AAUW Georgetown TX Branch Welcomes You!

President’s Message

September, 2020

Greetings everyone!

As we are dealing with our typical hot temperatures in mid- to late-July, three-digit readings seem new and hotter every year. Even though we have yet to reach twenty-four days (the average count) of three-digit temperature days, it feels like it will go on forever! Hang on! It will slowly start to go on the downward direction very soon.

If you still need assistance setting up your Zoom connection on the device of your choice, please reach out to one of the members of the Tech Support Committee: Mary Allen, Terry
Whaley, Val Sandham, or Elaine Novak. We are happy to help you get ready for the start of an active Zoom year.

This year is starting off with great energy. The Board meeting on August 11 yielded several start of year action items. First, we have a new budget to approve at our September 21 branch evening meeting. For this meeting, we need a quorum, so I encourage you to attend our Zoom meeting. You can review the proposed Administrative and Philanthropic budgets
in this month’s newsletter. Please take time to review prior to this meeting. We need a quorum for this vote.

Another item that will be voted upon by the overall membership is our 2020-2021 Strategic Plan.  Please review the attachment to the newsletter. We need a quorum for this vote.

Duck Race tickets are now available from the Duck Race Committee. Pat Rehm and Mary Allen are the co-chairs of our annual fund raiser. As you know, this is a primary fund raiser for scholarship funds for our area Georgetown high school females. Please help us meet our goal of selling 300 tickets in order to move closer toward our annual spring task of awarding these scholarships. The Duck Race is scheduled for Saturday, October 10 at the San Gabriel Park and waterway in Georgetown. See you there!

We are off and running into a very busy year! Thank you for your continued support of AAUW and the Georgetown branch. See you on September 21!

Elaine Novak
Co-President

July/August, 2020

Welcome AAUW Georgetown Members to the 2020-2021 year!

This coming year has all the potential to be something of landmark proportions! Change will be the underlying action for all that we do. We are anticipating having all of our meetings using Zoom Video conferencing rather than meeting face-to-face. We continue to push forward with fund raising for our annual Scholarship Awards in May, and our entire way of functioning is taking on some really creative directions! We are all learning how to use our “creative buttons” in ways that we never thought we would have to do In order to function and thrive. And, from my vantage point, we are adapting every day and INNING!

If anyone in our Georgetown membership is unsure about setting up Zoom Video Conferencing on your home computer, or tablet, or phone, we are setting up a Technical Assistance Team. The Team member will initially attempt to assist you over the phone. If that is not as productive as it should be, efforts will be made for alternate ways to get you set up and ready to interact using the Zoom Video App.

Our annual August 22, 2020 Membership Coffee will be different this year due to the Corona Virus. At the time of writing this message, we have all been told to again be very careful about our outings and gatherings. Consequently, we are not going to have a face-to-face Coffee in August. We are entertaining having a Zoom session on August 22, but all details are not determined yet. The Board is also looking into the possibility of incorporating a Membership focus in our annual December Social. Stay tuned for more information.

Information about our 2020-2021 Strategic Plan: The Board met in June and voted on our focus for this next year. Take a look at the list later in this newsletter. If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me at novake12001@yahoo.com

Our annual fund raising activity, the Duck Race, scheduled to occur on Saturday, October 10, is in full swing. The committee has been working since last spring to make contact with area businesses, and they have responded very nicely. Tentatively mark your calendar for this annual special event!

I am looking forward to working with everyone this year! Let’s make this a year to remember!
Welcome AAUW Georgetown Members to the 2020-2021 year!

Elaine Novak
Co-President

Co-Presidents’ Message

June, 2020

Greetings from Coronavirus Quarantine,

This has been a different spring for all of us. We have missed so many things: graduations, weddings, worship services, interest groups, not to mention in person AAUW monthly meetings. We are still trying to determine how to honor our scholarship recipients this year. It would be so nice to be able to meet the young women who represent our future. Your board is working hard to make sure we can continue our branch business and keep everyone safe. We will communicate any meeting plans as soon as they are finalized.

Thanks to all who voted in the online election for the 2020-2021 board. We still have several open positions that you can fill. Just contact Terry Whaley or Elaine Novak if you are interested in taking any of these board positions:
• Co-President
• Board Secretary
• Publicity
• Newsletter Co-Editor

It is that time of year! Don’t forget to renew your membership for next year by June 15. Your dues support the national, state and local AAUW organizations. Please include a completed membership form (last page of this newsletter) to indicate if you agree to the media release so we can include pictures of our events in publicity documents. See information about dues and our mailing address in the reminder article on page 2.We have included a draft Strategic Plan for next year on page 4. This is the first version and we need your input. Please review it and make comments to any board member. The board will discuss it at the meeting on June 9. The draft is based on the areas of emphasis outlined in the AAUW National Strategic Plan, but we want it to reflect the local priorities. Let us hear your ideas for the goals for AAUW Georgetown next year.

It is hard to believe this is my last president’s message. I have enjoyed being your co-president for the last two years. Pat Rehm could not have been a better mentor and Elaine Novak has been a wonderful support this year. Elaine is going to do a great job leading our branch next year. Please help and encourage her as she guides this great group to accomplish our future goals.

Thanks for all you do!
Terry Whaley

May, 2020

Greetings,

I hope this finds you safe and healthy. This pandemic has upended both personal and AAUW business. Staying at home must be a significant challenge to such a dynamic and active group as ours. Unfortunately, all events and meetings will be cancelled for the remainder of the business year. With optimism, we will be able to begin again in August with our usual enthusiasm and support for the organization.

Thanks so much to Brenda Scholin for planning the March Style Show. We missed a great time, and will look forward to a successful event next year. How much fun it would have been to see the grandchildren who had planned to participate.

Thanks to everyone who voted in the AAUW Georgetown election. The online election was needed due to the cancellation of our Annual Meeting in April. Your officers will have a significant challenge next year with the pause in business we have had this year. Please plan to support them to keep AAUW Georgetown a strong and significant entity in our community.

One other casualty of the pandemic was the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders sponsored by AAUW National. Our SHARE grant from AAUW Texas will be saved for use for travel expenses next year. Hopefully, we will be able to sponsor another candidate to attend this conference in the spring of 2021.

Our Strategic Planning meeting planned for May will have to be re-scheduled. If you have goals that you would like to include in the plan of work for the 2020-2021 please contact Terry Whaley or Elaine Novak so we can include them in a proposed plan for next year. The plan needs to reflect the ideas and concerns of the membership, so your input is welcome.

As mentioned elsewhere in the newsletter, it is time to renew our AAUW dues. Just a reminder to renew to support our branch, AAUW Texas, and AAUW National.
Stay safe and reach out if there is something you need. Thank you to board members who have reached out to our membership to check on everyone. We are all in this together.

Terry Whaley
Elaine Novak

April, 2020

Safe greetings,

I hope each of you is safe and healthy in this time of uncertainty. Regrettably we were not able to have our Spring Style Show due to the ongoing medical emergency of coronavirus. Many thanks to Ellen Flynn, our Treasurer, for processing the refunds for the Style Show tickets so quickly.

Again, due to the current situation, we will be cancelling our April Annual Meeting where we would have elected our slate of officers for the 2020-2021 business year. Our election will be held online. Please plan to vote for these volunteers who will insure the future of AAUW Georgetown.

