AAUW Georgetown TX Branch Welcomes You!

AAUW Georgetown Branch


to our Membership Coffee

“Getting to Know You”

Saturday, August 27, 2022

10:00 am to Noon

Current branch members and prospective members are invited to attend.

Co-President’s Messages

April, 2022

Greetings Georgetown Members,

THANKS to Teri Shapiro for suggesting and putting the Lark and Owl on our branch program schedule for this year.

‘Our March Branch meeting at Lark and Owl Booksellers was very successful with around 25 members and their guest, some of whom joined us, listening to two of the three remaining owners of this independent bookstore and Bistro describe their learning experiences since 2017 when the ten women started discussing the idea of owning and operating a book store in Georgetown. The Lark and Owl owners are collection donations from their customers during the month of March for our Scholarship Fund for high school graduating senior girls going to college and will match the total raised dollar for dollar up to $500. We collected $420 during the presentation by passing a red bag among those in attendance.

Unfortunately the Georgetown Public Library has no Saturday openings for a room for our branch meeting in April, so we will meet on Monday night the 18th in the Friends Room on the second floor from 6:00-7:30. This will be our Annual Meeting with voting on the proposed slate of officers for 2022-2023, presentation of awards, and a light meal from Sweet Lemon. There will be no May Branch meeting, BUT we will have a celebration of our newly selected Scholarship winners and hopefully some of the previous 10 winners will attend. More information about this in the near future.

Our second Silent Auction is coming up in May with the preview beginning at NOON on Saturday the 7th, opening bids starting at NOON on Saturday the 14th and closing at NOON on Saturday the 21st. Contact Brenda Scholin if you have items to donate. WE NEED YOUR ITEMS TO AUCTION, so please look around your home and see what you can give away or perhaps a gift bag you can create with like items.

The Silent Auction Committee members are: Lisa King, Linda Kisinger, Louise Smith, Elaine Novak, and Mary Allen.

Be sure to vote in the School Board Election and in this issue you will find a schedule of dates, times and places to Meet the Candidates.

Hooray for SPRING!!

Judy Reinhart and Sharon Lesikar

March, 2022

Greetings Georgetown Members,

March is a month of Expectations, such as

  •  Warmer weather is just around the corner,
  •  Our project with Georgetown ISD will involve many of our members who will make a difference in the lives of elementary school children.
  • Our March Branch meeting at the Lark and Owl Bookstore will be well attended since it will be on Saturday, the 19th in the afternoon.
  • We will receive tons of applications from the senior girls in our three high schools seeking our Branch Scholarship.
  • Our slate of officers for 2022-2023 year will be completed with members stepping up to take a role to help move our Branch forward.

March is:

  •  one of seven months with 31 days,
  •  a month with 13 different awareness events,
  •  the Season of Nonviolence, so says Wikipedia,
  •  Woman’s History Month,
  •  St. Patrick’s Day,
  •  when spring officially begins, this year on the 20th, and
  •  Mardi Gras on the 1st followed by Ash Wednesday.

I want to say THANKS to the members I have met and worked with so far for accepting me, a Dual member from Austin, you’ve made me feel so welcome and a part of the Branch and it’s hard to believe that three fourths of the year is now behind us.

We have new expectations to look forward to in the near future.

Judy Reinhart and Sharon Lesikar

February, 2022

Greetings Georgetown Members

The twenty-six members who attended the zoomed Branch meeting January 17 heard shocking statistics about the students in Georgetown Independent School District (GISD) from Rev. Dr. Ron Swain, who heads the Courageous Conversations GTX, but also heard the need for our members to organize and do what we can to help the students in one of the GISD low performing schools. We were energized to find a way our members can adopt this project to assist the teachers and students in a selected school. Helen Elkins has volunteered to coordinate this project between GISD and our branch. Please stay tuned for how we all can help needy children.

The branch Nominating Committee, Marsi Liddell, Connie Munoz and Barbara McGrail, will be contacting members to find willing volunteers to complete the slate of officers for 2022-2023. Please say YES when they invite you to serve our branch in a specific role.

We also learned about R.I.S.E.-GISD which is a nonpartisan group of concerned citizens who want to promote the election of dedicated school board members in Georgetown who want to improve the quality of education in all GISD schools.

Please put April 30 on your calendar for the State Convention which would have taken place in Hurst, TX but now will be a free zoomed event you will find stimulating and interesting. You will be able to join AAUW members from all over Texas and not have to leave your home. This is a wonderful gift to us all and please take advantage of it and attend the various sessions. More information about the speakers and their topics will be coming in future newsletters.

