Program Archive

2016-2019 Programs

September 18, 2019 (3rd Wednesday) –                                                                     Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 pm

Great Expectations:  When Talent and Opportunity Meet with Dr. Joan Prince.  We are fortunate and excited to host Dr. Joan Prince, Ambassador Emeritus and Alternate Representative to the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations and Vice Chancellor-Global Inclusion and Engagement at The University of Wisconsin, as our presenter.  Dr. Prince will talk about the value of organizations such as AAUW in inspiring and supporting women and girls in meeting their dreams.  These systems include providing scholarship funding, networking, and mentoring as the mechanisms and catalyst for propelling women on a path to and target for opportunities and success.  Dr. Prince will also detail her own professional journey.  Dr. Prince is a firm believer in “reaching back and pulling forward” as a key strategy for providing opportunities for success of girls and women.


October 12, 2019 (Saturday) –                                                                     New Berlin Public Library – 10:45 am


Author Tea – Local Scholarship Fundraiser.  Richard Ratay will be our featured speaker.  He is the author of Don’t Make Me Pull Over!, An Informal History of the Family Road Trip.  Part pop history and part whimsical memoir, this book is a nostaligic look at the golden age of family road trips.  The lunch will be catered by The Gingerbread House in Muskego.  Reservations are due by September 30, 2019.


November 20, 2019 (3rd Wednesday) –                                                                     Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 pm

Human Trafficking Uncovered with Michelle Peterson, Executive Director of Fight to End Exploitation which is a collaborative network that advocates for victims of human trafficking and educates communities.  If you think that Human trafficking occurs in some other state or some other country, Michelle Peterson is a must see for you!  A dynamic speaker, who presented at the state convention, Ms. Peterson is sought after for her knowledge and wisdom concerning this topic.

Michelle Peterson brings her expertise in communication, relationship dynamics, leadership development and strategic implementation to the fight against human trafficking.  She is also the author of the best-selling book, “#staymarried A Couple’s Devotional” and co-hosts the widely popular #staymarried Podcast.


January 15, 2020 (3rd Wednesday) –                                                                     Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 pm

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman.  What does it mean to create art as a woman in the 21st century and how do our experiences shape what we produce and perform?  Meaghan Heinrich, Department Chair, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music will share her personal sotry of a life and career in music, with musical highlights from pioneering women composers.


February 15, 2020 (Saturday) –  Alioto’s – 9 am

Join us for breakfast, conversation, and an opportunity to hear Joanne Williams – an incredible woman from our community – share her story about growing and thriving in Milwaukee and beyond.  Navigating through Life with Joanne Williams, host and segment producer for Milwaukee Public Television’s award-winning “Black Nouveau”, independent filmmaker, and former WITI-TV news anchor.

The Winter Breakfast will also be sponsoring a Heartfelt Event of Caring and Giving to support Sojourner Family Peace Center – Please check out their needs list and be generous: Feb-2020-donations


March 11, 2020 (2nd Wednesday) –                                                                     Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 pm

Women in Theater 2020 with Suzan Fete, Artistic Director, Renaissance Theaterworks.  Suzan co-founded Renaissance Theaterworks in 1993.  Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) is the nation’s second oldest theater company dedicated to promoting the work of women theater artists at all stages of their careers.  Suzan is especially proud that RTW won the prestigious 50/50 in 2020 International Applause Award for the 2015-16 season, which is given to theaters in recognition of their commitment to women playwrights.  Themes for Suzan’s talk include the current state of gender equity in professional theater, how Renaissance Theaterworks is changing the face of theater in Milwaukee and beyond, and what you can do to help improve gender equity.


CANCELLED:  April 4, 2020 (Saturday) –                                                                                               Wisconsin Club – 10 am

The 20/20 Vision

A Luncheon & Style Show featuring cool, crisp and colorful trends for the new decade.  The purpose of our 19th Annual Spring Luncheon/Style Show is to raise funds for the Educational Foundation, a 501(c) 3, and for Local Scholarships for women in our area continuing their education.

Featuring fashions and styling by:  Mainstream Boutique, Kalon Boutique, Cabi (Jill Meyer, Independent Cabi Stylist), Access Boutique and The Institute of Beauty and Wellness.  

Cocktails, shopping  and raffles 10 am.  Lunch 11:45 am.  Style show 12:30 pm.  Reservations are due by March 20, 2020.


