Welcome to the Tucson (AZ) Branch of AAUW!

NewBurst‘Educator Says Lawsuit Only Option Left in Fight for Fair Pay’
Watch the Maria Shriver January 15, 2014 NBC Nightly News interview with Aileen Rizo here.

NewBurstClick on AAUW Mission and Action in the right sidebar for the latest edition (April 2014). Highlights include equal pay protections; AAUW national committee and task force applications; San Diego 2015!; join a delegation to Poland; new recruitment video; 2014-15 Fellows and Grantees (to be confirmed by August 1).

NewBurstMembership Matters Click on AAUW Membership Matters in the right sidebar for the latest membership information, branch success stories and tips, and other vital information for the AAUW community.

NewBurstLois Sands Mitsch recipient Maria Mobasseri tells us about the STEM program that the LSM grant is funding for summer 2014.  Maria is at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois and is the first LSM grant recipient for 2013-14.  The 2014-15 recipient will be announced August 1.

Updated news from Maria Mobasseri, March 12, 2014:

Thank you very much for sending me the link. We are starting our planning for local advertisement and awareness of the summer camp as well as recruitment of the girls into the program. We will keep you posted on our progress via pictures and videos.

Thank you.:-))


NewBurstARIZONA has a winning entry in the 2014 Annual Art Contest! Congratulations to Sharon Gale of the Southeast Valley (AZ) Branch for her entry, “Unique.”

NewBurstHighlights of AAUW—Tucson Members’ Luncheon Meeting
March 8, 2014  Old Pueblo Grill

Joan Donnelly gave a summary of our February 8 Fund Raiser Activity.  Total Funds raised for EOF was $2,855.00   This year’s fund raiser was one of the best in AAUW—TUS’ fund raiser activities.

One of our guests, Pat Likins, gave an information presentation on ITN Greater Tucson, Dignified transportation for Seniors.  ITN Greater Tucson is an affiliate of ITNAmerica, a national network of non-profit transportation providers.  The organization provides membership for Elders and those adults with limited vision who may be needing transportation to medical appointments.  Members can book a ride to go anywhere in ITN service area 24/7.  Drivers are primarily volunteers.  Rides cost $1.50 per mile after a $2.50 pick-up fee. More information on ITN Greater Tucson can be found at www.itngreatertucson.org; or you may call 520 209-1645.

Ms Kelly Fryer, Executive Director of Tucson YWCA gave a powerful presentation on YWCA’s work in the community.  YWCA Tucson’s statement of “eliminating racism, empowering women” is very similar to our AAUW mission and vision that our luncheon members discussed how we could work with YWCA.  AAUW—Tucson offered to take some of YWCA’s brochures and information for handouts at their information booth at Tucson Festival of books.  More information on YWCA Tucson can be found at:  ywcatucson.org

ITN Greater Tucson and YWCA Tucson have helpful resources to help make Tucson a better community.


This year the AAUW—TUS partnered with the League of Women Voters and the Women’s Commission to have an information table at the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB).   Thanks to Sue DeArmond’s offer, we took our material to her home to have her deliver it to our table early on March 15.  She also loaned us some strong, large Bungee cords to hang our banner in the tent.   Sue is with the League of Women Voters group (LGWV).  Again, with Sue’s help we were able to organize our table with material from all three groups, and hang the banner well.

Both Saturday and Sunday were warm days for Tucson.  The warm weather helped bring record number of people to TFOB and visit our table.  AAUW—TUS also had pamphlets and information from the Tucson Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).  We received comments from visitors that the information went with the booth’s theme, “Women’s Groups for Change.”  The candy handouts also encouraged people to stop by!

We had a notebook for visitors to sign up for more information.  Over the two days, we collected a total of 29 names.  Our membership team will be doing some follow up on these names.  We also had a visitor who advised she wanted to help with the AAUW Running & Winning activity.

Altogether, ten of our members volunteered to help at the table, including myself and Shirley Muney, who also volunteered for the Women’s Commission .  We had a good mix of women helping each other, providing information and pamphlets to our visitors.  With three groups and usually four people at the two tables, we found it better to help each other, if a break was needed.  This was a good exercise to learn about the LWV, WC and YWCA.

If we choose to participate in the TFOB again, here are some recommendations:

  • Bring a flat of water to share with the booth participants; maybe unmeltable candy
  • AAUW—TUS invest in a tablecloth or two to make our booth presentable
  • Make sure we have plenty of current material to handout.  May have to order material; should be done at least two months’ in advance.  Request funds from Treasurer, if needed
  • Check with the Casas Adobes and Green Valley Branch for some of their handouts
  • Have our table volunteers sign up for two hour shifts; works better especially with parking limitations.  (Parking is free for everyone, but some of the areas may require a longer walk to our booth site)
  • Two AAUW members per shift would help for needed breaks
  • Request that the people asking for more information PRINT their names and contact legibly

Thanks to our booth volunteers:  Lois Runyon, Nancy Woodling, Marie Miller, Betty Jett, Connie Harrison, Rita Skillman, Georgia Armstrong, Carol Dow, Shirley Muney

Nieves M. Miljure

NewBurstA Tribute to Marybeth Carlile, AAUW Tucson Branch President 1973-75
by Lou Bagnara, AAUW Tucson Branch President 1965-67

Past Presidents AAUW Tucson Branch (October, 2013) Back row, l to r: Jean Brady 1981-83; Lou Bagnara 1965-67; Connie Harrison 2007-09; Pat Spoonamore 1983-85; Nancy Woodling 2009-11 Front Row, l to r: Jeanne Clarke 2003-07; Carol Dow 2011-13; Barbara Neubert 2001-03; Marybeth Carlile 1973-75

Past Presidents AAUW Tucson Branch (October, 2013) Back row, l to r: Jean Brady 1981-83; Lou Bagnara 1965-67; Connie Harrison 2007-09; Pat Spoonamore 1983-85; Nancy Woodling 2009-11
Front Row, l to r: Jeanne Clarke 2003-07; Carol Dow 2011-13; Barbara Neubert 2001-03; Marybeth Carlile 1973-75

Marybeth Carlile, longtime member of the Tucson Branch, passed away at her home in Sedona on March 18. In 1963, when Marybeth moved to Tucson with her husband and family, she immediately became an active member of AAUW. She served as Tucson Branch president from 1973 to 1975 and as president of the Arizona Division from 1979 to 1980.  She was Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator for Families and Work in 1981-1982 and was a member of the Program Development Committee at the Association level in 1987-1988.

Marybeth was an active member of an AAUW study group that concentrated on water issues in southern Arizona. In 1978, Governor Bruce Babbitt appointed her to the Arizona Water Commission, and Governor Rose Mofford appointed her to the Commission on the Arizona Environment. In 1982, Marybeth became executive director of Southern Arizona Water Resources Association (SAWRA) where she established a xeriscape program, still in use today. She was elected to represent Pima County on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors where she served from 1990 until 2002. She credited her service to Arizona to “many years of study… and good background work in AAUW.”

Those of us who knew Marybeth admired her intelligence, her wisdom, her thoughtfulness, her wonderful sense of humor, her honesty, and her warmth. She was a devoted wife and mother and a faithful friend. She will be greatly missed.

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