July/ August 2022 

Volume 41 Issue 1


President's Message

July 1 marks the start of a new year for AAUW. We thank Marian Sacco for her extraordinary dedication and leadership as branch president for the last two years. And now we welcome our new branch president, Suman Ganapathy. Click on the button to read the message from Suman.

Suman's Message

Your voice matters. Please fill this short members’ feedback survey by July 7 and help us plan the coming year at the annual retreat.

Member Survey

Upcoming Events

August Program

As part of the Morgan Hill Women's Week Series, we are delighted to present Beth Anstandig, author of "The Human Herd: Awakening Our Natural Leadership". The main focus of Beth's talk will be woman empowerment.

Join us on Tuesday, August 23, 7 - 8:30 pm in the Morgan Hill Library; the event will also be live-streamed.

Event Detail

Annual Retreat

Join us for our branch annual retreat as we plan the coming year - open to all members. Saturday, July 9, 10 - 3 pm. 19500 Monterey Road.

RSVP Suman Ganapathy

Wine & Whine Nights

Wine & Whine is held the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30 - 7 pm, as a casual way for members to visit over no host drinks. Here are the upcoming nights:

July 20 Rosy's at the Beach, back patio

August 17 location to be announced

National Night Out

The Public Safety National Night Out will be held TuesdayAugust 2, starting around 5 pm, in the Morgan Hill Civic Center.

Please join in our AAUW Morgan Hill booth as we participate in this annual community-building campaign to make neighborhoods safer. Watch for details in the Sunday email.

Connecting with Our Members

Interest Group Spotlight: Sunday Gardeners

The new Sunday Gardeners group meets in the afternoon on the first Sunday of the month to share triumphs and frustrations, help solve problems, brainstorm ideas, and talk to experts. Our gardeners have many varied interests, and our goal is to focus on a particular topic each month.

Learn about this group

Terrific Travels - Members on the Go

Elizabeth Mandel spent two fabulous weeks in Peru with her daughter Emily. Highlights included a four-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu and a two-day trek into (and back out of) Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. She describes Colca Canyon as “the most grueling hike” she has ever done, with an elevation gain—to 11,000 feet—of almost 4,000 feet in two miles. Much of the rest of the trip was spent eating and visiting markets in Lima, Pisac, Arequipa, and Cusco.

Jill and John Paveza took a three-week trip to Italy in April/May. They started on an 11-day Rick Steves tour of Sicily, home of John’s ancestors. The food, history, scenery, and fellow travelers were all fantastic. After the tour, they spent three days each in Bologna, Firenze, and Roma, making a great effort to consume all the regional specialties!

A trip to Peru and Ecuador to see some of the unique wonders of the world has been on Doris Fredericks’ bucket list for twenty years and in the works for the last four. In April/May, Doris and her younger traveling companions enjoyed Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and four of the Galapagos Islands.

Read about Doris' trip

Pictured here with their hats are: Suman Ganapathy, Wan Chen, Barbara Palmer, Sherrie Wren and Tessy Albin.

Hats, Hats and More Hats!

The Installation Lunch on May 7th at Morgan Hill Cellars brought sunshine and wonderful food, drinks and "catch up".  About 50 branch members joined five scholarship girls with their parents for an inspiring introduction to AAUW.  

Janet McElroy, Leadership Development Chair, led the "swearing in" of our officers for 2022-2023.

Our Branch loves to get together so join us at the next event!

2022 AAUW Fund Honorees

The AAUW Honoree program is a wonderful way for our branch to recognize outstanding members. The 2022 recipients were announced at the Installation Luncheon. They were Elaine Reimer, Karen MacDonald, and Margo Hinnenkamp, our hospitality team, and Marian Sacco, our outgoing president.

All about the 2022 AAUW Fund Honorees

Morgan Hill Historical Society “Stories From The Past” 

The premier of the 8th annual “Stories From The Past” was presented at the Morgan Hill Playhouse on June 5. The film is a record of local history as told by six longtime residents, including branch members Linda Tarvin and Joan Sullivan. They shared how they came to Morgan Hill, their involvement with AAUW and the Wildflower Run. Member Robin Shepherd was the producer.

View the film
Read about the event

Happy Birthday Carol

We wish Carol O'Hare a very happy 80th birthday!

Judy Kinker 1936 - 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of longtime branch member and our dear friend Judy Kinker on June 12, 2022. Click on the button to find out about her many contributions to our AAUW Morgan Hill branch and how to contribute to the new Judith Kinker Memorial Scholarship. Condolences for her family may be sent to Robin Rall, 3396 Ramona Rd, Atascadero, CA 93422.

All About Judy

From the Friday Writers

The Friday Writer's Group tries to fill

Suman's big black hat!

Top Row: Chris Hopwood, Janet Esperson, Jean Pinard, Bonnie Fishman

Middle Row: Margo Hinnencamp, Nancy Fishman, Beth Wyman,

                     Marcia Fishman, Jenny Redfern

Bottom Row: Susan Brazelton, Suman Ganapathy, Elsa Walton, Donna Dicker

Missing: Joan Stempel, Peggy Martin, Carol Holzgrafe

Into the deep

by Nancy Fishman

a raft

raging storms threatening its seams

old patches straining to hold

Roe Roe Roe

far from the waters' edge

far from the wading shallows

no place to wade

into the deep

rapids ahead

No Roe, No Wade

over the falls 

into the deep

Fighting for Women's Rights

AAUW Morgan Hill participated in the rally in response to the SCOTUS overturning of Roe v Wade at San Jose City Hall on Saturday, June 25.

