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MAY 2014

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Summertime: Miles Davis & Gil Evans

Summertime is upon us and we wish you all a terrific one! We will continue our work getting ready for next year. Please watch for periodic newsletters and invitations to Uppity Women. Our next luncheon meeting will be on September 8th. We look forward to seeing you there and hearing what you did on your summer vacation!


Submitted By: Jeannette Johnson

Tell Our Senators How You Feel about their Equal Pay Vote!

On April 9, the Senate voted along party lines to once more prevent the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199/S. 84) from receiving an up-or-down vote. Even though a majority of senators support this common-sense legislation, the bill was blocked by procedural rules and partisan bickering. Senators didn't just fail to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act –they failed to agree to debate the bill!

Women. LIke men, only cheaper. At a time when working families are struggling to make ends meet due to gender pay discrimination, a minority of senators thought it was a good idea to block the Senate from even talking about passing a bill that would give employers and employees the tools they need to close the pay gap.

This is so frustrating! But in times like these, we don't give up – we double down.

Our Utah Senators voted against Equal Pay and need to hear how you feel about their votes. If they had supported the bill, we would be thanking them for standing on the right side of history, and strengthen their resolve to keep fighting for fair pay. However, they chose partisan gridlock over real change for women and working families, so make sure they know how wrong they are.

Let our senators know you were watching the equal pay vote! They need to know that this issue isn't going away – and that we are certainly not going away either.

Senator Orrin Hatch: 435-634-1795, twitter

Senator Mike Lee: 435-628-5514, facebook

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We believe in you!

Seven scholarships were presented to local students attending or planning on attending Dixie State University for 2014. 

Soon to be graduates from from Millcreek High School: Shawnee Li Grimshaw, Brenna Ledbetter and Jasmine Escobar were each awarded $500.00 toward their fall tuition at DSU. Both Shawnee and Brenna are interested in pursuing studies in criminal justice and eventually, law, while Jasmine will be studying biology, with an eye toward a career in zoology or as a veterinarian. New this year, Scholarship Committee announced they would extend these young ladies’ awards to the spring semester upon completion of the first semester at DSU with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

May 2015 AAUW Luncheon: Scholarship Awardees
L-R: Pam Wootten, Shannon Andersen, Monica Miner, Lauralyn Van Wagoner, Annette Harvey, Mandy Bell, Brenna Ledbetter, Shawnee Grimshaw, Jasmine Escobar

Monica Miner, working to complete the BSN program at DSU received our Garden Tour Scholarship for $600. This scholarship is specifically for re-entry students and is selected with the help of Sue Perschon, Scholarship Coordinator of DSU

Re-entry Scholarships, $1,000 each, were given to Lauralyn Van Wagoner and Mandy Bell.  Both are pursuing degrees in mathematics education. Our first Continuing Re-entry scholarship, also for $1,000.00, was awarded to Annette Olson Harvey who first received an award from the Branch in 2012. Annette is planning on completing her nursing BSN next year.

Each scholarship recipient shared their inspiring educational journey and spoke about how our assistance will help them by allowing them more time to focus on their studies and less pressure to work fulltime. We were grateful to have this luncheon as an opportunity to express to each woman how much we believe in her!

May 2015 AAUW Luncheon: Dorothy Engelman receives Distinguished Woman of the Year Award from Ruthie Allen + Marianne Sorensen.
Dorothy Engelman, center, receives Distinguished Woman of the Year Award from co-Presidents Ruthie Allen (l) and Marianne Sorensen (r)

Distinguished Woman of the Year

Because of her commitment to women’s equity, advancement and education, as well as her volunteer contributions, her professional achievements, and contributions to AAUW, Dorothy Engelman was named our Branch's "Distinguished Woman of the Year." Currently running for HD 74 Dorothy will also be honored at our State Convention this month. Congratulations Dorothy!

Final luncheon of the year.

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eSmart Camp for Girls

Submitted By: Gloria Prahl

It's starting to come together! Most of our Instructors are returning and we've added four new ones. Our five previous counselors will be joined by two new eager volunteers to complete our staffing.

