November/ December 2022 

Volume 41 Issue 3

President's Message

Our exceptional year continues, and ‘tis the season for applause and felicitations to our Candidates’ Forum Team for their invaluable community service, Philanthropy Awardee Janet Wright, Wildflower Run Chairs and Core Team, Membership, Leadership Development Teams, New Member leaders, and Wine & Whine Chair, among many others.

It is also the season for more get-togethers. Be sure and register for the December 3 Holiday Party!

Suman Ganapathy, President

Read the rest of Suman's Message

Upcoming Events

AAUW MH Holiday Party!

Come join in the fun at our annual Holiday Party,

on Saturda, December 3, from 11 am - 2 pm

at the Old City Hall, Gilroy

Party Details and to order tickets

Wine & Whine Nights

Wine & Whine is held the 3rd Wednesday of the month

from 5:30 - 7 pm, as a casual way for members to visit over no host drinks. Here are the upcoming nights:

November 16  Opa!, front patio

December 21 Holiday potluck party at Tessy Alba's

Connecting with our Members

Interest Group Spotlight: Smart eGals

Got a new tip to share on your iPhone? Have a problem using your new iPhone? Don’t have a teenager at home to answer your questions? Then this is the group for you.

We are patient, don’t talk too fast, and love to solve problems. We meet monthly at a member’s home.

Learn about this group

Fall Membership Lunch

The Membership Lunch in September was a great success, with perfect ambience, food and drink. The hard work put in by the Hospitality Committee, Karen MacDonald and Margo Hinnenkamp, was appreciated by all.

More Details & Pictures

AAUW Morgan Hill Selects Janet Wright as Honoree

Congratulations to Janet Wright for being our Morgan Hill AAUW Branch’s 2022 honoree for the Morgan Hill Community Foundation Philanthropy award! This award is given to members of local organizations who give of their time and talents to benefit our local community and community non-profits.

Janet's Many Contributions
Purchase Tickets to the Awards Dinner

Leadership Scholarship Awarded

AAUW Morgan Hill Leadership Team is proud to announce Krisse Boursier as our choice for the Leadership Morgan Hill Scholarship. Thank you to all our wonderful applicants!

Krisse is the editor of our newsletter, organizes Wine and Whine, and coordinates Tech Trek and the WFR Finish Fest. 

Editor's note: I wish to thank the Leadership Team for this great honor. I pledge to do my best representing AAUW MH!

Candidate Forums

To prepare voters for the important local races and issues on the upcoming Nov. 8 ballot, AAUW MH coordinated with Leadership Morgan Hill and the City Clerk’s office to present three candidate forums in the City Council Chambers, and then worked with the League of Women Voters to present the candidates for the Board of Trustees at Gavilan College.

All of the forums were well attended both in person and online. Once again, AAUW MH has led the way in educating the voters in our community.

Terrific Travels - Members on the Go

Joanne Rife has returned from her five-week drive across the US in her RV, retracing as much as possible the route that she and her husband Ed bicycled 30 years ago.

On International World Peace Day, September 21, 2022, Monica McClintock and her sister, Janet Librers-Leach, unveiled a nine-foot-tall basalt Peace Monument at the Morgan Hill Civic Center. The monument was created by sculptor David Middlebrook and has the word Peace carved into the sides in many languages. The sisters spent many years raising the funds for this gift to the Morgan Hill community.

Jenny Redfern was surprised when she was honored at the South Valley Symphony concert “Made in America!” on October 9 for her dedication to the symphony, where she plays the French horn, and for the many years she served on the board. Also playing with the symphony are new branch member Sally Gerling (violin) and her husband John (tympani).

In June, Jenny Redfern took granddaughter Rosi on a grandparent-grandchild tour of Paris. Rosi loved the galleries, ballet, and bakeries.

Then in July, Jenny took grandson Arthur on a grandparent-grandchild tour of the Grand Canyon. Arthur loved the raft trip through the muddy Colorado River rapids.

Elizabeth and Peter Mandel, Elena and Peter Anderson, and Nancy Altman just returned from Turkey. Their photos on Facebook are fabulous. This group shot was taken at the Ephesus Library.

