March 2017 Meeting Minutes

Prior to the business meeting, Chad Farner talked about the PFLAG organization, what its purpose is, how it came to Oskaloosa, and what it has been doing.  He encouraged AAUW members to participate as individuals and as an organization.

Cheryl Benson presided at the business meeting.  The secretary’s report for February’s meeting had not been included on the website, so it was not approved.  The treasurer reported a balance of $514.68 and that the website fee has been paid.

Cheryl read correspondence regarding a dues increase to become effective in 2018, if it is approved.  The last increase was in 2008.  She also gave a short summary of the history of IFUW, the international federation of university women.

The book sale dates are Oct 4—8; the agreement with the mall has been signed.  Dates for sorting will be discussed at next month’s brunch.

The annual spring brunch will be April 22, 9 a.m. in the Schueremann Room at William Penn.  Tressa Glass and Linh Ta, Des Moines Register reporters, will speak.  Tressa is the daughter of AAUW member Julie Glass.  More information about making reservations will be forthcoming.

An AAUW sponsored seminar on women running for office will be held March 28 & 29 in Des Moines.

The nominating committee reported the following slate: President Marilyn Porter, Vice President Janet Wagner Johnson, Treasurer Pat Kitzman, and Newsletter Cheryl Benson.  A secretary has yet to be confirmed.

Marilyn Porter reported on Ida Street, a native of Oskaloosa, who received AAUW’s first American Fellowship in 2011.  A Vassar graduate, her advanced degree was from Michigan.  She was a teacher and author, whose book has been reprinted.

Dianne Van Gorp, Secretary

February 2017 Meeting Minutes

The February meeting of AAUW was held at Smokey Row on 2/21/17, at 7pm. Karen Hafner was our presenter for the evening. She is the Oskaloosa Main Street Director, and shared information about what is happening around Oskaloosa. She also answered questions about projects happening around town. Some highlights include the new façade project on and around the square. The project is approved by the Historic Preservation society. The owner pays 25%, and a grant pays the rest. The plan is to start in April and work on one or two at a time to minimize mess and congestion. Karen also explained how the Oskaloosa Chamber had divided its workload, especially now that they are actively looking for two new employees. She discussed how many groups have seen a need, and worked together to make our town better. An example is the Alley Katz working to get the Alley up and running. Another is the Golden Goose club, donating to different projects in town. Many volunteers keep the plants and flowers around the square watered and looking nice through the spring and summer. Store owners are cleaning up and painting their store fronts. A committee worked to get activities in the square last summer so people would be uptown. She said that she has been amazed at the people who see a need and are willing to help.

Our meeting started with the approval of agenda, and of the previous month’s minutes, which are on the website. Both were approved. Pat Kitzman presented the Treasurer’s report. There were a couple of bills this month, for the pizza last meeting, and for the 2 scholarships at $400 each. Our total is now $634.56. Approved.

President Cheryl Benson shared information during Communications. There is a 2 day seminar for people intending to run for office. It is $30. The dates are March 28-29 from 2:30-4:00.

In Committee reports: the only thing we had to share was that next month’s meeting will be on Tuesday, March 21, at 7pm, at Smokey Row. Our program will be about PFLAG. Chad Farner will be our presenter. Our Brunch will be Saturday, April 22, at William Penn University. More details about that will follow.

We had no old business. For new business, Cheryl reported that Janet Johnson, Sharma Parlett, and Briana Bartlett are on the Nominating committee for new officers, and are making progress on that. Other new Business: An idea was suggested that instead of having programs monthly with presenters, we compile a list of women of Oskaloosa, and do research to find out more about them. Briana commented that many groups/clubs are finding that if there is a project or a task, people are more likely to come. Ashley Tierney suggested working on a Girls Day Camp, or something for STEM. We could partner with the YMCA who does summer programming. She said that April 8 is STEAMfest at WPU. ISU Extension and First Lego League are involved in that. Ashley is helping coordinate it through WPU. Another project suggestion was to work on Voter ID and help voters get free IDs.

It was announced that the Huddle group (political interest group) will meet at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday at On the Green restaurant.  Moved to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted,
Janet Johnson

January 2017 Meeting Minutes

The Oskaloosa Branch of AAUW met on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6pm at Oskaloosa High School. Our program for the evening was a presentation and demonstration by the High School Robotics Club. The students and their sponsor explained the details that go into creating and executing the program for the robot, how they work with teams from other schools, and use interpersonal relationship skills to explain information to the judges. After the program, the Robotics team joined the AAUW members across the hall for pizza and a chance to talk a little more informally before our business meeting.

The business meeting commenced after dinner. We had a visitor tonight, Ashley Tierney, who has lived in town a couple years, and heard about AAUW from a co-worker. The previous meeting’s minutes were approved. Pat Kitzman discussed the Treasurer’s report. After AAUW Funds disbursement, we have a balance of $1536.64. Janet Johnson turned in a receipt for the pizza tonight, so that will be deducted next month. Marsha Riordan sent a list of students’ names to discuss for scholarships tonight also. Under Communications, President Cheryl Benson reported that Equal Pay Day is April 4, if anyone wants to work on anything to share with the Herald. She reminded members that dues are half price for half the year, if we know of anyone interested in joining soon. There is also a student discount. In other communications, Cheryl mentioned that on the AAUW website, in the Members only area, there is a hotel booking site that can save 10-40% off hotels.

In Committee reports, we started with the Scholarship committee. As noted earlier, Marsha had sent names of potential scholarship recipients. We discussed each recipient. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to award two scholarships at $400 each. The names will be sent back to Marsha. For Book sale committee, we will need to start looking at dates to reserve the mall next month. Legislative committee still needs a Public Policy chair. Cheryl announced that we will need to have a nominating committee to elect officers. Officers will be voted on at the April meeting, and per our By-Laws, we need to announce elections at least the month before.

There was no old business. New business: The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Smokey Row, at 7 PM.  Our presenter will be Karen Hafner, to discuss what is happening around Oskaloosa. As usual, if anyone wants to eat beforehand, plan to arrive by about 6:15 in order to have time for food to be ordered and eaten. In Announcements: There will be a Women’s March on Saturday, January 21, in Des Moines. AAUW will have a table there, and they ask that if anyone will be there, and has a bit of time to help stand at the table, they would appreciate it. Briana Bartlett announced that the Oskaloosa Art Center is closer to re-opening at its new location. It is in the Alley near the mall. They are hoping to open maybe late March or early April. They have started painting the interior, using volunteers. Motion to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet Johnson