March 2013 - AAUW San Mateo (CA)

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BAY LEAVES
AAUW/San Mateo
Vol. 83,
March 2013, Vol. 83, Issue 6
Issue 1
PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE
serving on the board.
board positions listed in the front of the
Gayle Hardt & Helen Hatchett
Thanks to Betty Bernstein for arranging the
wonderful art program- "Visiting Vermeer - A
Journey to the 17th Century.” This informative
talk and slide show was presented by Kay
Payne and enjoyed by all who attended. Kay's
annual January art program is one of our most
popular events.
special program on human trafficking. It is
being held on Friday, March 8th, from 1:00 2:30.p.m.
at
Recreation
Department's
the
Burlingame
Social
Park
and
Hall,
850
Burlingame Avenue. We were shocked to learn
that San Mateo County has the second highest
ranking in human trafficking in California.
It's that time of year again!!
We are in great need of someone to take over
the position of Financial Officer. Anyone
having basic bookkeeping skills is qualified.
If you are interested in serving our branch in
this capacity, please contact either Helen or
meeting to plan the future leadership of the
Committee
Don’t forget to send in your reservation for
our annual AAUW Funds Luncheon on April
24.
Look for detailed information with the
reservation form on the different colored
insert included in this newsletter.
See you
there!
UPCOMING BRANCH EVENTS
A Nominating
Committee has been appointed and will be
The
directory.
Gayle.
We would like to encourage you to attend our
branch.
You can find all the
will
prepare
a
proposed slate of officers to be voted on at the
Friday, March 8, 2013
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Program on Human Trafficking
AAUW Funds luncheon in April. There will also
Burlingame Park and Rec. Dept.
be the opportunity to run for branch office at
850 Burlingame Ave.
the luncheon. You may self-nominate or
nominate another member, but you must have
that member's permission to do so.
We would love to see some new faces on the
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Annual AAUW Funds Luncheon
Crystal Springs Golf Club
Saturday, June l, 2013
board. Please call Gayle or Helen Hatchett if
Reception for Scholarship Recipients
you would like to become more involved in the
SMCCCD Administration Building
branch by
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NEW BOOK GROUP
MEMBERSHIP
B
Carol Way
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Branch Membership as of February 7, 2013: 177
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tCONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW 50YEAR
MEMBERS: Alice Jamieson and Lois Hand.
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The branch now has 26 50-year members.
WELCOME to returning member:
B
Judy Bloom
UC Berkeley BA 1966
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rADDRESS
CHANGES :
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Nan Mahaffy
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Julie Hitchock
tIN MEMORIUM
Our branch is starting up a NEW book
discussion group!! The meeting times and
days will be the 4th Friday of the month at
10:00 a.m. The first meeting will be at
Maureen Buchner's home on Friday,
February 22nd at 10:00 a.m. On that day the
group will choose books they would like to
read, and a complimentary lunch will be
provided. If you would like to be part of this
book group, or if you are a current member
of another book group and would like to
have an additional book group to belong to,
PLEASE join us. Please call or E-mail
Maureen to let her know if you will attend.
Her contact information is:
BOOK NOTES
eDrawing Readers toOther Arcles
while visiting in Montana. She was a 50-year
i
member
of the branch, graduating from UC
Evelyn Stanton passed away over the holidays
Berkeley in 1948 with an BA degree. Evelyn was an
n
outstanding member of AAUW, and served as
president of the branch in 1967-69, CA state
president 1976-78 and National treasurer 198183. Our branch endowed a fellowship in her
honor in 1978. As an active member of the branch
and community, she will be remembered for her
many years of loyal service to San Mateo County,
especially as Executive Director of the Mental
Health Association of San Mateo County.
Arden Weinberg joined the branch in 2010. She
attended UCLA, graduating from UC Berkeley in
1950.
Following graduation she was a social
worker, then returned to Golden Gate University to
receive her law degree in 1968.
Arden was an
active member of our Great Decision section.
