AAUW Sun City Center / South Shore: 3064
Last updated August 1, 2019
Welcome to the Sun City Center / SouthShore Branch of the American Association of University Women, promoting equity for women and girls in the South Shore of Hillsborough County, Florida
WHAT’S NEW: Looking for things to do this summer until the fall meetings start again in October – LOOK HERE!
NEW 2019-2020 Meeting and Event Schedule: We have changed the date of the November fundraiser to the 3rd Saturday in November, November 16, to hold it in the Community Hall. We are in the midst of finalizing our plans for a great set of informative, educational, and thought-provoking meetings and events for the upcoming year, and will post the schedule in the next few weeks. We can always use more people to help manage individual meetings,contact the branch to find out how.
Take the Online Salary Negotiation Workshop We are encouraging everyone to take the free AAUW WorkSmart online salary negotiation class. The class is accessed at https://salary.aauw.org …We also encourage you to share with friends and relatives – send out emails, post it on your facebook page, and tweet it! Using the information in the course can generate $100,000 or more additional income in a lifetime. Even if you are not working, it gives some great negotiation tips. And, if you really like the course, consider helping to facilitate a group session for HCC and Enterprising Latinas.
Concerned about the latest developments in Washington? Send your representatives an email with our Two Minute Activist feature. Go to the AAUW national website page, https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/public-policy/two-minute-activist/ Pick your issue among those listed – including ERA, reproductive rights, Title IX, paid family leave, pay equity. Then enter your email and address (to identify your representatives) and click submit. An email will go you YOUR representatives in Washington. It is that easy, and takes only two minutes. Issues are regularly updated with the latest developments in Washington, so check back often.
Lifetime Learning/Special Interests: Several of the special interest groups will continue to meet over the summer, including two bridge groups, Mah Jongg and Tea and Books. NOTE August Tea and Books meeting is cancelled. The next meeting will be in September, for historical novel theme. Read more
Need some relevant summer reading material? Members recommended “Other Powers” by Barbara Goldsmith about the suffragettes and “No Visible Bruises” by Rachel Snyder (a relative of Cyrille Cobe) about domestic abuse. Click on the links to see the Goodreads reviews of these.
Review information about the 50th Anniversary of Florida’s ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US constitution. We held a party in July to celebrate this. Besides a great picture of many of the attendees, there is a link to some very informative reading material on the suffrage movement in Florida, and profiles of some great Florida women. Read More…
The Sun City Center/South Shore Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was chartered in 1984. AAUW’s mission is to pursue equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education and research.
This branch covers the South Shore area of Hillsborough County, Florida, including Sun City Center, Wimauma, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Riverview and Brandon. We have education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and public policy initiatives supporting girls and women from elementary school through the workplace. Review our activity summaries below, email us to find out more information, or join us at one of our upcoming meetings!
Branch Members : 50
Recent Branch Newsletters :
- SCC AAUW Communicator May 19
- SCC AAUW COMMUNICATOR APRIL19
- SCC AAUW COMMUNICATOR MARCH 19
- SCC AAUW COMMUNICATOR FEB 19
- SCC AAUW COMMUNICATOR JAN 19
Florida Room of the Sun City Center Atrium Building, North Pebble Beach Blvd.
Click on any of the following to find out more about the AAUW Sun City Center / South Shore Branch:
What We Do
Our activities focus on four areas. Click on any of these to see a description of that topic.
What We Do – Education
Learning and using good study habits while young helps ensure success in education down the road. We award a year-long subscription to American Girl Magazine to the most improved female student in each Ruskin and Wimauma 4th grade class. This initiative is funded by our Bridge to Education activity.
We sponsor two girls from the Beth Shields Middle School for a week long overnight STEM camp. Our 2019 STEM Tech Trek Campers are Alicia Bass, Madison Mckeefer, and Jenedith Segura. See details about the program below under STEM/TechTrek
Scholarships by the Hillsborough Education Foundation for college are based on students positive character and academic excellence. These students will receive Florida Prepaid college scholarships upon high school graduation BUT one of the requirements is working with a mentor for the high school years since there is not much support for college awareness in their homes. The students are there waiting for mentors but the Foundation cannot find enough mentors in the SouthShore area. This seems like a perfect match for many of our members–different from tutoring beginning reading to first graders these are already achieving students and motivated. Here are two people to contact if interested:
- Anna Laird , Program Manager, 813-463-4283
- Olga Perez, Lennard High School, 813-641-5611 ext 287
We also award a gift certificate to a female student at a local high school.
