Monthly Meetings

2017-2018
Calendar of Events

February 2018:

Monday, 5: Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 502

THURSDAY, 8: General Membership meeting
Program: A Recipe for Heart Health
Presenter: Viterbo University Dietetic Students
Where: Viterbo University School of Nursing 2nd floor Food Science Lab
Cost: $10 for a light meal. Please note: “Program only” option is not available for this event.
For late reservations or cancellations, please call Robert Richardson at 788-0595 by NOON on February 5th.
Registration ……… 4:45pm-5:15pm            Program ………….. 5:15pm-7:00pm

Learn how to lower your risk for heart disease. Viterbo University dietetic students will present an interactive session on lifestyle changes that protect heart health. They will involve us in preparation of a light “heart healthy” meal.
Join us for an evening of a ” hands on” activity that could make a positive difference in your life! Although heart disease may often be thought of as a problem for men, heart disease is the most common cause of death for both women and men in the United States.
Women of all ages should take heart disease seriously. Lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of heart disease can often be difficult, including eating a diet of whole grains, a variety of fruits and vegetables, lowfat or fat-free dairy products, and lean meats.
The dietetics students will share ways to incorporate these changes into one’s daily diet.

January 2018:

Monday, 8: Email board meeting.  Agenda sent out by Michele.

Saturday, 13: General Membership meeting
Program: The Backyard You Didn’t Know You Had
Presenter:  Maureen Kinney; founding member, board member and Mississippi Valley
Conservancy attorney
Where:   Viterbo School of Nursing, Room 195
Members and guests are welcome to attend the brunch ($10)  or just come for the program.
Please indicate such when you RSVP. For late reservations or cancellations, please call
Robert Richardson at 788-0595 by NOON on January 8th.
Registration ………………….9:30 AM Breakfast …………………….10:00AM
Program ……………………..10:30AM
We always say our area provides great recreational opportunities, but I wonder how many of us know what the Mississippi Valley Conservancy provides us for recreation. Wisconsin author Ben Logan, who wrote The Land Remembers, always said, “If you save the land, you save the people.”  Mississippi Valley Conservancy is a non-profit land trust organization centered in the Driftless area of Wisconsin. Our goal is to protect native lands and farmlands from development and destruction so that they may be preserved for future generations to enjoy. Our mission is “conserving native habitats and farmlands through voluntary action, for the health and well-being of current and future generations.”
Mississippi Valley Conservancy helps to conserve the land and promote conservation in three separate ways: outreach and education, land protection, and land management. We build outreach and education through a number of programs.
Tuesday, 16:  AAUW In Action (AIA) email meeting

December 2017:

Monday, 4: Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 502

Saturday, 9: General Membership meeting.
Program: Holiday Memories with the La Crosse Madrigal Singers
                  Cookie Walk fundraiser  11:15am -1:15pm
Where:  UWL Centennial Hall, Hall of Nations
We are asking each member who is able to donate 2 dozen cookies or candies or a loaf of holiday bread for the cookie walk. Small attractive cookies work best. If you cannot attend on Dec. 9, items can be dropped off on Dec. 7 or 8 at Lois’s house, and a cookie walk elf will get your donation to the cookie walk.

Tuesday, 19:  AAUW In Action Email meeting

November 2017:

Friday, 3:  Hearth & Home:  Dark La Crosse Radio Show Performance
7:30 pm         $15.00
Location: The Pump House
Join us in learning about the seedier side of La Crosse’s past in this stage production in the format of an old-time radio show.
Interested in joining us? Please contact Sharon DeCicco at 788-5356 or
sharon.decicco@gmail. com.

Monday, 6:  Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 502

Saturday, 11 : General Membership meeting.
Program:  Caring For Women Veterans
Presenter: Natalie Hackbarth, RN

Where: Viterbo University Brophy Center, Rm 123 (Dahl School of Business) The most convenient parking would be on 10th Street in front of the building or across the street in Mayo’s parking lot.

