January 15, 2021 - verobeach-fl.aauw.net - PO box 2143, Vero Beach, FL 32961
President's Message
Jonnie Mae Perry
Here’s to STRONG women, may we KNOW them, may we BE them and may we SEEK them.
Let us start where we are, use what we have and do what we can as we educate and advocate for women and girls in Indian River County.  Let us persevere in our efforts to lead and let us embrace change as it helps us transform lives. 

needs YOU! 

Get involved!

Branch Meeting Reminder
JOIN US VIRTUALLY: January 16th at 11:30

The January Regional Branch Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Patricia Ross, former President of AAUW Florida and long-time AAUW volunteer will present "Volunteer Leadership." Thanks for saving the date: January 16th at 11:30 am.
January Regional Meeting: January 16th at 11:30
Phone in: 929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 976 5647 8834
Passcode: 106822

Zoom Training
Reminder: If you’re not familiar with Zoom, Linda Barker will be giving “dry run” sessions so you can be prepared to Zoom.

Contact Linda_barker@comcast.net (703-898-8260).

February Book Preview


One of AAUW's Initiatives is overcoming sexual harassment, which keeps women and girls from reaching their full potential. We can discuss this difficult subject by exploring an engrossing book. Michigan vs. The Boys by Carrie S. Allen, is Young Adult fiction which should be read by all teens and their parents, grandparents, teachers and coaches.

Detective Daniela Stout, a certified law enforcement officer and juvenile justice advocate in the Fort Pierce Police Department, will review the book. Detective Stout will be introduced by Leslie Carson. 

Named for the state she lives in, Michigan Manning is a 16-year-old girl living with her family in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. When her high school girls' ice hockey team is disbanded due to budgetary cuts, she has no choice but to join the boys' team. She is the best player on it.
She loves ice hockey and is in line to win a college scholarship; but she deals with a coach who is not supportive and escalating harassment from her teammates until the authorities become involved. 

Pour yourself a cuppa and join us for an informative and lively book review and discussion. Please see the link below to log onto our Zoom session.

--submitted by Leslie Carson
--illustration credit: Amazon.com
Save Zoom URLs for AAUW Book Reviews

Upcoming Book Review Meetings (February 1 and March 1) have the same url, Meeting ID and Password below:

Phone in: 929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 996 4949 9198
Passcode: 864281
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Expand what you know about women in diverse communities with readings, films, and historical facts.  

Introducing a new segment in our Hotline:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Jonnie Mae Perry, DEI State Chair, AAUW FL


AAUW seeks to promote inclusion and awareness for all members to create an equitable, sustainable and inclusive membership reflective of today’s world.

AAUW is dedicated to helping members become more comfortable sharing their perspectives outside of diversity trainings and to address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of their work and lives. We seek to encourage ongoing dialogue that will inspire members to bring these values to their personal and professional interactions. Within AAUW, our goal is to turn these conversations into actionable goals and strategies for each branch.

The AAUW Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) resources aim to identify best practices for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion with AAUW.    


.....Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
......Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt PhD

Black History Fact:

Maggie Lena Walker was an African American businesswoman and teacher.   All her life Maggie L. Walker spoke out for equal rights and fair employment, especially for women. She established the St.Luke Herald newspaper and chartered St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1903, where she was president until 1930.

--submitted by Jonnie Mae Perry
Run Heart First
Growth and Pain: two sides of the same coin
Crystal Morris, MS, CTRT-E
One Caring Adult Inc.
Happy 2021! For many, 2020 was a year of wasted planners and countdowns for normal to grace us with her presence again. Nothing happened the way we envisioned it would. Boards' visions and goals were derailed by a deadly pandemic that seems to be getting ready to move into second gear, an economic crisis marred by high unemployment, social isolation and the pesky pandemic of racial injustice spanning over 400 years. There was a lot of current trauma that compounded the historical trauma of so many in our country.
But now, again, Happy 2021. While nothing magical happened when the clock struck 12 on January 1st, it signified for many an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. Start from zero. I wonder if that has contributed to some of the problems that we have as a country and a community. Do we start to celebrate and then begin again? Or do we celebrate and reflect on how to best augment what we currently have in front of us to grow? Growth is something most people clamor after. We chase the concept of growth not realizing the pain that comes hand in hand with the process. Growing a family brings the agony of childbirth. Starting a business or seeking a promotion brings sleepless nights and strained relationships. Advancing our educational prowess brings emotional battles. Growth is rarely actualized without a sense of being crushed and stretched. But we endure it for the promise of better, knowing that the discomfort is not permanent, but it is worthwhile.
Last year, many, for the very first time, came to new awareness of the racial injustices that are commonplace for people of color in our country. A few responses are standard. One, jumping to fix as a survival strategy to deflect from shame or fear. Two, and probably most common, moving past and tuning into something that is easier to swallow; still based on shame and fear. The last response that is common to manifest itself is anger and rage. This is caused by, you guessed it, shame and fear. Anger shows up boldly where shame and fear may freeze and not muster the strength to stand authentically. Neither of these responses, however, leads to growth. In 2021, let’s not rush to restart our boards. Instead, let's take a much-needed pause to reflect on what we have in front of us.
The clay that we mold comes from our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes. Our innermost unconscious processes have led us to see norms and created the standards we project unto others. Let’s engage our curiosity to explore what led us to the beliefs that we have about others who are like us, and those who are not. Is the assessment scale fair and balanced? Was there equity in accessing resources to produce the desired outcomes? Was there a head start for some while others were like Sisyphus rolling a boulder uphill, chasing after a dream that would elude him for eternity?
For the last time, Happy 2021. May the discomforts that you faced last year be the fertilizer that results in growth for you this year. Run heart first into the courageous work of justice. 
The AAUW Vero Beach Nominating Committee is preparing nominations for next year’s board. We are looking for members who are interested in working with the board or have leadership skills that they could share with us. The following positions are available for nominations:

                 Vice President
                 Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer
                 Programs 2 positions
                 Membership 2 positions
                 Corresponding Secretary

If know a member who could help us, or are personally interested in helping, please contact one of us. We will provide more information:

Gail DeGioia 772-321-9156 or gail.degioia@gmail.com
Gail Helgeson 772-231-9172 or gmh40@comcast.net
Leslie Carson 908-531-8582 or jimles59@verizon.net

--submitted by Gail DeGioia

Many of you have offered assistance on single projects. Membership, programs and media committees will not require you to be a board member, but your help is needed. Emails, paper mailings and public relations are some of the duties we need assistance with next year. If you could help with your area of interest, please contact:

Jonnie Mae Perry 772-985-7573
Carole Strauss 772-532-4712
Gail DeGioia 772-321-9156
What is AAUW'S Tech Trek?
Women in Science
Lillian Moller Gilbreth was an American psychologist and industrial engineer at the turn of the 20th century. She was an expert in efficiency and organizational psychology, the principles of which she applied not only as a management consultant for major corporations, but also to her household of twelve children, as chronicled in the book Cheaper by the Dozen. Her long list of firsts includes first female commencement speaker at the University of California, first female engineering professor at Purdue, and first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

--source: Wikipedia
Community Partners
Our branch is once again a sponsor of International Women’s Day by Friends After Diagnosis. Their virtual fundraiser, held on MARCH 6, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 PM, will be accessible on the Friends' website and Facebook page. People will also be able to access the event after that date for a yet-to-be-determined length of time. This will be our third year of supporting their event. STAY TUNED...

—submitted by Linda Barker, Director of Development
Handbook Changes

NEW: The Election, Installation and Awards meeting on April 17th (p. 14 of handbook) will be held virtually on Zoom. More information to follow.

Remember: Two Fundraisers for this season (p. 15 of handbook) have been postponed to 2022. They are: 1) The Presidents and Their First Ladies Theater Guild Fundraiser and 2) The Senior Expo. The Mah Jong Fundraiser status will be updated in a future Hotline edition.

Remember that all Book Reviews and Branch Meetings will be held via Zoom for the rest of the 2020-2021 season.
Put Your Two Cents In

We're planning next year's speakers, activities and interest groups and would love your input! Please phone, text or email your thoughts and ideas:

Carole Strauss: 772-532-4712  seaviewcl@gmail.com
Gail DeGioia: 772-321-9156  gail.degioia@gmail.com
Kathy Martin: 908-334-3648  k2014martin@gmail.com

--Submitted by Carole Strauss
Your Friends $ave
A special incentive is still available for new members who join after attending a ZOOM event--such as the ones featured above in this Hotline.

What is it? National dues will be reduced by 1/2 for new members for their first year. Applications and details are available at our website, or contact our Membership Director, Gail DeGioia by phone (772-321-9156) or email (gail.degioia@gmail.com.) 

--Submitted by Gail Degioia
New Year; New Chance
Shop for gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/59-6153154 to generate donations for Vero Beach AAUW
A Little Free Reminder

Schools face a lot of challenges, especially during the the pandemic, and it is more important than ever for children to have books to read. Our mission to provide books to our young readers is getting a boost. Our board has has agreed to replace two of our older Little Free Library boxes. Each one costs $320. The investment shows our commitment to this important mission.
Please DON'T FORGET our
Little Free Libraries. Preschool books
needed at these locations (Click one for a map):

You can help make a difference!

'Til We Meet Again
HOTLINE Submissions
Due before February 5th to aauwverobeach@gmail.com
Subject: HOTLINE

Thank you!!!

--Hotline Editor, Dee Sattler
--Final Editor, Elaine Spooner