OSKALOOSA AAUW NEWSLETTER
Last Meeting: April 6, 2019, Monday, 9:00 a.m.., Scheuermann Room, Atkins Memorial Union, WPU. Jennifer Ancell will share about her trip to the Hadran Reactor in Europe.
Iowa AAUW Spring Conference:
April 27, Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Iowa AAUW 2019 Spring Conference, DMACC-Newton Campus; brag tables, silent auction, speakers, awards, etc.
MARCH 25, 2019 MINUTES:
AAUW Meeting- Oskaloosa Branch
The Oskaloosa branch of AAUW met on Monday, March 25, at the Oskaloosa Art Center. A short meeting preceded our program.
President Marilyn Porter opened the meeting. The February minutes were approved, with the correction of the Hadron Collider in Switzerland, not Belgium. Treasurer Pat Kitzman shared her report. We have a balance of $1480.58. Pat called the national office about our branch continuing to pay dues to them via check (the old-fashioned way). They are fine with it for now. We received two thank-you notes for our scholarships to William Penn University students.
In Communications, Equal Pay Day was discussed. A message was sent out inviting members to sign up for the online course, “Work Smart Online”. We are all encouraged to take this course, and promote it to people in the area. Other ideas were suggested for ways to be involved, by spending one minute to one day on sharing this topic. In other news, the genital mutilation bill passed the Senate this week. We have not yet heard about the House.
In Book sale/Old news, Share, Iowa is closing. Friends of the Oskaloosa Public Library (FOPL) discussed it at their meeting last week, and came up with some suggestions/ideas for new locations. Cheryl said that if we don’t have someone to help with moving, loading, shrink wrapping, etc., we won’t be able to do it, even if we find a space. Dianne V. said that Osky Foods is set to buy it, but nothing has been signed. Pat A. suggested checking with the Chamber to see if they have suggestions. Cheryl will talk with Mike G at the mall. Dianne said Share will be there until June 1. She offered to talk to Osky Foods about their immediate plans for the space. We decided the donation sign needed to come down, and we need to stop accepting book donations until we have another space. We hope to have some more information to share at the April meeting.
In New business, the state AAUW spring conference is in Newton, at DMACC, on April 27. If anyone is interested in going, the branch pays for the registration. We usually take a basket for the silent auction. This year’s theme is “Riding the Wave.” Last year’s silent auction raised $1000 for legal advocacy.
Our next meeting is Saturday, April 7, at 9AM. It is our spring brunch, held at the William Penn University Memorial Union, in the Scheurmann Room. Dues will be due at that time. They are still $69. The cost for the brunch is $7. Marsha needs a head count by April 1.
In other new business, we need to elect officers at the next meeting, so we need to discuss the candidates tonight. After some discussion, Pat K agreed to run for President, Janet will continue as Secretary, and Cheryl will run for Treasurer. Cheryl will need someone to take over the newsletter.
After adjourning the meeting, Marilyn introduced the program, “Wonder Women.” We took turns reading and watching video or music clips. The link to the program is on the Iowa AAUW website. It was very interesting, and well done. Respectfully submitted, Janet Johnson, Secretary
EQUAL PAY DATES
- Tuesday, April 2: all women’s Equal Pay Day(Women overall v. Men overall – $0.80)
- Tuesday, March 5:Asian American Women’s Equal Pay Day (Asian Women v. White, non-Hispanic Men – $0.85)
- Friday, April 19:white women’s equal pay day (White, non-Hispanic Women v. White, non-Hispanic Men – $0.77)
- Thursday, August 22:Black Women’s Equal Pay Day (Black Women v. White, non-Hispanic Men – $0.61)
- Monday, September 23:Native Women’s Equal Pay Day (Native Women v. White, non-Hispanic Men – $0.58)
- Wednesday, November 20:Latinas’ Equal Pay Day (Latinas v. White, non-Hispanic Men – $0.53)
- Moms Equal Pay Daywill be determined at a later date.
- April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- AAUW Mission: To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.
- AAUW Vision: Equity for all.
- AAUW Values: Nonpartisan. Fact-based. Integrity. Inclusion and intersectionality.
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