Members and guests are welcome to attend the brunch or just come for the program. Please indicate such when you RSVP.
For late reservations or cancellations, please call Robert Richardson at 788-0595 by NOON on Monday, November 6th.

Registration ………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast …………………….10:00AM ; cost: $10
Program ……………………..10:30AM

Natalie Hackbarth’s career as a nurse has encompassed roles such as neurology nurse, Certified Multiple Sclerosis Nurse, Cancer Center manager, assistant to the creator of an Amish genetics clinic in LaFarge, Wisconsin and currently the Associate Chief Nurse for Mental Health at the Tomah VA Medical Center. Academically she has earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership and Management. Along with her career in nursing, Natalie served in the Army Reserve for 10 years which now is displayed as her passion for caring for Veterans.

Tuesday, 14:  AIA meeting.   Cabin Coffee (1202 Cty Rd PH, Onalaska)

Wednesday, 15:  Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshop.  See details under “Special Events”

October 2017:

Monday, 9:  Board Meeting,  Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 502

Saturday, 14:    General Membership meeting.
Program:  Update: Ending Homelessness in La Crosse
Presenters include:
• Sister Karen Neuser, FSPA
•Erin Healy, NY consultant hired by Gundersen Health System
•Julia McDermid, Project Manager of the Collaborative
• Joan Waniger, Co-Director of The Exchang

Where: UW-La Crosse, Centennial Hall, Room 1300  (Hall of Nations)
Registration 9:30 AM
Breakfast 10:00AM             cost: $10
Program 10:30AM
Members and guests are welcome to attend the brunch or just come for the program.                                  Please indicate such when you RSVP.
For late reservations or cancellations, please call Robert Richardson at 788-0595 by                                   NOON on Monday, October 9th.

We are fortunate to have with us for our October meeting a panel of bold innovators and change agents from The Collaborative to End Homelessness in La Crosse. The group is comprised of over 30 community organizations and community members working together to better the lives of those facing homelessness. In consultation with Erin Healy from New York, the collaborative set ambitious goals to end veteran and chronic homelessness. The first goal to house all veterans in 100 days was achieved last Christmas. The second “sprint” was achieved on August 24th when the 20th person experiencing chronic homelessness signed a lease for housing. Join us to hear their progress report and future goals for our community.

September 2017:

Wednesday, 6:   General Membership meeting.  Cocktails and Conversations.
5-7 pm
Washburn on the Park Apartments 801 Main Street, La Crosse
Reception Cost: Free
Menu: Variety of appetizers, wine and non-alcoholic beverages provided by members
• Sign in at 5:00 p.m.
• Appetizers and meet and greet begin at 5:00 p.m.
• Presentation and conversations begin at 6:00 p.m.

To place your reservation for this event, please respond to your email or caller person by Sunday, Sept. 3. Due to the invitation members may extend to guests for this free program, late reservations will also be accepted. Please call Lois Gilbert at (608)782-7204 for cancellations or late reservations.  Because the appetizers and beverages will be free for this meeting, please tell Lois at (608) 782-7204 if you can bring an appetizer or beverage to this gathering.

“Cocktails & Conversations” will be a celebration of our successful 2017 Art Fair on the Green as well as a celebration of our new members. This event is an opportunity for each one of our members to bring one so that each current AAUW member is welcome to invite a potential new member, at no cost, to a fun and casual event to introduce our organization. We also wish to thank all of our friends and relatives who helped work on art fair weekend, so please invite the same people you recruited as volunteers to this Sept. 6 meet and greet.

Register to win one of six fabulous door prizes and draw a name of another guest you can introduce yourself to, and then share with this person how you participate in AAUW La Crosse activities and projects. Find out what online access to AAUW La Crosse and national AAUW can offer you at this event.

