MESSAGES February 2023
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Upcoming UWC Events
February 9, 2023 – LL4: Ann Schmeising – The Evolution of Grimm’s Fairytales. Signup deadline January 24.
March 14, 2023 – LL5: Amy Javernick-Will: Pathways to Liveable Relocation Following Disaster. Sign up deadline February 24.
March 19, 2023 – Opera Brunch – Cendrillon. Sign up deadline March 4.
April 18, 2023 – Annual UWC Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show. Sign up deadline April 10.
May 17, 2023 – Honors Reception/End of Season Party (evite invitations will come in the spring).
February boasts several popular holidays and events, including Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, and the Super Bowl. February is also African American History Month, which pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity in the pursuit of achieving full citizenship in American society.
UWC has its own reason to celebrate. Since the beginning of the academic year, 52 women have joined UWC. This brings our current membership count to 313 members, which is approximately 90% of our pre-COVID size. Our Board of Directors is striving to return the organization to our previous membership level, so please share your UWC experiences with friends. We welcome new members at any time.
We hosted an extremely informative lecture on The Latest in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research on January 10 presented by Kelly Ostoff, MA, Senior Director of Programs at the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado. You can find Kelly’s PowerPoint presentation on our homepage so be sure to check it out and share with people in your life who might benefit from this vital information.
We have wonderful events scheduled for the second half of this academic year including a Lecture Luncheon in February, a Lecture Luncheon and Opera Brunch in March, the Scholarship Luncheon at the Boulder Country Club in April, and the Honors Reception in May. And we remain extremely proud of our many and varied Interest Groups, which continue to thrive and attract new participants.
UWC was successful drawing you into our organization by getting you on board with our mission. Now I want to ask you to consider furthering our mission through committee work and/or board participation. If you’re interested in exploring service opportunities, please contact Norma Portnoy at [email protected]
Finally, please remember to check-out https://boulderuwc.org/support-uwc/ to learn how you can help raise funds for UWC scholarships.
UWC President 2022-2023
We want YOU!
- IF you enjoy working with a high performing, dedicated group of women,
- IF you have technical/organizational skills you are eager to share,
- IF you have time and desire to help us develop our philanthropy,
IF you have any or all of these skills or philanthropic leanings, then we would welcome you to join one of the several committees that make the UWC the exciting, educational, fun-loving and philanthropic organization that it is.
IF interested, please contact Norma Portnoy at [email protected]
UWC Lecture Luncheons 2023
There are two Lecture Luncheons left for this UWC year!
Thursday February 9, 2023 – UMC Ballroom
Registration Deadline January 24, 2022
Ann Schmiesing PhD – The Evolution of Grimm’s Fairytales
Tuesday March 14, 2023 – UMC Middle Ballroom
Registration Deadline February 24, 2022
Amy Javernick-Will PhD – Pathways to Livable Relocation Following Disaster
Click on Link to see tips on How to Attend to UWC Events at University Memorial Center (UMC)
Happy Hour/Tea Time Conversations via ZOOM
Happy Hour/Tea Time Conversations – a great way to get to know new UWC members, and a great way get to know old friends better. We meet via Zoom for about 50 minutes to an hour on the first and third Tuesdays at 4:00. Contact Kathy Randall (katherineran at gmail dot com – note this email is written in script to avoid spam bots!) to reserve a spot for any conversation or to sign up for automatic inclusion for the UWC year. With automatic inclusion you will always get the Zoom invitation, but you are not required to come.
February 7: What is the story of how you met someone important to you? This could be a partner, spouse, friend, adopted child, pet, neighbor … your choice.
February 21: Do you read the comics in the newspaper? Why or why not? Which ones? How about when you were a child – did you read comic books? Have you tried a graphic novel? (Thank you Ginnie Ross for this suggestion.)
March 19, 2023 – 11:30 am Brunch (UMC AspenRoom), 2:00 pm Opera (Macky) Cendrillon by Jules Massenet
Special luncheon followed by a lecture on Massenet’s Cendrillon presented by Maestro Nicholas Carthy, the Director of the CU Eklund Opera Program, who will be conducting Cendrillon.
