Category Archives: This and That

Marching on January 20th

On Saturday, January 20th, six AAUW Carlisle members plus out-of-town friend and two spouses caravanned to Gettysburg to join the Women’s March Gettysburg in support and celebration of the first anniversary of this historic movement.

It was especially fitting that marchers gathered at Lincoln Square which honors our great President Lincoln and his “Gettysburg Address”.

The event kicked off with a warm welcome to several hundred marchers followed by speeches from local citizens, community leaders and politicians.  After rallying the crowds, leaders launched the march which meandered through downtown Gettysburg from Lincoln Square to Unity Park.

Back to School

AAUW has a long tradition of supporting STEM, especially for girls.  So it is not surprising to find members giving of their time as judges for the Carlisle Area School District Science Fair.  On Friday, January 19th, three members (one not pictured) spent the evening scoring various science projects on display at the Carlisle High School.  It was not an easy job given the many strong entries that demonstrated hard work, knowledge and dedication by the students!

Celebrating with Virginia

Several AAUW Carlisle Branch members attended the opening reception of Square One– a juried exhibit prompted by the concept of “square one” at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) on Friday, January 12th to celebrate with Virginia Mueller.  Virginia’s painting, Square One/The Creator, was one of 35 selected from 87 entries.  The exhibit is open until Saturday, February 3rd.

Collaborating with AAUW Dickinson Student Organization

Wednesday, November 29th the the AAUW Dickinson College student organization hosted Carlisle AAUW Career Panel.  Five AAUW Carlisle members were invited to discuss their careers. This event is one example of the great relationship between our branch and the student organization.

Each panelist shared their education and career story.  Common themes–a Liberal Arts education is a great foundation; careers have twists and turns; take advantage of opportunities when presented; returning to school for an advanced degree can be done at any age.  When asked for one piece of advice–don’t underestimate what you can do; your integrity (reputation) is paramount; can have career and family, but requires spouse support and creativity (studying during naps); don’t apologize for not wanting a spouse and/or children.  One question was how to handle being in a male-dominated field.  Be yourself–not one of the boys; maintain professional demeanor; understand the jobs around you–boss, subordinates, peers–to know where to make a unique impact; build relationships, build relationships, build relationships.

An Author in Our Midst

Congratulations to Phyllis Orenyo for publishing her first book, “My Cat is a Hat”.  The book signing on October 28th at Carlisle Arts Learning Center featured her granddaughter, Melanie, who provided the concept art for the book.  Wonderful grandmother–granddaughter collaboration.

Deeper in Debt

AAUW’s newest research was released May 24th.  Deeper in Debt explores the issue of college debt through a gender lens–the first study to do so.  For the class of 2015, Pennsylvania is the second highest debt state–$34,798 per student.

AAUW Carlisle at AAUW-PA State Convention

Taking advantage of the close proximity of the this year’s AAUW-PA State Convention held in York, PA, seven members of the branch attended the Friday evening to Sunday noon event in April 2017.  For a full recap of the convention, read the May 2017 Keystoner.  For personal reflections, keep reading.

“Loved meeting members from other branches! Their accomplishments are admirable and their enthusiasm for making an impact is contagious. I feel like I’ve met far flung cousins of a big, competent family! “  Pat Markowski

The state convention in York was informative and enlightening. It was fun to reconnect with friends from other branches, meet new friends and hear some great speakers. I also got some new ideas to implement within our branch and within the community. I was very proud of the fact that there were 7 Carlisle members in attendance.
Linkey Green

I was very glad to be able to attend part of my first PA AAUW meeting. Mary Armstrong’s discussion on Women in STEM was very interesting and I found the public policy workshop (“It’s All About the Bill”) extremely informative and helpful as I think about how to maximize my impact and success as an advocate.  Donna M. Bickford, Ph.D.

WOW! The AAUW-PA state convention provide an opportunity to learn more about AAUW’s policies and what we are doing to change climate for women and girls. It was great to interact with like-minded women from across the state. My favorite sessions concerned sexual assault and implicit bias, prejudice and stereotypes. Sue Royer

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to attend the AAUW-PA Convention this year. Since I am a fairly new AAUW member, the convention was a great way to learn a lot about AAUW’s advocacy priorities, what is going on at the state and national levels, what other organizations we partner or collaborate with, and what is going on at other branches around the state. The speakers were fantastic, the presentations were thought-provoking and inspirational, and the conversations with other women were encouraging and enjoyable.  Molly A. Shane, CFRE

Remember the professional conferences you dreaded attending? AAUW-PA state convention is the opposite. Meeting new people; sharing ideas; learning; and lots of laughing are why I enjoy state convention. Mark your calendars now for April 13-15, 2018 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, PA.  Ann Pehle

At state convention, members gather to connect with old friends and make new ones. There is the opportunity to sharpen skills, network, and learn from one another. The many workshops and speakers on the agenda are aimed at helping to give you the tools to bring the mission home to your branch and community. Attending a state convention inspires members’ passion, energy, and enthusiasm for AAUW.  Marjie Mowery

Wonderful day in Washington D.C.

We had a fabulous day in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, April 12th visiting AAUW’s new National Headquarters, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill.   The bus driver even scoped out some still-blooming cherry blossoms to show us on a quick tour around the tidal basin.

Members of the AAUW Public Policy team spent over an hour with us discussing current events as they relate to AAUW public policy issues and work at the federal, state and local level.  After a tour of the office and lunch, members of the Branch Relations (membership) team discussed national AAUW membership.  They asked what we were doing to achieve a high renewal percentage and add so many new members.  All the right stuff, we guessed.  🙂  We all gained a greater understanding of and appreciation for the AAUW national office and the work they do to support branches and public policy initiatives.

Next we were off to the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a guided tour and time to meander on our own.  We ended the day with dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill, an iconic tavern offering American meals.

Thank you, Don Mowery for planning such an wonderful excursion.

AAUW-PA Board Election Voting Options

Exercise your vote as an AAUW-PA member for the 2017-2018 officers.  And, it is especially important since our own Linkey Green is on the ballot.  Would be a shame if her branch didn’t have good voter turnout.  Here are your options.

Option 1 — Attend the annual convention
The annual meeting with elections will be on Saturday, April 22.

Option 2 — Online voting
Online voting is available now through midnight, June 14, 2017.  Clicking this link will bring up an initial screen that will include instructions and three boxes asking for voting confirmation information: 1) first name; 2) last name; and 3) branch.  Voter names and branch affiliation are required only to verify that you are 1) a current paid AAUW-PA member and 2) that you are not voting multiple times.  This information will not be connected to your vote.

Clicking the “next” box on screen one will bring up the actual ballot. It looks exactly like the paper ballot that includes the titles of each office—Finance Officer, and Membership VP, the two candidates’ names; and an option for a write-in.

Option 3 — Mail in a paper ballot
Refer to the instructions on page 3 of the Keystoner.