We've had some last minute changes in our campers -- which has added to our work load. Six had to withdraw BUT we have 6 new girls who are really excited that they are now included - according to their mothers!

We would love to have you come visit us at camp and see what we do. Better yet -- join our volunteer staff and participate in what we do! Camps are scheduled for July 9-11 and July 16-18 on the campus of Dixie State University.

For more information please call me, Gloria Prahl at 674-2824 or Rosemary Hargrove 817-5650. We can use some help the week before and during camp. Thanks so much for supporting our girls!

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Submitted By: Lolita Hagio

A big AAUW welcome to each & every one of our eight (eight!) new members:

Marcia Burchstead R. Douglas Johnson
Pat Dalpiaz Susan Ann Stauffer
Sandy Ghio Karyn Thomas
Barbara Nichols Wreatha Witte

Time to Renew

Since our branch will not be meeting until September, the membership committee is asking (no, pleading!) all of you who have not renewed your AAUW membership for 2014-2015, to please mail your dues ASAP to:

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

It will make our job so much easier! :-) Care & feedingof our members.

Reach Out

As most of you know, our friend & fellow AAUW member Bobbie Sylvester, is having a challenging time putting up with chemotherapy. I’m sure Bobbie would love a card from you, or a telephone call:

Bobbie Sylvester
1303 Hagen Circle
St. George, UT 84770
(435) 656-0414

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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 information in the message itself or as an attached document. Send to: lysa@river-rd.com

May 16, 2014



Convention Cocktail Party & Uppity Women at the home of Katy Peterson (195 South Crestline) from 6-8 pm. Please note: this event is sold out.

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May 17, 2014



Convention attendees set your alarm clocks! Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott:185 S 1470 E, St. George, UT 84790. Please note: the Convention is sold out.

Questions should be directed to: Rosemary Hargrove: hargroverosemary@yahoo.com

"Reach Out - Connect In"
8:00 - 8:45 Registration
8:45 - 9:00 Welcome
9:00 - 10:30 Annual Business Meeting
10:30 - 11:30 Keynote Speaker: Amy Blackwell

Topic: Moving Forward in '15

What opportunities can we seize next year to advance equity for women and girls?

AAUW and AAUW Action Fund Director Amy Blackwell, Amy BlackwellBS MA, owns and operates a marketing & communications company in Castle Rock, Colorado. She is a certified facilitator of $tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshops and a member of the new AAUW Colorado eNetwork virtual branch, Blackwell lends her public policy expertise to the Colorado Pay Equity Commission, Rocky Mountain PBS's Women and Girls, and to AAUW Colorado's volunteer lobby corps and grassroots member mobilization efforts.

11:45 - 1:15 Lunch: Speaker: Mary Ann Holladay

Topic: Women and Education: Utah's Best Practices.

Mary Ann Holladay has over 30 years of experience in leadership, strategic consulting, and organizational development. She is the president and CEO of HolladayMary Anne Holladay & Associates, a firm specializing in strategic planning and organizational assessment. She is actively involved in community service through organizations such as United Way of Salt Lake's Women's Leadership Council and Intermountain Therapy Animals. Mary Ann has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Utah.

1:15 - 1:30 Break
1:30 - 2:30 Workshop I
2:40 - 3:40 Workshop II
3:45 - 4:30 Celebration of the Branches (Summary of Branch reports); final announcements; Closing resolutions
4:30 Adjourn

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June 6 - 8, 2014




Nevada AAUW has been given a unique opportunity to host AAUW women from Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, and Idaho.

Patricia Fae Ho, President of AAUW, Lisa Maatz, AAUW Vice President of Government Relations, Deepti Gudipati, AAUW Director of Membep Leadership Programs, and Jill Hanauer of Project New America are featured speakers at The Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, "Women of the West - Beyond the Wagon Train" at the Siena Hotel, June 6-8, 2014.

Come learn what AAUW is doing nationally and in neighboring states. Come enjoy socializing with like-minded women who are dedicated to AAUW's mission. Tune in to the leadership training on Friday morning. Tour the historic area of Reno.Relax in the lovely hotel by the Truckee River. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nevada women's suffrage.

