MESSAGES JANUARY 2021 – Issue 5
UWC MESSAGES is usually published 9 times a year with a double issue
December-January. This special January stand-alone edition is issued to be sure you know about upcoming online events during the first month of the year. Happy Holidays on behalf of the UWC Board!
Special Event in January – January 4th, 10:30 am
Introduction to Movement and Strengthening for Seniors
Introduction to Vintage Moves for UWC Members
Monday, January 4, 2021 10:30 am-11:30 am.
Laura Olinger, Creator & Founder of Vintage Moves, will talk about the importance and value of movement for seniors and her philosophy and strategies for bringing life-building strengthening, balancing, and health enhancing exercise into peoples’ lives. She will give a demonstration of some of the movements that participants do, and illustrate how participation is possible at different levels of physical activity (e.g. on the floor, in a chair).
Following the webinar, UWC members will be invited to attend a free class Friday, January 8, 2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am. Those who are interested in pursuing Vintage Moves programs will participate in a scholarship benefit – in addition to providing a deeply discounted first month “do anything” pass, Vintage Moves will contribute $15 to the UWC scholarship fund for each monthly pass purchased during the week after the webinar.
Vintage Moves programs include Vintage Moves Virtual MWF 9-10am; Get UP & Go! T Th 2:30-3:00, and EMERGE STRONGER Workshops offered at various times during the week.
- Special Offer is available for purchase for 1 week after the Introduction.
- Month of participation commences with purchase.
Vintage Moves is a small woman-owned business located in Boulder, Colorado that is committed to supporting the fitness, health and overall well-being of Elders. Our classes and workshops use the intersection of science, fitness, vitality and fun for maximum benefit.
Our specialty is empowering individuals to put effort into valuable movement, exercises and education so that they experience the return on their investment by becoming stronger, more confident, and more capable in their lives.
January Lecture – Webinar Format – January 19th at 11 a.m.
Conducting Business – Lessons from the Podium
Please join us for our January 19th lecture on Zoom from 11:00-12:30 when Colorado Symphony Music Director, Brett Mitchell will present “Conducting Business: Lessons from the Podium”. You do not want to miss this informative and entertaining presentation by this gifted conductor, who gave his first public performance as a conductor at the age of 16!
Conductor Mitchell will share his journey in music and the lessons in leadership he has learned along the way. We will hear about his fascinating journey from growing up in Seattle in the ’90s—where the primary musical topics of conversation were “grunge” groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam—to his appointment as Music Director of a major symphony orchestra at the very young age of 37. Conductor Mitchell will also discuss the Colorado Symphony’s unique business model and its day-to-day workings. His approachable, informative, and entertaining presentation is one you do not want to miss.
Hailed for presenting engaging, in-depth explorations of thoughtfully curated programs, Brett Mitchell has served as Music Director of the Colorado Symphony since July 2017. Throughout his tenure, he has led the orchestra in the majority of its classical subscription programs every season, as well as a wide variety of special programs featuring guest artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Renee Fleming.
Brett previously served on the conducting staff of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, and the Houston Symphony. He also served as Music Director of the Moores Opera Center in Houston and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor, he has served as music director of nearly a dozen productions. Brett regularly collaborates with the world’s leading soloists, including Rudolf Buchbinder, Kirill Gerstein, James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, Leila Josefowicz, and Alisa Weilerstein. He is in consistent demand as a guest conductor and his seasons typically feature return engagements with orchestras throughout the country.
Who can attend UWC lectures?
UWC lecture/discussions are an important member benefit. Yet, they also offer an opportunity to showcase the value of belonging to UWC and are an important source of up-to-the-minute announcements.
To recognize these dual roles, the UWC board decided that for January, guests (individuals new to UWC) may also register at no cost. It is hoped that our guests will decide to join UWC. Our $35 annual dues are modest and bring even more benefits!
If you still haven’t tried it, consider joining one of our Happy Hour/Tea Time Conversations. It is a great way to get to know new UWC members, and a great way get to know old friends better. We meet twice a month, the first and third Tuesday at 4:00. Contact Kathy Randall (email@example.com) to reserve a spot for one or more conversations.
January 5: Tell us about your favorite book and why you love it.
January 19: Tell us about the time you experienced some momentous occasion (wonderful or tragic, e.g. the day we landed on the moon, the day the Twin Towers fell).
“I just really wanted to thank all of you….it means a lot to me to be able to come back at an older age to go back to college and be a non-traditional student, and actually learn some new things…and be a better person for it…and with your help, I am able to help others in the future.” So said one of our 2020 UWC Scholarship recipients. How wonderfully well these comments encapsulate what we hear from so many of our recipients. But I specifically want to emphasize one very important part of this statement, “…with your help, I am able to help others in the future.” I am highlighting this to remind members that their donations will end up helping many more than just our individual recipients. So many of our recipients have endured and overcome significant hardships in their lives, and it has been remarkable to me, in reading through the many applications I do as Scholarship Chair, how very often their future life goals include a goal of helping others facing similar or other challenges.
