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January 2014

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Editor's Note: The Aileen Rizo interview with Maria Shriver that AAUW Nat'l alerted us to on Monday ran last night. In case you missed it you can watch it here: Combatting the Persistent Pay Gap Between Men and Women


Ruthie Allen: Co-President, AAUW It's a new year and women have so much to be proud of in regards to their accomplishments in 2013. Some of these are:

  1. On her fifth attempt and at age 64, Diana Nyad became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage, swimming from Havana to Key West.
  2. May 31, 2013: Lydia Nsekera became the first female FIFA Executive Committee member.
  3. Tatyana McFadden won the Boston, Chicago, London, and New York marathons in 2013.
  4. October 2013: In peacekeeping, Philippine Navy Captain Luzviminda Camacho became the first female officer from the Philippines to lead "the Philippine contingent to a peacekeeping mission of the United Nations. Camacho became the "commander of the 17th Philippine Contingent to Haiti." In addition, Camacho also became the first female "commanding officer of a Navy ship."
  5. Caroline Kennedy was sworn in as the first female U.S. ambassador to Japan.
  6. Marjorie Scardino joined the board of Twitter as its first female director, after a controversy involving a lack of diversity on the Twitter board.
  7. General Motors named Mary Barra as its first female CEO and the first female CEO of a major automaker.

Our AAUW branch so far during the 2013-2014 year has been the recipient of several donations, gifts and grants which will help our e-SMART camp for girls and offer scholarships to Dixie State University women and female students entering college from Millcreek Alternative High School.

We still have many exciting Membership luncheon programs to offer our members from January to May and activities like the January 25th e-SMART reunion, the Fashion Show in February, the Garden Show the end of April and our Scholarship Awards luncheon in May.

We are still looking for branch members who would like to be on our fundraising committee. It would not take more than a couple meetings to help us out. We also need another member to help us with the nomination committee to choose new board members. It is the participation of volunteers who keep our organization strong and functioning well.

With much appreciation for our sisterhood,

Ruthie Allen, 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. No forms - just send a regular email message with your item in the message itself or as an attached document. Submissions should be sent to: lysa@river-rd.com


We would like to bring your attention to four FABULOUS programs that are available to you as AAUW members:


Any guest who attends our monthly luncheon meetings and joins AAUW that day, will be eligible for 50% off the National membership dues ($24.50). For every two members who join in this manner, our branch earns one FREE National membership, up to a maximum of three free memberships per year. Last year our branch utilized two free memberships! Certain rules apply.


From January15 to March 15, a new member may join AAUW, and National, State, & Branch dues would be reduced by 50%--ie. N=$24.50, S=$4, B=$9. This membership would expire on June 30th of that same year.


AAUW members may give a recent college graduate a one year National membership in AAUW, at NO COST! Anyone who has graduated in the last year (or will, this year) & has earned an Associates, Nursing, Bachelor's or Doctorate degree, and is not currently an AAUW member, is eligible. The grad does not have to belong to a state or local branch -- she can hold a National membership alone. See Joyce or Lolita for details.


AAUW provides more than $4.3 million annually in fellowships and grants! There are six programs; the two most popular are:

  • AMERICAN FELLOWSHIPS support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations, or scholars seeking funds for post doctoral research leave from accredited institutions.

  • CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANTS support women who hold a bachelor's degree, and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force.

Lolita Hagio, Co-Chair Membership Committee The funding period for both runs from July1, 2013 - June 30,2014. Go to www.aauw.org to apply.Joyce Spinelli, Co-Chair Membership Committee

For more detailed information on the above programs, contact Joyce Spinelli or Lolita Hagio, membership co-chairs. Let's take advantage of these opportunities!

Remember: beginning March 16th 2014, you may renew your AAUW membership for 2014-2015. Help us out by renewing early, before your current membership expires on June 30th, 2014. Thanks!

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Calendar items will run until the event has occurred. Please submit your event no later than the 7th of the month you want the notice to start. No forms - just send a regular email message with your item in the message itself or as an attached document. Send to: lysa@river-rd.com

January 16, 2014


Great Decisions - Thursdays at the LibraryThe next AAUW sponsored Great Decisions discussion group will meet on Thursday, January 16, 2014 in Conference Room A at the St. George Branch Library. The topic is "Defense Technology" and is open to the public (men welcome!). Discussion starts at 1:30 p.m.

The new study guides have been delivered to those who pre-ordered them, but you are still welcome to join us. A copy of the study guide may be ordered from The Foreign Policy Association at: www.fpa.org. The cost is $20.00.

Please contact Carol Sawaya at: carol@thesawayas.com for more information.

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January 16, 2014


The Resolution Solution:

"It is beautiful to do nothing...and then rest afterwards."