CANCELLED:  April 8, 2020 (2nd Wednesday) –    Annual Meeting, Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 pm

Immigration 2020 with Erin M. Barbato, JD, Immigrant Justice Clinic, University of Wisconsin Law School.  Erin will address the current state of immigration in the US as it pertains to asylums and refugees, including the work she does with asylum seekers in Wisconsin, women and children detained in the US, and asylum seekers forced to remain Mexico during the process.  In addition, she will discuss the current status of DACA.


CANCELLED:  April 17-18, 2020 –                                                                 Radisson Hotel, LaCrosse, WI                                                  AAUW Wisconsin State Convention

May 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (fourth Wednesday of the month) – Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 pm

Andrea Bequest, one of our own members, will be our last branch meeting speaker for this season.  She will be speaking about her Journey into Medicine. Andrea will describe her path to becoming a Physician Assistant.  We’ll learn what a PA is and how hospital medicine PAs function at an academic facility, including the barriers they face daily in taking care of and discharging patients. 

Andrea works in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and
Froedtert Hospital. She graduated from Carroll University in 2009 with a biology and biochemistry degree, and she went on to complete Physician Assistant school at Marquette University in 2012. She has been working as a PA for seven years. Prior to working at Froedtert Hospital, she worked in an outpatient internal medicine clinic and at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.

Andrea’s passion is contributing to the education of future Physician Assistants, particularly students from area programs around Wisconsin. Andrea is a great example of someone who lives our AAUW mission every day by advocating for women’s education, especially in STEM fields.

April 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 pm
    Ending Hunger in Milwaukee with Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of Hunger Task Force.

What idea or effort founded Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force?  The simple answer is that parents banded together in 1974 to fight for healthy, universal school breakfasts for children in the Milwaukee Public Schools.  This group of individuals continued promoting important local policies to support food security in Milwaukee and its communities.  Food “banking” then followed in 1982, when a local television station held the first Food For Families food drive.  From that effort, the free and local food banking model was born.

Please bring donations of food that we will pass on to Sherrie Tussler.


The Garden Gala, Saturday, April 13, 2019

We cordially invite you to attend our Luncheon & Style Show.  Featuring budding trends & Styles in Full Bloom.  Proceeds to benefit scholarships for women.


Cocktails, Shopping & Raffles begin at 10 a.m.

Lunch is at 11:45 a.m. with a Style Show at 12:30 p.m.

Guests are welcome – Valet Parking – Headwear Encouraged!

Featuring Fashions by:  Mainstream Boutique, edie, cabi and Access Boutique.  Hair & Makeup graciously donated by:  The Institute of Beauty and Wellness.

March 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 p.m.

Our speaker for the branch meeting on March 13 will be Susan Loris, Executive Vice-President for Institutional Advancement for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO).

At MSO, Ms. Loris oversees the Education, Marketing, and Public Relations Departments and manages the MSO’s overall operations. She also oversees the MSO’s educational programs, which provide opportunities in the arts for more than 30,000 children every year in approximately 250 Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois Schools.

Ms. Loris earned her bachelor’s degree in Music and Government from Lawrence University. Before joining forces with the MSO, she has held marketing and communications positions at the Milwaukee Ballet and the Florentine  Opera Company.

February 2019

Saturday Winter Breakfast Meeting, February 9, 2019 –                                                                                 Panos Banquet Hall – Crystal Room – 9 am

     The State and Future of Our Great Lakes with Dr. J. Val Klump who joined UWM in 1980 and is currently a Professor and Dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  His research on how nutrients and carbon are cycled in lakes has taken him from the deepest soundings in Lakes Superior and Michigan aboard a research submersible, to the largest and oldest lake in the world — Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia.  Recent research has highlighted the presence and dynamics of “dead zones” in Green Bay including the impact of climate change on their extent and duration.

He is a member of several regional and national organizations including: the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board Research Coordination Council, the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Federal Advisory Committee, the Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Council, and the Discovery World Board of Directors.  Dr. Klump holds a B.S degree in Zoology from Duke University, a degree in Law from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

January 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (third Wednesday of the month) –                                                                          Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 pm

Perseverance and Pastries with Molly Sullivan, Owner and Pastry Chef of Miss Molly’s Cafe & Pastry shop where she leads her all-woman run team in creating from scratch food and bakery in a welcoming and friendly environment.  