So, let me encourage you to make a donation today, before you forget! Your generosity will not be forgotten by those whom you help. Just go to our website (boulderuwc.org) and see how under “Scholarships,” where you can donate directly to the Scholarship Fund, or you can go to the “Support UWC “ section, where you can learn how to sign up for the King Soopers and Amazon Smile charitable rewards programs.
Marge Riddle, Scholarship Chair
New Donations to this Year’s Scholarship Fund
(reported through end of November)
Mary Ann Dangelo
Mollie Sue Morton
Donna J. Seaman
Marion K. Selbin
Opera Non-Brunch: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
As you may recall, Covid arrive in Boulder last March just as we were putting the final touches on the 2020 Opera Brunch and preparing to be dazzled by a performance of the Marriage of Figaro. All had to be cancelled!
We are working to mount a virtual opera event for this spring, 2021. The University of Colorado Eklund Opera Program is just finishing production of their Fall Opera, Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. The performance of Hansel and Gretel has been video recorded and is available for viewing. The opera features two children venturing into the woods in search of something sweet to eat. With rich orchestration, simmering wit and a sumptuous witch hiding out in a candy cottage, the fairy-tale is a delight. We have arranged for Maestro Carthy to give a zoom talk on Hansel and Gretel and the difficulties of dealing with this very unusual year. Immediately after the Zoom talk, we would have the opportunity to view the video of Hansel and Gretel.
We will schedule this Opera Non-Brunch for mid-March so that it corresponds to the timing of our usual opera event! This will not equal our usual brunch, talk and opera production at Mackey, but will give us the opportunity to hear Maestro Carthy and view the delightful Hansel and Gretel. Stay tuned for further details in the next issue of MESSAGES!
Be sure to renew your UWC membership to keep receiving MESSAGES and other UWC benefits!
Renewing is Easy!!!
We ask you to fill out your membership information online (name, address, telephone) and then you can either pay right away via credit card or PayPal on the PayPal link (you do not need an account for this option) OR you can fill out your information online and then send a check to the UWC Membership chair. All instructions and links are here
Look at this!
You can raise funds for UWC at NO COST TO YOU!
King Soopers and Amazon both have programs that will donate a percentage of your qualifying purchases to UWC at no cost to you whatsoever! Even better, once you’re set up, everything happens automatically. It’s “easy peasy!” University Women’s Club hopes that as many members as possible will enroll in these programs and designate UWC as the recipient of these donations. And to make it happen, we’re here to help you get enrolled.
King Soopers shoppers can join their Community Awards Program and Amazon customers can join the Amazon Smile Program. The vast majority of our members frequent both companies on a regular basis and should join both programs. For that matter, let’s also get our spouses, children, and adult grandchildren to join these programs to help us raise funds.
The decision to participate is truly a no-brainer!
Support UWC When Shopping at King Soopers
With the King Soopers Community Rewards program, you can support UWC with every purchase. You’ll simply need to create an online account and then register your Loyalty (“Shoppers”) Card to link it to UWC. Purchases at King Soopers would generate an annual gift of approximately $115 for a single-occupant household and $230 for a two-person household.
Please click here for instructions on how to do this.
Designate UWC in the Amazon Smile Program
With AmazonSmile, you’ll automatically help UWC every time you shop, with no cost to you of either time or money. You can link your Amazon account to the University Women’s Club through the AmazonSmile Program. Then just shop using the AmazonSmile website (smile.amazon.com) and UWC will earn a percentage of your qualifying purchases. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations.
Please click here for instructions on how to do this.
Do You Have Questions or Need Assistance?
If you have questions or need assistance setting up your accounts, please contact UWC Board Member, Norma Portnoy at (303) 908-9371. She will be glad to walk you through the enrollment processes, step by step, on the phone, while you are on your computer submitting the necessary information.
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING in this program to help UWC raise needed funds.
Thank you for taking advantage of these great opportunities to help UWC and university students who need financial assistance.
The UWC Nominating Committee consisting of Arlene Gerwin –Chair, Diana King, and Kathy Herder, has presented the following slate of officers-elect. The UWC Board approved the slate at the November Board Meeting. The membership will have the opportunity to vote for the officers in the February, 2021 Lecture Meeting on ZOOM.
President-Elect 2021-2022 (to serve as President 2022-23)
Norma has been a UWC member for two years and has held the board positions of Lecture Luncheon Registration Chair and Program Co-Chair. She retired after 40+ years in leadership and direct service roles for non-profit agencies devoted to enhancing the health and welfare of underserved children in Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Denver metro area. She hasn’t allowed her retirement status to keep her from trying to better the world. As such, she is actively engaged with numerous service organizations and non-profit agencies as a volunteer.