College is challenging, and even more so if you are attending several years past high school, when you may have additional work and family commitments. Each year we award a scholarship to a woman over the age of 24 who is attending Hillsborough Community College South Shore Campus in Ruskin. Upon reviewing our finances and the results of our fundraising efforts, the Board authorized a $1,000 increase for this year (2019) in our scholarship fund contribution to Hillsborough County College.
Our 2019 Scholarship winners are Folashade Ijoma and Bonnie Steele. And our free national AAUW membership went to Charlmaine Lee. Congratulations to all!
Any HCC student is eligible for a FREE e-membership in AAUW. See the AAUW Student page for information on benefits and the link to register.
——– After or During College visit WORKSMART——-
After College – We usually begin our career(s). The AAUW Washington, D.C. office has made an initiative or workshop entitled WORKSMART with Coca-Cola. The program is to assist and teach women to find and negotiate the highest possible salaries. Tools to do this is given in WORKSMART are free in an on-line program that can take less than one hour to complete or more depending how detailed you wish your salary and benefits package wishes are to be. You can get on this site at salary.aauw.org
When you complete the workshop questions. you may print the whole course from your home computer and you will have cover letter, resume info and negotiation info to take with you to any interview!
What We Do – STEM
Studies have shown that while girls and boys have the same interest levels in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects through elementary school, their focus changes in middle school. The Tech Trek camp helps re-energize girls’ interest in STEM subjects at that critical age. The camp is a week-long overnight camp at a college campus, with girls attending from all over the state. At the camp, they receive hands-on experience with STEM subjects, such as building a small bridge and writing an app, meet women STEM role models, and participate in leadership skills development activities.
Our AAUW branch selects and sponsors girls from the Beth Shields Middle School in Ruskin to attend the camps. In addition, some members help at the camps as counselors, presenters, etc.
You can read more about our Florida camps at the Florida AAUW website: https://techtrek-fl.aauw.net/. And this is a great article on how having a critical mass of women working in STEM fields can have a positive impact on the daily lives of all women https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/feb/23/truth-world-built-for-men-car-crashes
We also look to partner with local schools on STEM related activities. Recently, we attended a session that was sponsored by Hillsborough Community College in conjunction with Verizon Innovative Learning. The session was the capstone to an entrepreneurship STEM day camp for middle school girls in Hillsborough County. We listened to and viewed great product design proposals developed by the middle school campers. We also participated in the Wimauma Women’s March organized by Enterprising Latinas.
What We Do – Public Policy
In Florida, women earn 87% of that of men. The pay disparity starts with the first professional job, and grows from that point forward with each raise and new position. Read more about this important topic on the AAUW website, AAUW The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap. The AAUW has an initiative called Start Smart/Work Smart to educate and train women in the critical salary negotiation process, from the first profession job and forward.
We are encouraging all women to take the AAUW FREE online Work Smart course, and share the URL with your friends, relatives and co-workers. The course can be accessed at https://salary.aauw.org/.
The AAUW at the national and state level tracks public policy initiatives including proposed legislation that helps advance our mission. The two-minute activist is an easy way for individuals to send our views on these matters to the politicians representing you. https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/public-policy/two-minute-activist/
Letter Writing Campaigns
We also have period letter writing campaigns. We recently encouraged members to send letters to the Department of Education regarding Title IX. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking focused on reducing costs by narrowing defining sexual harassment and limiting investigation to sexual assault and harassment cases to only those with multiple written complaints against the same person. You can read more at AAUW- The Attack on Title IX
What We Do – Committees/Fund Raising and Interest Groups
To do all of this work, our members participate on committees which include Education, STEM, Public Policy, Programs, Membership and Communications.
