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…

$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…

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…

Only 31 Days Left

Do you believe it? Only 31 days left to the scholarship deadline for our branch’s two $4,000 scholarships. The scholarship committee is ready to peruse the applications, references, mission statements and essays. Yippee. We need applicants and are hoping that the applications come flooding into our post office box. Both the Crab Cracker and the Stanwood Camano News have consistently published announcements. These publications, our own website and the Stanwood Camano Community scholarship site are the sources for information and details. In fact, the 2016 application can be obtained at www.aauwsc.org/scholarship and the Stanwood-Camano Community Scholarship site, http://www.s-ccs.org/AAUW_Scholarships.php. All students are encouraged to apply but must be a current resident of the Arlington, Stanwood, or Camano Island area AND/OR be a graduate of Lakewood, Arlington, Stanwood, or Lincoln Hill High Schools. The applicant must have completed at…

I am Alex St. John’s Daughter; He is Wrong About Women in Tech

Norma Mouton found this article on Wired.com and felt it relevant to our group. She adds, ” As background information, Alex St. John, the father of Amilia St. John, the author of the article that follows is one of the creators of the original Microsoft DirectX technology platform. For those of you who don’t speak “technology” (and that includes me), that is an operating platform used with Microsoft Windows Game technology. He began as an online video game developer and publisher and in 2009 became President and CTO of a social networking site with an emphasis on on-line gaming.” “Alex St. John made some unfortunate comments on his blog that his daughter, Amilia, has found necessary to counter if only to protect her own position on women in the technology world. This article lends insight into why there are so few women pursuing careers in…

Meet Our Members, May 2016

A few weeks ago several members filled out questionnaires; below is a sampling… India Nishi, current Book Group Leader, shares her most exhilarating moment was “flying in a small plane and landing”. Her favorite vacation was “going to Spain with my daughter. We also visited Portugal, Morocco, England and Austria. FUN”. Her most proud achievement is “raising my two daughters. They are way smarter and more accomplished than I am”. Her scariest moment was “speaking to several hundred women at a Junior League meeting. Terrifying”. Jo English, past President, chair of our premier Purses with a Purpose, and outgoing VP of Program shares her favorite trip was to Turkey for the Greek and Roman ruins. She is most proud of her children and grandchildren. The scariest thing Jo’s done is “flying in a tiny plane in 50 degree weather from village to village on Alaska’s north slope…

Join Day Trippers to See Malala Yousafzai in July

The Book Group will be taking a field trip to see Malala Yousafzai speak on Sunday, July 24 (time TBD). Tickets are available online at http://uniquelives.com/malala-yousafzai. We will be carpooling, with a possible stop for lunch depending on the time of the event. If you are interested in carpooling, please contact India Nishi…

Book Group

The Book Group is open to all members. Books are available through Sno-Isle Libraries or can be purchased at the Snow Goose Bookstore & Frames at a 10% discount. Join us for lively conversation if you’ve read the book or if you just want to come join the discussion. May WHAT:      The Winemaker’s Daughter by Timothy Egan WHEN:      Monday, May 2, 2016, 2:00 p.m. WHERE:     Gay Campbell’s Home From the Pulitzer Prize-winning “New York Times” journalist comes a stunning first novel–a tale of tradition and treachery set amid a magical landscape in the Pacific Northwest and the ancient Barolo vineyards of Italy. June WHAT: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin WHEN: Monday, June 6, 2016, 2:00 p.m. WHERE: Norma Mouton’s Home At the turn of the 20th century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a…

Fun Times at the Mouton’s

Thank you to Norma and Jay Mouton for hosting an evening get together of members and their spouses/guests on April 16. A good crowd showed up to share and enjoy appetizers, beverages and lively conversation…

Meeting Minutes April 14, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. at the Camano Island Library by President Cheryl Gruger. Joyce Leak introduced her guests, AnnMarie Hall and Melanie Sobotta. Joan Pang introduced our speaker, Mary Bredereck, Director of the new Y. She spoke of her background in becoming involved with the Y and what a Y will bring to our community – and not just a “swim and gym.” This $23.2 million facility is scheduled to open in early September and will have a staff of 140, mostly part time. Mary stressed the programming aspect of the Y with children, teens, adults and seniors all being targeted. The business meeting began at 1:50 p.m. Jackie DeFazio made a motion to approve the minutes of the March general meeting. This motion was seconded by May Palmer and approved by all. President Cheryl Gruger thanked Jo English for updating…

Message from the President

Spring has sprung! Cherry blossoms are open, forsythia is blooming, trees are budding, and we will soon see the fruits of our labors by giving two college scholarships, recognizing high school girls STEM achievements, and naming Tech Trek recipients. It’s an exciting time of year for us! Our March speaker, Deborah Knight, Stanwood’s City Administrator, was excellent and provided many answers to our questions about the city’s development and operations. This month we will learn about the new YMCA and have an opportunity to try the new conference room at the Camano Island Library. Remember that wonderful Purses with Purpose luncheon and auction we had this past October? Remember the fun being together volunteering to make the event a big success? Remember the excitement seeing all those purses displayed, watching the auctioneer work the crowd, and the bidding that went on? The previous committee has recommended that…

Applications Now Available for 2016 Scholarships

Scholarship Season is now underway. Due to the fantastic outcome of the Purses with Purpose our branch will award two $4,000 scholarships in June. All students are encouraged to apply but must be a current resident of the Arlington, Stanwood, or Camano Island area AND/OR be a graduate of Lakewood, Arlington, Stanwood, or Lincoln Hill High Schools. The applicant must have completed at least 2 years of study at an accredited college or university by June 2016 and have verifiable plans to continue upper-division or master’s level post-graduate work at an accredited 4-year college or university in the fall of 2016. Download the application. All submissions must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The Scholarship Committee will present the 2 Award Winners at our June Members Meeting. Committee members include: Leslie Gitomer, Kathy Cunningham, Joanne Drewson, Mary Raymond and Anne Milton…

More “Herstory” About AAUW…

Because several folks commented that they enjoyed learning a bit about AAUW’s history (or should we say herstory?), I thought I’d share a bit more of our past accomplishments in the hope that the more we know about AAUW, the more we will want to make our own contributions to AAUW’s future—through financial support perhaps or, equally important, through individual actions. So, picking up from where we left off last month: 1907—AAUW (or the Association for Collegiate Alumnae as it was known then) celebrated its 25th anniversary with 3,639 members and 36 branches, quite a leap from the original 17 founding members. 1917—The first international fellowship was awarded even as the first American troops arrived in Europe, where WW 1 had begun in 1914. 1920—Members raised $156,413 toward the purchase of one gram of radium for Professor Marie Curie’s research…