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April 2013


No. 7

Schenectady, NY Branch

Founded in 1902

April's General Meeting

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

7 p.m.

Location: Niskayuna Library

Speaker: Karen Sparacio. Founder and Director of Project Have Hope

Project Have Hope empowers the women of the Acholi Quarter in Uganda to help transform their lives and the lives of their families. We will learn about the great achievements this group has accomplished, including sponsoring children in school, employing artisans, providing loans to promising entrepreneurs, establishing sustainable agricultural programs, and developing an adult literacy and vocational training program.

Karen is also a professional photographer so we will be inspired by both her work in Uganda and her photos of the women and children Project Have Hope supports. Visit their website at

Invite your friends and relatives to this informative meeting.

Mark Your Calendar

Tnesday, April 2 & 9

Bethesda House

Crafts & Chat 1 pm

Friday-Sunday, April 25-28

New York State Convention

High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid

Tuesday, April 3
Board Meeting: 6:45 pm
Niskayuna Town Hall

Tuesday, May 1
Board Meeting: 6:45 pm
Glenville Public Library

Friday, April 5

Late Registration

NYS Convention

Wednesday, May 15
Annual Spring Get Together

Mohawk Golf Club

Reservation form (See page 40

Wednesday, April 17

Ellis Hospital Forum. 1-2:30

From Vegetables to MRIs

Niskayuna Public Library

Saturday, May 18

Niska-Day Plant Sale

April showers bring May flowers!

Wednesday, April 17
General Meeting, 7 p.m.

Niskayuna Library

Election of Officers


Spring is just around the corner. The year is not winding down, but giving us many opportunities to stay involved in AAUW activities.

Thank you to Ellen Auerbach for arranging our March meeting, the showing of "An Invisible War.” This documentary opened our eyes to the sexual misconduct our enlistees in the Armed Services suffer. Our April meeting will bring back the jewelry many of you saw at our December Luncheon and District IV conference. Karen Sparacio of Project Have Hope will be speaking about her work with children in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda.

Our Serendipity Group enjoyed the premier performance of “The Shining Lives” at the Curtain Call Theater. It was the story of women working in a 1920’s radium watch factory. Some of you may remember a program on this very topic a few years ago.

A big Thank you to Pat Buczkowski and Arlene Gollmer and the varied Interest group for working with the ladies of Bethesda House on some spring projects. We still need interested volunteers who are willing to give 2 hours on a Tuesday to help with this ongoing project. Please let us know if you can help out.

One of our big fundraisers will be taking place again this spring – Niska Day and our Plant sale. The date is May 18. We will again be selling perennials and this year we are adding house plants.

A new undertaking this year is sponsorship of a practice SAT exam. Ann Hicks and Maxine Borom have been working on this mini fundraiser for us. It will take place on April 13 from 9-1 at SCCC . We will need volunteers for that day to greet students, etc. If you could help, please contact Ann Hicks.

At our April meeting we will be electing our new officers (see page). This is an exciting time for them and for our organization. We hope to see all of your there.

It’s time again to renew your membership. Please use the form provided in this issue of Visions and send your check and pertinent information to Gerri Pinkerton. We value your membership, your participation in all of our fundraisers, and your willingness to support an organization whose mission is to advance the cause of women in our society. Bobbi Richardson and Arlene Maranville


I recently contacted the national AAUW Public Policy Director, Lisa Maatz, regarding AAUW’s position on gun control. AAUW has not issued a public policy specifically on this issue. AAUW members removed the words “gun control” and inserted “gun violence prevention.” It appears that the organization will not deal with issue of gun control, but will focus on gun violence. I thought that our members would be interested in Lisa Maatz’s explanation on this issue. Linda Rizzo

“Thanks for the question. For those looking for an AAUW position on one of the hottest topics of the day, gun control, the op ed by Linda Hallman, CAE, gives you our take. Note that AAUW, per our member-adopted Public Policy Program and Resolutions, does not have a position on gun control specifically. Our PPP advocates “freedom from violence or the fear of violence” in our homes, schools and communities. However, we do have an AAUW resolution urging that our membership engage in “gun violence prevention” efforts.

It is important to note that during the debate of this resolution, AAUW members deliberately removed the word “control” from the original proposal; they struck “gun control” and added “gun violence prevention.” Thus, it is something that was discussed at length by the delegate body at that time, though not in the context of recent tragedies. Because of the current events, the APPC recently discussed this issue, and the committee’s sense was that our current language covered the extent to which AAUW should be involved, policy-wise. So, in short, we believe that attention to the current climate of bullying and harassment, and its relationship to gun violence in schools, is a critical component of the broader gun safety debate. We are pleased to report we have made some headway with this argument with the administration and some in Congress.” Lisa M. Maatz, Director, Public Policy and Government Relations

American Association of University Women

1111 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20036


The 2013 meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, CSW57, met in New York City at the United Nations from March 4 – 15. The focus of this year’s meeting was the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Each day over this two-week period, from 8 am until 6:30 pm, delegates, foundations, networks, missions, federations, governments, and non-governmental organizations met with one goal in mind: ensuring the prevention of violence, protection of victims and potential victims, and provision of services for those women and girls who have been denied their basic human rights through violence and abuse.

