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. 1 - SEPTEMBER, 2016


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9/8 BOARD MEETING, 3:00 pm, Crandall Library, Holden Rm.

9/8 Reservation deadline for Sept 15 Dinner meeting

9/14 MORNING LITERATURE, 9:30 am, Carol Whalen, hostess, 636-3112; Mary Enhorning, program

9/20 EVENING LITERATURE, 7:00 pm, Jan Ritter, hostess, 668-2985, The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

9/26 TRAVEL GROUP, 6:30 pm, call for location, Rachel Quackenbush, 747-6076 or Elayne Leonelli, 793- 3081


9/30 GOURMET GROUP, 5:00 pm, The Barn Restaurant, Pawlet, VT (rescheduled from Oct. 14)


10/8 Reservation deadline, District 4 AAUW-NYS Regional Conference

10/12 MORNING LITERATURE, 9:30 am, Tour of Just Beverages plant, optional lunch at Bogey’s, reservations required, Joyce Smith, 793-6379

10/14 GOURMET GROUP, 5:00 pm, Merrill Magee, Warrensburg (rescheduled from Sept. 30)

10/15 AAUW District 4 Conference, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Schenectady, NY

10/18 EVENING LITERATURE, 7:00 pm, Rachel Quackenbush, hostess, 747-6076, The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

TBA Candidate Panel for the 21st Congressional District election, cosponsored by AAUW & LWV

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


Thursday, September 15th
Queensbury Hotel
5:30 pm Social time, 6:00 pm Dinner

We begin our AAUW Adirondack program year with a powerful panel of professionals who will discuss several aspects of the drug and narcotic addiction problem in our immediate area. Panel members are Judy Moffitt, a South Glens Falls science teacher and mother of a recovering addict, will chair the panel and discuss the development and comforting aspects of NARANON groups. Lt. Steven Stockdale from the Warren County Police Department will discuss the legal issues of addition. Ashley Livingston will discuss recovery. Sue Roberts- McManus from Glens Falls Hospital will give medical ramifications for drug recovery. Sue is director of the narcotic and drug center at the hospital and at the hospital Hudson Falls satellite.

Come to the Queensbury Hotel to learn the many aspects of this complicated problem. Our gathering begins at 5:30 pm with greeting old and new friends, and then dinner at 6:00 pm and program following.
The reservation deadline is Thursday September 8 - form is available here.

New members who join this evening pay a discounted dues rate of $45.50.
Nan Scinta, Co-President


Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Zion Lutheran Church
153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY

$25 AAUW members; $15 Students

A day of presentations, re-enactments and networking with AAUW women in our district from Adirondack, Albany, Amsterdam/Gloversville/Johnstown, Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Schenectady sponsored by the Schenectady Branch. Funded in part by a grant from AAUW-NYS.

Reservations required by Oct 8. Details and reservation form are online here.
Questions, call Nan Scinta, 743-9430.

Girls Go STEM - a Great Success

The first annual Girls Go STEM day at SUNY Adirondack on May 17 was a great learning adventure for 80 middle school girls from 4 area schools. Our many branch volunteers were valuable helpers in providing support for the fast-paced day. For many of the young women this day was their first experience on a college campus. For most of them it was also their first experience to do hands-on work on STEM-focused projects in the workshops.

Many of the girls commented that they wanted more time to explore the campus and try different workshops. All of them seemed to leave the campus buzzing with what they did and showing their friends what they made.
Nan Scinta & Linda Campopiano, Girls Go STEM Co-Chairs


The tournament was held on Saturday, May 21st at the Queensbury Country Club. The tournament results were as follows:
1st Place Team: Chuck Seaman, Randy Diehl, Nick Mahalis, Ed Bluemenreiter, Score: 60.
2nd Place Team: Tim Shuler, Will Aitcheson, Sherrill Hazelton, Chris Hazelton, Score: 62.
3rd Place Team: Mark Ritter, Bob Puricelli, Ed Raymond, Pete Beadnell, Score: 63.
Women’s Team - lowest score: Debbie Fredrick, Colleen Halse, Jane Healy, Sara Stacey, Score: 73.

This is our branch’s main fundraiser for the year and proceeds fund our Memorial Scholarship as well as our programs. Thank you to all the Adirondack Branch AAUW members for their generous donations, contributions, hole sponsorships, attending the buffet, and helping put on the tournament.

