Current Events

The AAAUW-NWV branch collaborated with the YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix and the Maricopa County Community College Women Rising Program on a terrific program for students entitled “Know Your Worth”.

The project facilitator was Michelle Ramos, Prosperity Programs Director, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

The program Introduction was by Donna Lopez Martinez, Student Services Director, Maricopa Community Colleges;

An Overview of the Gender Pay Gap was provided by Dr. Joye Kohl, equity activist, retired educator and AAUW-NWV College Connections Co-Chair.

Responding to student questions, the following speakers gave meaningful responses and shared personal experiences related to work, the pay gap, negotiating salaries, and dealing with challenges encountered in the work world.

• Lisa Cagnolatti, Executive-in-Residence, ASU W.P. Carey School of Business
• Sarah Tyree, MSW, Community Activist and a member of the AAUW-NWV branch.
• Alexis Hermosillo, Mayor of the City of El Mirage

The summary and closing was by Elsa Gebreyohanes of the YWCA.

IT and Technical support was provided by Sinai Penaloza-Bucio of the YWCA.

Shown here are a couple of the photos used in the Zoom conference and based on the American Assosiation of University Women (AAUW) research publication, “The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap, 2020 Update.”

Click on the following link to see September’s meeting:

September 2020 Meeting

Our Annual Fashion Show held January 20, 2020 was a huge success.


AAUW NWV Girlfriends and More Special Interest Group saw the movie Downton Abbey and had lunch at Nick’s II restaurant.  Great movie with great friend bonding.

AAUW NWV Welcome Back Breakfast September 19, 2019.

Great breakfast, wonderful speaker, many new members.  Just a great morning spent with new and old AAUW friends.



Summer Survival Luncheon and tour of the State 48 Brewer hosted by members Suzanne James and Kathy Morgan

Pictured from left to right:
Melinda Lewandowski, Jean Bramucci, Jan Murphy, Becky Saylor, Kathie Morgan, co-host
In back Sharon Astle, Ann Burris


Girlfriends and More SIG Group in August 2019 saw The Lion King and had lunch afterwards at the Red Embers Restaurant in Uptown Alley. Great Movie and great lunch, also wonderful girlfriend time. Thanks to Rosemary for supplying this photo.


First Summer Survival Luncheon at Grandview Terrace, May 16, 2019

Spring Luncheon

We had our annual Spring Luncheon on April 18.

Hiking Club
Seventeen members of the hiking club enjoyed a beautiful day hiking on Monday, Jan 21 at Skyline Park in Buckeye. They enjoyed lunch afterwards at Cafe 25:35 in Buckeye.

Back row:  Sharon Hettick, Bea Edwards, Cindy Oliver-Sandmaier, Judy Neigoff, Marlene Fekete, Anne Burris, Marcia Steil, Babette Spatz, Ronda Clark, Melinda Lewandowski

Front row:  Natalie Weinstein, Wendi Boos, Betty Pontius, Bonnie Boyce-Wilson, Shirley Swinney, Janet Kafel, Andrea Alpert


 Girlfriends  and More

Back Row: Marcia Steil, Diane Wilbur, Rosemary Dougherty, President, Kathleen Long, Dawn Human, Kathie Morgan
Front Row: Nancy Wilson, Joye Kohl, Marlene Young, Suzanne James

“Girlfriends and More Special Interest Group held a brunch and planning meeting  in the private dining room at the Golden Corral on Friday, December 14, 2018.  Nancy Wilson gave everyone a Christmas bag filled with great chocolates and also a door prize which was given out to a lucky lady who guessed the right number.
Girlfriends and More is open to ALL Branch members of AAUW NWV.
There are now three Co-Chairs: Dawn Humay, Suzanne James and Diane Wilbur who will be in charge of this group.
Many events were planned every month from December 2018 to May 2019.
Eblasts will be going out to all members regarding these events and everyone is invited to attend. They will have to contact the person having the event to let them know they are going,


Monday Book Club

December’s book club along with a review of the book ‘The Girl Who Wrote in Silk’, we had a very nice holiday Salad Lunch. All the members brought a contribution. We had great conversation and a wonderful lunch.


Donations for Glendale Community College

The College Connection Team was delighted that, with the help of many AAUW Northwest Valley Branch members, we could fill the campus van from top to bottom with donations. The donations were collected at our November monthly meeting.


            “Name Your Game”

Thank you! Thank you! To the members and guests who attended this event. It was a lively afternoon of cards and games, laughter and fun. With the generosity of the attendees, we have added $445 to the scholarship fund.

