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. 4 - JANUARY, 2017


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1/10 GLIMPSES deadline

1/12 BOARD MEETING, 3:00 pm, Crandall Library, Holden Room

1/16 Reservation deadline for Jan. 21 lunch meeting

1/17 EVENING LITERATURE, 7:00 pm, hostess, Joyce Smith, 793-6379, Stalin’s Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan

1/21 BRANCH LUNCHEON, 11:30 am, at The Glen (checks required by Jan. 16)

1/23 TRAVEL GROUP, 6:30 pm, hostess, Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081

1/27 GOURMET GROUP, 5:00 pm, The Aviator Restaurant, call Rachel Quackenbush,747-6076, by Jan. 24


2/11 BRANCH LUNCHEON & FASHION SHOW, 11:30 am, Glens Falls Country Club

2/21 EVENING LITERATURE, Mary Strycker, hostess, 793-6252, Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich

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


Matthew Rozell Plan to be at The Glen at Hiland Meadows, 39 Longview Drive, Queensbury on Saturday, January 21st as we welcome Mr. Matt Rozell as our speaker. The luncheon meeting will begin with a social at 11:30 am and lunch to start at 12:00 pm. Mr. Rozell, a Hudson Falls history teacher, will be discussing his newest book A Train Near Magdeburg.

He began researching the Holocaust several years ago with his students as he realized that the stories of the survivors were not being recorded. He has previously published The Things Our Fathers Saw: The Untold Stories of the WWII Generation from Hometown, USA - Voices of the Pacific Theater". Mr. Rozell is an award winning history teacher and we encourage everyone to come with a friend, meet him and purchase his books. Mr. Rozell has been ABC News “Person of the Week” and recently was the recipient of the NYS Education Department’s Yavner Teaching Award of Distinguished Contributions to Teaching the Holocaust and Human Rights. He has had his work filmed for CBS News, NBC Learn, the Israeli Broadcast Authority, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

This will be a most memorable luncheon. A reservation form with menu choices is online here. The reservation deadline is Monday, January 16th.
Anne Horwitz and Linda Campopiano


Please save Saturday, February 11 for our Luncheon and Fashion Show at Glens Falls Country Club. The fashions will be provided by Dress Barn. The manager of the Lake George store, Jane Pike, will give an interesting presentation. Our members are the models so it will be an enjoyable afternoon!

The social time will begin at 11:30 am followed by lunch at 12:00 pm. The program starts at 1:00 pm. A reservation form will be included with the January newsletter.
Anne Horwitz, Program Co-VP

Six Schools Chosen for Girls Go STEM Day
May 18, 2017

It was decided by the AAUW Adirondack board to invite smaller school districts this year for the program. In early December Linda Campopiano, Nan Scinta and the school contact person visited six school district middle school principals and guidance counselors and have good news to report. The following districts will each have 15 middle school young ladies selected from their school for the May 18, 2017 Girls Go STEM day at SUNY Adirondack: Lake George, Corinth, Hadley-Luzerne, Fort Edward, Fort Ann, and Warrensburg. The program will have a total of 90 participants this coming spring. Anyone wishing to take part in helping with the May 18 day or one of the various tasks in preparation for the event, and did not participate last year, please call Nan Scinta at 518-683-1034 or e-mail



  • 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


For the 63rd year our Adirondack Branch of the American Association of University Women will award its local memorial scholarship.

The Adirondack Branch Memorial Scholarship is available to a student presently enrolled and attending an accredited college, working for a degree at the associate, bachelor or graduate level. Students who have completed at least one full year of college or are completing a two-year college who can show a letter of acceptance to a four-year college also may apply.

Graduate students are eligible as soon as they have earned at least four hours of graduate credit. Scholastic record, financial need and evident commitment to completing the college program are factors considered in the selection process. The branch has budgeted $1,000 this year for the award. Completed applications are due back by March 1, 2017.

Residents of the area served by the AAUW branch are invited to apply. The application package is available on this website, or call Jan Ritter, 668-2985, to have it sent.
Jan Ritter, Co-Chair Scholarship Committee


The next Board Meeting will be Thursday, January 12 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.


AAUW Visibility at the Chronicle Book Fair

Adirondack Branch AAUW was well represented at the book fair on Sunday, November 6.We had a table in a busy room and we got great exposure. I was able to talk about AAUW and hand out the latest newsletter and materials to at least six women who were impressed with us. Dr. Kathleen McCoy was also at the fair with her new book Green and Burning.

The Chronicle Book Fair gets larger each year and was great fun as well as a wonderful place to get exposure for AAUW.
B. Lynn Havens

Local Women in Nontraditional Careers

The November 17th meeting, which was held at Harrisena Church Fellowship Hall, was well attended as we listened to a panel of women who are working in unusual careers. Starr Baker from Baker Funeral Home related that she is the first woman in Warren County to receive her Mortuary License. She started in this career by helping her father, who owned Baker Funeral Home. She became a licensed nurse and worked in that capacity for a number of years. She now runs the funeral home and enjoys being a part of that business.

