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

Equal pay day 2016

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VOLUME 28, NO. 7 - APRIL, 2017


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3/21 EVENING LITERATURE, at Glens Falls Epsicoal Parish House, Nan Scinta, 683-1034; Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish

3/24 GOURMET GROUP, 5:00 pm, Bistro LeRoux, call Rachel Quackenbush, 747-6076, by March 17

3/27 BRANCH FUNDRAISER at Outback Steakhouse

3/27 TRAVEL GROUP, 6:30 pm, hostess, Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081


4/1 SCHOLARSHIP BRUNCH, 9:30 am, So. Glens Falls Methodist Church


4/6 BOARD MEETING, 3:00 pm, Crandall Library, Holden Room

4/12 MORNING LITERATURE 9:30 am, hostess, Gaynelle Moore, 793-0150; program, Poetry, all share

4/18 EVENING LITERATURE, Paula Bossert, hostess, 741-0434; The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

4/24 TRAVEL GROUP, 6:30 pm, hostess, Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081

4/28 GOURMET GROUP, 5:00 pm, Mama Riso's, Lake George, call Rachel Quackenbush, 747-6076, by April 21

4/21-23 NYS AAUW Convention, Syracuse


5/18 Girls Go STEM Day Scoville Learning Center, SUNY Adirondack


6/14-17 AAUW National Convention, Washington, DC

6/15 ANNUAL BRANCH BANQUET, Fort William Henry Hotel, Lake George


Wear RED on EQUAL PAY DAY to symbolize how far
women and minorities are "IN THE RED" with their pay!

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

Wear RED on EQUAL PAY DAY to symbolize how far
women and minorities are "IN THE RED" with their pay!

Girls Go STEM Project

AAUW "Girls Go STEM" Project

925 State Route 9, Queensbury, NY

Lunch and Dinner ~ Monday, March 27 ~ 11 am - 9 pm

Present this flyer and identify yourself as a supporter of Girls Go STEM
and they will donate 15% of your total check for it.

"Girls Go STEM" is a day-long STEM event for 100 area Middle
School girls, to be held May 18 at SUNY Adirondack in
cooperation with their Continuing Education Dept.

STEM Day Updates
Our STEM program is on track, and we are eagerly looking forward to Thursday, May 18. The exciting news is that we have 100 girls from seven area school districts attending. This means we are going to need more financial assistance. Linda Campopiano is contacting the donors from last year but would greatly appreciate any business recommendations from anyone in the branch. She will gladly approach them but would like to have some leads. Please contact her at 798-4637 or at:
Nan Scinta, Co-President

SATURDAY, APRIL 1st - 9:30 am

So. Glens Falls Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Pkwy
Program - Women's Suffrage Celebration

Trish Dalton, Town Historian for the Town of Greenwich since 2003 and a librarian at Crandall Library, will speak at our Adirondack Branch scholarship fund raiser brunch on April 1 at 9:30 am. It will be held at So. Glens Falls Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Pkwy, So. Glens Falls. She holds a BA degree in history from SUNY New Paltz and master’s degree in information science from SUNY Albany. The focus of her research has been on suffrage for women.

The Adirondack Branch Memorial Scholarship is available to an area student presently enrolled and attending an accredited college, working for a degree at the associate, bachelor or graduate level. We have received three applications this year. The annual scholarship brunch is your opportunity to support this extremely important effort of our Adirondack Branch with a suggested donation of $10 or more. Plan on attending and bring friends, guests, and spouses. Checks should be made payable to Adirondack Branch AAUW.


Join in the branch fundraiser! The Eighth annual Golf Tournament and Buffet Dinner is set to take place at the Queensbury Country Club, 907 State Route 149, Lake George, NY, on Saturday May 20th. Tee off will start at 10:00 am. The entry fee is $85.00 per person ($65.00 for Queensbury Country Club Members) and includes greens fees, cart, prizes and buffet dinner. The Putting Contest will be available to try your skill for $5.00. If you are not a golfer, we invite you to come for the Buffet Dinner which starts immediately after the tournament. Everyone is welcome. Bring a spouse or friend. The cost is $30.00 per person. There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. The registration form for the Golf Tournament and Buffet Dinner is available on our web site. The buffet dinner only registration and payment information is online here; please note that reservations are due by May 14.

If anyone is available to help out the day of the tournament, please call Jan Ritter at 668-2985.


The next Board Meeting will be Thursday, April 6 at 3:00 pm in the Holden Room at Crandall Public Library. If you cannot attend, please notify Nan or Linda.
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.


