June 23 - AAUW Title IX 50th Anniversary webinar and watch party, 1:30 p.m.
June 26 - Summer Potluck Picnic, McNear Park, Noon
Upcoming community events
June 2 - Gun Violence Awareness Day
June 19 - Juneteenth
September 24 - SRJC Reopening Open House
Gun Violence Day, June 2
Wear Orange to Honor Survivors of Gun Violence
We are heartbroken for everyone impacted by the senseless violence in Uvalde, TX (a predominantly Latinx community) and Buffalo, NY (which is predominantly Black) – and too many other places to name. We need leaders at every level to prioritize gun safety now. Moms Demand Action is one source for common sense actions to contain gun violence.
Co-Presidents Jean Reed and Anne Taylor
National AAUW Position on Gun Violence
2021-23 AAUW Public Policy Priorities
Adopted May 2021
AAUW recognizes that gun violence is a public health and safety crisis.
AAUW believes in the right to privacy and freedom from violence.
To guarantee equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse and inclusive society, AAUW advocates
Freedom from violence and fear of violence, including hate crimes, in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities
Something new this year!
A Picnic! A Celebration!
When: June 26, noon – 2 (or however long we want to stay)
Where: McNear Park (11th between F and G Streets)
Who: You, of course, and household members
What to bring: A dish to share (you decide what category), plate, glass, cutlery for each person, lawn chair if you are not a “bench” person.
Feels like it is time to get as much of the branch together as we can, and have an outdoor party.
We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX (actually we’ll be a few days late, but who's counting?), and at least one birthday of a member. Emphasis will be on having a good time. The drinks and a celebratory cake will be provided, and we hope you can make it.
If you have not yet joined AAUW for the coming year (2022-2023), our Membership VP will be accepting checks that day.
Call 1 707 765-8484 or click HERE to volunteer or get more information
Time to Renew Your AAUW Membership
Due by June 30, 2022
It’s time to mail in your check for AAUW membership renewal dues.
That’s right, pay by CHECK! With work still in progress on National’s new membership data system, we will be renewing our memberships by check this renewal season.
Total dues are $105, which includes
National dues: $67
State dues: $20
Branch dues: $18
FY23 starts 7/1/2022 and ends 6/30/2023.
If you wish to include a donation, please include a note indicating the donation is support for:
AAUW mission activities or
Branch mission activities.
Payments are due by the end of June. We will mail renewal notices for any dues not received by June 10. Please help us save the cost of postage by sending in your dues today.
Checks should be payable to AAUW Petaluma and mailed to
Dee Short, PO Box 2537, Petaluma, CA 94953
AAUW Mission: To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and, advocacy.
Thank you for continuing your support
Does your Gold Book information need to be updated?
Please take a minute to check your entry in the current Gold Book to see whether it is correct.
If you need to make any changes, notify Co-VP of Membership Dee Short (clickHERE) so that your contact information can be updated in the membership database before we issue the next Gold Book.
TECH TREK NEWS
Tech Trek IN-PERSON in June
HELP!!! We need more volunteers for Tech Trek on Registration Day, June 19, starting around 1 p.m. It will be at SSU and the first in-person camp in two years. Volunteers will be checking students in, escorting them to their dorms, or administering rapid tests for Covid. No training is needed. Please let me know as soon as possible if you can assist.
Thank you in advance for giving up a couple of hours of your time for Tech Trek.
I spent this morning fashioning a screen porch for our birdhouse. The busy bluebird parents, who diligently bring food to their ever-noisier chicks, have been keeping us entertained. Then yesterday, there was a large crow straining from the roof to get its head into the opening. I quickly Googled how to prevent the crow from making our babies into dinner and found a YouTube with simple instructions. “We hope that predators will not destroy nests in our bird boxes,” said the narrator, “but HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY”.
During my time as president, I expected to use this space to reflect on Branch activities. But often I wrote about war and pandemic, deaths--both prominent and personal, insurrection, racial justice, and climate change. Only a week after the murders in Buffalo, a dozen additional mass shootings have been reported, and now children have been murdered in their classroom. With the likelihood that Roe v Wade will be overturned, I’ve lost faith in the Supreme Court. Of course, I hope that these crises will spark positive change. But my bluebirds remind me that HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY. What we must do is to VOTE for reasonable and responsible people and continue to advocate for AAUW’s mission of equity for all.
