October 2022 AAUW Little Rock, Inc. News

Celebrating 100 Years

1922 - 2022
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Working with Diverse Communities

Saturday, November 12th, 11am
John Gould Fletcher Library
823 N. Buchanan Street
Little Rock

The November program will be centered around working with diverse communities. AAUW Little Rock Diversity Chair, Gloria Bastidas, is our program leader this month. Lunch reservations should be made by Thursday, November 9th.

First, we will visit with Lieutenant Kendel Cole, Special Assignment Commander for the Little Rock Police Department.  He will talk about his special initiatives to serve Little Rock communities. The lieutenant will share with us his story and experiences working with various groups across Little Rock.

Second, we will learn about this branch's Ukrainian initiative in the early 2000's. Dr. Diana Glaze will recount the branch's experience hosting visitors from Ukraine.

These stories and history are valuable and it is powerful to hear from witnesses who have experienced some astonishing moments, both challenging and rewarding.
Please make your lunch reservation by contacting  Mary McGehee and letting her know you are attending and your lunch box choice.  See below:

Sandwich box choices for November 12 meeting
Traditional sandwiches
Choice of roasted turkey, smoked turkey, chicken salad with almonds and pineapple, or ham. All on multigrain wheat bread. Comes with chips, pickle, and fudge-nut brownie
Price - $11.94 with tax
Spinach Veggie Wrap Box
Made with organic spinach, fresh-made guacamole and pico de gallo, mushrooms and Asiago in organic wheat wrap.  Served with salsa. Boxed with fresh fruit and fudge-nut brownie.
Price - $11.83 with tax


The Importance of Allies*

Anyone who’s been on the receiving end of workplace harassment, discrimination, marginalization or bias knows it’s essential to have empathic family, friends and colleagues.

So being a strong ally is enormously helpful to individuals who need support.

But allyship goes beyond that: It also helps amplify the voices of a mistreated community and raises awareness that can lead to a more equitable society.

[*from, "Be an Upstander, Not a Bystander"

Let's Send More Students to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in 2023

Holiday Dinner for Four NCCWSL Raffle - Buy Your Tickets Now!

Tickets $10.00 each - Drawing December 10th
(do not have to be present to win)

Holiday Dinner for Four Includes Basket plus:
  • $150.00 Gift Certificate from Heavenly Hams (your choice of meat, sides, desserts)
  • Christmas dishes, place settings for four people (Stoneware, International Tableworks)
  • Santa dip spreaders (2)
  • Christmas ornaments (3)
  • Table Cloth and napkins for four people
  • and more......
Tickets available at November meeting, or contact Maria Jones, AAUW LR Funds Chair, to purchase tickets.

Gift Wrapping for Tips at Barnes and Noble

Yes, they just recently decided to let organizations wrap gifts for tips at Barnes and Noble in North Little Rock. We are still working on the West Little Rock location. 

Dates/Times for North Little Rock are Monday, December 19 through Friday, December 23. One-hour shifts available from 11am to 3pm.

Want to volunteer? Contact Lottie Adams to get on the North Little Rock schedule.


All proceeds from both fund-raisers go to the AAUW Little Rock National Conference for College Women Student Leaders fund. The Branch gives grants to selected Arkansas College women to attend a three-day AAUW National Leadership Training in late May.

For more information about NCCWSL, click here.



Regular meetings of the branch are on the second Saturday of the month, beginning at 11am, September through May. We do not meet in January or in the same month as the state convention. We currently meet in person.

November 12 - Regular Meeting (Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan, Little Rock) 11am

Branch Diversity Program: Working with Diverse Communities

December 10 - Regular Meeting (Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock) 11am

Annual White Elephant Silent Auction to Benefit AAUW Greatest Needs Fund
(come early at 10:30 if you have lots of silent auction items to set up)



The AAUW Little Rock Book Club had their first meeting of the year on October 4th in Shelley Wold's home.  Shelley reviewed A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Parnell. The November 1 meeting was hosted by Mary and Roby Robertson. Roby presented a review of the writings of the Hillermans, Tony and daughter Anne.  (Sorry, forgot to take a picture.)

AAUW Little Rock members are eligible and invited to participate in the Tuesday Afternoon Book Club. The Book Club meets at 12:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, October through May. They don't meet in January. Contact Diana Glaze, Book Club President, or Debra Tillery, hostess, if you would like to attend the next meeting (December 6) or join the book club.

Book Club Schedule 2022-2023:

DATE               HOSTESS(ES)
December 6     Debra Tillery
February 7       Kathryn Buril
March 7           Gloria Bastidas & Maria Jones
April 4             To Be Determined
May 2              Maureen Terrafranca



Share your announcements, events, awards, pictures, greetings and activities with other members.  Send to Maria Jones by clicking here and she will add to the next newsletter.


AAUW LR Living Legends Picnic

The Little Rock Branch of the AAUW celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday, October 8th with a picnic at Murray Park.  Former Senator Irma Hunter Brown, former Supreme Court Justice Annabelle Imber Tuck, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, and Mrs. Mary Louise Williams all addressed the group.  We also enjoyed Coach Elders' poem, "Don't Quit." Co-Presidents Mary McGehee and Zenobia Harris recognized our living legends and presented the honorees attending with mums.

The weather was nice and the potluck food was plentiful and tasty. Thank you to all the members that participated

Congratulations to all seven women designated as the AAUW Little Rock 100 Year Anniversary Living Legends!


AAUW is a member of the Arkansas Coalition for Strong Families. The website launched on October 17th with a press conference, where AAUW Little Rock member Maria Jones was one of the speakers.  Learn more about the policies we are promoting by clicking here.

AR Period Poverty Rally + Period Poverty Summit = AR Period Poverty Action Day

 A successful Rally and Summit happened on October 22nd. AAUW Little Rock member Katie Clark, founder of the Period Poverty Project, organized and led the Rally. The AAUW Little Rock Co-Presidents staffed an AAUW table at the Rally, and Nell Matthews managed the feminine hygiene products collection boxes. Debra Tillery and Maria Jones, State Co-Presidents, opened and closed the Summit: "Inspiring Action and Enabling Change to End Period Poverty across Arkansas." Co-President Zenobia Harris moderated a Panel at the Summit. 

To sign up to be part of the Arkansas Period Poverty Project Legislative Coalition, contact

AAUW Little Rock member Veronica Tess Myers appeared on KARK's Arkansas Style television show on November 2nd.  See the interview and learn more about her organization Alexander's Secret by clicking here.    

AAUW Little Rock Branch


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