Mission: To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.
Public Policy Day
February 1, 2020
Holiday Inn Denver Lakewood
Public Policy Day Keynote Speaker
Senator Julie Gonzales 
Join us for the “IMMIGRATION CONVERSATION”, Public Policy Day 2020, Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Holiday Inn, Lakewood. Our keynote speaker is Senator Julie Gonzales, Colorado District 34, shown in photo above. She will then join us for the afternoon panel to “Continue the Conversation” along with Amy Padden, Deputy District Attorney, 5thJudicial District, and Denise Maes, Public Policy Director, ACLU of Colorado.  Also you will not want to miss Hour Power presented by AAUW members, The Honorable Betty Boyd and The Honorable Su Ryden, giving us the needed information to implement our Call To Action. Go to  AAUW of Colorado to access registration forms, program schedule, Keynote speaker biography, and hotel accommodation summary. 

OR...Click on the following links for Public Policy Day 2020 information:

Summary Information
Julie Gonzales Biography
Program Agenda

Mail-in Registration Form
Online Registration Form
  • Registration Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • No refunds after January 20, 2020
Hotel Accommodations
Hotel Deadline: Noon, January 15, 2020 for conference rate

President's Notes
Stormy McDonald
Thanks for hearing our CEO’s request!  In 2019 to date, our branch and state members have contributed $17,300 to AAUW Funds. Most contributions were unrestricted, which we appreciate greatly. To see why, check out the photo in the Governance & Sustainability section. Kim Churches, our CEO, advises that our restricted national scholarships and grants funds are doing fine and can go on for years by themselves. However, current work needs our unrestricted financial support. Current work includes Start Smart, Work Smart, NCCWSL, research papers, Equity Network, member programs, and a new AAUW website. 

At Fall Leadership Conference, with 49 attendees, we set our own focus on the four topics of the National Strategic Plan. Our Bulletin articles reflect this as shown below. No branch sought the Eugenia McClure Grant in August. If you need funds to develop your mission related work, check it out, and apply by the January deadline. Have you taken and promoted the WorkSmart online program? It is furthering our Economic Security Category.

National’s new Five Star Recognition Program (see Governance and Sustainability below) has eight more months. Your Branch Boards’ review of this program determines your goals and recognition as well as ours. Three of our branches qualified for their Membership Retention Stars this fall. Congratulations!
Our President-Elect, Paula Munger, has been busy and has an article in this Bulletin. Also, she and her husband, Dave, are sponsoring a scholarship in memory of their niece. Details for contributions are included below. 

Durango’s Marci Jung has agreed to work as our College/University Rep on the State Board (see Leadership below). We still need an Archivist/Historian to work with the Denver Library where our data are stored. Consider helping out.

2020 is a big year for AAUW of Colorado as we will be hosting the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, June 19-21 in Fort Collins. Sussan Brodie provides more specifics in her article.  

Below are some areas I hope to hear from you about because there are deadlines coming. You can find the information you need in Links throughout this bulletin.
  • Eugenia McClure Grant applications
  • Candidates for our Leadership awards
  • Mission related programs shared on our state calendar
  • Guest and your reservations for Public Policy Day
  • NCCWSL scholarship candidates. 
We are Together in Mission! 
Stormy McDonald
Strategic Focus Areas

Education and Training 
Linda Newell, former Colorado State Senator, Speaks on "Conflict Management and Resolution"
Carolyn Cooley 
In honor of Conflict Resolution Month, on October 12, Senator Linda Newell gave an excellent presentation to Littleton-South Metro Branch on conflict resolution and management. Her conflict resolution skills are exceptional as evidenced by her ability as a legislator to facilitate a group of diverse stakeholders and deliberative dialogues resulting in almost 98% of her bills having bipartisan support and 94% having passed successfully.
Senator Newell introduced the group to the concept of little red wagons, our individual belief systems based on values, past traumas and experiences that shape our very lives. She stressed that:
  • Everyone (including groups, organizations, countries, etc) has a little red wagon
  • No dumping is allowed on another’s little red wagon.  
  • It is unhealthy to borrow from another’s little red wagon
Senator Newell gave seven techniques to use when listening and conversing with others in order to create a conversation that is more compassionate and open:
  • Assuming or Listening? Are you assuming biases or are you listening? Avoid judgement. 
  • Using silence. A very powerful tool. Allows reflection.
  • Establishing Equity in Dialogue. Respect your position, use your power effectively not aggressively. 
  • Passion or Compassion. Don’t forget to listen. 
  • Conversing, Not Controlling. Have 2-way dialogue. 
  • Remaining Curious. Ask questions! 
  • Stepping Up/Stepping Back. Wait before you react. Be an observer or listener.
With this interactive session, Senator Newell presented skills to help in preventing conflict while using it constructively. These conscious communication techniques can be applied in politics, the workplace, community, or home and will help to keep conversations civil, effective, and healthy. 
Senator Newell (left) with Marilyn Hansen
Marcy Jung, AAUW Durango President, Named C/U Partnership Lead for AAUW of Colorado 
Marcy Jung

