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Hemet-San Jacinto



President's Message

Our first meeting in September was filled with the youth and the future of our organization. We are off to an exciting year with something to offer everyone. Although there is no general meeting in October, we have many activities planned to keep you connected to AAUW. Make sure to check the calendar for all the events and happenings going on in the next couple of months. This year one of our main goals is to reach out to the college community of Mt. San Jacinto College. To that end, we are hosting monthly "Cocktails and Convos," informal conversations in informal settings about current issues affecting women and girls. Our first "Cocktails and Convos" will be a discussion of AB 499 (Atkins) Minors Medical Care ­ for minors 12 and older, adds to current law the right to consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease. It's sure to be a lively conversation. In October, there are events in the local area and throughout the state to commemorate 100 years of women suffrage ­ let's all CELEBRATE! The biggest event is the Meet The Author workshop with Renee Fisher, the author of "Saving the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives After 50." If you haven't made your reservations yet, please do so quickly (see page 3 for details). I will be hosting a new member social on th Sunday, October 16 as a way to acquaint our new and prospective members with our AAUW programs. We are always looking for feedback from our membership, so if you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to share.


October 10 - Centennial of Women's Suffrage in California October 12 ­ Cocktails & Convos @ Emilio's, 5pm ­ 7pm October 12 - AAUW Funds Luncheon Reservation deadline October 16 - New member social @ Ursula's, 2pm ­ 4pm October 23 - Sunday Annual Fundraiser "Life After 50" October 26 - Wednesday - AAUW Bridge October 28 Lunch bunch Baby Jane's, Harvard St. October 29 - AAUW Funds Southern Luncheon, Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa November 3 - Board of Directors Meeting, 4pm Hemet Library November 13 - Go Arts! - "Dancing Under the Stars" McCallum Theater - Palm Desert November 16 ­ Cocktails & Convos @Acapulco, 5pm -7pm November 19 - Saturday - General Meeting "Holistic Health" How the body is interconnected November 23 Wednesday - AAUW Bridge November 25 - Friday Lunch bunch Abby's Cafe, 43430 E Florida

Updating Your Yearbook, Part II

The grand experiment seems to be working. Half the branch took their yearbooks on-line. I have updated it several times already with additions and corrections. The latest revised copy went out on Tuesday, September 20th. Let me know if you have any problems with on-line yearbooks. I have updated many of the hard copies, but am including the following information so you can make sure. Page 44 Alma Rodriguez added phone number 5374985 Page 36 Corrected Go Arts! Program; corrected departure time from p.m. to a.m. Page 30 Corrected location of AAUW Funds Southern Luncheon to Mesa Verde Country Club, Costa Mesa Page 30 Corrected date of Annual Fundraiser Page 16 Corrected name State Office Coordinator Susan Crabtree

November 28The 130th anniversary of AAUW

Ursula Garrett

Mary Jo Weyenberg

BRANCHING OUT What's Cooking ?

The Hemet-San Jacinto branch of AAUW is putting together a cookbook that highlights our members' favorite recipes. "What's your favorite recipe? This cookbook will be an all-purpose book. It will have sections on appetizers, soups, salads, main entrees and desserts. All members are encouraged to donate at least one tried-and-true recipe in any category to our official AAUW cookbook. It will be entitled, "Our Recipes: An Educated Woman's Guide to Great Food." This book will be sold to members and nonmembers alike to raise funds for AAUW programs. Please e-mail recipes, pictures and anecdotes to

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Michelle Swierkos at [email protected]

Michelle Swierkos

AAUW Expanding Work in Science and Math Fields; Applauds Latest White House Announcement on STEM

WASHINGTON ­ The American Association of University Women (AAUW) applauds the latest move by the federal government to make it easier for women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). AAUW has a special interest in this issue, as we are preparing to take our successful regional STEM programming nationwide to encourage women and girls to enter these careers. In recognition of AAUW's contributions to research and grassroots advocacy in promoting women's increased participation in STEM, the White House invited AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE, and AAUW President Carolyn Garfein to attend Monday's announcement of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) 10year plan to increase workplace flexibility in the STEM fields. The event, in the East Room of the White House, featured First Lady Michelle Obama and NSF Director Subra Suresh.

