September/October 2022 Newsletter

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Volume 79, Issue   1

September/October President’s Message


Greetings Arlington AAUW Members!

Summer 2022 has been quite the hot and humid one, so we are sure that everyone is looking forward to the crisp, cool days of fall. We have an exciting series of monthly activities and events planned for 2022-23, so be sure to mark your calendars now, so you do not miss out.

We are participating in two community service projects in September and October. Our branch along with other AAUW VA branches statewide has joined the Get out the Vote postcard writing campaign, Reclaim our Vote. Our branch has committed to writing one hundred postcards from September 5 to October 1. If you can help with this postcard writing campaign, let us know at

We have also joined the Arlington League of Women Voters and other community groups in sponsoring a virtual Meet and Greet the Candidates on October 2 at 4:00 pm. You will receive an e-mail from us for a link to an Eventbrite registration invitation. After you register, you will be sent a zoom link for the virtual meeting.

Our monthly programs will continue to focus on AAUW National’s theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and we are planning for our meetings to be in-person this fall except for our October meeting, which will be virtual. Our planning though is flexible, and we will revert to zoom meetings if necessary. In September, our own Vivian Kallen is our guest speaker and in October we will learn more about Arlington’s Missing Middle Housing Framework, for more information about these and future programs, check our Vice President for Programs, Meg Tuccillo’s column below. We also encourage you to ask a friend to come with you – they might want to join our branch!

Branch members are also encouraged to participate in other local, statewide conferences and events coming up in the months ahead. Information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.

Don’t forget that if you like to read and enjoy discussing books, check out the Let’s Talk About Books page. The International Coffees are scheduled to start again in September and meet monthly. Priscilla Becker has posted more information below. Interested in working with older Arlington teenage girls? Contact Mary Beth Pelosky to find out more our Lunch Bunch activities at Arlington High School and how you can participate.

Our next Board meeting is on September 7. If you have any items, you want the Board to discuss or act on please let one of us know beforehand. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our September 19 meeting. 

 Terry Bratt and Karen Darner, Co-Presidents

Join us September 19th for our First Meeting!

 We are excited to come back together in person for our first program of the 2022-23 year, “My Mother and Her Hero, Jane Adams”!! Our own Vivian Kallen is offering us a unique opportunity to learn about her family’s immigration from Greece in the early 1900s and her mom’s connections with Jane Adams and Hull House in Chicago.  She has great information to share and stories to tell about both her mother and Jane Adams that help us understand the story of immigrants in our country over time and the importance of support from activists like Jane Adams.

Please plan to join us in-person on Monday, September 19th from 4 to 6 pm at Lubber Run Community Center’s Community Room, 300, N. Park Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203.  The beautiful new center is right off George Mason Drive and N Park Drive with plenty of parking and is fully accessible.

Meg Tuccillo, VP Programs

Arlington AAUW Program Plans for 2022-23


We are excited to share current plans for membership programs for the 2022-23 year.  We will be adding to the list as plans get confirmed but keep the dates available for a year of interesting, educational and important programs!

Monday, September 19th, 4-6pm – My Mother and Her Hero, Jane Adams, with Vivian Kallen, at the Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N Park Drive, Arlington, 22203.

Monday, October 17, 7 -9 pm via zoom (link provided closer to meeting) – Arlington’s Missing Middle Draft Housing Framework with Pat Findikoglu, via zoom.  This is an opportunity to learn more about the draft framework, ask questions and engage with each other on this important issue in our community.

 Saturday, November 19th, 10:30 am – Tour of the Women’s Military Memorial, guided by Sandy Lawrence, past president of Virginia State AAUW and Retired Navy Commander.  Come join us for this unique opportunity to learn about the history (herstory!) of women in our country’s military.  The Women’s Military Memorial is located at Memorial Ave and Schley Dr, Arlington 22203 with parking available at the Arlington National Cemetery visitor lot located on Military Ave.(picture ID required)

Saturday, December 3rd at noon – Holiday Luncheon mark you calendar – details to follow!


Meg Tuccillo, VP Programs

Let’s Talk About Books

Warmth of Other SunsThe September meeting for Let’s Talk About Books is Tuesday, September 27, 2 pm at your regular Zoom location.  Our book selection is The  Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

Our October meeting will be Tuesday, October 25 , 2 pm.  Our book selection is Persuasion by Jane Austen.

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.

Go to the Let’s Talk About Books page to see all the books we are reading for the 2022-23 year.  Here are links to the Master Book List so you can see what we have already read.   List by titleList by author Let me know if you  have any problems with the files. 

Barbara Gallagher, Chair

Fall Plans for THIS/AAUW International Coffee Conversation Group:

Coffee cup clipartThe THIS/AAUW International Coffee group will hold its first meeting of this year on Sept. 14 at the home of Carmen Oatway in McLean.

The October meeting will be held on October 12 at the home of Arlene Shapiro in Springfield.

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

Membership – Dues for FY 2023 are now Past Due!

Thank you to those members who have already paid your AAUW dues for 2022-2023. If you have not paid yet, your membership expired this past June 30, 2022.  AAUW will drop you from the national database if dues aren’t current, so please remit them as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.

“Your membership has been vital in making AAUW the only organization advancing gender equity from all sides for more than a century. Because of you, we’re not only working with lawmakers to reshape unfair systems; we’re also partnering with employers and investing in women who are creating change from the inside out.

Today, I hope you’ll continue that legacy by renewing your membership! As an AAUW member whose branch participates in online payments processing, you can pay all of your dues—branch, state and national—at one time! Here’s how:

To pay online: Visit AAUW’s Community Hub. If you haven’t already set up an account there, you can do so by scrolling below the blue login button and clicking “Forgot Your Password?” at the bottom. Enter your email address, then click “Reset Your Password” to receive your login email. If you don’t receive an email within 20 minutes, please contact After you receive the email, enter your email address and then “Create and Confirm your Password” to access your Personal Snapshot.

Once you are within your Personal Snapshot, click the blue RENEW button at the bottom to renew your national membership and add your branch (VA3003-Arlington) and state memberships!

To pay by check: As always, you have the option of making a check payable to your AAUW branch and mailing it to their preferred address as directed.

Whichever way you decide to renew your membership, I hope you take pride in knowing that our work together is making a real difference in the lives of women and girls.”

The new website is difficult and, in many respects, not too user friendly. It can take several tries to establish a password, for example.  Members have also found that renewing on a cell phone is unsuccessful while renewing on a laptop is.

However, if you choose to pay by check, please mail your check for $98 made out to AAUW Arlington Virginia Branch to Mary Spatz. Check the online membership directory for the address.

Dues this year are $98.00-
$67.00- National AAUW ($64 is tax deductible)
$15.00-Virginia AAUW
$16.00-Arlington Branch

Although the renewal deadline is June 30, the renewal notices have been late, so please just remit your dues as soon as you can.

Terry Bratt, Co-President

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 2022-23

Term begins July 1, 2022

  • Co-Presidents: Terry Bratt (2021-2023) and Karen Darner (2021-2023)
  • First VP for Programs: Meg Tuccillo (2021-2023)
  • Second VPs for Membership:  Candace L. Lilyquist (2022-2024)
  • Third VP for Communications: Teri Doxsee (2021-2023)
  • Secretary: Denise M. Hassanein (2022-2024)
  • Treasurer: Mary Spatz (2022-2024)
  • Public Policy: Sara Anderson

Note from the Editor – November/December 2022 Newsletter

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


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