AAUW Prescott Area Branch

AAUW Prescott Area Branch AAUW branch for Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Arizona, and environs

The Prescott Branch of AAUW was organized in 1949 and today has over 180 members. The branch participates in local and national initiatives and offers a growing number of diverse interest groups such as Great Decisions, Book (discussion) Groups, Hiking Group, Photography Group, Craft Group, etc. Our monthly general meetings, the branch offers interesting and educational programs on a variety of important topics.

Mission: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW May General Meeting & Installation of OfficersAAUW Prescott's May meeting featured Linda Ogo, Director of the Cultu...
05/14/2019

AAUW May General Meeting & Installation of Officers

AAUW Prescott's May meeting featured Linda Ogo, Director of the Culture Research Department of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe (YPIT). Her presentation focused on key women in the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe and the impact they provided. Linda also brought artifacts highlighting the skills of Tribe members.

During the business meeting prior to Linda Ogo's presentation, Deb Dillon conducted the installation ceremony for new and returning elected officers. Over the summer, the new officers will plan for the coming year.

Annual Sister-to-Sister Date SetSister-to-Sister event, July 2018Our Prescott AAUW branch will be joining efforts with Y...
02/15/2019

Annual Sister-to-Sister Date Set

Sister-to-Sister event, July 2018
Our Prescott AAUW branch will be joining efforts with Yavapai Community College’s Trio program for the Sister-to- Sister luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, (exact start time will be announced).

The theme of this year’s program will be “Acting Mindfully.” Those attending are Trio middle school and high school students from our local area schools.

The program will start with a tour of the theater’s back stage operations, followed by a speaker, then on to student powered “charades” and of course lunch.

GIRLS ROCK-IT! Day Coming!AAUW will be joining with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this next Feb. and March to pre...
01/28/2019

GIRLS ROCK-IT! Day Coming!

AAUW will be joining with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this next Feb. and March to present two STEM programs. These programs take place on the campus of ERAU. The first program will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and will be geared to middle school age girls. The second program will be Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and will be geared to high school age girls.There will be workshops conducted by instructors from ERAU. The volunteers from AAUW will assist with sign-in, directing students to different venues, and completing evaluations.

01/25/2019

AAUW Prescott Connections to AAUW Arizona

As the largest branch in Arizona, it is important for Prescott to actively participate in the state organization. That participation may take the form of attendance at state sponsored events such as the Fall Forum, communication with the state board and with other branches, or participation in leadership positions.
So what does the state organization DO? AAUW Arizona organizes three major events each year: Fall Forum, Legislative Day, and the Spring Conference, each of which is open to all members in the state. The state offers a variety of grants which are available to local branches, they provide direction on a variety of topics, especially Public Policy issues. They also facilitate communication and cooperation among the 14 branches around the state.

Currently, Prescott has a number of members who hold leadership positions at the state level: Patti Allen-LaFleur, Co-Vice President of Programs, College/University Relations, and Newsletter Layout; Jeanette Polvani, Corresponding Secretary; Claudia Greenwood, Community Action; Sara DeRouchey, Webmaster; and Deb Dillon, Past President. As branch president, Molly Divine is also a participant on the state board.

The state has a few unfilled positions: Vice President of Membership, Bylaws/Policies, Elections, and Parliamentarian. Contact any of the current board members if you are interested in any of these positions.

01/18/2019

Men Are Welcome in AAUW!

Men are welcome to join and participate in AAUW. There are no barriers to participation in AAUW on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

AAUW Prescott has occasionally had male members, but there are currently no men in the group. If you know of someone, female or male who is interested in AAUW, invite them to join.

From Public Policy Chair, Sue Marceau:Join the ERA Forum Friday, Jan. 18, from 10 am to 11 am at the State Capitol in Ph...
01/15/2019

From Public Policy Chair, Sue Marceau:

Join the ERA Forum Friday, Jan. 18, from 10 am to 11 am at the State Capitol in Phoenix, 1700 W. Washington St., Executive Tower, 3rd Floor. Speakers include Sen. Victoria Steele, along with Reps. Michelle Urgenti-Rita and Pamela Powers-Hannley. Support ratification of the ERA by the Arizona Legislature in 2019 so that our state becomes the 38th (and milestone) champion in protecting every American with these 24 very important words in the U.S. Constitution: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

January's General Meeting featured two dynamic speakers who highlighted Prescott organizations which enrich our communit...
01/15/2019

January's General Meeting featured two dynamic speakers who highlighted Prescott organizations which enrich our community.