Election Slate- Elected Officers
Co-President- Elaine Novak
Co-President- _________________
VP Membership-Kathy Hamilton
VP Membership- Lynne Hester
VP Programs- Pat Perkison
VP Programs- Connie Munoz
Secretary Board Minutes- Aileen Bailey
Secretary Branch Minutes- Christine Kavadas
Treasurer- Helen Elkins

Appointed Positions
Newsletter Co-Editor- Mary Allen
Newsletter Co-Editor _________________
By Laws- Pat Donica
Webmaster Linda Kisinger
Scholarship Chair- Karen Limbaugh
Duck Race- Pat Rehm, Mary Allen
Publicity- ______________________
Style Show- Brenda Scholin
Historian- Pat Rehm
Public Policy- Marsi Liddell
New Position- Social Media __________

As you can see, we still need a Co-president, Co-newsletter editor, Publicity chair, and a new position – Social Media chair. Please think about helping to fill one of these positions. None of these offices is difficult, especially when shared with a colleague. Your service to the organization will help AAUW Georgetown continue to be a success.
As we come to the end of another successful AAUW Georgetown year, we want to thank each of you for your support. Your hardworking board has guided the organization, and we have had fun along the way. Our organization will continue to support the mission of supporting the equality of women and girls for years to come.

Terry Whaley
Elaine Novak

March, 2020

Have you found your lucky four-leaf clover yet? With everything that is getting green in my back yard, I expect to see some lucky four-leaf clovers soon…….hope springs eternal! The pink tulip tree in my neighbor’s back yard is already blooming. This is my favorite time of the year! Hope you enjoy it as well.

Our former scholarship recipient, Alexis McCammon, is working to secure her plane ticket for the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders, May 27-30 in Baltimore, Maryland. This is such a great opportunity for her to meet her counterparts and then join us this fall at one of our monthly meetings to share with us what she experienced at the conference. I know we will all support Alexis in this worthwhile endeavor.

The Duck Race Committee continues to move forward with some very worthwhile efforts. If you know of an area business that should be approached, let someone on the Duck Race Committee know or contact Pat Rehm, co-chair (512-876-4211), and a committee member will go with you to visit and dialogue with this worthy area business. Our efforts to secure financial support for our scholarship recipients happens one contact at a time. Please know that your efforts have helped a future area female with her goals!

Brenda Scholin, Style Show Chair, continues to organize and collect items for the upcoming Saturday, March 21, Style Show. Call Brenda at 512-731-6627 to coordinate your donation to the Purse Auction held at the end of the Style Show. The Style Show will be held at Berry Creek Country Club starting at 10 am. Pat Perkison, 512-943.0557, has tickets, $35 per person. Please contact her and select your table mates so you can have a great experience at the show!

In the meantime, reach out to your AAUW fellow members and encourage them to participate in our wonderful branch. We have a lot to accomplish, and we believe we have the right mix of members to get things accomplished! Remember: We are only as strong as our weakest link!

Terry Whaley
Elaine Novak

February, 2020

Greetings in 2020!

Now that we are past the holiday flurry, we will be gearing up to finish this year and starting the planning for next year.

Two things that need to be accomplished this month are the selection of board officers for the 2020-2021 year, and review of the strategic plan. The nominating committee will meet in January to start recruiting next year’s board. Please consider a board position to help our organization meet future goals.

Thank you to the members who were able to attend the Strategic Plan review on January 22 at the Georgetown Library. We’ll share results of that meeting at a future date.

One goal for this year is to secure a SHARE grant from AAUW Texas (info at aauw-tx.aauw.net/share) to support sending a participant to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in University Park, Maryland. The application was submitted to the state. The registration fee will be paid by AAUW Georgetown and the SHARE funds used for travel. The Scholarship committee headed by Marsi Liddell is identifying a previous scholarship winner to sponsor for this conference. This will be a great learning opportunity for one of our previous winners.

SAVE THE DATE
The AAUW Texas 2020 Convening will be held in Pflugerville, April 17-19. AAUW Austin and AAUW Georgetown are part of the planning committee and hope to have a good showing of local members to support this state event. Please mark your calendars.

Let’s finish this year strong by attending the branch meetings, supporting the Style Show in March, and electing a strong board for next year. The success of the branch depends on your participation.

Thanks for all your support.

Terry Whaley
Elaine Novak

January, 2020

We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season. The Holiday Tea was a great success thanks to our wonderful hostess, Connie Munoz and everyone who contributed delicious goodies. Hard to believe 2020 is upon us and we have to start the planning for the 2020-2021 business year.

The Nominating Committee will be seeking volunteers to serve in several board positions. Thanks in advance to any current board members who are going to continue in their positions. If you have a talent that you are willing to share with the group, please consider stepping up and becoming a board member.

Elected positions:
Co-President
Co-Membership VP’s
Co-Programs VP’s
Co-Secretaries
Treasurer

Appointed positions:
Newsletter Editor
By-laws Chair
Webmaster
Social Media Coordinator (New)
Scholarship Chair
Duck Race Chair
Publicity
Style Show Chair
Historian
Public Policy

We are planning on getting an early start on organizing the details of the Duck Race, our primary fundraising event. We already have several members interested in helping with this event. Please let Elaine Novak or Terry Whaley know if this is something you would like to work on.

March is a special month because we will host our Style Show at the Berry Creek Country Club. A new idea for this year is to have some children or grandchildren model spring fashions. Please let Brenda Scholin know by January 31 if your youngsters would like to participate. Should be a lot of fun for the kids and the parents. The Style Show is on March 21, and $35 tickets will be available at the January and February meetings. Invite your friends and family to join you at this fun event.

Have a wonderful new year!

Terry Whaley
Elaine Novak

December, 2019

The holidays are upon us. Hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful  hanksgiving. Then Santa will be just around the corner. Before that, please join us at our holiday tea on December 15 from 2-4 pm at the home of Connie Munoz. We will enjoy some treats and visiting with our AAUW colleagues.  The joint AAUW Austin and Georgetown meeting was a great success. Around 20 Georgetown members made the trip to hear Dr. Anna Greybeal’s presentation on The Politics of Climate Change. She is the founder of the Austin chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby.

Participating in the AAUW Texas SHARE program to provide funds for a participant in the NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders) convention is one of our Strategic Plan goals. The application is now available on the AAUW Texas website. The Scholarship Committee has agreed to help select the candidate. We will need a couple of volunteers to manage the application process. Please contact Terry Whaley or Elaine Novak if you are interested in helping with this goal to enhance the educational opportunities for a woman college leader.

Another opportunity will be the AAUW Texas Biennial Convening, April 17-18 in Pflugerville. Several AAUW Georgetown members are on the planning committee. Please save the dates and watch the newsletter for announcements about volunteer opportunities.

Thanks to all who participated in the planning session on November 12 for our financial goals for future scholarship funds. The Board will review all the suggestions and report back to the members at a future meeting for consideration. Continue to let us know if you have ideas to help maintain the generous grants we have provided local high school students. Your support is critical to the success of this important goal.

Happy Holidays!

Terry Whaley
Elaine Novak

November, 2019

My goodness! It is only November, and AAUW Georgetown is already actively into our fund raising for this year. I know that our membership is rolling up their sleeves and are doing all that they can to make this year’s scholarship awards as much as it can be next May! Georgetown girls are so fortunate to have this funding assistance toward their college goals.

Our participation in the Sun City Garage Sale on October 5 all morning and the Duck Race on October 12 at the San Gabriel Park at 11 am are clearly energizing our membership to be raising those scholarship dollars for our lucky scholarship recipients next spring. Wow, what an exciting way to begin our annual fund raising! We still have seven more months for added fund raising activities!

