2 September • 2009 California give A grAd A gift PERSPECTIVE AAUW members can give a recent grad — a friend, daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, niece, or nephew — a free AAUW membership AAUW California within two years of graduation. At no cost to you or them! Co-Presidents Judy Pfeil Expose the grad to the power that comes from belonging to a national Gloria Taylor women-led organization of more than 100,000 members who believe in and advance equity and education for women and girls. Vice President Carlynne McDonnell Harriet Tower Expand their networking opportunities through career development opportunities and community action projects. They will experience Chief Financial Officer the rewards of working with and learning from successful AAUW Bakula Maniar mentors. Secretary Keep them current on the events and people that affect their life as they Kathleen Doty receive Mission & Action, AAUW Outlook, Action Network alerts, Directors and more. Lynne Batchelor Rozanne Child Increase their buying power with access to discounts at The Princeton Kris Downey Review, Barnes&Noble.com, health and life insurance, auto insurance, Cathy Foxhoven AAUW research reports, credit cards and other members-only benefits Jo Harberson Anne Henke such as CareerBuilder.com and TravelSmart. Sherry Ludwig Sue Miller Best of all, she/he will receive a free one-year AAUW national Shelley Mitchell membership at no cost to you or them! So send no money! Remember, Megan Smock only members can take advantage of this offer. Communications Director Harriet Tower Complete the online membership application (www.aauw.org) now! Or download the application (PDF). Your grad will receive a one-year California PERSPECTIVE Editor member-at-large membership — a $49 value. They can join a branch Amber Chiang at any time but will be responsible for paying branch dues. If your grad lives in California, let us know (email@example.com) as California PERSPECTIVE is published AAUW CA has waived the state dues for 2009-2010 for Give-a-Grad- periodically by and for the members of AAUW California. Dues paid by members a-Gift recipients. include a subscription to this publication. Third class postage paid in Sacramento, Membership Campaigns Continue for 2009-2010 California. The membership campaigns in effect for the past year will continue for 2009-2010: Member-Get-a-Member, Shaping the Future, and Give- Email articles, with author’s name, branch, a-Grad-a-Gift. The details for the campaigns can be found online at position, email, address and phone number to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Ads the AAUW website (www.aauw.org) and will be included in the fall for branch EF/LAF fundraisers will be membership mailing to branch membership vice presidents. accepted and included on a space-available basis. AAUW Member-Get-a-Member Campaign Grand Prize Winners AAUW Member-Get-a-Member campaign grand prizes were awarded at If you move, please send address changes to: the 2009 AAUW Convention in St. Louis. The grand prizes were based AAUW on the number of members recruited by Individuals, branches, states 1111 Sixteenth St. NW from June 16, 2009, to June 15, 2009. All members who recruited Washington, D.C. 20036-4873 continued on page 3 California PERSPECTIVE 3 new Cfo And finAnCe September 2009 Volume 67, Issue 1 CoMMittee Bakula Maniar Table of Contents As a new Chief Financial Officer and chairperson of Finance Committee 1 Co-Presidents’ Message of AAUW-Ca., I would like to thank all of you who gave me a tremendous amount of support and courage. I had not planned to take this position 2 Give a Grad a Gift nor was I prepared for it. However, the death of Letitia Corum created a situation in which someone had to take over or the financial well being 3 New CFO and Finance of our organization would be in disarray. I knew that Letitia had years Committee of experience and knowledge of AAUW history. There is no way I can replace her. All I can hope to do is continue what she did for years with 4 Speech Trek Continues in 2010! diligence and hard work. There is not a meeting when we do not think about her and miss her presence. Every critical decision we make we will 5 Branch Liaison Committee always think of Letitia. 6 Does Tech Trek Make a Difference? The new Finance Committee includes the two Co-presidents, Gloria Taylor and Judy Pfeil, one of the Co-Vice-presidents, Harriet Tower, and new 7 Turn Those Minuses Into Pluses! director, Sue Miller as well as myself. During the leadership meeting, the Finance Committee worked the entire day and completed the budget with 7 Expanding Our Global Vision many rounds of going back and forth to balance it. Saturday we presented budget to the board and with some more adjustments we approved the 8 Financial Literacy budget. 