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September-October 2012

BREAKING THROUGH BARRIERS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS AAUW Mission Statement AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE September brings a transformation of energy… AAUW-NOCB has truly energized… Hope you had a good summer. We are moving forward and have a great year ahead of us. Reach out and make that personal connection. We must continue to grow in order to make our branch vibrant. Please bring a guest for prospective membership to every activity or event. Let us empower each other to “Lead and to Serve”… By doing our best so much is accomplished in adhering to our mission… Thank you, to our current Collaborative Board who has once again taken an active part in arranging our program for this fiscal year. Branch communication through our newsletter “Pleasant Tidings” and email has worked well… Please be supportive and participate… A Special Thank You, to “BrandyWine” at the Gables who will provide a new venue for our meetings and some additional financial support for our endeavors… Also, Thank You to Patricia Kurz for agreeing to chair Community Projects for our branch and to Marcia Guza our new By-Laws Chair…… Our Community Service Fall Project will be to collect Career Books. Let our NOCB encourage young girls to live their Dreams and make a difference in the future. Congratulations to our Scholarship recipients. They are vivacious young women who are marking their path in Life… A Look Ahead… Special Focus September/October… September 26, 2012: Meeting and Motivational Speaker Donna Cardillo at “BrandyWine at the Gables”. Donnas’ speaking style is consistently described as inspirational and dynamic. She will certainly get us in shape to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future. This program will focus on “Different phases of life”… Some life events are anticipated, some unexpected. One thing that remains constant is change. As the nature of life, family, health and work evolves for each of us, it is vital that we reexamine our goals, our happiness quotient, and even our heart’s deepest desires at any stage of life… This will be a wonderful opportunity to bring a prospective guest for NOCB Membership. October 25, 2012: Psychic Night Fundraiser at “BrandyWine”. Remember our fundraisers benefit our Scholarship and Essay Awards… Advance Calendar: “Dinner and A Movie” for November 27, 2012… No Meeting or Speaker on this night just camaraderie ladies... This will take place at “BrandyWine” and they will graciously provide sandwiches, beverages, and dessert. December 7, 2012 will be our Annual Holiday Dinner at the home of Vicki Hall… Our Gift Auction will be February 23, 2013. Please start to collect new treasured items and baskets for our major fundraiser… Foremost, looking forward to seeing you all soon… Let us energize and be insightful. It will be a prolific year.

Patricia Baroska

OUR SEPTEMBER PROGRAM “LIFE TRANSITIONS: WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?” Spend a fun-filled and interactive hour creating a life plan (including a backup plan) that will keep you energized, engaged, and excited...possibly in a whole new way! Donna Cardillo, RN,MA, Professional Keynote Speaker, Author and Columnist. Date: Wednesday September 26 Time: AAUW-NOCB Network 6:30pm, Business Meeting 7:00 pm Speaker 7:30pm Place: Brandywine at the Gables, 515 Jack Martin Blvd., Brick Invitees: Members, Prospective members, Guests. Refreshments served.

OUR OCTOBER PROGRAM PSYCHIC NIGHT When: Thursday, October 25, 6:30-9:30pm Where: BrandyWine at the Gables, 515 Jack Martin Blvd., Brick What: Readings $20 per 15 minutes To schedule: Call BrandyWine at 732- 836-1400

GARDEN STATE ARTS FOUNDATION The Garden State Arts Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through the performing arts. The Foundation has graciously provided AAUW-NOCB Free Tickets to varied performances at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ… Interested AAUW members should contact me. Call Now… 732-458-5906. Limited tickets available. Two tickets per member. Freddie Roman & Mal Z. Lawrence (comedy) Date: September 5 Time: 1:30 pm The Westfield Symphony Orchestra Date: September 11 Time: 1:30 pm