Terry Whaley made a gorgeous Christmas quilt and offered it to our AAUW branch as the door prize at our October 21 monthly meeting (see below). The lucky door prize winner, Mary Allen, will enjoy it during this Holiday Season. The door prize proceeds of $70 will contribute to the Georgetown Scholarship Fund.

On another level, it is time for our membership to ALL take notice of changes in the funding source for our annual college scholarships. All members of AAUW Georgetown are invited to attend a Planning Meeting on Tuesday morning, November 12 at 10 – 11:15 am. Please see the notice in the November Newsletter. We need your ideas and your participation. This will be our first planning meeting, so please share your ideas to make the AAUW Georgetown branch even better than before.

In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful fall temperatures and some of the leaves changing color! See you in November!

Co-Presidents:
Elaine Novak
Terry Whaley

October, 2019

Hope you have had a great summer and are ready for a great AAUW Georgetown year. We now it is time for the heat to leave us and for cooler fall temperatures to move in. As the cooler temperatures come, so do the programs and activities we have planned for this year.

We have a Strategic Plan that includes three (3) new goals for this year all of which provide members with an opportunity to get involved:

1) Participate in State AAUW Share program during the 2019-2020 business year. Committee to be established by October 1, to manage, process, and meet deadlines funding.

The SHARE program is a grant opportunity that will support a young woman leader to attend a national conference.

2)  80% of AAUW Georgetown membership will participate in the Work Start program and forward the online link to 10 potential participants by December 31, 2019.

Work Smart is a free online program from national AAUW to teach how to negotiate salary increases, but is useful for anyone.

3) Partner with one of the following: Texas State University, Southwestern University, Austin Community College, Fort Hood, or ROCK Center to sponsor a Start Smart workshop during 2019-2020 business year with universities or organizations providing fees required by National AAUW. Establish a non-board committee by November 1, to manage the process by developing a relationship with one of these universities.

Smart Start is a training program for anyone entering the workforce. We would like to continue the work we started last year at Southwestern.

Please consider working on one of these opportunities. The work of AAUW is only done by involved and active members. We need the efforts of everyone to accomplish our goals.
October is a very busy month. The Garage Sale is October 5, and the Duck Race is October 12. Both are important fundraisers for our scholarships. You are welcome to attend or contribute to these events.

Co-Presidents:
Elaine Novak
Terry Whaley

September, 2019

AAUW Georgetown Branch Members,

Welcome back to a great AAUW Georgetown year! Hope to see you participating in our many events and meetings. It is an opportunity to meet other like-minded women, learn about the community at monthly meetings, and support young women with scholarships through our fundraising.

Upcoming Events:
September 16 (Monday) – Monthly Branch Meeting
October 5 (Saturday) – Kiwanis Garage Sale Fundraiser
October 12 (Saturday) – Duck Race Fundraiser
We have lots of opportunities to get involved.

Strategic Plan:
A committee met on August 8 to formulate a Strategic Plan and goals for the membership for
next year. Please read the document on page 5.  We will vote to approve the Strategic Plan during the September membership meeting. Please forward any ideas or comments to:
Terry Whaley or Elaine Novak .

Member Recruiting:
We hope you enjoyed our Membership Coffee on Saturday, August 24. Please continue to
spread the word about AAUW to friends, neighbors, colleagues. New members ensure the future of the organization, so help recruit women who want to be part of a dynamic organization that works to insure better educational and employment opportunities for
all women.

National Update:
If you are interested, the Two Minute Activist is an easy way to support political action initiatives.  This month it is supporting action on raising the Minimum Wage.

Two-Minute Activist:
Raise the Minimum Wage 
The federal minimum wage hasn’t budged since 2009. As a result, millions of workers across the country — particularly women — struggle to make ends meet. On July 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Raise the Wage Act, which would  gradually lift the minimum wage over the next several years. Now it’s up to the Senate to move
this critical legislation forward.
ACT NOW TO SUPPORT THE RAISE THE WAGE ACT

Looking forward to seeing you in September,

Co-Presidents:
Terry Whaley
Elaine Novak

August, 2019

AAUW Georgetown Branch Members,

We hope you are having a wonderful summer. We will be interested to hear about all the interesting adventures you had during the break from our regular meetings.

Your board has met during the summer to begin planning for a great program year and the Finance Committee has drafted a budget for your approval in September. Our three planned fundraisers are: the Kiwanis Garage Sale (October 5), the Duck Race (October 12), and the Style Show (March, date to be announced). We hope you will be able to participate in each event.

One of the first things we need to do is draft a Strategic Plan for next year and set goals for the branch to work toward. Elaine Novak and Terry Whaley are inviting each of you to participate in a planning session on Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 pm in the Keller Williams office at 1003 S. Austin Ave. in Georgetown. Our three areas of emphasis are: Utilizing Resources, Developing Relationships, and Developing Partnerships.

We need your input to set realistic goals, but also to work on what the branch members think is important. We know from the survey we completed earlier this year that scholarships and women’s issues are at the top of the list, but any further guidance you can give the board about your ideas will be very helpful in completing a plan of work. If you cannot participate in the planning session, please feel free to e-mail any ideas or comments to Terry Whaley at whaleyterry@gmail.com or Elaine Novak at enovak12001@yahoo.com.

Our Membership Coffee is on Saturday, August 24 from 10-12 at the Cowan Creek Amenities Center, 1433 Cool Spring Way, in Sun City. Please spread the word to friends, neighbors, colleagues. New members insure the future of the organization, so help recruit women who want to be part of a dynamic organization that works to insure a better educational and employment opportunities for all women.

Looking forward to seeing you in August,

Terry Whaley
Elaine Novak

June, 2019

Springtime is renewal time for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which will begin on July 1. All of our  branch members who pay their dues early will be entered in a drawing at the board meeting on June 11 for a free year of local dues ($18). An application with payment categories is attached to this two-month newsletter for your convenience, and your early renewal enables the treasurer to submit payments to national before June 30. Please consider doing this today, or as soon as possible.

While the branch’s 2018-19 current board will continue to function during June, plans are already being made for 2019-2020. Newly elected executive officers are meeting with their predecessors and transitioning into their responsibilities. Co-Presidents Terry Whaley and Elaine Novak are strong leaders, well prepared to lead our branch and board in the coming year. We are fortunate to have a devoted Board of Directors and a supportive membership working together toward our mission. We can be assured of having purposeful and well organized branch and statewide activities as we strive to advance social equity in meaningful ways. I am looking forward to the opportunities to be presented by attending the state and national conventions in 2020. More details will be available soon!

Although there will be no branch meetings with programs during June or July, some interest groups may decide to meet during one or both of those months. Progress toward our strategic goals will be evaluated, the new budget will be developed, and programs for the new AAUW year will be arranged. An important part of our planning will come from the results of the branch survey recently sent to members. I urge all to participate and to return the survey by May 30. Your ideas and perspectives are invaluable as we chart the future of AAUW-Georgetown. Plans for the October 12th Duck Race will also be in full gear, with sponsorships and prizes being sought and with ticket sales starting in August, especially at our membership event at the Cowan Creek Center on Saturday, August 24.

As the “retiring” Co-President, I have appreciated working with and learning from many extraordinary women. At the 2017 national convention, a new mantra was “changing the climate for women.” I believe that we, as AAUW Georgetown Branch members, are doing that through our scholarship fundraising and awards to outstanding high school graduates. It was inspiring to “meet & greet” such optimistic and motivated young women and to hear their admirable dreams and goals for the future! Thank you for supporting our mission-related activities and programs! AAUW has been a valuable part of my life for over 40 years, and I’m hoping to continue in this endeavor for as long as I can.