The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life
and Legacy of Frances Perkins--Social
Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the
Minimum Wage by Kirstin Downey
Our book group discussed this fascinating book
in January. After extensive research, Kirstin
Downey wrote a book that wove personal
details of Frances Perkins, the times in which
she lived, and historical figures that we all know
into a narrative that was totally amazing. A lady
most of us had never heard of, and was never
mentioned in our history classes, but who,
through personal strength of character and a
desire to make life better, especially for
women, children and working people, changed
the history of our times. Franklin Roosevelt
appointed her Secretary of Labor, becoming
the first woman member of any Presidential
Cabinet. Her work changed child labor laws,
made forty-hour work weeks possible, gave us
social
security
and
unemployment
compensation. When I finished the book, I
missed her. She changed history for all of us.
We had no idea that this one small lady would
have such a gigantic effect on millions of lives.
Jill Stewart, Book Group I
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TECH TREK
Maureen Buchner
Thank you to all who contributed toward this
EK
REPORT
year's
camp. We are now in the process of
gathering the forms and essays from the students
nominated by our local middle school teachers.
Then the committee will begin interviewing the
students to choose our campers. We have had a
reservation for 8 campers for the last 3 or 4 years.
When our generous members and community
partners get together, we can raise the money for
this great program. Thanks again to Boston
Private Bank for renewing sponsorship of 1
camper. We will be sending our 8 students again
this year.
Camp Grace Hopper will meet from July 14-20th
this year. Our branch has helped with registration
on opening day for about 8 years. If you would like
to spend an hour or two greeting campers and
families, we will be present on July 7th for Camp
Curie and July 14th for Camp Hopper. Please call
Maureen Buchner to volunteer. This will be from
1-3p.m. and you may attend the inspiring kick-off
speech by Judge La Doris Cordell if you wish.
FETHNIC LUNCH NOTES:
iOn January 23rd the Ethnic Lunch Group met
tat Sirayvah (pronounced see-ray-wah) in San
Carlos to dine on organic Thai cusine in a
tablecloth dining room decorated
with orchids. We started with a delicious
squash soup, summer rolls and meang kum
iwhich tickled our tongues with a burst of
sparkling flavor. The entrees included crispy
ntamarind prawns, Panang salmon in red curry
gsauce, vegetables with eggplant and pad seeew (large flat rice noodles with egg, chicken
and vegetables). The food and the
conversation were delightful.
tpleasant
a
nLyn Haithcox
LEGAL ADVOCACY FUND LUNCHEON
Join AAUW California to hear Jennifer Reisch, Legal
Director for Equal Rights Advocates, speak about
the Dukes v. Walmart case and representing Betty
Dukes and the women of Walmart.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
12pm - 3pm
Tickets $40
RSVP by March 5
Embassy Suites Burlingame
150 Anza Boulevard
Burlingame 94101
For an online reservation form, go to the AAUW CA
website, www.aauw-ca.org. or contact the AAUW
office at (916) 448-7795.
INTRODUCTORY DISCUSSION ON FINANCIAL
PLANNING: MARCH 26th, 2013
As a result of recent conversations with various
members, I was asked to obtain a speaker to cover a
variety of financial topics. This speaker will be Judith
Colvin, Senior Vice President-Investments for UBS
(Union Bank of Switzerland). In order to focus her
talk, she has asked that the attendees submit answers
to two questions prior to the meeting.
1. Name three things that prevent you from
feeling in charge financially, and
2. Name the top three goals you want your
investments to help you achieve.
The meeting will take place at my home from 10 to 12
on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. If you are interested,
please send your name and answers to the above
questions to me by Sunday, March 24.
Gerhild Klein
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YOU MAY CHOOSE THE SPECIFIC FUND FOR YOUR $20 AAUW FUNDS
CHECK WHEN YOU MAKE A RESERVATION FOR THE 4/24 LUNCHEON
When you write this check, you have the option of designating one of the
many funds within “AAUW Funds” by putting a number in the notation
line on the lower left side of your check! Some of the many funds are
listed here. For others, please go to www.aauw.org
2012-2013 AAUW FUNDS
Supported Funds and Unfinished Endowments
AAUW Funds is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports all programs listed below which are all tax-deductible.
#9110 AAUW Funds supports the general support of all AAUW Funds activities and its administration.
#4336 Educational Opportunities Fund supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities that give women a chance
for a lifetime of success.
#4332 Fellows Alumnae Initiative inspires women by providing access to the network of past and current AAUW fellows and
grantees.