Jessi Hans, the director of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ), shared CCJ’s impact on addressing the basic needs of the homeless and low-income residents of our community. CCJ provides programs that include emergency shelter for men and women, a diaper drive, providing school supplies, and a winter coat drive. CCJ is supported by private donations.

Courtney Osterfelt, the founder and director of The Launch Pad Teen Center, discussed the positive impacts provided by this free and safe place for quad city youth. Tutoring, teen-centered events, activities, music, art, dances, and internships are offered by the Center, which is open from 3:00 – 6:00 on Mondays through Fridays. The Center recently purchased their own building and look forward to what the future brings.

Ever wonder what role Title IX plays outside of the athletic arena?  Read how AAUW has been active in all aspects of Tit...
11/03/2018
Title IX | OUR HISTORY

Ever wonder what role Title IX plays outside of the athletic arena? Read how AAUW has been active in all aspects of Title IX. https://history.aauw.org/category/title-ix

“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.”

AAUW Prescott is a Branch of the national AAUW organization.  Read about our organization's Mission, Vision, and Values ...
10/29/2018
Strategic Plan

AAUW Prescott is a Branch of the national AAUW organization. Read about our organization's Mission, Vision, and Values at https://www.aauw.org/who-we-are/strategic-plan/.

The AAUW Strategic Plan is created through an inclusive process involving the AAUW Board of Directors and staff. The goals, indicators of success, and strategies reflect an integrated approach to fulfilling our mission, vision, and value promise.

What's not to like about good friends, good food, and good books?  AAUW's Author's Luncheon had all these!Approximately ...
10/28/2018

What's not to like about good friends, good food, and good books? AAUW's Author's Luncheon had all these!

Approximately 80 AAUW members and guests attended this year’s Fall Scholarship Fundraiser Oct. 26 in the Community Room at Yavapai College. They made new acquaintances, dined on a delicious lunch, appreciated the insights on reading habits shared by the panel, and vied to take home one of the sumptuous gift baskets. All monies, after expenses, will be divided between our two local scholarships—the Mary Alice Moulton Fund and the Centennial Fund.

Panel moderator Dr. Joanie Fisher from Yavapai College challenged panel members with questions about their reading habits and development. Panel members included: Jean Phillips, community mover and shaker; Angela Walker-Weber, attorney; Marnie Uhl, Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Karina Cox, large animal veterinarian. All gave each attendee something new to laugh about, learn about and think about in a new way. In addition to the panel, several AAUW authors and Peregrine Books were on hand to sell their books.

One characteristic of our active AAUW Prescott branch is that so many of our members are involved in pursuing activities...
09/28/2018

One characteristic of our active AAUW Prescott branch is that so many of our members are involved in pursuing activities in the arts. Our photography interest group is a prime example. This very active group meets monthly almost all year long, is attended regularly by its members (when they are not traveling and taking more photos!), and includes a dedicated group of varying skill levels within the practice of photography.

Currently, our AAUW branch has seven semi-professional photographers who are exhibiting photos around Prescott in several venues and media. Stephanie Brown has been an active photographer at most of our AAUW events, and she also photographs cats and dogs for the Humane Society. She is one of five members featured at the “All about the Light” photography show at The Raven Café on Cortez Street which runs to October 7. Also displayed at the Raven show are AAUW member photographers Dorothy Bengtson, Melinda Anderson, Arlene Minuskin and Gail Shay.
Stephanie, Melinda, Arlene and Gail are active members of our AAUW photo group, which is led by Gail Shay and Chris Maxwell. Gail is also seen with her camera at many AAUW events, and at this time, along with Arlene, is also showing a photograph at ‘Tis Gallery (also on Cortez Street). That exhibit is in conjunction with the Highlands Center for Natural History and features photos all taken at the Highlands Center.
Chris, besides actively helping with audio visual presentations at our general meetings, is known around town as the photographer for OLLI publications. One last AAUW member photographer deserves mention: Martha Court of our photo interest group submitted a winning photo to Prescott Living Magazine which was featured on a recent cover. Kudos to all these talented women!

