Our Slant                                    Forward Into The Light                                    June 2016
Wednesday, June 15
Membership Dinner Meeting & Program 
Summer Thyme's Bakery & Deli, 213 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley

Seasonal salad buffet with a selection of deli salads and green salads 
Rolls and butter (regular and gluten-free)/brownie bites (regular and gluten-free) 
Social/Networking 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6 p.m. $21 per person  
Newcomers and guests are always welcome!     
Deadline for reservations: Sunday, June 12. 

Join Us at this
Action-Packed Dinner!
Come one! Come all!  
To the installation of our 2016-2017 officers!

Come meet our new & returning officers, see a dazzling display of BPW  
memorabilia, and add your voice to our "Hot Topics" segment--it's sure
to be a sizzling good time!     

This is your opportunity to learn more about our chapter's activities and rekindle old friendships and connections! 

New and Returning Officers Step Up to Lead  
On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Gail Parle, a BPW-NC member since 1975, will do the honors as Installing Officer. With her unique perspective, her wit and humor, and her long history with BPW, Gail will conduct our installation ceremony.
During her 41 years with BPW, Gail has held offices and chaired several committees, including serving as Secretary so often that her minutes are a virtual history of our BPW chapter.
During the installation, Gail will entertain and inform us with historical tidbits about our local BPW. Be sure to check out her colorful display of memorabilia from our chapter, which originated in 1932 and currently celebrates its 84th year.
Thank you, Gail!

Those being installed are Judith McCarrick and Lynn Wenzel, rep eati ng their roles as Co-Presidents; Shirley Zeff, Vice President; Gail Parle, Secretary; and Lorell Maldoon, Treasurer.
Thanking our Committee Chairs
In addition to the officer installation, the Committee Chairs will be especially recognized and th
eir purpose defined and explained. We hope you will join us to thank these members who give so tirelessly of their time and energy and, in learning more about the committees, perhaps decide to join one yourself.
Historian*Education Fund: Scholarship/Mentoring
Website Design & Management 

Past Presidents Share Captivating Anecdotes 
As if that's not enough for one night, join us as we take special time to honor
Past Presidents of BPW and hear from them about one of their "favorite or funniest leadership moments."
Hot Topics--Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Are you keeping up with the front-page news? Join in a lively debate on a crucial current topic. We're keeping the subject a secret until the meeting--do your homework and be prepared for a smokin' good time!

For members, prospective members, and guests, the Installation meeting presents an opportunity to learn more about BPW-NC as we share this informative and entertaining evening together.
Newcomers and guests are always welcome!
We'll see you on the 15th. Click to RSVP and pre-pay (with credit or debit card with VISA or MC logo) for this month's meeting. Pre-paid reservations are required for members and guests.
Deadline for reservations: Sunday, June 12.
Message from Co-Presidents
Lynn Wenzel & Judy McCarrick

Difficult! Militant! Hypochondriac! Martyr!
Alice Paul, the quiet but firm Quaker woman who dedicated her life to Woman's Suffrage and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, has been accused of all of these behaviors. Whether or not they were true or exaggerated, it is a fact that Alice Paul has been overlooked by some historians and has been the subject of criticism by others.

Her life began in 1885 in New Jersey as the daughter of two prominent members of the Quaker community, from which she acquired the values that would remain with her. Gender equality and education for women were integral values of her home and her community.

Indeed, Alice's education included a degree in Biology from Swarthmore College; a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania; a Law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University; and a PhD in Civil Law from American University. To say she was a formidable and brilliant student would be an understatement. 

With all of these academic accomplishments and a commitment to furthering women's rights, how, then, did Alice Paul become the subject of such controversy? On a trip to England she encountered Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst , the militant founders of the Women's Social and Political Union, and determined that social work could not bring about the changes in the status of women that she wanted.  

Alice Becomes Militant Activist
Militant activism became her vocation. Demonstrating in England, she was beaten, jailed, and, when she went on a hunger strike, brutally force-fed, which compromised her health for years afterwards. Returning to the U.S., Paul continued her activism, joining the National American Woman's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and moving to Washington D.C. Later, after a dispute about tactics, she left the NAWSA and established the National Woman's Party (NWP) in 1917. (The NWP's Washington, D.C. headquarters were designated a National Monument by President Obama in April.)

Paul, the activist, barely stopped for breath after the passage of the 19th Amendment. She trudged on, convinced that the true battle for equality was yet to be won and, in 1923 she wrote
the "Lucretia Mott Amendment" (changed in
1943 to the Equal Rights Amendment), which stated, "
Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction." When, in 1972, the ERA
passed in both houses of Congress, Alice Paul did not celebrate.

ERA Wording Diluted
In fact, she vehemently opposed the change in wording: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex," and felt strongly that the ERA would not be ratified because the tactics of women's groups were too timid. Today, we are still three states short of achieving final ratification, even after countless letters and marches and picketing and hunger strikes.
Where is Alice when you need her!

