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. 8 - MAY, 2017


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5/10 MORNING LITERATURE 9:30 am, hostess, Alice Huppert, 743-1303; program, Elayne Leonelli

5/11 BOARD MEETING, 3:00 pm, Crandall Library, Holden Room

5/13 RESERVATION DEADLINE Golf Tournament Buffet

5/15 Girls Go STEM, campus orientation for volunteers, SUNY Adirondack

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

5/20 AAUW GOLF TOURNAMENT AND BANQUET 10:00 am, tee times start, ~4:30 pm buffet dinner, Queensbury Country Club

5/22 TRAVEL GROUP, 6:30 pm, hostess, Rachel Quackenbush, 747-6076

5/23 EVENING LITERATURE, home of Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081, hostess, Marge French; The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper

5/28 NATIONAL AAUW VOTING: paper ballots must be postmarked by May 29; online voting closes June 15

5/31 PAY YOUR DUES for 2017-18 by May 31st to be eligible for the June 15 drawing for a refund of the national portion of your dues


6/9 GOURMET GROUP, 5:00 pm, Cafe Adirondack, Pottersville; call Rachel Quackenbush, 747-6076, by June 2

6/14 MORNING LITERATURE 9:30 am, hostess, Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081; program, Joyce Smith

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

6/15 ANNUAL BANQUET Awards and Installation of officers, budget vote; 6:00 pm, social time; 6:30 pm, dinner and program, Fort William Henry Hotel, Lake George

6/20 EVENING LITERATURE, Carol Whalen, hostess, 636-3112; Off the Sidelines by Kirsten Gillibrand


Some groups now refer to The Equal Rights Amendment as the Women's Equality Amendment.
See National Women's History Project and National Women's History Museum.

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


The Golf Tournament and Buffet Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, at the Queensbury Country Club, 907 State Route 149, Lake George, NY. The tournament format is a 4 person scramble with the tee times starting at 10:00 am.

If you golf, sign up to play in the Tournament. Registration is $85.00 including greens fees, cart, prizes and buffet dinner ($65.00 for Queensbury Country Club members). If you know someone who plays golf, invite them to play in the tournament.

If you don’t golf, sign up for the Buffet Dinner $30.00 per person which starts right after the tournament, at about 4:30 pm. There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

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 or more people to Sponsor a 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 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 13. If you can help in any way please call Jan Ritter at 668-2985.

Girls Go STEM Day
Thursday, May 18

Our 2nd annual Girls Go STEM day at SUNY Adirondack is almost ready to roll! We have 100 middle school girls from 7 smaller area school districts registered, with t-shirts and bags ordered for them.

Plans are progressing well. However, we still need 4 Traffic Coordinators. The job is to walk students from the Auditorium after the speaker; walk the students between workshops and finally walk students to lunch where they eat with the students.

All volunteers will meet on Monday, May 15 at 10 am at the college Student Union cafeteria to go over the flow of the day. You will want to see the changes to the campus for this year's event and see where the workshops are located.

If you are volunteering for the day, please be at the Scoville building at 8:30 am and check into the hospitality room across from the auditorium. At that time you will receive your day's assignment and last minute instructions. The time commitment will be 8:30 -2:00.

Volunteers start the day with yummy coffee and munchkins from Dunkin Donuts; receive a limited edition Girls Go STEM t-shirt to keep; enjoy a complimentary pizza lunch; have fun with your fellow AAUW members; and most importantly directly impact the lives of these 100 girls.

Each volunteer must wear her Girls Go STEM t-shirt from last year. If you do not have a t-shirt or can't find yours, please give Nan a call - 683-1034 - before May 1. She will place an order for those needed.

Any questions about the day can be channeled to Connie Bosse at or 223-0708.

Thursday, June 15

Plan to attend our annual Branch Awards dinner banquet, which will be held on Thursday, June 15th at the Fort William Henry Hotel, 48 Canada St, Lake George. Our scholarship recipient has been invited to attend. All are welcome to join us, including members, spouses, and friends. The social time will be from 6 to 6:30 pm.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm with the awards presentation, installation of officers and budget vote following dessert. The reservation form with menu choices is online here. Reservation deadline: June 9.


The Nominating Committee presents the following candidates for Year 2017-2019. Each position is a 2 year term. This slate of officers will be presented to the membership for your vote at our Annual Banquet on June 15th.
  • Co-President - Nan Scinta
  • Co-Program VP - Jean Bruce
  • Co-Membership VP - Jo Ann Harig
  • Treasurer - Marjory Moeller
  • Nominating Chair - Rachel Quackenbush
Rachel Quackenbush, Chair


Either by separate mailing or included with this issue of the branch newsletter you will receive an AAUW dues bill for the 2017-18 membership year which begins July 1. The bill includes the information we have for your listing in the annual branch directory. Please take a few moments to review that and note any changes or corrections. If you wish to include a cell phone number, you may add it to the page. We ask that you pay by June 1 because the branch has to send the renewal dues to the national office by June 30.

Due to the rising costs of printing and mailing, members receive our Glimpses newsletter by email or online whenever possible. If you are not able to receive email or access the internet, you may note that on the bill.