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GIFT AUCTION February 23, 2013 Great news! We will have another GIFT AUCTION at Brick High School on Saturday, February 23, 2013 1-4pm. It is the best way to raise money for our scholarships and AAUW Funds. But….. we need LOTS of help from EVERYONE in one way or another. Planning and organizing the event is a lot of work and a lot of fun. There will be a signup sheet for helpers at the September meeting. Some of the jobs include: coordinating, transporting, and setting up gifts; selling raffle tickets, and setting up hospitality for refreshments. Maureen Mitchell and Barbara Tuzio will chair the event. They are looking for 4 or 5 more members to be on the Planning Committee with them. This is a great way for newer members to get involved. Now of course the most important component is the GIFTS. Contribution of prizes will be ongoing. Members can do any or all of the following: 1. Make up a themed basket of your own choosing. 2. Bring in items for the themed baskets which we will put together. Themes will be determined for each month. 3. Contribute money toward a themed basket. 4. Donate NEW items which you may buy, already have, or something you want to “regift”. Remember items must be New, New, New. 5. Obtain a gift certificate or other item from a local business or restaurant. Solicitation letters are included in this newsletter. Let’s start off the theme for September with Fall Décor such as: a home decoration, pretty towels and napkins, figurines and candles. Also save your empty baskets for us to fill. A collection point for everything will be determined after the first Planning Committee meeting. This event will be a success with many willing workers and helping hands. Maureen Mitchell 732-295-3926

Barbara Tuzio 732-899-3267


Literature: Books at Perks Our AAUW-NOCB Book Discussion Group meets at "Atlanta Bread Company", Brick on one Thursday each month at 3:30 p.m. All members are welcome! Date and Selections for September and October: September 13 — “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain October 18 — “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan Contact: Lenora Donatiello 732-458-4317 or Pat Baroska at 732-267-3127,

Jersey Shore Theater Group Date: Saturday, September 29 Lunch: Tuscany, Rt. 88 in Brick at 12:00 noon Play: “My Fair Lady” Strand Theater, Lakewood Price: Play ticket and lunch $40 cash or check made out to me. Send to my home address below. Interested members contact: Patricia Baroska 2 Wisteria Place, Howell Call now 732-267-3127

Friday Night Gourmet Group “Oh What a Night”... This past Spring we had our Tenth Special Gourmet Group Dinner with a mixed cuisine of New Orleans and French Cajun Creole adding spice to the palate… I believe there was a little alligator stuffed in those jumbo shrimp and seasoned steaks...Chef Chris Estelle at “Trinity and Pope” Restaurant in Asbury Park prepared an outstanding six course dinner...Our members and a few gracious husbands (this time around only) had a very enjoyable evening. (See pictures on the right and on the next page.) Back to a member’s home in the Fall...Please consider joining the next Gourmet Dinner. We always have a great time. Maureen Aptowicz will be volunteering her home to serve 10 members on Friday November 16th. Look for more info in November/December newsletter. Interested members contact me. Call now at 732-458-5906 or email . 4


GOURMET GROUP PICTURE at Trinity and the Pope Restaurant (article on previous page)

Seated from left to right: Pammi Coratti, Lynn Curry, Vicki Hall, Michael Hromoko, Judith Hromoko, Pat Baroska, Rob Baroska, Lisa Beck and husband Steve.

MOVIE MANIACS Join us Sunday September 30th to see

“Won’t Back Down” Two headstrong mothers (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis) wage a valiant struggle to save their children’s troubled inner-city school, but find their forward-thinking efforts hampered at every turn by apathy and systemic bureaucracy. Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez, and Ving Rhames co-star. Meet at Brick AMC theater. Time TBA. If you missed the August 9 free advance screening of the Odd Life of Timothy Green, you missed a wonderful movie. We all enjoyed this magical, emotional, and touching story about cherishing what we have in our short lives. So look for our next free advance screening. 5 Pammi

Cozy Quilters The Cozy Quilters have been very busy over the last few months. First of all, the “snowbirds” returned. Judith Hromoko and Irene Ribaudo are back for the summer fun. Judith is tackling an applique wall hanging of water lilies made with batik fabrics. Irene completed a pillow made with 2 half inch squares and is now making a Log Cabin quilt using the field and furrow design. Those of us who stayed through the winter are also finishing projects and making new ones. Barbara Tuzio is almost done hand quilting her Asian Rail Fence and is ready to start a new project. Marie Hagemann has her Wonky quilt back from the quilter and is ready to put on the binding. She is also working on a soft pastel Atkinson pattern. Maria Sendzik also has her Wonky quilts back from the quilter and is finishing the binding. She is still working on her Cosmic Twist Bargello (pictured below) and teaching classes for it. Also, Maria will be teaching a Ribbon Weave Stack-n-Whack quilt to the Beach Plum Quilt Guild. Finally, the Cozy Quilters are pleased to announce a new member, Marcia Guza (pictured below). She “wowed” us with her works in progress and has already volunteered to host us next time. She sat down, started sewing and it already seems like she has always been there. We look forward to a Fall of more great quilting, more great desserts, and more great “chatting bees.” ” Come join us!