Was Paul difficult? Certainly, to those who opposed her, she was. Was she militant? Yes and no. Her Quaker upbringing instilled non-violence as a protest tactic, and there is no record of her being personally violent, but her participation often brought violent results.

Was she a hypochondriac? Certainly she had severe health problems, but many of these were the result of being beaten and force-fed. Was she a martyr? It is unlikely that she viewed herself as cast upon the fires of the women's movement in martyrdom. Instead,
it is accurate to say that Alice Paul was indisputably single-minded and dedicated to the cause of rights and equality for women.

Alice to Appear on $20 Bill 
Well, finally, she gets her due! The woman who was the most consequential civil rights leader of the 20th century, and who has long been forgotten by the general public, will appear on the $10 bill in 2020 to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

She will be joined by other historic suffragist leaders Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth in an image of the historic march for suffrage that ended on the steps of the Treasury Department. 

She will be joined by other historic suffragist leaders Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth in an image of the historic march for suffrage that ended on the steps of the Treasury Department.

Of course, Alice never disappeared from the view of those of us who studied women's history, or who lived in New Jersey and visited her lovely home and office in Mt. Laurel, called Paulsdale, which was designated a National Landmark in 1991. There, at the 200-acre farmstead in Burlington County where Alice was born and raised in the Quaker faith, you can still hear the birds, feel the wind in the trees, and imagine Alice doing the same as you stand on the porch and contemplate what she accomplished for women.
September Silent Auction Party
Scholarship Fun(d)-Raiser
By Susan Rogers

Save the date (Sept. 21) and put on your thinking cap! We are tentatively planning our September meeting to be a way to have fun and increase connections and friendships between members, while raising funds for our scholarship program.

How this works: BPW-NC members donate services based on your skills, talents and time. Other members bid on them. Deserving women get the money in the form of a scholarship.

What can you do that has value to others? Here are some ideas:

-- Lessons/assistance: computer, crafts or  hobbies, cooking, drawing, gardening, games (bridge, etc.), musical instrument, etc.
-- Host a dinner for six or eight.
-- Specialty cake, dessert or meal delivered to the winner's door.
-- Yard/gardening services: raking leaves, doing a dump run, helping with outdoor project.
-- Babysitting, or providing respite for an adult caregiver.
-- Health, beauty or personal services: massage, tarot reading, etc.
-- Pet-sitting, house-sitting or plant care for vacationers.
-- Professional services: CPA, legal, or a gift certificate toward such services.
-- Party helper/server/cleanup.
-- Consulting or advice on an area of your expertise.
-- A giant bouquet of fresh flowers, or bag of vegetables, from your garden.

If your hobby or avocation is creating items that others can bid on, that is also
OK -- it doesn't have to be a service or activity.

If 25 members offer something that brings $25 or more each, that's at least $625 for scholarships, and great value received for winning bidders. Start thinking about what you can offer, and stay tuned for more details at a future meeting.

Speaking of Scholarships...

BPW-NC Scholarships Aid Women Returning to School
For the past 19 years, BPW-NC has helped support women 25 and older in furthering their education through our Scholarship Program. Since 1997, the organization has awarded 52 scholarships--for a total of $42,650--to
eserving women returning to school to earn their degrees, thus improving their chances of attaining a higher quality of life.

One of last February's recipients recently sent us a card expressing her gratitude for our support. Here is an excerpt:
"Dear Members of BPW-NC,
I'm writing to express my sincere appreciation for the scholarship you granted me. It is a huge blessing and came not a moment too soon...You do a lot of good for our community and I hope to be a good example of that goodness once I accomplish my degree...Thank you so much for your kind generosity and acknowledgement of my hard work." ( Name withheld).
Scholarships, which range from $500 to $1,500 or more, are awarded twice-yearly, in February and August (based on applications, need, and available funds). We are now accepting applications for this summer's scholarships.
For further information, and to download an application and all related forms, visit http://bpwnevadacounty.org/scholarship-program or c ontact our Scholarship Program Chair Linda (Lindy) Horwitz at gvlindy-scholar@usa.net or 530-272-4864.
Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2016.
Donate to our program online at:

BPW-NC Executive Committee
Lynn Wenzel 477-0746
Judy McCarrick 478-0677
Vice President
Lorell Maldoon 477-8401
Maryann DellaMaggiora 906-4926

Committee Contacts
Emma Santa 913-0819
Lindy Horwitz 477-1988
Elaine Sierra 274-0738
BPW Foundation Liaison
Angie Lux 272-2402

Lynn Wenzel 477-0746
Gail Parle 272-2141
Beth Volz
Website & Facebook
W: Phyllis Orzalli 265-5604
FB: Patricia Wolfe 273-0605
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