Many countries, 160, have laws that prohibit violence against women and girls. However, implementing these laws and bringing perpetrators to justice is an on-going challenge and contributes to the pandemic of violence against women. Even with enacted laws in many countries, 603 million women and girls still remain unprotected from, predominantly, men abusing them with impunity.

The presentation by members of the International Federation of University Women was broad in scope. They urged a holistic approach to tackling this issue. A priority is education because the longer girls can stay safely in school the better able they are to avoid becoming victims of violence. Along with education, we must look towards intergenerational solutions, champion social justice for all, document and replicate best practices, and make it safe for girls and women to talk but also for men and boys.

Many countries have signed declarations and human rights treaties; but until these are reviewed and implemented on the local level within countries, little will change. People at all levels of government and community; i.e., police, judges, hospitals, health workers, etc., must be held accountable for prevention, reduction, protection, and provision of services.

This mindset was also evident in AAUW’s presentation of the important study released last year, “Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment in School.”

Visit to hear excerpts from presentations. In particular, the opening press conference of Dr. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, in which she summarizes the issues is available at this site. Her quote is important right now and is the basis for CSW58: “gender equality must become a lived reality.”

Elise Russo


The following members of Schenectady AAUW have agreed to serve as officers for the 2013-2014 year. They were endorsed at the AAUW Board meeting in March.

Co-Presidents Bobbi Richardson and Robin Eddy

Program Vice-Presidents Ellen Auerbach and Christine Parsons

Educational Opportunities Vice-President Miriam Cajuste

Public Policy Vice-President Linda Rizzo

Membership Vice-Presidents Pat Gregory and Carolyn Montorio

Secretary Jennie Pennington

Treasurer Anita Paley

Nominating Committee Carol Reynolds and Ellie Rowland

Past Presidents Arlene Maranville and Jennie Pennington

In accordance with the newly adopted bylaws, some positions that were previously elected positions are now appointed positions. Election of the above officers will be conducted at the general meeting. Members of the nominating committee were Robin Eddy and Jennie Pennington, Chairs; Barbara Aldi, Suzanne Taylor, Joan Amell, and Pat Buczkowski




Niskayuna, New York

May 15, 2013, 6:00 pm
$25 per person


The reading of a play entitled "Failure is Impossible" by Rosemary H. Knower
which deals with Woman's Suffrage and the Nineteenth Amendment

Special Member Recognition and Installation of Officers

Buffet Dinner

Please complete this form and send your reservation with your check for $25 made payable to AAUW Schenectady Branch” no later than Saturday, May 12, 2013

Name _________________________________________ Phone

Number Attending _____

Mail checks to:
Ellen Auerbach (381-4432)
848 Beech Drive
Niskayuna, NY 12309




With the exception of Treasurer, all Elected and Appointed Board members shall serve for a term of one (1) year beginning July 1. They shall be eligible for re election or re-appointment to the same office for one (1) term only. The Treasurer will serve for a term of two (2) years and be eligible for re-election for another two-year term.

Rationale: Filling the vacancies on the Board each year is a difficult task. Providing for more flexibility with length of service will allow Board members to continue in a position up to two (2) additional years beyond what is currently permitted. No Board member, Elected or Appointed, may serve in any one position longer than four consecutive years.

Proposed Revision


With the exception of Treasurer, all Elected and Appointed Board members shall serve for a term of one (1) year beginning July 1. They shall be eligible for re election or re-appointment to the same office for up to three (3) additional terms. The Treasurer shall serve for a term of two (2) years and be eligible for re-election for another two-year term. For all members of the Board, the term of service in the same office shall be limited to a maximum of four consecutive years.

We would appreciate your attendance at the May 15 dinner to vote on the proposed extension of terms of service recommended by the Bylaws Committee. Thank you.

Bylaws Committee: Maxine Borom, Arlene Maranville, Gerri Pinkerton, Carol Reynolds, Bobbi Richardson, Andrea Versaci

Welcome to New Member CHRISTINE PARSONS

Please add her information to the directory. 225 State Street #457

Schenectady 12305

Phone: 878-6541


We would like to recognize a new member to AAUW and our Branch, Christine Parsons. Please add her contact information above to your Directory and make sure to introduce yourself to her at a future event. Welcome, Christine.

We would like to remind you of a special opportunity to give college graduates a free, one-year AAUW membership within two years of graduation, at no cost to you or them. You can access the form to submit by going online to and typing “GIVE A GRAD A GIFT” in the search box in the upper right corner. This will take you to the page that describes the program. Please click on Resources: Forms at the bottom of this page, and it will take you to a list of AAUW forms. Scroll down the page; the last form is the one you will need. If you have any problems, please let us know; and we can send a copy to you.

