November 2020 Newsletter

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Volume 77, Issue 2

Register today for our November meeting:

Post Election Women Leaders Forum: From the Ballot Box to the Boardroom

Post Election Women

Join us for a conversation on women’s changing roles in political, nonprofit, and corporate leadership, and the role of the 2020 election.

The Arlington Branch of AAUW is pleased to partner with the Arlington County Government Women’s Employee Resource Group (WoW), the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-NOVA Chapter and the League of Women Voters of Arlington to present this program.

  • Moderator: Jessica Baxter, Communications and Public Engagement Director, Arlington County Government
  • Panelists:
    • Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO, March of Dimes
    • Theresa Peterson, Senior Director Government Affairs and Technology Policy, GE Research
    • Mary Margaret Whipple, former Virginia state senator

Click here to register now. Please help us spread the word!

Arlington AAUW 2020-21 Programs So Far!

It is certainly a different start to the 2020 year for our Arlington Branch than we could have imagined a year ago!!  We have all become zoomers and high techies as we learn new ways to communicate and stay connected.

In September, we had a very timely session with Brian Cannon, Executive Director of FairMaps Va,  a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to the passage of Amendment One on Virginia’s November ballot.  AAUW Virginia supports the passage of this amendment to address redistricting reform and Brian provided information and answered questions to help those who attended be prepared to vote.

On October 17th, we joined our colleagues from around the Northern District for a joint meeting with a presentation from Challenging Racism, an Arlington-based non-profit working to bring a broader understanding of racism in our communities and what we can do to help address it.  Alicia Jones McLeod, herself an AAUW member from Maryland, is the Executive Director and she (along with three trained facilitators) gave us an introduction to the work they do and the kind of approach they take in their workshops to recognize privilege and what we can do once we recognize it!

Our 2020-21 Program Calendar 

    • Saturday, December 12 – Virtual Holiday Luncheon celebrating 2020 scholarship awardees, 2020 Educator of the Year winner and our new honorary life members.
    • Saturday, January 23 10:30 am tentative – Topic TBD
    • Saturday, March 20 10:30 am – Annual Meeting, Women’s Financial Security, Confirmed Speaker, Ann Summerson, Financial Advisor.
    • Monday, April 12 7:00 pm – Girls and Stem, Dr. Confirmed Speaker, Dr. Argie Kavvada, NASA, and female winners of Northern Va. Regional Science Fair.
    • Monday, May 17 7:00 pm – Celebration of 2021 Scholarship Winners and Educator of Year Winner.

Meg Tuccillo, Co-VP Programs

Nominations Committee

In January, we will be establishing a nominating committee to identify candidates to stand for election at our Annual Meeting on March 20th for our officers whose terms are ending next year.  Its work will be done between January 5th,  the date of the BoD meeting when membership can be confirmed, and February 28th. when notification of the slate of officers will be sent to the membership, 20 days in advance of the Annual Meeting.   

If you would like to be part of shaping the future of the branch by serving on this committee, please let me know. The committee is required to include at least one non-Board member.  

Carol Dabbs, President

International Coffee Group

The THIS/AAUW will meet on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.  We will be discussing what plans members have for Thanksgiving in this difficult time.  Will families be able to spend it together?  What are our plans for the day?  We will also discuss Thanksgiving rituals we have held in the past, and what Thanksgiving means for us.  What are origins of this holiday?  Members of Arlington AAUW branch are welcome to join. For more information contact Priscilla Becker.

Let’s Talk About Books

Born A Crime

The November meeting is Tuesday, November 23, 2 pm at your regular Zoom location.  Our book selection is Born A Crime by Trevor Noah.  Shortly before the meeting Terry Bratt will send an invitation with the Zoom information. Watch your email and come join the fun!  Look forward to seeing you then.

See all our books for 2020-21 with a brief description of each on the Let’s Talk About Books page.

Barbara Gallagher, Chair

Looking for Volunteer Tutors

tutor studentLaura Jackson is the Volunteer Coordinator for one of Arlington’s terrific housing friends Arlington Housing Corporation. They have a much praised tutoring program for students in their apartments and housing. This fall  they are running a teen program virtually and are still looking for a few volunteers.

They need two volunteers for Mondays from 4:30-5:30 pm.  One to help a teen who is studying Spanish and the other to help a student with reading comprehension.  Another student needs a female volunteer on Wednesdays from 5-6 pm, to assist her with homework.

Volunteers will join a Zoom call with staff and all students at the set time and then work virtually in Zoom breakout rooms for about 50 minutes. Zoom training can be provided.
Please contact Laura Jackson at The Arlington Housing Corp. 703-486-0636 Ext 1107.

Get Paid What You’re Worth

Work Smart


Take AAUW WorkSmart Online, a free one-hour salary negotiation course. It is designed to help women negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion.

Sign up now!

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 2020-21

    • President: Carol Dabbs (2019-21)
    • Co-First VPs for Programs: Meg Tuccillo and Chioma Eni (2019-21)
    • Co-Second VPs for Membership:  Michelle Milden (2019-21) and Gail McGinn (2020-22)
    • Third VP for Communications: Teri Doxsee (2019-21)
    • Secretary: Marie Schryver (2020-22)
    • Treasurer: Gloria Rothman (2020-22)
    • Public Policy: Sara Anderson

Note from the Editor – December/January Newsletter

Any articles for publication should be emailed to Teri Doxsee at with the SUBJECT line: December Newsletter by November 18, 2020


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