Tuesday, 12: AAUW In Action (AIA) meeting,  2pm, JavaVino.

 

2016-2017
Calendar of Events

May 2017:

Monday, 1:  Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

Thursday, 4: Scholarship & Grants Reception, 5pm-7:30pm
Where: Viterbo School of Nursing, Atrium
Please join us in meeting exceptional students and their families as well as representatives of programs serving the diverse needs of our community.

Thursday, May 5, 2017
Viterbo’s School of Nursing.
Reception begins at 5:00pm,   Program begins at 5:35pm

Cost: $10 for appetizers, desserts, beverages.
RSVP DEADLINE:
For cancellations and late reservations please call Silvana Richardson at 608-788-0595 by NOON on MONDAY, May 2nd.
Donations are welcomed to cover the cost of our recipients and their guests.

April 2017:

Monday, 3: Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

Saturday, 8: General Membership meeting
Program: Human Trafficking by the La Crosse Taskforce to Eradicate Modern Slavery
Presenter: Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA,
Installation of Officers for 2017-2018
Where: The new UWL Student Union.  Free parking in Lot C-12, right across from the Union.

Breakfast Cost: $10
Breakfast Menu: Eggs, bacon, pancakes, bread, fruit, coffee, tea

Please note: Anyone with dietary restrictions should notify the person taking reservations.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM
RSVP DEADLINE:
For cancellations and late reservations please inform Lois Gilbert by NOON on
MONDAY, April 5th.
Join us for more information, to learn the signs for recognizing a person in jeopardy, and to take home free resources on human trafficking. Find out what you can do to help. If you would like more background reading prior to our April meeting, the La Crosse Tribune did an excellent in-depth article on the La Crosse Task Force entitled, “An urgent call to action,” in their January 7, 2017 edition and it can be found by googling “La Crosse task Force Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking”.

Thursday, April 13:  WINGS (Women INterested in Going to School): a pre-college program offering educational and financial options to schools in our area. 8:30am-1:30pm. Pre-registration required: see the WINGS link on the main page of this site for registration and more information.

March 2017:

Monday, 6:  Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

Saturday, 11:  General Membership meeting
Program: Joint Meeting with the Winona AAUW branch;  Tour of the Wakins Museum & store    and lunch at the Blue Heron
Where: Our tour begins at 10am at Watkins Heritage Museum and Gift Shop, 150 Liberty St.,
Winona, MN.
Carpooling: Those who are carpooling should meet no later than 8:45am at either the K-Mart
parking lot on the south side (Lois will be there to coordinate) or the parking lot between Office Depot and Pier One in Onalaska (Michele will be there to coordinate).

Join us for an educational and exciting tour of the Watkins Museum and Store.  We’ll learn about the unique architecture of the building and we will learn all about Watkins which has made Winona so well known for the products they make for health and home.
RSVP by Saturday, March 4th.

Wednesday, March 8: International Women’s Day celebration. 5pm-7:30pm, UW La Crosse; Centennial Hall, Hall of Nations.  Hear from women from Bulgaria, China, Iceland, Syria and Ukraine speak about their personal journeys and what it’s like to be bold in their country of origin.  Free admission, free parking in lot C-10 and refreshments starting at 5pm.

February 2017:

Monday, 6:  Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

Saturday, 11: General Membership meeting
Program: Thea’s Song by Charlene Smith, FSPA
Where: Assisi Room of the Franciscan Spirituality Center
912 Market Street
Parking available in the lot across the street
Breakfast Cost: $10
Breakfast Menu: Eggs, meat, potatoes, bread, fruit, coffee, tea

Please note: Anyone with dietary restrictions should notify the person taking reservations.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM
RSVP DEADLINE:
For cancellations and late reservations please inform Robert Richardson by NOON on
MONDAY, February, 6th.