At the same time, I find hope in the AAUW community. I’m grateful that you trusted me to share the position of president for the past two years. It was a privilege to work with you and a joy to make new friends, to celebrate and offer comfort together, to share laughter and cookies, and to discover connections and common interests. You eased my transition into my new home, welcoming me into your lives and community. Thank you. Connections make me hopeful.
Co-President Jean Reed
AAUW Safe Meeting Guidelines
Follow all state and local guidance. It is expected that anyone who is not fully vaccinated will wear a mask and maintain physical distance at all times. Stay home if you are feeling sick. Bring a mask, so you are prepared if masking is requested.
Another Watch Party Opportunity
AAUW Celebrates 50 Years of Title IX
On Thursday, June 23, at 1:30 p.m., AAUW will host a special webinar to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, highlighting AAUW’s role through the years and recognizing our generous supporters and branches.
Register today (clickHERE) or RSVP to Jean Reed (click HERE) to join a Watch Party to view the webinar with a small group.
Title IX states:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
The last general meeting of the year was held at the Lucchesi Community Center in a corner room overlooking the pond.
The mood was festive as members gathered in person for the first time in two years at the annual May meeting and sampled delicious snacks provided by hospitality chair Norma Walsh.
Snack table before the meeting!
A table set up by the Title Niners group provided postcards and sample texts for members to write to elected officials in support of legislation promoting equal opportunities for women.
Co-presidents Anne Taylor and Stefanie Capps, Membership VPs Dee Short and Pat Riley, Funds Co-VP Marlene Abel, Program VPs Rory Keller and Jean Reed, and presenter Kathy Schmidt.
Kathy Schmidt conducted the installation ceremony of new officers, providing solemnity as well as humor as she reminded all of us regarding our responsibilities to each other and to the branch.
This year's co-presidents Jean Reed and Anne Taylor thanked the Board for their work throughout the year with the presentation of “Bookies.” Similar to the Grammys and Emmys, Bookie awards are named after favorite strong women in literature and biographies.
The favorite was the Little Women Award based upon sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, who pulled together to make a good life for the family. Jean and Anne presented this award to all branch members whose contributions are in no way “little” and who have stepped up in a variety of ways to provide support and assistance throughout the year.
Kris U'Ren presented gift certificates from the Board to outgoing co-presidents Jean Reed and Anne Taylor, to thank them for their outstanding leadership during this difficult year in which most branch and section activities had to be held on virtual platforms.
SINCERE THANKS TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS
MAY GENERAL MEETING, CONTINUED
Co-President Jean Reed Receives
Named Gift Honoree Award
Jean has brought tremendous enthusiasm, energy, and successful programs and approaches to the Petaluma branch of AAUW. She accepted the role of Co-President for 2020-21 after joining the branch in January of that year, at the beginning of the Pandemic! She came with a plethora of experience in the San Jose branch, where she was a member for over 20 years.
When Jean signed on as Co-President, COVID was raging and we were all still in “lock down.” She immediately offered assistance to Programs so that we were able to offer summer events for the first time.
She “hooked” us up to one of San Jose’s Branch programs and helped organize a July program on Mental Health during COVID via ZOOM which helped keep the branch alive in the first year of the pandemic
Jean supported efforts of Programs to make sure that there were opportunities to practice new ways to make ZOOM interactive such as break-out rooms, polls, and Q and A.
She coordinated the Tri-Branch Luncheon offering up lunch ideas, a wonderful speaker, and break-out rooms so that we could meet and chat with members from other branches. Her support was key in making the program a success.
Jean has consistently been a strong contributor to the ideas behind Programs, e.g., how to operate the Holiday Fun program that was successful in bringing people back together, in the small window of time when things could be done in person.
The January program on Title IX was an amazing success due to Jean’s careful planning and encouragement to her committee who began planning the program in the early fall.
Jean has also been active in various sections. She supported efforts to start the Ted Talk section and brings new ideas and suggestions to the Morning Book Group. When she hosted a Morning Book Group that could not meet in person, she brought goodies to each member’s door!! Jean always goes the extra step to help fellow members.
Jean is thoughtful and allows officers to complete their tasks unimpeded but is also willing to lend a hand when new approaches are needed or someone is struggling with a position.
Congratulations, Jean! We are so fortunate that you joined our branch!
Named Gift Honoree Committee.