Once again we will be holding a drawing at the June 15 banquet for two free national memberships. We earned them when new members joined during Shape The Future events last fall. All those who have paid their dues for 2017-18 by May 31 (postmark date) will be eligible to enter. The winners will receive a refund of the $49 Association portion of their dues.

Please note that $59 of the $70 regular branch member dues is tax deductible ($46 of the $49 national dues plus $13 NYS-AAUW dues).
Marjory Moeller, Treasurer


The next Board Meeting will be Thursday, May 11 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 recipient of the 2017 AAUW Adirondack Branch Memorial Scholarship is Lyndsey Brainerd, of Cambridge, New York. She will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Miss Brainerd is a student at SUNY Albany, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Globalization Studies with a minor in Anthropology.

From May - July of 2016, Miss Brainerd worked as a Housing Coordinator Intern with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants at the Albany Field Office. Lyndsey is a member of the Presidential Honors Society, and is on the Dean’s List.
Jan Ritter, Co-Chair Scholarship Committee


Sunday, May 7, 1-3 pm: Women’s Suffrage Rally, City Park, Glens Falls, Speakers, Re-Enactors, Music, sponsored in part by the Warren County Historical Society, Chapman Historical Museum, and Crandall Public Library

May 18, 12:00 pm, Meet Suffragist Susan B. Anthony, Saratoga Springs Public Library

Monday, May 29 - Glens Falls Memorial Day Parade with a call to ‘Suffragists’ to march. Contact the Chapman Historical Museum if you are interested in participating.

July 15, 7 pm -’Liberated Ladies’ songs of Women Suffrage, Hancock house, Ticonderoga, NY

Late May 2017-2020 - Lake George Historical Association Local Suffrage Exhibit

July/Aug/Sept - Walking Tours featuring Women’s Stories & Places of Interest, $15/person; Reservations required, Chapman Museum.

At the Movies: A Quiet Passion

A Quiet Passion is a biographical film directed and written by Terence Davies about the life of American poet Emily Dickinson. The film stars Cynthia Nixon as the reclusive poet. It co-stars Emma Bell as young Dickinson, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff and Keith Carradine.

Mary Enhorning recalls that Emily Dickinson was the favorite poet of former branch member Claire Hunter (1920-2009). Watch for the film to come to this area this summer.


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:

  • May 10 - Hostess, Alice Huppert, 743-1303; program, Elayne Leonelli
  • June 14 - Hostess, Elayne Leonelli, 793-3081; program, Joyce Smith

    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 :

  • May 23 Elayne Leonelli’s home, 793-3081; The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper. Marge French is the hostess
  • June 20 Carol Whalen, hostess, 636-3112; Off the Sidelines by Kirsten Gillibrand
  • July TBA, meeting to select titles for Aug 2017-June 2018

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.


Gourmet Group’s next meeting is June 9 when we will go to Café Adirondack in Pottersville. Call Rachel Quackenbush, 747-6076 by June 2 for reservations. Café Adirondack has moved to their new location, 5 Olmsteadville Rd., near the intersection of Rt. 9 and Olmsteadville Rd. It is across the street from the former Wells House Hotel. There is a parking lot just west of the restaurant.
Rachel Quackenbush


The Travel Group will be meeting at the home of Rachel Quackenbush (518-747-6076) on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 pm. We have selected a few Queensbury Senior Center trips that several of us are interested in doing.

We have selected Wednesday, Aug. 9 for a matinee at Dorset Theater with lunch at the Dorset Inn before the show. If anyone is interested, please call Elayne Leonelli (518-793-3081).

The Lake George Theater matinee (Last of the Red Hot Lovers - Neil Simon) on Thursday, Aug. 31 is our first selection. If you are interested, reduced rate reservations need to be made before June. 30th. Please call Elayne Leonelli for more information about any of our plans..
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, they 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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June 14-17, 2017 AAUW National Convention, Washington, DC

Regular registration is open now - to June 14


It’s time to vote in the 2017 AAUW National Election. All AAUW members are eligible to elect candidates for the AAUW Board of Directors and to vote on the Proposed Public Policy Program changes, amendments to the AAUW Bylaws, and Resolutions. You will find a voter guide in the Spring issue of Outlook.

To vote you’ll need your member ID and PIN, which is printed on the back cover of your issue. AAUW encourages voting online (by June 15, 9:00 pm).

You can request a paper ballot by calling 800.326.2289 or emailing by May 4. Please include your name, member ID, city and state with your request. Save the spring issue of Outlook as you will need to refer to it as you complete your ballot. Paper ballots must be mailed by May 29.

Make your voice heard in the AAUW election! Results will be posted online June 16 and announced at the AAUW National Convention.



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


AAUW members can give a recent grad - a friend, daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, niece, or nephew - a free AAUW membership within two years of graduation. At no cost to you or them! Your grad will receive a one-year national membership - a $49 value. She/he can join a branch at any time but will be responsible for paying branch and state dues.

Visit the website, click on Login, sign in with your member number and password; then visit the Give A Grad A Gift page. Complete the online form or download a form to mail. You'll find your member number on your Outlook mailing label, or you can look it up from the Login page.


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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