Wondering about one of the Prescott ballot initiatives?  AAUW has partnered with League of Women Voters (LWV) to host a ...
09/26/2018

Wondering about one of the Prescott ballot initiatives? AAUW has partnered with League of Women Voters (LWV) to host a discussion of the initiatives on Friday, September 29. See the flyer for more information.

Reality Store 2018 was another exciting event.  AAUW members assisted the Yavapai College TRIO program in providing stud...
09/26/2018

Reality Store 2018 was another exciting event. AAUW members assisted the Yavapai College TRIO program in providing students from Yavapai County high schools a peek into real life. The volunteers enjoyed the interaction as students chose the necessities of life at the "store".

The September General Meeting of AAUW Prescott Branch started our new year with a terrific presentation by Prescott Unif...
09/10/2018

The September General Meeting of AAUW Prescott Branch started our new year with a terrific presentation by Prescott Unified School District Joe Howard, Mardi Read and high school senior Sydney Seeley. Discussion and questions ranged from staffing to STEM/STEAM instruction, and the diversity of offerings available from PUSD. We are in good hands!

President Molly Divine provided the members information about upcoming events and areas of interest. More information is available at aauwprescott.net.

Welcome to September!AAUW Prescott Branch is starting the month with a flurry.  September 8, our first general meeting o...
09/07/2018
AAUW Prescott Branch

Welcome to September!
AAUW Prescott Branch is starting the month with a flurry. September 8, our first general meeting of the year features an update of the state of our schools provided by Prescott Unified Superintendent Joe Howard, Assistant Superintendent Mardi Read, along with a high school student. There is a change in meeting place, so check https://www.aauwprescott.net for directions.

Interest Groups are starting up for the year. Looking for lively discussions, active learning, or plain socializing? Check out prescottaauw.net for information on the offerings.

September 13, Branch members are assisting with "Reality Store". This activity is held in conjunction with Yavapai College's Trio program, giving students an eye into their future. Students learn how their career choices affect what their life might look like when they are 25 years old.

On September 29, AAUW Prescott is joining with the League of Women Voters to host a discussion of the Pros and Cons of the ballot issues. See the attached flyer for information.

All of our activities are in support of the following new AAUW Strategic Plan:

Mission: To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

Vision: Equity for all.

Values: Nonpartisan, Fact-based, Integrity, Inclusion and Intersectionality

Information for the Prescott, AZ branch of American Association of University Women AAUW

This year’s Summer Social was a great success with an overflowing crowd including members and twenty-five prospective ne...
08/24/2018

This year’s Summer Social was a great success with an overflowing crowd including members and twenty-five prospective new members. We dined on appetizers, salads and desserts and had a chance to hear about the many activities of our Prescott AAUW Branch.

Interest Group Highlight:  Great DecisionsOur Great Decisions 4th Wednesday group meets in the homes of members. Each mo...
05/18/2018

Interest Group Highlight: Great Decisions

Our Great Decisions 4th Wednesday group meets in the homes of members. Each month we read the chapter (about 12 pages) from the annual briefing book and then meet to discuss the content of the policies explained. There is a DVD with an associated 20 minute video on the same subject, but often with a different perspective.
Each group handles the discussion in its own way. In our group, we alternate acting as the meeting facilitator, guiding the conversation and there are questions to spur discussion. Sometimes we include other outside visuals and articles. None of us is expert in US Foreign Policy, in fact this is usually a new topic for most of us, but this is how we learn. Personally, it takes me away from my daily life to see the global issues facing us.

