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February 2014

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"You know that feeling? That sense of eagerness for the moment. Optimism for the future. And confidence that you are exactly 'when' and where you should be. That feeling that makes dark days lighter and light days brighter. That precedes breakthroughs, conquests, and euphoria. Yes, that feeling!

Well, it doesn't just come.

You have to give it to yourself.

Go on."

Marianne Sorensen: Co-President, AAUW This was my "Note from The Universe" a few days ago (for your daily note, sign up at www.tut.com) and its reminder stayed with me as I prepared to write this message.

This is the time of year when we begin making plans for the coming year in AAUW, when we look at the needs of the branch and try to guess which of you amazing women would be a good fit for each position that needs to be filled.

There are a variety of ways that you can prompt those great feelings and eagerness, optimism and confidence by getting involved in branch activities that focus on the mission of AAUW: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Some branch positions require a bit of computer know-how, many just require a willingness to show up and help with the work. Please consider joining one of the teams that make this branch such a success. Your reward will be the great feelings described by The Universe in the note above - but you have to give it to yourself by pushing your comfort level and getting more involved in an area you care about.

At the next couple of luncheon meetings, we'll be providing sign-up sheets for you to indicate your interest in serving in various capacities. Will you please jump in with both feet and help us make a difference? We need your energy and talent, time and effort to keep up the momentum of the great year we're experiencing as members of the St. George Branch of AAUW.

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. 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


Lolita Hagio, Co-Chair Membership CommitteeRemember: Joyce Spinelli, Co-Chair Membership Committeebeginning 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. For more information, contact Joyce Spinelli or Lolita Hagio, membership co-chairs.

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Garden Tour Committee is looking for homes and hostesses for the April 26th event. The Tour starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Four hostesses are needed for each home. Two for the morning shift and two for the afternoon. They are also looking for homes with nice gardens in the downtown St. George area to be on the tour. Tickets will be available to sell in April and any help you can provide with that will also be appreciated! To volunteer or recommend homes or sell tickets for the event please contact Em Diefenderfer 435-817-1018, em@quantumvitality.net

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The 5th Annual eSMART Fashion Show was a huge success ... Gloria Prahl will let us know just how successful it was at the next luncheon!

Esmart Fashion Show: Ruth Allen, Sue Wilson, Gloria Prahl

Esmart Fashion Show: guests

Photos courtesy of Dawn McClain.

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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

February 20, 2014



Great Decisions - Thursdays at the Library"Turkey and the Middle East" is the topic of this month's Great Decisions discussion group. Meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 in Conference Room A at the St. George Branch Library. There is a copy of the study guide in the reference library on the 3rd floor. Carol has one guide left to purchase or they may be ordered from The Foreign Policy Association at: www.fpa.org. The cost is $20.00. Great Decisions is open to the public and men are welcome!

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

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March 3, 2014



Mary Anne HolladayPlease join us for lunch and a presentation by Mary Anne Holladay on "Women and Education: the State of the State of Utah." Core to our AAUW mission of helping girls and women have a fair chance in this world is our belief that all girls are entitled to a good education. Ms. Holladay will report on the good, the bad and the ugly regarding the education of girls and women in Utah today and how we can make a difference going forward.

Ms. Holladay is the former Director of the Utah Women and Education Initiative. Dividing her time between homes in Salt Lake and Southern Utah, Mary Ann is a member of the St. George AAUW Branch and President and CEO of Holladay and Associates, a firm specializing in strategic planning and organizational assessment.

Ms. Holladay has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Utah. She is a member of the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and actively involved in community service, most recently chairing the Women for Educational Achievement Committee for United Way of Salt Lake's Women's Philanthropic Network (WPN). In 2012 she was honored as WPN's member of the year.

Kayla Koeber, AAUW Program Co-Chair

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 February 25, 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 February 25, 2014 to reserve your seat(s)

Note: The 2014 Convention Planning Group will be accepting donations to the St George AAUW Scholarship Fund at the luncheon. Donors will receive a Thank You gift of six magnetic drink charms for each donation of $20 or more to the fund.