November General Meeting

Date: Time: Place: Nov 19 -- Saturday 9:30 A.M. Meet & Greet Ramona Room of Miller-Jones Mortuary 1501 W. Florida Ave Program: "Holistic Health" How the body is interconnected Speaker: Dr. Matthew Sauter, Chiropractor

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Creating our lives after 50

Renee Fisher is the co-author of two award-winning books, Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50 and Saving the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives Over 50. She and her co-authors speak to wom-en's groups and lead workshops based on their latest book. Their website is Renee is the National Boomer Humor Columnist for She also writes a blog, In a previous life, Renee was a Special Ed teacher, a Tupperware dealer, the founder of Brief Encounters (a speed dating company), and a hula hoop champion. There's no telling where she might pop up next. She lives in Arlington, VA with her Now Husband Dan, who she met on In the Meet the Authors presentation, Renee will talk about how she and her friends Joyce Kramer and Jean Peelen met and became close friends, why they decided to write a book about life after 50 (and why they then wrote a follow up several years later) and how they went about it. She will discuss how writing a book with two other women was an adventure in itself and how the actual writing changed their lives. After that, she and cou-ple volunteers from the audience will read representative sections of the book and Renee will then answer questions. Time permitting; Renee will lead a short exercise to demon-strate the power of writing our lives. Books will be available for sale after the meeting.

Hemet-San Jacinto Chapter of AAUW

Invites you to "Meet The Author" When: Sunday, October 23, 2011 Where: Esplanade Arts Center 2181 W Esplanade Ave San Jacinto, CA 92582 Time: 2:00 pm--4:00 pm Cost: $25 *Refreshments will be served* For reservations contact Ursula E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (909) 519-8099

Fundraiser to support AAUW Programs

Renee Fisher

BRANCHING OUT The loss of an AAUW friend

We were sad to learn of the passing of Cathy Schley on September 5th. Cathy had been ill with Parkinson Disease for several years and for that reason, had not continued her membership in AAUW. from Northern Arizona University, worked as a librarian, substitute teacher, Adjunct facility member at MSJC (and later still at UR's Whitehead College). She then made a career change and became a Real Estate Broker.

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There will be a remembrance gathering at their home on October 9th. 26594 Meridian St., Hemet, 92544.

Bodies for Science program. There will be a remembrance gathering at their home on October 9th. 26594 Meridian St., Hemet, 92544.

Our condolences to Bob. Cathy will be missed.

But before that, Cathy was a very active and loyal member. When a committee put together a memorial book for our 50th anniversary (in 2002), Cathy was at every meeting with lots of good suggestions. She was a proof reader, unsurpassed.

In addition to AAUW, Cathy was active in The League of Women Voters, The Book Club, and ushered at the Ramona Pageant. She edited various technical publications, and became a prizewinning photographer.

Cocktails & Convos

OCT 12 TH, 5pm ­ 7pm @ Emilio's Restaurant 2340 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto Topic: Should 12 year old girls legally be allowed to make medical decisions?


Her obituary, in several local papers, stated she studied Music Education at UCLA, earned a Master's degree in English

In a final act of service to others, Cathy willed her body to the Loma Linda University of Medicine's

One Member One Vote

Next spring, for the first time, every member of AAUW CA will be able to have a personal voice in the future of AAUW-CA and the right to vote for candidates for statewide leadership positions, resolutions and the Public Policy Program. Members with no email address on file will receive a letter in the mail.

NOV 16 , 5pm -7pm @ Acapulco at Farmer's Market Topic: Human Trafficking

Vote for candidates for statewide leadership positions

One noticeable difference is that voting will take place after, rather than during, convention. This will make it possible to nominate candidates and propose and discuss resolutions from the convention floor.

