MESSAGES November 2020 – Issue 3
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November Lecture – Webinar Format – November 10th at 11 a.m.
Katie Kramer on Shaping Colorado’s Future
Please join us for our November 10th lecture on Zoom from 11:00-12:30, when we will present our prestigious Margaret Willard Award to Katie Kramer, President and CEO of The Boettcher Foundation for her noteworthy contributions to her field and whose contributions ultimately benefit our community. Her presentation on “Leaning in: Shaping Colorado’s Future through Leadership and Community Investment” will surely inspire you.
Every year The University Women’s Club recognizes someone from our community whom we admire for her contributions to her field and whose contributions ultimately benefit our community. The first Margaret Willard Award went to CU graduate students, faculty, and those working for the University who were rising in their field of endeavor and deserved recognition. More recently, UWC began to welcome nominees from the wider community.
As president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation, Katie Kramer has come full-circle since 1993 when she was selected as a Boettcher Scholar. Katie has been recognized as one of the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and one of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women.” Katie was a President’s Leadership Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder and an honors graduate at the Leeds School of Business. She completed her Executive MBA at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. Katie has served extensively on local and national boards and is regarded nationally as an expert in college scholarship selection processes.
Katie Kramer is currently a member of the board of The University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, The Colorado Association of Funders, and The YPO (formerly “Young Presidents’ Organization”) of Colorado. She is past president of The National Scholarship Providers Association and past chairwoman of The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.
Katie will talk about the transformational impact of leadership and how the Boettcher Foundation has invested historically in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. As a native Coloradan who personifies this promise and potential, Katie will also talk about her personal journey from Boettcher Scholar to CEO. She will highlight the influences that inspired her along the way, connecting them to the Foundation’s core strategies of today.
Registration deadline for this lecture is November 9.
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 November, guests 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’re now meeting twice a month, the first and third Tuesday at 4:00.
Contact Kathy Randall (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a spot for one or both conversations.
November 3: Let’s go back to the movies. What is your favorite Romance (Rom/Com, Serious or even Tragedy) and why is that?
November 17: Talking about what we are thankful for is more of a stretch than usual in this very unusual year. But perhaps that makes it more important than ever. What are you particularly grateful for?
Kathy Randall, Coordinator
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
The University Women’s Club was founded in part to promote friendship among its members. With great disappointment the Board concluded in late summer that in-person Lecture Luncheons, one of our most popular and friendship-enhancing activities, would not be possible this year. Undeterred, our program co-chairs, Norma Portnoy and Sharon Nehls, created for us a series of five Lecture Webinars on diverse topics to be experienced via Zoom, so that we could at least enjoy the mental stimulation of expert presentations.
Our first of these (October 13) was a fascinating introduction to documentary films. Jack Hanley, a Boulder filmmaker, presented those who participated with a range of documentaries and described how they evolved in technique and in content over time. He has generously provided the club with a list of resources to guide those interested in a deeper dive into the material. This list as well as a recorded copy of the Webinar is available on our website www.boulderuwc.org.
I wish to highlight that the members of your Board have made individual personal commitments to give of their time, skills and resources to the University Women’s Club in this challenging year. It would be gratifying to know that membership numbers would not decline, that scholarship contributions would continue to be robust, and that members would engage in the virtual activities we are offering in significant numbers. Please make it a priority to support the club’s viability this year.
I want to give a sincere thanks to our many members who have responded so generously to our reminders that the financial needs of our non-traditional students have likely become even greater this year, since many part-time, on-campus jobs have gone away. We had the pleasure of hearing virtually at our recent Lecture Event from one of last year’s recipients about how important our scholarships are for them, and this and other recipient videos are also posted on our website. So let me encourage all of you to review these and, while you are on the website, take the opportunity to add a donation!
Also, while you are at the website, let me encourage you to go to the “Support UWC “ section, where you can learn how to sign up for the King Soopers and Amazon Smile charitable rewards programs. Once you have signed up and designated the UWC, whenever you spend money at King Soopers or Amazon, those organizations will automatically donate a certain percentage of that to the UWC. What could be easier!
Donors to this Year’s Scholarship Fund
(cumulatively) through October 15, 2020
Janet H. Brewer
Mary Anna Dunn
Barbara R. Miller
Dorothy E. Thompson
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
Invite your friends to join – send them the new UWC Membership Flyer!