AAUW Student Club Formed at SUNY Adirondack

As soon as the Student Senate approves its constitution, the AAUW Student Club at SUNY Adirondack will be officially underway. In addition to budget monies provided by the college, the young women added $70 from a bake sale they held a short time ago. At the members’ request, the very first substantive campus outreach being planned is a talk by an expert in self-defense for women. Our Branch provided a poster for “79 Examples of How Women Are Still Treated Unequally”, which the group hopes to display prominently, perhaps in the Student Center.


Thursday, April 20, 7:00 pm
Crandall Library Auditorium
"Forward into Light" is a performance of authentic songs as sung during the American women suffrage movement. Admission is free. For more information, contact Crandall Library by phone at 792-6508 or check the library's website.

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Chapman Historical Museum

348 Glen Street, Glens Falls
Author Sandra Weber will speak about the woman suffrage statue at the US Capitol in Washington, exploring the controversy, myths and artistry behind this neoclassical yet unconventional work of art. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Chapman Museum by phone at 793-2826 or check the museum's website:


An armful of gratitude to all our members and guests who generously contributed for AAUW's LAF (Legacy Advocate Fund) at the January and February Branch meetings. So far we have collected $491.00 that will be presented at the State Convention from our Adirondack Branch. Those who still wish to contribute may do so by the deadline of March 31, 2017. Mail your donation to Adirondack Branch treasurer, Marjory Moeller, 31 Windy Hill Rd, Glens Falls, NY 12801. If checks are payable to Adirondack Branch AAUW, we can send/take one branch check to the convention. Please note “LAF” or “LAF 3999" on the memo line so that our treasurer can properly account for it.
Lita Phelps, AAUW Funds


119 people attended the International Women's Day celebration co-sponsored by local AAUW, Zonta, and Soroptimist on March 8 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. Karen Flewelling spoke enthusiastically about her efforts to drill for clean water is areas around the globe, especially in Africa. The net proceeds of $200 have been donated to Karen as an honorarium.


Women and men of all ages marched on January 21 from Planned Parenthood on Warren Street to Representative Elise Stefanik’s office at Centennial Circle and then to Crandall Public Library where the crowd overflowed the large meeting room set aside for them. Adirondack Branch’s Connie Bosse was among the energized participants marching on behalf of a number of issues of concern to the group. A follow-up meeting was scheduled for February 18, 2017, at Crandall Public Library.


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:

  • April 12 - Hostess, Gaynelle Moore, 793-0150; Program, Poetry - All Share
  • May 10 - Hostess, Alice Huppert, 743-1303; Program, Elayne Leonelli
  • June 14 - Hostess, Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081; Program, Paula Bossert

    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 :

  • April 18: Paula Bossert, hostess, 741-0434; The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
In December we reviewed Elie Wiesel’s book Night, “the terrifying record of his memories of the death of his family, his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.”

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 be dining at Bistro LeRoux on March 24 at 5:00 pm. For reservations, call Rachel Quackenbush at 747-6076 as soon as possible. The group will go to Mama Riso's Restaurant on April 28 at 5:00 pm. All members and guests are welcome to join us. For reservations call Rachel by April 21 if possible.
Gourmet Group's tentative future dates are May 26, and June 9 when we hope to go to the Cafe Adirondack in Pottersville.
Rachel Quackenbush


The Travel Group will be meet at the home of Elayne Leonelli, 12 Fort Amherst Rd., Queensbury, on Monday, March 27th, 6:30 pm. Plans for day trips and theater dates will be decided at that time. Please call Elayne at 793-3081 or Rachel at 747-6076 if you have ideas and/or are interested in attending.

We will also meet at Elayne's on Monday, April 24th, 6:30 pm. Several of our members are taking a trip with AAA, April 28-29, for the Nantucket Daffodil Festival. For more information call Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081.
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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AAUW NYS 2017 Convention

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

Registration is now open ($20 late fee after March 24).

Plan to come early Friday for a tour and High Tea at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and a tour of the J.G. Stickley Museum in Fayettevillle.

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

Registration is open now - early bird rates until March 31; regular to June 14

AAUW NYS Convention

This year the NYS AAUW Convention is being held in Syracuse, April 21-23. Linda Campoiano is looking for members to join her in attending a really great convention by calling her at 798-4637 or sending her an email at:

The Convention schedule, workshops, speakers and all registration information are available online:

If you've never spent time in Syracuse, you've missed a gem of a city. As one of a string of mid-sized cities along the northwestern border, it offers varied cultural and culinary attractions. It boasts a lovely old theater which has been rehabilitated and now serves as a venue for touring shows. It boasts its own wonderful opera company with a first rate orchestra! It is home to the Erie Canal Museum and the Everson Museum of Art (designed by I.M. Pei) and the Onondaga Historical Society. On Sundays, the carillon of its magnificent cathedral is played for almost an hour at noon and there are park benches nearby so you can enjoy the music. Events scheduled for the convention include speakers, workshops, talent show and Swim for AAUW Fund. There will be a scheduled tour of the Matilda Gage Foundation and the Stickley Museum.

