AAUW-WHC Announcements

Our 2021 Half-Masked Ball

Each October, WHC invites members to support AAUW National and our local Baker/Telfer Scholarship Fund. This year’s fundraising non-event is our Half-Masked Ball. The COVID-19 crisis has greatly impacted the long-term earning power of women. Our national organization advocates in Washington and throughout the county to address the financial inequality of women. The Baker/Telfer Scholarship gives $6,000 each year to 3 deserving college bound senior girls who are pursuing studies in STEM. Both of these causes are near and dear to our hearts. As you have always done, please give generously again this year. Please note the invitation on the following page.

AAUW of Texas 2022 Convening
“A Golden Opportunity”

Break out your golden bling
and shine with us at the
50th AAUW of Texas Convening
Hurst Conference Center
April 29-30, 2022

Save the date for the 50th AAUW of Texas Convening.  We are planning a celebration of the 50th Convening and the 50th Anniversary of Title IX.  The Hurst Conference Center just northwest of Fort Worth will host us in their facility from Friday evening, April 29 through Saturday, April 30.  Accommodations will be in the new, attached Hilton Garden Inn.

Since we will be celebrating the “Golden” 50th Convening and the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, we are planning to have a little fun by encouraging everyone to wear gold- clothing, shoes, jewelry, scarves.  The room will be “glowing” with the enthusiasm of the members for the mission of AAUW.

The current proposal is to have several dynamic speakers, an opening reception, and celebrations of members and branch accomplishments.  There will be time for networking so we can make and renew friendships after the long Covid shutdown.  We hope you can join us.

Covid restrictions will be monitored during the planning with attendee safety in mind.  The plan will include alternatives if the situation at the time requires a different format.  Watch for further updates.

Carolyn Stoffel
Membership Vice President

Pictures of the three-dimensional entry submitted by WHC Program VP Cindy Hickok are shown here.  This is how Cindy described “This Too Shall Pass”:

As we progressed through 2020, and on into 2021, I kept reminding myself that the pandemic was only a temporary setback.  The longer it went on, the greater the worry, however, and I began to think “This Too Shall Pass,” which seemed appropriate title for an image of a car, was more serious than I thought.  And so, as a personal distraction, I decided to cover a car with images of “the ravages” of 2020 – 21.  Shown in the entry photo, which by the way, can be no larger than 2 megabits for AAUW rules, is one side of the car showing the fun(?) for school kids being let out of school, wearing masks of course.  The car’s front depicts our real situation, with everything being stopped.  (License plate shows 2020 -21.)  The other side of the car represents social distancing—masks, 6 “feet”, hand-washing, buildings closed, and the ever-present virus.  Top of the car represents the financial damage of the pandemic, with dollar bills floating off to nowhere.  Finally, at the back, more viruses, and the masked Screamer letting off a good scream, which we all felt inclined to do at times.

 I was originally asked to do a car image for a Boston gallery, but I have too many hours in the design and stitching to be able to put a fair price on it.  I will enjoy the piece myself as a reminder of the changes brought about in our lifestyle by this memorable time.  —Cindy Hickock

Find Cindy’s entry by looking for the title in the dropdown menu, “This Too Shall Pass” Entry #150

Click here to VIEW GALLERY; then VOTE TODAY!  March 3rd Deadline

“Don’t Fall for a Scam” Recording

Members may use the following information to view the Better Business Bureau program presented by Jennifer Salazar.  Jennifer gave great information about the current top 10 scams.  Included in this program are important phone numbers and ways to protect you from potential problems.  Permission has been given for you to download the program to your computer.  Jennifer’s calendar is booked far into 2022.  Please feel free to share the download with friends and other groups.  If you have trouble downloading, call or email Carolyn Morris morriscs@aol.com  713-560-1889.  The program is only in the Zoom Cloud for a limited time.

