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March-April 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 March Madness from a different perspective Northern Ocean County Branch…. Women are smart; women are insightful; women are introspective; women are observant; women are sensitive and often women are very funny. Let us continue to make that personal connection. We have a lot going on in our Branch….. It was great talking with some of you new members in the last month. Glad to see that you are starting to evolve in our activities and events. We all need to be supportive and take the initiative to make our branch vibrant… Our Dinner and a Movie was very good. Thanks to “The Chelsea” for being so accommodating. This documentary surely challenges us to work hard and achieve more leadership positions for women and equal representation. Congratulations to the 8th grade recipients of our Essay Awards. Thanks to our members who reviewed their essays… Also, Thank You Helaine Donovan for agreeing to be our Scholarship Chair. Our AAUW-NOCB has two Scholarships that will be awarded in June 2012. A Look Ahead… Special Focus March/April… March 20, 2012 will be our Inter-Branch Meeting: The Guild Theatre Works performance of the play “Vanities”…. This play promises to be an entertaining perspective on friendships. Remember we will be hosting the Freehold Area Branch and Northern Monmouth County Branch on this evening… March 23, 2012 will be $tart $mart Workshop at Georgian Court University. A national speaker will provide an interactive workshop designed to give college women the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. Contact me if you would like to attend and provide encouragement, support, and expertise as these young college students look to their future… April 14, AAUW-NJ will be the Annual Meeting at Forsgate Country Club. Information will be in the “Garden Statement” and a future E-Mail… April 19, 2012 will be 2012-2013 Budget Approval Meeting and Election of our Treasurer. Please contact me or a Board Member if you can help our branch and take responsibility for this position…. Honestly it is not that difficult and we need someone in this position…. The evening presentation will be “Unshredded Nostalgia” Antique Evaluations for $5.00… Please bring your Treasures to be evaluated. Also, Flower Power orders must be complete in accordance with the guidelines by our fundraising Chair Maureen Mitchell… Both are Fundraisers for our AAUW-NOCB… Advance Calendar: May 15, 2012 will be “Hidden New Jersey; Lots of Fun Facts” … June 19, 2012 will be our annual Deck Dinner at the home of Barbara Tuzio … All in perspective... energize your life AAUW-NOCB…..



We Depend On You The Northern Ocean County Branch will again use the Flower Power fundraising campaign for our scholarship fundraising event and we depend on your participation! By now, most of you have received the Flower Power email showing all of the products that are available for sale. Our lofty goal is $2000, which means that our profit from this event is $1,000 as Flower Power gives us half of our sales. (See the scholarship flyer on the next page.) Please take the time to browse through the brochure. I am sure that there will be an item that you would like to add to your garden. Also, this fundraiser allows you to forward the Flower Power email to your own personal email list which multiplies the number of people who can see it and purchase bulbs or flowers. Last year I sent my email to friends and family all over the United States and they ordered. Since their orders are delivered directly to them, all the work is done by Flower Power. For those who do not like to order online or would like a brochure and order form to share with friends and family, I will provide these with a collection envelope to return to me. The sale ends April 13. You can email me at or call me at 732-295-3926 and I will personally deliver the materials to you. Thank you for your support! Remember, this is our major fundraiser for our Scholarship of $1,000 so please help! Maureen K. Mitchell


OUR MARCH PROGRAM—”VANITIES” Our March program is presented by Guild Theatre Works. They will present the play “Vanities”...a comedy about strong friendships in everyday lives of women… Additional information can be found on Guild Theatre Works website: Invitees: Inter-branch members (NOCB, Freehold, NMCB), Prospective members, Guests. Refreshments served. Date: Tuesday, March 20 Time: Business meeting 6:30 pm and Play 7:00 pm Place: The Chelsea 458 Jack Martin Blvd., Brick

See you there!

ESSAY AWARD Elizabeth Clark, an 8th grade student cheerleader, wrote an essay describing her enthusiasm, demonstrating student leadership for change, and raising awareness of issues affecting women and girls. She indicated that leadership is a trait that takes time and experience. Also, she called on groups to provide teamwork and support and band together to overcome obstacles so that women and girls can enhance their skills and bring out the confidence within themselves... Congratulations to Elizabeth the winner of a $100.00 Barnes & Noble Gift Card sponsored by our NOCB-AAUW. Pat 3

OUR APRIL PROGRAM—”Unshredded Nostalgia” Our April program is presented by Jim Episale of “Unshredded Nostalgia” Antique Evaluation—Fundraiser. Bring your treasures…$5.00 each item to be evaluated...Additional information can be found on website: . See flyer on next page. Invitees: Members, Prospective members, Guests. Refreshments served. Date: Thursday April 19 Time: Business meeting 6:30 pm, Antique Evaluation 7:00 pm Place: The Chelsea 458 Jack Martin Blvd., Brick See You There!