While Molly was building her career on the Milwaukee restaurant scene, she was also building her business.  She founded her company in 2012 by catering weddings in her free time.  Molly will tell us her story about starting a business at a young age, including the obstacles and challenges she experienced.  Learn why and how she developed a workplace that is a positive, safe, and welcoming environment for women and girls.

November 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (first Wednesday of the month) –Providing Trauma Care to Children:  “What Happened To You?  How Can We Help?” Our speaker for November 7 will be Tim Grove, Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Trainer in trauma-informed care for SantA, Inc.  Tim has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Wartburg College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a mentor with the Child Trauma Academy, a master trainer in ACE [Adverse Childhood Experience] Interface, and a Mandt instructor. He provides training and consulting to a broad range of disciplines in trauma-informed practice.

Trauma-informed care centers around “Seven Essential Ingredients,” which help professionals best understand and implement care for children in resilience, healing in relationships.

SaintA is an agency created in 2014 by the merger of St. Aemilian-Lakeside and Integrated Family Services. It is certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, created by Dr. Bruce Perry and the Child Trauma Academy as a biologically informed way to assess when trauma occurred in a child’s development and to create ways to mitigate its effects.

Claudia Meyer, of the program committee, will introduce the speaker.

October 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Tea and Tantalizing Author Tales –                                             10:45 am (Local Scholarship Fundraiser)

The Author Tea on Saturday, October 13, is a major fundraiser for our branch’s local scholarship program. It will be held at the New Berlin Public Library, 15150  Library Lane, New Berlin, beginning at 10:45 a.m. The lunch will be catered by The Gingerbread House in Muskego. This is the 9th year of holding the author’s tea. It has become so popular that this year reservations are full.

This year’s tea will feature Christine DeSmet, noted for her Fudge Shop Mystery Series set in Door County. Ms. DeSmethas written many other books as well as screenplays and stage plays. She is a graduate of UW-Madison, where she earned two journalism degrees. She has also shared her writing skills through teaching story develpment to adults in continuing education settings and coaching aspiring writers who wish to polish their craft. Christine is currently the director of the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat, and she is a member of several writer’s organizations, which include the Wisconsin Writer’s Association, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum.

You can learn more about Ms. DeSmet at her website

September 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – Sunset Playhouse – 6:30 pm
     Voting!  Women!  Democracy!

With November mid-term elections just ahead, the subject of voting is most timely.  On Wednesday, September 12, at our first branch meeting of the season, we look forward to hearing from Mary Kae Nelson of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County.

Her topic, “The Story of the League of Women Voters,” will focus on the history of this nearly 100-year-old organization as well as its ongoing mission. The League of Women Voters (LWV) was founded in 1920 during the convention of the National American Suffrage Association – just six months before ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Women were finally given the right to vote, after a 72-year struggle.  The League is non-partisan, neither opposing or supporting individual candidates or political parties.

Mary Kae Nelson has been a member of the LWV and a community volunteer for nearly 40 years. As past president of the Milwaukee County branch, Ms. Nelson represents the LWV on several coalitions that focus on social justice and voting rights.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and biology and a master’s degree in early childhood special education.  She is a retired educator in the Milwaukee Public Schools and was an adjunct instructor at Carroll University.

Program chair for September is Carole McFarlin, who serves as Public Policy Chair for West Suburban-Milwaukee branch.

May 2018

Wednesday, May 9: “Equity for Women” – Lisa Attonito

Lisa Attonito

Lisa Attonito will be the speaker at the final branch meeting of the 2017-18 year. She is the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee.

Founded in 1986, and established as an independent organization in 2006, the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee remains committed to creating equity for women in our community with a focus is on economic empowerment, leadership skills, and education.

Before assuming her leadership position with the Women’s Fund, Attonito led the Sojourner Courage Capital Campaign that funded the creation of the Sojourner Family Peace Center at 6th and Walnut Streets in Milwaukee.