We do various fundraising activities to support our initiatives. We have two big fundraising events a year to support the scholarship and Tech Trek initiatives, one in November and one in February. Events have included a murder-mystery play featuring local actors, a trunk fashion show, women’s trivia, and Women of Distinction (profiling local accomplished women). We also have book sales at Sun City Center Fun Fest and use funds collected at meetings and Bridge to Education to support our initiatives.
Life Long Learning
With such a great group of women as members, we also provide opportunities for mental stimulation and networking. We have groups that meet together, including a book club, bridge and mahjong. Periodically we gather to see a movie related to our mission, such as “Gifted” (about a girl math whiz) and “RBG” (about Ruth Bader Ginsberg).
Calendar & Events
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There are no regularly scheduled meetings in the summer, other than the Special Interest/ LifeLong learning activities listed below.
2019-2020 General Meeting Dates
All meetings start at 9:30AM in the Florida Room of the Sun City Center Atrium Building unless otherwise noted. The following list gives placeholders, and may be updated or changed when the schedule is released in late summer, 2019
View recent past events to review the 2018-2019 year events.Click here
|Saturday, October 12, 2019||To be determined|
|Saturday, November16, 2019 (New date)
|Saturday, December 14, 2019||To be determined|
|Saturday, January 11, 2020||To be determined|
|Saturday, February 8, 2020||Winter Fundraiser|
|Saturday, March 14, 2019||To be determined|
|Saturday, April 11, 2020||To be determined|
|Saturday, May 9, 2020||To be determined|
Recurring Monthly LifeLong Learning / Special Interest Groups Schedule
All activities meet at Aston Gardens North, Cozy Corner. Most are year- round. Contact the listed member for reservations and information.
|Duplicate Bridge Eight-No||First Thursdays at Noon (on break until October, 2019)||Edith Rice|
|Social Bridge Bridge Belles||First Wednesdays at Noon YEAR ROUND||Anita Gilbreath|
|Intermediate Mah Jongg||Second and Fourth Thursdays at 12:30PM YEAR ROUND||Sandi Zeligman|
|Social Bridge TLCB||Third Wednesday at 10:30AM YEAR ROUND||Margie Castiglia|
|Tea and Books||Fourth Wednesday at 2:00PM YEAR ROUND
August meeting is cancelled, September is historical novel
Saturday, July 13, 2019 Luncheon to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Florida Ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.
Florida ratified the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution of May 13, 1969. 16 of us, including 3 guests, celebrated the occasion with a luncheon. We discussed the history of the suffrage movement in Florida, and had some fun with games highlighting the year 1969.
An excellent source for more information on the Florida suffrage movement and its leaders is the Winter 1995-1996 issue of The Forum, published by the Florida Humanities Council. You can download it by clicking on this link: https://floridahumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Vol_18_No_3_Winter_1995-1996.pdf
Saturday, May 11, 2019 General Meeting at HCC
The May general meeting was our Hillsborough County College South Shore partnership meeting, chaired by AAUW Treasurer Vicky Langston and HCC Executive Assistant Brenda Sanchez and held at HCC. There were about equal numbers of AAUW and HCC staff and students in attendance. We inducted new officers, with Susan Nasrani heading Membership and Vicky Langston extending her term as Treasurer.
We heard a very stirring presentation by graduating student Ocean Levine, about determination and excelling despite the challenges you may face.
Also in attendance was graduating student Charlmaine Lee, who received our free AAUW national membership.
April 18 – Bridge to Education Fundraiser
This game day event included a luncheon and ann individual player bridge game, which Alice Benson won.The winners of the bridge groups were also recognized for their winning performance during the 2018-2019 season. The winner of TLCB was Carolyn Wight. Edith Rice was the winner of 8 No and to repeat her winning season Alice Benson was the winner of the Bridge Belles.
The bridge players of the three special interest bridge groups play monthly and contribute to the educational fund that supports the MOST IMPROVED GIRL in the 4th grade classes at Ruskin and Wimauma elementary schools. The winners who are selected by their classroom teachers receive a Certificate of Achievement and a year’s subscription to the magazine, AMERICAN GIRL.
