Adirondack Branch
American Association of University Women

Greater Glens Falls Area - New York State

Serving the Warren County/Lake George region, Washington County and northern Saratoga County

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VOLUME 28, NO. 3 - NOVEMBER, 2016


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11/9 MORNING LITERATURE, 9:30 am, Nancy Cathers, hostess, 793-7347, Eleanor Randles, program

11/10 BOARD MEETING, 3:00 pm, Crandall Library, Holden Rm.

11/15 EVENING LITERATURE, 7:00 pm, Linda Campopiano, hostess, 798-4637, Havana Nocturne by T.J. English

11/17 SAVORY & SWEETS EOF FUNDRAISER, 6:30 pm, Harrisena Church, Panel: Women in Non-traditional Roles


12/10 GOURMET GROUP Wine & Cheese Evening, 7:00 pm, hostess, Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081

12/13 EVENING LITERATURE, 7:00 pm, Elayne Leonelli, hostess, 793-3081, Night by Elie Wiesel

12/14 MORNING LITERATURE, 9:30 am, Mary King, hostess, 615-9573, Nancy Cathers, program

Click here for all of our monthly Branch programs for the 2016-17 year


Crandall Public Library - 792-6508

de Blasiis at the Hyde Chamber Music Series, Glens Falls - 792-2383

Glens Falls Community Theatre (GFCT) - 792-1740

Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra - 793-1348

Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls - 832-3484

The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls - 792-1761

Skidmore Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs - 580-5321

Wood Theater, Glens Falls - 798-9663


Panel: Women in Non-traditional Roles

Dessert buffet On Thursday, November 17th, we will have our annual Educational Opportunities Fund-raiser (EOF) with an evening of "Savory & Sweets", at the Harrisena Church, 1616 Ridge Road, Queensbury. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm and our program will follow at 7:15 pm. The evening presentation will be a panel of women who work in non-traditional roles in business and the community.

A minimum donation of $10 is being asked to contribute to the EOF. The EOF Program is a vital part of AAUW: American Fellowships, International Fellowships and selected Professional Fellowships. Community Action Grants, Career Development Grants, Fellows Alumnae Initiative Grants and the Undergrad Scholarship Clearing House are all covered by our donations to EOF.

AAUW members will share their favorite treats. Please encourage your friends to come and to car pool. If you need a ride, please call JoAnn Harig at 798-1840 or Linda Campopiano at 798-4637. Looking forward to seeing you all there for a delightful and delicious evening!
Linda Campopiano, Co President



  • Saturday, January 21 - Branch Luncheon,11:30 am, The Glen at Hiland Meadows, Qby, speaker: Matthew Rozell, author, The Train near Magdeburg
  • April 21-23 - 2017 AAUW- NYS Convention, Syracuse Doubletree Inn
  • Updated Thursday, May 18 - STEM Day at SUNY Adirondack for middle school girls
  • Saturday, May 20 - 8th Annual Golf Tournament & Dinner, Queensbury Country Club
  • June 14-17, 2017 AAUW National Convention, Washington, DC

Chronicle Book Fair

On Sunday, November 6th, The Chronicle will be sponsoring its annual Book Fair at the Queensbury Hotel, at the corner of Ridge and Maple Street. Our Branch has been asked to help with the events of the day. As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to meet authors as well as see familiar faces. We will gain name recognition in our community. For more information please contact Linda Campopiano at 798-4637 or


Dr. Kathleen McCoy
Author, Green and Burning

K McCoy book Dr. Kathleen McCoy will read selections from her recently published book of poetry, Green and Burning. The book signing event will be at LARAC, Friday, October 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. LARAC (Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council) is located at 7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls. Please attend and support her. It is terrific to have a published author in our branch.

Dr. McCoy is English Division Chair and Professor of English, SUNY Adirondack. She presented the program "Scribbling Women: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Eleanor Roosevelt" at our scholarship brunch in March 2015. Dr. McCoy serves as College/University Relations Director on our branch board. Nan Scinta, Co-President


AAUW branch members and friends are invited to join Morning Literature members for lunch at the SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts Center. on Wednesday, Nov 16th at 12 noon. The Culinary Arts Center is located on Bay Road, just north of the Stewarts at the corner of Cronin Road. The cost is $15.00 all inclusive (make check payable to SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts).

Reserve your seat by mailing your check to Nancy Cathers, 47 Overlook Dr, Queensbury, NY 12804. The deadline for reservations is November 11. For further information contact Nancy, 793-7347.