9 Lilly and Wustner Research and I am learning a lot from the questions I am getting from various Projects Fund treasurers. I know there is a need for changing many reporting and tax filing requirements. So as and when needed, with help from the Finance 10 The Quick and Easy Way to Committee, I am going to provide more information through email and Amend Branch Bylaws the website as well as snail mail and personal contact. Rarely a day goes by when I do not receive a tax question or question on filing reports. I 11 Call for Candidates am personally trying to answer every question I receive and if I don’t have 11 Online Branch Officer Report a an answer I am trying to get it. I am also planning to visit Interbranch Success meetings so I can train the treasurers to do their job accurately and with minimum frustration. 12 Report from the St. Louis National Convention Needless to say I am learning much in the process. I appreciate each and every member who has helped me to do this formidable job. Please contact me at email@example.com with any questions. continued from page 2 at least one new paid member in the year were entered in a drawing to win $1,000. And the winner was Violet Wagener of the San Diego branch. Laurie Pina, of the AAUW Rockland County (NY) Branch was the individual who recruited the most new members—19. The AAUW Poughkeepsie (NY) Branch recruited the most new members for a branch—56. The AAUW Bedford County (VA) Branch recruited the highest percentage of new members for a branch—48.5 percent. Utah recruited the highest percentage of new members for a state – 10 percent. And California recruited the most new members for a state – 432. 4 September • 2009 sPeeCh trek Continues in 2010! We are pleased to announce that sufficient funding has new theme—Breaking through Barriers. Obtain the new been received to insure continuation of Speech Trek ‘10. contest Tool Kit at www.aauw-ca.org>Programs>Tool We exceeded our $3500 goal by $900. Special thanks to Kit. those who made it happen! Speech Trek leadership will begin matching local 4H Alexandria Aiello, a high school clubs and school speech and debate teams with AAUW senior from Porterville High branches to facilitate outreach and growth. School, won first place in the Speech Trek 2009 competition Would you like to hold a contest at your branch? Email at State Convention. Maria us: firstname.lastname@example.org Florendo, San Mateo’s branch’s competitor and Alexandra 2009-10 Speech Trek Theme and Background - Lossada, Alhambra/San Breaking Through Barriers Gabriel’s finalist both tied for The American Association of University Women (AAUW) second place. All three speakers Alexandria Aiello recently defined Breaking through Barriers as the were excellent. Their speeches organization’s unifying focus. This new focus is designed were well written, researched speeches, and performed continued on page 5 with passion and poise. Speech Trek Supporters Kay Arnaudo Jane King The contestants wrote and delivered a five-minute Virginia Ball Kathryn Kort speech on “Educational Equity – does the rise of female Lynne Batchelor La Mesa - ElCajon Br. Marilla Baxter Virginia Lloyd achievement come at the expense of their male peers?” The Sharen Bealer Judy Magnuson finalists were chosen from 12 branches’ first place winners Elaine Benoit Teron McGrew Sallyanne Berendsen Bakula Maniar by a panel of six judges from the San Mateo area. First Anne Berry Marin Branch place at State won $500 and the second place winners Helen Blanchard Paula McConnell won $300 each, plus travel expenses for the contestant Judy Borden Donna Mertens Barbara Brogan Patricia Miller and a chaperone. Marilyn Burgeson Sue Miller Steven Butler Mary Mix Marilyn Cameron Morro Bay Branch Alexandra Lossada’s mother wrote “ I cannot begin to tell Claudia Collier Jeanene Obrien you the wonderful things it (Speech Trek) has done for my Katherine Colman Bette Outlaw beautiful daughter, Alexandra”. Maria Florendo’s mother Deborah Cummings Palm Springs Branch Ann Daluiso Mary Lynn Pelican wrote “It was an enriching experience and a real honor for Ellen Davisson Gaye Peltzman her to be in the contest.” Patricia Dilks Suzanne Pfau Suzanne Dings Pomona Valley Branch Pattie Dix Redlands Branch Following the convention, two of the finalists were asked Carol Dooley Cynthia Robbins-Roth to give their speech at a branch anniversary celebration Kathleen Doty Roseville/So. Placer Branch Peggy Dunievitz Barbara Ryon and at an IBC event. We are so pleased! Janet Enright Redding Branch Donna Erickson Sacramento Branch Glenda Ernst San Mateo Branch With our financing in place, we begin the task of looking Cathy Foxhoven Georgia Schall for a annual