Thank You to all the sponsors, donors, and players. With everyone's help we were able to raise $3,401.23!!!
Jan Ritter, Golf Tournament Chairman

Chapman Historical Museum’s Fall Luncheon
Celebrating Votes for Women
Sept 12, 2016, 11:30 am
A look at the politics and people involved in giving women the right to vote in NY in 1917. Reservations $40, call 793-2826.


The next Board Meeting will be Thursday, September 8 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.


Woman of the Year 2015-16

The member who was chosen by our board to be the Adirondack Branch "Woman of the Year" has lived in many places and has had wonderful experiences. She began her career as a Biology teacher and taught in several places before settling in Queensbury. During her earlier teaching career she taught and subbed in many area schools but then accepted a full time position in Salem and taught there until her retirement.

She has been a member of our branch since 2004. The first Board position that she held was as Membership VP, and then became our President. Most recently she is our Public Policy representative. During all these years as a member she has been willing to help with anything that needed to be done. Reading 5th Grade Essays, hostess at the Fifth Grade Essay Contest, working at the Golf Tournament, helping to coordinate with the League of Women Voters Candidate night, voter registration and get out the vote. She has been part of the Evening Literature group, the Travel group and the Gourmet group and I know that I have missed other activities in which she participated.

In addition to being an active AAUW member, she is an Osteobusters leader and an active participant in Aging in Place.
Linda Campopiano

Wed., Feb 8 & Thur., Feb 9, 10 am
at Proctors, Schenectady

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State with this powerful production. Experience the battles for women’s suffrage told in the voices of the brave warriors who fought them. Petticoats of Steel uses primary sources to tell the true stories of the women of New York State-Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton-and the roles they played in gaining voting rights for all women of the United States of America.

This is a school day event suitable for grades 5-12. Groups of 10 or more $9-$10; Individuals, $10-15. Email or call 518-382-3884 x139. For more information:
Mary Enhorning


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 from September 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:

  • Sept 14: Carol Whalen, hostess, 636-3112; Mary Enhorning, program
  • Oct 12: Tour of Just Beverages plant; optional lunch at Bogey’s, reservations required, Joyce Smith, 793-6379
  • Nov 9: Nancy Cathers, hostess, 793-7347; Eleanor Randles, 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 :

  • Sept 20: Jan Ritter, hostess, 668-2985, The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • Oct 18: Rachel Quackenbush, hostess, 747-6076, The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
  • Nov 15: Linda Campopiano, hostess, 798-4637, Havana Nocturne by T.J. English

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.


NOTE: Plans have been revised as of Aug. 31 - same places, switched dates
The Gourmet Group will be going to the Barn Restaurant on Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm. It is located on the left side of Rt. 30 just coming into Pawlet, VT from Granville. We have enjoyed this restaurant for the past 2 years and it is a nice ride over to it. Please call Rachel Quackenbush, 747-6076, for reservations by Sept.23rd.

We will be going to the Merrill Magee Inn in Warrensburg on October 14th at 5:00 pm. This has changed hands and reopened recently. Many of us are anxious to go there as we all enjoyed it in the past. Please call Rachel, 747-6076, for reservations by Oct.7th.

All members, spouses, and friends are welcome.
Rachel Quackenbush


The Travel Group will be meeting on Monday, Sept. 26th at 6:30 pm. Please call either Rachel Quackenbush, 747-6076, or Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081, for location.
Rachel Quackenbush and Elayne Leonelli


Reservations for restaurant meals are to be paid in advance. Because we need to give a guaranteed count to the restaurant ahead of time, no changes can be taken within two days before the meeting, and no refunds can be made for late cancellations. A prepaid reservation which is cancelled before the reservation deadline may be refunded or applied to another designated person. If a member wishes to attend at the last minute, she may ask about the availability of an additional meal, but must understand that the restaurant may not be able to add another meal. All are welcome to attend the program portion of the meeting.

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

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


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!

Programs & Initiatives

Funding has always been part of AAUW history and will always be. From 1885 or earlier to the present, AAUW has been responding to the challenges and needs of the times and more so in the present. Making awareness through educational programs to meet the equity needs of women is a priority. Thus today’s programs are ongoing and will undoubtedly develop for the ensuing years.

Donations/contributions are tax deductible and can be designated for a restricted program, i.e. EOF, LAF, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc. or to The AAUW Fund, the general fund for unrestricted gifts, which provides support when and where they are most needed.