The next Board Meeting will be Thursday, November 10 at 3:00 pm in the Holden Room at Crandall Public Library. If you cannot attend, please notify Linda or Nan.
Nan Scinta and Linda Campopiano, Co-Presidents


Do you need a ride to any of our meetings? Please contact Linda Campopiano in Queensbury (798-4637) or Jo Ann Harig, also of Queensbury (798-1840). We will make arrangements for car pooling. Please do not hesitate to call us. This is a WONDERFUL way to meet new people and to get better acquainted with those whom you might have already met. Try this out, but remember, we need a little time to make arrangements.



On Tuesday, September 27, 5 AAUW members helped register about 65 SUNY Adirondack students to vote. Linda Campopiano, Lita Phelps, and Connie Bosse registered students on the Bay Road campus from 9 - 2. Joan Seaman and Nan Scinta registered students on the Wilton campus from 9 - 1. Also they signed up a few students for free e-student affiliate memberships.

Dr. Kathleen McCoy, our campus liaison and College/University Director, is organizing a campus group of AAUW-interested students to advocate for issues of education, public policy, and safety for students. Nan Scinta, Co-President


On Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 pm, an original play about upstate Warren, Washington, and Essex County suffragists, written by area scholars and high school and college students from North Country Community College at Ticonderoga will be performed by the Lake George High School drama department. It will be at the Lake George Junior Senior High School, 381 Canada Street, Lake George.
Mary Enhorning


District 4 attendees Jo Ann Harig, Linda Campopiano, and Nan Scinta attended the District IV Conference on October 15th in Schenectady. The keynote speaker was Angelina Morris, Director of Human Services for Schenectady County. She talked about the need for women leaders in positions in government policy making. Angelina enthusiastically spoke about the same issues as AAUW has written about in our latest publication "Beyond Barriers and Bias - Fulfilling the Potential of Women." She gave our organization a new catch phrase - Active, Awesome, United, Women.

The next speaker was a reenactor portraying Mary Lattimore, Civil War nurse, activist, suffragette, portrayed by Maxine Getty, retired Senior Master Sergeant, USAF.

After a delicious lunch, two students from SUNY Albany spoke about NCCWSL (National Conference of College Women Student Leaders) and the AAUW "Elect Her" program that gave them confidence to run for SUNY Albany Student Senate.

Our day concluded with a fun activity - making bead bracelets for ourselves and for a woman's shelter. It was great to see so many neighboring branch friends.
Nan Scinta, Co President


The AAUW Morning Literature group sponsored a tour of the Just Beverages water bottling plant in the former St. Alphonsus Church on Broad Street on October 12, with the interest having being particularly sparked when they provided water for the STEM program day at SUNY Adirondack last spring.

Chief Operating Officer Jim Siplon, named as being as passionate about water as John the Baptist by the Post Star writer Maury Thompson in a Jan. 26, 2015 article, gave such an interesting background about how they came to locate in Glens Falls, how their packaging and philosophy about water is so different from many others, their marketing plans, etc., before a tour of the facility and laboratory.

Those attending were members Nancy Cathers and a guest, Mary Enhorning, Kathy Hoeltzel, Diane Jacko, Elayne Leonelli, Lita Phelps, Joyce Smith and Carol Whalen. The group enjoyed lunch at Bogey's restaurant following the tour.
Joyce Smith

Places to Go, Things to Do

  • Crandall Library Fall Film Series, through Dec. 6. Two showings of each film: Tuesdays, 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Christine L. MacDonald Community Room downstairs. The films are free. Arrive early to get good seats and popcorn. The schedule of films is at

  • The Hyde Collection, exhibitions Oct. 15 - Dec. 31: Transforming the Hyde, The Feibes and Schmitt Collection, and Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, the 80th anniversary of this regional juried exhibition.
    The 2nd Sunday of each month is free for everyone, Wednesdays are free for seniors.

  • LARAC 32nd Annual Fall Arts Festival, Nov. 5-6, Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. A juried show featuring over 75 artisans. Location: Adirondack Sports Complex, 326 Sherman Ave, Queensbury,


Please call or email the hostess of any study group that you plan to attend. It is not only important for the hostess to know how many guests to expect, but if there is an emergency or change of plans we would be able to notify you.