Topic: Don’t Fall for a Scam -AAUW Feb. Meeting
Date: Feb 20, 2021 09:28 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: q@%G4Sds


Everyone wants to look their best on ZOOM. Chad Blackburn, son of Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Senator from Tennessee, and friend of David Carlson, is sharing ZOOM tips.  Thank you, Margaret, for passing this information along.

Get Ready to B.L.E.S.S. Zoom meetings with your virtual presence!

Background – Use a virtual background if your background (what the other participants “see” behind you) is cluttered or unprofessional. Note that bright windows in your background can cause lighting issues.

Lights – Ensure you have the best lighting. An easy way to improve lighting is to take the shade off a lamp or two and place them behind your computer. You will look better, and it will fill out shadows.

Elevate – Set your laptop on a box to elevate your camera to just above eye level. This keeps us from looking up your nose and eliminates double chins.

Sound – Improve sound quality by connecting a set of headphones that have an integrated microphone to your computer. Headphones that come with smartphones work well. This eliminates echoes and improves sound quality when you speak.

Shirt – Dress professionally out of respect for those who are participating in the meeting.

BONUS: Clean your camera lens especially if you’ve had a sticky note over it!

10 Steps to Make a Difference with AAUW

This year AAUW is focusing on economic security and pay equity. AAUW is working toward a goal of ensuring livelihood for women by achieving pay equity by the year 2030 through several key objectives:

  • Champion pay equity federally and in all U.S. states and territories
  • Lead the nation in providing salary negotiation programs for employees and employers
  • Train 10 million women in salary negotiations by 2022.

Click here to watch the six minute video on 10 Steps to Make a Difference with AAUW.

Greetings to All AAUW West Harris County (TX) Branch Members

The Board has approved the use of permanent name tags to be purchased by the members. Members opting not to purchase name tags will be provided with sticky tags at events.

The instructions below can be used to order your name tag – example shown above.

Go to: AAUW.source4.com

Select: Wear AAUW (the first item)

Photo of the name tag

Pin or magnet – ($8.00 for pin closing and $10.00 for magnetic closing)


“Customize” and complete the information requested: 

  • your name,
  • “West Harris County (TX) Branch”
  • and name of your university (optional).

Make sure the information for the name badge is correct and proceed to checkout.

I will be glad to assist anyone who has trouble ordering their name tag online.
Sheila Jaynes, Membership Vice-President

No Longer in Boxes Under the Bed: AAUW WHC History

Out From Under the Bed and Into the WHC Branch Archives

Now is the time to assemble all records, including digital, paper, and memorabilia, from our activities this past year. By the end of June, please send these records to Martha Ewell, Historian. Each August, the Historian meets with the archivist at the U of H Library, located on the main campus, to deliver these records for entry into the Carey Shuart Women’s Archive & Research Collection which houses all of the WHC Branch past and current history.

If you have any questions, please contact Martha by email m.ewell@sbcglobal.net or phone 713.782.2084.



The Branch Board is proposing that the West Harris County Branch Bylaws be amended to allow for electronic voting. This change will be in effect beginning  in 2016.

The past and current wording of Article V, Section 3b and Article XIV, Section 4c of our Branch Bylaws is shown below.

Margaret Carlson, Parliamentarian


Branch Merger Discussion Discontinued

A discussion of a merger between the West Harris County Branch and the Houston Branch was discussed at the March 22 branch meeting.

A branch merger would dissolve both branches to form a completely new branch. Considering that West Harris County Branch turns 40 years old this year and Houston Branch observes the 80th anniversary of its charter in 2017, a merger with loss of branch history and identity would not be to the liking of either branch. Therefore the suggestion to consider a branch merger will not be pursued further.


Office Depot and Office Max

AAUW has partnered with Office Depot and Office Max to bring you a free national discount program. Members of AAUW can now save up to 80 percent off preferred products, online and in stores! You will also receive free next-day delivery on orders over $50! Print your in-store savings card by accessing the following URL. http://www.officediscounts.org/aauw.html

Free lamination of the card is included if printed online. This is an INCREDIBLE discount for printing. There are other available discounts online as well.