MESSAGES November 2021
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. Henri Nouwen
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. Estonian proverb.
Thanksgiving: A Historical Perspective
Legend has it that a few of the earliest colonists had conducted a hunting expedition for wild turkeys or the easier prey of geese and ducks in preparation for a feast and possibly the long winter months ahead. This effort apparently had not gone unnoticed by the Wampanoag observing from a secluded vantage point. Imagine the colonists’ surprise, however, when a tribe of 90+ Wampanoag natives made an unexpected appearance requesting entrance at the settlement’s gate! The unsuspecting 50 or so colonists must have been unnerved at the sight of such a large group of natives bearing venison, vegetables and fish as contributions to a feast for which they had not been invited. Regardless, Wikipedia states that “Over the next few days the two groups socialized without incident. This unruly affair sealed a treaty between the two groups that lasted until King Philip’s War in 1675.”
This spontaneous gathering of colonists and the Wampanoag became the inspiration for our first Thanksgiving and was later codified by government leaders as they birthed a nation. President George Washington (November 26, 1789) issued a proclamation for ‘a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.’ Later in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln encouraged Americans to recognize the last Thursday of November as ‘a day of Thanksgiving.’ A few years later (1870) Congress passed legislation making Thanksgiving a national holiday. (Excerpted from Britannica and Wikipedia.)
From Colonial Days to Present
Fast forward from the days of isolated settlements to urban sprawl, Thanksgiving traditionally is a joy-filled time to gather with family, friends and welcomed guests to share our abundance. For others who have lost a loved one or who don’t have enough to share, Thanksgiving can be a time of immense pain and sorrow. Let us all be mindful of those who are unable to receive or give ‘thanks’ on this holiday.
So Many Reasons to be Grateful
Indeed there are so many reasons to be grateful for being a part of the University Women’s Club that offers creative ways to connect with other women in a variety of activities and venues. There are over 20 Interest Groups (something for everyone), educational lecture webinars (hoping to meet in person over lunch in 2022) and a shared common value of supporting non-traditional students to complete educations that have been interrupted through life circumstances. (A portion of the dues we pay and all of the donations we make go directly to support UWC scholarships.) May our organization continue to be a source of blessings for many. May we individually find reasons for which to be grateful in all of the little ways that make up our days.
Tamera Van Spiral
UWC President 2021-2022
This Month in Colorado History
Historical Fact: On October 2, 1877 Colorado women’s suffrage lost the first popular vote. It would take another 16 years for equal suffrage to be voted through on November 7, 1893. This was 27 years before the matter was resolved nationally by the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1920.
DID YOU KNOW?
- In two new sets of rankings, CU Boulder placed in the top 100 among best universities in the U.S. and worldwide, continuing to hold its position among some of the world’s most highly regarded institutions. Rankings vary within individual disciplines.
- The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is open free of charge to the public and has a variety of exhibitions and lectures. It’s located at 1030 Broadway in the Henderson Building on the CU campus. Hours of operation: Monday- Saturday 9:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- University of Colorado Art museum, 1085 18th St., Boulder offers free admission to unique exhibitions. Hours of operation: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
- The CU School of Music presents Faculty Tuesdays, weekly concerts that are open to the public featuring CU faculty and guests. Price of admission: free or ‘pay what you can.’ For complete information visit cupresents.org/performance.
- It not too early to purchase your tickets for CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival, an annual tradition that’s enchanting for all ages. The decades-old celebration brings together student choirs, bands and orchestras—along with world-class faculty performers—for a concert of holiday favorites and new surprises. Performance dates and times this year: Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 5.
Last Chance to Renew Your UWC Membership…
.…to be included in the November UWC Directory.
if you have not already done so, just click on this link (Membership Renewal Page) and complete the membership form. You can pay dues/make scholarship donations via PayPal or check. *
Membership dues are still $35 and cover the UWC year from September through August. Your $35 dues include a $5 donation to the scholarship fund. And of course, we always welcome larger scholarship donations. Many of our members continue to donate more than the $5 included in the dues.
University Woman’s Club offers so many benefits:
- September Membership Coffee/Tea
- Monthly lecture events beginning in October
- Over 25 Interest Groups- only paid UWC members can participate
- Opera Event
- Scholarship Luncheon
- Honors Reception and Margaret Willard Award
- UWC Membership Directory
- MESSAGES newsletter- to keep you informed of all our activities
- Or check the UWC website https://boulderuwc.org
If you have any questions regarding your UWC Membership, please email Arlene Gerwin, Membership Chair at [email protected]
* Or print out this form and mail with your check to:
PO Box 18844
Boulder CO 80308-18844
Lecture Series for 2021-2022!
We hope you’ll attend the stimulating lectures we’ve scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please register now to attend the November 9th lecture that will be conducted on Zoom at no cost to members or guests. We hope to conduct the January, February and March 2022 lecture luncheons in-person in the University Memorial Center on campus. However, we will conduct these lectures virtually if the pandemic makes it unsafe for us to convene in person.
