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October 2015

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Over 65 members of our Branch attended the October Luncheon. It was wonderful to hear -- and feel -- the buzz of  warm and lively conversations in the room. We continue to nurture and strengthen our connections with each other.

Our  connections to the community also continued to be strengthened by adding Dixie Applied Technology College to our outreach. Kelle Stephens, President of DXATC, was our guest speaker and she shared the story of her journey to the presidency of DXATC and her relentless persistence in pursuing funding for a new facility. Her soft demeanor and steely resolve resulted in the college receiving a $31.9 million appropriation from the Utah Legislature for a permanent school campus. Kelle will be an excellent resource for our Public Policy Committee.

Kelle invited two of her students to share their stories of success in their pursuit of post-secondary education that has provided opportunities for careers and further education. Their stories were inspirational and exemplified how DXATC was instrumental in their success. Kelle’s dedication to her goals for DXATC has also resulted in the creation of an exemplary staff of instructors. As she stated "her students deserve only the very best."

I think it's fair to say we all were left with the feeling that "we need to do something with DXATC!"  Perhaps we can develop another outreach program with DXATC that motivates career and higher education aspirations and also serve as a STEM pipeline for females in Southern Utah.  And perhaps students from DXTAC can be considered for our scholarship program.

Our connections with AAUW National continue to strengthen. We received formal notification that our TechSavvy Program will again be funded through a grant from National. Plans are underway to hold the 2016 Tech Savvy Program at the Dixie State University Campus on March 19th. Tech Savvy is a one day STEM career conference designed to get 6th-9th grade girls excited about careers in the STEM fields, and to help families learn how to help their daughters achieve their STEM education and career goals.

Also our community connection to DSU continues as we plan the 2016 eSMART camp. Our Camp Directors Erin O’Brien and Rachel Ramsay presented proposed modifications to the camp which were unanimously approved by the Board. The 2016 eSMART camp will be a five day camp that is scheduled from June 27th through July 1st. Registration will be open to 80 girls who will be entering 8th grade in the fall.

Our eSMART Summer Camp provides an excellent STEM experience aimed at motivating girls to become interested in the STEM subjects and to aspire to complete a college education.

Our STEM and Reality Stores Outreach Programs need volunteers to be successful. As volunteers, members of our branch strengthen connections to our community and to each other as they experience the camaraderie that comes from working together to make a difference and to further our mission to advance equity for girls in Southern Utah.

I urge you to talk with Robyn Boudreau, our STEM Coordinator and Vicki Jennings, Reality Store Coordinator, about the opportunities they have available.....Reality Stores start next week!

Donna Howell, President

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We're down to the final days and the last few seats to sell. Good news, the weather forecast indicates it should be a perfect evening for an outdoor soiree: dry for starters and around 77*!  Please get your ticket soon.

A big thank you in advance to everyone on the Gala Committee, and those who have volunteered to help on Saturday and to our Sponsors:


Travel Connection

Celeece Seegmiller, Owner

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Kayla T. Koeber, CFP®, CIMA® Wealth Management Advisor

Karla Bergeson

Gail & Curt Winterfeld


Kay Ackerman

Donna & David Howell

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She's Baaccck!

Daphne Selbert our Branch Photographer was out and about among us again at the October Luncheon!  And we appreciate it very much. Lunch featured. polenta, squash, chicken and an amazing pesto that made you want to take a bath in it. Dessert was a light and tasty tiramisu.

AAUW St. George 2015-10 Luncheon Kelle Stephens + Pat Dalpiaz


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Continuing on the "Women and...." journey that Kayla and Angie have created for us, we will hear from our very own member Robyn Boudreau, as she shares her journey: Transgender: A Personal Perspective at the November 9 luncheon.

Dr. Boudreau was Professor of Radiology and Director of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Minnesota for AAUW St George Novemeber Luncheon Speaker Robyn Boudreaumany years. Despite her many accomplishments, she felt unhappy and unfulfilled for most of her life.

