Newsletter for January 2024

Happy New Year, AAUW Bennington Members!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are ready for all the events the program committee (led by Berta Winiker) has planned for the rest of the year. We also encourage you to attend the UU Fellowship events that we include on our calendar. The UU has been our programming partner for many years and will continue to work with us on selected events during 2024.  —Dawn and Kathy, newsletter co-editors.


Sunday, January 7 at 2 pm—UU Fellowship event: Jim Scott Performance. Location: UU Meetinghouse

Jim Scott

Prolific composer-guitarist Jim Scott brings a warmth and humor with his jazz and world music influenced songs. Formerly a member of the Paul Winter Consort, Jim was composer of their celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” and sang their anthem song “Common Ground.” He has toured the world, recorded nine CDs of original music and published a growing line of choral works. Jim also compiled the Earth and Spirit Songbook, an anthology of over 100 songs of Earth by many contemporary composers.  Read this invitation from Julie Haupt. 

Wednesday, January 10 at 1 pm
Scribble Sisters. Location: Home of Kathy Wagenknecht

Wednesday, January 17 at 2 pm
Book Group. Location: UU Meetinghouse

For January, we are reading  A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII by Sarah Helm.   Book Group Selections for January to May.

.Click to read a review from The Jewish Book Council.

Saturday, January 20 at 1 pm—Branch Monthly Event: Interactive Workshop with Ingrid Madelayne. Location: UU Meetinghouse

Ingrid Madelayne

In this workshop, Ingrid Madelayne, actor, local playwright, and director, will help us connect with our feminist roots by directing a staged reading of scenes from plays by two early 20th Century feminist playwrights—Susan Glaspell and Alice Gerstenberg. Several AAUW members will play the roles of the characters in the plays. After we listen to and watch the performance, Ingrid will engage us in activities that help us respond to the plays and reflect on the progress as well as the lingering challenges that women have experienced since the 1920’s.  Mark your calendars and bring a guest to what promises to be an informative and fun event!
Read about Glaspell’s and Gerstenberg’s plays that we will be exploring.

Note: This event is for AAUW Members and guests only. 

 President’s Message by Suzanne Kirkpatrick

Suzanne Kirkpatrick

In her column, Suzanne encourages us to learn about what AAUW’s National Office  is involved in and how we can benefit by keeping abreast of their activities.

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Newsletter Editor,  Dawn Rodrigues (, Co-Editor, Kathy Wagenknecht (

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