Let’s keep looking forward,

Judy Reinhart and Sharon Lesikar

January, 2022

Greetings Georgetown Members,

We had a wonderful gathering at President Laura Trombley’s home at Southwestern University on December 4th with close to 30 members and guests enjoying the sunshine, great food, and fellowship in the outside courtyard. Our Membership Committee and the Program Vice Presidents continue to make this event special every year but this year it was even more special since it was an in-person event for the first time in several years. It is important that we continue with the traditions of our branch whenever possible like our Holiday Social.

Soon the Nomination Committee will be calling officers and members asking you to come forward and take a role as an officer or committee chair of our branch for the coming year. Please be willing to say yes when asked and agree to take on the leadership of our branch. We have a wealth of capable members and please say yes when asked.

The Scholarship Committee will soon be contacting the three Georgetown high schools to send them information about our AAUW Scholarships. Because we had a very successful Duck Race in September, we have the funds for three and maybe four scholarships to deserving graduating senior girls.

As we enter the new year let’s hope and pray that Covid 19 will soon be behind us and all members will no longer be afraid to venture out and join our Branch meetings.

Looking forward,

Judy Reinhart and Sharon Lesikar

December, 2021

Greetings Georgetown Members,

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends and are getting ready for the December holidays that are just around the corner.

Hope you are planning to attend our Holiday Social, Saturday, December 4, which will be from  10:00-12:00 and are bringing friends with you to showcase what AAUW is all about. We will be enjoying the Southwestern University’s President’s home and you recently received the invitation with a map to her home. President Laura Trombley, who recently joined our  membership, will be present to welcome us to her home. Please come and help us spread the word about our branch to prospective members and visit with your branch friends.

Our thanks and appreciation go to Cindy Graham who volunteered to help Pat Rehm with the Membership Committee even though she has other commitments on the Branch Board.  We still need a member to step up and work with Cindy Graham on the Newsletter Committee. You  only need to be familiar with computers and the WORD program. If you are interested please  contact Cindy or either Co Presidents.

Plan now to attend our next Branch meeting January 17, 2022 in the Georgetown Public Library to learn about Education Equity in Georgetown Public Schools presented by Courageous  Conversations

Hope to see you at our Social December 4th, our only meeting this month, and wishing you a delightfully Merry holiday and a prosperous New Year.

Judy Reinhart and Sharon Lesikar

November, 2021

Greetings Georgetown Members,

We are so thankful that Fall weather and activities are finally here. Finally we can enjoy being outdoors working in our yards, walking or other activities.

AAUW Georgetown has much to be thankful for this year. We had two successful fund-raising events, the first ever silent auction last spring and our Sixth Annual Duck Race.

At the October Fest we added two new members to our growing membership, had four guests and celebrated having five of our members, Marsi Liddell, Pat Rehm, Marina Rivers, Terry Whaley and Pam Wolfe serving on the AAUW State Board. These ladies described their respective roles and what it was like serving on the State Board.

We are looking forward to receiving our Branch Handbook for 2021-2022 via email. Thanks to Pat Rehm for revising the previous Branch Handbook. If you would like a printed copy please send an email to Pat, pacrehm2017@gmail.com, or call her, 512-876-4211, and leave a message if you don’t reach her.

KayLynn Lyon has joined the Board as Co-Vice President Programs and she was welcomed and introduced at the October Fest. Teri Shapiro, Co-Vice President Programs shared information about the November 15 Branch program, which will be presented by her daughter, Tracy Snelson. More information about this program can be found in this newsletter.

Hope you and your families have a wonderful gathering and very happy Thanksgiving.

Judy Reinhart and Sharon Lesikar

October, 2021

Greetings AAUW Members,
Greetings Georgetown Members,

The days are flying past and soon it will be time for the Sixth Annual Duck Race on Saturday, September 25 when the Georgetown Fire and Rescue Dive Team assist with the six heats to find the 30 ducks to race in the final heat for the overall top three winners. Come watch and cheer on your duck beginning at 11:00 in the San Gabriel Park.

We had several Georgetown members attend the joint meeting with the Austin Branch to hear Amy Simmons tell how she went from being a pre-med student at Tuffs University to an entrepreneur opening an ice cream shop in Austin. Thanks to Terry Whaley hopefully some of you saw this presentation on Zoom she sent your way.