AAUW-NOCB DONATIONS—SPRING 2012 IMPORTANT—PLEASE CONTRIBUTE We will collect personal items for “Redeem Her”. This group provides successful transitions for women recently incarcerated so they can become valued and contributing members of society….Please be supportive and bring such items as: shampoo, conditioner, lotions, toothpaste, brushes…to meetings or my house throughout the Spring. We will continue to collect items for the “Good Health/Physical Fitness Basket” that we will raffle. Proceeds will fund sending out newest branch member, Shinade Ramirez from Georgian Court University, to NCCWSL (The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders). As a member of our branch she assisted with our Community Service Project at GCU and in reviewing essays for Sisters Academy Essay Award. Pat



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 March and April March 8— “Stuffed Adventures of a Restaurant Family” by Patricia Volk April 18 —“Heart and Soul” by Maeve Binchy Contact: Lenora Donatiello 732-458-4317 or Pat Baroska at 732-267-3127,

Jersey Shore Theater Group Date: Sunday April 22 Lunch: Squan Tavern in Manasquan 1:00 Play: Music Man Algonquin Arts Theatre 3:00 Interested AAUW members contact: Pat Baroska, 2 Wisteria Place, Howell 732-458-5906 Play ticket and lunch $40—cash or check made out to me. Please send to my home address or bring to Board Meeting or Inter-branch Meeting. Advance ticketing gets us better seats. Pat

Friday Night Gourmet Group Watch for more news about the Gourmet Group dinner on Friday night May 4!


Cozy Quilters Upcoming Meetings at 2PM March 7 at the home of Barbara Corbin March 22 at the home of Maria Sendzik April 5 at the home of Marie Hagemann April 26 TBA The last few months the Cozy Quilters met at Barbara Tuzio’s, Marie Hagemann’s and Maria Sendzik’s. Maria likes to make an after-Christmas fruitcake which was picture perfect and good to eat. Marie had a delicious Mincemeat pie and Barbara made a beautiful vanilla spiral bundt cake. To say the least, we were not watching our diets. Norine Murdock joined us for the first time, and as usual, Irene and Judith are in their winter southern homes. Maria gave the group fat quarters and a challenge to make a “do it yourself” Christmas gift. Barbara is using a collection of Oriental fabrics to make the pattern “Neighbor’s Fence.” She has finished the top and is now quilting it. Marie was finishing up a “Wonky” quilt for her grand-daughter called “Flights of Fancy” that Maria also did in Batik fabrics. Marie chose soft pinks and browns. Norine was working on transforming kitchen towels into a pillow. As always, we chat away as we sew, and have “show and tell” of our latest projects. We discuss new projects and share patterns. All in all, fun times and all are welcome.



IMPORTANT DATES MARCH 2012 National Women’s History Month th

5 7th 8th 11th 17th 19th 20th 22nd 23rd 24th 31st

APRIL 2012 1st 1st 5th

Movie Maniacs, “Mirror, Mirror” April Fools Day Cozy Quilters, Marie Hageman’s home, 2pm th 7 Passover th 8 Easter th 13 Learn Laugh Lunch at Brookdale 9am th 14 AAUW-NJ Annual Meeting, Forsgate th 18 Books at Perks, 3:30 th 19 Annual Branch Business Meeting, 6:30 meeting, 7pm Antiques Evaluations nd 22 Lunch and “Music Man”

Board Meeting at Pat’s, 7pm Cozy Quilters, Barbara Corbin’s home, 2pm Books at Perks, 3:30 Daylight Saving Time, Clocks ahead St. Patrick’s Day Cozy Quilters, Maria Sendzik’s home, 2pm Inter-Branch Meeting at 6:30pm, “Vanities” 7:30pm Cozy Quilters, Maria Sendzik’s home, 2pm Inter-Branch Collaboration = $tart $mart Workshop at GCU Central District AAUW-NJ Luncheon Meeting, 12pm, Contact Pat Women’s Life and Career Event at OCC

ADVANCE CALENDAR—2012 May 4th Friday Night Gourmet Group May 15th Branch Meeting, 6:30pm, Hidden New Jersey Fun Facts 7:00pm June 19th Annual Deck Dinner, Installation of Officers at Barbara Tuzio’s 8

teentech May 23 Our branch would like to sponsor a young lady who is interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics for hands-on experiences at Teen Tech. Submit their names to Pat. (See the flier on the next page.)