As part of the Summer Leadership Conference, Nancy Mion, AAUW-NYS Development Vice President, provided these brief explanations of some of the Programs and Initiatives that comprise the AAUW Fund. The mission of the AAUW Fund is to support the needs of today’s women and girls.

CAMPUS ACTION PROJECT GRANTS - grants awarded to campus leaders for programs and research to address gender based issues
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY (C/U) PARTNERS - C/U partnerships affords avenues to grants, leadership training, and professional development
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT FUND - supports research on gender equity in education and the workplace
ELECT HER - encourages and trains women to run for student government and future political office
EVVIE CURRY GIVING CIRCLE (LAF Campus Outreach Grant) - grants provide funding for AAUW-NYS branches to host events educating students about unfair pay, sexual harassment and assault, Title IX violations, etc.
FELLOWS ALUMNAE INITIATIVE - connecting former AAUW fellows and grantees with one another and with AAUW
LEGAL ADVOCACY FUND (LAF) - challenges sex discrimination in higher education and workplace (over 106 cases have been supported), monthly email of LAF Express, members-only conference calls to inform about cases relevant to AAUW issues under consideration by US Supreme Court
LAF CASE SUPPORT TRAVEL GRANTS - grants pay travel expenses of plaintiff and lawyer who are speaking at state conventions or regional meetings
LAF LEGAL CASE SUPPORT- awards that support cases in the workplace and academia with the potential to protect all women
NATIONAL CONFERENCE for COLLEGE WOMEN STUDENT LEADERS (NCCWSL) - annual conference for college women preparing attendees to be campus and community leaders
PUBLIC POLICY - lobbies on the local, state, national, and global level
START SMART - workshops preparing college women to enter the job market with confidence
STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL - advises staff about college students needs
TECH SAVVY - day long conferences to interest girls grades 6 to 9 in STEM fields
TECH TREK - week long camp with hands on problem solving and encounters with women role models in STEM careers
WORK SMART - workshops teaching working women to evaluate, negotiate, and convey their worth in the job market
YOUNG WOMEN’S TASK FORCE (YWTF) - AAUW affiliated younger women fighting for social justice.
Additional Programs: AAUW National Convention, Member Leader Programs, New Program Development, Outlook (AAUW magazine)
Lita Phelps, AAUW FUNDS Director & Nancy Mion, AAUW-NYS, Development VP


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 March 25, 2016

Education and Career Development

  • My College Options
  • New Scientist Jobs
  • The Princeton Review
  • Road Scholar
  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Discount

Books and Publications

  • DiversityComm
  • MagazineLine
  • New Scientist
  • Archived research reports

Insurance and Medical

  • AAUW Prescription Discount
  • Nationwide Insurance


  • Congressional Federal
  • The Actuarial Foundation


  • TravelSmart


  • 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!


C-SPAN is producing a two-year feature series on the First Ladies, examining their private lives and the public roles they played in the White House. Produced in cooperation with the White House Historical Association, each week "First Ladies: Influence and Image" will feature the women who served in the role of First Lady over 44 administrations. This project is the first of its kind -- a comprehensive biography series on all of the First Ladies produced for television.

C-SPAN and the White House Historical Association also will collaborate on a video-rich website to accompany the series. The interactive site will feature historic letters, documents and photographs, classroom resources, biographies, recordings, as well as additional resources.

UPDATE: Repeats of the series begin Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Peabody Award winning C-SPAN feature producer Mark Farkas will executive produce the series. Season One, from Martha Washington through Ida McKinley, debuts Presidents Day 2013 (Feb. 18) and continues on C-SPAN every Monday at 9pm ET until June 2013 (15 programs). Season Two, from Edith Roosevelt to Michelle Obama, debuts September 2013 and continues on C-SPAN every Monday in prime time until Feb. 10, 2014 (20 programs). See the About tab at for details and the scheduled dates. NOTE: profiles of the women and video clips from the episodes are still linked from this page as of March, 2016.

Just in time for Women's History Month! Women may never have occupied the Oval office, but we have played a role in White House politics from the beginning. Consider using this as the basis for a great video discussion series for your branch.
Source: NYS AAUW email, Donna Seymour, March 2013

CLICK FOR A CAUSE - At The Breast Cancer web site, click on Fund Free Mammograms to help raise funds for underprivileged women's services. It's supported by the sponsors, who donate funds in exchange for advertising. You'll find it at At the top of the page, you'll find tabs that link to other causes, including Literacy, Hunger, and Child Health.

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.

The previous issue of this newsletter will be available online for a limited time.

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