Cendrillon promises to be an opulent interpretation of this favorite fairy tale: romantic, wistful and full of grace. Believe it or not, the Disney interpretation of Cinderella is not the only version there is. Massenet’s Cendrillon is based on a version of the popular fairy tale written in 1698 by French author Charles Perrault. This version predates the Grimm adaptation by over 100 years. Massenet composed this opera in the last decade of the 19th century and the opera saw its premiere performance in 1899. The opera will be sung in French with English subtitles.
Questions? Please contact Sandy Johnson, at the UWC email ([email protected]) or call (732) 322-8695.
Sandy Johnson, Opera Brunch Chair
Deadline to Register is MARCH 4, 2023 – register by clicking the green button!
Interest Group News
The Music Group has welcomed professional and amateur musicians alike for over 60 years. Members include pianists, vocalists, and other instrumentalists. Music genres vary from classical to jazz to folk. Meetings provide a venue for members to perform pieces of music they have prepared and to socialize.
The Movie Group attended “Babylon” (a three and a half hour film!) and ended with dinner at Aloy Thai.
The Showshoe Group had its first outing on January 19, 2023 on the South Boulder Creek Trail.
The Out-to-Lunch Group enjoyed Chez Thuy and good company for their January meeting.
The Games Group on the second Wednesday from 1:30-4:00 is now open to more members. If you are interested in joining, please notify Kathleen Newton at 720-548-8661.
On the Road Again participants enjoyed a Holiday Tea at the Chautauqua Dining Hall in December. They were treated to a classic three-tiered assortment of sweet and savory pastries and cakes, scones, tea sandwiches, and a pot of premium tea. Some of us added a flute of bubbly. Besides having a delightful time enjoying the treats and conversation with friends, we were entertained by three members of the Spellbinders (who are also UWC members). Susan Litt, Judy Owens, and Kathy Randall told stories appropriate to the season that brought smiles and happy memories to take home.
Cards to UWC Members
Do you know someone who has suffered a personal loss, or is ill, or having an operation? Receiving a personal note from UWC might bring a little bit of happiness or peace or satisfaction knowing there are others wishing them well. If you do know someone, please contact Kathleen Salzberg, the UWC Card Acknowledgment Chair, with the person’s name, email, and (if appropriate) the reason for the card. Please send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Acknowledgments Chair”
Invite a Friend to Join the UWC!
Refer your friends to the UWC website http:boulderuwc.org. That’s where they will find up-to-date information about our programs and over 25 interest groups only open to UWC members. Your friends can join the UWC by completing the on-line membership form. They can easily pay dues and make donations via PayPal, credit card or even mail a check.
The 2023 University Women’s Club Scholarship Luncheon is Tuesday, April 18 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Boulder Country Club.
This luncheon is one of UWC’s important fundraising events for the scholarship program. This year donations are not automatically included in the luncheon cost because the country club costs increased and we want to keep the attendance cost within reason. Please keep this in mind and add a donation with your registration!
- The Luncheon menu is Roasted Red Pepper Coulis Cauliflower Risotto with Glazed Mushrooms and Truffle Oil or Chicken Florentine with Creamed Spinach Souffle.
- The Fashion show will be hosted by Chico’s with UWC models.
The scholarship luncheon and fashion show cost is $45. You are encouraged to come and bring guests!
You will have the opportunity to make a contribution to the Scholarship Fund when you register for the luncheon. Please take this opportunity to continue to support the success of the UWC scholarships when you register.
Message from the Scholarship Chair
This month your Scholarship Committee begins its major work of the year.
I want to take this opportunity to welcome four new members to our Committee as well as one returning member. The new members are Joyce Bograd, Diana Maiden, Kathleen Salzberg, and Judith Auer; Sydney Hoerler is returning.
In the next month, this committee will be reading the stories of our many applicants, who typically have overcome very difficult life circumstances with remarkable perseverance and dedication to achieving their dreams. My thanks to the committee for your up-coming work which will enable the Boulder UWC to continue its long-standing tradition of providing scholarships to nontraditional students at CU, students at least 24 years of age, who have had their education interrupted.
A big thank you is also in order to our general membership, who through the difficult years of the pandemic and consequent cancellation of many in-person events, nonetheless, honored this important mission of our organization, and made donations such that we were able to twice award the largest amounts ever given in UWC Scholarships- $5000 to each of six wonderfully deserving students.