LEARN * LAUGH * LUNCH A WOMEN’S CONFERENCE, APRIL 13, 2012 At Brookdale Community College Lincroft Campus Topic: Learn Laugh Lunch Time: 9:00 AM-3:30PM Cost: $65.00 Call: 732-244-2315 for information or go to for full event information. A Women’s Conference offers a rare opportunity to hear memorable speakers and sample subjects of interest all in one day through morning and afternoon workshops. Breakfast snacks and lunch are provided. Keynote speakers are Christina Pirello from the television series Christina Cooks who is an authority on whole foods; and Sudha Allitt one of the region’s leading teachers of yoga. Some other workshops offered during the day include “Maximize Your Heart Health,” “A Sweet Sensation” which includes chocolate, and “Five Astonishing Habits of the Time-Wealthy.” There are a total of 15 workshops to choose from so it appears to be an interesting and informative day. Maria Sendzik

PUBLIC POLICY—Women’s Equity Day AAUW is hosting it’s first annual Women’s Equity Day Summer Snowball Launch as part of a broader effort to preserve women’s Health and Economic Rights (HER). We are joining forces with other women’s organizations on August 26, 2012, ”Womens’s Equity Day”, to prove to Congress that our collective voices will be heard during the 2012 elections. Government needs to get back on track and focus on things that matter most to women. Marlene Snedaker 9


WOMEN’S LIFE & CAREER EVENT Join us Saturday March 31! At Ocean County College, Solar Lounge, Toms River NJ Topic: Becoming Fearless in Career and Life Time: 8:30AM-1:00PM Cost: $9.00 RSVP by March 23, 2012 732-255-0400 ext. 2945 Directions at: AAUW-NOCB is co-sponsoring this event that will leave you feeling inspired, empowered and ready for action. Donna Cardillo, one of the presenters, says you can learn how to create positive momentum in your life and work, and discover how to use current and past challenges as a springboard for future success. In this three hour event, Donna, along with Bernadette Amato and Virginia Watts, focuses on all aspects of “becoming fearless.” Our branch has contributed a basket of books for a raffle and will post a banner with information about our group along with membership applications and scholarship information. Maria Sendzik

$tart $mart March 23 at GCU $tart $mart is a national AAUW/WAGE Project workshop designed to benchmark salaries for new graduates and teach skills for negotiating fair salaries. The 3 hour workshop will help students understand the personal consequences of the wage gap and learn how to practice negotiation skills, benchmark compensation packages, and develop personal budgets. This is an opportunity for our branch to sponsor a college student. It also includes a workshop for members who are willing to become WAGE facilitators. To join in attending this important event at Georgian Court University, please call Pat.

MOVIE MANIACS Join us Sunday April 1st for Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts! Time TBA. Pammi 732-714-0986


EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND The latest edition (Winter 2012) of AAUW Outlook magazine features articles on AAUW’s most recent research report “Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School” which was released in November. The report presents the findings of a nationwide survey of middle and high school students about their experiences with sexual harassment. Linda Hallman, AAUW Executive Director and Carolyn Garfein, AAUW President, encourage all of us to read the articles and to take some action through our branches. The full report may be viewed online. Funding for all AAUW research is through the AAUW Funds, specifically the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund. . Barbara Tuzio, EOF


Get well wishes to Laura Tuzio Ross . She had a lumpectomy on January 9. Although the lymph nodes were clean, subsequent pathology tests revealed cancer cells in the breast tissue. She underwent a mastectomy and simple reconstruction on Feb. 22. She is slowly recovering and chemotherapy will begin on March 22. Please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sue Haas and her family on the loss of her husband Paul on Feb. 1.


BRANCH SCHOLARSHIPS Kathleen Barra Memorial Scholarship ($1000 ) Academic Scholarship ($1000) The annual search for worthy recipients has begun. If you know of an interested woman who might qualify for either scholarship, please contact the branch for further information: at and put “scholarship” in the subject area. Include your name, address, email, and telephone number. The requirements will be mailed to: AAUW-NOCB, PO Box 608, Manasquan, NJ 08736. Applications must be completed and returned by May 5.

Please support our fundraisers to enable us to raise this money!

The Kathleen Barra Memorial Scholarship ($1000) This scholarship is awarded in memory of one of our past members. Qualifications:  Female relative or a friend of a current member of AAUW-NJ  High school senior class of 2012  Enrolled full time in college in the school year 2012-2013  Major in business-related program (e.g. business, marketing, economics, ....)

The Re-entry Academic Scholarship ($1000) Qualifications:  Adult female reentering college  25 years of age or above  Resident of Ocean County  Continuing undergraduate education  Completed at least 30 college credits toward a Bachelor’s Degree  Will be enrolled in school year 2012-2013


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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 Flower Power 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 one of the following members of our branch:. Patricia Baroska (732) 458-5906 Marie Hagemann (732) 295-1439 15

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

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AAUW NOCB Official Board of Directors 2011-2012 Patricia Baroska—President Lenora Donatiello Judith Hromoko—Secretary Maureen Mitchell Cathy Paredes

Marlene Pigut Joanne Pisapia Maria Sendzik Marie Sweeney 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. 16

AAUW NOCB Newsletter March 2012  

monthly newlsetter for the Northern Ocean County NJ Branch of AAUW

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