It is my pleasure to attempt to create some momentum for AAUW of Colorado regarding the College/University Partnership.  My engagement with the C/U Partnership began in 2013 as the College Representative for AAUW Durango with Fort Lewis College.  The very first year, we sent two young women to NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders).  Since then, 17 Fort Lewis College women have attended NCCWSL.  With this on-going enthusiasm by AAUW Durango, I personally became fascinated by AAUW, its mission, and its overall commitment to women and education.  Upon retiring, I became the AAUW Liaison between Fort Lewis College and AAUW Durango.  The C/U Partnership remains a vivid and real opportunity for branches to flourish; and as my commitment to AAUW has evolved, my belief in the C/U Partnership has not waivered.  We shall see, but, creating some awareness may be a first key to C/U Partnership success for AAUW of Colorado.
Allie Wolfe and Olivia Thomas, Durango Branch NCCWSL Scholarship Recipients
Now is the Time to Think About NCCWSL Scholarships

The 35th annual NCCWSL conference will be held on May 27-30, 2020 at the University of Maryland, College Park. AAUW of Colorado has sufficient monies earmarked for NCCWSL to send three students to the conference this next May. Now is the time to start identifying potential candidates, not only for the state but also for individual branches! Littleton-South Metro Branch met Kim Johnson, student leader at Arapahoe Community College, when she participated in ACC’s National Voter Registration Day, September 24th. When informed of AAUW’s NCCWSL program she expressed interest and offered to share the opportunity with fellow women student leaders. 

There are many young women just like Kim. Let's get active, find outstanding candidates for consideration, educate them about NCCWSL, and encourage them to apply. The link for student application to AAUW of Colorado for NCCWSL support can be found here. Applications to AAUW of Colorado are due April 1, 2020.
Kim Johnson, ACC Student Leader 

Economic Security
AAUW Longmont Members Put on Successful Living Wage Forum
Kathy Hall

Members of the Longmont AAUW branch are very proud.  About what, you ask?  About the great program on Living Wage we put on in our community in late October.  After getting educated about the topic of Living Wage, a small group of our members pulled together experts from around Longmont to provide a truly balanced perspective for our members and the public. Notables from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, the Longmont Economic Development Partnership and the Longmont City Council took their places on the dais and provided the audience with a 360° view of this complex issue.  

The hard data presented may have been a little overwhelming, but in the end, those in attendance got a clear understanding that Living Wage issues include minimum wage (which is different than Living Wage), the cost of housing, the cost of child care (which can be as high as housing), and the cost of health care, just for starters. The bottom line takeaways from the forum were that there is a Living Wage problem in Boulder County that needs to be addressed and that the complexity of the issue means that a multi-pronged approach needs to be taken. This forum sparked a lot of interest particularly on the subject of affordable child care and our branch is going to spend some time wrestling with what “next steps” we should take as a branch.  
Enjoy photos above from the Longmont October meeting addressing the Living Wage.

Governance and Sustainability
 Give to AAUW Greatest Needs Fund

AAUW National is operating under a fully balanced budget for the first time in a decade. To get there, they have had to make hard decisions, resulting in reduced staff and resources. Currently, AAUW is looking to build up unrestricted funds. The bulk of AAUW's funding is earmarked for educational, fellowship and legal advocacy programs. Because Greatest Needs funding is unrestricted, it gives AAUW the most flexibility to address the challenges today’s women face and seek new programs and opportunities. Having more unrestricted resources will give AAUW the flexibility to focus efforts where the need is greatest, to pivot toward new and emerging issues, and to better achieve overall goals.

AAUW Director, Peggy Cabanniss shared an interesting photo (see below) with Colorado President, Stormy McDonald, that demonstrates, through the use of legos, the current disparity between restricted and unrestricted funds. We encourage you to consider giving to AAUW's greatest needs fund. Use the Donate to AAUW button below to allow you easy access to giving to support AAUW's mission and Strategic Plan. Select "Use My Gift Where It is Needed Most."
Donate to AAUW
Five Star Program

The Five Star National Recognition Program rewards states and branches for aligning their work with the AAUW strategic plan and other initiatives that foster the organization’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls. The program is designed to promote cohesion between AAUW national and affiliates (states and branches) and increase understanding and implementation of the strategic plan goals. National recognition allows AAUW National to acknowledge and celebrate affiliates that advance AAUW’s mission.

