JOIN US FOR A NEW YEAR OF EXCITING EVENTS IN 2017-2018
We have a stimulating lineup of meetings for the upcoming year. Please visit our Branch Meetings page to review the sorts of interesting topics you've already missed! But you can still join us for our next event:
Valley Forge AAUW Branch Meeting
On February 10th, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.
At Easttown Library, 720 First Avenue, Berwyn
LOVE STORIES IN FACT, FICTION AND FOLKLORE
Presented by Eleanor Erskine
It is a great pleasure to have our own Eleanor Erskine as the featured speaker for February. Eleanor, a retired librarian, is an experienced storyteller. She is a member of the Garden State Story League and the National Story League. She is ready to tell us love stories, appropriate for February with its celebration of Valentine's Day. We have returned to our usual meeting room at Easttown Library, so bring your friends and listen to some seasonal examples of the storyteller's art. Please be aware that the library does not open before 10 a.m. on Saturdays; therefore, refreshments will be served shortly thereafter. Also, branch meetings at the library are always open to the public.
Valley Forge AAUW Branch Meeting
Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
At the Wickersham’s, 770 Holly Road, Strafford
NUTRITION FOR MATURE WOMEN
Presented by Karen Wellin
Please join us at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14th at Erlis Wickersham's house for an informal conversation with Karen Wellin about Nutrition for Mature Women. She will answer such questions as:
What are GMOS and why should we avoid them?
Which weight loss plan is best, the South Beach, Atkins, Mediterranean, or other?
Which danger is greater, the danger from excessive fats or too much salt?
What are the various kinds of vegetarianism and what dangers do they pose?
Your own questions are always welcome. We look forward to a lively exchange with our wonderful in-house expert. And please feel free to help the membership committee by bringing a friend.
Valley Forge AAUW Branch Meeting
Saturday, September 9, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.
At Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library, Rosemont College
Cheddar and Red: 19th Century Pennsylvania German Quilts
Presented by Cathy Fennell
Cathy Fennell, Executive Director of Library Services at Rosemont College and an amateur quilter, will revisit thirteen 19th Century Pennsylvania German quilts that have been exhibited in the Kistler Library and share her researched information about the quilts, the quilt makers and their color choices. Interspersed in the talk will be examples of some of Cathy’s quilts and her journey as a quilter.
Here is some easy information about parking on the Rosemont College campus: the closest lot to the library is behind Kaul Hall. Enter the campus from Wendover Road, situated off Montgomery Avenue. The first possible left will be the road leading to the parking lot. Proceed to the right all the way behind the building. If you enter from Montgomery Avenue keep going left around the Main Building until you come to a sign for parking behind Kaul Hall. Turn right into the parking area, and look for Erlis Wickersham who will show us the way to the library entrance.
There is a map of the campus on the Rosemont College website.
We hope to see many of you at our first meeting of the 2017-2018 year.
"Gerrymandering: The Partisan Manipulation of
Electoral Districts for Political Gain"
Presented by Lawrence Husick, on behalf of Fair Districts PA
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.
720 First Avenue, Berwyn, PA
Pennsylvania is one of the most gerrymandered states in our nation. For 200 years, politicians have picked their voters by drawing and re-drawing the electoral maps to keep themselves safely in office. Fair Districts PA is working hard to fight for redistricting that will keep our political process transparent, impartial and fair. Our speaker, Lawrence Husick, will explore all the problems and issues associated with gerrymandering and will bring us up-to-date on proposed solutions.
Please join us on Saturday, April 8, at Easttown Public Library for this pertinent and informative program. Guests are always welcome, and refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!
Lawrence A. Husick’s experience as a technology consultant, computer system designer, and software author, as well as his career as an attorney give him a unique perspective on the mechanics of electoral politics, particularly the new science of political map-drawing. He is a graduate of the NCPAC Campaign Academy, and has served as a communications consultant to many candidates seeking political office. He also serves as a co-director of the FPRI Wachman Center Program on Teaching Innovation, and as the co-chair of FPRI’s Center for the Study of Terrorism.
