Important 2016 Voter Information

voteaauwBy AAUW-KC Public Policy Committee Co-chairs Carol Cowles and Riva Capellari
Please use these resources to prepare for the November 8, 2016 General Election:
AAUW Voter Guide – President
AAUW Voter Guide – Vice President
AAUW Voter Guide – Senate
AAUW Voter Guide – Governor
The League of Women Voters (LWV) Voter Guide
Information on national, state, and county elections, statewide propositions, and county and city issues is included.
Constitutional Amendment 6
Finally, AAUW-KC members have been asked by the non-profit organization Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) to assist in distributing the “Vote NO on Amendment 6”postcards and participate in a phone bank on this issue. This ballot proposal appears to target women, low-income citizens, and the elderly and disabled by requiring a current government-issued photo ID in order to vote.
For Amendment 6 postcards, please contact Carol Cowles at 847.846.3450. To participate in the phone bank: CCO in-office calls will be made at the KC Dept. of Health building, 2400 Troost, Suite 4600, each Monday and Thursday, between 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Security staff is at the main door and security cameras monitor the parking lot. SOME LAPTOPS AND CELL PHONES WILL BE AVAILABLE, BUT PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN IF YOU HAVE THEM. At-home calls can be made each Saturday1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. — after an in-person training session is complete and your scheduled calls are confirmed with Cierra Marzett at CCO. Please contact Cierra to schedule in-person training or at-home calling, or 816.728.2877.

“She Kills Monsters” Special Presentation – Nov. 17


You are invited to support our newest College/University Partner, Metropolitan Community College at the Penn Valley campus for the play, “She Kills Monsters” on Thursday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m. This fast-paced production, performed by students at the campus theater, incorporates themes such as loss, closure and second chances, while working within the realm of a teenage girl’s fantasy world. The hour-and-a-half-long production highlights issues such as bullying and self-acceptance as it blends humor with serious subject matter and 90’s pop culture.

The address for Penn Valley is 3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64111. The theater is in the Science/Technology Building, Room 101. Free parking is located in the garage off Broadway between 31st and Linwood. From the parking structure you will walk across a small road and up the long sidewalk that leads to the Campus Center. You will be greeted and directed to the theater in the Science Building.

Tickets are $10 with a 50/50 split to help support production of the play and benefit AAUW-KC.  Mail your check (payable to AAUW-KC) to Sara Pedram, 4428 Harrison, Kansas City, MO 64110, by November 15. (Tickets will be available at Will Call on the night of the performance.) AAUW will be recognized in the program book and also have a table set up to promote membership.

**If you wish to carpool, plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m. at All Souls UU Church, 4501 Walnut. The row of parking spaces closest to the building (south side) is reserved for AAUW!

This is a unique opportunity to connect branch members to our newest College/University Partner, Metropolitan Community College, and share a delightful evening with AAUW sisters, as well as meet and greet students and cast members.


Marian McClellan, President
Linda Berube, President-Elect
Stephanie Holthaus, Past President
Sara Pedram, Co-Program Vice President
Judith McGonegle, Co-Program Vice President
Stefanie Hatfield, Membership Vice President
Wanda Perkins, Secretary
Nicky Stanke, Finance Officer and Communications Chair
Doretta Perna, Funds Chair
Kay Engler, Funds Co-Chair
Ellen Johnson, Finance Chair, 100 High School Girls/Thorpe Menn Co-Chair and Irene Wagy Fund Chair
Patti Jachowicz, College/University Chair, Re-Entry Chair and Women’s Center Liaison
Carrie Maidment, Newsletter/Website Designer and Editor, Thorpe Menn Co-Chair
Janice McIntyre, AAUW-KCKCC Liaison
Teri Wichman, 100 High School Girls Co-Chair
Riva Capellari, Public Policy Co-Chair
Carol Cowles, Public Policy Co-Chair

Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award 2016 Recap

tm2016Local authors and guests gathered at the Kansas City Central Library for the 38th Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award on October 1. The award was established in 1979 by AAUW-KC to honor Thorpe Menn, longtime book editor of The Kansas City Star, who supported all aspects of Kansas City’s cultural life, especially local authors and artists.

The 2016 Literary Excellence Award was presented to Patrick Dobson for his book Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer. The finalists were: Andrea Warren for The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas and James P. Muehlberger, The 116: The True Story of Abraham Lincoln’s Lost Guard.

Special thanks to our keynote speaker Barbara Stuber, award-winning author and museum docent, Vivien Jennings and Roger Doeren of Rainy Day Books, and the Kansas City Public Library.

We are already making plans for the 39th event in October 2017. If you would like to nominate an author, go to the Thorpe Menn page under “Events” for guidelines and instructions. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2017.