Best Wishes,
Pat Rehm

May, 2019

What a great year we have had!

– Our Membership Tea with 11 new members joining that day.
– A successful Garage Sale netting over $500.
– Great monthly meetings with good attendance. Thanks, members!
– A successful Duck Race despite the weather thanks to Sharon Lesikar and the entire committee.
– A very charming holiday party at Connie Munoz’s home.
– Start Smart presented at Southwestern University for 22 students and four faculty. Great job, Marsi and Pat.
– Our annual Style Show and Silent Auction, a huge success thanks to Brenda Scholin, and to Elaine Novak for handling ticket sales.
– A complete slate of officers to continue the important work for next year.
– And most important of all, $12,000 awarded in scholarships to 5 Georgetown graduating women.

Annual Survey

In order to continue this impressive list of accomplishments for next year, the Board would like to get input from you. Please watch your email for a survey to help you provide ideas for the Board to consider. We need to know your preference for meeting times and formats, topics you would like for speakers to present, interest groups you might participate in, and any other ideas you have for the branch. We hope to have the survey sent out in May to help with planning for the 2019-2020 year.

National Priorities
The gender pay gap continues to be an issue for women across the employment spectrum. In Texas, women make only 81.43% of what men make for the same work.

Even if you have retired from the active work force, you probably have a friend or family member who is still employed. Please let them know about the resources that AAUW has to increase knowledge about how to negotiate for higher salaries and more equal treatment. We can help make changes if we work together.

Best Wishes,
Terri Whaley

April, 2019

Happy springtime! March featured two special events for our branch. The first was our 8th annual spring fundraiser, the fabulous Style Show Luncheon and Silent Purse Auction on the 23rd. Many thanks and kudos to Brenda Scholin, the organizer, and Elaine Novak, who handled ticket sales and seating arrangements. Then on the 26th, our branch co-sponsored an AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop at Southwestern University. While we provided the license agreement with national AAUW to present the workshop, the Career and Professional Development Center Director, Daniel Orozco, handled the registration of students and the meeting arrangements on campus. Both Marsi Liddell and I took the facilitator training online and were privileged to lead the workshop. Through it, we hope to have empowered the students to start their professional lives knowing how to approach job interviews with confidence, job-related information based on research, and strategies to negotiate for a “target salary” which can meet their needs. Together we are working to close the gender pay gap!

A special Thank you! also goes to the Nominating Committee, consisting of Vivian Davis, Barbara McGrail, Val Sandham, and the Co-Presidents, as well as to those who agreed to fill vacancies on the Branch Board: Elaine Novak, Pat Perkison, Niki Bertrand, Aileen Bailey, and Ellen Flynn. The slate of these new executive officers for 2019 to 2020 was presented to our board and received approval in mid-March. The full list of officers-elect appears in this issue in a separate article about the Annual Meeting on April 15. Notice that the location has changed from the Circle of Care to the new Keller Williams Building, 1003 S. Austin Ave. in downtown Georgetown.

Another group acting “behind the scenes” is the Scholarship Committee, including Sharon Lesikar, Marsi Liddell, Karen Limbaugh, Barbara McGrail, and Levera Patton. They have selected candidates to interview from 24 applications and will soon select the winners of our spring awards. Stay tuned for the date of our “Meet and Greet” with the winners and their mothers!

Best Wishes,
Pat Rehm

March, 2019

Spring has sprung. March is upon us. After a busy February with Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day we are ready for our big March event, our annual Style Show. Brenda Scholin has been very busy getting ready for this special event. Please get your tickets and invite your friends to enjoy a lovely lunch and fashion display at the Berry Creek Country Club on March 23. This event is a fund raiser for our Scholarship Fund, so please plan to attend.

Thanks to Connie Munoz and Margie Wright for bringing us a very informative presentation on finance by Ivona M. Kostulak from Frost Brokerage Services at our branch meeting on January 21. Her remarks serve as a reminder for us to be active participants in our financial investment decisions; and stay informed on all aspects of our financial lives.

This presentation ties in with one of the national AAUW priorities of decreasing the pay gap between men and women. Women are less likely than men to negotiate salaries and raises, so training is one way to narrow this pay discrepancy. AAUW has been ramping up its Work Smart Initiative by expanding workshops in communities across the US. Work Smart Online has just launched with a goal of training 10 million women in salary negotiations by 2022. This new version will allow women to train online at any time. The national AAUW organization has issued a “Members Mobilize a Million” challenge, asking members to share the course information with 20 people. Together we can make a difference.

Our initiative to sponsor a Start Smart workshop for college students at Southwestern University is now scheduled for March 26. Marsi Liddell has trained to be our presenter. Thanks to Pat Rehm, Marsi Liddell, and Daniel Orozco, Director of Career and Professional Development at Southwestern University for organizing this salary negotiating program on campus.

Similar to the way our January program topic tied into one of our national AAUW priorities, our branch program topic on February 18 tied into the very heart of AAUW’s mission. With our speaker, branch member Patricia Perkison sharing her expertise and enthusiasm, we enjoyed reviewing the history of and learning some surprising new things about, women’s suffrage in the United States.

See you at the Style Show on March 23!

Best Wishes,
Terri Whaley

February, 2019

February Greetings!  I hope that January has brought you and your family a respite from the lively pace of the holidays!  This month the nominating committee will begin to contact members to serve on the 2019-2020 executive board, and the strategic planning task force will review the progress of our specific goals after the first six months.  It is also not too soon for Duck Race planning to begin.  Reports on these actions will be shared when available.

On February 18, even though it’s President’s Day, our branch program will feature “Women’s Rights, A Historical Perspective,” by our own member and retired teacher, Pat Perkison.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM, but the community room at the Circle of Care facility on Williams Drive will be open by 6:15 PM, allowing members a chance to socialize.

Public policy remains a major focus of AAUW.  On the national website, the Two Minute Activist provides a quick and easy way to reach our legislators regarding important social issues related to our mission.  There are two issues there, in particular, which need our attention at this time.

First, AAUW opposes the U. S. Department of Education’s latest changes to Title IX, intended to weaken the law’s ability to prevent discrimination of all students in federally funded programs from kindergarten through college.  We have been asked to contact Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, before January 28, to declare our views on her proposed changes.  For more specific information, you could visit this link on the AAUW Website: www.aauw.org/article/theattack-on-title-ix.  It gives details of the proposals and confirms the January 28 date for responses.  Then you can use the direct Two Minute Activist link in our public policy box on page 4 to register your views.

The second issue of public policy concern relates to passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act (Senate Bill 3220) which will soon be introduced in Congress. According to the Two Minute Activist, “you can be a critical part of the work to pass it by urging your members of Congress to become original cosponsors and to call for its swift passage.”  If you haven’t already acted on this concern, please consider doing it now. See page 4 for a direct Two Minute Activist link on this issue.

For your information, we still intend to co-sponsor the Start Smart workshop for students at Southwestern University, and we are working with Southwestern to determine the date. The plan is to include a dinner for the student participants and AAUW observers before presenting the program. Marsi Liddell, our immediate Past President, will receive the Start Smart training this month, in order to be our presenter.  More details will be available soon for branch members who may wish to observe. For information about AAUW’s Start Smart program, see salary.aauw.org.