Mr. Husick holds a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Environmental Chemistry from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where he also did graduate work in microprocessor systems design.
He is a partner in Lipton, Weinberger & Husick, an intellectual property law firm in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University in the Whiting Graduate School of Engineering, and in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Program in Biotechnology. He is a founder of several entrepreneurial ventures, including Infonautics Inc., PocketDoctor.com and Cloud Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He serves on the Boards of the Clear Vision Foundation, is counsel to the American Helicopter Museum and Eduation Center, and is the past chair of the Board of Visitors of the Samson College of Health Sciences at University of the Sciences. Mr. Husick is the founding director of Quantum Cures Foundation, a nonprofit building a cooperative computing environment to design novel molecules for use as vaccines, treatments, and cures for orphan, rare and neglected diseases. He served for seven years as the Senior Legal Fellow at Apple, Inc. and is a past president and chairman of the Helen Beebe Speech and Hearing Center, a pioneering facility for auditory-verbal education of the hearing impaired.
Questions?: Contact Sharon Gurak (610) 585-0432
Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
***TREDYFFRIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
582 Upper Gulph Road
Strafford, PA 19087
"DIVERSE ENERGY SOURCES, PRODUCTION & POLICY"
Presented by Jennifer Clemons, Department Chair,
Energy Technologies, Delaware Technical Community College
Jennifer Clemons will join us on March 11th to share her knowledge and interest in all things "energy." We will explore all the traditional fossil fuels and nuclear power, and we'll also learn about all the "new" sources of energy - solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and biofuels. How are these energy sources produced? And, what are the public policy issues associated with the various sources of energy?
Please join us on March 11th at Tredyffrin Public Library for this pertinent and informative program. Guests are always welcome, and refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!
Questions? Call Sharon Gurak at 610-585-0432
PAINT THE REVOLUTION"
Mexican Modernism 1910-1950
Presented by Sal Caltabiano
Docent, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.
From the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 to the aftermath of World War II, artists and intellectuals in Mexico were at the center of a great debate about their country’s destiny. Join us as Sal Caltabiano, docent of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, walks us through the recent exhibition of this exhilarating period. Through a remarkable range of images, from masterpieces by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, and Rufino Tamayo to transfixing works by their contemporaries Dr. Atl, María Izquierdo, Roberto Montenegro, Carlos Mérida, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, and many others, Mr. Caltabiano offers a deep look at the forces that shaped modern art in Mexico, the progress of which was closely watched around the world.
Paint the Revolution takes its name from an impassioned essay by American novelist John Dos Passos, who saw Mexico’s revolutionary murals during a visit to Mexico City in 1926–27. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness “an extraordinary moment in the history of modern art, one fueled by cultural and political revolution.”
"What Shall We Do with the Body?
A History of Burials in America from Colonial Times through the Space Age"
Marilyn Toole, Genealogist and AAUW Member
We in the U.S. have been burying our loved ones for as long as we have inhabited this country, but the beliefs, customs, traditions, and feelings about those burials have changed drastically over the past 250 years. Learn about how these aspects of the last phase of life have changed over the generations and the future of these customs from AAUW member and speaker Marilyn Toole. Marilyn is an experienced genealogist and speaker with over 25 years experience in the field and has injected humor into this talk, a favorite of groups in the Delaware Valley.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:15 a.m.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. (Easttown Library):
"A Morning with Comedy"
Moliere's "The Would-Be Gentleman"
Presented by Erlis Wickersham
Comedy, in its dramatic form, can be traced back to the Ancient Greek. The Roman, Plautus, used models from the Greek on which to base his characters. This ancient comedy often depicted women as characters that should be controlled by men, and comedy was derived from women being treated in a degrading way.
Fast forward to the 17th century, and we find the French playwright, Moliere, writing comedies based on Greek and Roman prototypes. How does Moliere derive his comedy? How are women treated in his plays?
