Upcoming Events

AAUW-MO LEGISLATIVE RETREAT

Saturday, February 11, 9–11 a.m. – Virtual Event

Join us on Zoom as leaders of Missouri organizations give a brief description of their group, an explanation of their main legislative priorities and information on bills they would like us to monitor. Activists from organizations across the state will share information about the Initiative Petition, Clean Slate, book bans, economic issues, educational issues, gun safety, health and reproductive rights, social issues, and voting laws.

Please contact Karen Francis, AAUW-MO President, for more information: 314-223-4235 or karenbitzafrancis@yahoo.com

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FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN: WHY IT MATTERS TO ME

Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Kingswood Senior Living

The Shawnee Mission Branch will host our Annual Joint Luncheon Meeting at the Kingswood Senior Living Community in the Westminster Room, 10000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Donna Becker, AAUW of Kansas, will present “Focus on Native American Women: Why It Matters to Me.”

Native peoples in our state and country continue to experience the centuries-old discrimination that drove them from the land they had inhabited for centuries before European settlers “claimed” it in the vast arc of colonization.  In Kansas, if our ancestors were given land to settle on, we live on the land of the Cheyenne, Wichita, Osage, and Kanza, among others. In Missouri, settlers live on the land of the Chickasaw, Delaware, Illini/Peoria, Kanza, Otoe-Missouria, Osage, Quapaw, and Sac and Fox. There is a growing movement in the country to acknowledge what was taken from indigenous peoples, to name the pernicious motivations of white supremacy, to begin to understand the scope of harm that was done to Indian children and their families by state and church.

Lunch is $15. Please mail reservation checks by January 27 to: Jo Denton, 10105 W. 121st St., Overland Park, KS 66213-1635

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PRO-DEMOCRACY: GETTING CIVILITY BACK INTO POLITICS

Thursday, March 9, 6 p.m. – Virtual Event

Join us for this pro-democracy virtual presentation and discussion by Russ Carnahan and Tom Coleman, both consensus oriented, on bringing civility back into politics. Carnahan is a former Democratic Missouri congressman and served in many leadership roles at state and federal levels. He was co-chair of the bi-partisan Center Aisle Caucus focused on common solutions for all political parties. Coleman, a former Republican Missouri congressman, has served in a variety of leadership roles in and out of government and is an Advisor to Protect Democracy, an organization formed to prevent the declination of democracy in America.

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REENTRY BRUNCH & SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CELEBRATION

Saturday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.

AAUW-KC and the Kansas City InterBranch Council (IBC) created the Reentry Woman of the Year scholarships in 1987 to help support the many women who return to college after an absence of five or more years. Every year, area colleges are provided scholarship applications and the IBC collaborates to select recipients.

This ‘High Tea’ style event will begin at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 15, at Joy Coffee, 14300 E. US 40 Hwy., Independence, MO. Sandwiches and various sweets will be served. The cost is $30. (Donations are welcome for Reentry scholarships and to pay for scholarship winners to attend.) RSVP by April 6. Mail checks payable to AAUW Independence Branch to Patt Braley, 508 NW Murray Rd., Apt. 214, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Please contact Sue Shineman with questions or more information: sueshineman46@gmail.com or 816-365-1180.

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CURRENT CHALLENGES FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND GENDER EQUITY

Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 p.m. – Virtual Event

A virtual Zoom presentation on the Current Challenges for Public Policy and Gender Equity by Alice Kitchen, State Public Policy Chair for Missouri’s AAUW branches and Chair of the Gender Equity Task Force for the Kansas City Human Rights Commission.

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JUNE CELEBRATION PICNIC AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

Watch for event updates and more details here and in your email.

2022 Wagy Award Recipients

A grand total of $9,240 was awarded to local organizations to help fund their programs that promote equity, education, intellectual growth, individual worth, and development of opportunities for women and girls, at the Wagy Awards & Holiday Luncheon on December 3 at Pierpont’s in Union Station.

2022 Wagy Award Recipients:

• Front Porch Alliance received $2,800 for their Beyond Sex Ed Program.

• Kansas City CARE Clinic received $1,800 to fund three patients in their Dentures for Women with Low-Incomes Program.

Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy received $1,800 to fund Xello Curriculum for their Changing Lives Through Education Program.

Salvation Army – Kansas & Western Missouri Division received $1,440 to fund new under garments, socks, and hygiene/beauty products for Gloria’s Closet.

• Unicorn Theater received $1,400 to fund performers salaries for the regional premiere production of Marys Seacole.

Please consider making a donation to the Wagy fund! Make checks payable to AAUW Wagy Fund/Amer01 and mail to: Kelli Doyle, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, 1055 Broadway, Suite 130, KCMO 64105. Or donate online https://gkccf.kimbia.com/gkccf

Elected Officers 2021-2022

President Dr. Luna Mukherjee

President-Elect Corrine Mahaffey

Program Vice President Wanda Perkins

Finance Officer Linda Berube

Membership Vice President Pat Taylor

Secretary Lynette Procopio

Recap: 2021 Reentry Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Debra McArthur of the Parkville Branch and IBC Reentry Chair hosted this virtual celebration on Saturday, April 17. Debra introduced the keynote speaker Joni Wickham, chief of staff in former Mayor Sly James’ office. Joni is the author of the book, The Thin Line Between Cupcake/Bitch: Taking Action, Driving Change and Getting Results. The title reflects encapsulating the conflict and tensions women in politics often experience in an older, white male dominated world. Her personal experiences inspired her to develop the thesis of the book which is that women should use their POWER to overcome bias vis-a-viz Preparation, Ownership, Wisdom, Energy, Emotion and Respect. She explained in detail with a slide presentation the concept of POWER and ended her presentation by congratulating the Reentry award winners and encouraging them to use their own power in the fulfillment of their goals.

Debra introduced the IBC scholarship winners, all of whom are nursing students. They include: Electra Arzola, Park University; Angela Bennet, Maple Woods; Adra Sanchez, Blue River MCC; and Tomisha Woodruff, UMKC.

The Toni Thornton Award recipients were congratulated by John Thornton who explained the background of the award, a legacy provided by his deceased wife whose name honors the award and who figured very prominently in AAUW.  The winners are Argelia Fagre-Rivas, a student at KCKCC in the respiratory therapy nursing program, and Emily Holmes, also a student at KCKCC in the nursing program.

The Reentry scholarships were awarded to two more students this year! The additional funds were provided through the gracious donation of AAUW-KC, due to the disruption in the face-to-face program for 100 High School Girls. The recipients are Amanda Kuhn and Patricia Stover, both KCKCC students. Amanda is an accounting student and Patricia is enrolled in the medical assistant program.

The program ended on a high note with congratulations to all the outstanding and deserving recipients and a fervent hope by Debra that the awards ceremony can be held in person next year!

Annual Meeting of Kansas City and Shawnee Mission Branches

Please join us for our joint meeting with Shawnee Mission on Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m. on Zoom!

We will welcome guest speaker Sara Bly who will describe and answer questions about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will guarantee the U.S. Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. The Compact is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.

Questions may already arise (e.g. How can the legislation work so that the candidate with the most votes across the whole country is elected and yet not change the existing electoral college method?)  To that end, you are encouraged to submit questions beforehand to Jo Denton, jodenton@att.net or 913-449-7258.

Sara is a volunteer with the National Popular Vote organization (www.nationalpopularvote.com) and served on the executive committee for the successful National Popular Vote campaign in Oregon.

Join the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81078070174