Scholarship Season is Under Way

The Scholarship Season is now under way. Our AAUW Stanwood Camano Branch, due to the fantastic outcomes of the Purse Auction 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 2017 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 2017. The 2017 application can be obtained through our own website, www.aauwsc.org/scholarship and the Stanwood-Camano Community Scholarship site, http://www.s-ccs.org/AAUW_Scholarships.php. All submissions must be postmarked on or before Monday, May 15…

2017 Scholarship Is Open

March 1, 2017 marked the beginning of the Stanwood-Camano AAUW Scholarship season. For additional information see our Outreach/Scholarship page at Scholarship or 2017 Scholarship Application. Applications and supporting documents are due May 15, 2017. Good luck…

March Program: Human Trafficking

Please join us March 9, at 2:00 p.m., Camano Island Library, for a distinctive program by Lynda Buehring and an agent and task force officer/detective from Homeland Security and the Seattle Police Department. Their topic is “Forging Community Relationships to Combat Human Trafficking,” bringing awareness to this huge and complex topic, from defining human trafficking indicators to demonstrating how local and global agencies intersect to combat these acts. Lynda retired after 32 years with the federal government and ended her career as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security assigned to oversee the Human Trafficking Unit in Seattle. She also served on the first Washington State Human Trafficking Task Force organized to assist in writing legislation on human trafficking. In 2003, Washington became the first state to pass a law criminalizing human trafficking. Lynda is a member of the Stanwood/Camano Island AAUW…

President’s Message for March 2017

Those of you who were able to attend the February general meeting were treated to a very complete discussion on pay and gender equity. Coming up at the Thursday, March 9 meeting the topic is Human Trafficking. The meeting starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Camano Island Library. When most of us think of Human Trafficking, we usually see it as limited to sex trafficking. At our next general meeting we will learn that Human Trafficking encompasses much more than merely sex trafficking. This problem is often seen as something that occurs in distant places to people we don’t know. This presentation will bring the problem home. Human Trafficking can occur in our own backyard. I sincerely hope that you all will be able to join us. As the final days of winter hail the approach of Spring, most of us are ready to see the temperatures…

February 18 – “Women in the Workplace”

Eileen Baratucci, noted litigator, investigator, EEOC mediator and Puget Sound based arbitrator specializing in labor and employment issues, will be the guest speaker at AAUW Stanwood-Camano’s Saturday, February 18 meeting. An active member of the bar with over 25 years experience practicing law, conducting training programs and independent workplace investigations for the City of Seattle, Ms. Baratucci now maintains her law practice in Port Townsend, continuing her workplace investigations and recommendations, working with small businesses and non-profits on various labor and employment matters. The meeting which is open to the public, begins at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, in the Camano Island Library Meeting Room. Eileen will address such timely topics as: *Understanding the Gender Pay Gap, * Does the Glass Ceiling Still Exist?, *Juggling the Impacts of Family & Career, *the Equal Rights Amendment and Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and *Challenges for Women in Leadership…

President’s Message – February 2016

Our year got off to a good start in January. The panel presented us with many possibilities for service in our community that we had not necessarily considered. In February, we will focus on the community of women and girls. Our speaker, Eileen Baratuci, will present “Women in the Work Place” covering topics like the pay gap, the glass ceiling, family and career, the Equal Rights Amendment and Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, challenges for women in high-tech and women in leadership. These are timely topics that our entire community can benefit. Eileen is a lawyer whose practice has centered on labor and employment law. She has served as an investigator for all City of Seattle Departments as well as an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediator and neutral arbitrator for over 25 years. Eileen is an active member of the Port Townsend branch of AAUW and served as Vice…

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…

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…

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…