It is time to extend our membership with AAUW for the coming year, July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014. Note that there is no dues increase this coming year. The renewal form is included in this edition of Visions. Each member should complete this form in its entirety and submit it with your dues even if your personal information has not changed since last year. If you have Honorary Life status (a 50-year member who is no longer required to pay dues), we still need the form completed so we can update our files for the Branch roster and Directory. If you pay your dues before June 1, please send your check and renewal form to Gerri Pinkerton (address on the form). If you submit them after June 1, they should be sent to the new Membership Vice President who will serve this coming year. Thank you, Pam Haller and Gerri Pinkerton

Study and Interest Group Meetings for April 2013
If you’re interested in attending a meeting, contact the leader.

Book Exchange I

Leader: Dottie Potochnik (399-3854)

No regular meetings
Niskayuna Book Exchange

Leader: Ellie Rowland (370-1958)

No regular meetings
Couples Gourmet

Leader: Kay Stanczyk (583-6904)

April 12, 2013, 7 pm

Theme: Swiss

Co-Hostesses: Joanne Chambers and Kay Stanczk
Diverse Topics

Leader: Gail Karl (393-7590)

April 15, 2013, 1:30 pm

Program: Woman on the Beat

Presenter: Margaret Mazza, 20- year veteran of the Schenectady Police Department

Hostess: Suzanne Talor

Location: 819 Huntington Drive, Niskayuna
Modern Literature

Co-Leaders: Joan Amell (399-4709) and

Andrea Versaci (370-1450)

April 8, 2013, 7:30 pm

Book: Becoming Dickens by Robin Fairhurst

Reviewer: Toni Walsh

Location: 609 Engleman Avenue, Scotia

Hostess: Carol Reynolds

Co-Hostess: Grace Riccoono

Mah Jongg

Leader: Robin Eddy (346-1683)

April 8, 2013, 1:30 pm

Hostess: Bobbi Richardson

Location: 1417 Fox Hollow Road, Niskayuna

Mah Jongg (continued)

April 22, 2013, 1:30 pm

Hostess: Judy Block

Location: 27 Edison Avenue Niskayuna

New members welcomed.


Leader: Gerri Pinkerton (346-4560

April 23, 2013, 7 p.m.

Program: Tie-in

Hostess: Marguerite Pilleggi

Location: 3 Robins Nest, Niskayuna

Science Topics

Leader: Winnie Balz (372-3663)

April 1, 2013,  7:30 pm

Program:  Mini Topics

Presenters:  Miriam Cajuste, Maxine Borom

Hostess:  Sally Dewes (346-1761)

Location:  21 Englehart Dr., Glenville
Scotia-Glenville, Burnt Hills Varied Interests

Leader: Arlene Gollmer (399-2479)

April 11, 2013, 12:30 pm

Program: Judy Patrick, Gazette Editor

Hostess: Mildred Creasey

Location: 4 Boyle Road, Scotia

Co-Hostess: Pat Buczkowski

Leader: Jennie Pennington (372-7503)


You are welcome to make any/all suggestions. Some ideas are

Singles Gourmet for single members interested in cooking and gathering to share.

Art History for people who love studying painting, pottery, sculpture.

Interested? Contact Karen Huggins

It’s time to renew your membership . . .

AAUW Schenectady Membership Renewal

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Check appropriate category

___ AAUW ($49) + NYS ($13) + Branch Member ($16) $78.00

___ Paid Life Member Renewal (NYS + Branch) $29.00

___ Dual Branch Member in NYS $16.00

___ Dual Branch Member living out of NYS $29.00

___ Honorary Life Member (50-year member) $0

(Honorary Life Members must also return this form.

The data is needed for the Branch roster and Directory.)

Check one:

____ I prefer to receive Visions via email attachment.

____ I prefer that Visions be mailed to me via USPS.

Even if your personal information has not changed since last year, please complete this form and submit it when you mail your check, payable to AAUW Schenectady Branch.

BEFORE June 1, 2013, send to: AFTER June 1, 2013, send to:

Gerri Pinkerton Name and address

AAUW Schenectady TBA at a later date

803 Dongan Avenue

Scotia, NY 12302

Please print:


Street _____________________________ City ___________________Zip code

Phone ____________________E-Mail

If you would like Visions mailed to you at a different location during certain months of the year, please provide that information below.


Alternate address

AAUW Advances Equity For Women

and Girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

The AAUW Educational Foundation

promotes funds to advance education, research and self-development for women and to foster equity and positive societal change.

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund

provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination.

In Principle and in Practice AAUW Values and seeks diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

Schenectady Branch Newsletter AAUW

(published monthly except

January, July, August)
The deadline for newsletter items is the

1st week of the month

prior to publication.
Editor Linda Zuckerman

Circulation: Reba Mehan

Arlene Maranville and Bobbi Richardson

Robin Eddy

Find your AAUW answers on our updated website!


Schenectady Branch

C/O Linda Zuckerman

1137 Fernwood Drive

Niskayuna, NY 12309

AAUW's Mission

AAUW Advances Equity for women through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

AAUW's Vision

AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.

AAUW's Promise

By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and educational barriers to so that all women have a fair chance.

In Principle and in Practice AAUW Values and seeks diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

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