convention contest sponsor. If you have a Rozner Frances Evelyn Stanton suggestion of an individual or organization that may be Gilroy Branch Linda Stinebaugh Sharon Gomez Shirley Summers interested, at $3000 a year, let us know. Jean Guthrie Gail Swain Wendy Haydon Mary Helene Tietz Libby Hausman Eve Marie Toles Find Speech Trek on YouTube. View a sample contest Elizabeth Helgerson Nancy Turner speech and student interview. Kathleen Hixon J Viner Rochelle Johnson W. Fountain Valley Br. Judith Kaho Gloria Weston Coming Soon: Rita Keefe Whittier Branch 2009-10 Speech Trek Contest begins September 1 with a California PERSPECTIVE 5 BrAnCh LiAison CoMMittee Lynne Batchelor - Co-Branch Liaison Director Welcome to another inspiring year of AAUW membership! We are here to serve you and to ensure support for your The Branch Liaison Committee was established last year branch. Have a great year! to provide a link between the state organization and the branches. I am honored to be serving again as a director The Branch Liaison committee met in July to set our for this committee and I have been joined by two other goals for the coming year which are: knowledgeable AAUW CA Directors—Anne Henke and Megan Smock. Together we three will assist you Leadership Development to maximize your branch potential and minimize your • Plan and provide a leadership training branch problems. opportunity for all branches • Facilitate opportunities for branch members to Anne and Megan will spearhead the leadership network with state leaders including Leader- development aspects of the committee’s work and are on-Loan already working on a new leadership model which is • Encourage attendance at convention being piloted in three state areas in late August. I will spearhead the communication piece and will be emailing Communication a monthly news bulletin which among other things will • Serve as the vehicle for two-way showcase successful branch programs, so please send me communication between the branches and information from your branch to include in it. AAUW CA • Identify resources available from AAUW CA In addition to the three of us, we have a strong committee and from National which has representatives in most areas of the state, so • Provide an opportunity for branch visibility at please include them in your newsletter distribution our state convention in the Connection Corner information and invite them to your events. Branch Support You will find a list of our committee members and contact • Serve as a resource for branches information for them in the front of the new AAUW CA • Encourage branches to work together on Directory and on the website. If your area does not have projects and showcase successful branch a representative on the committee and you would like programs and ideas to serve, please contact me. All three directors and each • Support and encourage mission-based committee member will be serving as a resource for the networking opportunities branches, so email or call us with questions, suggestions, problems, etc. continued from page 4 to “illuminate our path into the future. It describes what does AAUW identify what issues members will target we believe and what we do. It is equally appropriate for next. It merely identifies the broad areas of “educational, application to women’s educational, economic, legal, economic, legal, political and socio-cultural challenges” political and socio-cultural challenges. It is somewhat facing women. This is AAUW’s next quest - identifying provocative, identifying our target issues as externalities our target issues. to be attacked, rather than limitations in women’s ability If you could organize 100,000 women, millions of or will to succeed. And it suggests the confidence we have dollars in resources and thousands of volunteer hours to break through those targeted barriers to achieve our goal for all women to have a fair chance.” to bring equality to women in one area. What would that area be? Why? All high school students are invited You will note that nowhere in this new unifying focus to tell us in a 5 minute speech. 