All branches are encouraged to review online information or watch the National webinar on the Five Star Program and begin the process of earning stars. This will be good for your branch, Colorado, and National.
Bylaws Bylines

Jill Smith, Bylaws Chair for AAUW of Colorado, has Bylaws information for branches to be aware of. Branch leaders are encouraged to review the information and coordinate with Jill as appropriate.
2020 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
June 19-21, 2020
Susan Brodie, Co-VP Programs
Next year, Colorado AAUW will host the AAUW Rocky Mountain Regional Conference.  It will be held in Fort Collins on June 19-21. We will be joined by members from Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and our co-sponsor Wyoming.

All sessions and meetings will be held at the Fort Collins Hilton. Registration and meetings will begin on the morning of Friday, June 19. The AAUW of Colorado business meeting will occur on Friday morning before the rest of the convention commences at noon.

This is a special year because of the national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of Women’s right to vote by the states.  We will have speakers and events focused on the experiences of all the participating states and their ratification stories.  This is scheduled for Saturday evening.  We will also honor the Jane DeDecker Suffragette statue and its progress toward being installed in Washington DC.  

We will have speakers from Colorado State University addressing current issues in gender equity and speakers from National AAUW about progress on our mission and goals.

I encourage you to mark your calendar now and watch for further information as the AAUW of Colorado Planning Committee along with Wyoming AAUW develop an exciting agenda for this event.
Hotel Accommodations

Hotel reservations at the Fort Collins Hilton can be made by calling 970-482-2626 and requesting American Association of University Women conference room block. The guest code is AUW. Online hotel reservations may be made by clicking here.
Hotel accommodation reservation deadline for discounted rate:
May 19, 2020

President Elect Message
Paula Munger 

On July 1, 2019 I took office as President elect of the AAUW Colorado board. I decided to become much more familiar with our 12 branches throughout the state by visiting each branch and talking to their members.  Through these visits, I hope that our membership gets to know me, and better understands the work of the state AAUW.  I have had the privilege to visit five of our wonderful branches: 

  • Gunnison "Art in the Park" - 45th anniversary of the sponsorship for this event by the branch; monies go to their Local Scholarship fund
  • Littleton-South Metro Fall Kickoff - Two national videos from Kim Churches presented
  • Colorado Springs Welcome Coffee -  featured Patricia Hinnen, founder of Capital Sisters, a group that provides micro-loans to needy and deserving women in third world countries.  
  • Boulder Fall Kickoff - Patty Limerick, spoke on “Colorado Women Who Have Paved the Way” 
  • Durango NCCWSL Fundraiser-Diplomacy, Leadership, and Women - Laurie Meininger, of diplomatic service, presented many leadership skills important for all of us to practice.

I look forward to attending other branch meetings in the future, and to get to know each and every one of you. 

Branch and Committee Reports

Branch Reports for Winter 2019/20 and Committee Reports for Winter 2019/20 are provided on the state website. There you can click on the specific branches or committees of interest for the report.  

Addie Mae Scholarship Fund

Paula and Dave Munger recently lost a great niece, Addie Mae, age six. This sparkling, smart, brave and funny girl died as the result of a tragic accident. They wish to award a memorial scholarship to honor Addie Mae. The scholarship is to be given to a young woman pursuing a degree in Elementary Education in Colorado and will be awarded at the annual local scholarship luncheon in May.

If you would like to help, please make checks out to AAUW with memo line “Addie Mae Scholarship Fund.”

Send checks to:  Maureen Sigler, AAUW Scholarship Chair, 5715 Pamlico Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80923.

Thank you for helping to honor this special little girl and her family.

In Memoriam

Rhonda Parmley 1962-2019
Member of Fort Collins Branch
Voter Ed Co-Director, 2014 for AAUW of Colorado  
Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 10:00 a.m., St. John’s Cathedral, Denver
Lunch/reception following at the cathedral


Ruth Fountain, 1928-2019 
Member of Aurora Branch
Memorial Service, Aurora City Hall, Dec. 12, 2 pm
Reception to follow


January 1, 2020, Eugenia McClure Grant Deadline 

January 15, 2020, Legacy in Leadership Award Nominations Deadline

March 15, 2020, Sanderson Young Leader Award Nominations Deadline 

April 1, 2020, Student Applications for NCCWSL Support  from AAUW of Colorado Deadline

June 19-21, 2020 Regional Conference, Hilton, Fort Collins

September 11-12, 2020 Fall Leadership Conference
Branches: To make sure that we have your latest information for the Bulletin, State Facebook and State Website, please send current information to your Communications Co-chairs, Carolyn Cooley and Kathy Hall  (click here to leave a message)
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