Maria Sendzik


AAUW-NOCB GIFT AUCTION February 23, 2013 We will be collecting items for the Fall Décor theme basket in September and the Italian theme basket in October. Please bring any donations to the meeting. Volunteers are needed for the

Gift Auction Committee. You’ll enjoy it!

IMPORTANT DATES SEPTEMBER 2012 3rd 13th 20th 22nd 25th 26th



OCTOBER 2012 4th

Labor Day Books at Perks, 3:30 Cozy Quilters, Maria Sendzik’s home, 2pm Fall begins Yom Kippur begins Branch Meeting 6:30, “Life Transitions ” with Donna Cardillo Jersey Shore Theater Group, Lunch and ”My Fair Lady” Movie Maniacs “Won’t Back Down”

8th 18th 20th 25th 25th 31st

Cozy Quilters, home TBA, 2pm Columbus Day Books at Perks, 3:30 AAUW-NJ Fall Focus Cozy Quilters, home TBA, 2pm Psychic Night Halloween

Cut and hang on your refrigerator

ADVANCE CALENDAR—2012-2013 November 16 Friday Night Gourmet Group November 27 “Dinner and a Movie” at BrandyWine December 7 Holiday Party at Vicki Hall’s January 19 Community Service Project with Girl Scouts February 23, 2013 Gift Auction April 13, 2013 AAUW-NJ Annual Meeting 7

teentech 2012

Arlene Roncin, Jean Wadsworth (Chair) and Carly Roncin I attended teentech 2012 on May 23rd at The College of New Jersey with my 17-year-old niece Carly. Our branch sponsored our attendance and I’d like to thank everyone. We had a great day on a beautiful campus. I had never been to the campus, which is located in Ewing, NJ, and I am happy I had the opportunity to see it. The objective of this workshop was to connect high school girls with technology and expose them to possible career choices. High school girls from all over the state attended with their teachers or guidance counselors and had several opportunities for hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experiences so that they could make connections today that might affect their futures. Several dynamic speakers addressed the adults and students, and several other speakers addressed the adults while the girls were at their workshops. I attended a workshop on Creative Design for teachers, which showed us how to lead our students through problem solving using a design loop. This process can be applied to any type of problem from filing your taxes, grocery shopping or creating a deck in your backyard. It was a delightful workshop and I came away with tidbits that I will use in the classroom as well as in my personal life. Carly attended two workshops. One was called I LOVE SHOES, in which she designed and made a prototype of a shoe using prismatic cell patterns. Her second workshop was called “LAUNCH IT: AIR POWERED ROCKETS. In that workshop, she designed and built a small rocket propelled by air. She enjoyed both workshops and came home weighted down with goodies. I learned a few things about AAUW at this workshop. Did you know that in 1920, AAUW awarded Marie Curie $156,413 so that she could purchase radium with which to conduct her experiments which lead to her discovery of x-ray? That sum would be considered hefty in today’s market. I am proud to be part of an organization that can boast of contributions such at this. I also learned that girls are still under represented in the STEM careers and had an opportunity to brainstorm with other members and panel members regarding why this is a fact. This was an enjoyable, eye opening and thought provoking experience. Carly and I are both so happy that we attended this workshop! 8

Arlene Roncin

2012 Scholarship Recipients Recognized at the Annual Deck Dinner Thank you letter from Nicole Patricia, Barbara, and all the other AAUW members, I just wanted to say thank you for your very warm welcome, opening your home and organization to me, and most importantly for the very generous and wonderful scholarship! I feel truly honored to have been chosen to have received the award and to have such an amazing support system to help me reach my goals and realize my future! Thank you all again, Nicole Depasquale

We are delighted to announce that Nicole Depasquale (pictured above) is the 2012 AAUW-NOCB Academic Scholarship recipient. Nicole will continue her education at Georgian Court University this Fall. We are pleased to announce that Alissa Foti (pictured with her Mother Madelin Foti on the left) is the 2012 Kathleen Barra Memorial Scholarship recipient. Alissa, a Toms River High School North graduate, plans to pursue a business degree in administration at Villanova University this Fall.


