Thursday, December 20, 2012

Plan to Show The Invisible War at Your Branch

The documentary The Invisible War, an award-winning film about military sexual assault that features several LAF-supported plaintiffs, is now available to rent from Netflix and to purchase from Amazon.

This important film was recently listed as the 10th movie and the only documentary on Time’s top 100 movies of 2012. It is nominated for the Independent Sprit Awards’ best documentary, and it’s rumored to be on the short list for an Academy Award nomination.

The Invisible War Program in a Box

AAUW members who are interested in hosting a screening of The Invisible War can download the Program in a Box. AAUW members and college/university partner members can show the film for only $150 for a public screening and a discussion guide.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

Bucket Notes from your BFF Joan Monk

Can you imagine a 32-page picture book teaching children of all ages the benefits of kindness through the metaphor of a bucket? Check out Carol McCloud’s “Bucket Books” for students from preschool through middle school. The series has taken off and become one of the most effective character development programs offered to all ages. That's bucket filling and AAUW members had their first introduction to this seemingly simple concept at Summer Leadership at Cazenovia. Some lucky branches went home with buckets of their very own.

Bucket filling is not for children only. Dr. Donald Clifton and his grandson, Tom Rath developed this bucket and dipper concept for corporate America.  Through his 50 years of research providing positive strategies for work and life, Dr. Clifton is considered “The Grandfather of Positive Psychology.”

A bucket-filling branch is a great place to learn. A bucket-filling school is a place to grow and thrive.  A bucket-filling family is a great place to grow up.  A bucket-filling community is a great place to live.   These are places where kindness, respect, fairness, other-centeredness, responsibility, and generosity are part of daily life.

Bucket filling is easy.  It doesn't cost any money.  It doesn't take much time.  It doesn't matter how young or old you are. Bucket filling makes everyone feel good. 

Contact your new BFF (Bucket Filling Fairy aka Joan Monk) to learn how your branch can start a bucket filling project and become part of AAUW NYS Bucket Brigade. You’ll be glad you did!

Monday, December 03, 2012

AAUW NYS to Attend the CTAUN Conf. at the U.N.

United Nations
United Nations (Photo credit: Ashitakka)

CTAUN Conference:
“Advancing Social Justice: The Role of Educators”

AAUW encourages our members to attend CTAUN at the United Nations scheduled for Friday, January 18, 2013 from 9:30 to 4 in New York City. 

Registration Fee: $65
Student Fee - ID required: $40
The Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) will examine the social justice issues of Human Trafficking and Economic Inequality.
Distinguished speakers from the United Nations and International NGOs will provide insight and information helping to empower you with increased awareness.

I believe that education is the civil rights issue of our generation. And if you care about promoting opportunity and reducing inequality, the classroom is the place to start. Great teaching is about so much more than education; it is a daily fight for social justice.
     US Education Secretary Arne Duncan,
9 October 2009
To register and obtain additional information, visit

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Planning for the 2013 AAUW NYS Convention and Annual Meeting

Adirondack High Peaks
Adirondack High Peaks (Photo credit: johncudw2399)
Looking ahead - join us at High Peaks Resort at Lake Placid, April 26-28, 2013. Convention 

Convention Director Karen Carr will share more information about the program and the business meeting as details develop.

  • The nominating committee has nominated the following:
    • Maria Ellis as Membership Vice President
    • Donna Seymour as Public Policy Vice President
    • Edwina Martin as Secretary/By-Laws
    • Mildred DeWitt as Treasurer
  • You may read about all four of the candidates and view their images here on the New York state website.
  • Nominations for other candidates will be open to the floor during the business meeting on Saturday morning.

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