She is particularly enthusiastic about the scholarships that UWC awards to deserving non-traditional CU students. Norma also appreciates the UWC sense of community among our group of bright, informed and vibrant women leaders.
Norma looks forward to serving as UWC President-Elect.
Secretary-Elect 2021-2022 (to serve as Secretary 2022-23)
Karen is a registered nurse (RN) and was the Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator for the Nephrology Department at University of Colorado Health. She and her husband have been in Boulder 1974-77 and 1983-present. They have two children (Fairview grads) who each have two children. Karen travels frequently and volunteers for EFAA, OSMP and the National Kidney Foundation. She sings with the Boulder Chorale, has served on their board and is currently on the grants committee. She joined UWC 3 years ago. She has enjoyed travels with the “On the Road Again” interest group, getting together with the Garden Group as well as attending lecture luncheons. Karen is a strong advocate of the UWC scholarship program and considers the interest groups a delight.
Karen is our current Secretary and Secretary-Elect
Treasurer-Elect 2021-2022 (to serve as Treasurer 2022-23)
Frieda has been active in the University Women’s Club since she retired. She has been co-chair of the Hiking Group since 2012-13, served as Chair of the Scholarship Committee, was President in 2017-18, and chaired the UWC Centennial History Book Committee, which wrote the book describing the Club’s first 100 years, published in late 2019. Prior to her retirement, she worked for over thirty years at Metropolitan State University of Denver both as a Professor of Mathematics and as an administrator in various positions including Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. Frieda was also active in the League of Women Voters of Boulder County, serving as their treasurer for six years.
Do you know an outstanding woman in the Boulder community?
The University Women’s Club is soliciting nominations for the Margaret Willard award for 2021. The award, named after the first president of the women’s club, is presented annually to a woman who has enhanced the quality of life for women in Boulder and/or on the CU Boulder Campus, is an exceptional role model, and has brought honor to all women through her accomplishments.
Nominees may be connected to CU Boulder in some way or be members of the Boulder Community. There are hundreds of women who fit these criteria. Look around and find that special woman and then nominate her so we can celebrate her while honoring Margaret Willard.
To make a nomination please see the nomination information online. Questions? Please contact Kathleen Peterson, Chair.
Margaret Willard Award Chair
If you know of a member who would appreciate a card, note, or any personal contact due to illness, death, or other reasons for support, please inform Betty Huff, 303-919-8712.
Upcoming UWC Lectures will Educate, Inspire and Energize You!
February 9, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm.
Your Brain on Art
Bill Stoehr, Boulder Artist
Have you ever wondered why a particular work of art appeals to you? Attend this lecture to learn how the brain processes, responds to, and creates art. Boulder Artist, Bill Stoehr will focus on the brain’s response to art and ways in which it is a window to the way that we perceive the world.
You will find out how a greater understanding of the brain’s response to art can lead to improvement in education and medicine including helping to rehabilitate a brain after a stroke or debilitating disease.
Bill will also discuss his own creative process in which he creates ambiguity with abstraction and a few naturalistic cues, which enables viewers to create their own reality by completing images, creating narratives based on their own emotions.
March 9, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm.
How to Prevent Yourself From Becoming a Victim of Crime
Christian Gardner-Wood, Senior Deputy District Attorney; Lizbeth Parker, Specialist for the Community Protection Division, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office
Walk away from this presentation knowing more about how to protect your money and identity. You will learn about the most frequent scams including the latest scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will learn ways to recognize and avoid these fraud attempts, whether they’re coming by way of phone calls, text messages, email, social media, mail, or even at the door. The speakers will present information about identity theft and ways to keep your personal and financial information safe.
Christian oversees all Boulder County prosecutions for elder abuse and significant financial fraud cases, and Lizbeth handles consumer complaints and reports of fraud, scams, elder abuse, and financial exploitation from community members.
Interest groups are a vital and integral part of the University Women’s Club.
Here we are at 2021. It’s time for those New Year resolutions. How about resolving to try a new interest group this month. Many groups are meeting, primarily on Zoom. Several groups want to add new members, including the Advanced Spanish Group. Take a look at Diana King’s article about that group. Maybe some of you would like to give it a try. If you are interested in joining a group, the process is easy.
Groups that are taking new members are listed below. To join, you can contact the Group Chairs listed for each group. You can find email addresses by consulting the downloadable document (Link below) with Interest Group information. Alternatively, you can fill out an interest group form to indicate the groups that interest you, and the chairs of those groups will contact you. Please remember you need to be a member of UWC with dues paid to join an interest group or continue as a member. If by some oversight you still haven’t paid your UWC dues, please do so as soon as possible.