6 September • 2009 does teCh trek MAke A differenCe? Nancy Andren & Carol Holzgrafe - State Tech Trek Coordinators “Organized, fabulous time, friends for life, priceless, satisfying, learned without realizing, fun, will rethink her future, more confident” – these are just a few descriptive words from parents of the 600 girls who attended a Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls this summer. The seven Tech Trek camps are now history, having provided these girls with a fresh, new view of their future as they enter 8th grade. With classes including robotics, rocketry, chemistry, physics, marine biology, astronomy, mathematics; with special presenters offering bats, raptors, biotechnology, forensics; with programs introducing girls to professional women, to the realities of college financing, to historical women in science and math and much, much more, the Tech Trek campers at Stanford collective 12-years of Tech Trek has inspired more than Much information about Tech Trek is at www.aauw-ca.org 6,000 girls to reach for the stars (and ocean floors). under Programs, including links to videos of Fresno and Stanford camps – fun to watch and helpful for fundraising Girls enjoy field trips to Challenger Learning Centers and raising branch enthusiasm. (mars missions), marine biology boat trips, kayaking, canoeing and snorkeling. Former 2004 Whittier camper and junior counselor Jennifer Rios wrote a letter to Marie Wolbach, Tech Trek More quotes from UC San Diego: “She was so surprised founding director, relating her plans. she got to learn so much in one week of her core class than in a regular school that takes months. She also loved “I have decided to attend the University of Redlands this the dorm experience and liked meeting so many new fall. I am very excited about starting school and beginning friends.” my journey to becoming a doctor. It feels almost surreal to me. This is a big step and I will be living away from And from a Santa Barbara Dorm mom: “I filled her my family….. I have to thank Tech Trek for pushing me “momlessness” place so she didn’t get homesick.” to take as many science classes as possible because, as a result, I graduated with honors in health sciences and It is rewarding to hear these comments from campers and took every science subject possible at my school. It totaled their parents since producing these camps is such a huge seven science classes within four years of high school. I effort. It could not be done without our camp directors just wanted you to be able to see an example of how much and dorm moms, our fine teaching staff and hundreds of Tech Trek not only inspired me, but also encouraged me. other volunteer AAUW branch members. Thank you again for all that you have done in creating such a wonderful camp for girls.” From a Stanford camper: “I get homesick sometimes but only when I’m not busy – and with 15 hour days, I’m And this final word from a camper mother: “Please never not busy. Love camp!” share my gratitude with all of the women who made this possible. It really has touched our family in many ways.” Other campers’ comments: “I have learned so much about the power we have as women.”—Sarah. “Every This compliment is for all of us, all AAUW members who time I see a laboratory my pulse quickens. I feel like that contribute to Tech Trek in any way. We are a good team. is where I belong”--Shaina Thank you all. California PERSPECTIVE 7 turn those Minuses exPAnding our gLoBAL into PLuses! vision Cathy Foxhoven - Co-Program Director Sherry Ludwig - International Advocacy Director AAUW CA’s New Branch Recognition Program Expanding our global vision means all eyes are on the U. N. Branches throughout California are frequently for AAUW’s mission toward global women’s empowerment. experiencing lower membership, and fewer members are But human rights begin at home and are then exported willing to take leadership positions. It has, therefore, across borders to our sisters in nations of conflict. Every becoming increasingly more difficult to offer members time AAUW steps forward to take a position on critical the mission-based programs that prompted them to join global issues, the organization’s actions are translated into AAUW. action abroad. How can those minuses be turned into pluses? Simply In St. Louis, National (as it is again known), set forth and by “Reaching Out”. Reach out to other branches and voted on its Biennial Action Priorities, which included like-minded organizations. Plan mission-based programs wording to the effect that AAUW advocates support for that include the branch nearest you and groups like U. N. programs that address human rights and women’s League of Women Voters (LWV), Soroptomists, Business and girls’ concerns. To support those efforts, AAUW CA Professional Women (BPW), or National Organization of continues to have an International Advocacy committee to Women (NOW) and even Toastmasters. So much can be spearhead our organization’s efforts. accomplished through numbers! The AAUW CA International Advocacy committee has set Are you having trouble sponsoring a successful EF or new goals. They are as follows. LAF event because of declining or aging membership? 1. To provide branches with information about Is it difficult to find chairpersons for those committees? CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Reach out to another branch in planning these events. Forms of Discrimination Against Women) and how It will increase participation and help make your event a to assist in its ratification. success. 