June 10 Branch Meeting – Solien Denault Sensory Park Shelter
Members are invited to participate in a Yoga session (20-30 min) lead by instructor Shweta Roth starting at 6:00 PM. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a chair or yoga mat or rug as you learn simple movements, yoga nidra and mindful breathing techniques. This will be followed by a walk around the new sensory park followed by a potluck supper in the shelter. Please bring a drink of your choice and a dish to share. All new members who join will receive half off their dues. Please bring a guest.
Leadership Scholarships Awarded
Jamestown AAUW awarded scholarships for Larissa Oster and Tessa Johnson to attend the virtual National Conference for Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in May. Along with the scholarships both women will receive a $500 stipend after completing all scholarship requirements. The conference brings together hundreds of college women from around the country for leadership training, inspiration and networking.
In 2019 the conference brought together 800 attendees representing 48 states and over 300 colleges and universities. The diversity of backgrounds and ideas at NCCWSL is part of what makes it such a transformative experience. The workshops, panels, speakers and activities provide endless opportunities to learn from experts, while peer networking allows you to learn from one another and make lifelong connections.
Larissa Oster is graduating this spring from the University of Jamestown with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. The mother of a young daughter, she is employed at Triumph Incorporated in Jamestown and is a mentor for young women through the Bio Girls program. She says “I am passionate about personal development and believe that education and ubiquitous growth are essential to not only fulfill my own potential, but also to teach and inspire others to do the same.”
Tessa Johnson (no photo available) is a student at the University of Jamestown pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human resource management. She is the mother of four children, and she works for her local public health department as a community prevention specialist. She is an active volunteer with Wahpeton JO Volleyball and Wahpeton Huskie Youth Wrestling. Tessa says “I believe it is important for women of all ages to have others to look up to and to have that sense that reaching for your dreams is always possible no matter what age you are, where you come from, what your past looks like, or where you are headed.” (no photo available)
Card Art May Meeting
Branch members had a fun meeting held at the home of Mary Craft. Besides our business meeting members enjoyed a potluck lunch of appetizers and were able to use Mary’s supplies of stamps and accessories to make personalized cards that turned into works of art. The meeting was enjoyed by all who attended plus a guest.
The votes have been tallied:
- Julia Brown has been re-elected to serve as board chair for three more years.
- Malinda Gaul was re-elected as board vice chair, and Elizabeth Haynes and Joseph Bertolino will also retain their board seats. All are three-year terms.
- AAUW’s public policy priorities were approved by 92% of voters.
- The ballot initiative to eliminate the membership requirement got 63% of the vote, which was just below the two-thirds majority needed to enact a bylaw change.
For more information on the election results visit: National Election
Equal Pay Day – March 24, 2021
Jamestown Mayor Dwaine Heinrich signed a proclamation declaring March 24, 2021 as Equal Pay Day in Jamestown, ND.
82 cents: that’s how much women in the U.S. who work full time, year round are paid for every dollar paid to men. This year, we’re raising awareness around this pay gap with our theme March Madness: The Pay Gap is Madness. #EqualPayDay
Women’s Equal Pay Day marks the day into the year on which it takes for women on average to earn what men did in 2020. That’s 15 months. Or, if you look at a typical 9:00-5:00 work day, women start working for free at 2:40 p.m.
Jamestown AAUW awards Scholarship to University of Jamestown Student
Women in Agriculture-Bridging Cultures & Education Thursday, March 18 7:00 PM via ZOOM
AAUW-Devils Lake invited members and other interested persons to attend a ZOOM program featuring guest presenter, Dr. Songul Senturkly, who spoke about the education of women in Turkey, and share general culture and geography of her native country.
Dr. Songul Senturklu is a native of Canakkale,Turkey.She is currently on a short-term research project as a visiting scholar at the Dickinson-based NDSU Research Extension Center in Dickinson, ND. Dr. Songul is conducting research on integrated livestock systems within the scope of sustainable agriculture. She explains, “We have a comprehensive research chain, extending from Soil to Fork”.
Dr. Songul graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Agriculture, with her doctorate in Feed Technology & Animal Nutrition.She has been working as an Associate Professor at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Department of Animal Science.
Thank you for Devils Lake AAUW to allowing us to listen to her presentation. We learned a lot about the culture of Turkey.
Due to a variety of circumstances, WE Rise has been moved to a new date. This free event will be held Monday, March 22 and will include a lobbyist panel along with hosted live streams of committee hearings and floor sessions. The live streams will be moderated, which will allow for questions and discussion. The education sessions that are normally held on Sunday, will be prerecorded and released prior to the event for attendees to watch at their convenience. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-rise-2021-virtual-tickets-142951617135
EQUAL PAY DAY – Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day in the year when women’s earnings catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statiistics (2019) All women in North Dakota earned only 74.5% of what all men earned in ND. North Dakota is ranked 46th in the nation for earnings for women.
Currently all women in the U.S. compared to all men in the U.S., receive just 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man. Women of color often face a wider gap: Compared to white men, Black women make 63 cents on the dollar, Native American women make 60 cents on the dollar and Latina women make 55 cents on the dollar. Equal Pay is still an issue for women.
AAUW State Board Meeting held Saturday, March 6
ND AAUW held their annual meeting on Saturday, March 6 via zoom. This year’s annual meeting will focus on members across the state participating in the “We Rise” event that will be held virtually. See information above. Members are also encouraged to vote in the National AAUW electrion.