So, as we emerge from the pandemic and perhaps more activities capture our attention, let me make a special plea to all to keep up the good work, so we can continue to match this record. Donations at this time are still critical to our success! Any amount helps and it is so easy to do! Just go to our website (boulderuwc.org) and click on Scholarships and you can see how to donate directly to the Scholarship Fund.
And, if you haven’t yet signed up for the King Soopers or Safeway charitable rewards programs, check out the “Support UWC “ section, to learn how to sign up for these great programs, which enable automatic donations to UWC at NO cost to you!
Scholarship Donations (November, December 2022)
J Tyler Lantzy
DID YOU KNOW?
Expressions of Sentiment
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, second only to the number of cards sent at Christmas.
In the Victorian era, and into the 20th century, lovers exchanged elaborate lace-trimmed cards on Valentine’s Day, expressing their undying love and devotion with sentiments and poems. For those not on good terms, or who wanted to fend off an enemy or unwanted suitor, “vinegar valentines” offered a stinging alternative.“To My Valentine / ‘Tis a lemon that I hand you and bid you now ‘skidoo,’ Because I love another—there is no chance for you,” reads one card. Ouch!
Suffragettes became targets as the women’s suffrage movement gained momentum. “The cards often pointed out moral failings. Perhaps it was hoped in some cases that they would prompt a change in behavior, but in many cases their aim was simply to chide or even to wound.”
Today, very few Valentine’s Day cards convey such a mean spirit, but a modern-day equivalent for cruel and anonymous jibes exists: the social media troll. (Historical perspective and excerpts were taken from history.com.)
What’s Happening at CU?
- Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band
Thursday, February 9 at 7:30pm
Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant Street, Boulder, CO 80309
This event will be live-streamed by CU Boulder: Watch here
- Branford Marsalis Quartet
Saturday, February 11 at 7:30pm
Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309
Tickets available at https://cupresents.org
- CU Philharmonia Orchestra: First Spring Concert
Monday, February 13 at 7:30pm
Imig Music, Grusin Music Hall (C112), 1020 18th Street, Boulder, CO 80309
This event will be live-streamed by CU Boulder: Watch here
- Faculty Tuesdays
Imig Music, Tuesdays at 7:30pm
These events will be streamed by CU Boulder: https://cupresents.org/cu-boulder-college-of-music-Livestream/
- Fiske Planetarium
The Fiske Planetarium leverages the prolific and talented academic community at CU Boulder to create compelling, entertaining and scientifically accurate shows that can be shared with the global community at no cost.
Interest Groups Information
Bicycling – Meets weekly on Thursdays from May through October. Chairs: Gail Smith 303-960-5004; Susan Lee 303-974-8969.
Bicycling – Easy Riders – Meets sporadically on Tuesdays. Contact chair for details. Chair: Dorothy Coltrin 720-527-4704.
Book Group – Afternoon – Fourth Tuesday at 1:30 pm at members’ homes or on ZOOM. Vaccinations required. Chairs: Mary Clough 303-522-8692; Lois Linsky 303-499-2689.
Book Group – Biographies – Third Friday at 3:00 pm, in person. Chair: Beth Rauch 303-746-9414.
Book Group – The Original Book Group – Formerly Evening – Second Thursday at 2:45 pm. Meetings held outside when weather permits. Vaccinations are required for indoor meetings, masks are optional. Chairs: Kathleen Salzberg 303-499-3128; Ellen Gille 720-836-2365. This group has been meeting continuously since the 1950’s.
Bridge Group – First Wednesday at 1:00 pm. Chair: Karen Neff 303-494-0467; also seeking beginner players to start a new Beginners’ Group.
French Conversation – All Speaking Levels – Dates and times to be determined. Chair: Zdenka Smith 303-330-2856.
Games Group – It’s Anyone’s Game – Board and card games. Second Wednesday from 1:30-4:00 pm at home of Chair in Louisville. Contact chair to join. Chair: Kathleen Newton 720-548-8661.
Garden Group – Third Wednesday at 11:00 am. Chairs: Jyotsna Raj 303-447-8831; Jean Rohrschneider 720-542-9788.
Golfing – For the Casual Golfer – 1:00 pm every Thursday at various golf courses, new members welcome. Chair: Susan Planck 303-499-3916.
