10 a.m., March 15, 2014
713 West 13th Street (crosses South Redwood St.), Escondido
Final count for the luncheon is due Monday, February 10
Gary Zacharias, M.A. Professor of English at Palomar College presents
“Humor in American Literature: Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Wood Allen”
Gary Zacharias is a native Californian who went to Escondido High School, UCLA, and San Diego State where he received a Master’s in English. He taught at Orange Glen High School, various community colleges in the San Diego area, Victor Valley College, and at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA since 1990.
As you might guess about an English teacher, Gary enjoys reading: science fiction, humor, history, and politics. He is interested in examining his faith, so he reads a great deal about issues such as creation/evolution, ethics and morality, the reliability of the Bible, and the historical biblical figures. On the bizarre side, Gary says he knows more useless information than anyone should.
This is a joint meeting with the Carlsbad/Oceanside/Vista branch.
Please Remember to Bring
Plants and Books
I.C.S. Food Collection
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! An important message for basic needs at the Interfaith Pantry… Jerry Morgan said they are in serious need of DRY PASTA. You know, MACARONI, SPAGHETTI, NOODLES, etc. So, to accompany the TOMATO SAUCE added last month, let’s also remember the HEARTY SOUPS (no chicken noodle), and MAC & CHEESE. Bring home the toiletries when you are “on the road” or small sizes of toiletries when you shop.
As we mentioned in our February musing, this is the 60th year of our AAUW Escondido/San Marcos branch. We have a rich history. We can be proud of our group’s many accomplishments. Certainly, times have changed since December 1953. More women work outside the home, thus having fewer hours to devote to volunteer activities. Our group isn’t as big as it once was. Our average age is higher than it used to be. This is true of civic organizations across the nation.
However, we can also be proud of what we do now:
- In February we met the women who have been awarded our two $3,000 scholarships to continue their education;
- This spring we will select nine girls to attend this summer’s Tech Trek experience for rising 8th graders.
- We are reaching out to connect with California State University San Marcos, an institutional member of AAUW.
- Our programs our superb.
- Members can enjoy two book-discussion groups, and a bridge-and-lunch group that meets twice monthly.
- Our meeting venue accommodates our programs, our general meetings, and an opportunity to visit over delicious lunches.
- We contribute food to Interfaith Community Services and dollars to AAUW Fund, which supports national programs of AAUW.
- We raise money through Friendship Luncheons, which give us an opportunity to get to know each other better. We also raise funds through sales during the meetings throughout the year.
- We continue to have a newsletter 10 times each year and an annual directory.
- We now have an attractive, active website with links to a wealth of AAUW information.
What’s next? As we look toward the end of the 2013/14 year, it’s time for the Nominating Committee to invite people to serve on the Board and to handle other monthly responsibilities.
A poll of 10 Board members indicates that over the last decade, the average number of years of service of the present Board members is 5.5 years. Understandably, some are ready to step down. According to our By-Laws many are required to step down.
If we end up with fewer Board members in 2014/15, we will need to consider how to do things differently. We may need to determine what we can do without while still remaining a viable organization. When you are approached to help, please consider ways you might contribute.
Ginny Abushanab and Marion Reid