Born a male to female transsexual she has suffered from gender dysphoria from her earliest memories. She was in a transsexual transitioning group in 1990, but she dropped out, and has only recently successfully transitioned.

Robyn will share her long and difficult journey into womanhood, and also provide some general information about being transgender. She currently teaches organic chemistry at DSU and does some occasional consulting work for pharmaceutical companies.

Please join us! Make your reservation here.

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If you've done Reality Stores in the past you know what a wild, crazy and fun day it is! Vicki Jennings is coordinating Volunteers. The first one is at Pineview Middle School on October 28. Please email Vicki for the complete schedule and to sign up!


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.

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Members Matter

AAUW St. George Member Dorothy EngelmanCongratulations and good luck to Dorothy Engelman in her new role as executive director of the Erin Kimball Foundation.

We have recently learned that our member Gail Foust Winterfeld lost her father, Edward L. Foust last February. Edward was a disabled Navy veteran and remained proud of his service to the country even through the fog of his battle with Alzheimer's. Edward and his wife, Barbara are former St. George residents.

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10-02 Ruthann Adams
10-03 Jodi White
10-05 Bev Christy
10-10 Kayla Koeber
10-14 Wreatha Witte
10-22 Shawn Darby
10-27 Jane Fischer
10-29 Jean Volz
10-31 Judith Kapuscinski


11-01 Stephanie Martini
11-06 Lauralyn VanWagoner
11-07 Sherma Bishop
11-08 Karla Bergeson
11-10 Florence Bacabac
11-13 Chris Wheeler
11-14 Crystal Lewis
11-21 Gay Cunningham
11-22 Katy Peterson
11-23 Carol Cashman


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

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 84770
Contact: Kay Ackerman 435-256-6178

Karla Bergeson 917-613-4713

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October 28, 2015

Reality Store: Pine View Middle School

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Full Shift (lunch included)
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 .m. Morning only
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 Afternoon only
Where: Pine View Middle School
2145 East 130 North
St. George UT 84790
Contact: Vicki Jennings: den_vic@infowest.com

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October 30, 2015

Entry Deadline: Utah Women Artists Exhibition

Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Cost: $15 per entry
Where: The exhibition will run from March 10th – April 20th 2016. This beautiful event brings together works of Utah Women Artists from the entire state. The venue, the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City, Utah.
More info: http://aauw-ut.aauw.net/artshow/

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November 9, 2015

Branch Luncheon

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriot
Cost: $16 Reserve Online
Add'l Info: Public Policy meeting immediately following luncheon in hotel lobby.

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November 19, 2015

Uppity Women

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Debra Shaiken
2331 West Entrada Trail #104
St George, UT 84770
Cost: $0.00
RSVP: Greatly Appreciated
(407) 341-4277

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Gala Tickets: Last Chance

October Luncheon

Women & Courage

Help Wanted

Members Matter


Events Calendar


Luncheon Schedule

Board Meetings

Good Stuff

Honorable Mentions

Us in the News

St. George Gala for Scholarships

Emphasis on the Eyes

St. George News
Dine, Dance, Party with Purpose

AAUW St. George Scholarship Gala a Night of Inspiration with Emphasis on the Eyes

SU Independent

St. George AAUW Scholarship Dinner

St. George Scholarship Dinner Features Local Food & Music

The Spectrum
WalletHub: Utah Worst State for Women's Equality

LTE: AAUW Women's Pay Equity

Raising Money to Educate Women

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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


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


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

Jeannette Johnson
Barb Nichols
Gloria Prahl

Reality Store

Vicki Jennings


Shannon Andersen

Pat Dalpiaz


Robyn Boudreau

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Good Stuff

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Barb Nichols sent in this reminder: "Thanks to all who volunteered for the Public Policy committee. Our first short meeting to begin planning for an exciting and productive coming year will be after the November luncheon in the hotel lobby. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm to share with the group. See you there."

The Carols will have print copies available of our Membership Directory at the November luncheon. Suggested donation is $3 to cover the printing costs.

Special thanks to Shawn Darby for her help with this month's Newsletter.

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St. George, Utah 84771


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