Guided by Erlis Wickersham, we will explore these, and many other questions, at our April 9th Branch meeting. Erlis is a long-time AAUW Branch member, who has devoted her career to providing informative presentations at local libraries and colleges. We are so pleased to have such a professional approach to this topic.
Having advance knowledge of the play and looking at the study questions that can be emailed or sent separately will help in our understanding of the discussion. Guided by Power Point slides, this program will be both informative and entertaining. So, please plan to join us at this meeting, even if this play is new to you.
Questions: Call Sharon Gurak at 610-585-0432.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. (Easttown Library):
Please join us as we explore historic Elfreth's Alley from a 19th Century perspective. Learn more about the archaeological record and what it can tell us about the immigrant experience.
Dr. Deirdre Kelleher is an historical archaeologist with a background in urban archaeology, public archaeology, material culture studies and vernacular architecture. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University in 2015. Prior to attending Temple University, Deirdre received her undergraduate degree from Boston College in 2006. Deirdre is currently working as an archaeologist for the State Historic Preservation Office in Trenton, New Jersey.
Questions? Call Sharon Gurak at 610-585-0432
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:15 AM (Easttown Library):
In Honor of Black History Month
Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Devon
We will welcome members of the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church congregation, including Reverend April M. Martin, Pastor, and Bertha L. Jackmon, Church Historian, to discuss the Church and its important role in the history of the Upper Main Line area.
Started in 1849 or 1850, Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church is the first recorded African-American congregation of any denomination, and the oldest and longest continuously operating African Methodist Episcopal Church on the entire Main Line. Its long standing position in our community and its importance in the "School Fight" of 1932-34, where local school segregation was fought and civil rights issues were first tested, are just some of the important topics that will be discussed.
Spread the word! Bring friends and join us for a stimulating and fascinating lesson in a little-known era of the Main Line's past.
Questions: Call Sharon Gurak (610) 585-0432
Mt. Zion AME Church, North Fairfield Road, Devon, PA
Saturday, January 9, 2015 at 10:15 AM (Easttown Library):
"DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES CONFRONTING ADOLESCENTS"
It seems that so many children and adolescents these days carry one or more psychological diagnoses: ADD, ADHD, ODD, etc. What do they mean? Are they merely labels for what used to be considered mild "acting out" behaviors? And what are the special issues facing girls and young women in this highly diagnosed environment?
Dr. Randy Gurak is a triple board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. He has been treating youths with a wide range of psychiatric issues for over 30 years. He will discuss these questions in the context of his experiences and will answer any questions you may have at our next Branch Meeting.
Please join us for a lively discussion on this very timely topic!
Questions?: Call Sharon Gurak (610) 585-0432.
Hope to see you there!
Most Meetings are held at:
Easttown Township Library 720 First Avenue Berwyn, PA 19312
Valley Forge Branch, AAUW 2015-2016 Scholarship Winners
Once again, our chapter is proud to be able to sponsor scholarships for non-traditional female college students. This year, we had enough money to award scholarships to three very deserving Delaware County Community College women students.
Pictured, right, with AAUW Valley Forge Members Susan Norris and Norma Winther, far right, are two of the three scholarship winners. The taller student has an undergraduate degree in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University. She now is working toward a nursing degree with great determination and dedication.
The other recipient, pictured with her daughter, tells us she is pursuing her dream career. "i am," she told us, "currently at DCCC to gain my associates in liberal studies, so that I can attain a degree in Mortuary Science. Hard times will not tear me away from my passion."
Our third winner, not shown, is in her mid-twenties and suffers from clinical depression. She has had to drop out of school in the past but is determined to succeed this time. "I am trying every day; it isn't easy but I am here!"
What an honor for us to be able to help these women as they struggle to meet their goals. Thank you to all of the AAUW Valley Forge branch members who helped make these scholarships possible through support of our annual Book Sale and with direct contributions.
AAUW members Susan Norris and Norma Winther with two scholarship winners