ADIRONDACK GLIMPSES - EXCERPTS
VOLUME 28, NO. 4 - JANUARY, 2017
63rd AAUW 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.
Nan Scinta and Linda Campopiano, Co-Presidents
NEED A RIDE TO BRANCH EVENTS?
OTHER BRANCH AND LOCAL NEWS
AAUW Visibility at the Chronicle Book Fair
The Chronicle Book Fair gets larger each year and was great fun as well as a wonderful place to get exposure for AAUW.
Local Women in Nontraditional Careers
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.
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.
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.
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.
STUDY AND INTEREST GROUPS
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.
Rachel Quackenbush and Elayne Leonelli
RESTAURANT RESERVATION POLICY
AAUW NEWS AND ISSUES
TWO AAUW CONVENTIONS IN 2017
April 21-23, 2017 AAUW-NYS Convention, Syracuse Doubletree Inn
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
AAUW DUES PARTLY TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
Marjory Moeller, Branch Treasurer
MEMBERSHIP IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS!
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WANT TO HAVE THE BIGGEST IMPACT?
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.
List of benefits from the AAUW web site as of December 27, 2016
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.
SIGN UP YOUR FRIENDS AND AAUW COLLEAGUES FOR ACTION NETWORK!
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.
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.
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 www.aauw-nys.org
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 www.aauw.org/blog/. 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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