February 11 – Drug Court Branch Meeting
Our Feb. 11 meeting about Drug Court included being joined by AAUW members from across the state. The Honorable Judge Cherie Clark, will be joined by John Gourde, program manager-Parole/Probation, ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Drug Court Supervisor, Tyler Falk. The program will cover information about the Drug Court process and purpose, criminal justice reform and how the community can be involved.
AAUW Legislative Update Branch Meeting
Jamestown AAUW members and other interested women attended our Saturday, January 23 meeting. Many issues were discussed including the breast feeding bill HB1105, (pass) Paid Family Leave Bill HB1441 (pass). The Women’s Network is needing your stories how Family Medical Leave has helped your family in support of this bill, HB 1313 Abortion Bill (harsh penalties) (do not pass) and HB 1413 Funding for Free School Nutrition (pass), and others. Kristie Wolff, Executive Director of the ND Women’s Network, shared information about upcoming legislative bills as well as information on how to testify for or against a bill during the pandemic. You can watch a video to see how to submit testimony or to testify. Wolff will also share information about the WE RISE (Women Empowered Lobby Day) virtual event coming up in March and how we can be a partner.
North Dakota Women’s Network is asking for your support for the breastfeeding bill! The bill, which updates an antiquated law to help protect moms nursing their babies in public, was defeated in 2019. Thanks to Rep. Gretchen Dobervich, the bill has been reintroduced as HB 1105 in the 2021 session.
Currently, it is legal under the indecent exposure law to breastfeed in public if the women is “discreet and modest,” but those words are subjective, leaving room for interpretation and discrimination. The bill aims to fix that language.
NDWN testified in favor of HB 1105 today. The House is expected to vote on the bill later this week. Please contact your representatives in the House and ask them to vote YES on HB 1105.
Breastfeeding is natural, not indecent. It’s time to stop shaming moms and let babies eat when they are hungry. Find my Legislator
Tech Savvy and Stem Tastic will not be meeting in person in 2021. Instead Stem Learning Kits will be distributed to schools due to COVID 19.
AAUW Holiday Dazzle Light Tour Car Caravan
Branch members were joined by their spouses and other family members as they joined in on our Holiday Dazzle Light Tour Car Caravan to view the many Christmas light displays that were submitted by community members. While we were unable to visit every single house on the list we saw many beautiful displays and unique ideas. A special thank you to Lauren for purchasing and bagging the Christmas cookies that members enjoyed as they followed each other touring the town and to Mary for taking some pictures. It was a fun way to see the lights while still practicing our social distancing. Thank you to all who participated and for those who provided us with beautiful holiday lights to enjoy.AAUW Holiday Lunch – Tentative January 9, 2021 – 11:00 AM
Jamestown AAUW has tentatively made plans to hold our annual holiday social by having lunch together but socially distancing in small groups at Davoni’s Italian Restaurant on Saturday, January 9 at 11 am. Steering committee members would like your feedback if you would like to try and hold a physical event. Our other option would be to hold a Zoom meeting such as a “Virtual Holiday High Tea” party via zoom where we could all enjoy our own homemade brew and desserts while dressing up and conversing via zoom! Please let a steering committee member know which option you would prefer before January 1. Steering committee members are Deb Alber, Lauren Sako, Mary Craft, Donna Gullickson, Barb Domek, Jill Schlenker and Erin Klein.
Jamestown Regional Medical Center
AAUW members enjoyed their first Zoom meeting on November 5 at 7:00 PM and learned all the latest information about the Jamestown Regional Medical Center. The meeting, presented by member Lisa Jackson, Director of the JRMC Foundation, gave updates on COVID 19 as well as updates on the latest developments at JRMC. Discussion was also held on Medicare Insurance and resources the hospital has for making decisions regarding medicare supplement plans. The zoom meeting fielded lots of great questions and was informative for all members who attended.
Members are asked to watch the AAUW video, “State of the Association,” put together by our CEO Kim Churches. We will then send out a discussion email thread on September 24 to comment on the video watch for the Topic Line: AAUW State of the Association. Please reply all on the thread.
AAUW Prairie School House
AAUW Prairie School House at Frontier Village will not have host/hostesses this year due to health precautions but will be available for viewing through the partition.
The AAUW Used Bookstore has reopened for business. Our regular hours are M-F – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and the second Saturday of every month, 10:00 AM – 2 PM
It is time to renew your membership to AAUW. You can renew your membership online by logging into the Member Services Database or if you want to become a member of Jamestown AAUW that also can be done online.
Work Smart Salary Negotiation – Canceled Will Be Rescheduled
Jamestown AAUW canceled the workshop but you can still participate from home. Please visit Work Smart and take the FREE online course. Jamestown AAUW will be rescheduling their online Work Smart Salary Negotiation workshop that was formerly scheduled for Thursday, April 2, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Jamestown High School Computer Lab at a future date due to the pandemic and social distancing. The course is designed to teach women the skills they need to successfully negotiate and close the pay gap for women everywhere. The seminar is limited to 20 participants. Please pre-register by contacting Debbie Alber, 701-269-1446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AAUW Supports Downtown Arts Market
September 12 Meeting – James Valley Library
The September 12 meeting was held at the James Valley Library (Alfred Dickey Library) community room. Members learned about the history of the James Valley Library and library features and it’s significance to ND history. Members also learned about how the library has evolved and changes to the library. Dessert was served following by Barbara Domek and Debbie Alber during the business meeting.