Fellowships and Grants support a specific “California Unfinished Endowment”
California Unfinished Endowments as of July 2012
To support a specific AAUW California endowment within the Educational Opportunities Fund, please select from the following
unfinished endowments:
AMERICAN FELLOWSHIPS
Vivian Lamont Coe # 4046 (West Contra Costa)
Anne Bryant #4052
INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS
Jessie & Wilder Ellis # 4100
RESEARCH AND PROJECTS
Lucy Lindsey/Margaret Hankle #4078 (Hayward-Castro Valley)
Fritzi Martin #4190 (Pasadena)
Nevada County Branch Diamond Jubilee #4314
Muriel S. Robinson # 4316 (Santa Maria)
Tena Gallagher Research and Projects Grant #4353
Vicki Lee DeMasi/Marin (CA) Inc. Branch #4356
Gloria Taylor and Judy Pfeil R&P Grant # 4360 (Berkeley)
Sunnyvale-Cupertino 50th Anniversary #4364
#9170 The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund supports AAUW research that provides analysis, data, and accurate information about
issues that are important to women and girls. Past reports include The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (2012),
Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School (2011), and Why so Few? Women in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (2010).
#4229 Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle members pool their contributions to AAUW Funds to decide together how their
contributions will make the greatest impact for AAUW.
#3999 The Legal Advocacy Fund supports the protection of the legal rights of those who are facing discrimination. You
may choose to direct your donation to the following tax-deductible programs.
#9310 Case Support. Protects LAF plaintiffs by supporting workplace sex discrimination cases.
#3072 Travel and Education Grants. Protect AAUW members through educational programs, presented by LAF plaintiffs and
lawyers, about legal rights.
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#3500 Gloria Weston Campus Outreach Projects. Protect college students from discrimination, harassment, and assault
through on- campus program grants.
#4339 The Leadership Programs Fund supports programs that develop women’s potential to lead in their schools,
communities, and country. You may choose to direct your donation to the following specific tax-deductible programs.
#2505 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Attendees develop their leadership skills, networks, and
ambition at this acclaimed, intensive three-day conference held annually in Washington, D.C.
#2515 Campus Action Projects. AAUW awards grants to campus leaders to deliver programs guided by the findings and
recommendations of AAUW research to address a gender-based issue in their community. Replicable or ongoing projects are
selected to provide continued leadership training and support for women leaders.
#2522 Elect Her. Teaches leaders the skills they need to run for student government. This program successfully increases the
number of women who are involved in making decisions that affect all students on campus. These student leaders are also
introduced to a national network of women who are running for and holding public offices.
#4337 The Public Policy Fund supports advocacy for public policies and laws that are fair to women.
You may choose to direct your donation to the following specific tax-deductible programs.
#2256 Government Relations. Our professional lobbyists advocate on Capitol Hill and in the White House, ensuring that our
voices are heard in the halls of Congress and at the tables of power when decisions are made that affect women and girls.
#2517 Civic Engagement. Helps women act as their own advocates by providing members with the information and tools to
build robust woman-to-woman voter registration and
turnout drives in their communities.
#2257 Field Organizing. Engages individuals and branches in public policy advocacy through Impact Grants, Action Network,
the Two-Minute Activist program, and Washington Update.
“GEMS IN THE SAND”
Program by MICHAEL SVANEVIK
On a clear day one can see the College of San Mateo
campus and a perfect view of the San Mateo area from
the new College Center building where the branch held
its meeting February 9 in the College Heights room.
Prof. Michael Svanevik related in his own way the many
women of history who have been the gems in the sand.
Who are some of these women: Donaldina Cameron,
Clara Barton, Jenny Crocker, Rosie the Riveter, Grace
Hopper, and many more. The women were given little
credit for their contributions to society and history. This
new subject was developed as a result of the branch grant
given to Michael this past year.
If you enjoyed the meeting or couldn't attend, Michael
will begin a class at the San Mateo Senior Center, May
21, entitled "Royal Women of Windsor--The
Matriarchy.”
Thank you to President Mike Clare of CSM, Elissa
James, Maureen Buchner, Annette Delaney and Judy
Laird for helping to make the event so successful.
