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February 2016

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Happy Approaching Spring!

The days are now getting noticeably longer and we are experiencing warm weather between cold snaps. This past weekend was beautiful, the days were pleasant and sunny with the nights and mornings quite chilly. It provides us hope for prolonged spring-like weather.  It also renews our spirit and energizes our commitment to advance equity for women and girls in our community.

Our February luncheon program on Title IX provided an awareness of efforts in the community to provide women and girls equal access to opportunities that their male counterparts have long enjoyed. Awareness is the first step, action is the next step.

Our Public Policy Committee has taken the priorities identified by our membership, Title IX and Equal Pay, and are implementing strategies that will advance equal opportunities and equal compensation for equal work. In addition to working with the schools in the area to provide Title IX information, committee members are encouraging schools to make Title IX compliance a priority.

Plans are underway for our Branch to host a Pay Equity Event, April 12, 2016, on the campus of DSU.  At the event, attention to the status and reality of pay inequity will be presented along with a discussion of strategies to improve the situation in the St. George area and in the state. I encourage you to take an active part in the April 12th event.

Our upcoming March 5th eSMART Fashion Show fundraiser is another opportunity to further our mission. Proceeds from the luncheon support our summer STEM Camp - where girls in the area get to explore science, technology,  engineering and math. The camp experience also encourages girls to complete college and to aspire to STEM careers where women are underrepresented. The fashion show also allows us to strengthen our connections with like-minded individuals who want to make a difference for girls in our community. Please join me on March 5th for an enjoyable lunch and fashion show a at the Fishrock Grille.

Enjoy the approaching spring season. It is the most significant of the changing seasons for it denotes the start of new life, regeneration of nature and the renewal of the spirit. We need to take pride in knowing that we are making a difference.

Donna Howell

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Black History Month: Shirley Jackson

Some of the Telecommunication Technology developed by Dr. Shirley Jackson include portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting.

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Membership: Lynne & Nelda are "this close" to having all of our records sync with National. It's been a heckuva job! Membership is +/- 140, includes affiliates and two men.

Resource Development: is encouraging members to buy tickets for the Fashion Show. There are approximately 20 tickets left at $35 each. Click here to buy online.

Communications: A recommendation was made to include AAUW St. George branding on our eSMART logo to make it clear it is a Branch program. The Board voted unanimously to do this.

Finance/Budget: Mary Hatch and Natalie Balogh are developing budgets for our programs and projects.

Nominating Committee: Past-President Marianne Sorensen is putting together the slate of officers for the 2016-17 season. Our Board and Committee positions are for two years with each year someone coming off a position, another staying and new person joins. If you are interested in serving our Branch please get in touch with Marianne: MSorensen@joneswaldo.com

Scholarship/Mentor: Applications are being accepted now through March 4. A Mentor get-together was held on January 23.

TechSavvy: is March 19. Contact Robyn Boudreau about volunteer opportunities: rjbnuc@gmail.com

eSMART Camp: Registration is officially open. Bonnie Boling has begun recruitment starting with Hilldale and Kanab.

Save the Date: March 19, 2016 AAUW St. George TechSavvy Day Mrch 19, 2016

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The warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and Dementia are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts. During this presentation Gerontology Specialist Anita Stiens will separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer's Dementia in America.

  • Find out how to tell the difference between Alzheimer's and typical aging

  • Steps to take if you recognize a warning sign in yourself or someone you know

  • The process to receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis

  • Why early detection is crucial

  • Tips to keep your brain healthy

  • Resources available for assistance

An RN and Professional Geriatric Case Mgr., Anita spent her 48 year nursing career dedicated to caring for seniors and geriatric clients. Her work has involved teaching and training medical professionals in Ethics, Quality Compliance and Performance Improvement. Anita currently volunteers for the Alzheimers Association to help increase concern and awareness about the disease. Click here to make your reservation today!

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AAUW St. G Feb 2016 Luncheon: Drs. Jeannette & Donald Johnson
Drs. Jeannette & Douglas Johnson (l) getting their Doctorates from Northwestern and (r) today.

Title IX -- it's not just a "girl thing:"

  • Protects all women & men, girls & boys, staff & students in any educational institution or program receiving federal funds –from discrimination on the basis of sex.

  • Prohibits sex discrimination in employment, for school staff and students.

  • Requires schools provide male & female students with equal opportunities to participate in athletics.

  • Does not set quotas or demand equal funding for different sports.

That's the overview, Jeanette Johnson filled in the background and then brought in our guest panelists to talk specifics. How they're involved in Title IX (sports, compliance, advocacy, training, etc.), why it matters and their own experiences with Title IX. We could have easily had one luncheon program per panelist! Click here for Jeannette's presentation.

