Newsletter 2014 Aug-Sep

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Purpose. Power. Progress.

A Publication of the Delaware, Ohio branch of the AAUW

Vol. 42, No.1 Aug-Sept, 2014

Women’s Equality Day Celebration Aug 26– 7pm at the Delaware County District Library

The Delaware Branch AAUW and the Delaware County League of Women Voters are holding a joint meeting at the Delaware District Library, 84 E. Winter Street, from 7 to 9 pm to celebrate the 94th anniversary of Women’s Right To Vote. The theme of this program will be the 50 year anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. Music and refreshments that flash back to the 60’s will bring back memories of the Civil Rights Movement.

A panel including Carrie Davis, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio; Karla Herron, Deputy Director of the Delaware County Board of Elections; and Jenny Holland, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University, will discuss voting rights today including recent legislation and court cases affecting access to the polls, voting patterns in Delaware County, and womens voting patterns since winning the right to vote, and how women are affected by voting restrictions. JoAnn Radwin Zimmerman of the Marion League of Women voters will bring her guitar and play protest songs from the 60s. This is a Free Event, and the public is encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity to discuss ways to improve voter participation.








Election Day is November 4, 2014!!!

Its My Vote





Ohio Wesleyan Sagan Colloquium lecture

September 4, 2014

Meet for dinner at Amato’s back room at 5:30 p.m., followed by attending together the 7 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan Sagan Colloquium lecture by Donovan Hohn, author of Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them.

Mark Your Calendars!


Events Calendar for 2014-2015

September 4, 2014, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. dinner at Amatos back room, followed by 7 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan Sagan Colloquium lecture by Donovan Hohn, author of Moby Duck:

October 6, 2014, Candidate and Issue Forum, 7 p.m. held jointly with the Delaware County League of Women Voters and the Farm Bureau at Delaware Area Career Center North, 1610 State Route 521, Delaware.

October 11, 2014, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Joint Meeting with Worthington Branch viewing the documentary “The Invisible War” about sexual assault in the Military, followed by a panel discussion at All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6770 N. High St., Worthington, OH.

October 21, 2014, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Attend Ohio Wesleyan Sagan Colloquium lecture by Sharon Day, a native rights and religious activist from Minnesota about her experience walking the Ohio River and her earlier project, Walk the Water.

November 4, 2014, Tuesday, Election Day 6:30 a.m.7:30 p.m. Go to the polls and VOTE!!!

November 10, 2014, Monday, 7:15 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan Beeghly Library, Park Ave. at the end of S. Franklin St. Discussion of Sharon Days Walking the Ohio River presentation.

December 17, 2014, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., 1808 American Bistro, 29 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH, Christmas Dinner together

January 10, 2015, Saturday, 12:00 noon, 48 Columbus Ave., Potluck Lunch and Book Discussion. Discuss I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

February 2015 (date to be determined), in an Audio Visual Room at Ohio Wesleyans Beeghly Librarypreview Mary Howards documentary about Delaware resident Henry Banks.

March 2015 (date and location TBD), Book discussion of the award winning novel, Purge by Sofi Oksanen, a suspenseful tale about 2 women dogged by their own shameful pasts.

April 2015, date and location TBD. Potluck and final branch meeting

May 1-3, 2015 AAUW Ohio Convention, Worthington, OH (date and location to be determined) Our Branch will be assisting in hosting this event


AAUW Leadership Workshop Was Held

August 9, 2014 at Otterbein

Barbara Martin and Ann Elliot from the Delaware Branch attended the Leadership Workshop at Otterbein on August 9. Barbara attended the Using 21st Century Technology session led by Paula Maggio, the AAUW Ohio Communications Chair. Ann attended the Membership session.

IMG_0453Christine Siebeneck

Christine Siebeneck, AAUW Ohio President at the Leadership Workshop


IMG_0441Paula Maggio

Paula Maggio, AAUW Ohio Communications Chair


IMG_0442Lisa Maatz

Lisa Maatz, AAUW VP of Government Relations giving keynote speech at AAUW Leadership Workshop about helping to get the Violence Against Women Act passed


Planning Now for the Spring

2015 AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention

Equity Day and the Convention will be held May 1-3, 2015 at The Embassy Suites Hotel,5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH. JoAnn Benseler from Worthington is chairing this event. She spoke to the branch presidents at the AAUW Leadership Workshop, asking for our help. She wants to know by October 1st what our branch is willing to do.

