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December 2015

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AAUW St. George 2015 eSMART Fashion Show, Marcia Burchstead
2015 eSMART Fashion Show at Entrada. Marcia Burchstead (standing) and guests. Photo by: Daphne Selbert

Volunteers Needed for the Fashion Show Luncheon Fundraiser to benefit the eSMART (exploring Science, Math and Related Technologies) camp. In order to subsidize the costs of each camper, AAUW-St George hosts an annual Fashion Show Luncheon Fundraiser. The date is Saturday March 5, 2016 and will be held in the Fish Rock Grille Restaurant at The Ledges. Tickets are $35 and are on sale now.

Fashions will be provided by Dillard's and the Ledges pro shop. The committee is in need of ladies and a couple of men to model for the Fashion Show. This year instead of a runway, models will walk among the attendees in the restaurant. You don't have to be Twiggy or statuesque, all ages, heights, etc. are encouraged to sign-up. Models will meet with Dillard’s associates in January to begin planning and selecting clothing and accessories.

We also need donations for the Silent Auction, Live Auction and opportunity drawings. Gift certificates for restaurants or spas (facials, messages, mani/pedi's, etc.) artwork and jewelry are just some of the items that would be appropriate for the event.

Committee Chair Marcia Burchstead hopes we can get enough volunteers and donations to make this occasion our most profitable ever. Please contact her to help out: 435-275-7818, email Marcia.

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Santa to a sister

Santa's helpers were struggling to keep up with the generosity of our members. Lolita Hagio writes: "When we delivered our goodies to the long term care facilities for our 'Santa to a Sister' project—they were all very grateful. The activity directors will make up the gift bags for the resident ladies; and our name tag will be on all 219 Christmas gifts! (When we saw how many items were donated , we called a fifth facility: The Meadows, and we added 75 more names, bringing it to 219 from 144! ) How’s that for looking after our elderly sisters! Everyone that donated items or money for this annual project should give themselves a pat on the back—"God Bless Us Everyone"!

Holiday HamA virtual round of applause and thanks to the elves who made it happen: Lolita Hagio, Joyce Spinelli, Laura Lojko, Angie Thoburn and Shawn Darby.

The Marriott did an outstanding job of creating a festive room with Christmas trees, holiday lights and a special area to take Christmas themed pictures. They served holiday ham with and delightful fruit compote, melange of squash and a variety of cheesecakes for dessert. Following that filling meal Shannon Andersen spoke about Women and Giving, sharing her journey of recognizing and understanding privilege and the fortunate life she was given. Time was made for table discussions about giving and holiday plans!

Shannon Andersen speaking on women and giving.

Daphne Selbert, our branch photographer, made great use of the Christmas Corner:

Robyn Boudreau (l) Cynthia Cashin (r)
Robyn Bourdreau (l), Cynthia Cashin (r)

Louise Steves (l) Nan Bujold (r)
Louise Stevens (l), Nan Bujold (r)

Judy White (l) Kay ackerman (r)
Judy White (l), Kay Ackerman (r)

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Hmmm, is it St. George or Mars???

Did you know that if you stripped away all the vegetation around St. George it would look like Mars? Candice Hansen-Koharchek does and she'll tell us more about Mars as our featured "Women and Science" speaker at the January 4, 2016 luncheon.

Candice is a senior research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute who works on NASA un-manned (robotic) spacecraft missions. She has a Ph.D. in Planetary Science. Currently she is a member of the flight teams for the Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn, the MarsCandice Hansen-Koharcheck Reconnaissance Orbiter, at Mars, and the Juno mission, headed to Jupiter, from her office in St. George.

This is an excellent opportunity to see a what a woman with a STEM career does. Especially if you missed her highly informative and most discussed "Climate Change: Scientific Fact vs. Political Fiction" talk last year. This is a not to be missed presentation! Make your reservation today!

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Mid-Season New Member Orientation: On Saturday, January 30, 2016 the Membership Committee will host a new member welcome and orientation. How our Branch operates, what kinds of involvement opportunities are available and a who's who of the Branch will be discussed. The New Member Orientation is open to ALL of our members. Sometimes a refresher is needed! It's a great way to discover new people and possibly learn something new about our Branch. Details will be sent out when available. Please contact one of the Membership co-Chairs for more info: Lynne Carlquist or Nelda Kissinger.

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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 today!


Help promote, educate and inform the greater St. George Community about AAUW in general and our Branch in particular! The goal change the line "I've never heard of AAWU before!" to "I've heard great things about the AAUW St. George Branch!" Contact today!

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12-03 Pat Dalpiaz
12-03 Pamela Giles
12-03 Beverly Hill
12-04 Jeanette Beck
12-10 Mary Kay Soucy
12-14 Marlene Deal
12-19 Em Diefenderfer
12-28 Heidi Tasso
12-29 Christina Duncan


01-10 Jude Rhodes
01-12 Jenny McDowell
01-19 Nelda Kissinger
01-24 Glenna Beyer
01-26 Douglas Johnson
01-31 Maribeth Powell


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:

January 4, 2016

Branch Luncheon

Date: Monday, January 4, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriot
Cost: $16 Reserve Online

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January 21, 2016

Uppity Women

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hostess: Kay Ackerman
1662 Garnet Ridge Dr. - SunRiver
St George, UT 84790

I-15 South to Exit 2 to a right on SunRiver Parkway Take the first left onto Arrowhead Canyon Drive Take the first left past the church onto English Ivy Go two blocks and turn right onto Garnet Ridge Drive, Third House on the Right.

Cost: $0.00 (Bottle of wine and/or small appetizer welceom.)
RSVP: Greatly Appreciated

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February 8, 2016

Branch Luncheon

Date: Monday, February 8, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriot
Cost: $16

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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!

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March 19, 2016


Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Where: DSU
Contact: Rachel Ramsay
Erin O'Brien

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News / Announcements

eSMART Fashion Show

Mars Madness

Women and Giving

New Member Orientation

Help Wanted


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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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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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

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

Jeannette Johnson
Gloria Prahl

Reality Store

Vicki Jennings


Shannon Andersen

Pat Dalpiaz


Robyn Boudreau

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Good Stuff

Video: Ellen Degeneres


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St. George, Utah 84771


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