2. To provide branches with information about refugee settlement and relocation to include micro-lending This year, the AAUW CA Program Committee will be and education for women and girls. honoring branches that have “reached out” not only to other organizations with shared missions, but also to It is our hope that you will influence your branches to neighboring branches that are lacking leadership. promote programs toward increasing human rights, financial literacy and education for women and girls globally. That is Within the next couple months, your VP-Programs will an ambitious agenda indeed! be receiving communications and the newly revised “Branch Program Recognition Form”. Many branches Please share this information with your leadership to have already planned their yearly programs but it is never expand your branch’s global vision. Networking is of vital too late to include others. Consult your AAUW National importance to the success of AAUW CA’s mission. As your website’s (aauw.org) “Program In A Box” for creative ideas Director, I am available to help you organize your efforts that have been developed and tested for success. in the development of programs and activities. I am also excited to hear about what you might have in the works. You can reach me at email@example.com. Camp directors, state presidents, Tech Trek coordinators and others will meet in Morgan Hill during October to debrief 2009 and plan 2010. The branch packets for 2010 should arrive before Thanksgiv- ing. Branch members around the state can help make Tech Trek planning run more smoothly by read- ing the packet carefully, particularly the parts about how to make out checks and what to do with them. And please do make sure that Nancy and Carol know who will be your branch Tech Trek coordinator and her current contact information. Techtrek@aauw-ca.org. 8 September • 2009 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN finAnCiAL LiterACy Bakula Maniar - Financial Literacy Director AAUW-CA The Financial Literacy Committee is ready to roll into its second year. After Leadership Training completing a very successful first year of mission-based programming, the Financial This year, AAUW-CA has embarked upon an Literacy Committee is ready to launch new ideas and programs. The timing was aggressive Leadership very appropriate due to the economic disaster in which we find ourselves; it is Development program. even more crucial that we pursue these programs vigorously. There is a tremendous As an adjunct to the Job need for this type of information, which fulfills our vision of achieving financial Alike Training, we are security and fitness for women and girls throughout life. We set our goals and plan implementing leadership of action during the leadership meeting in July at which our enthusiastic committee development that members shared their bold and exciting ideas. identifies potential leaders and works to help develop To stay true with our convention theme of “Reaching Out,” we are planning to reach those skills. We are also out to the branches by providing various tools and programming ideas. Any branch working with branches that wants to do a financial literacy program can reach anyone on the committee on branch analysis as a and we will be there to help. We also would like branches to collaborate with like- means to create greater minded organizations so we can reach out in the communities where we live. recruitment, retention and programming We are in the process of incorporating a few new ideas. The “Budget Challenge” opportunities. The AAUW- program for high school students was recognized both at the State level in the CA Leadership Training Institute will kick-off at “Hall of Fame” and at the National level at “Taste of Success”. It is going to be the 2010 Convention introduced as an Interbranch level program. A few branches in the Los Angeles on Friday, April 30 with area are planning to do it together. We are also hoping to introduce “Start Smart,” training in negotiation, a new program for junior and senior college women that trains them to enter the activism, leadership, workforce so they can negotiate fair wages or salaries. We are hoping to work with project management and our University partners to initiate this program in California for the first time. more. Please save the date! If you wish to have After talking with two of our new committee members who are recent university a speaker, please contact graduates, we discovered that there is real need for budget training among this Carlynne McDonnell. population. When they receive first professional pay check