May/ June 2022 

Volume 40 Issue 5

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                                 President's Message

Our Morgan Hill Branch is growing, adapting, and thriving. Our mission of equity and education leads our small sphere of influence to an understanding of other points of view, broadening diversity, and expanding influence in the local community, even during a challenging world situation.

                         Marian Sacco, President

Read The Rest of Marian's Message

Upcoming Events

Spring Lunch & Installation of Officers

Join us for lunch on Saturday, May 7, at Morgan Hill Cellars, 1645 San Pedro Avenue 11am - 2pm.

The event will include the installation of officers for 2022-23, the opportunity to congratulate scholarship winners, and time to meet new branch members & connect with old friends. Lunch catered by Betto’s Bistro, will include a variety of sandwiches, salads, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages. Wine will be available for purchase.

RSVP no later than May 3 to Margo Hinnenkamp. The cost of the lunch is $27. Please mail your checks to Karen MacDonald, 16335 Flaming Oak Ln, MH. 

May Wine & Whine

Come relax and chat at our monthly Wine & Whine. Always held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, the May get-together will be Wednesday, May 18, from 5:30 - 7:00 at Chacho's Restaurant back patio, 30 E. 3rd Street.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Krisse Boursier

DEI in the Morgan Hill Branch

AAUW MH has a new DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) committee that will coordinate a series of conversations to learn more about these terms. The first program will focus on Diversity. It will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm at the Morgan Hill Library.

Kathy Chavez Napoli, Sousan Manteghi-Safakish and Janet McElroy have been appointed by President Marian Sacco to start these conversations in our branch.

To get involved please contact Janet at

What is DEI

Connecting with our Members

Interest Group Spotlight: Friday Writers

The Friday Writers’ Group meets the second and fourth Friday morning of each month to share their writing projects. Oftentimes participants combine their other talents - art, photography or cooking - with their writing skills to create unique pieces.

Learn about this group

Celebrate Morgan Hill

Fashionably attired branch members showed up in force at Guglielmo Winery on April 3 for the ‘Celebrate Morgan Hill 2022’ gala. What made it a particularly exciting and well-attended event by our members was the fact that three of the seven evening’s honorees were AAUW Morgan Hill members

Read all about Celebrate Morgan Hill

New Member Wine & Whine

On March 16 the Wine & Whine night was held in person for the first time since December 2021 at the always delightful 88 Keys restaurant. In January we had a Zoom get-together; our February event was cancelled; so everyone was very eager to meet in person and get to know our newest members.

Kathy Hansell and Sherrie Wren, Co-VPs of Membership, welcomed members to sit at tables decorated with flowers arranged by Monica McClintock. Barbara Palmer served as the MC for the evening.

Lively discussions abound!

MC Barbara Palmer

Patricia Kindred and Joan Ensign with Joan's daughter

Joanne Rooney Moving to Petaluma

Joanne Rooney has been an active branch member since 2011. She may be best known for coordinating the Speech Trek competition, but she has also been responsible for newsletter advertising and Wildflower Run contracts. However, Evening Books has been her favorite activity. We will miss her.

All about Joanne

Kay at the Poppy Jasper Film Festival

Congratulations to branch member Kulvinder (Kay) Auora for moderating an informative and engaging women’s panel at the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival. Women leaders from the film industry shared their experiences and advice, discussing how women can succeed in a male-dominated field such as the film industry.

 Happy Birthday Joanne

We wish Joanne Rife a very happy 90th birthday!

Did you get your commemorative glass?

Our 40th Anniversary celebration kicked off in December 2021 with a party and commemorative wine glass for all members. Many of you have not received one yet! Come to our Brunch on May 7th, to get one. 

Or, contact Marian at to arrange a pickup. 

It is never a good idea to miss an anniversary, just ask any husband!

Branch Business

Wildflower Run Recap

Our 2022 Wildflower Run was a stunning success! The weather cooperated beautifully, we had 896 total runners, and exceptional results in key areas: sponsor donations, Wildflower Fund membership donations and volunteer participation.

All about the Run
Volunteers pictures
Runner picures

Wildflower Run Sponsors Recap

Wildflower Run Corporate Sponsors Committee had a great year and brought in over $30,000. We plan to do even better next year, and to do that we need more committee members before the 2023 run campaign begins.

Our work starts in September and finishes shortly before the run. Each committee member gets a short list of local companies to manage through the process; all fund raising information is provided; and we meet monthly to check in. This is a great way to make an impact!

 Contact Amy Whelan,, to find out how you could fit right in!

                   2022 Wildflower Fund Campaign Report

The 2022 Wildflower Fund Member Giving Campaign has ended, but it is not too late to donate. If you received a letter in the mail requesting your financial support, please consider making a gift to the Wildflower Fund to support education and equity for women and girls. Many thanks to the members who have donated.

Members Who Have Donated

Membership Update

Thank you to all who attended the New Member Wine and Whine at 88 Keys on March 16. It was great to see so many members in person. Our current membership is 172.


We are delighted to report that we have nine new members, four of whom are mother/daughter combinations. Welcome to all new members! Learn about them here.

Learn about our new members

                              Earth Day Recap

Our 1st AAUW Earth Day Celebration on April 24 was a fantastic success. We are so grateful to all of our members who worked so diligently on the creation, promotion and production of this community event. Special thanks to  Margaret McCann and Margo Hinnenkamp for organizing this event!

Pictures & more 

Tired of those sticky paper name tags?

Order a nifty name badge from:

Make It Mine, 101 Main Street, Morgan Hill

408-776-0556 or

The price is $12 plus tax.

Giving Back

                   Tech Trek Update

This year, eighteen local MHUSD 7th graders were chosen to attend Virtual Tech Trek camps. For names and details, click on the button.

All about Tech Trek 2022

County, State & National Updates

AAUW CA Election for State Board

Voting for AAUW CA Board takes place until May 14 with your email ballot. Read candidates’ statements online at If you have questions about the state voting process, contact Carol Holzgrafe, AAUW MH member and AAUW CA director, at

AAUW National Election

Voting is also taking place for the national Board of Directors and changes to bylaws. You should have received information by email with your member ID and PIN. Voting closes May 16.

                                 Public Policy

Did you realize we have a primary election coming up on June 7? The last day to register to vote in that election is May 23. (California also has same-day Conditional Voter Registration.) If you have changed your name or political affiliation, you must re-register.

More about upcoming elections & how to register to vote

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