October Newsletter

After a successful potluck and theater outing, we’re looking forward to a beautiful October and trying to be optimistic about a Covid downtick.   Our events are indoors, but we’re ready to pivot to Zoom if need be.  Here’s the AAUW Bennington Branch Calendar of Events for November and December

Branch Meeting: Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War–Oct. 23 2 pm
 UU Meetinghouse 

We’re again bringing a Vermont Humanities Council presenter to Bennington.  In her illustrated talk, historian Carrie Brown will  reveal the courage and  hard work shown by women during WWI that helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World War. The event is free and open to the public.

Diversity Comic 

Anna Moriarity Lev creates this monthly comic for us.
This month, she expresses her outrage about the anti-vaccination movement.

  • Angry by Anna Moriarity Lev

Featured Articles

Scholarship  Recipients Selected: “Congratulations, AAUW Members
by Judy Murphy

Our signature project–raising scholarship funds for non-traditional women–has been extremely successful! Read this month’s story, which includes powerful background information about the newest scholarship recipients.

From the AAUW Archives

Each month, Gudrun Hutchins has agreed to write a column about the history of our branch. For previous columns see this new link on our website menu: From the Archives.

Special Event: Suffrage Reenactment Society–Oct. 22, 2021 • 7:30 pm (one performance only)
Bennington Performing Arts Center–Home of Oldcastle Theatre

Read Carolyn Webb’s short article about this play:  March to the Polls. Though not sponsored by AAUW, we encourage members to attend this special event, which the Bennington Performing Arts Center (BPAC) is bringing to Bennington. One night only.  Tickets are free, but reservation are required.  Click here to get tickets through Catamount Tickets, the organization that is handling tickets for this state-wide performance.

Book Group: The Midnight Library–Oct. 20 noon
Martha Canfield Library in Arlington

This month, Gloria Alexander will lead the discussion of this thought-provoking book. Imagine being able to try on all the possibilities of your life if you’d just made a slightly different decision along the road and you have The Midnight Library.

Read-Around Group–Oct. 6 • 1 pm
Solomon Wright Library in Pownal

Everyone is welcome at this regular first Wednesday event. Our leader, Ruth Giordano. prepares surprise selections for us. Some of us take turns reading while others sit back and enjoy.

Scribble Sisters–Oct. 8 & 20 1:30 pm

The Scribble Sisters continues to meet at 1:00 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  Contact Suzanne Kirkpatrick for information: (suzykirkpa@gmail.com)

Voices from the Grave–An In-Theater Opportunity–November (Date TBA)

Did you miss the walking tour at The Old First Church cemetery tour?  Both performances were sold out  However, if you’d like to see  an in- theater version of the event, you will have an opportunity.  In November (date TBA), the event will be performed in the theater. The actors portraying the various historical figures will be dressed in costume and the images of the gravestones will be projected on the screen.

Newsletter Editors: Dawn Rodrigues and Carolyn Webb