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March 2016

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Volunteers Matter!

We are a volunteer organization that depends on the willingness of members to contribute their time and talent to fulfill the responsibilities of board and committee chair positions, and to volunteer for the many roles/tasks needed to ensure the success of our fundraising events, eSMART, Tech Savvy and our scholarship program. Our success is a direct result of your willingness to share your knowledge, skills and abilities through many volunteer hours.

Our branch has grown not only in membership but in the programs and projects that we have taken on. Our growth has resulted in the expansion and complexity of board and committee roles and responsibilities. The board is working to formalize policies and procedures that complement our by-laws and clarify protocols and job responsibilities for board and committee positions and our programs and projects.

The responsibilities for the financial stewardship of our organization have increased. Our success in raising funds for our Scholarship and STEM programs has resulted in additional financial processing and reporting requirements. The growth of our membership and luncheon attendance has also increased the workload of our membership and finance board chairpersons.

Our greater understanding and appreciation of how Communications - both internal and external - impacts our organization has highlighted this vital function of our  Branch.  We welcome more involvement from our members as we get better at it and build a solid foundation for future people to take on the roles and responsibilities.

Our scholarship program has grown. As a result of a very successful fundraiser we will be able to award $35,000 in scholarship to students attending Dixie State University. Our success created the need for more members to volunteer to interview the 80+ scholarship applicants. Our members responded and we interviewed candidates over a two day period of time. Final selections have been made and applicants will notified by the end of the month.

As a result of successful fundraisers, private and in-kind donations, and support from National AAUW we are able to financially support and expand our STEM Programs.  The second annual Tech Savvy program has been rescheduled to take place on April 2nd on the DSU campus. Plans are underway for a 5 day eSMART Summer Camp for 80 girls on the DSU campus from June 27 – July 1. Volunteers contribute their time and talent to ensure the success of both programs which encourage girls to aspire to completing college and consider careers in the STEM fields.

Our April Luncheon is our annual business meeting and will be held at the New Promise Lutheran Church. We will have pot luck lunch: please bring an entree or side dish (light luncheon dishes and salads are popular items).  Board members will be responsible for desserts. We will be electing a slate of officers, approving the 2016/2017 Budget, receiving an update of planned activities from our Public Policy Committee, and will spend time discussing and prioritizing our branch goals for next year.

We hope for a large turnout to celebrate our success, recognize the work of all or our volunteers and set our goals for next year.

Thank you so much for all that you do to make AAUW St. George Branch a beacon focused on advancing equity for women and girls in Southern Utah.

Donna Howell

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Public Policy Lunch-n-Learn

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The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce a slate of officers for 2016-17, as follows:

President Lysa McCarroll
President-Elect Christina Duncan
Communications Co-Chairs TBF TBF
Finance Co-Chairs Mary Hatch Natalie Balogh
Membership Co-Chairs Vicki Jennings TBF
Co-Secretaries Jude Rhodes Dee Murray
Resource Development Co-Chairs Laura Lojko TBF

A Call for Help: The BRANCH needs YOU!!

As you can see, we are still short a handful of people who are willing to serve on the board of directors for the upcoming year. Specifically, we need two Communications Co-Chairs, a Membership Co-Chair, and a Resource Development Co-Chair.

If you believe in the mission of AAUW and are willing to share your time and efforts, this is your chance to make an impact and contribute to the ongoing success of our branch. Please consider helping out and supporting the board by volunteering to work in one of the positions that are as yet unfilled!

If you would like further information about any of the positions, please let one of us know as soon as possible. Further nominations will be taken from the floor at the annual meeting in April, after which we will vote on a slate of officers for 2016-17. Thanks for your support, Marianne Sorensen, Donna Howell Lysa McCarroll

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Under the expert guidance of Marcia Burchstead we tried out a new venue and new presentation for our annual eSMART Fashion Show. Early numbers indicate

Held at The Ledges Fish Rock Grille it was a stunning backdrop for a delicious luncheon. Spring and summer clothes and accessories provided by Dillards and The Ledges Pro Shop were modeled by members and volunteers circulating amongst the tables during the luncheon.

To see more pictures by Daphne Selbert click here.


Save the Date: April 2, 2016 AAUW St. George TechSavvy Day Mrch 19, 2016

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Utah – SB 185 Labor Remedy Amendments

From Claire Turner, Co-president, AAUW of Utah:

“We thank State Senator and AAUW SLC member Jani Iwamoto for all her efforts in developing andUtah State Senator and AAUW SLC member Jani Iwamoto ensuring passage of Senate Bill 185 during the 2016 Utah Legislative session. This bill strengthens the remedies for compensation discrimination in the Utah Code. We were gratified to learn that the bill was listed as one of the highlights for the session on the Utah Legislature’s web site. It should be noted that the bill passed unanimously in the House and almost unanimously in the Senate. Getting this bill passed was no small achievement. Thank you also to Rep. Sophia DiCaro for being the floor sponsor. Sen. Iwamoto details the provisions of the bill below.”

Click here to continue reading online.

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Un-Happy Hour at Xetave cafe

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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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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 2, 2016


Date: Saturday, April 2, 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

Annual Business Meeting Luncheon

Date: Monday, April 4,  2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: New Promise Lutheran Church
244 South Valley Dr.
St. George, Utah 84770
Cost: $0 Collecting donations for National.
RSVP: Reserve online
Add'l Info: This is a potluck luncheon - please bring an entree or side dish (light luncheon dishes and salads are popular items). The Board will furnish dessert.

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April 12, 2016

Support Pay Equity

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: 11:30 - 12:45 p.m.
Where: Social Hall
212 N. Main St.
St. George, UT 84770
Contact: Gloria Prahl

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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

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News / Announcements

President's Message

Lunch-n-Learn Public Policy

The Branch NEEDS You!

eSMART Fashion Show Success

SB-185 Labor Remedy

Un-Happy Hour

AAUW State Convention

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




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: Later That Same Life


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03-16 Linda Timmins


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





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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


"Despite the seemingly overwhelming odds facing women, it is encouraging to see how so many are truly pushing back from the brink. It is time to make public and personal commitments to support our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters, who are disproportionately bearing the burdens of poverty. When we provide opportunities for women and girls, we are nurturing strong and healthy families and communities, and ensuring a brighter economic future for us all."

Jim Wallis, President Sojo

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