Best Wishes,

Pat Rehm 

January, 2019

Happy Holidays to the Georgetown AAUW Branch Members! Our Holiday Tea was a great success at the home of Connie Munoz. The food was delicious, the setting beautiful, and the participants were in the holiday spirit. Thanks to everyone who helped us with a wonderful event.

In January, it is back to business. Our January meeting on the 21st will be presented by Ivona Kostulak from Frost Bank. She will be discussing retirement investments for women. Since many of us are retired, or will be, it will be a timely topic to start the new year. The program will be at the Georgetown Health Foundation Circle of Care Community Room at 6:30.

National AAUW has been active on our behalf promoting better, equal pay for women. Successes include:

Helping 40 states and Washington D.C. introduce or consider pay equity legislation and 6 states to pass laws.
Joining Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the Women’s Foundation launch Work Smart in Kansas City.
Launching the free, online version of Work Smart, which is instrumental in our efforts to close the gender pay gap by 2030.

Supporting plaintiff Aileen Rizo in a critical court decision in the fight for equal pay. The Ninth Circuit ruled that using prior salary alone wasn’t enough to justify a wage differential by gender- a huge leap forward in addressing compensation equity.

The Georgetown Branch is still planning to do a Start Smart workshop at Southwestern University in February to help undergraduates, both men and women, learn the basics of pay negotiation. Please stay tuned for more details on that program.

Also in the coming events category: The 2019 Duck Race Committee has openings for members! The group has to meet only a few times, but members perform tasks, such as choosing a date, contacting sponsors, getting prizes, printing tickets or tracking sales. Planning needs to begin soon. Please tell either Pat Rehm or me that you would like to help with this important fall fundraiser.

Happy New Year to everyone for a healthy and prosperous new year. See you in 2019!

Terry Whaley
Co-president

December, 2018

As 2018 is coming to an end, the branch board members and I are looking forward to the Holiday Tea and 95th Charter Celebration on Sunday, December 9. That event promises to be an interesting and pleasant afternoon at the lovely home of Co-Program VP, Connie Munoz. We hope that you can join with us to enjoy friends, food, and fun as we meet past branch presidents and hear some shared personal AAUW experiences.

Let us recall some branch highlights during this calendar year. Although our January 15 meeting at the Ride on Center for Kids (R.O.C.K.) was cancelled due to heavy storms, it was rescheduled in the fall. On February 19, new member Cynthia Posey presented “Managing Communication in the Age of Social Media & Constant Crisis” about her extensive responsibilities as Director of Internal and Campus Safety Communications at UT in Austin. March 17 brought our Seventh Annual Style Show Luncheon and Silent Auction, organized by Brenda Scholin. April was a busy month, including our Annual Meeting & Dinner on the 16, with elections & special branch awards, and then a trip to Houston the next weekend for several of our members who attended the AAUW Texas Convention, led by State Board President, Pam Wolfe. The “Meet & Greet” on May 1 introduced branch members to our four college-bound scholarship winners and their mothers. No branch meetings occurred in June and July, but dues collection and planning for the next fiscal year were on-going. The Annual Membership Tea on August 18 attracted seven members to our branch. At our first fall meeting, on September 17, Teri Jansen, Director of Education at TheKey2Free, spoke about helping victims of “Human Trafficking in Williamson County.” On October 15, we finally found our way to R.O.C.K. and heard about its programs that provide “Healing thru Horses.” We also said, “Good-bye and Best Wishes!” to former Treasurer, Sandy Wilson and “Welcome!” to new Treasurer, Ellen Flynn. On November 19, Judith Dullnig told us about the Women’s Storybook Project of Texas that enables imprisoned mothers to record readings of stories for their children. A special “Thank You!” for this impressive schedule goes to our 2018 Program VPs, Phyllis Folarin, Margie Wright , and Connie Munoz, as well as to all officers and appointees of the two boards of directors during 2018.
It is notable, also, that our three fund raising events continued to provide substantial results, in spite of having our actual Duck Race cancelled by high water twice and instead having to do a public drawing of the three prize winners. Please say, “Good Job!” to Duck Race Chair, Sharon Lesikar and her committee members, to Brenda Scholin and her workers for the Style Show, and to those who supported the fall garage sale at Sun City. According to new Scholarship Chair, Marsi Lidell, that committee is eager to resume its activities in early 2019.
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!
Pat Rehm

November, 2018

It finally feels like fall outside! That reminds us that the holidays are right around the corner. Be sure to plan to attend the Holiday Tea on December 9 at the home of Connie Munoz.  October has been a busy month for AAUW Georgetown. The Sun City Garage Sale was quite a success.  Thanks to all who participated and donated items. We made $548 for the Scholarship Fund from your efforts.

We had a great program this month at R.O.C.K.  Heidi Derning gave us an orientation to the facility, presented a wonderful talk on the work R.O.C.K. does for women veterans, and our very own Sandy Wilson introduced us to the miniature horse named Peggy Sue. There are many volunteer opportunities if you are interested in working with horses, students, or veterans. R.O.C.K. provides a very important service to our community so contact at them rockateers@rockride.org, or 737-300-7625, if you would like to get involved.

Due to the flood in San Gabriel Park in September, the Duck Race was postponed to October 18 only to be canceled again due to heavy rain and flooding. It was too much water for even real ducks! A drawing for the prize winners was held at Georgetown City Hall instead. (See the article later in this issue that announces this year’s winners.) Thanks so much to the Duck Race Committee for their dedication despite all the setbacks. They were successful in raising $4,920 for the scholarship fund. Great work!

We are still looking for community contacts to spread the word about AAUW and our scholarship fund raising efforts. Don’t forget to complete your Community Relations Information form and include contact names and phone numbers of people we need to provide with brochures or flyers. We want AAUW to become a recognized community organization that supports women and girls.

Have you checked out the AAUW National website? Just a brief reminder of our Biennial Action Priorities listed on the website. Each priority has several goals listed. National priorities inform state and local action. Biennial priorities for national action are chosen according to the criteria of viability, critical need, strong member support, and potential for distinctive AAUW contribution or leadership. No order of importance is implied. AAUW national priorities are to advocate: 1) to support a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, and diversity, 2) to achieve economic self-sufficiency for all women, AAUW advocates, 3) to guarantee equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse society.

One way the Georgetown AAUW branch is supporting these priorities is by sponsoring the Smart Start program for college women in conjunction with Southwestern University. It will be held on their campus in 2019. Please watch for further details on how you can support this important program.

Another of our 2018 goals is to have mentors for all our new members. If you would like to volunteer, please let Pat Rehm or Terry Whaley know so we can connect you with one of our new members.

A great big THANK YOU goes out to Sandy Wilson for the work she has done as our treasurer. Due to family issues, Sandy and her husband will be moving to Columbus, Ohio for a couple of months to determine if that is the best solution for their future. Sandy’s hard work has left our accounting in excellent condition. She is passing the baton to a new member Ellen Flynn. Please let Sandy know how much she will be missed and thank Ellen for stepping up to the treasurer’s position.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the November meeting.