Hiking and Strolling – Every Friday 9:00 am September -May; 8:30 am June-August in person. Meet at southern end of the east side of covered parking lot opposite the lower-level east entrance to the former Macy’s – Chairs: Joan (Joanie) Cardone 303-263-7823; Frieda Holley 303-499-3733.
Italian Conversation – Wednesday, 2:00-3:00 pm on Zoom. Chair: Maxene Wilson 303-530-4619.
Music – Second Monday afternoon of most months in members’ homes, providing a venue for musical performers to meet and share their love of music in an intimate setting. Chairs: Judy Owens 720-562-8064; Julia Luerman 303-938-8084.
Needlecraft – contact chair Ginnie Ross via email.
On the Road Again – Resuming occasional in person road trips. Chair: Kathy Randall 303-746-4528.
Out to Lunch – Usually Fourth Wednesday, at noon at various local restaurants. Chairs: Jean Rohrschneider 720-542-9788; Jyotsna Raj 303-447-8831.
Readers’ Theater 2 – Third Monday 4:00 p.m. at the Boulder Library. Chairs: Patty Ludke 303-817-1020; Kathy Randall 303-746-4528.
Snowshoeing – Will resume in the winter. Chairs: Arlene Gerwin 303-494-1307; Joan (Joanie) Cardone 303-263-7823.
Spanish Conversation Advanced – Contact chair for details. Chair: Diana King 303-530-1860.
Sunday Afternoon at the Movies – Second Sunday, to see movies at a theater in Boulder or nearby theater. Chairs: Kathleen Newton 720-548-8661; Sharon Nehls 303-494-5778.
Groups that are on hiatus
- Theater Goers, New Chair needed.
Groups that are at capacity
- Book Group – The Bookies – Kathy Randall 303-746-4528.
- Book Group Small – Fiction and Non-Fiction, Joyce Bograd.
- Book Group – Second Monday, Janet Evans.
- French Conversation, Dot Thompson.
To start a new interest group requires at least five members including a chairperson.
If you are interested in starting a new group, please contact the Interest Group Coordinator for more information: Linda Nordberg, Interest Group Coordinator, 978-314-9987.
To form a new book group, contact Kathy Randall, 303-746-4528.
President – Norma Portnoy
President Elect – Andie Kutinsky
Past President – Tamera Van Spriell
Secretary – Karen Bell
Secretary Elect – Kathleen Salzberg
Treasurer & Treasurer Elect- Frieda Holley
Acknowledgements/Donations – Merry Bullock/Karen Neff
Acknowledgements/Cards – Kathleen Salzberg
Advisory/Parliamentarian – Frieda Holley
Archives – Karen Neff
Email/Communications – Berry Todd
Honors Reception – Karen Haimes
Interest Groups – Linda Nordberg
Margaret Willard Award – Andie Kutinsky
Membership – Arlene Gerwin
Membership Coffee – Lynne Barnett and Andie Kutinsky
MESSAGES – Merry Bullock
New Members – Becky Palmer
Nominating Committee – Norma Portnoy and Tam Van Spriell
Opera Brunch – Sandy Johnson
Photography – Anne Hudson
Program – Sharon Nehls
Program-UMC Liaison – Tam Van Spriell
Programs – Registration – Lynne Barnett
Scholarship Committee – Marge Riddle
Scholarship Luncheon – Jonette Lucia
Website – Joyce Spencer
Zoom Master – Merry Bullock, Lynne Barnett
Document Repository – Frieda Holley
HHTT Conversations – Kathy Randall
Interest Group Zoom Coordination – Kathy Randall
MESSAGES proofing – Kathleen Salzberg
UWC Calendar 2022-2023
THURSDAY 09 February, 2023 – Lecture Luncheon #4: Ann Schmiesing – The Evolution of Grimm’s Fairytales – University Memorial Center (UMC)
TUESDAY 14 March, 2023 – Lecture Luncheon #5: Amy Javernick-Will – Pathways to Livable Relocation Following Disaster – University Memorial Center (UMC)
SUNDAY 19 March, 2023 – Opera Brunch – UMC 11-2 pm
TUESDAY 18 April, 2023 – Scholarship Luncheon – Boulder Country Club
WEDNESDAY 17 May – Honors Reception -UMC South Terrace Tent, 2:30-4:30.