Join us in celebrating African American History Month with Sr. Charlene Smith who will share with us the story of beloved Thea Bowman, FSPA. Thea Bowman, was one of the great treasures of the American Catholic church. As a Franciscan Sister, she managed, in her manifold witness to the gospel, to integrate the resources of her Catholic faith with her identity as an African-American woman. Ablaze with the spirit of love, the memory of struggle, and a faith in God’s promises, she impressed her many audiences not just with her message but with her nobility of spirit. No one she encountered, whether school children, college students, cynical journalists, or a convention hall of bishops, could fail to catch a measure of her joy and gratitude for the gift of life.
She was a particular inspiration to the black-skinned Catholic community, helping them to assert their place of pride among the people of God, while also encouraging them to enrich the wider church with the gifts of their distinctive culture and spirituality.

January 2017:

 January’s Board Meeting will be an email meeting. Michele will send out the agenda and board members can respond with their reports which will be compiled into one report after the meeting.

Saturday, 14: General Membership meeting:
Program: La Crosse; A Look Into the Future by Jason Gilman, La Crosse City Planner
Where: Viterbo School of Nursing, Room 195
Brunch: $10
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM
RSVP DEADLINE: For cancellations and late reservations, please call Silvana at 608-788-0595 by NOON on MONDAY, January 9th.

The City of La Crosse is enjoying a burst of growth in building, in economic development, and in increased cooperation and collaboration with adjacent communities. This growth is evident around us and in the news regularly. To get the scoop on the plan for our city, and find out what is happening next and where we are going, please join us in welcoming the person in the know, City Planner Jason Gilman, at our January meeting. It is easy to catch the excitement about growth and change when you hear Jason talk about our joint future. How does our city planning intersect with social justice issues, historic preservation, and projections for growth in our city? Any citizen can take a look at City plans at any time by going to the City of La Crosse website and looking over the plans. Just go to http://www.Cityoflacrosse.org/CityPlans and you can look at the plans and think about what you would like to ask our expert speaker at our January meeting. Hope to see you at this important presentation.

December 2016:

Monday, 5: Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

Saturday, 10: General Membership meeting:
Program: Humorous Holiday Stories by Michael Scott, La Crosse Storyteller
Where: Viterbo School of Nursing, Room 195
Brunch: $10
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM
RSVP DEADLINE: For cancellations and late reservations, please call Silvana at 608-788-0595 by NOON on MONDAY, December 5th

Michael Scott is an actor, writer, teacher, and storyteller and is the creator and host of the Old
School Variety Show which has been performed in the Grand Hotel Ballroom above the Pearl Ice Cream Parlor.  You and your guest(s)! are in for a relaxing and holiday-infused December program as Michael will share family stories, a little Garrison Keillor humor, impersonations of famous people, an unusual version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and a sneak preview of the upcoming production of Santaland Diaries.

November 2016:

Monday,7:  Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

Saturday, 12:  General Membership meeting
Program: Kosovo: Our Story by the visiting Kosovo Delegation
Where: UWL Centennial Hall
Brunch: $10.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program
portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM
RSVP DEADLINE:  For late reservations or cancellations, please call Silvana at 788-0595 by
NOON on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Six delegates from the Republic of Kosovo will share experiences related to domestic violence and victim rights. The delegation includes a judge, a victim advocate, several prosecutors and a senior legal officer from the Ministry of Justice.
Kosovo’s Parliament recently adopted a crime victim compensation law.
The government is still determining its proper implementation.
The delegation is visiting La Crosse as part of an exchange program through the Open World Leadership Center arranged through World Services of La Crosse.
Our chapter of AAUW is the host organization for this week long program: “Domestic/Gender Based Violence: Victim’s Rights and Compensation.”

Tuesday, 22: AAUW In Action meeting.  1:30pm.  JavaVino, 2311 State Rd.  Everyone welcome!