WeWelcome Our New Members Carol Butterworth Nicole Depasquale Nancy Fiengo Alissa Foti Madelin Foti Marcia Guza Patricia Kurz


We are saddened to report that our former member Jeanette Solosky died in July.

Laura Tuzio Ross has completed her treatments and is on the road to recovery. Continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Best wishes to Pammi Coratti on moving into her new condo.

AAUW-NOCB “FRIENDS” AAUW-NOCB is now accepting limited participation from nondegreed “Friends of AAUW-NOCB”. A “Friend” will give a taxdeductible $25 donation to EF which will allow limited participation in our Interest Groups.

AAUW-NOCB Gave Back Life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back… This past Spring as part of our Community Service a variety of personal care items were donated to Redeem Her, a transitional program that works to restore female ex-offenders as valued, contributing members of the community. “When women become healthy spiritually, emotionally, physically, and economically, we all benefit.” 10

AAUW-NOCB Donations Fall 2012 Important —- Please Contribute We will collect inspirational career-oriented books for young girls… The books will be donated to the Ocean County Library System...Think outside the box ladies. Let us encourage young girls to “Wish it, Dream it, and Do it”. Please be supportive—as usual—and bring such books to meetings, events, or my house throughout the Fall. Barnes & Noble and Amazon are options too. Interested AAUW members can contact me at 2 Wisteria Place, Howell, 732-458-5906 or .

How do you spell success? Here’s how we spell it: Self-acceptance and self-love Unlimited happiness and fulfillment Contribution and service to others Commitment to relationships Energy and enthusiasm for life Self-determination Spiritual growth and serenity

PUBLIC POLICY Tell your Representative in Congress to Stop H.R.3803 from coming to a floor vote. Trent Franks (R-AZ) is pushing the above bill which would ban abortions only in D.C. after 20 weeks without any exceptions for rape, incest, or the mother’s health. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee on July 18. This legislation is a direct challenge to the constitutional protections for all women. This extreme assault on women’s reproductive health has the ultimate goal of turning back the clock on our constitutional rights. The war on women, including women in our national’s capital, needs to end now.

Marlene Snedaker 11

LAF (LEGAL ADVOCACY FUND) Current LAF-supported Cases Cioca et al v. Rumsfeld et al Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Jaureguito v. Feather River Community College (CA) Klay et al v. Panetta et al Lulu Sun v. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Parker v. IN High School Athletic Assoc. Thein v. Feather River Community College (CA) Wartluft. v. Feather River Community College (CA) Since 1981, LAF has disbursed nearly two millions dollars to more than 100 plaintiffs to help offset their legal fees in sex discrimination cases. Prior to 2009, LAF only supported cases in academia, but now LAF supports select cases in any workplace.

Education Opportunities Fund (EOF) (Formerly the Educational Foundation) EOF is one of the 5 programs that make up AAUW Funds. The others are: the Legal Advocacy Fund, the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund, Public Policy Fund, and the Leadership Programs Fund. The Educational Opportunities Fund supports educational and life-long learning opportunities that give women a chance for a lifetime of success. Last year (2011) our branch completed its $35,000 Research and Project Grant in less than 15 years. We are very proud of this accomplishment. Now that the grant is funded, we can continue to contribute to it, help another branch fund theirs, support EOF with unrestricted gifts or donate to the other funds. This past fiscal year (2012) we contributed $500 to the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund, $245 to the Legal Advocacy Fund, and $395 to Leadership Funds. With the upcoming Gift Auction as a major fundraiser we will be able to contribute more in the future.

Barbara Tuzio 12

Psychic night Featuring the Psychics from Charmed in Company Readings $20 per 15 minutes Thursday October 25 6:30-9:30pm BrandyWine at The Gables 515 Jack Martin Blvd, Brick

All are welcome. Refreshments served. To schedule in advance call BrandyWine at The Gables at: 732- 836-1400 Reservations accepted but not necessary. Sponsored by AAUW窶年orthern Ocean County Please bring inspirational career-oriented books for young girls. The Books will be donated to Ocean County Library System.