At the AAUW-NYS Convention
By Eleanor Aronstein, President, Schenectady AAUW

A highlight of Friday will be a tour and high tea at the Matilda Gage Foundation followed by a tour of the Stickley Museum. We will recognize the efforts and achievements of Gage by focusing on her life and her work. Matilda Joslyn Gage was born in Cicero, NY in 1826. Gage received a liberal education and became a prolific writer in the cause of both abolition and women's rights. She co-authored with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony the first three volumes of A History of Woman Suffrage. She also addressed her own concerns about male dominance within Christianity with the publication in 1893 of Woman, Church and State. Her efforts to document the historical 1848 Seneca Falls Convention resulted in her publication in her newspaper (The National Citizen and Ballot Box) of portions of A History of Woman Suffrage as recorded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Gage was a hands-on activist, frequently attempting to vote, defending the rights of other intrepid women who dared approach the ballot box! And she is primarily responsible for securing women the right to vote in school board elections!!! In 1880, she became the first woman to vote in Fayetteville under that law.

While it would be several decades before women's voting rights became secure, progress is measured incrementally - and we would be remiss if we didn't offer our homage and respect to this intrepid woman. Her lifelong motto - which is engraved on her cemetery grave stone is: There is a word sweeter than Mother, Home or Heaven, that word is Liberty.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are IN THE RED with their pay. Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages.

Since census statistics showing the latest wage figures are not available until late August or September, NCPE leadership decided years ago to select a Tuesday in April as Equal Pay Day. (Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the next work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.) The date also is selected to avoid religious holidays and other significant events.

Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.


Researchers at Harvard University found that Medicare patients treated by female physicians were less likely to die and less likely to be readmitted to the hospital than those treated by male physicians. Other studies have shown that women are more likely to use best practices and communicate more effectively with patients.
(footnote from GOOGLE ARTICLE: in 2014 only 33% of doctors in America are FEMALE.)

Click for AAUW Legacy Circle page

As Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, prepares for its initial public offering, documents show that the only woman on the company's board of directors is paid less than her male counterparts. She was paid $110,866 in 2016, compared to the next-lowest paid male director, who received almost $1.1 million in compensation the same year.

Click for AAUW Title IX positions


Did you know? All but $3 of your national dues is deductible as a charitable donation, specifically $46 of the total of $49. In addition, all of your $13 NYS dues is now deductible, since they have also become a 501(c)3 organization. New members who joined during a Shape The Future event this fall and paid $24.50 for national dues may deduct all but $2 of that, or $22.50, as well as their $13 state dues.
Marjory Moeller, Branch Treasurer


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?


The unrestricted AAUW Fund bolsters existing AAUW programs that help women in our communities, schools, workplaces, and leadership positions. Unrestricted gifts offer AAUW the dexterity to invest in growing successful programs to reach more people. Additionally, the fund enables AAUW to react quickly to new challenges facing women and girls so that we can generate the research, programs, and advocacy initiatives needed to overcome those challenges.

Traditionally, AAUW members have supported their favorite causes by restricting their gifts to specific programs. Today, technological advances facilitate closer ties among members across the country and better programmatic collaboration. Every AAUW program and initiative is interconnected - research reports go hand in hand with our on-campus programming, Tech Trek camps, national and state policy work, and more - and those connections in turn create new women leaders and AAUW members. All these crucial efforts require unrestricted funding to operate.

With the exception of our fellowships and grants program, which is entirely supported by restricted gifts, more than 60 percent of AAUW’s annual program expenses draw from the AAUW Fund. Because AAUW fellowships and grants are paid for entirely by the interest generated from the many restricted endowments that are dedicated to support this program, the funding for fellowships and grants will last in perpetuity. All other AAUW programs and projects rely on new money each year from the AAUW Fund. Giving to the AAUW Fund creates opportunities to help sustain and grow the projects and programs with the greatest need.

Do you want to have the biggest impact? Support the work of AAUW as a whole. Give to the AAUW Fund. Visit
AAUW Fund Facts, December 2015

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 December 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
  • HotelStorm


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, click on Take Action Online 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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Posted March 18, 2017, updated March 21

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