January/February 2023 Newsletter

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Volume 79, Issue 3

January/February President’s Message


Happy 2023 fellow Arlington AAUW Members!

Now that 2022 is behind us and the pandemic is on the wane, we can look forward to keeping our new year’s resolutions whatever they may be. We were delighted that so many members were able to join us for our holiday luncheon at the Cote D’Or. It was great to have the chance to chat together face to face and catch up on one another’s activities. We also had fun at the One More Page Bookstore buying holiday gifts. Several of us brought guests and we hope that these guests are potential new members, too. 

Good news! At our January Board meeting, Treasurer Mary Spatz reported that members have donated $3,270 so far to our spring scholarship fund. Bravo! Remember it’s not too late to donate if you haven’t already to meet our goal of $4000.

This winter we are looking forward to more in-person activities. Our January 30 meeting will be at Lubber Run with guest speaker, Dr. Patricia Heyn, the Founding Director of the new Marymount Center on Optimal Aging. Please invite a friend to join you for what is sure to be a very interesting discussion. 

Our annual meeting where we elect our new officers is now scheduled for March 25. Open officer positions include President, VP for Communications, and VP for Programs.  We are looking for nominations, so if you are interested in taking on one of these leadership roles or know someone who might, let a Board member know. The Nominating Committee will be meeting later this month, and everyone’s help in gathering a slate of candidates will be appreciated.

We have a whole new year ahead of us. Quoting Judy Garland, “wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, a little more loving, and have a little more empathy and maybe, next year at this time we’d like each other a little more.”

Karen Darner and Terry Bratt, Co-Presidents

Membership Meetings

In November we had a wonderful tour of the Women’s Military Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for our annual holiday luncheon at La Cote d’Or on December 3rd.  It was great to see all 26 of you in person and catch up on each other’s lives!!  Everything went smoothly and, after our luncheon, a number of us went across the street to the delightful small bookstore, One More Page, for some holiday gift shopping – a great day all around!!

Join us January 30th, 4 PM at Lubber Run

ALOHA takes on new meaning

Join us to meet Dr. Patricia Heyn,  Founding Director of the new Marymount Center on Optimal Aging, the University’s first interdisciplinary research hub focusing on addressing critical issues affecting the health of older adults. Under Dr. Heyn’s leadership, Marymount is launching the Arlington Longitudinal Optimal Healthy Aging Study (ALOHA STUDY) with the goal of empowering participants to achieve optimal wellness informed by a comprehensive health assessment and motivational passport tool that is designed to enhance overall health function and independence throughout a person’s lifespan. 

Hear more about Dr. Heyn’s work and this important, research-based study specifically focused on Arlington!!!!!  This will be an important study and should be of great interest to us all.  Invite your friends to join us for this valuable, in-person  presentation!!!!

March 25 Annual Meeting

Annual MeetingCome to our annual meeting at 10:30 am at Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N Park Dr, Arlington 22203*, to elect officers for the coming year and to hear from our speaker, Crystal Coombes, Title IX Coordinator for George Mason University, about the state of Title IX on its 50th anniversary

Meg Tuccillo, VP Programs

Let’s Talk About Books

The January meeting for Let’s Talk About Books is Tuesday, January 24, 2 pm   Our book selection is The Beauty of Dusk by Frank Bruni.

Our February meeting will be Tuesday, February 21 at  2 pm (note date change) and our book selection is  Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

Both meetings are at your regular Zoom location. 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

Lunch Bunch

The day of the meetings has changed to Thursdays. Please contact Mary Beth Pelosky or Meg Tuccillo if you would like to join us once, twice, or every third Thursday of the month! We provide sliced chicken, a big salad, cookies and a fruit at each meeting. Our theme for this year is “The Immigrant’s Story”.

Mary Beth Pelosky, Lunch Bunch

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 newsarlvaaauw@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Arlington AAUW Executive Committee 2022-23

Term began July 1, 2022

  • Co-Presidents: Terry Bratt (2021-2023) and Karen Darner (2021-2023) presarlvaaauw@gmail.com
  • 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) newsarlvaaauw@gmail.com
  • Secretary: Denise M. Hassanein (2022-2024)
  • Treasurer: Mary Spatz (2022-2024)
  • Public Policy: Sara Anderson

Note from the Editor – March/April 2023 Newsletter

Any articles for publication should be emailed to Teri Doxsee at newsarlvaaauw@gmail.com with the SUBJECT line: Newsletter by February 15, 2023


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