New groups are welcome. If you have an idea for a new group, please contact Interest Groups coordinator Helen Hooper (720-778-6124). To form a new group, you will need five members including a group chairperson. To start a new book group, please contact Kathy Randall (303-530-1095).
UWC Advanced Spanish conversation via zoom is taking place twice a month on Wednesday afternoons usually at 4:30 p.m. To help with our conversations, we have been watching episodes of Bolivar on Netflix. Please go ahead and listen to an episode, then decide if you want to join us or just listen in. Feel free to just give us a try. Contact Diana King (303-803-4583) or by email (see the membership directory) for information on dates and the zoom link.
Interest Groups Information
Bicycling – Meets every Thursday from May through October;
Chairs: Betsy Barrett (602-677-4627), Gail Smith (303-960-5004).
Book Group – Biographies – Third Friday 3:00 pm on ZOOM;
Gina Cook (630-862-5707).
Book Group – Evening – second Thursday 3:00 pm on ZOOM
Chairs: Judy Reid, (303-440-6040 ), Linda Toomre (303-818-5550).
Garden Group – third Wednesdays (meetings will resume in the spring)
Jyotsna Raj (303-447-8831); Jean Rohrschneider (720-542-9788).
Golfing – New Members Welcome;
Susan Planck (303-499-3916).
Italian Conversation – Wednesday 1:30-2:30 pm on ZOOM
Maxine Wilson (303-530-4619).
On the Road Again – taking virtual road trips until in-person meetings can be resumed
Kathy Randall (303-746-4528).
Out to Lunch – 4th Wednesday at noon on ZOOM
Chairs: Jyotsna Raj (303-447-8831) and Jean Rohrschneider (720-542-9788).
Reader’s Theater 2 – 3rd Monday at 4:00 p.m. on ZOOM
Patty Ludke (303-817-1020); Kathy Randall (303-746-4528).
Spanish Conversation Advanced – Meets twice a month, late Wednesday afternoons. Contact chair for details
Diana King (303-530-1860).
Spanish Learners Beginners and Intermediates – Contact chair for details Carol Cech (303-499-4843).
Sunday Afternoon at the Movies – 2nd Sunday meeting on ZOOM.
Diane Thoms; Kathleen Peterson (303-579-8652).
Groups that are on hiatus until in-person meetings can be resumed:
- Bicycling – Easy Riders – Mary Greenwald
- Bridge on Wednesday – Ginnie Ross
- French Conversation – All Speaking Levels – Beth Karpf
- Hiking – Heidi Lynch, Frieda Holley
- Music – Carol Green
- Needlecraft – Ginnie Ross
- Snowshoeing – Mary Greenwald (new chair needed)
- Theater Goers – new chair needed
Groups that are full:
Book Group — Afternoon – Carol Saunders and Pat Phillipson
Book Group – The Bookies – Kathy Randall
Book Group Small – Fiction and Non-Fiction – Joyce Bograd
Book Group – Second Monday – Helen Hooper
French Conversation – Dot Thompson
Readers’ Theatre 1 – Jeannette Hillery
NEW SOCIAL ACTIVITY THIS YEAR
Zoom Happy Hour/Teatime Conversations – First and Third Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. on ZOOM. Contact Kathy Randall (303-746-4528; meeting signup announcements will be sent to the UWC mailing list).
President – Janet Brewer
President Elect -Tamera VanSpriell
Past President – Merry Bullock
Secretary & Secy Elect – Karen Bell
Treasurer & Treas. Elect – Kathy Herder
Communications – Betty Huff
Email/Directory – Berry Todd
Historian/Yearbook – Vacant
Honors Reception – Tamera VanSpriell
Interest Groups – Helen Hooper
Lecture Registration – Lynne Barnett
Margaret Willard Award – Kathleen Peterson
Membership – Karen Neff
MESSAGES – Merry Bullock
New Members – Kathy Terrill
Nominating Committee – Arlene Gerwin
Opera Brunch – Sandy Johnson
Parliamentarian – Frieda Holley
Program Chair – Norma Portnoy
Program Co-Chair – Sharon Nehls
Repository/Email Monitor – Lorna Yoder
Scholarship Committee – Marge Riddle
Scholarship Luncheon – Mary Pierce
Telephone Tree – Helen Hooper
Website – Joyce Spencer
04 Monday – Special Event – Movement for Seniors – on ZOOM – 10:30 a.m. (please join on time!)
05 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
10 Sunday – Messages Deadline
19 Tuesday – Lecture Webinar, 11:00 a.m.
02 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
09 Tuesday – Lecture Webinar, 11:00 a.m.
10 Wednesday – Messages Deadline
02 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
09 Tuesday – Lecture Event 11 am
10 Wednesday – Messages Deadline
TBA – Opera Event
06 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
10 Saturday – Messages Deadline
TBA – Annual Spring Scholarship Celebration; Honors Reception