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December 2013

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Marianne Sorensen: Co-President, AAUWWhile the official mission of AAUW is "Promoting equity and education for women and girls," I have always believed that one of our unwritten goals is to build and maintain a sisterhood, a community of like-minded women who support and care for each other as we support the overall AAUW mission. It is with this in mind that I am composing my message this month as a "how-to" list - hoping to reinforce our commitment to the association and our relationships with each other. We are doing many of the things on the following list. Where might we improve?

How to Build Sisterhood:

  • Play together
  • Buy products and services from each other
  • Fix it even if you didn't break it
  • Help carry something heavy
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Share your skills
  • Learn from new and uncomfortable angles
  • Support neighborhood schools
  • Honor elders
  • Ask a question
  • Mediate a conflict
  • Leave your house
  • Share what you have
  • Listen before you react to anger, disappointment, confusion
  • Know that no one is silent though many are not heard. Work to change this.

Wishing each of you a safe and joyful holiday season.

With much appreciation for our sisterhood,

Marianne Sorensen, Co-President

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Please submit committee updates no later than the 7th of the month to be included in that month's newsletter. Submissions should be sent to: lysa@river-rd.com


If you thought you may have missed a great December luncheon, well, let's just say a picture is worth a thousand words.....

2013 Christmas Party: Bobby Sylvester + Kayla Koeber

2013 Christmas Party: L-R: Belinda Gugliemo, Maria Brettell, Dorothy Engleman

January Luncheon

Please join us for lunch and an informative and inspiring Kayla Koeber, AAUW Program Co-Chairpanel presentation at the first AAUW gathering of 2014, Monday, January 6 at the Courtyard by Marriott.

After a brief business meeting, we will hear from three of our own accomplished members on the topic of "Women, Wisdom and Wellness." Dr. Joan Eggert, MD and M.P.H., Penelope Eicher, LMFT, and Kayla Koeber, CFP and CIMA will discuss concerns of physical, mental and financial well-being followed by a Q and AAngela Thoburn AAUW Program Co-Chair period.

It will be a great opportunity to become better informed and motivated to make our wellness a special goal for the coming year.

Hope to see you there,

Kayla Koeber and Angela Thoburn
Program Co-Chairs

Luncheon is $16 per person and reservations have to be made by December 31, 2013. Click here to reserve online. All major credit cards accepted. Payment is handled through PayPal but you do NOT need a PayPal account. If paying by check please make it out to AAUW - St. George and send to to P.O. Box 790, St. George, UT 84771. We must receive your payment by December 31, 2013 to reserve your seat(s)

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Defense Technology will be the topic that launches Great Decisions 2014. Open to the public (including men!), the discussion starts at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 in Conference Room A at the St. George Branch Library.

Study guides are available to order now for $18.00 and should arrive in early January. Future discussion topics include: Israel, Turkey, Islamic Awakening, Food and Climate, China Foreign Policy, and U.S. Trade Policy.

Please contact Carol Sawaya at: carol@thesawayas.com to order a study guide or to get answers to questions about the program.

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Donna Howell, AAUW Co-VP FinanceA huge thank you to the AAUW members who volunteered for this year's Reality Store 2013 Program. AAUW members filled 35 volunteer slots at the five middle schools. The program was again a success as a result of the generosity of time given by our members. Following are some of the quotes from students who participated in the program.

"I am very thankful that I was able to participate in the Reality Store...I became aware of how money is spent and where it goes.I came to the realization that it is important to think about the future and that I must go to college." "The Reality Store changed the way I look at adulthood; it was a fabulous experience…I was stunned to find out how much things cost in the real world…I also realize how important it is to continue my education after high school…I learned that tax amounts change based on if you are married and how many children you have…I also realized with my Reality Store salary there would have been no way I could have afforded the necessities of life."

"The Reality Store was a very valuable experience that we couldn't have anywhere else…I learned some valuable lessons: You have to be cautious when spending money…. Buying the necessities is your number one priority….Saving money for a rainy day is important……You have to be conservative and only purchase what you need."

"The Reality Store gave me an opportunity to realize how truly expensive life can be….that getting an education is key……It opened my eyes to how many sacrifices people are making to have and support their kids…..It made me realize that life isn't free, it is costly…"

Video: Reality Store in action

Teens in Virginia participate in a Reality Store Program similar to the one AAUW St. George supported in Washington County.
Click on image to watch video.

Everyone should have the chance to experience all the life lessons that the Reality Store delivers. Students at the middle schools will be writing essays about their Reality Store Experience. A committee of AAUW members will be reviewing the top essays and will select a winning essay from each school.

Again, a great big thank you to all the members who donated their time and talent to an important program for the 9th grade students in Washington County!

Donna Howell

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Gloria Prahl -eSmartThe eSMART Core Team would like to thank you for the support shown at the December 2013 Meeting. We would also like to announce that the Entrada Country Club is again allowing us to use their facilities for a Fashion Show - our most significant fund raiser of the year! It will be held on February 1, 2014 and will feature the fashions from White House/Black Market and from the Entrada Golf Shop. We are looking for models from our membership. Interested? You will have a grand time! Tickets available at the January meeting. Colette Thomas (435-629-1058) will be handling ticket sales and sales people... hint, hint :-)

Please contact Gloria Prahl at 435-674-2824 or send an email to gmp@infowest.com for additional information.

P.S. Free ticket to the person who is willing to take pictures at this year's show! Ask Gloria for details.

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President's Message

How to Build a Sisterhood

Committee News


Great Decisions

Reality Store



Luncheon Schedule

Can You Help?

Branch Contacts

"Who Ya Gonna Call?"

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. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.


Luncheon Schedule
Spring 2014

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Help Wanted

Got an opinion on our fundraising efforts?

Our Board of Directors needs our help. An ad hoc task force is being formed to study the branch's overall fundraising program in support of eSmart and scholarships.

This task force will meet and look at our existing fundraising activities and goals, study various options, and make recommendations to the Board.

Input from a variety of us is needed for its success – new members, long-time members, old, young, fundraising organizers, and attendees of fundraising events.

This task force is temporary and expected to be short lived. If you've been looking for a way to participate our Branch but hesitant to make a long-term commitment, this may be the opportunity for you!

Please contact
Pam Wootten
ptwootten@gmail.com or call 435-688-1551 if you are willing to serve on this task force.

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Ruth Allen

Marianne Sorensen

Co-Vice Presidents


Kayla Koeber

Angela Thoburn


Joyce Spinelli

Lolita Hagio


Donna Howell

Bonnie Boling


Gail Winterfeld

Vicky Jennings

Archivist/Past President

Pamela Wootten

Newsletter & Tech Guru

Lysa McCarroll

Public Policy

Lisa Bratton

Scholarship Committee Chair

Shannon Anderson


Gloria Prahl

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You have troubles registering for luncheons, and other tech-related questions:
Lysa McCarroll

Your contact information changes: Joyce Spinelli

You need to register for a luncheon but the deadline has passed:
Kayla Koeber

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Lysa McCarroll

You have questions about the website:
Dawn McLain

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Nelson Mandela Tribute

A flash mob tribute to Nelson Mandela performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir singing "Asimbonanga" (We Have Not Seen Him).

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"I get angry when someone puts my gender in front of my job."
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