Our Slant                                    Forward Into The Light                                    May 2016

Local Women in Non-Profits  
Wednesday, May 18, Membership Dinner Meeting & Program
Summer Thyme's Bakery & Deli, 213 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley

Menu: Chicken Roulade -or- Veggie Roulade, Potato Gratin, Roasted Spring Vegetables, Panna Cotta with berries (dairy-free or traditional)

Social/Networking 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6 p.m. $21 per person  
Local Women in Non-Profits
Did you know that the majority of non-profit organizations in Nevada County are started and run by women?

Join us at our May 18 meeting to hear Kari Stehmeyer and Patti Galle discuss what inspired them to found and run their organizations, how they started and how these organizations have developed and changed since their inception.

Kari will share how her journey from the legal world led her to creating and managing a local charity she runs from her home called "The Karing Closet of Nevada County," and how transforming into a professional philanthropist still requires all the business acumen and networking required in the business world.

Kari Stehmeyer is a University of California, Davis graduate, a former intern for the California State Office of Protocol, a former board member for several national and state paralegal associations, and a former Girl Scout Service Council leader. She has extensive experience in the legal sector as a civil defense paralegal in various pre-eminent international law firms. She also has a long history of combining her passion for serving foster and afflicted children with her business talents of organizing, mobilizing and networking.

The Karing Closet of Nevada County is dedicated to improving the lives of local foster children, in families of all ages from newborn to 18 years old, by providing clothing and basic necessities to those in need.

Patti Galle is Co-Founder of Nevada County Pets of the Homeless, a non-profit
organization providing food and veterinarian care for the pets of homeless people in Nevada County. She studied at
San Jose City College , and served as Director of Vallejo Animal Shelter for 10 years. While following her husband's job around, she volunteered at every animal shelter in every town they lived in.

When the travels finally stopped in Nevada County in 2014, Patti followed her dream and started her non-profit organization. According to the website, "
Our pets become family and they deserve no less. In times of stress and instability, sometimes a pet can be the beating heart we rely on for emotional support. Having a pet helps people get through one more day, providing support, protection, and warmth during the nights."

Patti will share how her organization has grown and changed in just a few years.
Newcomers and guests are always welcome!

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Deadline for reservations: Sunday, May 15. 

Messages from Co-Presidents
Lynn Wenzel & Judy McCarrick

Lynn Wenzel

During this month, let's remember the true genesis of Mother's Day. It was the brainchild of Julia Ward Howe who, heartbroken at the carnage and death from the Civil War, wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1861 as a way to express her sadness and outrage.

Howe, born in 1819 in New York, was well-read and "frighteningly brilliant," keeping company with the likes of Charles Dickens and Margaret Fuller, and extremely well-educated for a woman of her time. In 1843, she married Samuel Gridley, who was eighteen years older than she. Despite his altruistic leanings, he was a tyrannical and overbearing husband who resented her writing for publication and her desire for emancipation. Howe was miserably unhappy in her marriage and secretly published many plays, dramas and poetry that, often, railed against women's roles as wives and their subordinate place in society. Eventually the couple separated.

After the Civil War, Howe focused her energies almost exclusively on the causes of
woman suffrage and, eventually, abolition. She was president of many New England suffrage associations and a founder of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She was also the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1870, she wrote her "Appeal to Womanhood throughout the World," later known as the Mother's Day Proclamation. It asked women to join together for world peace. Howe died of pneumonia in 1910 at the age of 91.

After further organizing and activism by Anna Jarvis, the daughter of a friend of Howe's, Mother's Day was finally officially established in 1914 under President Wilson.

Unfortunately, it did not maintain its original purpose of peace, equality and justice, instead becoming increasingly commercialized. As the Florists' Review in 1913 put it, "This was a holiday that could be exploited." The advertising industry quickly moved Americans into ultimately supporting a billion-dollar industry.

As Author Ruth Rosen says, "Americans may revere the idea of motherhood and love their own mothers, but not all mothers. Poor, unemployed mothers may enjoy flowers, but they also need child care, job training, healthcare, a higher minimum wage and paid parental leave...Imagine a Mother's Day filled with voices demanding social and economic justice and a sustainable future, rather than speeches studded with syrupy platitudes."

Perhaps we can all join hands and work to honor the original meaning of Mother's Day--a world free of the scourge of war, that lifts all peoples, that honors all races and creeds, and makes it finally possible to dry the tears of mothers who mourn sons and daughters gone on the battlefield too soon.

Here is a portion of Howe's plea:

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears! Say, firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace."
                                                                             Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870

~ Judy McCarrick
After Julia Ward Howe came Anna Jarvis, who, though she never married or had children, is also known as the Mother of Mother's Day, an apt title for the woman who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers. Anna Jarvis was inspired by her own mother, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis, who was an activist and social worker. Anna Jarvis felt strongly that someday someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions they made.

On May 10, 1908, three years after her mother's death, Jarvis held a memorial ceremony to honor her mother--and all mothers--at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church
, which is now the International Mother's Day Shrine in Grafton, West Virginia. This marked the first official observance of Mother's Day.
Largely through Anna Jarvis's efforts, Mother's Day came to be observed in a growing number of cities and states until President Woodrow Wilson officially designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in 1914 . But Jarvis's success soon turned to failure, at least in her own eyes.
Anna Jarvis's idea of an intimate Mother's Day quickly became a commercial gold mine, centering on the buying and giving of flowers, candies, and greeting cards--a development that deeply disturbed Jarvis. She set about dedicating herself and her sizable inheritance to returning Mother's Day to its reverent roots.
Jarvis incorporated herself as the Mother's Day International Association and tried to retain some control of the holiday. She organized boycotts, threatened lawsuits, and even attacked First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for using Mother's Day to raise funds for charities. In opposition to the flower industry's exploitation of the holiday, Jarvis wrote, "What will you do to route [sic] charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, kidnappers and other termites that would undermine with their greed one of the finest, noblest and truest movements and celebrations?"
Despite her efforts, flower sales on Mother's Day continued to grow. Florist's Review wrote, "Miss Jarvis was completely squelched." Anna Jarvis died in 1948, blind, poor and childless. Ironically, Jarvis would never know that it was The Florist's Exchange that had anonymously paid for her care.
Women and Memorial Day

Beginning with the American Revolution and continuing to the present, women have always volunteered in defense of our nation. As Memorial Day approaches, it's fitting that these women are recognized for their service.

This year, these two women were honored by the National Women's
History Project:

2016 Honoree - Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995) WWII Director of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, and first Secretary of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. 


2016 Honoree - Dorothy C Stratton (1899-2006) WWII Director of the SPARS (Coast Guard Women's Reserve), first full-time Dean of Women at Purdue University, and Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of the USA. 


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
Patricia Wolfe 273-0605
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
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