Calling all ultra achievers, exceptional producers, inward lean-ers, dynamic take-chargers, dazzling leaders and super powered do-ers:


The Resolution Solution starts 5 pm-ish at the Entrada Country Club, on Thursday, January 16. No host cash bar. Join us! (Enter from the Snow Canyon gate, tell the guard you are an Uppity Woman.)

Please RSVP to Kayla by January 15th if you feel like it and it's not too much effort.

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February 1, 2014


5th Annual eSmart Fashion Show

The 5th Annual eSMART Fashion Show, our most significant fund raiser of the year will be held on February 1, 2014 at the Entrada Country Club. Show starts at noon, silent auction begins at 11:30 a.m. Fashions from White House/Black Market and from the Entrada Golf Shop will be featured. The silent auction will have all kinds of art works, gift cards, gift baskets, massages and more!

Please help us make it a success .... we need:

To Sell More Tickets! Individual seats are are $30; tables of 12 are $360. Colette Thomas, 435-629-1058, is handling sales.

A photographer. If you can take pictures at the event - using your smart phone is fine - then you get a free ticket to the Show. You can use it for yourself or invite a guest! Gloria Prahl is the one to contact for this offer, 435-674-2824 or gmp@infowest.com

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February 3, 2014


"Navigating Uncharted Waters: Achieving Equality in Washington County"

US Navy Commander Linda Hartz, (Retired) shares her heart and history with us as a female, a lesbian and a Navy Commander as well as her search for community and equality in Washington County.

Celebrate with us, this Valentine's month, that love IS a many splendored...and diverse...thing!

Sponsor A Student for the February Luncheon

As announced at the January luncheon, AAUW member and DSU Professor Dr. Erin O'Brien has once again offered to help us include Dixie State University students at our February luncheon. We will be inviting eight students from the DSU Gay-Straight Alliance. AAUW Sponsors are asked to pay for their student's registration ($16) and welcome/sit with their student at the February luncheon.Kayla Koeber, AAUW Program Co-Chair

We have SIX angels signed up as Sponsors so far and need two more. Please call or e-mail Kayla or Angela if you would like to be a Sponsor. Thank you!

Angela Thoburn AAUW Program Co-ChairHope to see you there,

Kayla Koeber and Angela Thoburn
Program Co-Chairs

Luncheon is $16 per person and reservations have to be made by January 28, 2014. 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 noon January 28, 2014 to reserve your seat(s)

January Luncheon Highlights

"A Man is Not a Plan." Almost like a call to arms, you can still hear it ringing in your ears A man. Is not. A plan. And thusly Kayla Koeber, in her distinctive style, wrapped up her talk on the importance of caring for our financial health and passed the mic to psychologist Penelope Eicher. Dr. Eicher, who specializes in trauma and anxiety, spoke on the importance of the 3 Cs: Community, Connection and Contribution to our overall mental well being. (All three are achieved simply by being a member of AAUW!) And Dr. Joan Eggert closed out the Women, Wisdom & Wellness discussion with a walk-through of her Women's Preventive Health Report Card for our physical health. She also gave a ringing endorsement for the St. George medical community which was equally important. Based on her experience in other states she said St. G offers some of the best medical care in the country! Good to know.

January 2014 Members Lunch: The Estrogen Table

2014-01 AAUW Lunch: Thoburn, Brahm, Howell, Boling, Anderson

Photos courtesy of Dawn McClain.

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May 17, 2014


Mark your calendar now for the 2014 Utah State Convention to be held in St. George on May 17th. Amy Blackwell, our regional AAUW Representative, will be our keynote speaker. Please make plans to attend this exciting event. If you would like to work on the Convention Committee please contact Rosemary Hargrove: hargroverosemary@yahoo.com

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President's Message

2013 Women to Note

Committee News


Events Calendar

Great Decisions

eSmart Fashion Show

Member Lunch

Uppity Women

State Convention


Luncheon Schedule

Can You Help?

Branch Contacts

"Who Ya Gonna Call?"

Cool 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 email
Marianne Sorensen or call her at 435-986-2128 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

You would like to submit an item for the newsletter:
Lysa McCarroll

You have questions about the website:
Dawn McLain

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T-Rex Illusion

A T-Rex inspired optical illusion.

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In last month's issue:

Although it probably wasn't the first time it happened and probably wont be the last time it happens, regrettably Belinda Guglielmo's last name was misspelled. It has now been added to spell check. :-)

Dawn McClain was not given credit for those fabulous pictures from the December meeting. Thank you Dawn!

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The Marriott needs to know how many people will be attending the luncheon before the day of the lunch.

We need your paid reservation by noon:
January 28, 2014.

You can reserve online now: Click here

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:

P.O. Box 790
St. George, UT 84771

We must receive your check by noon January 28, 2014 to reserve your seat(s).


"Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks."
Charlotte Bronte, British Writer

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