November 2017 Newsletter


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus
AAUW Meeting- Tuesday, September 19, 2017: The September meeting of AAUW was held at 6pm, at the Oskaloosa Art Center. It was a potluck, with a nice variety of food. Beverages and table service were provided by volunteers. The meeting was held before the program.
On the agenda, we decided to delete the “Agenda Approval,” and the vote to Adjourn the meeting. We did not have new minutes to approve, since this is the first meeting of the new season. Pat presented the Treasurer’s report. We have a balance of $411.96, after several disbursements since March. The Treasurer’s report was approved, after an amendment of the month of the balance (September).
President Marilyn Porter reported on communications received from the national organization, and Iowa’s organization. There is a new AAUW Iowa social media person. She asked us to “Like” the Facebook page (@AAUW.Iowa) and Twitter page (@AAUW_Iowa) and share it with friends. She would also like to post articles on our Facebook page ( ). Ideas shared in the communications include ways to raise funds, and activities to create for our community.
We still need a Public Policy chair. It is not difficult. The job entails being able to share with the branch information that is sent. Committee reports were discussed next. There was no report from the Diversity committee, Membership committee, or Scholarship committee. The Book Sale committee reported on our upcoming sale. Cheryl Benson will go see how many new books we have, to determine if we need to sort this weekend, or if we will finish up on Sat. 9/30/17, our last sort date before the sale. Bryan from the Friends of the Library Board is planning to spend some time this weekend sorting the boxes into pallets so there is less moving of boxes on set up day. It was suggested that next year we start off right away sorting the pallets into fiction and non-fiction, if nothing else. Dianne Van Gorp will get the press releases and ads ready. Other ideas suggested include talking to KBOE, putting the dates in the Herald’s calendar of events, Osky News, and the website about Everything Oskaloosa. Cheryl will send Bryan an email with the current sign-up sheet. That way he can share it with the Friends board, so we can ensure all slots are covered. Marilyn has a tri-fold information panel, and will need a small table for that and our AAUW information and membership forms.
Marilyn handed out copies of the new season’s printed program. There was one spelling correction suggested. The Program committee reminded us that the October meeting will be Tuesday, 10/17/17, again at the Art Center. Sharma and Leah will bring beverages to go with our topic of creative ways to use old books. In January, the vision is to have people from around town from various agencies who work with sexual assault, to have a roundtable discussion. Do we want to publicize this program, maybe talk to other organizations who would have interest in this topic (church groups, PEO, etc.)?
In old business, we were reminded that dues for National are increasing to $59. This will take effect when we renew in April 2018. There are webinars available, topics for small branches, diversity, inclusion. The Outlook is now online. You can change the settings to increase the size of the font. Cheryl will put the link in our newsletter.
There was no new business.
Our program was presented by Briana Bartlett. We learned more about the Oskaloosa Art Center, which opened in April, and is run by FACE (Fine Arts and Cultural Events of Mahaska County). A sculpture tour was started this summer. She discussed how the sculpture tour came to be. There are 13 sculptures, with one of them permanently located at the Oskaloosa High School. A map is online now. You can get to it from the FACE website. Briana discussed ideas and plans for upcoming activities. She also shared how one can be a member of FACE, and discussed new pricing and benefits. We toured the building, and were able to enjoy the current art exhibit on display.
Respectfully submitted, Janet Johnson, Secretary

BOOK SALE IS OVER FOR 2017—a world of thanks to all of you who helped sort, set up, work the sale, and tear down; it’s hard work, and we earn every penny we make!

One-Pan Harvest Pasta Makes: 4 servings Yield: 7 cups Prep 20 mins Cook 14 mins to 20 mins
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups)
• 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
• 2 tomatoes or 4 roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
• 1/3 cup chopped red onion
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 19 – ounce can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
• 1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
• 1 cup dried whole grain elbow macaroni
• 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• Kosher salt
• Ground black pepper (optional)
• Snipped fresh basil
• Grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a very large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion and garlic. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally.
2. Add beans, broth, pasta and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 7 to 10 minutes more or until vegetables and pasta are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; serve topped with basil and Parmesan cheese.
Variation: If you don’t like eggplant, increase the other vegetables or substitute an equal volume of chopped or sliced mushrooms.

