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July 2015

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Get ready for our first annual AAUW St. George Scholarship Gala: A Night of Inspiration to be held at the Roene B. DiFiore Center for Arts and Education located at 307 North Main St. from 6 PM – 10 PM on Saturday October 24, 2015.

Planning is underway

The Ackerman/Bergeson Resource Development chairs had their first meeting with the Gala Planning Committee to determine roles and responsibilities and put together the "to do" list. Top of the list is finding additional people to help make this event a success!

If you can join any of these teams please get in touch with the appropriate person as soon as you can:

Silent Auction and Opportunity Drawings
Sandy Ghio

Live Auction and Table Decorations
Beverly Hill
656-1067 or 808-284-5912

Nan Bujold

Yes! we're planning on doing REAL paper, snail-mailed invites. All members will receive an invitation to this event. If you have friends and family in the area whom you would like to receive an invitation, please get Nan their contact information.

DiFiore Center at Night The DiFiore Center at night.

Planting A Seed

We want this to become our signature annual event. One that helps us connect with the greater community -- which we have said is one of our Branch goals. Broadening our fundraising base and increasing our capacity to help women and girls in Southern Utah. Together we can do this!

If you would like to join the Gala Planning Committee or have questions, please contact Kay Ackerman: kga9535@hotmail.com or Karla Bergeson: kkayb@me.com.

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JFK signing the equal pay act into law with AAUW members behind him. President John F. Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act into law with AAUW members present.

Our 2015 - 2016 Season began on July 1. It's time to renew your membership or join our Branch!

You can either pay online with a major credit card or by check. If you choose to renew/join and pay online there is an additional $2 processing fee. You do not need a PayPal account to pay with your credit card. PayPal just processes the payment.

If you prefer to pay by check we would still like you to fill out the form. After completing the form:

  • Select - Pay by check

  • Click - Make Payment button

  • Don't pay

This way we receive your application and know to expect a check from you. Scholarship winners please follow the directions above and choose "Affiliate Member." We'll take care of the rest!

The membership renewal and new member sign-up form is here: http://www.riverroad-productions.com/aauw-st-george-branch/membership-application/ 

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Rosemary Hargrove and Kay Ackerman at the 2015 AAUW National Convention

By: Kay Ackerman

The 2015 AAUW National Convention was held in San Diego, CA from June 18-21.  AAUW St. George members Kay Ackerman, Rosemary Hargrove and Pam Wootten, along with eight UT AAUW members attended.

In addition to workshops on important topics such as fundraising, encouraging women to run for office, diversity, making public policy changes as a small branch, STEM and Tech Trek, marketing, and diverse and inclusive branches; the plenary sessions provided opportunities for the 1000+ attending to hear speakers talk on important AAUW issues.

AAUW Utah reps at national in San Diego L-R:  Front Row: Marilyn Shearer, Janet Bunger, Kathy Boyer, Patricia Ho, Claire Turner, Jeanette Misaka Back  Row: Pam Wootten, Rosemary Hargrove, Dottie Bingman, Kay Ackerman

AAUW President, Patricia Fae Ho, welcomed everyone at Thursday evening’s dinner and we had the opportunity to meet current AAUW Board members and those candidates running for the Board.

Friday morning’s speaker, Catherine Lhamon, (pictured on right) Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, addressed civil rights issues and Title IX. There is so much more to Title IX than sports and AAUW is pushing for every branch to meet with their school district’s Title IX coordinator.

Women and Girls in STEM was the panel for Friday’s luncheon. Panel members shared a comprehensive look at the state of women in STEM fields and we heard about the latest AAUW research report Solving the Equation -The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing and what’s happening in industry right now.

Another panel discussed the future of the AAUW mission and movement and three AAUW priorities: Philanthropy, Salary Negotiation, and Public Policy.

Noorjahan Akbar cofounder Young Women for ChangeThe plenary session, What Does It Take to Make a Woman Leader, was the most inspiring of the convention for many of us. Some panel members included: Noorjahan Akbar (pictured on right), co-founder of Young Women for Change and a 2012 AAUW National Conference for College Women Student Leaders of Distinction. She is a student at American University and after graduating hopes to return to Afghanistan to continue making progress for women. Lily Ledbetter, often called the “face of pay equity” continues to speak across the US at colleges and universities about ongoing gender discrimination and how we can work to end it. Don McPherson (pictured on left), advocate and former NFL player, talked about how he uses the power and appeal of sports to address complex social issues such as domestic violence and sexual assault.

AAUW Awards were presented to Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Maria Klawe, and Faith Ringgold.

For more information on this year’s convention, please go online at aauw.org to read about the workshops and other information including Charting the Course AAUW’s two year effort to raise $1 million to strengthen the infrastructure and to make sure we are prepared to meet the issues facing us now and in the future.