Anna's Wedding

Tammy Parker’s daughter Anna was recently married Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was a very joyous and special occasion for the Parker family. 


We extend our sincere sympathy to member Desiree Michel on the recent loss of her mother, Katherine Toro.

Send us your news!

Do you have news to share with the branch? We'd love to hear about your travels, milestone birthdays, etc. Send an email with pictures to Jill Paveza at friendship@aauwmh.org.

Branch Business

Membership Update


Our branch continues to grow with awesome women joining to help achieve our AAUW mission. Please invite your friends to join our vibrant branch.

Meet our new members


(Due June 30, 2022) There are 4 ways to do it.

1.    Make a check to AAUW Morgan Hill for $112 and mail to Sherrie Wren, 

    465 East Central Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037


2.    Renew for $112 directly from your bank account using Zelle. Find us

    using membership@aauwmh.org


3.    Go to your already existing account on the AAUW Community Hub my.aauw.org 

    Enter a new password and renew for $112 online with a credit card.


4.    Renew in person with Square and your credit card when you see Sherrie Wren.

   ($3 fee, total $115)

Wildflower Run 2022 Huge Success - Shout Outs

After two years of virtual Wildflower Runs, everyone was excited to be back in-person. Thanks to all the members who helped make this event successful, including:

  • Sandy Stoob registered 896 participants.
  • Run treasurer Peggy Martin reported gross income of $31,179 from registrations.
  • Corporate sponsors led by Amy Whelan brought in $30,900.
  • Members donated $18,846 to the Wildflower Fund campaign, chaired by Carol O’Hare.
  • Co-directors Joy Safakish and Janet Wright coordinated the run.

The amount available, after expenses, to support branch projects is an amazing $60,000!

Save the date for the 40th annual Wildflower Run on March 26, 2023!

New Programs VPs

We welcome our new Programs VPs, Nancy Altman and Wan Qiu Chen. Nancy, a retired Morgan Hill Unified School District administrator, has been a member of the AAUW Morgan Hill branch for nearly 20 years. Wan, a small business owner, joined us in 2021 and already is very active in our branch. They plan to bring interesting, relevant, and innovative programs to our community. 

Suggestions for programs and presenters around topics of empowering and promoting education of girls & women, climate education, diversity & inclusion, and political activism are encouraged!

Please contact Nancy & Wu at programs@aauwmh.org.

50th Anniversary of Title IX

June 23rd marked the 50th Anniversary of the signing of Title IX by Richard Nixon (1972), and our Morgan Hill Branch made AAUW voices heard! AAUW National CEO, Gloria Blackwell, called it "the groundbreaking law that ushered in an era of enormous progress for women and girls".

Councilwoman and member Yvonne Beltran led the way for a City Proclamation at the June 15th Council meeting. That week we also had articles published about Title IX in the Morgan Hill Times and Morgan Hill Life. Take a look at these links:

Morgan Hill Times article
Morgan Hill Life article

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 mim@garlic.com

The price is $12 plus tax.

Giving Back

Scholarships Awarded!

Thanks to the success of Wildflower Fundraising, we were able to award a total of $24,500 for scholarships in the upcoming year.

These include scholarships for high school seniors, women working on a STEM degree, or re-entering school after a break. Grants were also awarded to previous scholarship winners.

Our scholarship recipients are a talented, diversified group both in their majors and choice of colleges. Congratulations to all for their hard work and determination!

Complete details about the winners & all our scholarships

Tech Trek Update

The 18 girls awarded Tech Trek scholarships are off to virtual camp! Nine of them attended the June session, and the remaining nine will attend in July.

Before camp we distributed kit of robotics components and manuals to each girl. They were looking forward to their adventure.

Pictured top row: Isha & Hareen Toor, Ishq Kandhra, Cadence Meriales & mom; bottom row: AAUW member Krisse Boursier & Rachel Fox (former camper, youth coach this year), Angelina Wu & parents

County, State & National Updates

AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund

AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) addresses barriers brought by unfair pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and violations of Title IX by informing people of their rights and using the legal system to seek justice and change. LAF was created in 1981 by AAUW members and has provided millions of dollars to balance the scales of justice.

MaChelle Joseph is the former Head Coach of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s women’s basketball team, which she successfully led for 16 years. The university’s athletic department, however, afforded Coach Joseph and her team significantly fewer benefits and resources than it provided to the men’s basketball team. Soon after Coach Joseph filed a complaint about this discriminatory treatment, the university suspended and ultimately terminated her employment.

Read the full story

Public Policy

On June 24 the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion that will immediately deny thousands of women in 13 states the right to make their own decisions concerning reproduction. Seven more states are expected to follow suit in the days ahead.

AAUW California joins AAUW National in condemning the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health which overturns Roe v. Wade and, with it, a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions - a core public policy priority for both AAUW and AAUW California. You can read AAUW National’s statement HERE.

On Thursday, July 7th at 7:00 pm, AAUW California will present a webinar to discuss the issue in greater detail.

Register for July 7 Webinar

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