Members will be able to vote online or by using a paper mail-in ballot.

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Sponsored by: Riverside's League of Women Voters The American Association of University Women and California Women Lead

OUR PRIVILEGE ~ OUR DUTY ~ OUR RIGHT CYNTHIA AZARI President, Riverside City College CHRISTINE WARD GAILEY Professor, Women's Studies, UCR CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE DEBRA BOWEN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011 Riverside Convention Center 11:30AM ­ 1:00PM Raincross Ballroom Luncheon 3442 Orange Street, Riverside 92501 $35 members/ $45 non-members If you would like to register by e-mail, you are welcome to pay at the door. Please reply to [email protected] with the names of attendees, your phone number, and e-mail address.


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Our September meeting enabled us to meet three of our four 2011 Tech Trek Campers, when they attended our Branch meeting and spoke to our group about the wonderful experience they had this summer at Irvine or Whittier. Already, we have placed reservations for four slots in the 2012 camps. The price is rising by $50 to $900 per camper. That means an even greater charge must be made by all of us to raise the funds. We will accept any donations of course, but will also be actively focusing on activities and opportunities to earn the finances we need. Our first activity is to again take part in the 2011 SoCal Fair in Perris, October 9-16th. We will enter table settings in the Class At the Movies (depict a popular film) and Go for the Gold! (highlighting or featuring gold). If anyone has some inspiration on these themes, please join Nancy Hippert and Charlotte Jones in the creation process. We currently are toying with doing a Fred Astaire movie with Top Hat, white gloves, cane, etc. with a black & white color scheme. Also, depicting the California 49er Gold Rush theme where we have the lantern and are looking for appropriate rustic props, utensils etc. Got anything! We have scheduled our Ramona Pageant Luncheon for the Saturday performance on April 28. This event has been a successful social event for our members as well as an opportunity to feature our local presentation to others from outside the area. We are considering "Dine Out" fundraisers and a House Concert on Saturday, January 14th. Please plan to support the efforts in any way you can. Tech Trek is a wonderful gift we can give to encourage math and science interest in our girls. ~ Charlotte Jones, Tech Trek Chair [email protected] 951.658.6219.

AAUW Interest Group is open to both Hemet-San Jacinto Branch members and friends. In this our second year, your committee has put together a selection of three informal outings for this year. Thank you to my committee of Ruth Morvay, Sasha Moore and Andrew Kotyuk for your wonderful enthusiam and adventurous plans. Car pooling opportunities will be available for all of our excursions and a schedule for economical meal prospects. Below is a list of our events. Please check your calendars and plan to join in the social and cultural adventure.

Dancing Under the Stars Choreography Festival at McCallum Theater on Sunday, November 13, 2011 - plan late lunch in the desert with performance 4:00 p.m. 14th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival, Tickets $20 Highlighting dance as an art form and showcasing work by emerging and established choreographers, this popular festival presents exciting original dances in various styles performed by companies from across the nation. Choreographers compete for cash awards and winners are announced at the conclusion of each performance Warriors, Tombs and Temples; China's Enduring Legacy at Bowers Museum on Sunday, February 26, 2012 - plan departure at 10:00 a.m. Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky & Sibelius at Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, May 27, 2012 - plan departure at 10:00 p.m. with performance 2:00 p.m Reservations for the McCallum Dance Performance need to be made now. Andrew will arrange for the tickets and pick a location for our meal before the performance. Signup sheet was begun at our September meeting but if you did not commit then, you must contact one of the committe members since our next branch meeting will not be until after the event. Questions, call Charlotte Jones 658-6279, [email protected]; Sasha Moore 487-7802, [email protected]; Andrew Kotyuk 487-9391, [email protected]; or Ruth Morvay 658-1105, [email protected]

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October 10, 2011- Columbus Day

October 31, 2011- Halloween November 08, 2011- Election Date November 11, 2011- Veterans Day November 24, 2011- Thanksgiving

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