March/April 2022 Newsletter

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Volume 78, Issue  4

March/April President’s Message

gavelGood day to all of you!  And we will whisper that the COVID/Omicron is showing less impact throughout the world right now. We can only hope it continues, and we shall see if that diminution continues. Keep your fingers crossed.

Our AAUW state conference is scheduled March 26, and in-person will occur that day. Registration is open now, but we will send you the link. The Virginia General Assembly is very busy right now, and we hope you have been contacted to write supporting letters to your legislator about solitary confinement ending in prisons, or allowing paid sick leave for family emergencies, or budget amendments that could add controversial spending for private schools or delete funding for school
construction or staffing that is critically needed. Your involvement is key to action FOR VIRGINIA AND VIRGINIANS.

Become concerned, knowledgeable, and advocate to make this Commonwealth a safe place for you, your family, our resources, and our future.

Karen Darner and Terry Bratt , Co-Presidents

Arlington AAUW Program Updates

Many of us were privileged to attend, via zoom, the statewide  panel discussion on “How to Create Inclusive Spaces” with excellent panelists, including our own Arlington member Krysta Jones.  Krysta, along with Dr. Somya Dwivedi-Burke and Jonathan Zur helped us understand the value of inclusive environments where folks feel comfortable freely expressing their opinions and points of view.

We are planning for our upcoming Arlington AAUW meetings in March and April and want to share plans so you will be ready to join us!

Annual Meeting in March

Annual MeetingOn Saturday, March 19th, we will hold our Annual Meeting at 10:30 am, via zoom, where we will elect our Vice-President and Assistant Vice-President for Membership, Treasurer and Secretary, along with consideration of by-law changes and other branch business.  This meeting is important as we move forward in supporting the goals of AAUW for women and girls!!

April Meeting – Arlington Girls STEM Awards Celebration

On Monday, April 18th, at 7 pm, via zoom, we will hold our Arlington Girls STEM Awards Celebration where we will hear from, and honor, the top young women winners of the APS Science Fair competition.  This year we plan to invite younger girls who participate in the Rosie Riveters Program we learned about at our meeting last September so they can hear from some teenaged role models!! This should be fun – join us!!!

Check out our full program of meetings on the Meetings page on our website.

Meg Tuccillo, VP Programs

Bylaws Changes

Member Vote On Bylaws Change At March 19th Annual Branch Meeting

Bylaws ChangesAfter discussion at the January meeting, the Board of Directors voted to submit a change in branch dues to a vote of our membership, which will be part of the Annual Meeting on March 19th.

In our current bylaws, new members pay half-price when they join between Jan 1 – March 15. (Article IX, Section 3. b.) In recent years, this practice was ended by AAUW at both the national and state levels but it is still in our branch bylaws. During the discussion at the Board meeting, the Membership VPs noted that this provision unnecessarily complicates the dues structure, and it has not been effective in attracting members. This is especially true since this ½ price dues provision was removed from the national and state bylaws. 

Amending the bylaws requires an affirmative vote by 2/3 of the votes cast. A change in dues also requires, in the presence of a quorum, an affirmative vote by 2/3 of the votes cast.

A statement of the exact changes proposed in the bylaws to effect this change in branch dues and the rationale for the changes will be sent at least 20 days in advance of the Annual Meeting with the rest of the materials requiring a vote by the membership.

Current bylaws are on our website at:

Carol Dabbs, Bylaws Chair

Arlington AAUW Branch Nominations for 2022-24 Offices

Vice President, Membership

Candace L. Lilyquist joined the Arlington branch of AAUW in 2020, because of the organization’s ongoing work in equity for women and girls. She has been a member of AAUW on and off for 20 years. Candace is active in local politics; serves as an orientation chair and regional leader in her professional organization Association of Field Service Employees (AFSE); and is the secretary/treasurer for her condominium association. In addition, Candace has held numerous leadership positions (including all executive roles) in her professional organization, League of Women Voters, and in her church affiliations. Candace is an Organizational Specialist with the National Education Association. She has lived in Texas and Virginia but is originally from Minnesota


Mary Mace Spatz brings experience to the treasurer position as she was elected by the Board of Directors at the March 3, 2021, meeting to complete the term of Gloria Rothman, who resigned. Mary was given a life membership in AAUW when she finished her master’s degree in Secondary Science from GW University as a graduation gift from her mother, Lucyle Mace (who was President of the AAUW Arlington Branch 1982-84.)  Unfortunately, Mary did not have the time to enjoy the lovely gift for many years, between raising her two children, and following her husband to assignments overseas to Hawaii and England. And when she did live in the DC area, she was busy teaching anything from General Science to AP Biology and AP Chemistry in FCPS. One of her great joys was helping the girls in her Science Honor Society at Hayfield Secondary School develop a monthly after school science program for the sixth-grade girls at Hayfield Elementary School.


Denise M. Hassanein sees inspiration in this quote from K. Gibran, “A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle,” as she believes gained knowledge must be applied and shared with others, no matter the activity.

As a business owner for many years, Denise has lived here and overseas in different incarnations. Her real estate brokerage offices here provided services to Washington’s international community. Overseas, her office dealt with USAID contractors. These opportunities have given Denise insight, not only multi-culturally, but also in honing a cross-section of abilities and skill sets.

Success in most things boil down to psychology, diplomacy, and technical competence hopefully accompanied by a healthy sense of humor and flexibility.

By way of formal education, Denise holds an MBA (2015) and Grad Certificate in Global Business (2016) from Webster University, accomplished during a few years outside Virginia caring for an elderly parent. At the opposite end of that spectrum, her heart lies with the creative arts: music, theatre, and art history.