April 13, 2019 General Meeting – Equal Rights Amendment
Barbara Scinta gave us a fantastic presentation on the Equal Rights Amendment. Although it has not yet been ratified by the required 38 states (we only need one more!), there has been progress made in the last few years. In addition, there are legal challenges to the deadline that was placed on the ratification process.
Barbara had non-binding resolutions for our Florida representatives for our signatures. She also gave us petitions to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Florida to get more signatures to remind our representatives that this is still important and still needed.
At the meeting, AAUW SCC-SouthShore President Diane Waronka presented an AAUW-FL state certificate of thanks to member Ginny Ewing for her generous contribution to AAUW-Florida. This was announced at the AAUW Florida state convention.
April 5, 2019 Tech Trek Pizza Party for our Tech Trek Campers
We had a pizza and cake party for our three 2019 Tech Trek Campers, and two 2018 Tech Trek Campers. At the party, we provided the 2019 campers with a certificate and the supplies they need to live on a college campus for a week. We gave the 2018 campers a journal with a positive inspiring message on the cover.
Several family members and Beth Shields staff members joined the AAUW Tech Trek committee members to support the girls. Ally’s mother was a past recipient of an AAUW scholarship, so we are helping generations, We all had a great time at the celebration.
March 9, 2019 General Meeting Honoring our 2019 Woman of Distinction, Liz Gutierrez
Liz Gutierrez, Founder & CEO of Enterprising Latinas, Wimauma
Liz has won the honor of Woman of Distinction for 2019 due to her commitment for helping the citizens of Wimauma in ways that match the goals of AAUW to empower women.
Liz is a first generation American whose parents immigrated from the Dominican Republic when she was six. She has a Masters of Science in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. Passionate about social justice, Liz has spent the whole of her professional life working for and with communities to address issues of economic, educational and health disparities. Her contributions as an advocate for disenfranchised communities and tenacity as a community organizer, have changed the character and conditions of communities in the Northeast and Southwest of Florida.
The award was presented at the March 9 brunch meeting where she gave a presentation of the success and goals of Enterprising Latinas. Enterprising Latinas staff members as well as students were also invited to attend. More information about Liz and Enterprising Latinas can be found at this website: http://www.enterprisinglatinas.org/
Liz encouraged us to attend the First Annual Wimauma Women’s March on March 23. AAUW member Ginny Ewing was there, and provided an emotional and rousing perspective of the march.
The following is an excerpt from her report: “We also chanted in Spanish and English Equal Pay,” Igual Paga,” When do we want it? NOW! Cuando la queremos? AHORA! What do farmworker women deserve? Health, Safety, and Prosperity now! Que merecen las trabajadores de campo? Salud, Seguridad, Prosperidad ahora! Loud speakers, maracas and tambourines kept us in unison. … A woman farmworker addressed us and spoke of her personal history.”
The full report is in our May newsletter. Ginny also reminds us that Wimauma Opportunity Center is still looking for donations of hats, scarves, bandanas and long sleeve shirts for sun protection for the farm workers. They can be dropped off at the Center, 5128 SR 674 (former location of Rachel’s restaurant).
Thursday, February 14, 2019 Tour of PACE Hillsborough County
Diane Waronka, President and Sally Dittman, Member recently visited PACE to make a delivery of heart pillows made by the Sun City Center Women’s Club for Valentines Day. The girls loved them!
During the visit we were given a tour of the facilities and discussed several opportunities for AAUW to help with projects at the Center. PACE serves around 70 teenagers who are failing or at risk of failing in school. Besides working with Hillsborough County Schools to get the girls up to grade level and back on track, PACE provides many “life opportunities” for these teenagers. Many go on to complete 2 or 4 year degrees in college! We do an annual contribution to PACE through donations at our December meeting. We donated $200 of books to the PACE girl’s library using funds generated through the FunFest book sale.
February 9, 2019 –LETHAL LUAU FUNDRAISER LUNCHEON was a huge success with the Pelican Players keeping us intrigued.
Thank you Banquet Masters for the elegant meals!
Thank you to all members. guests and the entire Pelican Players Staff!
