President’s Message

I begin by telling you all how very honored I am to be serving as your President for 2016-17. Like most of you, I spent this summer enjoying family and friends but began getting my head back in the game in early August. For the past two years, the focus has been on increasing membership. In 2014-15, Anne Milton as our president set our membership goal at 75. While we have had a slight increase this past year, we’re not quite there yet. We need the help of each and every member to achieve this goal and surpass it. At the AAUW Summer Workshop that Nancy Roberts and I recently attended in Ellensburg, membership and leadership were two of the overarching topics. I had the opportunity to speak with representatives from the Port Townsend Branch and put it to them directly how it was that their annual…

2016 Scholarship Recipients

On June 26 at our final meeting for the 2015/2016 year, our branch awarded two $4,000 scholarships to Erin Manhardt and Courtney Bomgardner. We are thankful to Joan Pang for providing her lovely home and ambiance for an enjoyable and rewarding celebration. A 2011 Stanwood High School graduate, Erin graduated from WSU in 2015 and is pursuing a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling at Western Washington University. Erin works in the neurology unit at Children’s Hospital , specializing in traumatic brain injury. For two years, she was a research assistant at the UW Traumatic Brain Injury Model system. She is scheduled to graduate in May, 2017. Courtney Bomgardner is a 2013 Stanwood High School graduate and is pursuing a B.S. degree in Business Administration at WSU. At WSU, Courtney is a student ambassador in the Carson College of Business, Chair of her Delta Sigma Pi Business…

Message from the President

Where has the year gone? It has flown by with some wonderful memories to look back on. As I get ready to turn over the gavel to Norma Mouton I remember foremost our very successful PWP event. I also remember the wonderful programs that Jo English and Joan Pang put together for us: Member Cindy Smith speaking and providing handouts on the importance of having a medical advocate, Kristine Kaufman supplying us with reviews on current books to read or gift, our special holiday luncheon at Cama Beach, dynamic speaker Liz Vivian from Women’s Funding Alliance, Bev Pronishan telling us of all the great things SCAF is doing for the community, learning about long-term plans for Stanwood from Deborah Knight the City Administrator, and Mary Bredereck enthusiastically giving us an update on the new YMCA. Last month Helen Smith with help from Leslie Gitomer, Lucy Armstrong and Jo…

$83 is Due Now

Please take care of paying your dues by mid-June so Terry can submit before the new membership year begins. Dues total is $83.00: $49 goes to National, $10 to State and $24 to our branch. Of this amount $46 is tax deductible. Either mail the check to Terry to our Post Office Box 2652, Stanwood, 98292. &nbsp…

More women graduates, but…

… limited paths to success. Although women are still behind in getting paychecks equal to those of their male counterparts, the data on higher education seems to point to a future of “no excuses” for not being able to find a woman as qualified as a man for almost any job. This year 33 percent more women than men will graduate from college. In 2012, there were 5.5 million college educated women in the United States between the ages of 22 and 29 versus 4.1 million male college graduates in the same age range. We can hope having this many highly-educated women in our country will change the balance of power, but we have a long way to go. According to the recently-released AAUW Barriers and Bias report only 5 percent of the companies in the Standard and Poor’s 500 index had female chief executive…

AAUW Awards $3.7 million in 2016-17 Fellowships & Grants

In April, AAUW announced it would be awarding more than $3.7 million in funding for fellows and grantees in the 2016–17 award year! “This exceptional group of recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls,” states AAUW’s website. For more than 125 years, AAUW has been a leading source of funding for graduate women, providing more than $100 million (!) in fellowships and grants to more than 12,000 women and nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world. Each year the Stanwood-Camano Branch contributes to this amazing effort by donating funds raised through successful branch projects like “Purses with Purpose”. The 2016–17 award year kicks off on July 1, 2016, with the release of the updated Fellowships and Grants Directory, where we can find out more about the remarkable women and organizations from our area. To…

High School STEM Scholar Recognition

High School STEM Scholars recognized May 12, 2016 Back row: Marina Hutchinson (SHS), Teagan Miller (SHS), Daryan Freeman (LHS), Abigail Graf (LHS), Jenna Melton (LHS), Aysia Brenner (AHS) Front Row: Brooke VanSant (SHS), Emily Mann (AHS), Jaynee Dauz (AHS), Elizabeth Burnam (AHS…

Tech Trek Bound

We had a wonderful event the evening of May 12, 2016 to celebrate the High School STEM scholars and the 2016 Tech Trek campers. The Tech Trek Campers were chosen based on their excellent essays, teacher recommendations and panel interviews. It was such a pleasure to see them and they are all exited that they were selected to attend camp this year. Pictured from left to right: Lily Monty, Katie Koster, Aspyn Visser, Taylor Martin and Kenya Ibarra-Perez. Lily Monty, Katie Koster, Aspyn Visser, Taylor Martin and Kenya Ibarra-Perez will attend this year. Lily and Katie are from Stanwood Middle School and Taylor and Kenya are from Port Susan Middle School. Taylor Martin was chosen as the Betty McCadden Honoree to attend camp this year in memory of Betty McCadden, the former Tech Trek coordinator for our AAUW branch that passed away in late fall. Betty’s partner…