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Help Wanted: Coral Cliffs After School Program

Dear Ladies,

I recently found an article * in the St. George Health & Wellness magazine about your eSMART program for girls and thought your organization may have leads that would enhance our after-school program at Coral Cliffs Elementary.

The City of St George received a grant from the Department of Workforce Services-Child Care Division to help fund the program. It will be our 2nd year at Coral Cliffs Elementary running the after-school program for their students. We had such a wonderful response with over 70 enrolled in the program. This year we hope to increase to 90 students. However after doing a post-program evaluation, we realize the program could be more amazing if we had committed volunteers to assist the students with homework throughout the week.

I would appreciate your willingness to share our plea to find some willing volunteers to help with our after-school program. We will be starting up August 26 and running the program for 32 weeks. If anyone would like information on the program and the tutoring needs please contact me via email or at my direct line 627-4573.

Thank you so much.

Dawn E. Eide-Albrecht
Program Coordinator, City of St George
435/627-4500 www.sgcityrec.org

* Written by member Becky Stein.

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Members Matter

Congratulations to Dorothy Engelman for receiving the Todd Taylor Award from the Utah Democratic Party.

Carol Cashman is recovering from surgery and would appreciate an encouraging card or note while she completes rehab: 3632 Windmill Dr., Santa Clara, UT 84765

Our heartfelt condolences to Gloria Prahl for the loss of her husband Ken.

Markne Wright is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

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07-05 Shirlayne Quayle
07-07 Cathy Christopher
07-10 Colette Thomas
07-12 Melissa Goodwin
07-13 Ruth Baker
07-14 Lolita Hagio
07-16 Dee Murray
07-17 Jillene Lander
07-17 Louise Stevens
07-19 Kristin Williams
07-20 Susan Ann Stauffer
07-21 Alberta Miller
07-21 Joyce Spinelli
07-21 Ellen Tadken
07-24 Gayle George
07-24 Donna Howell
07-28 Ellen W Bowden
07-29 Mary Hatch


08-04 Alissa Urzi
08-06 Annette Basso
08-07 Mary Moffatt
08-07 Markne Wright
08-08 Shannon Anderson
08-09 Nadine Barish
08-09 Candice Hansen-Koharcheck
08-11 Carol Sawaya
08-11 Debra Shaiken
08-12 Karen Smith
08-14 Sherry Burkhart
08-22 Deanna Marten Morales
08-23 Erin O'Brien
08-26 Susan Kimball
08-29 Ruth Allen
08-30 Penelope Eicher


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

August 20, 2015

Uppity Women

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Nadine Barish's Home
1345 Talachiro Circle
Ivins, Utah 84738

Phone: 435-688-1947

Cost: $0.00
RSVP: Greatly Appreciated!
Add'l Info: Directions: Old 91 through Santa Clara to Kayenta, turn right into Kayenta, go .8mi to intersection Kwavasa and Kayenta Pkwy you will see the signs to the art village. Turn left onto Kwavasa and go to the third corner on the left  - Talachiro Circle. Turn left and then a sharp left into the driveway or park on the street.

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September 14, 2015

Kick-off Luncheon

Date: Monday, September 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriot
Cost: $16
Add'l Info: Please, please, please try to attend our kick-off luncheon. We'll be answering questions, talking about the year ahead, how we can do things differently -- a member  orientation and re-orientation meeting.

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September 17, 2015

Uppity Women

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Jude Rhode's Home
645 N West Ledge Pkwy
Washington (Coral Canyon on the ridge)

Phone: 435-627-9294    Email jude6020@gmail.com

Cost: $0.00
RSVP: Greatly Appreciated!

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October 24, 2015

Scholarship Gala

Date: Saturday October 24, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: DiFiore Center for Arts & Education
307 North Main St.
St. George, Utah 847
Contact: Kay Ackerman 435-256-6178

Karla Bergeson 917-613-4713

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News / Announcements

Get Ready

Renew or Join Now

National Convention

Help Wanted: Coral Cliffs

Members Matter


Events Calendar


Luncheon Schedule

Board Meetings

Good Stuff

Subscription Info


Uppity Women Unite Button


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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



Board Meetings are held at Jones-Waldo and start promptly ;-) at 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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Our Mission

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





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

Annette Basso  Co-VP Membership

Annette Basso

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

Becky Stein  Co-VP Communications AAUW St George Branch

Becky Stein

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






Shannon Andersen

Pat Dalpiaz


Jane Blackwell

eSMART / TechSavvy

Erin O'Brien

Rachel Ramsay

Public Policy LAF/EOF

Jeannette Johnson

Reality Store

Vicki Jennings

Great Decisions

Carol Sawaya

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Good Stuff

Puddles Pity Pary: Hallelujah


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Us In The News

AAUW Fuel's Girls' Learning Interest
The Spectrum





Brigham City


Salt Lake City

St. George


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Mailing Address

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

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