“You Be The Judge” Interactive Program – Mar. 20

This program, led by the Honorable G. Joseph (Joe) Pierron of the Kansas Court of Appeals, gives the audience a basic understanding of how the U. S. Constitution and the United States Supreme Court work. Two somewhat amusing Supreme Court cases are used to demonstrate how our constitutional protections are applied. The participants enjoy their parts in the program. The program has won local, state and national awards for its educational and entertaining values.  Light refreshments will be served.

Reentry Woman of the Year Awards – Apr. 21

The annual Reentry Woman of the Year Awards brunch is hosted by AAUW-KC and presented by the InterBranch Council (IBC). Scholarships are presented to women who best exemplify the courage, effort and perseverance to return to the classroom after an absence of five or more years.

Come and hear their inspiring stories!

Reservations are $20. Mail check (payable to AAUW-KC) by April 10 to: Stephanie Holthaus, 4433 Harrison St., Kansas City, MO 64110 or contact Stephanie at 816-309-8021 or stephanieholthaus2@gmail.com. Donations for award recipients’ brunch costs and Reentry Woman of the Year scholarships are always welcome!

Public Policy Report

By Riva Capellari and Carol Cowles, Co-Chairs

This is a great time to become active in AAUW’s Public Policy agenda and choose an initiative to support! We invite you to join us for these upcoming events in support of women’s rights and make your voices heard:

• April 10, 2018 is our Equity Action Day in Jefferson City. For the second year, our state organization will subsidize a bus to travel with ease and at low cost. Mark your calendar and be on the lookout for more details.

• On April 12 we will join with the Women’s Center at UMKC to bring attention to Equal Pay Day. This is an excellent opportunity to recruit college students to AAUW.

Riva and Carol have been busy representing our Branch in the community. On January 6 Riva attended the second session of Gov101 and informative event sponsored by ProgressWomen.com. Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman moderated the event and emphasized the importance of working on the local government level to bring about changes and ways to participate in the August 7 primary. She informed us on the importance of tracking bills through the legislative process, getting to know and communicate with committee leaders, and attending and testifying in hearings. She encouraged us to participate in lobby days and continue to gather others and make noise! After a brief discussion on how bills are introduced (already 1,000 since December 1), there was a demonstration of a new website: FastDemocracy.com a new tool to track and assess specific bills in targeted areas. You can receive updates and view voting records for each legislator by subject. Additionally, a panel of four women representing ACLU, Planned Parenthood, PROMO (Providing Equality for all Missourians) and Missouri State Representative Judy Morgan, discussed bills submitted for 2018 that are causing them concerns.

2017 Wagy Awards Recap:

The Wagy Awards & Holiday Luncheon took place on  December 2 at the Grand Street Café.  This year’s event marked our 20th presentation of the Wagy Awards, which gives funding to local community organizations for their work in advancing education and equity for women and girls. A total of 85 awards have been presented and $225,575 in Wagy funds have been provided over the past two decades, including this year’s five recipients and awards totaling $10,000.

The 2017 Wagy award recipients and programs:

• Episcopal Community Services – Nourish: Turning the Tables Empowering Women through Culinary Training

• Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri – STEM Girls Outreach Program

• The Family Conservancy – Directors Leadership Academy

• Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City – The Appointment Project: Equitable Representation of Women on Civic Boards and Commissions

• Fractured Atlas – Rightfully Sewn Seamstress Program