June Newsletter


                                                               Pollinators at Terry’s Orchard in Bennington

DUES:  They’re DUE!

This issue marks the end of another fantastic AAUW year.  The next newsletter you’ll receive is the September issue, which will be sent out in late August.  Now is a good time to reflect on all we’ve accomplished and look ahead to a new year.  It’s also time to pay your membership dues!

IT’S TIME!  Annual dues come due on July 1, 2022. For the 2022-23 fiscal year, National Dues are $67 and Local Dues remain $10, for a total of $77.

BUT! If you pay your dues by June 30, You get to pay the 2021-22 price, a $5 discount from National. Only $72 for the combined National/Local dues.

AND, AND!  If you pay your dues on or before June 4, you will be entered to win one of the tremendous prizes to be given away at the Dues Raffle during the Spring Luncheon.

SO!  What are you waiting for?  Mail your check made out to  AAUW Bennington to Jan Day, 1631 Hidden Valley Road, Shaftsbury, VT 05262.  Or bring it with you to the luncheon. You’ll be glad you did.


Spring Luncheon at the Barn

Saturday June 4, 2022 at 12 noon

Today is the deadline for reservations for the AAUW luncheon. Click here for information. We’re really hoping for a good turnout so we can have a chance to meet new members and reconnect with others.  There will be a branch meeting between lunch and dessert.  We’ll also have the Dues Raffle then.  We’ll be sitting at tables of six, spread apart from one another. 

Great Decisions:  US Foreign Policy in China and the Quad

Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse and on Zoom:  bit.ly/GreatDecisions2022

The final program in our five-part Great Decisions program, co-sponsored with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, tackles the topic of U.S. Foreign policy in China. The discussion will look particularly at the informal coalition of four countries in the Pacific known as “the Quad,” much in the news as President Biden returned from a recent Quad summit in Tokyo. Branch members are welcome. No need to have attended previous  programs.  We asked Gudrun Hutchins to provide some context about the Quad and its collective framework for countering China’s growing power in the region

Read  Gudun’s article about the Quad

Book Group for June and July: The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore.

Wednesday, June 15 at 12 noon
Martha Canfield Library in Arlington
(Directions from Bennington)

This creatively written book by the author of Radium Girls is a non-fiction account of Elizabeth Packard, a 19th century woman who was committed to a mental institution by her husband. Her experience led to legislation that required humane treatment of the insane and also awarded rights to  married women. The book reads like fiction though it is 100% true. Read the first half of the book this month and join us for a discussion. Read More

      SAVE THE DATE–Scholarship Fundraiser:  Theater Outing

Sunday, August 28th, matinee
Oldcastle Theatre 

The play is Sheepdog. According to the Oldcastle Theater website, the play challenges audiences to examine class, race, love, and the infinitesimal”
“Amina is a Police Officer patrolling the streets of Cleveland where she grew up. Ryan escaped small town Ohio to join the force. She’s African American, he’s white. When they fall in love, competing loyalties challenge the future they hope to build. Amina must reconcile her commitment to Ryan and the family they hope to start, the community she serves and calls home, and her sworn oath, as a police officer, to the Constitution of the United States. Sheepdog challenges audiences to candidly examine class, race, love, and that infinitesimal, life-changing moment before a Police Officer discharges their weapon. In 21st century America there are, of course, no easy answers”
You’ll receive an e-mail with more details in July. We have reserved a block of seats. Note: Please purchase your tickets through AAUW (rather than the box office) so that a portion of the price goes to the scholarship fund.


     Thank You, Lucy Robinson  by Jennifer Kern,
                Scholarship Committee

  APrograms from September to June  by Sheila Mullineaux,
               Program Committee


      Share your Photos:  Flowers and Vegetable Gardens

You’re invited to share your pictures. Send us pictures of your flowers or vegetable gardens and we’ll include them in the next newsletter. Here is a collage of late spring/early summer photos from members.


Newsletter Editor, Dawn Rodrigues (dawn.rodrigues@gmail.com) or 802-823-0198. Send me a story for the newsletter or suggestions for what you’d like to read about in subsequent issues.