many of these women have no understanding of what to do with it. How does someone negotiate for Younger Member Initiative rent or mortgage? How does a 401k work? What is a credit report and how does (50 and under) one read the score? What type of health insurance is the best for me? In short they August saw the official have no practical life skills. These two new enthusiastic members have volunteered launch of the Younger to plan and organize a workshop at Berkeley to train their peers in just knowledge. Member Initiative survey period. There is still time The Sacramento Branch will again present the “Money Wise Women” conference. to be included and your participation is important! This is their third year and they are collaborating with many other women’s groups Responses from the and expect a large turnout, which tells us there is a need and hunger for this kind of survey will help us create programming. Details will be forthcoming on the web site. programming to address these needs. Let us know The success of these programs indicates the importance of Financial Literacy for what you think! Send women who still earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man. There are your name and e-mail to many Lilly Ledbetters who are running into wage and promotion discrimination firstname.lastname@example.org every single day. One obvious solution is developing Financial Fitness for Life and the Financial Literacy Committee encourages our branches to plan programs related to finance in practical life. California PERSPECTIVE 9 LiLLy And wustner reseArCh And ProjeCts fund Donna Lilly and Rita Wustner wish to thank the Del Project. To access and apply for a Community Action Mar-Leucadia branch, the Walnut Creek branch, the Grant go to http://www.aauw.org/education/fga/fellows_ Concord branch and all the individual members who directory/community.cfm graciously contributed to establish the Lilly and Wustner AAUW Research and Project Fund in 2008. The good In summary, 17 one-year grants in the range of $2000- news is that the fund is more than fifty percent complete $7000 were given this year and 18 two-year grants in with approximately $40,000 toward the $75,000 goal to the range of $5000-$10,000 were awarded this year. Six complete the named fund. of the 35 Research and Projects Grants were given to Californians in 2008-2009 year. The total awarded this What does the AAUW Research and Project Fund year was $259,000. We are proud that some day our support? Established in 1972 the R & P Fund gives seed Research and Project Grant will make a difference in the money through Community Action Grants to hundreds lives of women and girls, thanks to your thoughtfulness. (does “hundreds” modify all the following nouns?) of women, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations and local nonprofit organizations around the U. S. to advance Convention 2010 education and equity for women and girls. Early projects The Convention will be held in San Ramon, CA on focused on public interest issues, including women’s April 30 – May 2. Guest rooms are $89/night. The struggles to balance home and work life, the establishment hotel is beautiful and has great amenities. Come of women’s resource centers on college campuses, and the and relax! emergence of women’s political involvement in the anti- nuclear movement. Calling all vendors! Pass the word – we want lots of vendors. The Vendor Marketplace will take Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls, a very successful program place on Saturday May 1, 2009 from 7 am – 5 pm. of AAUW California, is a good example of an organization Please forward names and e-mails to caralex@ that received a $5000 Community Action Grant in 1996. verizon.net and an application will be sent. Today with an annual budget that exceeds $600,000 and with more than 6,000 alums, Tech Trekkers continue to report that their one week experience on a California college campus is the most influential personal or academic experience of their middle school years. In the Report on the Impact of the AAUW California Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls 2007, Trekkers indicated much higher levels of science and math course taking in their high school years than the national average. For a full report, go to www.aauw-ca. org Community Action Grants continue to bring together AAUW members and community groups such as Girl Scouts, YWCA, Girls Inc. and National Girls Collaborative Your 2009-2010 AAUW California Board of Directors at their June retreat. 