Denise hopes this bio gives you a small window into her life and believes that she will be an asset to the board team in the position as secretary,

Let’s Talk About Books

The March Let’s Talk About Books  meeting is Tuesday, March 22, 2 pm at your regular Zoom location.  Our book selection is The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

Our April meeting will be Tuesday, April 26, 2 pm.  Our book selection is The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Shortly before each meeting Terry Bratt will send an invitation with the Zoom information. So, watch your email and come join the fun!  Look forward to seeing you then.

See all our books for 2021-22 with a brief description of each on the Let’s Talk About Books page.

Barbara Gallagher, Chair

Spring Plans for THIS/AAUW International Coffee Conversation Group:

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In March we will meet at the home of Juanita Cullen on Wednesday, March 9 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

We will be meeting in April on Wednesday, April 13 from 10:30 to 12:30.  Our plans for April haven’t been finalized yet. We also expect to have a meeting in May.

Members of the AAUW Arlington Branch are welcome to join the group.  For more information please contact Priscilla Becker. (See Branch Directory for her phone and email.)

Priscilla Becker, lead

Lunch Bunch

Arlington’s AAUW branch continues to partner with Arlington Mill school leadership to offer a monthly lunch bunch. The theme this year is: Discovering the Five C’s: Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Mentorship is provided in the form of monthly speakers catered to the expressed interests of these a traditional students, all of whom are English Learners.  Efforts are made by our AAUW members to infuse opportunities for career awareness, self discovery, goal setting and resilience awareness into the lunch bunch discussions. The partnership is further enhanced by the full support of the school counselor and the school principal.

In February APS Library Media specialist Debbie Germosen was an engaging guest speaker as she recounted her journey from being a teen mother at fifteen to finishing her undergraduate degree in her 40’s. She book talked several books that were relevant to immigration and identity. Highlighting her pride in her Dominican roots and fluency in Spanish, Ms. Germosen encouraged the girls to envision and work towards  future goals. She emphasized that it is never too late to change your life. AAUW member Mary Beth Pelosky spoke of their relationship as APS colleagues and shared with the students that, to her,  Ms. Germosen is a she-ro! (The current slang for a female hero;)

Mary Beth Pelosky, Chair

Please join us for the 2022 AAUW of Virginia State Conference

Part 1 will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as an in-person event at the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center on the James Madison University campus in Harrisonburg.You will hear from and be able to question informed and inspiring speakers on AAUW mission-related topics that support the theme of Going the Distance for Women and Girls. The conclusion of the program will provide an opportunity for the four state Districts to convene and elect representatives to the State Board for 2022-2024.

Details regarding speakers and hotel registration for Friday night may be found in the 2022 Conference Brochure.

Part 2 of the conference, the AAUW-VA Annual Business Meeting, will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, April 30th – the starting time TBD.

Part 1The AAUW-VA State Board is pleased to announce that because operating budget costs were lower between March 2020 and now, due to the pandemic, we are returning some of the unspent funds to members in the form of a lower conference registration fee, which includes morning beverages and lunch.  The registration deadline is March 11.

  • AAUW of Virginia Members                           $25.00 until March 4 ($30 March 5 -11)
  • Students                                                              $30.00*
  • Other Non-AAUW of Virginia Attendees        $35.00

*Branches may consider sponsoring the attendance of students from college/university partners they interface with.


For those who want to register using “snail mail,” please use the form following the Harrisonburg tourism information in the 2022 Conference Brochure.

In Memorium

Nancy Morgan

Nancy Morgan

Arlington AAUW branch members were very saddened to hear that our former branch President, Nancy Morgan passed away on January 1, 2022, at the age of 88 in Falls Church. Nancy grew up in Georgia and Tennessee and lived most of her adult life in St. Louis Missouri and Arlington Virginia. Nancy earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Computer Science. Professionally, she worked in the computer industry for more than 30 years eventually owning her own consulting business and blazing a trail for women to follow. Nancy was an early advocate of helping more women enter the field of computing. She was dedicated to uplifting women in engineering and not only served as our branch president but also served Virginia AAUW while holding several state offices.

As a young woman, Nancy was a talented seamstress who made many of her own clothes and had a knack for needlepoint. Over the years, Nancy became an avid photographer with a talent for nature photos and she exhibited her work at local photography shows. She was a master genealogist who traced her family ancestry back hundreds of years. She enjoyed cooking and published soup supper cookbooks. She took up running in her 40s and won several road races in her age groups. Nancy loved everything about England and made almost annual trips with a particular love of the Lake District.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 63 years Robert Morgan, her son Jonathan and his wife Lorrie, grandsons Nicholas and Christopher, and many other family and friends. She was predeceased by son Thomas.

A memorial service for Nancy was held on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Murphy Funeral Homes, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s foundation.

Her full obituary is here.

AAUW Calendar

Our AAUW Calendar has moved to google which means you can check it online from the website or subscribe and see it directly on your phone or laptop! Additional information about the events is available by clicking the item.  Contact Teri at if you have any questions.

Arlington AAUW Executive Committee 2021-22

Term began July 1, 2021

    • President: Terry Bratt (2021-2023) and Karen Darner (2021-2023)
    • Co-First VP for Programs: Meg Tuccillo (2021-2023)
    • Co-Second VPs for Membership:  Michelle Milden (2021-2022) and Gail McGinn (2020-22)
    • Third VP for Communications: Teri Doxsee (2021-2023)
    • Co-Secretaries: Candace Lilyquist (2021-2022) and Susan Senn (2021-2022)
    • Treasurer: Mary Spatz (2021-22)
    • Public Policy: Sara Anderson

Note from the Editor – May/June 2022 Newsletter

Any articles for publication should be emailed to Teri Doxsee at with the SUBJECT line: Newsletter by April 15, 2022


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