January 30, 2019 Hillsborough County College SouthShore: “Come to the Shore” 10th Anniversary Event
AAUW Members braved the cold weather to have an outdoor information table at the Hillsborough County College – SouthShore Campus 10th Anniversary Event. The table generated a lot of interest by faculty and students – we ran out of materials to distribute!
The event celebrated 10 years of this campus, with food, awards and music. Our branch has partnered with HCC for several years by providing scholarships to mature students.
In addition, all HCC-SouthShore students are eligible to have a free national AAUW membership.
January 12, 2019 9:30 AM AAUW-SCC/South Shore General Meeting
The first speaker was Tamyra Walker, one of our Tech Trek 2018 student campers and a student at Beth Shields Middle School. Tamyra opened up her presentation with a little of her background with interests in music and math. She discussed her Tech Trek activities, including rockets, crystal growing and app programming.
Her message of empowerment and believing in your self resonated with the AAUW members. We thank her for that great presentation!
Our next speakers were Bevan Gray-Rogel, President and founder of Encore Tampa Bay and Marilyn Cote-Miller, Director of the Sun City Center Community Association. Bevan and Marilyn discussed the increased need for volunteerism in Sun City Center (see article in Tampa Bay Times, “Volunteer Need Continues to Grow in Sun City Center, SouthShore Area“, and how to encourage more people to participate as team members in supporting our community to meet more people and get a sense of purpose and accomplishment. There is a variety of opportunities to help, using the skills that people have developed in their work careers and hobbies, from advocating for senior victims of fraud to cooking for the emergency squad. Examples of some of the current opportunities can be found at Sun City Connects website. Anyone interested in finding out more about the full range of activities can call Marilyn Cote-Miller at 813-633-3500 to discuss interests or fill out this Sun City Center Connects interest form.
December 8, 2018, 9:30 AM AAUW- SCC/South Shore General Meeting
Darla Otey of PACE Center for Girls Hillsborough spoke about PACE programs and the impact PACE has on the lives of at-risk girls. Additional PACE staff, volunteers and a participant in the PACE program also attended.
PACE Center for Girls has have developed a nationally recognized, research-based non-residential program model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services, with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women. It has garnered recognition nationally as one of the most effective programs in the country for keeping girls from entering the juvenile justice system.
A record $780 was donated by members at our December meeting for Holiday gifts for PACE Hillsborough girls.
November 10, 2018 Fashions Lunch and Trunk Show Presented by Accessories & More
The fundraiser was a great success! Over 100 people attended this event, viewing and buying stylish clothing, purses and jewelry.
October 13, 2018, 9:30 AM AAUW- SCC/South Shore General Meeting
One of our 2018 Tech Trek campers, Kaylee Peavler, gave us a debriefing about the camp. We were all impressed with her poise under pressure. The other camper, Tamara Walker, who possessed the presentation materials was unable to attend due to a family emergency. So Kaylee gave an off-the-cuff presentation with no materials.
Florida AAUW President Pat Ross was present and gave us insight into the Florida goals for the year and various ways to contribute to the organization.
Interested in joining us?
Membership in the AAUW Sun City Center/South Shore branch supports our initiatives at the national, Florida state, and local level. Any person with an Associate degree or equivalent or higher from a regionally accredited college or university can join.
Existing AAUW branch members may access the membership list at the AAUW Member Tools page using their national AAUW id and password. Annual dues will be collected at the April and May general meetings, or via online payment. If using online payment, wait for the link in the June renewal email, as that will enable you to renew national, state, and branch at the same time.
Board Meetings are generally the fourth Friday of each month except for May and July in the Armstrong Room, in the Atrium of SCC, at 9:30 AM,
The June meeting will be on Friday, June 28.
|Director for Program||Sandra Dillmuth|
|Director of Finance||Vicky Langston|
|Director of Public Policy||Susan Nasrani|
|Director of Publicity||Nancy Ducharme|
|Communications & Newsletters||Angie Maze|
|Director of Membership||Susan Nasrani|
|Website||Mary Ellen Skinkle, Nancy Ducharme|
|Hospitality||Sally Dittman, Susan Nasrani, Nancy Ducharme|