MESSAGES September 2020 – Issue 1
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Why UWC Membership is More Important Than Ever
Has COVID-19 changed everything? It sure seems like it, doesn’t it? Many activities that we took for granted are now being handled in a radically different way. We’re getting our groceries, receiving medical care, and socializing in ways that are substantially – in some cases, radically – different from what they used to be. In all aspects of life, the chance for face-to-face interactions are virtually (pun intended!) gone.
But the statement that everything has changed is false! Yes, the “hows” are different, that’s true. But the “whats” and “whys” behind what we do? They haven’t changed at all! We’re simply finding new ways to satisfy the same needs. And so it is with the University Women’s Club.
We are a group of strong women who still want to connect with friends, learn and expand our horizons, and help others. We hope you’ll recognize that UWC membership is more important now than ever in the ways listed below.
- Our interest groups continue to function — but the “how” is now frequently using Zoom and the internet. With interactions with friends greatly diminished as a result of the pandemic, UWC still provides this opportunity for socialization.
- Our very popular lectures will resume in October, as they do every autumn, with programming that we know will not disappoint. But as you’ve probably guessed, they will be online. Different than before? Yes, but with technology at our disposal, neither the quality of the presentations nor our ability to participate in the Q&A period will be lacking in any way.
- We’ll have our annual September Member’s Tea – the tradition continues! This year, however, you’ll need to brew your own and then connect via your new best friend: Zoom.
- Most important is that our mission is the same as before: to provide help for non-traditional students at CU whose education was interrupted by unusual circumstances. As always, we’ll raise a portion of these funds through our annual membership dues. Frankly, if there’s a COVID-related difference in this area, it’s an increase in demand for our financial assistance, stemming from the economic disruption that has occurred for many deserving university students.
And so, we present you with something that you can do today, as you would have done one year ago before COVID. You can renew your UWC membership by paying dues and keep this great institution going strong!
Norma Portnoy, UWC Board Member
UWC Opening Event – Membership Coffee
September 8, 2020, 11:00 -12:30 via ZOOM WEBINAR
Welcome to 2020 – Janet Brewer, UWC President
- Short presentation from one of the 2020 UWC Scholarship recipients
- Overview of UWC Activities
- Lecture Events
- Interest Groups
- Tea/Happy Hour Conversations
- Margaret Willard Award
- Members and Membership
This event is open to all UWC members and potential new members but registration is required – Please sign up now!
The Membership Coffee will be in “webinar” format. This means that you will be able to watch and listen to the UWC President, board members and Interest Group chairs talk about upcoming events and UWC programs. You will be able to ask questions by typing them into the Q/A or chat functions on your screen. We will also talk about how UWC members can break into smaller groups for discussions and how interest groups will be using ZOOM for their meetings.
Be sure to register – just click on the blue button!
You will receive an automatic email reminder one week, one day and one hour before the event begins.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Moliere
The world, the country, the state, and the community have been confronted with a great obstacle, a deadly pandemic. The threat to our collective health and the disruptions to normalcy are substantial. The Board of the University Women’s Club found it necessary to cancel several of our spring events. Over the summer, we concluded that none of our fall events should take place in person. However, under the leadership of Merry Bullock, the organization has obtained a Zoom account and begun implementing the technology for virtual gatherings.
One of our objectives is to promote friendships among our members and to strengthen their common interests. The Club has excelled at this in the past by offering many activities and social events. Our inability to meet in person is a set-back and a loss. Although virtual meetings may not be as satisfying, they do enable us to maintain a safe connection with one another. We feel it is preferable to preserve a sense of continuity, rather than to submit to a total interruption. While the organization is being stressed, our hope is to keep it viable until such time as we can resume normal operations.
Another central purpose of the University Women’s Club is to provide scholarships for non-traditional CU students. The ability to do this rests entirely on the collective generosity of our members. I am asking personally that past members stick with us during this emergency by renewing your membership and, if possible, recruiting new members. The Board has decided to offer all its virtual events during the year at no cost (a wonderful member benefit!). If your circumstances permit, please remember to make a contribution to our Scholarship Fund when you renew your membership. If enough members do this, the Club can still fulfill one of its major goals in spite of COVID-19. I’m planning to make a $100 donation in addition to my membership dues. If you are able, please join me in this gesture.
Janet Brewer, 2020-21 UWC President
UWC meetings are now online! UWC has obtained a UWC Zoom account which allows us the options of uninterrupted meeting length and the possibility of breaking into smaller groups for discussion. We also have the ability to host Webinars. The Zoom meeting has worked very well for Board meetings, for On the Road Again, several of the foreign language groups, the Out to Lunch Bunch, and other Interest Groups. “Breakout rooms” work well to keep the group size manageable and enable everyone to have a chance to share their ideas.