November 9, 2021: Stories of Colorado Women: The Famous, the Infamous, and the Ones You Have Never Heard Of – Rae Wiseman from History Colorado
Throughout Colorado’s history, there have been women who have had a lasting impact on our lives and the rights that we enjoy today. Native Americans and pioneer settlers to health providers, educators, and writers, women from a variety of backgrounds have risen to tremendous heights in their fields, despite adversity and social barriers. Many of them were true pioneers. We are indebted to these women, as you will see in this fascinating and informative lecture.
*** Register Now – Click Here*** 11:00-12:30 on ZOOM
January 11, 2022 – Famous Women in Science: Navigating a Man’s World – Barbara T. Zimmerman, PhD, Founder of Biomedical Communication and Consulting
Women scientists have often been stereotyped as “geeks” or “nerds” who may be brilliant but not really feminine according to the standards of the dominant males of their generation. Dr. Zimmerman will talk about some famous women in science and highlight their accomplishments as well as unique obstacles and challenges they faced in becoming scientists. She will also discuss alternative fields that are attracting them and her own experience in the biomedical field.
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 – Why Watching Modern Dance is So Hard: 10 Hot Tips to Make It Easier – Erika Randall, Chair of the CU Department of Theatre and Dance
In this pithy, physical, and playful talk, Randall will unpack dance moves like “the hinge,” the confounding history of running in concert dance, and how to notice and negotiate our biases when watching bodies in motion. This historical and “how-to” lecture will prepare you for better dance consumption, particularly of the 2021-2022 CU Theatre & Dance and Artist Series Season.
Wednesday March 9, 2022 – Shifting Narratives: How Journalism’s Coverage of Mass Shootings Has Evolved – Elizabeth Skewes, CU, Journalism Department Chair
Please join us as CU’s Chair of the Journalism Department shares preliminary findings from her new research on media coverage of mass shootings and school shootings from the 1966 shooting at the University of Texas in Austin to the shooting last year at the Table Mesa King Soopers in our own community. She will discuss how coverage has changed since the mid-1960s and how journalists try to balance the duty to inform the public with the need to treat victims and survivors with an ethic of care.
Happy Hour/Tea Time Conversations via ZOOM
We’d love to have you join 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 (katherineran at gmail dot com) to reserve a spot for one or both conversations or to sign up for automatic inclusion for the rest of the UWC year.
November 2: What is some activity that you have tried that you’ll never, ever try again, and the story behind this.
November 16: If you could only eat three things plus one dessert for the rest of your life, what would they be and what is the story behind these choices.
SAVE THE DATE !
Boulder University Women’s Club Scholarship Luncheon
will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at the Boulder Country Club. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss this important event.
Message from the Scholarship Chair
As fall brings us cool days and likely more time inside, I want to encourage members to visit our website (boulderuwc.org), and take some time to read or re-read the short bios of the UWC 2021 Scholarship recipients and listen to the interviews with them conducted by Scholarship Committee members. These interviews will give you a new appreciation of how immensely important your donations are. You will see that our 2021 Scholarship recipients are highly diverse in the range of their interests and professional aspirations. However, what they all have in common is a commitment to helping others. These efforts range from those who at young ages took on major responsibilities for helping their families when they were in difficult circumstances to those who plan to dedicate time and talent to assist others less fortunate than themselves as they move into their professional careers. Members should realize that their donations thus get multiplied many times over as they enable these dedicated young people not only to pursue their own dreams, but also to help many others along the way and in the future.
I also want to offer another sincere thank you to all the members who stepped up so generously in this last pandemic year, which allowed UWC to continue its long-standing mission of providing scholarships to these non-traditional students. Since significant effects of the pandemic remain with us, our wonderful, upcoming November Lecture Event will also be virtual, and thus free to members! So when you register for this event, please consider allocating to the UWC Scholarship Fund some or all of the funds you may have budgeted in the past for the UWC Lecture Luncheons. Just take a minute while you are at the website and make a donation on-line to keep the UWC Scholarship tradition going strong! Also look for the “Support UWC “ section and sign up for the King Soopers and Amazon Smile charitable rewards programs, which enable automatic donations to UWC, so you have an additional donation at NO cost to you!
Scholarship Committee Chair
Janet H. Brewer
Inge Peate Engdahl
Arlene S. Gerwin
Caryl F. Kassoy
Barbara R. Miller
Mollie Sue Morton
Donna J. Seaman
Joyce Spencer, in memorium for Joel Salzberg
Interest Group News
Think Snow – Join the UWC Snowshoeing Group!
Looking for Members
Book Club Opening: The original 4th Tuesday, 1:30 book club has openings. Please contact co-chairs Carol Saunders or Lois Linsky
Sunday Afternoon at the Movies – second Sunday of the month – contact Chair Kathleen Newton, 720-548-8661.