February Luncheon Highlights

St G AAUW Feb luncheon: Thomas, Hartz, Thoburn, O'Brien

Linda Hartz shared her heart and history with us as a female, a lesbian and a U.S. Navy Commander (retired) as well as her search for community and equality in Washington County. Linda spent 34 years "in the closet" and spoke only for herself about diversity, acceptance and respect. Some of the facts and figures she reported to convey the state - and need - for equality included:

  • Discharges for homosexual service men and women were more than one a day under U.S. Military policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

  • The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, gave gays 1,138 benefits that had previously only been available for heterosexual couples. Important benefits that include: joint-filing of income tax, survival benefits and spousal inclusion for medical decisions.

  • For 17 days, gay and lesbians could legally marry in Utah. The state has filed an appeal to the ruling.

  • In Utah 1 in every 150 households is headed by a gay/lesbian couple.

  • Utah has moved from being the 38th gayest state in the U.S. to the 14th.

  • In Utah 89% of the population is white and 62% is LDS. Linda reminded us that anyone who doesn't fall into those two demographics is a minority.

Linda looks forward to the day when society moves beyond tolerance - to celebrating differences. Her closing advice to young gays was to "be true to yourself" and "to protect yourself, not everyone will love you."

St G AAUW Feb Luncheon: Howell, Eicher, Koeber, Sorensen

Photos courtesy of Dawn McClain.

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March 27, 2014



March on Washington (County)???

Begins at 5 pm ...kind of .... at the Entrada Country Club, Thursday, March 27. No host cash bar. Come "march" with us! (Enter from the Snow Canyon gate, tell the guard you are an Uppity Woman.)

Please RSVP to Kayla by March 26 if you can...no biggy if you can't.

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April 10, 2014


Scholarship Awards Tea

The Tea will be held in the Alumni House at DSU. Starts at 2:00 p.m. and will last about an hour. Open to the public. Street parking available. For more information please contact Em Diefenderfer 435-817-1018, em@quantumvitality.net

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April 26, 2014


Garden Tour

Downtown St. George, 10a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the Opera House social hall. Tickets are $10 per person and go on sale in April. Contact Em Diefenderfer 435-817-1018, em@quantumvitality.net for more information.

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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

Give It To Yourself

Committee News


Garden Tour

eSmart Fashion Show

Events Calendar

Great Decisions

Member Lunch

Uppity Women

Scholarship Awards Tea

Garden Tour

State Convention


Luncheon Schedule

Distinguished Woman of the Year

Branch Contacts

Your Support Team

The Answer Is: Sarah Breedlove

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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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Distinguished Woman of the Year

The Board is accepting nominations for our branch's Distinguished Woman of the Year. The recipient will be honored by the state organization at the state convention in May.

Is there someone--not necessarily a member of AAUW--that has made significant contributions to society at the local, state or national level and who you would like to honor by nominating for this award?

Contact either Ruthie Allen or Marianne Sorensen for a one-page summary of involvement and accomplishments that serves as the nomination form.

We'll want to know about her commitment to women’s equity and advancement, her commitment to education, her volunteer contributions, her professional achievements, and her contributions to AAUW's areas of interest.

Deadline for submission is April 7, 2014, and the recipient will be selected by the Board on April 14.

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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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The Question

Who was the first, self-made, American woman, millionaire?

Sarah Breedlove, aka:

Madam C.J. Walker

Sarah Breedlove First, Self-made,, American, WOMAN, millionaire

"I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations."

Madam C.J. Walker

Click on the links below to watch short videos about the remarkable Sarah Breedlove, aka, Madam C.J. Walker:

Successful Business Woman

Political Activist

Early Life

Mini Bio

February is Black History Month. For more inspiring stories of African American icons click here.

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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:
February 25, 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 February 25, 2014 to reserve your seat(s).

"I believe when women succeed, America succeeds."
Barack Obama, President of the United States
2014 State of the Union Address

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