If you’ve never used Zoom before and feel a little intimidated by it, we can arrange a practice session so that you can feel comfortable with this new technology. If your interest group would like to use the UWC Zoom account, it is there for the asking. In either case, please contact our new “Zoom Czar” Kathy Randall, Landline: 303 530 1095; Cell: 303 746 4523. She will provide whatever you need.
Last winter, the Scholarship Committee set a goal of making 2019-20, our Centennial year, memorable. They hoped for a banner year of donations for one of UWC core functions – supporting non-traditional students whose college studies have been interrupted.
Little did we know as we set those goals that events in the Spring of 2020 would make the year so memorable in other less happy ways. However, in spite of the pandemic, UWC members’ contributions to the Scholarship Fund reached a new high-water mark. We were able to award scholarships to six amazing students, whose stories you can read and hear in the materials on the UWC website. A special thank you goes to so many UWC members, who, in addition to their other donations, chose to donate their registration fees for the Scholarship Luncheon and other spring events, which had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.
So, as we begin our current “virtual” year, we want to remind new members and returning members that providing scholarships, which mean so much to these non-traditional students, has been a core activity for the UWC for many decades. In spite of the pandemic, college will carry on, if in a different format, but, nonetheless, with bills that must be paid. So, we hope and trust that we can join together in this unprecedented time and not allow the dreams of these non-traditional students to be a casualty of the pandemic.
As always, our ability to award scholarships is completely dependent on the generosity of our members. So, please consider an extra donation to the Scholarship Fund when you pay your membership dues or register for a lecture event. You can also donate at any time online or by sending a check in the mail. You can additionally support UWC when buying groceries! Just a reminder that King Soopers donates 5% of all purchases to the UWC directly through your loyalty card! You can find out how to enroll your loyalty card in this program on the UWC website.
While we will all remember this year for the disruptions in life routines we have encountered, let us also work together to make this a year also memorable for the scholarships we are able to support!
Margaret Riddle, Scholarship Committee Chair
Donors to this Year’s Scholarship Fund between April and July, 2020
Mary Anna Dunn
2020-2021 UWC Lectures will Educate, Inspire and Energize You!
Here’s a brainteaser for you: what do the following questions have in common?
- How can I get the most from viewing documentaries and which films should I add to my watch list?
- How does the Boettcher Foundation invest in the promise of Colorado?
- How did one of the youngest music directors ever to be appointed to a major symphony get the education and experience required for such a position?
- How does my brain process, respond to, and create art?
- What can I do to avoid being scammed?
If you guessed that these questions will be answered by this year’s speakers, you guessed right!
We are excited to announce a great lineup of talks on a wide variety of topics, presented by talented guest lecturers who are widely recognized for their expertise. We have scheduled the October and November lectures and will schedule the January, February, and March lectures in late fall.
All lectures will be presented in a webinar format on Zoom. After you register online for the lectures, you will receive the necessary links and reminders via email. All lectures will be free this year as a UWC member benefit!
October 13, 2020 – 11:00-12:15
How to Watch a Documentary
Jack Hanley, Boulder Filmmaker
Documentary films are one of the most interesting cultural forms of our time. They are intended to document reality and have the power to educate and inspire. They serve as powerful tools that bring important topics to the table in a way that sparks conversation and sometimes even social movements.
Jack Hanley will enlighten us about documentaries including examples of documentaries that literally changed the world. You will “walk away” with a syllabus of recommended documentary films. Jack is an academic, critic, podcaster, and filmmaker based in Boulder.
November 10, 2020 – 11:00-12:15
Leaning in: Shaping Colorado’s Future through Leadership and Community Investment
Katie Kramer, CEO, The Boettcher Foundation
Please join us on November 10 when we hear from our prestigious Margaret Willard Award recipient. Katie Kramer is being honored for her noteworthy contributions to her field and her contributions that benefit our community. As president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation, Katie Kramer 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 will talk about the transformational impact of leadership, the Boettcher Foundation’s current strategies and investment in the potential of Coloradans, and the influences that inspired her during her professional journey.
2021 Lectures – dates to be announced in late fall
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.
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.
To learn more about this lecture and to register for it, click here.
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.
To learn more about this lecture and to register for it, click here.
Bicycling, discussing a book, conversing in Italian or French or Spanish, sharing gardening tips, taking a virtual road trip — these are some of the interest group activities that are continuing, even during these very difficult times.
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 last a lifetime. They provide a way to remain connected to the larger UWC organization.
Many groups continue to be active, primarily on Zoom. Two groups – Bicycling and Golf – are meeting in person, appropriately socially distanced, of course. Sadly, a few groups are on hiatus until in-person meetings can resume. Several groups are seeking new members.
Joining an interest group is easy. The groups that are taking new members are listed below in the list of Interest Group information. 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 chair will add you to their email list. Please remember that you need to be a UWC member with dues paid to join an interest group or continue as a member. Dues must be paid by October 15.
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 7:15 pm;
Chairs: Judy Reid, (303-440-6040 ), Linda Toomre (303-818-5550).