Carol Way, Chairperson
Branch Policies and Procedures
The branch Policies and Procedures committee
has been reviewing any mandated changes.
Each time something is mandated by the state,
the branch must match what the state Policies
and Procedures have directed. This has been
discussed and approved by the board, and now
it is ready to come to the general membership.
These changes and other updates in our
document will be sent to all members with
email so that you may review them. If you do
not have email, a paper copy may be requested
for your perusal. If you want the printed copy,
please call Helen Hatchett.
EDITOR’S REMARKS
Annette Delaney
Carol Way and Maureen Buchner have been
proofreading the Bay Leaves for many years
and will continue to do so, and this year Anne
Horgan is doing the mailings. However, the
Bay Leaves team is expanding with the
addition of Judy Laird and Margo King, who
help select articles, edit, and offer advice.
Thank you all very much!
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TRAVEL NOTES
Cuba Connection by Barbara Schotzko
The first impression of Cuba is one of faded
grandeur. The Spanish built beautiful homes and
buildings, but most are deteriorating and
covered with mildew. The poor live in these
buildings either for free or very minimal fees,
and they do nothing to enhance them.
American citizens visiting Cuba must be with a
government-vetted tour company with an
itinerary Cuba has dictated. Our Havana hotel
was surprisingly modern and efficient, and our
beach resort was quite old but very clean and
charming. We also visited Trinidad, a very old
city with lovely plazas and deteriorating
buildings.
Our daily schedules were very full. We visited
many of the facilities that provide all of the free
services of which Cuba is so proud. Many did not
seem to be running efficiently. Since most
services—such as education and health--are free
and government operated, most jobs are in the
government.
Pay is dictated, and most
professionals (doctors, lawyers, etc) are lucky to
make $30 a month. Many professionals have left
their fields of work to pursue service jobs where
they can make more on tips. Some drive the
1950’s Fords and Chevys and act as cab drivers.
Very recently, citizens have been allowed to
start their own businesses. Some have small
restaurants in their homes. A few offer bed-andbreakfasts. There were a number of street
vendors with small booths to sell local souvenirs.
There were not many opportunities to talk with
the locals. We had one evening with college
students who were very defensive about their
way of life.
Food is rationed, and locals can buy extra for
very little money. Our meals were adequate:
lots of fish, rice and beans and some meat.
Despite the restrictions, it is a fascinating trip.
Do go.
AN IMPORTANT EVENT FOR
ALL AAUW CA MEMBERS:
April 20, 2013 Annual Meeting
in Sacramento
The annual AAUW CA Business Meeting
on April 20 will be a multi-dimensional
event. It will include a unique opportunity
to discuss proposed bylaws changes and
state dues increase with other attendees
and the state leadership team. Meeting
organizers will offer a live blog of the
dues increase discussion so that you will
be more informed before you cast your
vote.
This first-ever annual meeting outside of a state
convention will include updates from the
National AAUW president, the AAUW CA Special
Projects Fund president, and the AAUW CA
president, as well as selected program updates
on the work of AAUW CA. (Go to page 12 of the
Winter 2013 issue of California Perspective for a
complete agenda.)
MARCH 2013 INTEREST SECTIONS
INTEREST SECTIONS CHAIR – Elissa James
CALENDAR CHAIR – Susan Blake
Most sections meet in homes, so space is limited.
A star * indicates space is NOT available.
Arts & Culture
Marge Denni
Marjorie Kobe
Sun., Mar. 24, 2 PM
Please join Maggie and Marge to see ‘The Sorcerer’
--Gilbert & Sullivan’s magical musical at the Herbst
Theatre in San Francisco.
Tickets are $39 for seniors plus a $2.75 service
charge. Call for further details regarding deadline
for payment and transportation.
Book Discussion I
Elissa James
Thurs., Mar. 21, 10 AM
The Social Animal by David Brooks
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*Book Discussion II
Judy Anderson
Thurs., Mar. 28, Noon
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Pat Motto
Book Discussion III
Sherrean Rundberg
Mon., Mar. 11, 1:30 PM
Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Audrey Jackson
Book Discussion IV – NEW SECTION
Maureen Buchner
Fri., Mar. 22, 10 AM
California Fact & Legend
Helen Hatchett
Sat., Mar. 2
Come join us on a trip (via BART) to the third annual
History Expo at the Old Mint in San Francisco. Learn
more about the history of SF through artifacts, photographs, oral histories, and a variety of exhibits and
films. RSVP to Helen Hatchett.