    This group meets at 9:30 am on the second Wednesday of the months September through December and March through June. New members are always welcome to join us for a book review, a visit from a guest author, or a chance to share poetry or information about a book we think others would enjoy. Please call the hostess if you are planning to attend. Contact Joyce Smith for further information at 793-6379. The next meetings are:

  • Nov 9: Nancy Cathers, hostess, 793-7347; Eleanor Randles, program
  • Dec 14: Mary King, hostess, 615-9573, Nancy Cathers, program

    The group meets monthly, usually on the third Tuesday at 7:00 pm. Please contact the hostess if you plan to attend. Our current plans are :

  • Nov 15: Linda Campopiano, hostess, 798-4637, Havana Nocturne by T.J. English
  • Dec 13: Elayne Leonelli, hostess, 793-4081, Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Jan 17: Joyce Smith, hostess, 793-6379, Stalin’s Daughter: the extraordinary and tumultuous life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan

Every member is welcome to join us for the meetings and if you would like to bring a friend, please do as you will find that our book discussions are always interesting. For further information, contact Elayne Leonelli at 793-3081.


The Gourmet Group will not meet in November. We will have our annual Wine and Cheese Evening on December 10 at 7:00 pm. at the home of Elayne Leonelli, 12 Fort Amherst Rd., Queensbury. Guests are always welcome and this is a fun evening where you are able to meet other interesting people. Please call Elayne (793-3081) or Rachel Quackenbush (747-6076) if you plan to join us.
Rachel Quackenbush


Some of our members will go to NYC for the Christmas Show at Radio City on Tuesday, November 22. We are going with Wade Tours of Schenectady and will be picked up at Crossgate Mall. Lunch is included for the price of $145. For more information call Rachel at 747-6076.

The Travel Group will not be meeting until Monday, January 23, 6:30 pm at Elayne Leonelli's home. We will be looking at various trips for the spring. Please call Elayne at 793-3081 if you plan to attend.
Rachel Quackenbush and Elayne Leonelli

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AAUW NYS 2017 Convention
April 21-23, 2017 AAUW-NYS Convention, Syracuse Doubletree Inn

June 14-17, 2017 AAUW National Convention, Washington, DC


VOTE! For pressing races across the country, the AAUW Action Fund voter guides provide nonpartisan information about candidates’ positions on issues like equal pay, education, campaign finance, and reproductive rights. Candidates’ positions on the issues are determined using their voting records, public statements, and campaign position papers, as well as information posted by trusted sources on the Internet. All campaigns are contacted via e-mail in advance of publication.

AAUW Action Fund voter guides are provided as a public service and are not intended to be an endorsement of any candidate or political party. No AAUW policy position is implied by the descriptions of these issues. See our complete member-endorsed Public Policy Program for more information and contact with any questions.

Download the AAUW Action Fund templates for congressional and federal races. Please note that your state or branch must be a 501(c)4 organization to create and distribute voter guides. Contact with any questions.

Voter Guides:, which includes information about the positions of the candidates for our 21st Congressional District seat, as well as the candidates for President and Vice President.


AAUW has just released the Fall 2016 edition of this research report. Updated regularly with the most current statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap is a commonsense guide that provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States. Topics covered in the report include: the definition of the pay gap and its history; the pay gap in each state; the pay gap by age, race/ethnicity, and education; guidance for women facing workplace discrimination; and resources for fair pay advocates.
Download the report:


Wow. Much is being talked about concerning women in the debates.
Within the first five minutes, equal pay was front and center as a campaign issue. So was childcare. This is a really big deal and we hope the momentum keeps up.

I hate asking for money but here is the exact plea from AAUW National:
AAUW needs your immediate, tax-deductible support so we can keep the spotlight on critical women's issues and get women to the polls on Election Day.

I'm asking each Adirondack AAUW member to really be ACTIVE if you can't send money. We each know at least 3 women whom we could encourage to vote, or transport to vote or even have a conversation about voting. How about the young college girl in the back pew at church or in the upstairs apartment next door? If we each encouraged 3 women to vote that adds 180 extra votes. Please try it.

Another quote from AAUW National:
"When women vote, we change the conversation.
And when women are elected to the halls of power, we change the policies."

We are 51% of the population but only 19% of the US Congress.

