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April 2016

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May 2015 AAUW Luncheon: Scholarship Awardees
2015 Scholarship winners from L-R: Kayley Hopster, Jay'Lee Stratton, Samantha Matthis, Norma Venegas, Monica Miner, Suzette Rawlings, Kaitlynn Hanberg, Lauralyn VanWagoner, Hiqmat Onifade, Jessica Russell, Karina Loeza, Kimberly Bowler Photo by: Daphne Selbert

I am very excited about our upcoming Scholarship Luncheon. It is our most popular event and so effectively supports our mission to advance equity for women through education and philanthropy. As a result of a very successful Gala in October, we will be awarding scholarships to 34 impressive women.

The Scholarship Luncheon is very special to our members because it exemplifies our commitment to making a difference in the lives of women and girls. As individuals and as an organization we profoundly believe in the power of education to enhance the lives of women and families, and the social fiber of communities. The luncheon program evokes emotions that include pride in being part of the collective effort to make a difference, satisfaction in supporting the scholarship program, joy in honoring the memory of a loved one, or special individuals in our lives, and the pleasure of giving back to our community.

This year has been memorable. Through the leadership of our Scholarship and Gala Chairpersons, and the many volunteer hours of their committees, our scholarship program has grown. Our success could have only been accomplished through the generous contribution of time and talent of all involved.

In addition to recognizing our scholarship recipients, we will be acknowledging our outgoing and incoming Board Members and Committee Chairs and presenting the AAUW St. George Branch 2016 Distinguished Woman Award. I will have the honor of announcing this year’s recipient at the luncheon. Our 2016 recipient exemplifies a commitment to women’s equity, advancement and education.

A warm and heartfelt thank you to all of you for making this year an incredible success.

Donna Howell

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AAUW St. G: Lunch-n-Learn: Pay Equity Public  Policy Committee
Gloria Prahl, front. Back row l-r: Kay Ackerman, Colette Thomas, Vicki Jennings, Rosemary Hargrove, Bonnie Boling, Sandy Ghio

Our Public Policy Committee hosted their first "Lunch-n-Learn" on April 12 at the Social Hall. The topic: Pay Equity in Utah and the U.S. or as The Spectrum said: "Utah Women Voice Frustrations on Equal Pay Day."  Committee Chair Gloria Prahl submitted this account:

"Our speaker, Mary Ann Holladay, a member of our branch, came from SLC fully prepared with a presentation that has been described as educational, fantastic, humorous, and just plain wonderful. Thank you Mary Ann. The food was prepared by branch members, some were committee members and other volunteers. It was delicious ....with many people requesting a repeat next year. We had an attendance of about 60 people.

Pay Equity: Mary Ann Holladay, Beverly Hill

Mary Ann Holladay (l), Beverly Hill (r)

"The second event, an Un-Happy Hour was held at Xetava Cafe from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  We had 60 or more in attendance. This time, they had to pay for their food and drinks.

Pam Wootten, Hazel Janet Millerberg

"The owner, Greg Federman, not only let us use his Cafe, but also donated 20% of the money to AAUW St. George, a sum of $200. Everyone seemed to enjoy the Un-Happy hour! So much so that we had to ask a large group to leave close to 7:00 p.m. so the staff could clean up and go home to their families. Greg is planning on our doing it again next year. Thanks to all who were involved, especially to one of the best committees I have ever worked with."

Gloria Prahl

More pictures by Daphne Selbert are here.

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Join or renew now for membership that starts July 1, 2016 and runs to June 30, 2017. We ask if you are thinking of paying National directly that you do not. There were a significant number of issues having payment processed through them last year -- which included us not receiving notification and therefore not knowing you're a member! Due to an increase in state fees full membership (National, State and Branch) is $80. Affiliate is $18 and Scholarship Recipient Branch membership is $10.

Please use the online form -- to renew or join -- even if you plan on paying by check.

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eSMART Camp is just around the corner! Vicki Jennings is setting up an online volunteer system that includes scheduling and timely email notifications. This will be incredibly useful for this year since we are trying out a one, five-day camp instead of two shorter sessions. Please let Vicki, Erin or Robyn know that you're willing and available to help out with eSMART.