Karin Green, a partner at JMZ Architectural Firm, has had many experiences in a male dominated profession where she has had to gain the trust of her peers.She designed projects in Chicago and other localities before coming to Glens Falls. She is the point person for the new NSTEM Building at SUNY Adirondack under construction. She showed slides of the parts of the building and the "greenness" of the project.

Joan Lorenz from Auto Fix Car Care described what it was like being a woman, working with her husband, in a very male dominated business. They moved here from the New York City area 20 years ago to establish their business as a Meineke franchise. Now, they are an independent business in Queensbury. She described what it was like to be in situations as the only female while her male counterparts were being trained on new procedures.
Linda Campopiano & Nan Scinta

District IV Conference
By Peggy Kelland, District IV Coordinator

The Fall District IV Conference was hosted by the Schenectady Branch on Saturday, October 15. Almost 30 members from the Adirondack, Albany, Poughkeepsie, and Schenectady branches met in the comfortable parish house of Zion Lutheran Church just 5 minutes off the Northway and enjoyed the many choices of a substantial continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

The keynote speaker, Angelica Morris, the Schenectady County Commissioner of Human Rights, spoke of her many challenges and achievements as the only young, only female, and only African-American among her county's department heads. She was followed by Maxine Getty, a retired Marine Sergeant and reenactor who portrayed Mary Livermore: teacher, abolitionist, Civil War nurse, suffragist, and writer. During lunch we heard from Anna Agnes and Julia Alford, recipients of the Schenectady Branch's scholarships to AAUW's National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) and to Elect Her training at SUNY Albany.

Dr. Kathleen McCoy's New Book
Christened at Poetry Reading

On Friday evening, October 28, 2016 Dr. McCoy's new book Green and Burning was warmly welcomed by her friends, students and fellow professors. She eagerly signed books but the highlight was her reading. Her unique way of describing her world, her relationships, and nature brought her book alive as she read to the delight of about thirty eager listeners. The event was enhanced by the beautiful LARAC building, its art and a delicious buffet of hors d'oeuvres and sweets, rumored to be another of the author’s talents. In all, it was a great evening of culture and comradery. Congratulations Dr. Kathleen McCoy! Dr. McCoy is the English Division Chair and a Professor of English at SUNY Adirondack, an active member of AAUW. She has another book coming out soon entitled More Water than Words.
B. Lynn Havens

The Iroquois Influence on
Early American Feminists

by Dr. Sally R. Wagner

Dr. Sally Walker gave a wonderful lecture on the influence of the Iroquois on Women’s suffrage at the Lake George Historical Society on Oct. 22. It is difficult for white Americans today to picture the extended period in history when -- before the United States government's Indian-reservation system -- regular trade, cultural sharing, even friendship between Native Americans and Euro-Americans was common. Perhaps nowhere was this now-lost social ease more evident than in the towns and villages in upstate New York where Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) and Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) lived, and Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) visited. All three suffragists personally knew Iroquois women, citizens of the six-nation confederacy (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and later Tuscarora) that had established peace among themselves. The Suffragette women saw the possibility of freedom because they knew women who lived liberated lives -- Iroquois women.

Stanton, for instance, became acquainted with Oneida women during her frequent visits to her cousin, the radical social activist Gerrit Smith (1797-1874) in Peterboro, NY. Smith's daughter, Elizabeth, was first to shed the 20 pounds of clothing that, fashion dictated, should hang from a woman's corseted waist. The reform costume Elizabeth Smith Miller adopted (named the "Bloomer" after Angela Bloomer, editor of the temperance journal, The Lily, who popularized it) bore an uncanny resemblance to the loose-fitting tunic and leggings worn by the two Elizabeth's' Native American friends.

Matilda Gage (1826-1898) an important suffragist of the early 1800’s met with diverse women including a few who were Iroquois. She learned that the Indian women were allowed to elect their chief. Thus she began to wonder why Euro-American women were not permitted to vote for President.

Dr. Sally Wagner is a feminist pioneer, speaker, activist, author of several books was one of the first to receive a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies in 1978 and is a founder of the nation’s first Women’s Studies Programs at California State University Sacramento in 1970. A women’s studies professor for 34 years and now Executive Director of the Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York, Wagner is the nation’s foremost authority on Matilda Joslyn Gage.
Thanks to 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 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:

  • March 15: Hostess and program, TBA

    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 :

  • Jan 17: Joyce Smith, hostess, 793-6379, Stalin’s Daughter: the extraordinary and tumultuous life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan
  • Feb 21: Mary Strycker, hostess, 793-6252, Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich

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 meet on January 27 at 5:00 pm, at The Aviator Restaurant, Floyd Bennett Airport, 433 Queensbury Ave, Queensbury. Please call Rachel Quackenbush (747-6076) by Jan. 24 if you plan to join us. All members, spouses, and friends are welcome.
Rachel Quackenbush


The Travel Group will meet Monday, January 23 at 6:30 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


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 will open January 12.

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

Early registration is open now - best rates available until Jan. 14; early bird until March 31; regular to June 14


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


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?


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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