September/October 2023

Volume 42 Issue 2

In this Newsletter:

  • Upcoming Events
  • President's Message
  • Branch Business
  • Connecting with Our Members
  • Giving Back
  • Other AAUW News
  • Branch Links
  • Our Advertisers


Fall Lunch

It’s time for our annual September Membership Lunch. Reconnect with your AAUW friends as we welcome the newest members to our branch.

  • Saturday, September 30, 11:30 am
  • Giorgio’s Italian restaurant, 17390 Monterey Rd
  • $38 includes choice of entrees, salad, coffee, tax and tip

Details and payment information HERE

AAUW 4th Thursday Monthly Programs

At the Morgan Hill Library

September 26 - AAUW Morgan Hill Showcase: Spotlight on branch opportunities and activities 

October 24 - Sue’s Story: Panel discussion on the impact of dementia on women

Program details HERE


President’s Message: Suman Ganapathy

Dear Wonderful Members,

Read about the branch’s goals and theme for the 2023-2024 year.

We thank community partner Guild Mortgage and the new members who have stepped up to leadership positions.

Learn about “guilt-free membership.”

Read message


Welcome to Five of our Newest Members!

  • Barbara Casey
  • Sharon Kirsch
  • Susan Meyers
  • Corina Sapien
  • Laura Whitaker

Read about them HERE

AAUW MH Board Meeting Minutes

Complete board meeting minutes and retreat notes are available on the branch website under “For Members/Governance Documents/Board Minutes.” (Use the standard password for access.) 

Read the Board minutes HERE


Morgan Hill’s 4th of July Parade

AAUW Morgan Hill and AAUW Gilroy again marched in the annual 4th of July parade to help promote AAUW and the Wildflower Run. Thank you to those who helped to decorate the trailer with a wildflower theme, and to members, Tech Trek campers, scholarship recipients, Young Women Leaders, and friends and family for walking with us. Special thanks to Margaret for hosting the decorating party, Coleen for use of her trailer, and Daniel for providing his truck. What a great day!

More parade photos

August 3rd New Member Meet-up

The New Member Meet-Up was held on August 3 to get acquainted with our many new members and share information about the branch. Read more about this fun, annual get together. (Who met Elvis?)

Read More HERE

Member Spotlight Nancy Casey

Read about long time branch member Nancy Casey (she joined AAUW in 1984), her love of flying, hats and Paris. 

Read More HERE

News About Our Members and Summer Travel

Congratulations to Alexandra Mandel on her engagement to David Crary.

They are planning a June wedding.

Alexandra is chair of Keeping in Touch grants that are awarded to past AAUW scholarship recipients.

September is a busy month for artist Alissa Crispin. You will find her and her artwork at a special showing at her home on Saturday, Sept. 9; featured as one of 50 vendors for Morgan Hill's Maker's Market on Monterey Rd on Saturday, Sept. 23; and as an exhibitor at the Santa Cruz County Fair (Sept. 13-17) . Contact Alissa for details.

Susan Parodi enjoyed Disneyland with a big family group: son, daughter-in-law, nieces and nephew, along with their kids.

Carol Holzgrafe (left), James Bond and Joanne Rife (right) at the 55th annual Bear Valley Music Festival Gala. The theme for the Gala was “Spies,” including cutouts of the actors playing 007 and music by the Bear Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Marcia Fishman (2nd from left) and her sister, Bonnie Fishman (2nd from right), and two Michigan friends went to Sweden for the summer solstice.

They were inside the Arctic Circle where they experienced 24 hours of daylight.

Pictured here at the Ice Hotel,

Kiruna, Sweden 


Honoring Tech Trek Campers and Scholarship Recipients


On August 22, members, friends, and family recognized this year’s Tech Trek campers and scholarship recipients at a special program at the library. Several spoke about their experiences, plans for the future, and all thanked AAUW MH for our support.


Read More HERE

Tech Trek 2023

This year the Morgan Hill Branch awarded Tech Trek scholarships to eleven rising 8th-grade girls to attend math/science camps at Sonoma State, Fresno State, and a virtual online camp. Read all about this successful AAUW CA program and a branch favorite.

Read More HERE.

Community Action Grants

AAUW MH supports local charitable organizations with Community Action Grants with funding for a program or activity that aligns with AAUW’s mission. For 2022-2023 nine grants, up to $1000 each, were awarded. The application deadline for this year’s grants is November 1, 2023. Read more about CAGs and the grant that was given to BookSmart Community Advantage HERE.

Students at P.A. Walsh STEAM Academy Photo by Marty Cheek

Students at P.A. Walsh STEAM Academy  Photo by Marty Cheek



Shout out to Morgan Hill Branch members. Your efforts make a difference. 

A note from a Keeping in Touch grant recipient:

“I'm very grateful for this opportunity. I was just advised by the Financial Aid department today that I will no longer receive Pell Grant. So this is honestly a big help. I will be able to purchase my iPad for the Nursing Program. THANK YOU so much!!"

Stacy Moeder, Scholarships Coordinator

AAUW - Young Women Leaders

Member Ishq Kandhra, age 14, has just started Sweet Sensations, a baking business, with her friend Maddie, also 14. They provide a variety of baked goods to our local community. To support girls in STEM, they want to donate a portion of their profit to Tech Trek. (Ishq was a 2022 Tech Trek camper herself.)

We wish these enterprising young entrepreneurs great success! 


Public Policy:

AAUW CA School Board Project

Concerned about book banning and curriculum censorship? What can you do? Sign up to monitor local MHUSD meetings and register for the state School Board Project webinar.

How can YOU take action? Go HERE

Tired of those sticky paper name tags?

Order a nifty name badge from:

Make It Mine, 101 Main Street, Morgan Hill

408-776-0556 or

The price is $12 plus tax.


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