10 September • 2009 the QuiCk And eAsy wAy to AMend BrAnCh ByLAws Jo Harberson - Bylaws Director Mandatory Amendments with a team or a leadership council. Maybe you want As a result of the new bylaws adopted by the delegates fewer committees. The branch is now free to consider to the AAUW convention in June, 2009, each branch alternative structures that will fit the needs of the branch will have to make mandatory amendments to its bylaws. in carrying out the AAUW mission. Branch bylaws must be in conformity with the AAUW Bylaws. If you think you might like to consider some structural changes, the CA bylaws committee urges you to spend The branch president should have received a memo from time assessing your needs before making changes. Create Caroline Pickens, chair of the AAUW Bylaws Committee, a bylaws committee so that various possibilities can be listing the seven necessary mandatory amendments. considered. In October or before there will be suggestions Mandatory means that the president or the bylaws chair for alternative structures on the AAUW website. There is or another officer can simply make the seven amendments no deadline for making these kinds of changes. without submitting them to the branch membership for a vote. If you cannot locate a copy, ask your bylaws Some branches have already begun to consider changes. committee representative for one. If your branch is one of those, contact your rep for the exact procedure to amend the bylaws when a vote of the There is a deadline of October 31, 2009 for submitting membership is needed. a copy of branch bylaws containing the mandatory amendments. It’s simple – why not do it now? The 2009-2010 AAUW CA Bylaws Committee Jo Harberson, chair Here’s The Procedure: email@example.com • Update your bylaws to include the seven amendments. In the last line, write mandatory Carla Pancheco, districts 2, 4A and 4B amendments and the date. firstname.lastname@example.org • Find the name and e-mail address below of the CA Bylaws Committee representative who acts Jan Cook, districts 7 and 8 as a liaison to the branch. We continue to use email@example.com district numbers. Send her by e-mail a copy of the amended bylaws. She will check for the mandatory Sandy Kirkpatrick, districts 1, 3A and 3B amendments and send you a return e-mail certifying firstname.lastname@example.org that your bylaws have been updated or helping you with any errors or omissions. Donna Lilly, districts 5A, 5B and 6 • When you receive the certifying e-mail, print it out email@example.com and keep it with the branch copy of the amended bylaws. That’s it! • No hard copies going from branch to rep to branch Past President’s Pin to office! The CA Bylaws Committee has gone Sterling Adaptable green! Silver as pendant $45 Proceeds Possible Structural Changes to EF The memo also explains that branches may have a more Polished flexible structure than they have been allowed to have Pewter 1 3/8 in. in the past. For example, branches no longer must have $30 diameter Please add $5.00 per order for Postage and Handling. the seven required positions of president, program, Allow 4 weeks for delivery and order prepaid from: membership, finance, AAUW fundraising, public policy AAUW Past Presidents • P.O. Box 61 • Napa, CA 94559 and communications. Maybe you want to run the branch California PERSPECTIVE 11 CALL for CAndidAtes Karen Jackle - Nominating Committee Chair As we move forward into the 2009-2010 AAUW CA year, 1. VITA. Use the form available on the AAUW CA it is already time to look ahead to elections in April, 2010. website www.aauw-ca.org. Include your AAUW, We need dynamic, flexible, and geographically diverse employment, and skills information. leaders to team together creatively. In other words, we 2. STATEMENT OF GOALS. Submit a statement of need people like you! goals not to exceed 75 words. This will be sent to branch presidents in the pre-convention mailing and We need candidates to elect eight AAUW CA Directors. also in the convention program. The goal statement What is an AAUW CA Director? The description is found will also include your photo in the Winter (Pre in Article III and IV of the 2008 state bylaws. They are Convention) California Perspective. available online at www.aauw-ca.org. You must be an 3. PHOTO. Your photo may be color or black & white AAUWCA member in good standing to qualify as a (it will be published in black & white). It should be candidate. The deadline for receipt of the following documents no smaller than 2” x 2” and no larger than 8” x 10” from potential candidates is November 15, 2009. to include full head and top of shoulders. It will be printed no larger than 2” square, so your head should be centered in the frame and occupying half to two-thirds of the frame. Avoid distracting onLine BrAnCh offiCer shadows on the face and distracting backgrounds. Digital graphics (jpg, tif, etc.) are preferred. Please rePort A suCCess do not send graphics within a word