French Conversation – All Speaking Levels – 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10-11:30 am;
Chair: Beth Karpf (303-862-7335).
Garden Group – third Wednesdays;
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 (303-579-3652)
Groups that are on Hiatus until in-person meetings can be resumed:
- Bycycling – Easy Riders, Mary Greenwald
- Bridge on Wednesday – Ginnie Ross
- 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).
A new UWC social activity has arisen from our COVID-19 isolation, and it is great fun. In June, we offered a series of weekly morning Zoom Coffee Klatsches with conversations on topics suggested in advance. This gave us a chance to get together (virtually) and just chat. It turned out to be a wonderful way to socialize safely and get to know one another better. In July, this morphed into afternoon Happy Hour/Tea Time Conversations and our group of participants began to grow.
Here’s how it works: An email is sent to all UWC members with the topics for the month. If you’d like to participate, you email Kathy Randall to reserve a spot for the meetings you want to join. Then, a few days before the scheduled Happy Hour/Tea Time, she sends a Zoom invitation to you. At the scheduled time, you just click on the link provided and follow the instructions your computer, tablet, or phone gives you to join the Happy Hour/Tea Time Conversation.
With our new UWC Zoom account, we have the option of breaking into smaller groups so our conversation can be manageable regardless of the number of people who sign up. The format for the discussion varies depending on the conversation topic of the day.
Sometimes our topics are serious, sometimes a bit frivolous. Sometimes they surprise us with responses we would not have predicted. Some of our favorite conversation starters have included “Good advice I would give my teenage self if such a thing were possible,” “Favorite movie comedies and dramas,” and possibly the most interesting of all, “A place I loved to go as a child.”
If you haven’t yet participated in this new way of getting together, perhaps you’ll give us a try. An invitation to sign up for September conversations will be coming to your email box soon. Watch for it, and think about joining us.
Kathy Randall, Coordinator
Meet our Margaret Willard Award Winner for 2020
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 MWA 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.
It is with delight that we announce this year’s award recipient, who works in Denver, has contributed to CU and local communities, and is leading the way in her field.
The 2020 Margaret Willard Awardee is Katie Kramer, President and CEO of The Boettcher Foundation. She was nominated by member Janet Brewer, current President of The University Women’s Club.
Katie, while a CU student was a Boettcher Scholar and President’s Leadership Scholar. She 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.
Currently as President and CEO of The Boettcher Foundation, Katie has come full circle. She was selected as a Boettcher Scholar in 1993 and has been at the foundation in various roles since 1997, including as the director of the scholarship program and vice president – a title she assumed at 26.
Katie is also co-author of a book All the Wisdom and None of the Junk: Secrets of Applying for College Admission and Scholarships.
Katie exemplifies the criteria set forth for The Margaret Willard Award and more – her work enhances the quality of life for women (and men) in the Boulder Community (past) and the entire state of Colorado (currently).
We are happy to recognize this outstanding leader in our community.
Kathleen Peterson, MWA chair.
Nominations Sought for the 2021 Margaret Willard Award
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 complete the nomination online or print the online form and mail with supporting letters to the committee chair, Kathleen Peterson; 1050 Arapahoe Avenue #806, Boulder, CO 80302 prior to March 1, 2021.
Kathleen Peterson 303-579-8652
The UWC Nominating Committee is tasked with recommending nominees for President-Elect, Secretary-Elect and Treasurer-Elect to serve on the UWC Board next year (2021-22). In addition to attending board meetings next year, these positions provide the opportunity to become familiar with the tasks of the executive positions as well as being available as back-up if needed.
The “elect” positions then 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. The tresurer does not need to be a CPA for this role. However, good bookkeeping skills, and skill with excel and quick books is ideal.
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.
Nominating Committee Chair
MEMBERSHIP COURTESY – 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.
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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
01 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
08 Tuesday – Membership Coffee, 11:00 a.m. via Webinar
10 Thursday – Messages Deadline
06 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
10 Saturday – Messages Deadline
13 Tuesday – Lecture Webinar 11:00 a.m.
03 Tuesday – Board Meeting 110:30 a.m.
08 Sunday – New Members Wine and Cheese Event, TBA
10 Tuesday – Messages Deadline
10 Tuesday – Lecture Webinar, 11:00 a.m.
10 Thursday – Messages Deadline (Dec/Jan Issue)
05 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
10 Sunday – Messages Deadline
Date TBD – Lecture Webinar, 11:00 a.m.
02 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
10 Wednesday – Messages Deadline
TBA – Lecture Webinar, 11:00 a.m.
02 Tuesday – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m.
10 Wednesday – Messages Deadline
TBA – Opera Event; Lecture Webinar
06 Tuesday – Board Meeting 11 a.m.
10 Saturday – Messages Deadline
TBA – Annual Spring Scholarship Celebration; Honors Reception