Volume 1, Issue No. 9
April Program

Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 7 - 8 p.m. via Zoom

It wouldn’t take much investigating by America’s first female Pinkerton detective for her to learn the details of the April program – but for those who haven’t Kate Warne’s skills, the details are available below.

The program will last 45-60 minutes, covering some women in history from the original script presented over 25 years ago, along with several dozen more from this country and around the world, of various races and backgrounds, but all interesting and accomplished. Do you know who the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest was? Or the first woman to sail around the globe, or run for president, or envision the world’s first computer?

If not, you soon will, as some familiar women are revisited and new ones introduced, including rising stars of the younger generation, such as Amanda Gorman, Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai. Topics such as the founding of both the D.G. Area AAUW and DG League of Women Voters, women winning the vote, Equal Pay Day, examples of women in STEM and more, will all be included, some in more depth than others.

Written by branch member Joyce Tumea, the program will be presented by Joyce and by professional actress Marie Gillespie, *using the “Read-‘n-actment,” or with-script format, with narrative and dialogue, humor, drama and poetry, and some costuming and props. Special thanks regarding the production aspects go to Harriett Lindstrom, Kate Skegg, and Mary Jo Wolsky.

Join us for an informative and entertaining evening!
Co-Hosted by DG Area Branch of AAUW and LWV DG, Lisle & Woodridge

Register for the event HERE by Monday, April 12.
All those registered will receive the Zoom link on Tuesday, April 13.

An AAUW Branch business meeting follows the program sometime between 7:45 and 8 p.m.

Don't forget to mute yourself before or just after entering. You can find instructions on the Zoom website or ask a friend to show you how!
Back-to-the-Books Scholarship Fundraisers
Deb Harris, Ways & Means Chair

What is Ki Gong?

Ki gong, or Qigong, is a millennia-old system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial-arts training. This class is suitable for all ages and levels of physical fitness.

Who is the teacher?

Master Sue Helsdon, owner of True Balance Karate in Downers Grove, will teach these classes

Cost, and what % goes to the Scholarship Fund?

The price for the series of 4 classes is $40; 100% goes directly to the scholarship fund. If you choose to continue your practice, you may do so directly with Sue for $10 per weekly class.

How do I sign up?

Please register and pay using the link HERE by April 15th. If you prefer to pay by check, use the link to register and mail your check as directed on the registration page.

When you register online, a waiver form will be emailed to you. The submitted form will go to Sue and you will electronically receive an email from tbk@truebalancekarate.com with the Zoom id and passcode for the class.

How do I start taking classes?

Because Sue teaches this Zoom class every Tuesday morning, you can start your class on any Tuesday morning you choose before the end of May by simply clicking on the Zoom link and joining the class. You can make up one class at the end of the 4 weeks (if you must miss a class).

Contact Deb Harris if you have any questions.
Quote from branch member Kim Venzon:

"What a great way to start the day! Low impact and mindful, yet I was feeling an awesome increase in blood flow and even had a muscle ache or two! Sue and her merry band of regulars are a fun bunch!"


 Need a gift for Mother's Day?
Anderson's Book Store will donate 20% of purchases during the week of April 18 through the 25th to our Scholarship Fund. You can shop in Downers Grove or Naperville. Please note the following:

  •    When shopping in-store, simply mention AAUW to the cashier
  •    Use the code AAUW21 when placing an online order so that they can credit our organization
  •    Only books that are in stock can be applied. Special orders or pre-orders do not qualify for this fundraiser.

So shop for yourself, your mothers and daughter, husbands and sons. Share the flyer linked here with family and friends.

Thanks to Barbara Murphy for finding this fundraiser.
Questions? Call or email Deb Harris

The branch raised $246.78 from the Lou Malnati's fundraiser on March 24th. Thank you to all who enjoyed pizza or pasta and thanks to Kristen Beirne, who let us know about Lou Malnati's fundraisers.

We are still waiting for the final result for the Cabi fundraiser.

Sign up for Ki Gong and shop at Anderson's to help us edge closer to our scholarship goal.
Interest Groups
Most interest groups are currently meeting on Zoom. Pictured here are the books featured at the April meetings of four of our book discussion groups.
Join Us
Branch Membership includes access to over fifteen Interest Groups, leadership roles on the board and committees, planning and production of monthly public programs, the annual Equal Pay Day Rally as well as the Used Book Sale. PLUS State and National informational emails and opportunities!

Fill out the pdf attached here and mail it with a check OR join online

I “zoomed” in on the [Eleanor Roosevelt] presentation and really enjoyed it. I wanted to send a thank you for inviting other AAUW chapters to zoom in.

I am a member of Morton AAUW. Morton is outside of Peoria IL. -- Linda Y.
Bob & I are meeting our son & daughter-in-law at the Naperville location [of Lou Malnati's] for dinner. We’re celebrating being fully vaccinated as of tomorrow.

Thanks to all for setting this up, -- Joan F.
Public Policy Notes this I
Emily Owens, Appointed Officer Public Policy

1)   The Voting Rights Act or H.B. 1 was a dream of the late John Lewis, one of the marchers on the bridge in Selma, AL in 1965. We have just had probably the cleanest and most open election in the history of our country, but rather than guarantee future elections will be as free and open – as this bill would do – there are forces at work to restrict access to voting. See my article on the Voting Rights Act here.

2)   Get vaccinated as soon as you can. Keep in mind that it takes at least two weeks after completing your shot(s) to develop protection.

3)   ERA – a joint resolution was introduced in Congress January 21, 2021 to eliminate the original deadline for states to ratify the ERA.

4)   Title IX – President Biden signed two executive orders creating a Gender Policy Council and reviewing Trump-era changes to Title IX. He pledged to reverse the changes to Title IX made by former Secretary of Education DeVos.

5)   The filing deadline for 2020 federal and Illinois income tax returns has been extended to May 17, 2021. This due date also applies to amounts due. There is no postponement of first quarter estimated payments for 2021.
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The Public Policy Notice is archived on the Past Programs page of the website.

The next Public Policy Notice will be released on or about May 5th around 9 a.m. Prevent your newsletter from being marked as Junk or Spam by opening it right away!

Blue underlined text in the newsletter indicates clickable links to emails, websites, or pdfs.

Kim Venzon, VP Communications
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** CO-PRESIDENTS Mary Ann Dion & Sandra Sansone Brennan * VICE-PRESIDENT PROGRAMS Mary-Jo Bryan Wolsky * VICE-PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP Kristen Beirne * VICE-PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS Kim Venzon * SECRETARY Sue Stealey * TREASURER Coleen Walter **
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