SINCERE THANKS TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS
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Final Board Meeting of 2021/2022
After a year of ZOOM meetings, members of the 2021/22 Board came together on May 8 for an in-person board meeting/potluck dinner at the home of new member Kathleen von Raesfeld. When drizzly weather threatened the originally planned outdoor event, Kathleen invited the board into her well-ventilated, sheltered garage.
Host and new member Kathleen von Raesfeld with samples of diversity-focused children's books..
The Board meets outside "inside"!
June Primary Election
Ballot Mystery Solved!
Perhaps you already solved the puzzle on your June 7th ballot:
Senator Bill Dodd currently represents Petaluma and his term runs until 2024, but our ballot includes candidates for State Senator. Why?
Well, after the November General Election district lines will change, moving Petaluma from District 3 (including Vallejo, Vacaville, and east to Sacramento) into District 2 (stretching from Marin to the Oregon border).
Redistricting happens once every 10 years, after every census, to ensure that each district has the same amount of people. You can see details of the district changes HERE.
Why Celebrate Juneteenth?
Juneteenth has been celebrated since 1866, mostly by Black Americans; yet it’s a day that’s worthy of celebration by every American, as it represents a critical turning point in American history, not just Black history. It is the day that we as a people finally began to live up to one of the greatest principles we professed: a nation devoted to liberty for all.
Juneteenth—June 19, 1865—was the day Union soldiers enforced President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas. It was two months after the South’s official surrender in the Civil War and two and a half years after the proclamation went into effect.
Juneteenth is an opportunity to recognize the struggles we have gone through as a people, the heights we have achieved, and the realization that we continue to be a work in progress, always striving together toward that beautiful vision of a nation that our Founders knew we could one day be.
Our January Title IX panelists suggested that our Branch needed to go where young people live.
We now have an Instagram Page! It is easy to start a personal Instagram account, just download the app. You don’t have to post, just follow other accounts especially ours - aauw.petaluma
We need members to follow both our Instagram and Facebook page! Share the info with others
National AAUW Position
Where We Stand: Reproductive Rights
AAUW trusts that every woman has the ability to make her own informed choices regarding her reproductive life within the dictates of her own moral and religious beliefs.
The leak of a draft opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case suggests that the Supreme Court may overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. That decision would take away fundamental reproductive rights that have helped women control their lives and economic security for nearly 50 years.
As we await the Court’s official ruling, click HERE to go to national AAUW's Take Actionweb page showing what you can do to fight for reproductive freedom.
You may not be able to see the changes, but the new platform makes updates easier.
Remember to refresh any bookmarks you have saved. The website is a quick way to find information and to access the Perspective at any time.
SINCERE THANKS TO OUR NEWSLETTER SPONSORS
Phone: (707) 763-1515
Fax: (707) 765-0256
Meet New Members
Membership Co-VP Pat Riley would like to introduce four new branch members.
If you see any of these new members at AAUW events or around town, be sure to introduce yourself and welcome them to our branch!
Dorothy comes to us with a 40+ year history of teaching and administration. A graduate of University of Santa Clara, she has a BA in English and a MA in Educational Administration. Her interests include hiking, walking, reading, movies, biking, and water aerobics.
Dorothy’s civic activities and affiliations include Companions: a Jesuit Adult Group, St Vincent de Paul, and Heifer International.
Interestingly, Dorothy is the aunt of our next new member, Kathleen von Raesfeld. Their family has deep roots in Petaluma's agricultural community.
Kathleen von Raesfeld
Kathleen obtained her BA in Agricultural Business at Cal Poly. She is currently pursuing an Accounting certificate through UC Berkeley Extension.
An avid interest in literature led to her current career as Community BookSeller with Barefoot Books. This is a very interesting company which specializes in ethnically diverse content for children.
Kathleen is a past president of the Sonoma Academy Parents Association and currently chairs the Marin County 4-H Camp Committee. Her interests are literature and youth developmental activities.
Noellene hails from Cook County, Illinois. She has been a Bay Area resident since 1970.
Noellene received her RN from the Chicago School of Nursing. Five years later she completed a BA in Psychology from University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Later she completed her PhD from California School of Psychology. Her areas of focus were clinical and life span developmental psychology. Neurology and Psychiatry were her clinical specialties.
Currently Noellene enjoys volunteering as a nature educator with Petaluma Wetlands Alliance and ACR. Her hobbies and interests include reading, travel, cooking, nature, knitting, and crocheting…and she is learning how to use a spinning wheel!