Best Wishes,
Terry Whaley

October, 2018

The fall season is here, and our branch activities have had a great start! Unfortunately, our 3rd Annual Duck Race was postponed from September 22 due to flooding on the San Gabriel River. A new date will be announced soon! Our first branch meeting was well attended, allowing the budget and strategic plan to be approved for 2018-2019. The program focused on “Human Trafficking,” a serious social problem in our county, state, and nation, and Teri Jansen supplied answers to our questions.  This month’s program on October 15, “Healing Through Horses,” will take us to the R.O.C.K. therapy center southeast of Georgetown, but we will return to the Williams Drive location for our November 19 branch meeting. [program information and driving directions to R.O.C.K.]  On Sunday, December 9, we will gather at Connie Munoz’s home for the Holiday Tea, with a special recognition of the branch’s 95th charter anniversary.
Our updated strategic plan includes three new goals along with those continuing from last year’s three-year plan. These focus on (1) providing mentors for our new and inactive members, (2) increasing collaboration with the AAUW Austin Branch, and (3) improving awareness of AAUW in our community. An ongoing goal in the Developing Partnerships section is to present an AAUW Start Smart workshop, a two-hour salary negotiation program for senior college women, at Southwestern University in early 2019. Interest in this project was sparked at our November 2018 branch meeting during a program on the “Gender Pay Gap” by San Antonio lawyer and longtime AAUW member, Malinda Gaul. More details will be coming soon!
The national level of AAUW also has a new strategic plan, based on feedback from thousands of members. The four designated ”pillars” of the plan include education & training, economic security, leadership, and governance & sustainability. Achieving pay equity by 2030 and training 10 million women to negotiate their salaries by 2022 are two specific goals focusing on economic security. Have you consulted the national site at www.aauw.org lately? You can find photos and pertinent information on important social issues, available resources for advocacy, and highlighted programs throughout our organizational network. I recommend occasional visits!
Best Wishes,
Pat Rehm

September, 2018

Greetings, Branch Members and Guests!

One of our new goals this year is to make AAUW better known to Georgetown and the surrounding communities. At the branch meeting on September 17, we plan to survey the members for local groups or organizations that have missions similar to AAUW’s. We wish to contact them directly with personal visits by our members whom they know, to provide information (using a script, if desired) about the AAUW Georgetown Branch and the important work we do to empower women and girls. We are also interested in learning about special public locations where we can place posters and fliers about AAUW events. Please come with pertinent contact information. We will appreciate your help to get the word out about our activities and the benefits of branch membership!

Our first branch meeting this fall will also present the important and timely topic of trafficking women and some local efforts being done to combat this human rights violation. The new budget and new strategic plan for 2018-19 will be explained and voted upon, and a quorum of current members (25% or an estimate of at least 15) will be required for approval.
At the membership tea on August 18 in the Cowan Creek Center in Sun City, members and guests had time to get to know one another. We shared information about AAUW’s structure as an organization, its mission, and our branch’s upcoming events. Six new members joined that day!

The Board is looking forward to a great year! Don’t forget to get your Duck Race tickets and plan to attend on September, 22 at 11:00 a.m. in San Gabriel Park, Georgetown, on the College Street side of the river. It will be a lot of fun, and you just might be a winner of one of our fabulous prizes!

Sincerely,
Terry Whaley & Pat Rehm

August, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 AAUW Georgetown Branch program year! We are very excited that you are going to participate with us. Several programs will educate us on local projects that support Georgetown and surrounding communities. Our September 17 meeting features Teri Jansen from TheKey2Free on Human Trafficking in Williamson County. We will continue to meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Georgetown Health Foundation’s “Circle of Care” Community Rooms on Williams Drive.

Although our branch activities usually occur from August through May, the summer has not been a period of inactivity for your board of directors. Officers, committees, and interest group leaders have continued to work “behind the scenes.” Our first gathering will be our annual Membership Tea, on Saturday, August 18 at the Cowan Creek Center in Sun City from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. We hope you will attend and bring friends. It will be a pleasant way to introduce potential members to our branch and to AAUW’s mission-related goals and activities.

Please consider getting involved with the monthly interest groups, and feel free to suggest new ones. Currently we have the Mystery and Contemporary Book Clubs, the Bridge and Mah Jongg groups, and the Lunch Bunch. Check the first page of this issue for details.

Fundraisers for this year will include the Duck Race on September 22, the Sun City Garage Sale on October 6, and the Style Show on March 16. Your support of these activities will make possible our branch scholarships to local high school graduates, as well as our yearly contributions to the national organization’s grants and fellowships for graduate women.

Since there was no board meeting in July, the 2018-2019 proposals for the new budget and for the revised strategic plan must be approved at the next board meeting on August 14. These  documents will be presented to members in the next newsletter and will be voted upon by members at our first fall meeting on Monday, September 17. We hope to see you there!

Both of us are looking forward to another great year of stimulating programs and community service. Get involved, and help us to continue the advancement of equity for women and girls.

Sincerely,
Pat Rehm & Terry Whaley

June, 2018

As we inch ever closer to the end of May, we also come to the time of year when AAUW Georgetown takes a bit of a summer hiatus. There will not be another newsletter until the August issue which will be emailed on July 25th so be sure to keep today’s issue as a reminder of June and July events.

This has been an awesome year for me and, generally, for the club. So I also want to take time here to thank a number of committees: a big thank you to the Strategic Planning Task Force who helped analyze and digest the member survey and turn it into our first strategic plan; thanks to the Duck Race committee who pulled off an astounding “win” for our fall fundraising this year; another thanks to the Scholarship Committee who managed to identify four excellent high school senior women for competitive scholarships to college; tremendous kudos to the by-laws subcommittee who worked diligently on getting our by-laws in shape; our programs this year were so good that the Georgetown branch was asked to present at the State conference (and thanks to all our members who attended); thanks also to the Style Show group who found a way to start off our spring “in style”. Once you start this commendation list, you can just keep going…..so before I get down that road too far, I want to thank all of our members who came to branch meetings, helped with special social events, participated in the Kiwanis garage sale, and supported AAUW in general.

This will be my last monthly note as your co-president. I will miss the board members who worked so well together this year (may not miss the board meetings as much). A super special shout-out to our treasurer, Sandy Wilson, and to my co-president, Pat Rehm, for all their hard work, support and sense of humor. Like many of you, I also have some travel plans for the summer and wish you all safe travels wherever you may go and a peaceful return to Central Texas. Come back relaxed and refreshed and ready to start off another year with AAUW.

Sincerely,
Marsi

May, 2018

As the current fiscal year draws to a close, the month of May is a good time to look ahead and renew our membership. The May 1st “Meet and Greet” for our scholarship winners will mark the end of our branch meetings this spring, but the interest groups may continue their activities during the summer. The newly elected officers have already begun plans for 2018-2019, and the branch-wide meetings will resume on August 18th, with the membership “Coffee” at the Cowan Creek Center for both current and prospective members. Summer newsletters will keep us posted with details about these activities, as well as the fall meetings and fundraisers.

This month is also a good time to reflect on 2017-2018 highlights. It has been a remarkable year in many ways! All three fundraisers reached new levels, allowing us to increase our local scholarship amounts and the branch’s gifts (designated toward the completion of the Ann Richards Fellowship) to the national AAUW Funds. Three of the four goals that resulted from last summer’s strategic planning (5-year projection) have been achieved! The other one was not feasible this year, and other goals may be added next year.

Also, four relevant mission-based programs were presented at our Monday evening branch meetings: Partners in Education (Round Rock ISD program), the Annunciation Maternity Home in Georgetown, “The Gender Gap,” and Crisis Management at the University of Texas. Although the January program on R.O.C.K.’s therapeutic programs was cancelled due to dangerous weather, it will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Other special events this year have included the August “Coffee,” the garage sale and Duck Race fundraisers in October, the Holiday Tea, the Style Show fundraiser, and the “Meet and Greet” for our scholarship winners this month. If you have ideas for program topics, please tell our Program VPs, Connie Munoz  and Margie Wright. Thank you for your participation this year!