View the full size flyer and download here
Did you know that UWC can receive contributions at NO cost to you, through your purchases?
You can link your Amazon account to the University Women’s Club of the University of Colorado at Boulder, through smile.amazon.com. After your account is linked, just shop using the smile.amazon.com website.
To link your account, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1342699.
You can register your regular King Soopers loyalty number to donate to UWC. King Soopers will donate 5% of your purchases directly to UWC!! Please click here for complete instructions.
Thank you for taking advantage of these great opportunities to help UWC and university students who need financial assistance.
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
CALLING FOR UWC NOMINATIONS for President-Elect, Secretary-Elect and Treasurer-Elect in 2021-22.
The “elect” positions serve the following year (2022-23) as the President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Here is a brief description of each position:
- President: Serves as the UWC figurehead and provides overall executive leadership. Chairs the Executive Board and provides supportive leadership to Board decisions and Board members.
- Secretary: Attends and takes minutes at all Executive Board Meetings and General Membership Meetings.
- Treasurer: Responsible for the oversight, management and reporting of UWC finances including bank account maintenance, financial transaction oversight, budget development, monthly financial reporting and all tax filings. (it’s not necessary to be a CPA for this role, but a good bookkeeper with Excel and Quick Books experience is ideal.)
In addition to attending board meetings next year, the elect positions provide the opportunity to become familiar with the tasks of the executive positions as well as being available as back-up if needed.
If you would like to be considered for one of the “elect” positions or can recommend someone, please contact Arlene Gerwin, Kathy Herder or Diana King who are on the Nominating Committee. If you are interested in reading the complete job description of the above positions, please contact Arlene Gerwin.
Arlene Gerwin, Nominating Committee 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!
January 12, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm.
Conducting Business: Lessons from the Podium
Brett Mitchell, Music Director, Colorado Symphony
You do not want to miss this informative and entertaining presentation by the extremely gifted yet humble Music Director of the Colorado Symphony, who gave his first public performance as a conductor at the age of 16. Hailed for presenting engaging, in-depth explorations of thoughtfully curated programs, Brett Mitchell 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 regularly collaborates with the world’s leading soloists.
Conductor Mitchell will share his journey in music and the lessons in leadership that he learned along the way. You will hear about his fascinating journey leading to his appointment as Music Director of a major symphony orchestra at the age of only 37. Brett will also discuss the Colorado Symphony’s unique business model and its day-to-day workings.
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.
Groups offer an opportunity to interact with others who share your pastimes and passions. They enable you to know people and develop friendships that can last a lifetime. They provide a way to remain connected to the larger UWC organization.
Many groups continue to be active, primarily on Zoom. Sadly, a few groups are on hiatus until in-person meetings can resume. Several groups want to add new members.
Joining an interest group is easy.
The 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 you are interested in, and the chairs of those groups will contact you. Please remember that you need to be a UWC member with dues paid to join an interest group or continue as a member. If by some oversight you haven’t paid your UWC dues yet, 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).
Helen Hooper, Interest Groups Coordinator
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 Thursday 1:30 pm;
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 (303-530-1095).
Out to Lunch – 4th Wednesday on Zoom at noon
Chairs: Jyotsna Raj (303-447-8831) and Jean Rohrschneider (720-542-9788).
Reader’s Theater 2 – 3rd Monday 4:00 p.m. on Zoom
Patty Ludke (303-817-1020); Kathy Randall (303-746-4528).
Spanish Conversation Advanced – Contact chair for details
Diana King (303-530-1860).
Spanish Learners Beginners and Intermediates – Contact chairs for details
Jane Chicoine (3720-328-8590); 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 (303-862-7335).
- 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 – Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. on Zoom.
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
03 Tuesday – Board Meeting 110:30 a.m.
03 Tuesday – 4 pm Happy Hour/TeaTime Conversation
08 Sunday – New Members Wine and Cheese Event
10 Tuesday – Messages Deadline
10 Tuesday – Lecture Webinar, 11:00 a.m.
17 Tuesday – Happy Hour/Tea Time Conversation
10 Thursday – Messages Deadline (Dec/Jan Issue)
05 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
10 Sunday – Messages Deadline
12 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