Interest Groups Information
Bicycling – Meets weekly from May through October. Resuming in the spring; Chairs: Betsy Barrett, 602-677-4627; Gail Smith 303-960-5004
Bicycling – Easy Riders – Will resume riding in the spring. Contact chair for details. Chair: Dorothy Coltrin 720-527-4704, Becky Palmer 303-449-0884
Book Group – Afternoon – Fourth Tuesday at 1:30 pm at members’ homes. Chair: Carol Saunders 303-499-3731, Lois Linsky 303-499-2689
Book Group – Biographies – Third Friday at 3:00 pm – ZOOM. Chair: Zdenka Smith 303-444-8547
Book Group – Formerly Evening – second Thursday 3:30 pm. Chairs: Judy Thompson 608-469-6883; Marge Riddle 303-378-0605
Book Group Small – Fiction and Non-fiction – Fourth Tuesday at 1:30 pm at members’ homes. Chair: Joyce Bograd 303-444-5304
Bridge Group – first Wednesday at 1:00 pm. Chair: Ginnie Ross, 303-442-5014
French Conversation – All Speaking Levels – 2nd and 4th Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 am on ZOOM. Chair: Beth Karpf 303- 862-7335
Garden Group – resuming in the spring. 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 – Every Friday 9:00 am September -May; 8:30 am June-August in person. Meet at east edge of parking lot on north side of Macy’s lot – Chairs: Joan (Joanie) Cardone, 303-263-7823; Frieda Holley 303-499-3733
Italian Conversation – Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm on Zoom. Chair: Maxine Wilson, 303-530-4619
On the Road Again – taking virtual road trips until in-person meetings can be resumed. Chair: Kathy Randall 303-746-4528
Out to Lunch – Fourth Wednesday, at noon at various local restaurants. Chairs: Jean Rohrschneider 720-542-9788; Jyotsna Raj 303-447-8831
Reader’s Theater 2 – Third Monday 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. Patty Ludke 303-817-1020; Kathy Randall 303-746-4528
Snowshoeing – Wednesday when snow is good. 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 – 2nd Sunday, meeting at Boulder Theater, Chair: Kathleen Newton, 720-548-8661
Groups that are on hiatus:
- Music – Unable to organize due to COVID
- Needlecraft – Chair: Ginnie Ross, 303-442-5014
- Theater Goers, New chair needed
Groups that are at capacity:
- Book Group – The Bookies, Kathy Randall
- Book Group – Second Monday, Janet Evans
- French Conversation, Dot Thompson
- Readers’ Theatre 1, Jeannette Hillery
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.
Do You Know an Outstanding Woman in the Boulder Community?
The University Women’s Club is soliciting nominations for the Margaret Willard award for 2022. 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.
Please submit a nomination by March 1, 2022. Nominations consist of the nominee’s name, a brief description of why she is deserving of the award, and supporting letters. The form can be accessed here. You can complete it online or print it out and send to the Award Committee Chair Patty Ludke, 2938 Kalmia Ave #21, Boulder CO 80301.
Questions? Contact Patty Ludke, Chair MWA (303-817-1020).
Support UWC Through Shopping
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.
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING in this program to help UWC raise needed funds.
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 UWC at [email protected].
Members in Memoriam
As information to members, and to remember those who have passed away, the UWC Board is beginning an “in Memoriam” section on the website. This section will honor those UWC members who have passed away in the current year. If you are aware of UWC members who have left us, please let Joyce Spencer, webmaster, know the member’s name.
President – Tamera VanSpriell
President Elect – Norma Portnoy
Past President – Janet Brewer
Secretary & Secy Elect – Karen Bell
Treasurer – Kathy Herder
Treasurer-Elect – Frieda Holley
Communications – Berry Todd
Directory – Diana King
Email / Email Monitoring – Berry Todd
Historian/Yearbook – Vacant
Honors Reception – Karen Johnson
Interest Groups – Linda Nordberg
Lecture Registration – Lynne Barnett
Margaret Willard Award – Patty Ludke
Membership – Arlene Gerwin
MESSAGES – Merry Bullock
New Members – Janet Brewer
Nominating Committee – Kathy Randall
Opera Brunch – Sandy Johnson
Parliamentarian – Frieda Holley
Program Chair – Norma Portnoy
Program Co-Chair – Sharon Nehls
Repository – Diana King
Scholarship Committee – Marge Riddle
Scholarship Luncheon – Jonette Lucia
Telephone Tree – Open
Website – Joyce Spencer
UWC Calendar 2021-2022
02 Tuesday, Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m.
09 Tuesday, Lecture Webinar, 11:00 a.m. on ZOOM
10 Wednesday, MESSAGES Deadline (Dec/Jan Issue)
TBD New Member Wine & Cheese – time to be determined depending on whether meeting virtually (December) or in person (January)
04 Tuesday, Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m.
10 Monday, MESSAGES Deadline (for February MESSAGES)
11 Tuesday, Lecture 11:00 a.m.
01 Tuesday, Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m.
09 Wednesday, Lecture 11:00 a.m. NOTE CHANGE IN DAY OF WEEK
10 Thursday, MESSAGES Deadline
01 Tuesday, Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m.
09 Wednesday, Lecture 11:00 a.m. NOTE CHANGE IN DAY OF WEEK
10 Thursday, MESSAGES Deadline
13 Sunday, Opera Brunch
05 Tuesday, Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m.
10 Sunday, MESSAGES Deadline
19 Tuesday , Scholarship Luncheon
03 Tuesday, Tri-board Meeting, 10:30 a.m.
17 Tuesday, Honors Reception