AAUW St. G Feb 2016 Luncheon: Title IX Panelists

Karen Bess: (top left) Director Student Services, Washington County School District; Mo Eckroth: (top right) Sr. Associate Athletic Director/Sr. Women’s Administrator/Compliance, Dixie State University; Cindy Cole, JD: (bottom right) Title IX & Clery Act Compliance Director, Dixie State University;  Jeffrey J McKenna: (bottom left) Attorney at Law, Partner at Barney, McKenna & Olmstead PC; Coach for Snow Canyon H.S. Women’s Soccer Team

More pictures from the lunch: AAUW St. G Feb 2016 Luncheon: Scholarship

AAUW St. G Feb 2016 Luncheon: Babies to babes

AAUW St. G Feb 2016 Luncheon: Twosies

AAUW St. G Feb 2016 Luncheon: Three and more

Photos by Daphne Selbert

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Volunteers needed for the Fashion Show, Saturday March 5, 2016 at The Ledges. Helpers and donations for the live and silent auctions as well as opportunity drawings. Please contact Marcia Burchstead ASAP to giver her hand with this event: 435-275-7818 or email Marcia. Tickets are $35 and are on sale now.


Seeking a Newsletter Editor. Position is available immediately. You can work with the current Editor if you'd like an assist or just take it over and run with it! Contact communications@aauw-stgeorge.org today!

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AAUW St. George Mentor Luncheon: Blackwell, Howell, Bowler
l-r Jane Blackwell, Donna Howell, Kimberly Bowler

Jane Blackwell planned and hosted a mentor luncheon January 23, 2016 at the DiFiore Center to strengthen the bonds with our Mentees -- let them know we've got their back. Networking and potential careers and income potential were discussed.

AAUW St. George Mentor Luncheon: Bowler, Venegas, Hapster
Top-R: Kimberly Bowler, Norma Venegas, Jessica Russell, Kayley Hopster

AAUW St. George Mentor Luncheon: All

AAUW St. George Mentor Luncheon: Selbert, Bowler
Daphne Selbert (l), Kimberly Bowler, (r)

AAUW St. George Mentor Luncheon: Cake
Cake :-)

Photos by Daphne Selbert.

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The Utah Women Artist Exhibit (UWAE) opens March 10th at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City. This beautiful event brings together works of Utah Women Artists from the entire state. This juried, biennial event was started by AAUW members in 1982.

UWAE: Utah Women's Art Exhibit

AAUW of Utah and the AAUW branches staff the Exhibition committee. The Exhibition is independently funded by the UWAE trust through donations from the public and private sectors, including individual donations from AAUW members. Donations cover the cost of the show's juror, publicity and show catalog publishing. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Click here for a donation form. 

Gloria Prahl and Pam Wooten are attending the opening reception, March 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 and would love to have any and all SGB members that are interested join them!

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Congratulations to Dr. Erin O'Brien appointed Chair of the Biology department at DSU....Recently released from the hospital after a bout of pneumonia Sherma Bishop would appreciate funny cards and notes: 4503 Cold River Dr., St. George, UT 84790.

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Black History Month: Marie Van Brittan

Marie Van Brittan Brown invented CCTV because of the slow response of police officers in 1969 to help people ensure their own security. This invention influenced modern CCTV systems used for home security and police work today.

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Calendar items will run until the event has occurred. Please submit your event by the 7th of the month you want the notice to start. No forms - just send a regular email message with your information in the message itself or as an attached document. Send to: lysa@riverroad-productions.com

February 18, 2016

Uppity Women

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hostess: Shannon Andersen
574 W Poppy Hills Cir.

Take exit 2 and head right down SunRiver Parkway. Turn right on Ironwood. Immediate right on Poppy Hills. Look for blue pots on either side of garage
RSVP: Appreciated but not necessary. Cell: 801-201-7507
Cost: $0.00 (Bottle of wine and/or small appetizer welcome.)

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March 5, 2016

eSMART Fashion Show

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Ledges
Cost: $35 On sale now!
Contact: Marcia Burchstead: 435-275-7818 or email

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March 7, 2016

Branch Luncheon

Date: Monday, March 7, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriot
Cost: $16  Click here to reserve now.

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March 19, 2016


Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Where: DSU
Contact: Rachel Ramsay ramsay@dixie.edu
Erin O'Brien obrien@dixie.edu

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April 4, 2016

Branch Luncheon

Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: New Promise Church
Cost: Potluck; Donations accepted for LAF-EOF

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April 12, 2016

Support Pay Equity

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: TBD
Where: DSU
Contact: Gloria Prahl

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May 2, 2016

Branch Luncheon

Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriot
Cost: $16

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News / Announcements

President's Message

Board Briefs

Tackling Title IX

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Mentor Luncheon


Members Matter

Events Calendar


Luncheon Schedule

Board Meetings


Good Stuff


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The St. George Branch Program and Membership Meeting Luncheons are held on the first or second Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, located at 185 S 1470 E, St. George, UT 84790.