Daytime Bridge
Elissa James
3rd Monday, Mar. 18, 1 – 4 PM
Dining Out
Helen Hatchett
Wed. Mar. 20, 6 PM
All Spice (Contemporary Indian Cuisine), 1620 El
Camino Real, bet.16th and 17th Aves. RSVP to Jane
Jackson.
*Drama Reading
Marjorie Kobe
Wed. Mar. 6, 9 AM
Leslie Ragsdale
We love the theater and read plays aloud while seated
informally. No experience is necessary.
Ethnic Dining
Mary Faber
Wed., Mar. 13, 7 PM
Amber Moon Indian Restaurant, 1425 Burlingame
Ave., Burlingame, 650-343-1000. RSVP by 3/10 to
Sue Rosenberg
Ethnic Lunch
Annette Delaney, RSVP
4th Wed., Mar. 27. Meet at 11 a.m. to carpool to
Rangoon Ruby, 445 Emerson, Palo Alto.
Foreign Affairs – Great Decisions
Carol Way
Thurs. Mar. 14, 10:30 – 12:00
Betty Bernstein
TOPIC: Humanitarian intervention
*French – Intermediate
Joan Goble
Every Monday, 10:30 AM
Hiking
Bobbi Benson
Mon. Mar. 4, 10 AM
Sat. Mar. 23, 10 AM
To join us anytime, call or email Bobbie.
Movies
Pat Haupt
2nd Wed., Mar 13
Public Policy/Current Events
Betty Bernstein
Jeanne Duggan
Tues., Mar. 19, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon
Join us in viewing a salon screening of "Half the Sky:
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women
Worldwide," a 41-minute film of excerpts from the
four-hour original that will be followed by a
discussion that helps us connect with the global issues
presented by the film. Open to all AAUW members.
Shirley Roberson.
PROJECTS:
AAUW Singers
Cathy Foxhoven
Call or email Cathy for information.
Famous Women in History
Cathy Foxhoven
Call or email Cathy for information.
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MARCH 2013 CALENDAR
Sunday
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Friday Saturday
1
3
10
4
Hiking
French
11
French
Book III
17
18
Day Bridge
French
24
Arts &
Culture
25
French
2
CA F & L
5
6
Drama
7
8
9
Branch
Program
14
15
16
Foreign
LAF
Affairs
Luncheon
12
13
Movies
Ethnic Dining
19
Public
Policy
20
Dining Out
21
Book I
22
Book IV
23
Hiking
26
27
Financial Ethnic Lunch
Planning
28
Book II
29
30
2013 AAUW FUNDS Luncheon and Opportunity Drawing
When:
Wednesday April 24th
11:00 a.m. to Noon Social hour with complimentary beverages
12:00 Noon Lunch will be served
Where:
Wedgewood Banquet Center at Crystal Springs Golf Course
6650 Golf Course Drive, Burlingame
(Black Mountain exit off highway 280)
The opportunity drawing proceeds will go towards AAUW Funds, as well as your
separate AAUW Funds donation check.
This year’s speaker is author Lian Gouw. She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia,
then a Dutch colony known as the Netherlands East Indies. Her book, “Only a
Girl,” is set on the Island of Java, Indonesia, between 1930 and 1952. It is the
story about the everyday lives of three generations of Chinese women and their
struggle for identity against a political backdrop of the world depression, World
War II, and the Indonesian revolution.
Please join us for an afternoon of friendship, fun and learning.
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Name ______________________________________________
Phone _____________________________
Please indicate your choice of entrée below
_____ Chicken Piccata
_____Salmon Filet
_____ Pasta Primavera
w/bearnaise sauce
PLEASE NOTE: our branch treasurer can ONLY accept TWO separate checks
Lunch:
$27.00 check made out to: AAUW/San Mateo
AAUW Funds: $20.00 check made out to: AAUW Funds (tax-deductible)
I cannot attend, but I want to support AAUW Funds with my contribution of
_______________
Please mail your two checks to: Elissa James
Reservation deadline: April 10th, 2013
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