OSKALOOSA AAUW NEWSLETTER

APRIL-MAY 2019

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.

OTHER INFO

  • 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.

QUOTE

“Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize.  Your words are the greatest power you have.  The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”  Sonia Croquette

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Notice

Until further notice, Oskaloosa AAUW will not be accepting books for its annual book sale.  Our drop location at SHARE is closing, and we are working hard to find a replacement site.  As soon as we do, we will post the location.  Thank you for your patience.

OSKALOOSA AAUW NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY-MARCH 2019

Next Meeting: MARCH 25, 2019, Monday, 7:00 P.M., Wonder Women, a program of songs, videos, poetry, and readings celebrating the accomplishments of women and girls.  Oskaloosa Art Center, 115 1st Avenue West.

Schedule of Future Meetings:

April 6, Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Spring Brunch.  Scheuermann Room, Atkins Memorial Union, WPU.  Jennifer Ancell will share about her trip to the Hadran Reactor in Europe.  Bring a guest!

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.

FEBRUARY 25, 2019 MINUTES:

The Oskaloosa branch of AAUW met on Monday, February 25, at the Oskaloosa Art Center. A short meeting preceded our program.

President Marilyn Porter opened the meeting. The November minutes were approved. Treasurer Pat Kitzman shared her report. Our balance is $2280.58. We will decide this evening about the scholarships.

In Communications, the National organization wants branches to start depositing to them via debit cards. We agreed to continue using checks for now, as that will be simpler at this time. In other news, women hold about 28% of state government positions; there are more women in government positions now. (Our recent elections have shown this is true.)  A Sexual Assault Awareness kickoff is March 26 in Ankeny.  Legislation was introduced about female genital mutilation (Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt), performed on ages 2-14. Iowa is one of 23 states without a law prohibiting it. The World Health Organization reported that half a million women and girls are living in the US with genital mutilation. In information from the Iowa Legislature- HF889, and 146 strengthen the Equal Pay Act. They allow employees to share information about pay with no punishment.

It was announced in the Herald that Share Iowa is closing. Cheryl will speak with Mike G at the mall to see if he has any ideas for us to store and sort books. If anyone else has any other ideas, check with Marilyn or Cheryl ASAP!

Marilyn has not heard anything from anyone interested in the Tech Trek camp scholarships. Marsha R has 4 names for WPU scholarships. After discussion, a motion was passed to give two scholarships for $400 each. Marsha will follow up on that end.

Our April Brunch is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, at 9 AM, in the Scheuermann Room, WPU Memorial Union. Pat Ancell’s daughter will be discussing her trip to the Hadran Reactor in Belgium.   The Iowa state AAUW convention will be later in April- one day long. At our March meeting, we will need to think about officers and committees. We will reschedule the Wonder Women program for March 25 at the Art Center.

In other community announcements, Briana said the last concert at the Outer Space (at the Art Center) is March 30. It is a country band. The sculpture building equipment has been ordered, they need to do some work around the building, and some wiring.  The Lighted Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 7.  The Fall Festival at Nelson Pioneer Farm is Sept. 21. The theme is about suffrage- Margaret is happy to partner with AAUW, however it works.

After adjourning the meeting, Briana Bartlett presented a program sharing her experiences in China last summer. Pat K brought some of her souvenirs from her six week trip in 1988, also. It was interesting to see how things were different, and what had not changed in that time.                                        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.

OTHER INFO

QUOTE

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”   Anais Nin

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