Lunch is $16.00 per plate and features educational speakers that are of interest to our membership.

11:00 a.m.
Doors Open

11:30 a.m.
Lunch is Served

 11:45 a.m.
Meeting Begins

12:00 p.m.
Program Starts

1:00 p.m.
Luncheon Over

September 14, 2015
 October 5, 2015
 November 9, 2015
 December 7, 2015
January 4, 2016
 February 1, 2016
 March 7, 2016
 April 4, 2016
May 2, 2016


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June 27 - July 1, 2016

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Board Meetings are held at the DiFiore Center starting 4 p.m.

July 13, 2015
August 10, 2015
September 21, 2015
 October 12, 2015
 November 16, 2015
December 14, 2015
 January 11, 2016
 February 8, 2016
 March 14, 2016
 April 11, 2016
May 9, 2016
June 13, 2016

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Us In The News

The Spectrum
Advocates Press for Equal Pay in Utah

St. George News
AAUW Fashion Show Helps Fund STEM Camp

The Spectrum
AAUW Fashion Show Helps Fund Stem Camp for Area Girls

Fashion Show Will Help Fund Stem Camp for Area Girls

Our Mission

Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Our Principles

Our actions reflect our mission and are ethical, honest and professional.


We challenge our thinking on contemporary issues through stimulating discussions and activities


We foster an environment built on respect, a value for diversity of opinion, and a belief that members approach issues with good intentions.


We resolve issues face-to-face whenever possible, avoiding triangulation.


When conflicts surface, we seek resolutions rather than blame and ask for assistance if needed.


We hold each other responsible & accountable for exemplifying our guiding principles and fulfilling our individual responsibilities.


We support board decisions and each other and celebrate our unique gifts.





Donna Howell, President AAUW St George Branch

Donna Howell


VP/President Elect AAUW St George Branch

Lysa McCarroll

Co-Vice Presidents Programs

Kayla Koeber Co-VP Programs AAUW St George Branch

Kayla Koeber

Angela Thoburn  Co-VP Programs AAUW St George Branch

Angela Thoburn

Co-Vice Presidents Membership

Lynne Carlquist Co-VP Membership

Lynne Carlquist


Nelda Kissinger

Co-Vice Presidents Finance

Mary Hatch Co-VP Finance AAUW St George Branch

Mary Hatch

Natalie Balogh  Co-VP Finance AAUW St George Branch

Natalie Balogh

Co-Vice Presidents Resource Development

Kay Ackerman  Co-VP Resource Development AAUW St George Branch

Kay Ackerman

Karla Bergeson  Co-VP Resource Development AAUW St George Branch

Karla Bergeson


Vicki Jennings Co-Secretary AAUW St George Branch

Vicki Jennings

Jude Rhodes  Co-Secretary AAUW St George Branch

Jude Rhodes

Co-Vice Presidents Communications

Lysa McCarroll

Dawn McLain


Past President /
Nominating Chair

Marianne Sorensen  Past President AAUW St George Branch

Marianne Sorensen

Project Managers

Corresponding Secretary

Lolita Hagio
Phone: 652-3012

Newsletter Editor

Lysa McCarroll

Website/Social Media



Lysa McCarroll

Branch Photographer

Daphne Selbert


Nan Bujold


eSMART / TechSavvy

Erin O'Brien

Rachel Ramsay

Great Decisions

Carol Sawaya


Jane Blackwell

Public Policy LAF/EOF

Gloria Prahl

Reality Store

Vicki Jennings


Shannon Andersen

Pat Dalpiaz


Donna Howell

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Good Stuff

Video: How Does It Feel To Be a Problem


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Salt Lake City

St. George


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02-01 Marianne Sorensen
02-04 Kay Ackerman
02-08 Deborah Decker
02-11 Angela Thoburn
02-15 Rachel Ramsay
02-19 Bonnie Boling
02-19 Martha Heuer
02-20 Terry Ogborn
02-26 Cindy Smith
02-27 Ashley Gilreath


03-16 Linda Timmins


04-05 Jillian Wyson
04-07 Jo Davis
04-11 Joan Eggert
04-13 Barbara Mathison
04-15 Celece Seegmiller
04-19Teri Koenig
04-25 Jeannette Johnson
04-25 Barbara Rose
04-29 Vicky Pickett

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Mailing Address

AAUW - St. George Branch
P.O. Box 790
St. George, Utah 84771


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You have to push forward."

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