The low registration fee of $130 includes Saturday lunch and dinner. Links to the registration form and flyer are below. May 10 is the deadline for conference and hotel reservations. Make your reservations now to avoid late fees.

Come join us for an experience you won't forget - "Beyond the Wagon Train" - rub elbows with modern Western Women!

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June 19, 2014


Uppity Women

5:00 p.m - ish: Entrada Country Club: enter from the Snow Canyon gate. Uppity Women will meet through the summer so we can enjoy cool cocktails in the sizzling heat. July and August dates to be announced. Watch your inbox for the invite!

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July 9-11 & July 16-18, 2014



Camps will be held on the campus of Dixie State University. Volunteers needed! We can use some help the week before camps start and during camp. For more information please call Gloria Prahl at 674-2824 or send an e- mail to: e-smart@infowest.com.

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Board Message

Happy Summer!


Senate Rejects Equal Pay

May Luncheon Highlights

eSmart Camp for Girls

Welcome New Members!

Events Calendar

Cocktail Party

State Convention

Beyond the Wagon Train

Uppity Women

eSmart Camp


Luncheon Schedule

Board Meetings

Branch Contacts

Your Support Team

Distinguished Members

Fun Stuff


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.

September 8, 2014

October 6, 2014

November 10. 2014

December 1, 2014

January 5, 2015

February 2, 2015

March 2, 2015

April 6, 2015
(Annual Meeting at new Promise Church)

May 4, 2015


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Board Meetings are held at Jones-Waldo and start promptly ;-) at 4 p.m.

September 15, 2014

October 13, 2014

November 17, 2014

December 8, 2014

January 12, 2015

February 9, 2015

March 9, 2015

April 13, 2015

May 11, 2015

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Ruthie Allen: Co-President, AAUW

Ruth Allen

Marianne Sorensen: Co-President, AAUW

Marianne Sorensen

Co-Vice Presidents Programs

Kayla Koeber, AAUW Program Co-Chair

Kayla Koeber

Angela Thoburn AAUW Program Co-Chair

Angela Thoburn


Joyce Spinelli, Co-Chair Membership Committee

Joyce Spinelli

Lolita Hagio, Co-Chair Membership Committee

Lolita Hagio


Donna Howell, AAUW Co-VP Finance

Donna Howell

Bonnie Boling


Gail Winterfeld

Gail Winterfeld

Vicky Jennings

Archivist/Past President

Pam Wootten

Pamela Wootten

Public Policy

Lisa Bratton

Scholarship Committee Chair

Shannon Anderson


Gloria Prahl

Gloria Prahl

Newsletter/Techy Stuff

Lysa McCarroll

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You have questions about the website:
Dawn McLain

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

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30 + Years

57 Ellen Tadken
46 Jeannette Johnson
44 Pamela Wootten
33 Carol Sawaya

20-29 Years

28 Lois Sheets
27 Louise Stevens
25 Penelope Eicher
22 Ruthann Adams
20+ Kay Ackerman
20+ Wreatha Witte
20 Carol Day
20 Gloria Prahl
20 Linda Timmons
20 Chris Wheeler

10-19 Years

19 Dianne Baumann
19 Joyce Spinelli
18 Mary Bartholomous
17 Laura Rodelander
12 Kayla Koeber
12 Marilyn Wenzel

5-10 Years

9 Laura Blackman
7 Liz Adams
7 Ruth Allen
7 Carol Lubomudrov
7 Lesley McPeek
6 Nadene Barish
6 Bobbie Sylvester
6 Jean Volz
6 Sue Wilson
6 Gail Winterfield
5 Lolita Hagio
5 Rosemary Hargrove
5 Terry Ogborn
5 Daphne Selbert
5 Cindy Smith
5 Marianne Sorensen
5 Helen Stanfield
5 Heidi Tasso
5 Janet Tenneson-McCarty
5 Colette Thomas

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Fun Stuff

Video: Which is the guilty dog?

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Summer Newsletter

We will be publishing at least one Newsletter during the summer. If you have news & information you would like to share with the group please send it to lysa@river-rd.com


Please submit news, information, committee updates, etc. 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:

"Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."
Susan Ertz

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