NORTHERN OCEAN COUNTY BRANCH Gift Auction Committee c/o Barbara Tuzio 1821 Boat Point Drive Point Pleasant, NJ 08742 732-899-3267


Dear Sir or Madam, It is time for the AAUW (American Association of University Women) – Northern Ocean County Branch Annual Gift Auction. AAUW is a national organization whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The proceeds of the auction will benefit the AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund and our local scholarships and Essay Awards. The Educational Opportunities Fund provides money to advance education, research, and selfdevelopment for women and girls. Locally we provide a $1,000 scholarship to an Ocean County woman who is returning to college in any field of study and a $1,000 scholarship to a high school girl who is going on to study in a business-related field in college. Our Gift Auction will be held on February 23, 2013 at the Brick Township High School. We would greatly appreciate any contribution that your business could make. The Gift Auction is our branch’s largest fundraiser of the year, and we hope you will consider helping to make it a success through your contribution. Your company name, town, and phone number will be included in our program which will be distributed to all attendees. AAUW is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Therefore your donation is tax deductible under # EO-526-037-388/000. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Donations may be sent to the address above. Sincerely,

Patricia Baroska President AAUW-NOCB


AAUW Membership Drive Assotin of i Serving the Jersey Shore area

~Meetings held in Brick, NJ~ ~Projects and Interest Groups held in various locations~

AAUW’s Mission Promotes * Advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research * Membership includes National, State, and Local levels for individuals with associate degrees and higher, as well as college students….. * AAUW NOCB is a non-profit 501(c) – Proceeds to benefit community projects

* Would you like to network with women of like minds while helping women and girls in their educational pursuits? Scholarship Awards

Essay Awards

* Consider involvement and socialization with like-minded *

women? Join our various fun interest groups and participate in rewarding projects and functions? Community Service Projects Book Group Fundraisers: Psychic Night and Gift Auction Movie Group Gourmet Group Quilting Group Theater Group If you’re interested in joining our dynamic group of professional women, who are dedicated to a mission of serving women and girls, please contact me at: Patricia Baroska (732) 458-5906


Our facebook and email Have you seen our Facebook site? Friend us at: AAUW - Northern Ocean County Branch, NJ Look for upcoming events, copies of newsletters, your postings... and Our new email address Watch for our new website in the Fall!

Advertise in Pleasant Tidings! To have your business card appear in Pleasant Tidings, please forward your check for $15.00 to Maureen Aptowicz, 93 Topsail Ct., Bayville 08821. Business cards should be sent to Alice Tarlach at 33 Patmore Rd, Brick, 08724, or sent via email to

Learning Bridge is fun! - discounted for AAUW members -

Telephone: (732) 899-8357

MARLENE P. SNEDAKER Certified Public Accountant Certified Public Accountant 1808 Riviera Parkway Fax (732) 892-2759 Pt. Pleasant, NJ 08742-5243


AAUW MOTTO By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

ABOUT AAUW American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1000 branches, and 500 college/ Institution partners. For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day— educational, social, economical, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT In principle and practice AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in the organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.

Barbara Tuzio 1821 Boat Point Drive Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

Save our branch some money by receiving your newsletter via email. Please notify Alice at

AAUW NOCB Official Board of Directors 2012-2013 Maureen Aptowicz-Treasurer Patricia Baroska—President Lenora Donatiello Judith Hromoko—Secretary Maureen Mitchell

Cathy Paredes Marlene Pigut Joanne Pisapia Maria Sendzik Barbara Tuzio

AAUW NOCB Official Board of Directors: Agree to be responsible for branch organization and activity and will meet three times during the fiscal year: Summer, Fall and Spring.

AAUW Chairs: Agree to attend at least one of the Official Board Meetings during the fiscal year. AAUW members are welcome to attend Board Meetings. 17

Pleasant Tidings Sept Oct 2012  

Monthly newsletter for the Northern Ocean County Branch of the American Association of University Women.

Pleasant Tidings Sept Oct 2012  

Monthly newsletter for the Northern Ocean County Branch of the American Association of University Women.