Several years ago, resulting from a discussion topic about NGOs’ assistance, our 4th Wed. Great Decisions group began a Kiva account through which we make revolving micro loans to various women around the world. We loan to mostly women who need small amounts to begin or continue with their small, home businesses.
--Stephanie Brown

05/11/2018

Interest Group Highlight: Great Decisions

Our Great Decisions 4th Wednesday group meets in the homes of members. Each month we read the chapter (about 12 pages) from the annual briefing book and then meet to discuss the content of the policies explained. There is a DVD with an associated 20 minute video on the same subject, but often with a different perspective.
Each group handles the discussion in its own way. In our group, we alternate acting as the meeting facilitator, guiding the conversation and there are questions to spur discussion. Sometimes we include other outside visuals and articles. None of us is expert in US Foreign Policy, in fact this is usually a new topic for most of us, but this is how we learn. Personally, it takes me away from my daily life to see the global issues facing us.

Several years ago, resulting from a discussion topic about NGOs’ assistance, our 4th Wed. Great Decisions group began a Kiva account through which we make revolving micro loans to various women around the world. We loan to mostly women who need small amounts to begin or continue with their small, home businesses.
--Stephanie Brown

On June 23, 1972 Title IX Became Law--Celebrate 45 Years! Many of us think of Title IX in connection with women in sport...
05/04/2018
Title IX

On June 23, 1972 Title IX Became Law--Celebrate 45 Years!

Many of us think of Title IX in connection with women in sports, but Title IX has had a positive impact on women’s lives far beyond the arena of sports. AAUW Arizona Co-President Deb Dillon has been shining light on this topic beginning September 2017 through May of 2018 with new information posted at http://www.aauwarizona.org/?page_id=2678.

On June 23, 1972 Title IX Became Law Celebrate 45 Years! We often think of Title IX in connection with women in sports, but Title IX has had a positive impact on women’s lives far beyond the…

04/27/2018

AAUW FEED BACK NEEDED FROM BRANCHES!

The Strategic Planning Task Force now needs YOUR input, as an AAUW member, to support the continuing refinement of the strategic plan draft. Thanks to a lot of important input, external and internal analysis and feedback from member leaders, the Task Force has made significant progress in developing a draft strategic plan for AAUW. It is now YOUR input that is needed.

The welcome page for the survey provides an update on the overall development of this plan.

The full plan is accessible online. Please refer to this document as you answer questions in the survey.

Survey completion should take 10–15 minutes. You can leave the survey and return later to complete it if you return on the same device and with the same browser.

Results will be folded back into the plan draft and then considered by the Strategic Planning Task Force and AAUW Board of Directors.

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center transformed into Alice’s Wonderland on Friday, April 20, as 165 persons atten...
04/24/2018

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center transformed into Alice’s Wonderland on Friday, April 20, as 165 persons attended the second annual AAUW Art-Full Afternoon in the Garden. Inclement weather forced the event into the YCPAC but failed to disrupt or dampen the enjoyment of attendees. All proceeds from this event go to support AAUW’s two Yavapai College scholarship funds.

04/20/2018

AAUW and Yavapai College: Partners Uplifting a Community

A continuously evolving partnership between Yavapai College and Prescott’s AAUW was formed early in 2000 when Mary Alice Moulton and other representatives of AAUW attended a YC Governing Board meeting and urged the development of a family enrichment center. They continued to attend these meetings, lobby District I legislators, and participate in a task force on child care until the Dell E. Webb Family Enrichment Center became a reality. In 2005 AAUW entered into an agreement with the college to endow the Mary Alice Moulton Childcare Fund, providing support to children of mothers attending the campus.

But the relationship didn't end there. Also in 2005, AAUW Prescott joined with YC partner ETS, a federally funded program, to launch a mentoring program targeting first generation students in grades 6-12.

And the relationship kept growing: In 2007, AAUW members and YC faculty members developed a program to provide encouragement to women returning to college.

And more educational support during Arizona's centennial year as AAUW began a new endowment: the Centennial Scholarship. This award targets second semester women in STEM fields on the Yavapai Campus.

Other branch efforts in partnership with Yavapai College have included Teen Maze (a county-wide effort encouraging youth to make good choices), the Dreams to Reality and Career Fair, Tech Savvy, Project LEAD, and the mentors' Traveling Team. Several of our members serve on college committees, including the Family Enrichment Center.

We are a strong team: AAUW and Yavapai College.

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