Welcome to the Southeast Valley, AZ Branch of AAUW!


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 National AAUW Election
One Member, One Vote is Now Open

Take a moment to explore the candidates for the National Board, changes in Public Policy, and National ByLaws,    Some proposals will directly impact members and branches:  increase in National dues by $10 beginning in 2019; and the elimination of a college degree as requirement for regular membership (you might remember this one from past elections).  You will receive an personal email detailing voting procedures.  Details in the Spring Outlook & on-line.  Make your wishes known, VOTE!    

Branch Co-President Speaks Out in  Letter To Editor
in The Arizona Republic, 4/15/2017

Selling Out Our Public Schools    by Toni Corrigan

“What a sad day for education.  Gov. Doug Ducey wants us to think he is the “education Governor” yet he just sold out Arizona’s public schools.
         He and the Republican legislators don’t care what the people want.  The majority want to send their children to excellent neighborhood schools that are a part of the community.
         The goal for this Legislature and for the White House is an elite school system and no voice for the citizens.  As a career teacher, I am deeply saddened.”                                                  (reprinted with permission of author)

New Branch Officers for 2017-2018

CONGRATULATIONS to the recently elected Branch Officers for 2017 – 2018:

Co-Presidents:  Toni Corrigan  and Tillie Fortner
President-Elect:  Janet Odle
Co-VPs Program:  Sharon Johnson and Kathy Burns
Co-VPs Membership:  Donna Haugland and Gail Jones
VP Finance:  Cynthia Cantor
Secretary:  Amy Andrews

Southeast Valley Branch  thanks the committee (Chair Janet Cox, Helen Semple, and Cynthia Cantor) for their efforts and  applauds these women for stepping up to provide leadership to the branch.  Some  Appointed Board positions remain open.  Please consider accepting a leadership role —  your talents are needed.


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES…      Mark your Calendars


April 18   VOTING for AAUW National Election 2017 Now Open.  Look for your                        Spring Outlook magazine and your personal voting email. 

May 12   5th   Past Presidents’ Luncheon,  Bernards at Ocotillo Country Club                       Noon            RSVP to Janet Cox, Advisor

 JUNE 14-17    AAUW National Convention –  Washington, D.C.

June 30                AAUW Membership  Expires   –    RENEW NOW


BOARD MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE:  Get your receipts to Jennie Maze, VP Finance, for reimbursement as soon as possible.  She has moved.  Her new address is listed in the Members Only section, “Member Roster” page.

AAUW-AZ Spring Event 2017

A Historical Perspective

The AAUW of Arizona Spring Event on April 14, offered a trio of opportunities, all close to home in Tempe. AAUW members from across the state assembled at the Arizona Historical Museum for a delightful lunch and a presentation by Linda Hirshman, author of Sisters in Law, a moving story about the first two women on the U.S. Supreme Court – Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Southeast Valley Branch was represented by seven members: Toni Corrigan, Tillie Fortner, Sue Garretson, Margaret Noser, Sheila Petriello, Jeannine Reynolds, and Marjorie Wright. Many participated in an optional private guided tour of the amazing Arizona Historical Museum AND a docent tour of the O’Connor House, next door

The jam-packed day was developed by Shirley Talley, AAUW of Arizona President, as a“fun” conclusion of her two year term. She officiated at her final AAUW-AZ Board of Directors meeting and many participants witnessed the installation of new AAUW-AZ elected officers handled with skill and humor by Dr. Carolyn Warner.                                 

Dr. Carolyn Warner

Hirshman entertained the participants with some items from her book as well as tidbits about her research and recent U.S. Supreme Court events. Her principal subjects, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor “had such great, yet different lives…one a Democrat, the other a Republican; one a liberal, the other a Goldwater supporter; one from Brooklyn, New York , the other from rural Arizona; one a Jew, the other a Christian: one a brunette, the other a blond.” They formed a great friendship and both had the ability to work with powerful men. Both were ardent supporters of the ERA Amendment. After reaching the U.S. Supreme Court they did not pull up the ladder to future women. O’Connor vowed, “..ok to be the first, but I will not be the last.”  

 NOTE:  “I wish to thank those who voted for me in the State election. I will        attempt  my best in  my second  2 year term as State Recording Secretary.”
– Margaret Noser

International Dinner, 2017

Total Immersion into the Refugee Experience

The African Refugee Experience was the theme of the annual International Dinner, held on February 20, 2017, at Palo Verde Country Club. One hundred and five paid attendees enjoyed a “total immersion” experience: visiting with refugees from Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo; viewing a mask display created by Sharon Gale and a display of Makonde sculpture from East Africa; and enjoying food that is familiar to us and also to Africans.

Sharon Gale found a variety of pictures of African Masks on Google. She drew and painted them on poster board.. Then she researched the country and tribe that the masks were from and attached that information to the mask. After the painting was done she laminated it, then attached palm leaves, feathers, or beads depending on what the original mask looked like. After all was done she glue gunned the mask to a foam board . Sharon had a great time painting them all.



Katie Hartle, last year’s local scholarship winner, brought members up-to-date on her college aspirations. [Read more about Katie .] Also, Gale’s masks were available to take home at the end of the evening in return for a donation to the Local Scholarship fund. Including the ‘Have a Heart’ promotion, approximately $500 was raised. 

Somalian women with Judi Edmonds

Displaying colorful slides, Judi Edmonds spoke briefly about who refugees are, the vetting process, how refugees get to Arizona and what happens to them once they arrive. Samia Musse, refugee, personalized that process with the story of her family’s 22-year journey from Somalia to Saudi Arabia to Libya, through war-torn cities and a sparse refugee camp and finally to America. She spoke of their joy when they heard they had been chosen to settle in the U. S.
A children’s choir from the Congolese church concluded the evening with a delightful performance. Everyone left feeling both informed and entertained.

                                                                                           -Judi Edmonds,  Co-Chair


New Photos posted on Members Only: Photos page.  And more to come!

2016-2017 InterestGroups  Check for last minute changes:    Southwesters  trip to Cottonwood in April has been canceled. 

Miss one of our great Branch Programs or want more information? Notes are taken during a majority of the programs and posted on the Past Events/Footnotes page.  March Meeting now posted. Check it Out!

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