October 2016:

Monday, 3: Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103
Saturday, 8: General Membership meeting:
Presenters:    Kosovo: My Story  By Dr. Lema Kabashi, UWL Professor
                                       Election Update By Deb Lutjen, League of Women Voters
Where:  Cartwright Center, UWL, Ward Room
Brunch: $10.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program
portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM
RSVP DEADLINE:  For late reservations or cancellations, please call Silvana at 788-0595 by
NOON on Monday, October 3rd.

We are fortunate to have two presenters for the October meeting. Dr. Lema Kabashi, assistant professor of Education at UW-La Crosse will share her personal story as a native of Kosovo. Deb Lutjen from the League of Women Voters will prepare us with updates on the November elections. Wearing her “other hat” Deb will share information from World Services about the November visit with the delegation from Kosovo.

September 2016:
Tuesday, 6: Board Meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103
Thursday, 8: General Membership meeting.  Cocktails and Conversations.
5-7 pm
Where: RiverPlace Apartments 1 Riverplace Drive, La Crosse
Reception Cost: Free
Menu: Variety of appetizers, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
• Sign in at 5:00 p.m.
• Appetizers and meet and greet begin at 5:00 p.m.
• Presentation and conversations begin at 6:00 p.m.
“Cocktails and Conversations” will be a celebration of new AAUW members as well as an opportunity for each one to bring one so that each current AAUW member is welcome to invite a potential new member, at no cost, to a fun and casual setting where women’s issues will be discussed. In order to also thank all of our friends and relatives who helped during the
art fair weekend, members are encouraged to invite the same folks they recruited to help at the air fair to this no cost September 8th meet and greet event.
Find out how AAUW is relevant today and how you can be involved in a variety of AAUW activities. Enjoy this chance to meet and mingle and network with local AAUW members and learn about the mission of AAUW as well as the achievements of AAUW La Crosse Branch and AAUW national.
Register to win a door prize and pick a question from a hat to get an AAUW member to answer. This is your time to ask questions and find out why so many others in the area have been drawn to the AAUW mission and experience. Find out what online access to the La Crosse Branch AAUW and national AAUW can offer you.

2015- 2016

August 2015:
31:  Board meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103


September 2015:

10: Thursday.   General meeting.  Registration: 5:00pm; Food & Socializing 5-5:45pm; Program 5:45pm      Viterbo University School of Nursing Foyer and Room 195.  Cost $10.
Modern Motherhood: A Look at the Development of Motherhood in the US
.      Presented by Dr. Jodi Vandeberg-Daves, UWL Dept of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

October 2015:

5: Board meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

8: AAUW In Action meeting.  11am – 12pm, Moka Coffee shop, 127 West Ave N, La Crosse, WI

10: General meeting.
  Integrative Therapies of La Crosse – A Franciscan Approach to Community Healing.
Presenters: Panel of Holistic Therapy practitioners
When: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Where: Assisi Room, Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market Street, La Crosse, WI
Parking located in the paved lot across the street from the center
Brunch: $10.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program
portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM

November 2015:

9:Board meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103.

14General meeting 
Military Cultural Awareness and Female Veterans
       Presenter: Joseph Reis, Logistics Health Inc.
Where:  Viterbo School of Nursing, Room 195
Brunch: $10.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program
portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM

17: AAUW In Action meeting.  10:30am, JavaVino, 2311 State Rd.  Everyone welcome!

December 2015:

7: Board meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

9:  Hearth & Home meeting:
Join us for our annual Savory Creations dinner event!
When: Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Place: S a v o r y C r e a t i o n s ,  1230 Calendonia St. La Crosse
Cost: $30. Menu includes: smoked salmon croquettes with lemon dill creme, pan seared
pork tenderloin with Door County cherry and carmelized shallot chutney,
rosemary roasted red potatoes with cracked pepper oil, a veggie, beverage,
hot apple cider and infused water.
Hosts: Sharon De Cicco & Phyllis Miletto
Please RSVP to Sharon at 608- 788-5356 or sharon.decicco@gmail.com

12General meeting 
Holiday Music by The Jingle Belles and Handmade Christmas Card Collection
Where: Viterbo School of Nursing, Room 195
Brunch: $10.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program
portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM

RSVP DEADLINE: For cancellations or late reservations please call Silvana Richardson at 608-788-0595 by NOON on MONDAY, December 7th.