Click here  for a copy of the flyer to share!

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Despite a change of dates for TechSavvy the day-long event was a success! Big thanks to Erin, Robyn and Rachel for taking charge and all of the volunteers who made it happen.

AAUW St. George TechSavvy Day Mrch 19, 2016

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Queen for the Day Sherma BishopWe bid a joyful-sad farewell to our oldest member, and Queen for the Day, Sherma Bishop during our April luncheon. Sherma is relocating to Columbus, OH to be near family...Our heartfelt condolences to Dorothy Engelman for the loss of her mother Gladys Hughes.... Lolita Hagio checked in with  Annette Basso after hearing the news of the earthquake in Equador. This is what Annette had to say "We are fine. The Andes didn't have any destruction or fatalities, all the damage was on the coast. And, it is DEVASTATING!!! I'm trying to put together a fund for people in Utah and the Utah Rotary District to contribute to. The people who are the hardest hit here in Ecuador are the poorest and need the help the most. Because of the decline in oil prices, Ecuador is suffering from a lack of government $$$. I'm going to work with Bev Christy to see what we can do together to hole here. Thanks for your concern. I really appreciate all of the emails and messages from my St George friends who are concerned!!! Let people know that we are fine."

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"Save the Date" for the 2016 State Convention
 and Annual Meeting!

Join us at the AAUW State Convention to move our organization "full steam ahead." Hosted by AAUW Salt Lake City Branch April 29th & 30th at the  Cottonwood Country Club in Holladay, Utah 84117. There will be informative workshops and a Science, Technology, Engineering, + Arts & Math (STEAM) panel presentation. STEAM embraces the idea of broadening our focus to include the arts.

April 29th
5:30-7:00 pm - Leadership Workshop with Melodía Gutiérrez, AAUW Field Representative (includes light refreshments)

April 30th
8:00-8:45 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 am - 4:30 pm: AAUW national presentation by our own Janet Bunger, AAUW Finance Vice Chair; Annual Meeting; STEAM panel; Luncheon & Recognition of Distinguished Women; Workshops on Utah Women Artists Exhibition, Women’s Leadership, and Membership; Installation of Officers

Registration Fee: $50

Look for more details and registration form by the end of March. If questions, contact Kathy Boyer (801) 581-0211 or Georgette Kapos (801) 540-0101.

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


05-01 Laura Lojko
05-02 Gloria Prahl
05-04 Kayley Hopster
05-09 Lori Baum
05-13 Vicki Jennings
05-14 Mona Clark
05-15 Janie Gibson
05-21 Lisa Scarafiotti
05-23 Rosemary Hargrove
05-25 Kim Bowler
05-27 Peggy Lloyd
05-28 Hazel Janet Millerberg
05-31 Sherry Floerchinger
05-31 Julie Halla-Joel


06-10 Katie Armstrong
06-12 Glenn Campbell
06-18 Daphne Selbert
06-19 Stephanie Cannon
06-20 Jane Blackwell
06-23 Gail Winterfeld
06-25 Laura Rodelander
06-26 Pamela Wootten
06-30 Marilyn Wenzel


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

April 29-30, 2016

AAUW State Convention

Date: April 29-30, 2016
Time: Starts 5:30 Friday evening
Where: Cottonwood Country Club
1780 E Lakewood Dr.
Holladay, Utah 84117
Cost: $50
Contact: Kathy Boyer 801-581-0211
Georgette Kapos 801-540-0101

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May 2, 2016

Scholarship Luncheon

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

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June 27 - July 1, 2016


Date: June 27 - July 1, 2016
Time: All Day
Where: DSU
Contact: Erin O'Brien

Robyn Boudreau

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News / Announcements

President's Message

Lunch-n-Learn Public Policy

Membership Renewal

sSMART Ramp Up

AAUW State Convention

Members Matter


Events Calendar


Luncheon Schedule

Board Meetings

Good Stuff



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Please submit news, information, committee updates, etc. no later than the 7th of the month to be included in that month's newsletter.

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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

Click here  for a copy of the flyer to share!


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




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

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: Good Stuff: We have a chickeni n the house


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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.


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Mailing Address

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


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