We need every member to attend the brief Zoomed branch meeting on Monday, September 20th to approve the proposed budget for 2021-2022 and the Strategic Plan both of which will be in the October newsletter.

Coming up at our Monday, October 18th Branch meeting we will hear from our very own members who serve on the Texas State Board, Marsi Liddell, Pat Rehm, Marina Rivers, Terry Whaley and Pam Wolfe will share What it’s Like to be on the State Board. This meeting will be outdoors in a pavilion in Sun City with an October Fest flare, check the newsletter for more details.

Our November 15th meeting will be in the Georgetown Public Library where Tracy Snelson, daughter of member Teri Shapiro, will share what it is like inside the Texas Legislature and how the process works.

Hope your back to school has been pleasant and uneventful and you are ready to participate in the various study group of your choice.

Judy Reinhart and Sharon Lesikar

September, 2021

Greetings Georgetown Members,

Welcome to the new year meeting in the downtown library person to person with the option of attending on Zoom. We have all endured the crazy weather the past few months but certainly enjoyed the cooler days. We are ready for fall weather, schools to begin, branch meetings with stimulating programs, study groups to entice us, and branch events to lure us to volunteer.

Speaking of Branch meetings, we will start with two options:

First, on the 11th you can attend the joint meeting with the Austin Branch at Norris Center to hear Amy Simmons, entrepreneur of Amy’s Ice Creams, tell how she went from being a Pre-Med student at Tuffs University to opening an ice cream shop in Austin, TX,

Second, on the 20th we will have a brief overview of the program presented at the joint meeting, for those who missed it with the same treat, but most importantly read in this newsletter to prepare yourself to vote on the proposed budget and the Strategic Plan.

Important Note: The Membership Coffee. Previously scheduled for August 28, has been postponed because of the increasing incidences of Covid. It will be combined with the Holiday Tea in December.

Our annual Duck Race, of 300 ducks floating down the river, will be early this year happening on Saturday, September 25, from 11:00 to 1:00 at the San Gabriel Park. Saturday, August 14, Lynne Hester, Pat Rehm, Mary Allen, Connie Munoz, and Judy Reinhart sold 53 tickets at the August Market Days with new member KayLynn Lyon taking 7 to sell. AAUW will share a tent with Senior University at Market Days on September 11 to sell Duck Race tickets and promote our organization. Please contact me at jareinhart@att.net or (512) 345-5936 to sign up for a 2-hour shift between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11.

As you have just read we are beginning a great year and hope to see you September 11th at 10:00 and/or the September 20th, 6:30 at the downtown library.

Judy Reinhart and Sharon Lesikar

August, 2021

Greetings AAUW Members,

We hope you are having a great summer and enjoying our cooler than normal weather with not many triple digit temps so far, but lots of rain and humidity.

Welcome to the 2021-2022 year where we will finally be able to have face to face meetings after over a year of branch, committees, and board meetings all by zoom. Some committee meetings may continue to be by ZOOM and maybe we can broadcast our branch meetings from the public library by ZOOM as well.

On July 9 th the board members met at the Berry Creek Country Club to get to know our new president,Judy Reinhart, who has been a Dual member for many years and Austin member since 1989. Our first official board meeting will be Tuesday, August 10th at the Georgetown Public Library in their Friends Room at 1:30.

While all board members are expected to attend, all members are welcome to attend as well.
Our annual August Membership Coffee will be held on August 28th in the Longhorn Room of the Retreat Center in Sun City, 1220 Cattleman Drive from 10:00-12:00. You are urged to attend and bring several friends who might be potential members with you. If you have not paid your 2021-2022 dues yet, this would be the perfect opportunity to do so.

Our first branch meeting, on Saturday, September 11th , will be a joint one with the Austin Branch to hear Any Simmons tell how she became an entrepreneur, establishing Amy’s Ice Creams thirty plus years ago. The meeting will be held at the Norris Center in Austin, at 2525 West Anderson Lane at Burnet Road. Lunch will be available for $30 and coffee, tea or water for $5. Following Amy’s presentation we will hand out samples of her famous ice cream. If we have a quorum attend this meeting we will conduct our business there, but if not we will probably have to meet at the Georgetown Public Library on Monday, August 20th at 6:30 in the Hewlett Room to take care of the business.

Our annual Duck Race will be held earlier this year on Saturday, September 25th at San Gabriel Park 11:00 – 1:00. Hopefully you will buy some tickets and come watch the 6 qualifying races and the final race for prizes.

Hope to see you soon,

Judy Reinhart & Sharon Lesikar


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