Branch #4023: Darien - Downers Grove - Lisle - Westmont - Woodridge
Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Public Program Notice : Volume 1, Issue No. 4 / November 2019
USED BOOK COLLECTION
Used Book Collection
Saturday, November 9
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Eagle Storage, 555 Rogers Street, Downers Grove

Please visit our website to review the guidelines of what is accepted. Enter Eagle Storage through the large garage doors and keep walking straight back until you hear our chatty group sorting the donations. Feel free use the dollies at the top of the ramp.
EXTENSION OF GENDER EQUITY
Monday, November 18, 2019
6:30 PM SOCIAL plus JEWELRY/BOOK RAFFLE for Ways & Means
7:00 PM WORKSHOP
8:15 PM BUSINESS MEETING
Katie Slivovsky of the Chicago Children's Museum will extend Gender Equity with a lively, interactive workshop utilizing a combination of large group activities and small group discussion, to demystify a topic that can feel controversial, learn the latest vocabulary, and gain confidence to take steps toward the equitable inclusion of LGBTQ.

All gender identities are welcome.

Please RSVP using the link here by Sunday, November 17th

WAYS AND MEANS
Our next restaurant fundraiser is on Tuesday, November 19, 11am - 9pm at Woodgrain Pizza, 19 West Ogden Ave, Westmont. They are located where Connie's Pizza used to be on the corner of Ogden and Grant. Their parking lot is behind the restaurant off Grant St. If you would like a reminder, please RSVP at the GroupRaise link here.
           
As before, when you order you must let them know you are with the Downers Grove AAUW Fundraiser so we get credit.  Please feel free to invite neighbors, friends and family.  Woodgrain Pizza will donate 20% of the sales of our group back to our organization.

You can create your own pizza and/or salad. They have 6 kinds of meats, 8 kinds of cheeses, 16 different toppings. They also offer a gluten-free crust. Another day where you can eat lunch and dinner. Get a pizza and take home a salad for a second meal. Sorry, but no coupons, discounts or other offers are valid during this event.
EDITOR'S NOTE
Please note! The December edition will delayed due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Please look for it on or around December 7th at 9 a.m.
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PRESIDENT'S CORNER
ANNIVERSARY NEWS

We expect you will recall that in August the Downers Grove Village Board declared that the week ending with August 24th, the date of our Anniversary Tea, as AAUW Week in Downers Grove. The Northern District of AAUW-IL Meeting, held at IIT in Wheaton on October 19th, was dedicated to branch anniversaries: Chicago 130 years, Aurora 100 years, Rockford Area 90 years, Arlington Heights Area 60 years, Lombard Area 60 years and our own Downers Grove Area 70 years as of August 31, 2019. In addition, there was a delicious, decorated anniversary cake for everyone to enjoy and celebrate those being honored.

<Photo by Amy Jo Conroy and submitted by Kate Skegg. People shown include AAUW-IL state president Jennifer Urish (center), and Kendra Davis (far left) from AAUW National.>

We expected to receive recognition from the National office before the Tea. Now it becomes clear that several branches were to be honored at the Northern District Meeting and we were honored with a certificate, awarded by Kendra Davis, AAUW Senior Vice President Advancement and Partnerships, honoring our “Exceptional Service and Demonstrated Commitment to Advancing Equity to Woman and Girls.” 

Our certificate is shown below and links to an image of the giant-sized anniversary card signed by many of those attending the meeting. It’s official and we will all treasure our accomplishment!

A certificate has also been received from AAUW-IL and is shown below.

Mary Ann Dion with Joyce Tumea, Co-Presidents
PUBLIC POLICY
Reduce Sexual Harassment Claims?
 
There have been a number of high-profile cases of sexual harassment in the past couple of years. Does it occur more often now, or is it more likely to be reported? Either way, this kind of behavior is dreadful. There are two kinds of efforts addressing this problem. These two efforts involve separate sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, namely Title VII and Title IX.
    
Several states are adopting new legislation requiring employers to adopt sexual harassment policies, post prohibition notices and conduct regular training on prohibited practices. These efforts are consistent with Title VII guidelines issued by the Federal Department of Labor. That is the good news.
    
Brace yourself for the bad news. The Federal Department of Education has proposed a new set of regulations narrowing the Title IX definition of sexual harassment on college campuses and which focus on the due process rights of the accused even during investigation, making it harder for the victim to prevail. The new definition is conduct “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access.” The prior definition was “unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature designated as prohibited conduct.” Thankfully though, some universities are reluctant to alter their definitions of sexual harassment.
HISTORY OF OUR BRANCH & CABLE TV
Around the mid-1980’s, Cable TV had a public-access clause in their contracts with villages; it stipulated that free classes in how to use the equipment and create content for public viewing be provided to residents. Several AAUW members took advantage of that.

Barbara Brand, since deceased, was one, and Jo Ann Ziech, member then who dropped out some years later, was another. They took the class partly to promote AAUW and its causes, but also as a means of artistic expression. They were behind the camera, and then in the editing room. Their first finished program for “AAUW Presents…” was an actual concert, “Songs of the Illinois Prairie Woman.” Other programs covered topics of public interest such as preventing drunk driving. Much of the content of their programs was not directly related to AAUW, but they were giving AAUW credit for sharing worthwhile information.

Sometime after they ceased producing shows, Joyce Tumea took the class. While she stood behind the camera to tape village council meetings and a few other events, she mainly became on-camera “talent” as the host of “Today’s Tidings.” She hosted and produced that show for almost twenty years, ending around 2009.

As the producer, she chose which topics and guests to cover, and these ranged from a burn expert doctor from Michael Reese Hospital to local notables like Sears Homes expert Bob Jensen to D.G. native Sherrill Milnes, former leading baritone at the Metropolitan Opera.

She also several times over the years interviewed branch members who could talk about the benefits of belonging to AAUW, plus half a dozen past presidents on the occasion of the branch’s 50th anniversary, and taped a show featuring branch members enacting segments of various PriMerry Players programs on Women’s history.

In addition, she made, with others, several entertaining commercials on the Used Book Sale. These 3 promotional spots were shown at the October meeting as part of the branch’s ongoing 70th anniversary celebration. All four of the videos mentioned are available for public viewing at our new Downers Grove Area Branch AAUW YouTube Channel! Remember these videos were made in the 90s and not all the details of the Used Book Sale and Collections accurately reflect current practice .
2019-2020 BRANCH BOARD
** CO-PRESIDENTS Mary Ann Dion & Joyce Tumea * VICE-PRESIDENT PROGRAMS Mary Jo Wolsky * VICE-PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP Jackie Ziff * VICE-PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS Kim Venzon * SECRETARY Sue Stealey * TREASURER Deborah Harris **
APPOINTED OFFICERS * AAUW FUNDS: Education Coleen Walter & NCCWSL Harriett Lindstrom * PUBLIC POLICY Emily Owens
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