processing file (ex. MS Word). Harriet Tower - Communications Director We encourage you to submit these documents One of the features of our website, newly designed last electronically. The Vita form on the website can be year, is the Online Branch Officer Report. New branch downloaded and filled out as a MS Word document. The leaders’ names and contact information were entered goals statements can also be sent as MS Word documents directly into our database instead of being written on attached to an email. Please identify all documents with a form and mailed to our Office Administrator, Pamela your name. Peete. Materials should be sent to: Nominating Committee Outgoing (2008-09) presidents were given usernames Chair Karen Jackle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you and passwords to log into our website and submit can mail them to Karen Jackle, 18652 Florida St. #300 their branches’ new officers. The vast majority of the Huntington Beach, CA 92648. If you decide to submit presidents experienced little or no difficulty with the your documents by regular US mail, please include two (2) process. copies of the Vita and goals statements. Your submission must be postmarked by November 15, 2009. From the few who had problems with the entry form, we have learned much about how it can be improved While AAUW CA is made up of many individuals, it for next year. Instructions will be more detailed and is truly more than the sum of its members. When we there will most likely be an alternative method available work together and support each other, our strength is for those who are unable to log in. multiplied. We need to take advantage of that strength to make an impact on our communities and to further our We are very pleased with the results of this new feature. mission. Leadership is developed through experience. If Thank you all for your cooperation. you are hesitant to seek election please notify the AAUW CA board and volunteer to be considered for an appointed position on a state committee. 12 California PERSPECTIVE Non-Profit September •Org.2009 U.S. Postage PO Box 160067 Sacramento, CA 95816-0067 PAID Sacramento, CA Permit No. 1047 rePort froM the st. Louis nAtionAL Convention Jo Turner - Riverside Branch An amendment to the proposed Bylaws to keep the judgment by the Supreme Court in a 5 to 4 vote. Later educational requirement for membership in AAUW passed Lilly sat out in the hall autographing papers and everything by a standing vote of 477 to 360 and a multiple card count else. She raised over $5,000.00 for the EF fund. of 863 to 564. The Bylaws, including “one member, one vote’ passed by 1363-36 multiple card count vote. Representative DeLauro, who introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act twelve years ago, took the stage to a standing The newly elected board is: President Carolyn Garfein, ovation and gave a rousing, motivational speech praising Vice President Gail Nordmoe, Finance VP Mildred the work of AAUW. “Do not underestimate the power of Hoffler-Foushee, Secretary Jacqueline Littleton, big ideas,” she said in connection with making equal pay Directors-at-Large: Kathy Anthon, Marcia Capriotti, a reality. She pointed out that members of congress are all Kathleen Cha, Alicia Hetman, Connie Hildebrand, Patricia paid the same – equal pay for equal work – and that should Ho, David Kirkwood, Betsy McDowell, Linda Tozier, Krys be the reality for everyone. She ended by reading a quote Wulff. from her mother written in 1933, “Come on girls. Let’s make ourselves heard.” Ruth Sweetser called the convention to order. A beautifully played flute rendered the National Anthem and an honor At the Saturday night banquet, Ruth Sweetser and Linda guard of Girl Scouts led the flag salute. After remarks by Hall presented Ledbetter with a framed proclamation from Sweetser and Linda Hallman, we saw a video welcome President and Mrs. Obama and a frame filled with AAUW message from White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett symbols from all the states. The speaker for the banquet who extended a special greeting from President Barack was Jackie Speier (CA) who told of her experiences in the Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and applauded California Assembly and now recently in Congress fighting AAUW’s commitment to gender equity, work-life balance, for improvement in the lives of women. and education. In addition to these, there were other great speakers, Keynote speaker Lilly Ledbetter spoke simply and effectively, informative workshops and lots of opportunity for telling the story of her mistreatment by Goodyear, her networking with members and leaders from all over the million dollar win in court, and the overturning of the country.