Vero Beach AAUW Hotline

Here is your DECEMBER newsletter

To submit information for the Hotline, please send to Gail DeGioia, Editor at by the 5th of the previous month.
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2555 58th Ave, Vero Beach
Vero Beach Charter High School
Jazz Band
Bring your favorite teacup. Sweets and Tea Sandwiches provided by the Board.

Donations of Children's Books appreciated

*** It's not too late to sign up for our November 18th Lunch meeting at Blue Star. Just mail your $20 payment to
Barbara Spelman at:

AAUW Vero Beach
PO Box 2143
Vero Beach,FL 32961

Or at our website with Pay Pal or a credit card

Regional Branch Meeting
(sponsored by Vero Beach)
Saturday, Jan. 20th 11:30 Lunch
Bent Pine Country Club
A Woman During the Apollo Space Program
Speaker: Martha Lemaster

Food choices for Regional Branch Meeting:
  1. Flat iron steak, roasted fingerling potatoes, roasted green beans
  2. Multi-grain casserole with vegetable selections

Both choices include:
Dinner roll, ice tea, lemonade, coffee, Bent Pine cookies and brownies
Cost: $27.50 which includes tip
There will be a cash bar with white or red wine.

Go to our website:
to make food choice and pay wih Pay Pal or a credit card.

OR mail check (made out to AAUW Vero Beach Branch) with food choice
on memo line to:
AAUW Vero Beach Branch
PO Box 2143
Vero Beach, FL 32961
President's Message
Dear AAUW Members,

I was thinking this week about Thanksgiving 2017. My mind went back to my childhood where we sat around the Thanksgiving table and contributed what we were thankful for that year. I think most of you would know that I am thankful this year that my sister lived through five major surgeries, several infections and is now swimming laps in the pool. Not what you'd call an uneventful year. But life can change in a microsecond. Right now things seem peaceful and I am truly thankful for that.

I want to share with you the Editor's Letter from Better Homes and Gardens, November 2017. This is not the magazine I'd use for philosophical guidance generally; but according to my perspective, Editor in Chief Stephen Orr hit it soundly out of the park. He was folding laundry and usually considered it a boring and mundane chore. Then he went on to say, "I was always taught that if I'm fortunate to be in a position with both feet on the ground, I should use my stability to offer a hand to someone else. But sometimes I forget as I go through the checklist of everyday life.

Thanksgiving is traditionally the time for us to remember how blessed we are. As the big meal winds down and we do our chores - loading the dishwasher, cleaning the countertops, and putting away the leftovers - I'll take the time to relish the concept of home - that warm place filled with the scent of roasted turkey, onions, butter and celery. How do we take a feeling of security and gratitude and share it with someone who would be relieved, if not thrilled, to be sitting in front of their TV folding socks? We all know how to do it: volunteering and donating money or supplies. But actually doing it is the key. During this celebration of plenty, it's good to remind ourselves that folding the laundry in itself is a blessing everyone deserves."

Happy Holidays in the coming months.

Joyce Burkett
AAUW President of Vero Beach Branch
Book Review Breakfasts
Go to:
for a list of books, authors and reviewers for the 2017-18 season!

9:30 am- Continental Breakfast on the veranda
10 am- Book review in the auditorium

Please add the following to your Handbook;

Welcome New Members

Wendy Oliver
7460 132nd St.
Sebastian, FL 32958
MBA, Case Western Reserve University
MA, Cleveland State University - Education

Lynda Merrill
171 Bimni Cay Circle
Vero Beach, FL 32966
California State University - Liberal Arts

Charlotte Terry (more information to follow)
965 Beachcomber Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963

AAUW is proud to host

Affairs of Estate

This is a 2018 educational fundraiser. It will be presented in six sessions: January 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25, 2018 from 1:30-2:30 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 6th Ave, Vero Beach. The fee is $50 and Mel Ratcliff is donating the proceeds to AAUW Vero Beach Branch.

Helping us decipher the legalese of estate planning and associated documents into everyday terms will be Mel Ratcliff. This is so important to women considering estate planning or expecting to serve now or in the future as Trustee, Successor Trustee, Power of Attorney Agent, Health Care Surrogate or Personal Representative. This program is for women only and for education purposes.

Mel Ratcliff is a Financial Advisor and Founder of the boutique investment firm Blue Chip Diva,, and has been "Making Wall Street work for Women" since 1988. He is well known for his creation of Explore & Explain (registered name) programs that assist women in navigating various transitions in their unique financial journeys. Many of our members have graduated from his Women on Wall Street educational program. Registration information will be in next month's Hotline.
Your Photo Here!

The Co-Executive Vice Presidents are going to create a member photo directory to help us all put a face to a name. Please send a recent head-shot of yourself, with your full name (or nickname if you prefer). Please send to:

Avalon C. McGann - 2055 82nd Avenue, Lot 507 - Vero Beach, FL 32966 or email:

If you do not have a recent photo, we will be contacting you to set up a date to take your picture. If you need further information, please call Avalon at 772-299-1393.
If you have information you wish to have publicized within our membership, please email it to all of the following:
Hotline ( by the 5th of month for next month)
Gail DeGioia -
Carla Flournoy -
Communication Directors
Diane Sattler -
Elaine Spooner -

PO Box 2143
Vero Beach, FL 32961