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap

You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is it because women have more care giving responsibilities? And what, exactly, does gender bias have to do with paychecks?
AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap succinctly addresses these issues by going beyond the widely reported 80 percent statistic.
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Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault under Title IX

mage by Tony Cairns, Flickr Creative Commons

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It covers women and men, girls and boys, and staff and students in any educational institution or program that receives federal funds. Local school districts, colleges and universities, for-profit schools, career and technical education agencies, libraries, and museums are all covered under Title IX.
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Join an ¡Adelante! Book Discussion Webinar with the Author of A Disability History of the United States


Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in commemorating National Disability Employment Awareness Month as we talk with Kim E. Nielsen, Ph.D., about her book A Disability History of the United States, a “lively historical record that fills a gap in the literature.”
Have a question for the author? Make sure you submit it along with your registration form so that we can cover it in the session or follow up with you directly.
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Membership Payment Program (MPP)

The Membership Payment Program (MPP) is a secure, online dues-processing alternative to the regular print version Branch Dues Report remittance process for AAUW branches and states. This free tool is located within AAUW’s Member Services Database (MSD).
For Branch and State Participation:
AAUW states must first participate in order for branches to have the option to do so. If your state is not a participant contact the state president who authorizes use of the MPP and urge them to sign up!

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AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Trainings Now Available Across the U.S.

The AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation program that helps women hammer away at the gender wage gap will have greater reach this Equal Pay Day, due in large part to frustration with the status quo. Left on its own, the gender wage gap won’t close for another 135 years, which is unacceptable and explains why numerous cities are collaborating with AAUW.

AAUW Work Smart has expanded beyond Boston, where it first launched just two years ago, to Washington, D.C.Tempe, Arizona; and Long Beach, California.. Read more

Skill Training Webinars for Members

Skill-training webinars are an easy way to learn strategies and techniques that can help your branch grow and give leaders the confidence they need to take on new challenges. Skill-training webinars will be held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. ET.

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How Would You Like to Work the Same Hours for Half the Pay? That’s the Gender Pay Gap for Latinas

Thanks to the gender pay gap, Latinas are paid 54 percent of what non-Hispanic white men are paid. That means it takes Latinas almost an entire extra year of full-time, year-round work in order to be paid what the average white man took home by December 31. Think about how that adds up over a lifetime, and we’re talking about losing a substantial chunk of change — change that could have greatly aided Latinas and their families.
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September 25, 2017: Native women’s Equal Pay Day

Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year. September 25, 2017, marks Native women’s Equal Pay Day, the day that the wages of American Indian and Alaska Native women catch up to the money white men were paid in 2016. (It took about 21 months to white men’s 12, if you’re counting.) We also use this occasion to recognize the pay gap that Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women face.
Here’s why you might not already know about this particular pay gap..Read more.

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Word Camp Conferences – 2017

Word Camps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users . Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
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Word Camp Schedule


Time to start another year of AAUW meetings!  We hope you can all make it to the first gathering in September on the 19th at FACE (115 1st Ave W—it’s across the alley from the back door of Smokey Row).  Since this is our annual potluck, we meet an hour early at 6:00 p.m.  This is also the perfect time to bring a guest with you.  Tableware and beverages will be provided.  Look below for a full listing of the year’s meetings.


Book sale set up is October 4 starting around 10:00 a.m. and going until we are done.
Tear down on October 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
A sign-up sheet for set up, tear down, and the book sale will be passed around at the September 19 meeting.
Book sorting dates that remain are: September 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 8:30-10:00 a.m.

September 19, 2017, Potluck at 6:00 p.m. and tour of the new F.A.C.E. at 115 1st. Ave. W. and update on the Sculpture Tour. Bring a covered dish.  Tableware and a beverage provided. Bring a prospective member along!

October 17, 2017, Maggie Morrissey and Leah Lorber will show us creative ways to reuse our old books.    7 p.m. at F.A.C.E. 115 1st. Ave. W.

November 28, 2017, Esther Lwakabamba and Heidi Schultz will share about GRASP, a cultural awareness and bridging program with international college students tutoring middle schoolers, 7 p.m. at Osky Middle School

January 16, 2018, Roundtable discussion on sexual assault in Oskaloosa with representatives from Penn, MHP, Crisis Intervention etc. 7 p.m. at Smokey Row

February 20, 2018, Allison McGwire from Daily Auditorium will help us plan a storytelling event focused on women’s issues 7:00 p.m. at Smokey Row.

March 20, 2018? We would like to have a storytelling event in March at a date and place to be decided later

April 14, 2018 Saturday Brunch, 9 a.m. at the Hospitality Suite below the press box, Lacey Complex Stadium with representatives from the Alley KADTS and Golden Goose

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