Yeah. None were planned. While I was in Boston, AAUW asked us to write our legislators and DEMAND women to be assigned a place at the moderator table. I couldn't form an attack plan right then but I prepared emails to go to each representative in government from our districts and sent off emails each day. Best I could do in that situation.
I don't know if the AAUW email campaign had anything to do with it or not but a solo woman moderated the Vice Presidential Debates and did a very admirable job. (Elaine Quijano, of CBSN, second-generation Filipino-American; first American journalist to moderate a national debate, and the youngest debate moderator since 1988)
Then the second presidential debate was moderated by Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC News, their Chief Global Affairs Correspondent.

Hey! Last year women earned, on average, 79 cents for every dollar their male counterparts made. This year we narrowed the gap by ONE CENT!!
Just as a reference - between 1950 and 1960 the pay Inequity was 59 cents for their dollar. The Equal Pay Act didn't take effect until 1964.
B. Lynn Havens, Equity/Public Policy Director


The 49th AAUW National Convention will be held in Washington, D.C., from June 14 to 17, 2017. Of course, this isn’t the first time our association has convened in the nation’s capital: The 2017 convention will mark the 13th time we’ve met in D.C., tying with Boston for the most frequented convention city!

The very first convention in Washington, D.C., was held in October 1892. The 1890s were a period of tremendous societal change and technological advances, and women were playing a more active role in society than ever before. At the time, AAUW’s predecessor organization, the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, was only 11 years old and had a membership of just 2,085 women. The purpose of the convention, then called the annual meeting, was to recap the accomplishments of the previous year and do the hard work of laying out plans for the future.

In 1892 the organization was still operating out of its beloved AAUW President’s wooden trunk, so the annual meeting headquarters were at the Hotel Arno. This hotel is no longer a part of the D.C. landscape, but it was once conveniently situated on 16th Street between I and K streets NW.

Members got down to business the first day, listening to annual reports from the secretary, treasurer, and state directors. The women in attendance were an impressive bunch. Florence Prag Kahn, state director from California, would later become the first Jewish woman to serve in Congress, representing California in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1925-1937. Also present was Indiana state director May Wright Sewall, a suffragist, peace advocate, chair of the National Woman Suffrage Association, and all-around civic leader.

On day two, attendees gathered at Columbian University (now the George Washington University), then located at 15th and H streets NW. They heard about the association’s progress in representing women’s interests at the upcoming World’s Columbian Exposition to be held in just a few months in Chicago, Illinois. Elizabeth Deering Hanscom, the first female recipient of a doctoral degree from Yale University’s graduate school, spoke about higher education funds and scholarships. A lively discussion followed about the limited (yet growing) number of scholarships and educational funds available to women.

That evening, the meeting moved to a room in the National Museum - the precursor to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Guests heard from the honorable William Torrey Harris, U.S. commissioner of education, and listened to member leaders speak about the local work of fellow members and recent educational progress for European and American women.

Like all AAUW conventions, this one also laid the plans for work to come. At the National Museum the next day, members heard a report from the newly formed Committee on the Study of the Wage Question. Committee Chair Eleanor Louisa Lord, a history and economics professor at Smith College, addressed the issue of the gender pay gap and encouraged the association to research the problem, gather data, and make recommendations. The two other notable committee members assisting with the report were Emily Greene Balch - economist, peace movement leader, leader of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and eventual 1946 Nobel Peace Prize recipient - and Vassar College professor Elizabeth M. Howe, who would later become AAUW president from 1901 to 1903. In 1894, two years after this inaugural committee report, AAUW would release our first pay equity study.

Following the address, a luncheon was offered for 50 cents in the gallery of the museum. The “eduvacation” began in the afternoon: For just $1, members could choose between a steamer excursion to Mount Vernon or a trip to see Baltimore.

Convention has evolved since our first meeting, but our purpose remains the same: to bring women together and give them a chance to connect, find solidarity, and plan how to help other women both now and in the future.

Like hearing about AAUW memories? Now it’s up to you to see the next memory in the making. We hope to see you in D.C. in June!


As we head into fiscal year 2017, remember that everyone can help recruit new members to AAUW. The AAUW website has many great resources to help you get started. And coming soon: recruiter pins! Members who recruit five or more new members to AAUW throughout the course of the fiscal year will receive an exclusive lapel pin!


AAUW members can give recent college graduates a free, one-year national AAUW membership within two years of graduation, at no cost to you or them. Recipients will receive electronic copies of Mission & Action, AAUW Outlook, and Action Network alerts. What better way to introduce college women to AAUW?

AAUW's advocacy work builds upon a century of responsible public participation at the local, state, national, and global levels.