THE JINGLE BELLES, Weber, Trina Schlifer and Leithold, have been members the Coulee Region Gospel for more than 15 years.  Today they will be sharing a collection of standard and contemporary songs of the season.

Sue Heuer’s collection of handmade Christmas cards made by former Roosevelt Elementary kindergarten teacher, Gretchen Mader, will be on display.

If you would like to bring a few holiday cookies we will sharing these as part of our brunch. Please do not feel pressured at this hectic time of year to do this.

January 2016:

Board meeting will be held via email

9: General meeting
              Neighborhood Response Program
Presenter:  SGT Andy Dittman, La Crosse Police Dept.
Where: Viterbo School of Nursing; Room 195
Brunch: $10.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program
portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM

Sgt. Andy Dittman will be the speaker for our Jan. 9th meeting. He will be focusing on the
Neighborhood Response Program. Sgt. Dittman has a degree in Criminal Justice from UW-Eau Claire and has been a law enforcement officer in WI since 2001. He joined the La Crosse Police Department 8 years ago. As part of his duties he supervises the four officers working in the Washburn Neighborhood and the Lower Depot Neighborhood: Daniel Ulrich, Andrew Tolvstad, Tyler Pond and Dale Gerbig. He will be providing information on how the neighborhood resource officer program started and what kind of role it is playing in the community.

14: AAUW In Action: email meeting

February 2016:

8: Board meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

10: Hearth & Home meeting:
Annual Hearth and Home Valentine’s Party
Date: Wed., February 10th
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Patt Boge’s house: 219 S. 21st St. La Crosse

Bring a dish to pass that’s either heart-shaped or served in a heart-shaped dish. If it’s red, that’s a bonus. Also bring an inexpensive (maximum $10) red or heart-shaped gift to exchange. New members are welcome! Q u e s t i o n s ? C a l l P a t t B o g e a t 7 8 4 – 3 9 5 2 o r p.boge@lacrosse.lib.wi.us.

13: General meeting 
Love in an Envelope
Presenter: Marilyn Hempstead, AAUW La Crosse branch member
Where:  UWL Cartwright Center; Ward Room
Brunch: $10.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program
portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM

Valentine customs have their origins in ancient Rome and the legend of St. Valentine. Our own Marilyn Hempstead will go through the evolution of Valentine greetings from then through the Middle Ages to the present showing how they were a reflection of the life and times of each era. Featured will be images from her extensive collection of Valentines along with a display.

18: AAUW In Action meeting.  email meeting.

March 2016 (Women’s History Month

 9: Board meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

10: Women’s International Day Panel Discussion, 5:00pm social; 5:30pm program,  UWL,
Centennial Hall. Free.
A coalition of organizations & university departments joins our AAUW La Crosse Branch in co-sponsoring an International Women’s Day celebration.International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world annually on March 8th. The theme for 2016 is Pledge for Parity and the focus of our presentation is Women’s Rights. The World Economic Forum has predicted that will take until 2133 to achieve global gender parity. Read more and take the pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly at: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme.

Mark your calendar to hear panelists from the Congo, Malaysia and Sweden discuss what they’ve experienced for women’s rights in their country or origin and how it compares to what they’ve experienced in the US. This will be the 4th annual program in La Crosse that AAUW has initiated to commemorate this special day.

Sponsoring organizations are AAUW La Crosse, YWCA, League of Women Voters of La Crosse, World Services of La Crosse, Gundersen Global Partners, International Women’s Group of La Crosse, UW-L Office of International Education, UW-L Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Dept., the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viterbo University and WTC.

