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. 6 - MARCH, 2017


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3/8 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY LUNCHEON, 11:30 am, at Queensbury Hotel (checks required by Feb. 22)

3/9 BOARD MEETING, 3:00 pm, Crandall Library, Holden Room

3/15 MORNING LITERATURE 9:30 am, hostess, Gaynelle Moore, 793-0150; program, Paula Bossert

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


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


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


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 Fundraising

Our first benefit dinner is Monday, February 27 at Cooper's Cave Ale Company, 2 Sagamore St. just off Dix Avenue in Glens Falls. Our Girls Go STEM program will be given 15% of this evening's bills before tax, IF the diner mentions the AAUW program "Girls Go STEM" when being seated. Please pass the word to friends and family to join you from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm that evening for dinner and fellowship. This fundraiser is to offset costs of the middle school girls STEM day to be held at SUNY Adirondack on Thursday, May 18. Please RSVP to Nan Scinta by February 20, 683-1034 or

Businesses for us to solicit for contributions?
If you know of businesses in the area that are interested in contributing to educational programs, please send the contacts to Linda Campopiano, Any donations are appreciated and acknowledged in the STEM Day program.
Nan Scinta, Co-President

Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls

You are invited to attend a luncheon from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Queensbury Hotel Ballroom, Ridge St, Glens Falls. Our speaker is Karen Flewelling, author of Drilling for Hope: One Woman’s Work to Provide Clean Water. Karen has traveled to countries in Africa, Central and South America and is an advocate for clean water around the world.

Details and the lunch reservation form are available here (pdf file).

This event is co-sponsored by Soroptomist International of the Adirondacks, Zonta Club of Glens Falls and Adirondack Branch AAUW. Italian buffet; cost is $30. Reservation deadline Feb 28.
Linda Campopiano, Co-President

SATURDAY, APRIL 1st - 9:30 am

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


WHO: All Members & Guests.
What: The Eighth Annual Golf Tournament
Where: Queensbury Golf Club. When: May 20th, 2017.
Tee Time: Starting at 10:00 am, staggered start
Dinner Buffet immediately following.

This tournament is our Adirondack Branch fundraiser and we need everyone to help to make it a success.

If you golf, sign up to play in the Tournament, a 4 person scramble. Registration is $85 ($65 for members ) including greens fees, cart, prizes and buffet dinner. If you know someone who plays golf, invite them to play in the tournament. If you don't golf, sign up for the dinner buffet $30. Join in the putting contest ($5.00), fun for everyone.

A business, club, group or individual can Sponsor a Hole for $60.00 (which includes a sign with your name on it). Members can go together with 2, 3 or more people to Sponsor a Hole. (If you have 4 individuals going together it would be $15.00 each to sponsor 1 hole).

We also need help in procuring donations, prizes, and gift certificates. A donation of a gift certificate or other item would be used for the silent auction, raffle and tournament prizes. Can you help by contacting a business from our master list? If you frequent a business on a regular basis (your hairdresser, a restaurant, a masseuse, a clothes shop, etc.) would you help by asking for a gift certificate or prize?

The golf tournament registration form and donation request letter can be downloaded from our website If you can help in any way please call Jan Ritter at 668-2985.


The next Board Meeting will be Thursday, March 9 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.



The Nominating Committee recommends the following slate of officers to be elected at our Annual Banquet and Meeting in June. These elected positions are for a two year term from 2017-2019.
  • Co-President: Nan Scinta
  • Co-VP Program: Jean Bruce
  • Co-VP Membership: Jo Ann Harig
  • Treasurer: Marjory Moeller
Nominating Committee: Rachel Quackenbush, Nancy Cathers, Mary Strycker


Our branch bylaws have been updated to incorporate some changes mandated by the national AAUW. We also deleted a mention of electronic voting between meetings, as that is no longer allowed for nonprofits under NY State law. There is a link to these most recent bylaws on the home page of our branch web site. A copy of that or the previous version is available on request.
Marjory Moeller, By-laws Revision Committee


The local Mathcounts competition for middle school students, sponsored by Capital District Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, was held Saturday, February 4 th, at SUNY Adirondack. Thank you to Jo Ann Harig, Cynthia Ellinger, Lita Phelps, Linda Campopiano, Kathy Hoeltzel, Joyce Smith and Jan Ritter, members of our AAUW branch, who assisted in scoring the tests.

MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement.
Jan Ritter


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: Gaynelle Moore, hostess, 793-0150; Paula Bossert, program. (This meeting is on the third Wednesday because of Branch Luncheon on March 8.)
  • April 12: Alice Huppert, hostess, 743-1303; program - poetry, all share

    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 :

  • March 21: Nan Scinta, hostess, 683-1034, to be held at Glens Falls Episcopal Parish House on Glen St,; Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish
  • April 18: Paula Bossert, hostess, 741-0434; The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

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.


On Friday, March 24 the group will meet at 5:00 pm at Bistro LeRoux , 668 State Rt. 149, Lake George (on the corner of Rt. 149 and Bay Rd.). All members, spouses and guests are welcome. We always enjoy dining there. They also have good parking. Call Rachel Quackenbush, 747-6076, by March 17th for reservations.

The group will go to Mama Riso's on Friday, April 28th. Mark your calendar now!
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.
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

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

AAUW-NYS Convention will be held in Syracuse on April 21-23.

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.

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


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

The One Thing You Must Do…
Now more than ever, we must hold our legislators accountable for votes they cast and demand that they protect the rights of women and girls. HOW DID YOUR SENATORS VOTE ON BETSY DE VOS' CONFIRMATION AS SECRETARY OF EDUCATION???
If they voted yes on DeVos, express your disappointment. If they voted no, thank them for standing up for a strong public education system that protects the civil rights of all students.


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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