Category Archives: This and That

AAUW Proposed Bylaw Changes

The AAUW National Board of Directors has voted to put three proposals for bylaws amendments before the membership for a vote this spring.  The proposed amendments address creating three-year staggered board terms, opening board service to those outside of the AAUW membership, and eliminating the degree requirement for membership. While rationale and details for each proposed amendment can be found on the AAUW website, the overarching motivation for these changes is to uphold and advance AAUW’s mission and ensure optimal execution at the national board level.

This video of Julia Brown, AAUW Board Chair, and Kimberly Churches, AAUW  CEO provide insight to the rationale for the proposed changes as well as answer common questions.

AAUW-PA supports the proposed changes.  This document was created to assist members desire to learn more about the issues.  It contains the AAUW rationale plus additional insights from AAUW-PA.

Voting is open through June 9th.  On April 25th, you received an email with your AAUW member ID and voting PIN.  Using that email, you may vote anytime before 9:00 p.m. June 9th.

The AAUW Carlisle Public Policy Committee is holding a Voting Open House on Thursday, May 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Virginia Mueller’s art gallery—Hauto Zat Gallery—45 East South Street.  Bring your member ID and voting PIN and we will have a computer set up for you to vote.  Don’t worry if you lost/forget those special numbers.  We have member IDs and a hotline to get your PIN.  Come, enjoy Virginia’s art and refreshments, and vote.

Heart Healthy Delights

Who knew we could have fun learning or being reminded about what to eat or not to eat for a healthy heart.  Our February meeting, Delicious, Heart Healthy Delights, was fabulous.  Gail and Carmen provided great information and tips in their presentation.  And made us laugh.  We sampled recipes they had modified to make more heathly and tried at home to perfect.  Thank you to the family tasters.  What we tasted Tuesday night was delicious.  It was unanimous–healthy can be tasty.

Click to get the presentation — Delicious, Heart Healthy Delights — and recipes — Heart Healthy Delights Recipes.

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