12: General meeting
Women Writers Ink: A Passion for the Written Word
Presenters: Panel of women writers from the Coulee Region
When: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Where: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL   Please note change of meeting place!
Brunch: $10.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program
portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM

Women Writers Ink is a community of writers. Formed in 1998, the organization runs writing critique groups and holds reading and workshops.
Their presentation will include a history of the organization and a rundown of its current activities. Writers Heidi Blanke, Susan Schuyler, and Joanne Adragna Shird will also share their own writing journeys and offer guidance on how you might start your own writing journey.

April 2016:

4: Board meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

9: General meeting 
You Too Can be a Good Judge of Art!
Presenter: Jennifer Terpstra, UWL Professor
Where: UWL Cartwright Center; Ward Room
Brunch: $10.
Members who do not wish to come to the brunch are welcome to attend the program
portion at no charge.
Registration………………….9:30 AM
Breakfast…………………….10:00AM
Program……………………..10:30AM

“Materials + Meaning” will explore ways of experiencing and analyzing works of art, including both historical and contemporary examples. We will discuss a range of work from representational to abstract, decorative to functional, and discover resources and venues available locally and regionally.

12:  Equal Pay Day Event   Natalie Leuck, our UW-L AAUW Public Policy Intern, has arranged a table inside the front doors of the Cartwright Center on April 12 from 10:00 – 2:00.  AAUW and UW-L students will pass out cookies with a piece cut out to represent the bite out of women’s wages, and we will distribute information about the gender pay gap.  Equal Pay Day will also be displayed on the neon sign at the front of the Cartwright.
If you are willing to supply some cookies for this event, please contact Betty Kruck, krux@mwt.net, or Carlene Roberts, camcar876@gmail.com.  Please stop in at the Cartwright and see our display, banner, and pink Equal Pay Day t-shirts.

15:  AAUW In Action meeting. 
1:00 pm, Great Harvest Bread Company, 58 Copeland Ave.  Everyone welcome!

28: WINGS Workshop  WINGS (Women INterested in Going to School) will be Thurs, April 28 at the Myrick EcoPark Center from 8:30am-1:30pm.  Branch members are invited to help by providing snacks & lunch; a sign-up sheet will be available at the April 9th general meeting.
Registration is open now thru April 22nd.  Forms are online at our website: www.aauwlacrosse.org or by emailing us at aauwlacrosse@hotmail.com for more info. Cost is free and childcare is provided.

May 2016

2: Board meeting. 6:30pm, Viterbo School of Nursing, Rm 103

5: Thursday evening.  Scholarship & Grant meeting
Reception and Presentation of Scholarships and Grants
When: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Where: Viterbo University School of Nursing
Reception in the Lobby
Program in Room 196
Cost: $10 for appetizers, dessert, and beverages
(Note: You can bring these with you into Room 196)
Donations are welcome to cover the cost for our recipients and their guests.

Please plan to join us on May 5, 2016, at Viterbo’s School of Nursing.
Please plan to arrive at 5pm to enjoy hors d’oeuvrs and to talk individually with our recipients.
You will recognize them by by their name tags adorned with a white banner with the word “Recipient.”
In our tradition, we ask AAUW members to consider “sponsoring” a recipient (and perhaps the recipient’s guest). By covering these costs, we do not need to rely on the branch budget. You may mail a sponsorship check to our branch treasurer or you may take care of that upon your arrival at the event.
When we gather the recipients for their group picture at 5:23pm, AAUW members can begin to move into Room 196. You may take refreshments with you.
For the program part, to hear the recipients’ stories, we will move into Room 196 (adjacent to our usual meeting room). Individuals with mobility concerns will want to take the elevator to the basement and enter Room 196 from the bottom of the hall. Note: You will find restrooms on that lower level.
As any of the scholarship application readers can attest, our recipients deserve this celebration!