Here is the list of needed items:

  • A week prior to the convention: Stuffing Goody bags (Each branch is to provide items from their area, eg. pens, coupons from local merchants, etc.)
  • Put names on name tags
  • Make number signs for meal tables (#’s 1-12)
  • Buy or make centerpieces for tables (12)
  • Provide gifts for keynote speakers (each branch is to provide one—approx. $10 value)
  • Provide (make?) gifts for luncheon attendees. She suggested cloth Kleenex holders.
  • During the convention: Work at Registration Tables Friday 4-8 pm; Saturday 8-11 am; Sunday 8-11 am.
  • Hostesses for Saturday Lunch—will be asked to invite each woman at her table to
    • introduce herself and tell about her branch’s most successful program

    • Provide food/drink for the President’s Reception on Saturday night (chips, crackers, cheese, fruit, veggies, dip, nuts, wine, pop, water, etc.)

    JoAnn said the theme is “Now is the Time for Women and Girls to Get Real”. She suggested that thyme plants be planted and 4 be placed on each table as part of the centerpieces.

    Register Your Opinion on future AAUW Ohio Convention Locations

    The AAUW Ohio Board is considering centralizing the Annual Equity Day & State Convention to a Columbus area location year after year. In other words, the event location would not move from region to region.

    Please keep in mind that the hosts of the Annual State Convention would continue to cycle around to all the districts (Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest). The Convention Chair and the participating branches would change every year. The only component remaining the same would be the hotel location. Please go to and click on “TAKE THE SURVEY”. Your vote does count.



    A lawsuit to overturn the legislation and directives that cut early voting hours and days was filed by ACLU of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio NAACP and Bethel AME Church in federal court on May 1. The lawsuit is based on evidence that the early voting times eliminated were those used more often by African-American voters, who will most keenly feel the impact of the new laws. The suit alleges that these cuts violate the Voting Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution because they disproportionately harm minority voters.

    The cuts in question are the reduction in early voting days from 35 to 29, included in House Bill 238, which also eliminated “golden week” when a voter could register and vote at the same time; and the directive from Secretary of State Jon Husted that eliminates evening voting hours and any voting on the two days before an election. The banning of voting on Sundays directly affects the African-American churches GOTV efforts, known as Souls to the Polls.

    While Ohio’s number of early voting days may be considered generous when compared with other states, the elimination of evening and weekend hours impacts any potential voter who has difficulty making time to vote during the day or during the typical work week. Unless the court acts to reverse the changes, they will be in effect for the November general election. AAUW Ohio will be watching this case with interest, and we hope that branches will beef up their own voter education efforts to insure that every voter knows when and where to vote.


    2014-2015 Delaware, OH AAUW Officers


    Barbara Martin,

    Program VP:

    Roberta Clark,

    Membership VP:

    Ann Elliot,

    Financial Officer:

    Connie Richards,


    Karen Rainey,

    Committee Chairs:

    Membership: Ann Elliot

    Program Development: Roberta Clark

    AAUW Funds: Sue Leidtke,

    Communication: Barbara Martin

    Public Policy: Karen Rainey

    Legal Advocacy Fund: Sue Leidtke

    Great Decisions Discussions: Ann Elliot

    Diversity: Sally Dye,

    Be Wise Camp: Roberta Clark

    Website Administrator: Barbara Martin



  • Christel Mattern, August 28
  • Emma Dixon, September 12
  • Connie Richards, September 18


Membership in the Delaware branch of AAUW is open to any graduate, female or male, of an accredited two or four-year college or university for dues of $65.00 per year. Affiliate memberships are open to those enrolled in a college or university and actively pursuing a degree for a reduced rate. For more information go to Delaware AAUW Branch Website at or contact Membership Vice-President Ann Elliot, 740/369-4057.



AAUW Delaware (OH) Branch

Barbara Martin, Editor

1901 Stratford Rd.

Delaware, OH 43015


In principle and practice, AAUW values, and seeks a 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, or disability.