June Newsletter

Plan to Attend our Annual Potluck Picnic on June 19th at 12:00 noon

What?  Branch Potluck and Meeting
After we eat, we’ll have a brief branch meeting to discuss plans for the coming year and to hold an election of officers.

When?  June 19th at 12:00 noon.  “Juneteenth” is our country’s second Independence Day. Although it has long been celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event has only recently been observed by all Americans.

Where? Upper pavilion at Willow Park. Note: There are two pavilions at Willow Park. Our group has reserved the upper pavilion, the one accessed by East Road.  As you travel north on East Road, you will see the pavilion on the left side. Drive past the pavilion and turn left to enter the  the parking area.

Directions from Route 7:  Turn east on Kocher drive; turn left (north) on  East Road; continue on East Road to upper pavilion. If you reach the Middle School, you’ve gone too far.

What to bring?  A dish to share (main dish, salad, vegetable, or dessert). Paper plates and utensils will be provided. Water will be available, too. The picnic tables are under the pavilion. If you’d prefer to sit on the grassy area next to the pavilion, bring your own lawn chair. If you are not comfortable sharing food, just bring food for yourself.

Note: According to Vermont and CDC guidance, masks need not be worn by those who are fully vaccinated. 

From the Nominating Committee

Branch Leaders Needed by Suzanne Kirkpatrick

Feature Articles

Have You Been Hacked? Can You Recognize a Scam? by Wendy Lyons

Wendy Lyons: An AAUW Success Story by Judy Murphy

Diversity Cartoon

            Teachers and Ballpoint Pens by Anna Moriarity Lev

From the AAUW Archives

We are excited to announce a new series: “From the AAUW Archives.”  Gudrun Hutchins, who has served AAUW in many roles–including newsletter editor,  AAUW Bennington Branch President, and Vermont State AAUW President–has agreed to author monthly articles that provide us a window into the past.  This issue includes:

The Founding and Early History of the Bennington Branch of  AAUW

The Founding of the Vermont Branch of  AAUW

May Belle Chellis–The First Female Graduate of Middlebury College

Meet New Members

Meet AAUW Member Barbara Marino by Dawn Rodrigues

Calendar of Events

    • June Read-Around—Canceled
    • No Monthly Whole-Branch Meetings until September.  Branch Members  will receive a newsletter in late August with details.
    • Last Zoom Book Group Meeting— June 17 at 1:00 pm.
      Dominicana by Angie Cruz. All welcome:  bit.ly/3rdThursBooks
    • In-Person Book Group meetings will be held at the Martha Canfield Fisher Library in East Arlington starting on July 21 at 12:00 noon. All welcome.
    • Scribble Sisters will continue to meet during the summer.
    • September 12, 2021.  Our annual Oldcastle Theatre fundraiser is back, in support of our local AAUW scholarships.  This year’s selection is the third and  final play of Oldcastle’s season: The Turn of the Screw, a ghostly tale based on a story by Henry James.  We will attend the final performance, we hope with rousing support for the theatre and our scholarships, with the September 12th matinee.