President’s Message – January 2017

I am writing to you during the closing days of 2016. This is a time for reviewing the past year and preparing to face the adventures of 2017. The Fall of 2016 has been an exciting time. The country has faced a contentious presidential election. I would suggest that no matter which side of the coin you identified with, going forward our emphasis should be on what we can do in our community to improve it. To that end, we will be enjoying vital presentations on topics near and dear to a woman’s heart. Our January program on Saturday, the 14th at 10:00 a.m. at the Camano Library, will include 4 women who are also executive directors of local organizations like the Stanwood-Camano Community Resource Center, the Camano Community Center, the Stanwood Food Bank and Safe Harbor. This panel will not only inform us of the…

Our Community & Us

Our Stanwood-Camano branch will try something new in January; we have scheduled a Saturday meeting for January 14 at the lovely Camano Library meeting room beginning at 10:00 a.m. This year’s program themes include presentations about “Our Community & Us”. What better way than to listen and explore some wonderful organizations working hard for the betterment of the areas in which we live? Maybe you’ve thought of doing some volunteering, some physical activity programs, finding a new bookstore for your leisure hours, etc. The Executive Directors, all women, of The Stanwood-Camano Community Resource Center (Christie Connors), The Camano Center (Karla Jacks), the Stanwood Food Bank (Lynn Ayers) and Safe Harbor Free Clinic (Jennifer Shaw) will discuss their organizations’ mission, outreach programs and whether or not volunteering with them is something that might work between you and their group. The…

President’s Message – December 2016

The Holidays are here! This is a time for family and friends and I hope that you will be so privileged as to be able to spend them with both. I sit down to write this message to you just before Thanksgiving in order to give Georgi (who does such a wonderful job with our newsletter) time to edit and send this out as well as spend time with her family. Many of you know that I have lived in several different countries. None of those other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. This holiday is unique to the U.S. and Canada (even if they do celebrate it in October). Because turkeys in those various countries have been difficult to find, our celebration has had to be flexible. We have had large chickens, legs of lamb, pork roasts, hams and the occasional turkey over the years. Neither is the fourth Thursday in…

A Win for Equity…

…and the Opportunity to Support More Such Wins This fall has brought a victory for AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF), which provides financial and organizational support for a select number of sex discrimination cases in the workplace and academia with the potential to provide significant protection for all women. The case of Moshak v. University of Tennessee was successfully settled. Jennifer Moshak, Heather Mason, and Collin Schlosser are former employees of the University of Tennessee’s Women’s Athletic Department. In 2012, they filed suit against the university, alleging sex discrimination and unlawful retaliation. They were forced out of their positions during a university-led merger of the men’s and women’s athletic departments. With the support of AAUW, the plaintiffs won this case. As you decide upon your end-of-year giving, now is a good time to consider donating to The AAUW Fund. This fund…

President’s Message – November 2016

Our AAUW year has gotten off to a rousing start. We have celebrated our Tech Trek girls, visited the latest addition to our community, the new YMCA, and hosted the Candidate’s Forum in conjunction with the Stanwood Camano News. As we prepare for the holidays and all that signifies, we need to be aware of our role in the community. The holidays have traditionally been a time for giving, a time for family and a time for reflection. The AAUW mission is to advance “equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.” As a past educator at both the high school and college levels, the area that attracted me to this organization was the focus on education for women and girls. Whether or not you have been an educator, as a woman you know that you would never have made any headway in your chosen profession…

November Program: Women’s Effect On Our World

On November 10 at 1:00 p.m. we gather at Brookdale Senior Living in Stanwood to hear three topics of interest to women brought to us through three women’s writings. Members Jackie DeFazio and Doris Taylor will review two new books: Rise of the Rocket Girls, by Nathalia Holt, acknowledging the contributions of women to the development of our space program, and Broad Influence, How Women are Changing the Way America Works, by Jay Newton-Small. Then we welcome radio talk show host and author of Energy Matters, Dena Marie, who will share her manual on the world of energy as it pertains to wellness and the importance of self care. Dena will touch on and playfully show us ways of tuning up our energy to achieve more vibrant living. This would be a great meeting to introduce our group to your friends and neighbors. Hope to see…

President’s Message – October

Those of you who have gotten to know me during the four years that I’ve been a member of this chapter have probably heard me say that I’m not a very political animal. If push comes to shove, I identify as an Independent. That means that I try to evaluate each candidate on his or her own merit. In this emotionally charged election year, I need to ask each of you to remember that AAUW is a non-partisan organization. Our main purpose is to advocate for women and girls to advance our positions in education, in society and in the work place. Our AAUW family, just like any other family is composed of people with the full spectrum of biases, perspectives and preferences. I was raised in a family of only two siblings, but even there we both graduated from rival universities. My brother is several years…

Visited the New YMCA Yet?

Kathy Cunningham and Nancy Roberts have arranged an up close and personal tour for our October 13 general meeting. Please join us promptly at 1:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the new Stanwood/Camano YMCA. Craig Chambers of Member Services will be conducting the tour, sharing detailed information about the available activities and programs offered there, and inviting members to join the YMCA family if you’re so inclined. Refreshments and our business meeting will commence at 1:00 p.m. followed by the tour. Bring your checkbook or credit card to begin your membership. If you are a Silver Sneakers cardholder bring that too. There are lots of classes and something will surely interest you. Address for the new facility is 7213 267th Street NW, Stanwood just north of Brookdale Senior Living. Parking available in front of the YMCA…

Candidate Forum October 19th

This election cycle is proving to be more interesting than usual as signified by the candidates and issues we are presented with in November. Prepare yourself, invite your neighbors, be informed, and attend the AAUW and Stanwood-Camano News co-sponsored Candidate Forum on Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 p.m. at Stanwood Middle School. Jackie DeFazio will again grace us as the splendid moderator. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tables will be set up in the atria for candidates to place materials and for talking individually with attendees. I personally love it when so many of our members bring cookies and mingle with attendees. It makes the event a more friendly happening. We have a good line-up of local candidates and quite a few statewide candidates. I am still working to get commitment from several busy candidates who are working out their schedules. I look forward…

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…

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…