2018 Welcome Back Breakfast
Karen Bunting, Program Co-Chair, and Rosemary Dougherty, President, with Border Patrol Agents B. Valdez, A. Van Leer, J. Gonzalez and Aaron Jensen
Pat Telford, Membership Co-Chair introducing new members
New member and Recording Secretary Suzanne James with Rosemary Dougherty, President
New Member Welcome Coffee
AAUW NWV welcomes new members at September 13th gathering,  New members, back row, left to right:  Danielle Cerny, Patti Blanton, Sandee Donohue, Suzanne James, Marlene Young, Karen Zeppenfeld,  Front row, left to right, Linda Calderone, Rosemary Dougherty (President), Jane Zimmerman and Peggy Zimmerman.
Club Fair at Glendale Community College
August 28 & 29th
Members of the Northwest Valley Branch College Connection Team served as staff at the AAUW table.Their purpose was to introduce students to the FREE AAUW student membership and inquire about their desire to apply for our branch scholarship.  The AAUW table was located on the main pathway through the Student Union.  As a result our members had the opportunity to meet many young adults.  Special thanks to Joan Miner, Carol Ebert, Sharon Phelps, Maryalice Quinn, and Eileen Soltis for staffing the AAUW table.
Maryalice Quinn takes the name of a Glendale CC student who would like to apply for a scholarship.
It was AAUW “meet & greet” time from L to R:
Maryalice Quinn, Eileen Soltis and Ann Mitchell.
Carol Ebert and Joan Miner visiting with potential candidate for scholarship.
AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment
August 26, 2018
ASU West
Ann Mitchell attended  “AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment”. It was an excellent an opportunity for
networking.  Women’s organizations were visible with their membership information. The highlight of the
event was the ‘Parade of Runners”. Twenty women from various political parties who were running for national, state and local offices were introduced.  These candidates inspired the audience and received
a standing ovation.
Parade of Runners
 Ann Mitchell with Independent candidate Kathy



Last Summer Survival Luncheon 2018

AAUW NWV had their last Summer Survivor Luncheon on Thursday, August 18, 2018 at Babbo’s Italian Eatery in Surprise.  Forty Five ladies attended the wonderful Italian luncheon.  Several new ladies joined AAUW at this luncheon and mentioned what a welcoming group we were.  Happy Birthday was sung to Jane Zimmerman on her 92nd birthday.  Jane is a new member joining AAUW.


AAUW’s Role in the Women Rising Conference

Ann Mitchell attended a meeting August 3, 2018 at Glendale Community College (GCC).The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the role AAUW could play in the Women Rising Conference.

This conference will be open to the Women Rising
chapters at all ten Maricopa Community Colleges and is scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2019 at Glendale Community College.
Several options were put forth for future discussion including having AAUW sponsor a table with membership information available for both students and adults, presentation of an overview of AAUW (history, Mission, focus) and/or head a workshop on possible
collaboration of AAUW branches with their local colleges.  Meetings are scheduled for September and October to further discuss these ideas.
Attending the meeting were  (in the attached photo L to R): Dr. Teresa Lebya-Ruiz, President, Glendale Community College; Monica Castaneda, Interim V.P. of Student Affairs, Glendale Community College; Ann Mitchell, Chair, College Connection Team, AAUW Northwest Valley Branch; Cathy Mannino, Co-President AAUW-AZ; Augustine Erpelding, Interim V.P.Administrative Services, Glendale Community College;
and Donna Martinez, Project Manager, Academic & Student Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges. Not pictured-Georgina Ruiz, Advisor, Women Rising Chapter, Glendale Community College

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Submitted by Joyce Keane

Members of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Committee of the AAUW
Northwest Valley (NWV) branch met July 24 th to develop their annual strategy to reach out and support STEM initiatives for girls and young women in local northwest valley schools, colleges and organizations. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) supports promoting and strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, especially for girls and underrepresented populations. Reducing barriers in STEM is a step toward increasing America’s global competitiveness. The representation of women in STEM-oriented careers is important. Diversity in the workforce contributes to creativity, productivity, and innovation.


Second Summer Survivor Luncheon of 2018

The second Summer Survivor Luncheon of 2018 was held at Saigon Kitchen on June 21st. Twenty three members and guests attended. Included were perspective new members Linda Calderon and Regene Mitchell. Everyone had a great time enjoying the Vietnamese dishes and catching up on news and travels.


FIrst Meeting of ‘Girlfriends and More’

The first meeting was held June 12th and was intended to gather a list of ideas and start organizing events. Lots of great ideas were brought up. The first event will be a movie and lunch on Friday, June 15, 2018. The movie will be “Oceans 8” at AMC Surprise Theatre. Meet up at 10:45 AM in the lobby. Lunch will be held after the movie at Nick’s. Please contact Rosemary if you are planning on attending.

Members in photo are from left back: Judy Neigoff, Jane Warner, Marcia Steil, Maryalice Quinn; front from left; Sharon Phleps- President elect, Rosemary Dougherty, President and Melinda Lewandowski.


First Summer Survivor Luncheon of 2018

On May 17, 2018, the first summer luncheon was held at Angela’s Kitchen in Sun City Grand.  Thirty five members attended and everyone had a wonderful time.

Shown above are Rosemary Dougherty, branch President and from left, seated, are new members Suzanne James and Diane Khotos Wysocki, PHD, Professor Emeritus







AAUW Monday Book Club

The NW Valley branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) held its final Monday Book Club meeting before summer. Hosted by Karen Bunting, there was a lively discussion of ‘The Life We Bury’, by Allen Eskens. With Karen’s thought provoking questions, it proved to be a stimulating discussion with everyone participating. The next Monday Book Club meeting will be held September 10, 2018.

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