Meet Our Members

A few weeks ago several members filled out questionnaires; below is a sampling… Karen Van Lier, a past branch Treasurer, shares her favorite vacation—”river cruising with a casual atmosphere, no hotels, small group of travelers, and good food”. Her most proud achievement was “marrying the right man”. The scariest thing she ever experienced was “breaking my neck”. Gay Campbell shares what she believes would surprise us—she owns farmland in the Midwest. Her favorite vacation was taking her 20 year old grandsons on a small boat adventure down the Amazon and Costa Rica. Her most proud achievement was “helping school districts all over the country get voter approval for more than $1 billion for kids’ programs and buildings”. Gay’s scariest experience was speaking to very large audiences when she was president of a national organization. She was exhilarated seeing kids going to decent schools when they had…

Book Group

The Book Group is open to all members. Books are available through Sno-Isle Libraries. Join us for lively conversation if you’ve read the book or if you just want to come join the discussion. June WHAT:      The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin WHEN:      Monday, June 6, 2016, 2:00 p.m. WHERE:     Norma Mouton’s Home, 853 Cambell Dr., Camano Island 281-703-6198 A gentle solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots. Then two feral, pregnant girls and armed gunmen set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past. July WHAT: Dancer in the Dust by Thomas Cook WHEN: Monday, July 11, 2016, 2:00 p.m. WHERE: Susan Blake’s Home, 30 Edgewater Dr., Camano Island 360-387-8489 Ray Campbell, a former aid worker who was stationed Africa twenty years earlier, is…

Minutes for May 12, 2016

Following the High School STEM Scholars and Tech Trek reception, the May general meeting was called to order by President Cheryl Gruger at 8:20 p.m. at the Stanwood United Methodist Church. Laura Lewis made a motion to approve the April general meeting minutes as they appeared in the newsletter. The motion was seconded by Nancy Roberts and approved by all. Cheryl reminded members that dues are due. Cheryl announced that we now have co-chairs for next year’s PWP, Jackie DeFazio and Gay Campbell. The following events will be included at the June 26 meeting: Scholarship Awards Tea Branch 80th Anniversary Celebration Vote on slate of officers: Norma Mouton-President, (open) President-Elect, Martha Huyler-VP Finance, India Nishi-VP Finance-Elect, Mary Raymond-Secretary, Susan Blake-VP Membership, Valerie Spagnolo- Membership Assistant, Kathy Cunningham-VP Programs, Nancy Roberts- Programs Assistant Vote on operating budget Cheryl mentioned…

Message from the President, May 2016

I can’t believe my tenure as your President is coming to a close in just a couple of months. The year has gone by very quickly. I have appreciated the opportunity to get to know, work with and learn from the wonderful women in our branch. It has helped me improve my speaking and organizational skills. It has allowed me to work with others and feel a part of our very rewarding efforts and achievements. I especially enjoyed what we accomplished at the Purses With Purpose fundraiser. Watching all of us work so hard to raise the money for our scholarships and Tech Trek was a highlight for me, and it will be for the next President-Elect. That’s my segue to our need for a President-Elect! The nominating committee led by Julie Maxwell with help from Susan Blake worked very hard to find a member to…

Save the Date for May-June 2016

Please take note of the following meeting dates and events.  All members are invited to board meetings, general meetings are open to guests and interested prospective members. Contact us for more information. May 5th 9:00 a.m. May Board Meeting Cheryl Gruger’s Home ***** May 12th 7:00 p.m. General Meeting Stanwood United Methodist Church 27128 102nd Dr. NW, Stanwood Program: High School STEM Scholar Recognition Reception June 2nd 9:00 a.m. June Board Meeting Cheryl Gruger’s Home ***** June 26th 2:00 p.m. Election of Officers & Scholarship Recipient Tea Joan Pang’s Home   &nbsp…

Statues of Women in Leadership

On March 30, a group of us gathered to watch the release of AAUW’s newest piece of research, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, examining the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education suggesting what we can do to change the status quo. Earlier that day, AAUW Board Chair Patricia Fae Ho and AAUW CEO Linda D. Hallman rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the release of that report and AAUW’s long history of developing and supporting women leaders. Funded by donations to the AAUW Fund, the report reviews the continuingly grim statistics about the gender leadership gap, examines the impacts of such factors as persistent sex discrimination, caregiving, lack of effective mentors and networks, stereotypes, and implicit bias, provides an overview of strategies that are helping to narrow the gap, and then…

Is 19 Years Long Enough?

During April, the efforts of AAUW national staff, local chapters and other advocates paid off in a lot of publicity for Equal Pay Day. A group of women near Seattle had a bake sale at which they charged men more in proportion to the amount of money men earn for doing the same job as women. One AAUW chapter delivered cookies to several businesses with a bite equaling one third missing from each cookie along with the message that this is what most women get every time they get a pay check. Increased attention came the next day when the national women’s soccer team filed a suit for equal pay with male soccer team members. These women get a fraction of the pay given to their male counterparts even though the women have won an international championship and brought more revenue into the association than the men players. The…