First, new member JoAnne Markowska spent four days in England and Scotland on a family holiday filled with happy memories with their three children, partners, & granddaughter Stella. Then JoAnne and hubby relaxed in Maui for four days - just the two of them.

Did you embark on a notable trip recently? We'd love to see your pictures and hear your story. Please send your pictures and a 60-80 word account to Friendship Chair, Jill Paveza .

Branch Business

Updates from Programs

The November program, on November 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Morgan Hill Library, is a continuation of the conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion in regards to privilege, elitism and allyship. Join us for an enlightening discussion.  

We have exciting programs scheduled for 2023, including an evening about missing indigenous women in January and a presentation on climate change by NBC Bay Area News meteorologist, Kari Hall, in February. Watch the Sunday email for details closer to the dates.

Do you have an idea for a future program? Proposals welcomed - send an email to Nancy Altman, at

Wildflower Run

The date of the 40th Anniversary run is March 26, 2023.

The Kick-off meeting is Nov 17, 2022.

We welcome new volunteers - all branch members are encouraged to participate. Watch the Sunday emails for more information.

WFR funds raised support our branch objectives of education and equity for women and girls. The WFR website provides recognition of supporters as well as photos of volunteer & participants.

Wildflower Run Website

Membership Update

Morgan Hill AAUW is pleased to introduce our newest members!

Meet our new members

National Recognition as a Five-Star Branch

Our Morgan Hill branch has received recognition from the national office as a Five-Star Branch. Thank you to all our members and especially our Leadership Development Team (LDT) under the guidance of Janet McElroy in 2022. This is wonderful testament to all the work completed unselfishly by our branch membership, not only last year but all the previous years. We applied and completed all five stars in one year!

What the Five-Star Means

November is Nominating Month

Let us know if you would consider a leadership position in our branch - do not be shy!! We have many interesting roles to be filled.


Or do you know a member you think would be great in a leadership position? Please let us know.


Tech Trek Update

Planning for Tech Trek 2023 begins in November. We will need members to help recruit 7th grade girls through our local public schools, to read essay applications, and to interview girls in early 2023. If you are interested, please contact Krisse Boursier at

Would you like to be a part of this empowering program? The Stanford camp is looking for a director or co-director. If you are interested, please email CA AAUW Tech Trek Program Director, Mary Isaac, at as soon as possible.

Climate Education & Action Update

The CEA Committee's main focus is to support the City of Morgan Hill in accomplishing their Climate Action Plan (CAP) in the area of converting homes fueled by natural gas to all electric. These gases not only add to the methane emissions in our environment, they also put our families’ health at risk.

Read all about it - including 2023 events

Gift of Reading Morgan Hill

Donate new and like-new books for ages pre-K to 14 years by December 14 for local underserved children. BookSmart is offering a 20% discount on purchases for this program.  Cash donations also welcome.

Collection barrels are located at BookSmart and Craft Roots.

Supported by AAUW and Friends of the MH Library.

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.

County, State & National Updates

Help the San Jose Branch

AAUW San Jose invites you to join their online fundraising campaign to support their local scholarship project December 5-9.  Help San Jose area women complete their 4-year college degrees. 

Any donation welcome! Donate $100 or more and join the drawing for fabulous prizes. Go to or the week of December 5.

Questions contact Sharon Bouska or Tynka Dees at .

AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund

LAF is the AAUW program that challenges sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace by informing people of their rights and using the legal system to seek justice and change.

Rana Sharif had been pursuing a Ph.D at UCLA for over 10 years while acting as the primary breadwinner and caregiver for her family. She had two children during this period. UCLA abruptly disqualified her from the program after she submitted her draft dissertation for exceeding the department’s “normative time to degree”.  

Read the full story

Public Policy

At the stroke of midnight on September 30, 2022, the 2021-22 Californialegislative session officially came to a close as it marked the Governor’s deadline for signing or vetoing bills. Click on the button for a summary of the fate of the bills on our legislative agenda.

Summary of State Legislation 

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