At the annual meeting on April 16th, three kinds of certificates were presented to members: Milestones in AAUW membership: 50 years, Linda George; 20 years, Judy Hart; 10 years, Valerie Sandham; and 5 years, Gail Galloway Adams, Ellen Balay, Lynn Ellis, Kathy Henderson, Jean Holden, Stacey Robinson, and Maria Wagner; Named gift Honorees: Pat Donica, Helen Elkins, Kathalee Holmans, Marsi Liddell, Dianne Melton, Mary Kay Pierson, Pat Rehm, and Brenda Scholin; and “Retiring” Board Members: Ellen Balay, Phyllis Folarin, Karen Limbaugh, Mary Kay Pierson, Stacey Robinson, and Judy Ryan.

I have certainly enjoyed my first year as co-president and I am looking forward to the year ahead with a tremendously talented board and our active, supportive members.

Sincerely,
Pat Rehm

April, 2018

April promises to bring a fresh new look at Spring and at the Board of Directors for AAUW   Georgetown (see article regarding proposed Slate of Officers).   On April 16th we will hold our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers for the 2018-19 year, along with a State of the Branch report.  There has been good response to having a dinner meeting,  so we will meet for dinner at our regular meeting place, the Community Rooms at Lone Star on Williams Drive at 6:30pm.  The cost for a great dinner including chicken entrée, potatoes, green beans and dessert is only $17 plus tax – so a total of $20 (including gratuity).  Thanks to Barbara McGrail for sharing her contact with us.   There is also a plan to have an Awards presentation similar to last year’s and we hope many of you can attend.   This year’s Scholarship Awardees will also be announced.  It should be a terrific celebratory evening so please plan to join your AAUW colleagues.

And speaking of celebrations, April is State Convention month.  Our host city is Houston and the dates are April 20-22 at the Embassy Suites.  Several of our members will be attending and two of our members, Margie Wright and Pat Rehm will participate in a Round Table highlighting our programs for the past year(s).  There is still time to register and attend.  You might want to know that the Branch has given a total of $2333 (matched by the State of Texas AAUW) to complete the Ann Richards Fund.  This is in keeping with our goal to provide funding to local scholarships at 72% and National priorities at 28% of fundraising efforts while still maintaining a reserve.

A final note about celebrations, the Scholarship Meet and Greet has been scheduled for May 1, 2018 from 4:30-6pm at the home of Marsi Liddell.  Please put the date on your calendar and join us to recognize and congratulate the winners for this year.  Thanks to Karen Limbaugh and her committee for all of their work to identify our scholarship recipients.

And last but certainly not least, April is time to think about renewing your AAUW membership.  Remember that dues are increasing slightly ($12 or three Starbucks coffees or one medium pizza) per year.  You can pay our Treasurer, Sandy Wilson, who will have new membership forms with her at the Annual Meeting.

WELCOME Springtime.

Marsi

March, 2018

We can look forward to “cool” spring outfits at the 7th Annual Style Show Luncheon & Purse Auction on St. Patrick’s Day at the Berry Creek Country Club!   Thanks to our faithful organizer, Brenda Scholin, as well as to this year’s locally owned boutiques, the volunteer models, and your donations of lovely purses, all attendees can expect another enjoyable experience.  The tickets are still $35 each.  Your support will make it a successful event.

Last month’s newsletter provided information about the possibility of having AAUW Named Gift Honorees, based on branch donations to AAUW Funds in the calendar year 2017.   The board is still accepting nominations for this recognition, as our number of allowed honorees has increased.  Just recently, AAUW Texas confirmed that members of our branch  donated a total of $4,385 last year.  That amount qualifies us for eight $500 named gift certificates!   Please consider honoring members who have contributed to our branch in various ways.  Then, to nominate someone, contact a current board member (listed on page 3 of the branch handbook) before March 1st.   Thank you for your nominations!

Can you go to Houston  for the AAUW Texas convention, April 20th to 22nd?  It promises to be an informative and fabulous way to meet new AAUW friends and to learn more about other branches.  Registration applications, hotel accommodations, and the program schedule are available in the latest University Women Texas, which you should have received recently from the state board.  Let me know if you need a ride, and I’ll try to arrange one for you.

I also recommend looking at AAUW’s accomplishments on the www.aauw.org home page occasionally.  Surfing the website can be fun, as well as educational.  It offers a glimpse at “the big picture” of an amazing organization that is successfully working to “advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research at the national, state, and local levels.”  We can be confident in our support of the national mission.

One last item:  Paying dues for the 2018-2019 AAUW year will start in April.  The previously announced dues increases will be $10 for national AAUW and $2 for our local branch.

Best wishes, Pat Rehm

February, 2018

Are you believing the weather we are enduring? One day it is 65 and the next day it is 25. Sorry for having to cancel our branch meeting at ROCK, but we were most worried about the weather conditions predicted for January 15, 2018 at night.

Just like weather, organizations also have ups and downs. Fortunately, most of the “ups” for AAUW Georgetown have outweighed the “downs”. The Strategic Planning Task Force (SPTF) met in early January and I am pleased to report that over ¾ of our goals have been met or will be met by Spring. Of the ones remaining unfulfilled, one is totally beyond our area of control – that is the expansion of Girl Start. So instead, the SPTF is suggesting that we develop a goal to work on a project of Start Smart/Work Smart, which was highlighted in Malinda Gaul’s November presentation. If you have an interest in working on this project, which focuses on pay equity for women, please let Marsi know before the March meeting so we can form a subcommittee; hopefully this project can come to fruition during the 18-19 fiscal year.

Speaking of 2018-19, we are in the process of identifying nominating committee members. If you are interested in serving in this capacity (February-March) please let Marsi or Pat know ASAP. Several key positions will be vacant including one co-president, one co-vice president of Programs, 2 co-presidents of Membership and a co-secretary. Please give serious consideration to the possibility of serving in one of these roles for the coming year. We need you!
We also need you to mark your calendars for March 17th and the next Style Show at Berry Creek Country Club. Always FUN and part of our FUNd raising efforts.

Lastly, the AAUW State Convention will take place in April in Houston at the Embassy Suites. We are eager to have representatives from Georgetown attend the conference, April 20-22nd. It promises to be a wonderful opportunity so please check your calendars and let us know if you might want to join sister AAUW members in Houston.

Stay healthy and stay warm and we hope to see you in February.

Marsi

January, 2018

Looking back at branch activities and achievements in the first half of the 2017 to 2018 AAUW fiscal year, I think of well-attended social gatherings in August and December; 13 new or former renewing members since August; outstanding programs at branch meetings; and extraordinary fundraising success. Let me say a special “Thank You!” to all who have planned and participated in branch meetings and special events this summer and fall. Most recently, Polly Herriot opened her home for the Holiday Tea, and 25 “guests” enjoyed her cordial hospitality and lovely holiday decorations, as well as a delicious variety of treats from branch members and lively conversations all around.

Looking ahead, I anticipate meaningful mission-based branch programs and congenial interest groups continuing; new members able to join for the rest of this fiscal year at half price in January, February, and March; an exquisite style show on March 17th; the annual meeting and election in April with special activities; an exciting state convention in Houston, April 20-22, and a congenial “meet and greet” with scholarship winners in May.

