October Report

Nevada Monthly Report, October 2013

Coalitions, and Allies, and Partners, Oh My!

Boulder City gets together

Boulder City gets together

This month was all about coalitions and allies for AAUW Nevada.  One of our goals as a state is to increase the number of coalitions and allies we work with.  We also want to do more with our C/U partners.

In Boulder City this month, the branch welcomed the new Executive Director for Progress Now Nevada, Annette Magnus-Marquart.  Annette shared the work that Progress Now Nevada is doing around AAUW policy priorities.  This includes new reports on the wage gap and service workers as well as the importance of the federal courts and stalled judicial nominations.  Both these issues impact Nevada women, and we’re happy to hear others are concerned about them as well.

In Las Vegas there are exciting meetings going on with C/U partner UNLV.  We are incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic institution in our state, and the Las Vegas branch is excited to work with young women trying to enter STEM fields!  We’re just now beginning to meet with faculty and students to determine how we can be most helpful, but we’ll keep you posted on where this partnership goes!

Regional Conferences and Organizer Visits

Locals were on hand to welcome Katherine.

Locals were on hand to welcome Katherine.

Planning is well underway for the AAUW Rocky Mountain Regional Conference.  The theme is Western Women: Beyond the Wagon Train.  It will be held in Reno, June 6-8.  Duties are being divided among the branches: Las Vegas and Boulder City will take care of registration and greeting, Fallon is responsible for packets,   Capital is preparing the programs, Tahoe/Nevada is handling the reception, and Reno is partnering with Sparks to take care of logistics.

The conference will be held in charming downtown Reno at the Siena.  More reports will come as the details are finalized.

One detail that we do know is our state organizer, Katherine Yelle, will be on hand to provide workshops.  Katherine visited with members in southern Nevada this month.  She came up from Flagstaff to meet with the Boulder City branch and the Las Vegas board.  Katherine held one on one meetings with several leaders and was on hand for both the Progress Now meeting with Annette and a meeting at UNLV with Dean Venkat.  She followed up with the Director of Multicultural Programming at UNLV, Joanna Jezierska, and is working with faculty to put the Las Vegas branch in touch with UNLV’s Society of Women Engineers.

Custom Workshops Coming Up!

UpcomingCalendarLast month our state organizer worked with leaders in the North on one-on-one meetings.  The training was helpful and informative for members.  In November, Katherine will return to southern Nevada to provide the same training for members from Boulder City and Las Vegas.  Not only will we become better communicators with each other, we’ll be better equipped to meet with legislators and community members when we need to.

Also on tap is a brand new, custom workshop designed by Katherine for Nevada on the differences between being partisan and being political.

AAUW is a non-partisan organization that does political work.  However, where is the line between partisan and political?  How do our shared values inform our political work?

What are the dos and don’ts of non-partisan work?  All that and more will be answered.  The workshop will debut in the North January 25, 2014 and follow up in the South after that.

SocialMediaSalsa & Social Media Update

RegionalConferenceAs of this month AAUW is on Facebook!  You can find us at www.facebook.com/AAUW.Nevada.  Please send any upcoming events or branch news to Katherine, yellek@aauw.org, and she will share it with the world.  You do not need a Facebook page or account to view the AAUW NV Facebook page, so even if you’re not a regular user of the social media site please stop on by the page and check it out.  For members who are on Facebook, it would be great if you could “like” our page and share it with your friends.  We’re excited that we have this new, free, easy, way to reach out to members and the public!  If anyone would like to help with social media outreach or has a suggestion for its use, please send those along to Katherine as well.

Member Spotlight

Laura (center) laughing with other members.

Laura (center) laughing with other members.

A big shout out this month goes to Boulder City branch member and e-student affiliate Laura Hutton!  Laura not only readily volunteers to help the branch with all of their usual activities and fundraisers, she also takes on new projects.  Laura was quick to offer to investigate how AAUW Boulder City can address local childhood poverty issues.  She is also working on building a relationship with the College of Southern Nevada.  Go Laura!