Originally from Oxford in the UK, Alison comes to us from Palo Alto. She studied Art and Design at Chelsea Art School in the UK and worked as a costume and set designer for many years at the Palo Alto Children’s Theater.
Alison loves to sew and is an incredible cook and gardener… and is just a lot of fun!!
Section Spotlight: Title Niners
Good News: VAWA Reauthorized
Title Niners were planning to write postcards last month supporting reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. We were pleased that our postcards were not needed!
The Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized as bipartisan legislation passed by Congress as part of the Omnibus appropriations package.
VAWA creates and supports comprehensive, cost-effective responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Since its enactment in 1994, VAWA programs have dramatically improved federal, tribal, state, and local responses to these crimes.
Section Leader Jean Reed
Leah DeBerardinis, D.D.S.
511 Hayes Lane
Petaluma, CA 94952 hillcrestdentalgroup.net
As of April 30, 2022, our branch checking account balance was $3,622.94 and our savings account balance was $5,606.14.
Corey Benjamin, Finance VP
NOTE ABOUT ZOOM MEETINGS
For security reasons, ZOOM links are not included in the Perspective.
PROGRAMS – The ZOOM link will be sent to all members in an email the day before the event.
SECTIONS – Sections chairs will send the link directly to section members. Be sure to RSVP so that you get the ZOOM link.
ZOOM BY PHONE – For audio only, call 669-900-9128, enter Meeting ID and Passcode when prompted.
Art and History – Save the Dates
Friday, June 17– “Bees N Blooms, in Santa Rosa, is an 11-acre organic farm started in the spring of 2016, where we produce lavender and a variety of lavender products, honey and wax from ten colonies of honeybees, cut flowers for arrangements, and pollinator-friendly plants and trees.” Details will be sent to members of the section around June 1.
Friday, July 15 – New Heron Hall Exhibit: Laguna Environmental Center, Santa Rosa. The Pointless Sisters Art Quilt Group will be featured. Details to follow at the beginning of July.
We need adventures for August, September, October and going forward. Please let me know an experience you would like to organize and share with the members of the section. I do have a log of past outings and a list of recommendations for future times. Please contact me if you would like a copy emailed to you.
How many boxes of tissue do you have in your house? This month Make It! will create a cover to dress up one of those tissue boxes. We'll meet on Thursday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at the home of Jean Reed. Jean will provide a selection of pretty Japanese "washi" paper. Be ready to get your hands wet. $10 will cover cost of paper and base form.
NEW SECTION: Title Niners
Take action to support legislation
Meets 3rd Wednesday
Date: Wednesdays 6.15.22 & 07.20.22
(meetings scheduled through the summer)
Time: 1 p.m.
Contact: Jean Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org
Evening Modern Literature Group (Hybrid meeting -- 2 options: in person or Zoom) Meets 1st Mondays
Walking Group - Fridays after work
Meets most Fridays
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Chair: Contact Rory Keller at email@example.com or (707) 763-2072
Art and History
Meets third Fridays
June event: Bees N Blooms (The Lavender Labyrinth and Flower Gards) Picnic opeion available
Carpool options: TBD
Chair: MaryAnn Kendall firstname.lastname@example.org, (707) 318-7050
ELECTED OFFICERS Co-Presidents: Anne Taylor and Jean Reed
Co-VPs, Program: Rory Keller and Stefanie Capps
Co-VPs, Membership: Pat Riley and Dee Short (Membership Treasurer)
Co-VPs, Funds: Jan Everidge and LaVerne Stout
Vice President, Finance: Corey Benjamin
APPOINTED OFFICERS, GENERAL
Hospitality: Norma Jean Walsh
Institutional Memory: Pam Granger
Parliamentarian: Barbara Guggemos
Public Policy; Pam Granger
Sections Coordinator: Patty Shribbs
SRJC Liaison: Doris Tolks
SSU Liaison: Kris U'Ren
Tech Trek Coordinator: Michele Meyer
APPOINTED OFFICERS, MEMBERSHIP
Database: Rory Keller
Member Concerns: Kathy Schmidt
New Members: Patricia Souza, Dea Steigner
APPOINTED OFFICERS, COMMUNICATION
Facebook: Kris U'Ren
Gold Book Editor: Shayne Miller
Perspective Co-Editors: Sandy Smethurst and Barbara Guggemos
Publications Sponsors: Barbara Madick
Publicity: Stefanie Capps
Social Media: Stefanie Capps
Webmaster: Ray Hendess