Did you know that AAUW has been around longer than the Eiffel Tower, Ferris wheels, radios, and many inventions which we take for granted? One of the rotating boxes at the top of the AAUW Home Page is called “Wish AAUW a Happy Birthday!” and it lists many everyday things not yet invented 136 years ago. I recommend visiting that website page when you have a chance. You will see how the familiar motto, “Empowering women since 1881” can come alive! The website’s photos and articles feature a “showcase” of current photos and articles about AAUW’s programs and policies, and some may be unfamiliar to you.

Following Malinda Gaul’s inspiring presentation at our November 21st branch meeting, the Georgetown Board is considering the possibility of sponsoring a local AAUW Work Start, a salary negotiation training. For information about the workshop, you may consult these links: salary.aauw.org/work-smart and salary.aauw.org/luna. The second link features a video about Gina Rodriguez, a professional boxer, about her on-going fight for women’s equality. Plans to write a grant for sponsorship funds have begun!

Both Marsi and I send our Best Wishes for the New Year,

Pat Rehm

December, 2017
Can you believe it? We are rapidly approaching the end of the calendar year. What a banner half year it has been for AAUW-Georgetown to date. Record-breaking fund raising happened in both the Duck Race and the Garage Sale and 12 new or returning members are added to our roster.

At the November Board Meeting, your Directors voted unanimously to hold our third annual Duck Race. As mentioned above, the event this year netted over $11,000. You will soon receive an email soliciting an opportunity to coordinate this event for next year. Many details will be included in that email but I hope you will give this consideration. Most of this year’s committee have agreed to stay on so it should not be terribly burdensome.

I wanted to share a friendly reminder that our annual Holiday Tea will be held on December 10th from 2-4 PM at the home of Polly Herriott, in Sun City. I hope it is on your calendar and that you plan to join us.

Also a reminder that beginning in January 2018 until March 2018, the State AAUW will match any contribution to the Ann Richards Fund; those individuals contributing $500 or more will receive a lovely “yellow rose” pin and be recognized at the State Convention in April. The State Convention will be held in Houston in 2018 from April 20th-22nd at the Embassy Suites (11730 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079).

Looking forward to 2018, we have some excellent programs planned, and as always, the annual Fashion Show and Purse Auction in March. In early January, the Strategic Planning Task Force will meet to assess our progress on the 2017-18 goals and look for additional ideas. If you have input or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me or to reach out to Pat Rehm.

It seems to me that we are experiencing some extraordinary violence and volatility throughout the country. My wish for all is that a spirit of calm, peace and holiday joy prevail in the coming weeks and close of the year.

Hope to see many of you very soon,

Marsi

November 2017
Our branch fundraising reached two milestones in October, since the profits from both the Duck Race and our booth at the Sun City Garage Sale exceeded our expectations and set new standards! Details of our two events are given in special reports in this issue, but I wish to acknowledge that members’ participation was essential to these successful events – especially because the events were only a week apart. Thank you!

Helen Elkins and the Duck Race committee were preparing and making contacts in the community for many months prior to the sale of tickets and were thorough in their extensive arrangements. Although the Board had approved having a “garage sale” fundraiser this month, the support of many individual members made it successful. We know that our annual contributions to national, state, and local educational projects will be outstanding this year!

Have you heard of AAUW’s “Two-minute Activist Mobile”? It’s new, only introduced this summer. It raises our advocacy ability to a higher level, by allowing AAUW to send more timely and targeted communication straight to your cell phone via text message. It can also connect you by phone directly with your legislators’ offices. If you are interested in this “direct line” from the national Association, simply text the word “AAUW” to phone number 21333 to join “Two Minute Activist Mobile.” [To end this program, merely text “STOP” to 21333.]FYI: This month AAUW will support Latinas’ Equal Pay Day on Novembert the State/branch level.  Last year, AAUW awarded $5000 in scholarships to local senior girls. AAUW is a 501 (c)(3) organization.

FYI: This month AAUW will support Latinas’ Equal Pay Day on November 2nd. Also, on November 9th, the Association will sponsor an online discussion with Winona LaDuke, author of The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice. If interested, go to www.aauw.org for more information and to register.

I look forward to seeing you at the November 20th branch meeting with Malinda Gaul, an active AAUW member and lawyer in San Antonio, who will share her advocacy interests and experiences. As the holiday season begins, I hope that you will have an enjoyable Thanksgiving with family or friends! I am grateful to be a part of the Georgetown Branch!

Best wishes, Pat Rehm

October 2017
Get out your calendars!!

It is officially Duck Race time again. We hope to see many of you at San Gabriel Park on October 14th (11:00am-1:00pm) to cheer on your duck as we race to raise money for our annual scholarships. See Helen Elkins’ DUCK RACE information in this newsletter for more details.

The weekend before, on October 7th, the Georgetown Branch will be participating in the Kiwanis Garage Sale to be held at Sun City. This is always a fun event so be sure to mark your calendar and come out to show your support. It will be held from 8:00 until noon.

October is a very busy month and a precursor to the holiday season. It just seems like time can get away from us as we head into the end of the calendar year, so I wanted to put something on your radar screen. It involves completing the Ann Richards Fund. The State of Texas’ AAUW is offering a special incentive to help meet our ultimate goal of raising $200,000 — to date we are short about $60,000. From January 1st to March 15th the State will match any contribution made by individuals or individual branches. To that end, your board voted on September 12th to make a one time donation of at least $1000 from the branch, designated to the Ann Richards Fund. This will be in lieu of the $15 per member contribution we typically make to National. This contribution will be earmarked to the Ann Richards Fund and matched by the AAUW State of Texas. Of course, individuals may make other personal contributions, also matched by the State if they so choose. Let’s help make this happen.
Finally, most of you probably have received word from AAUW National about the project to reach Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The Secretary appears to be adamant about supporting Charter Schools over Public Schools and of limiting or eliminating far-reaching Title IX impacts; our project initiative is to reach out and convince her that neither of these are good ideas or good for women. If you have any questions, please contact our Public Policy Representative, Mary Kay Pierson.

I hope to see many of you at the Kiwanis Garage Sale on October 7th and/or the Duck Race on October 11th and/or the October Branch meeting on October 16th. Please let us know if you may need a ride.
Marsi

August 2017
Greetings AAUW Members,
You can always tell it’s July in Texas when the weather is in double digits daily, and some days, so is the humidity. I hope you are having a good summer; lots of you had travel plans and maybe you had some respite from the heat as well.

Speaking of plans, the planning meeting held on July 26th generated some amazing goals for AAUW Georgetown this year. Those will be presented to the Board at their first meeting of this fiscal year on August 8th. While all board members are expected to attend, all members are invited as well. We meet every second Tuesday of the month at the Georgetown Library Conference Room on the 2nd floor at 1:30 PM. The room is small so if you plan to attend please notify either Pat Rehm or Marsi so we can make other arrangements.

Our big annual August Membership Coffee will be held on August 26th at Cowan Creek from 10-noon. You are definitely encouraged to join us and to bring a new potential member with you. If, by chance, you have not paid your 2017-18 dues yet, this would be a great opportunity to do so. For this year, dues are $78 which includes dues for Branch, State and National. (The renewal form is on the last page of this newsletter and on the website.)

Another great fundraiser event, the Duck Race, will be held on October 14th, at San Gabriel Park. The Duck Race committee has been hard at work to make this event even more successful than last year’s. Duck Race tickets will go on sale starting August 1st and we really need your help to sell those tickets. Chairwoman Helen Elkins has a lot more to share later in this newsletter, but please do calendar that day and plan to be out at the park to cheer on our “racers”.

See you soon and stay cool.
Marsi Liddell, Co-President