Visit the Public Policy page for an overview.

On the AAUW Issues page, you'll find links for issues within the areas of Civil Rights, Education, Economic Security and Title IX.

On the Principles and Priorities page you'll find the details for AAUW's current Public Policy program, adopted June 2015.


Check out all the current discounts included with your AAUW membership (the linked page has details about each affinity partner). With each purchase AAUW receives a royalty which is used to support our programs and services, including community programs, leadership development, NCCWSL, and branch resources. Be sure to access the partners' sites from the AAUW page and take advantage of the discount codes offered by some.
List of benefits from the AAUW web site as of October 27, 2016

Education and Career Development

  • New Scientist Jobs
  • The Princeton Review
  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Discount

Books and Publications

  • DiversityComm
  • MagazineLine
  • Archived research reports

Insurance and Medical

  • AAUW Prescription Discount
  • Nationwide Insurance


  • Congressional Federal
  • The Actuarial Foundation


  • ShopAAUW, our online store
  • Office Depot and Office Max
  • Target

Branch Services

  • Tugg
  • Connex

Additional Benefits

  • AAUW Outlook Magazine


Please share this digital newsletter with your friends and prospective members!

AAUW ISSUES - Legislative resources are available to all of our members. Often we do not pay attention to politics until an issue is raised that will impact us in some manner. There is a wealth of information on legislative issues available on the web sites of both the national and state AAUWs. You'll find policy statements and information on current legislation which the association and state division are supporting or opposing.

On the NYS AAUW site, check out the Public Policy section for more information on AAUW issues.


Action Network is a convenient and effective way to pressure Congress to act on equity for women and girls. The more people in the Action Network, the more effective AAUW will be. Anyone can sign up for Action Network, AAUW members and nonmembers alike. It is an excellent way to introduce potential members to AAUW's advocacy.

By visiting AAUW's Action Network you can print out flyers to sign up friends, family and co-workers to the AAUW Action Network. These flyers are great to use at branch events, community events, etc.

AAUW Action Network

POLITICAL ACTION "QUICK CLICKS" - Check out these web sites which will provide information on where your elected officials stand on the issues and how you can contact them.

  • - On the GET INVOLVED page, go to Use your voice for change to read about the latest issues in Congress and then e-mail your opinion to your representative.
  • - This is a non-partisan website informing voters about candidates and public officials in five categories: backgrounds, issue positions, voting records, campaign finance, and performance.


Have you visited our national AAUW web site? The recently redesigned site offers immediate clicks to all the membership information you need, as well as today's hot issues of concern to women and girls. and a "Take Action Now" button for you to make your voice heard in Washington. You'll also find links to take action and use your voice for change, to convention, ShopAAUW, publications, and much more. Log in with your member number and password. You can even update your own membership record online. Check it out at!

Don't forget to visit the New York State AAUW web site as well. It too has a wealth of information about AAUW issues as well as leadership categories. You'll find it at

The AAUW web site also includes an online blog, to provide timely commentary on current news and events and the way they relate to AAUW's mission. Periodic entries from guest "bloggers," including outstanding AAUW members, fellowship and grant recipients, and donors, help illustrate the work of AAUW at all levels. All visitors are encouraged to share their thoughts about the issues covered in the blog. Stay up-to-date on all the latest! Visit the AAUW blog regularly at Log in with your member number and password to join the conversation and add your comments.

AAUW IS ON FACEBOOK - You're invited to join a growing community of AAUW members who are connecting with each other on Facebook. Among the AAUW Facebook pages you can read and join are:

AAUW-NYS IS ALSO ON FACEBOOK - Whether or not you have a Facebook account, you can visit AAUW NYS's Facebook page. Take a look around. Facebook members can share information and make comments.
Source: NYS AAUW FOCUS, Spring 2011 issue

Marjory Moeller, Branch Webmistress

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Sharing the Vision logo AAUW PRINCIPLES
  • Mission Statement: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.

  • AAUW Value Promise: By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

  • Vision Statement: AAUW empowers all women and girls to reach their highest potential.

  • Diversity Statement: In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.


The quarterly newsletter of our state AAUW, NYS Focus, is online,
as well as the national AAUW Outlook magazine.

The branch newsletter will be posted as soon as it is printed, generally just before the first of the month. If you would like to be notified by e-mail when a new issue is available, send us an e-mail with your request.

Previous issues of the newsletter are available on our web site.

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