AAUW-WHC Announcements

WHCB Project to Promote Literacy
Donate your books!

As you have read or heard on the news, many school districts are having to cut their budgets for the 2024-2025 school year.   This is the result of the legislature not passing sufficient school funding during the last legislative session.  To cut costs, Spring Branch ISD is eliminating librarian positions at all schools.  Other school districts may take similar steps.

To advance literacy in one low economic neighborhood, our branch is supporting a free library that has been started at Spring Branch Family Development Center (SBFDC).  What’s needed are books. Gently used (or new) books in either English or Spanish are requested. The SBFDC Free Library can share everything from toddler board books to beginning readers, chapter books, graphic novels, illustrated nonfiction texts, mysteries, and young adult fiction, etc.

Many of you are grandmothers or maybe you are a retired teacher.  You may have gently used children’s books in your home for entertaining grandchildren who have outgrown them and are no longer used.  Perhaps your treasured book collection can be put to good use.  Members can donate books at our next branch meetings in April and May.

When: April and May
Where: Branch meetings
Who: All WHCB members
What: Donate gently used or new children’s books
For: Spring Branch Family Development Center
Questions: Contact by email Georgia Kimmel, Cathy Urquhart, or Diana Guarniere.

A list of AAUW-WHC activities can be found in our newsletter as well as in the directory.

Leaders for all the groups are listed in the Directory, but if you have questions and/or would like help to make a connection, please contact Activities Coordinator, Sharon Jorgeson,
281-703-5939, sjorgeson@gmail.com

Please see online newsletter for specifics for the interest groups.


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


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.


  • March 1, 2022