The gathering will begin at 6:15 with our traditional Finger-Food Fest. The social hour will be followed by the business meeting and installation

April 2018

April Program to Feature Reggie Jackson
Segregation and Its Hidden Impacts

Reggie Jackson

When one considers the hidden impacts of segregation in our community and in our world, what comes first to your mind? Our April presenter, Reggie Jackson, will help us look at and learn from the impact of decades of intentional policies, along with de-industrialization, that has created a situation that negatively impacts Milwaukee’s African-American community. By looking at the role played by the federal government and the real estate industry and by using 2010 census data, we will see clear evidence of the current manifestations of segregation in our region.

Reggie, a graduate of Concordia University, taught in the Milwaukee Public schools as a Special Ed teacher. In 1994, he first noticed America’s Black Holocaust Museum while driving on North Avenue. He stopped, went in, and met the founder, Dr. James Cameron. Life then took a turn that led to Reggie’s involvement as Head Griot (docent) at the museum.  His further research as an independent scholar has focused on addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and racial justice.

Reggie is the 2015 winner of the Eliminating Racism Award from the Southwest Wisconsin YWCA, the 2017 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award from the City of Milwaukee, and, most recently, the 2018 Legacy Award from MICAH, the Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope organization. He and his work were also honored by the Wisconsin State Assembly in a Joint

February 2018

February Program (first Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018)
to feature Susan Longhenry, Haggerty Museum of Art

What happens to visitors intellectually, emotionally and even spiritually when they experience an original work of art in a museum? And how can that experience make our world a better place? Susan Longhenry will address those questions through a discussion based on both research on the art museum experience and current thinking about the role that museums can and should play in strengthening our communities.

Longhenry is Director and Chief Curator of the Haggerty Museum of Art. She has worked for the past thirty years at art museums across the country. In addition, she has served in national leadership positions with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, the Mountain Plains Museum Association, and the American Alliance of Museums. She has also served as a Peer Review Panelist for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Longhenry holds an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University.

As a follow-up to the February 7 program, AAUW members and friends will join a docent-led tour of the Haggerty Museum of Art on the Marquette University Campus on Friday, February 23. The tour will begin at 10:30 a.m.


January 2018

January Breakfast to feature Professor Lilly Goren

Lilly Goren, professor of political science and global studies at Carroll University, will be the featured speaker at the January breakfast meeting on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. This meeting will be held at Panos Banquet Hall, 20290 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield, beginning at 9 a.m.

Professor Goren holds an M.A. and PhD from Boston College. She teaches American government, the presidency, gender studies and political theory.  Her published books include Mad Men and Politics: Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America and Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics.

Professor Goren is an active member of the American Political Science Association. This past spring and summer she taught at the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany, under a Fulbright Fellowship. Her career also brought her to the Kingston University in London where she was a visiting research fellow.

All attendees must register in advance, no later than Jan. 10; cost is $20. Linda Polulach, VP-Membership, will accept your check.

Special Notes:

  • New members who join our branch at the breakfast may join for just $54, which includes full membership benefits through June 2018. i They can enjoy our membership, activities, and speakers at a reduced price for a half year from January through June, 2018. Eligible members must hold a recognized two-year associate degree, bachelor or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Our branch is accepting donations for students and staff at Zablocki Elementary School in Milwaukee. Suggested items are: Clothing – new scarves, hats, mittens, gloves; School supplies – new backpacks, crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, highlighters in different colors, large rectangular erasers, pocket folders; Other essentials – new low-odor dry erase markers, dry erasers, Kleenex, Clorox wipes; DVDs – age appropriate entertainment for student viewing during inclement weather.

Annual Chili Supper – Wednesday, Nov. 8,2017

Speaker: Gail Rust: “How to Stay Healthy With Laughter”

The November branch meeting and program will be held at the Sunset Playhouse beginning at 6:15 p.m. Members and guests will choose from a variety of homemade chili (including vegetarian), accompaniments, and desserts. The business meeting will follow, featuring brief remarks by several of our scholarship recipients. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

In her presentation, Gail Rust draws from many life experiences – as a practical nurse, sales director, teacher, actor, and public speaker. Her one-woman show, “Why Am I Here?” was well received at the Sunset Playhouse.

Author’s Tea – October 14

New Berlin Library – 10:45 a.m.
15150 Library Lane
Join us for the annual Author’s Tea on October 14, at the New Berlin Library. This popular sell-out event features an elegant lunch prepared by the Gingerbread House and served by our own AAUW table hostesses, who set their tables according to individual themes. Cakes serving as centerpieces are decorated to match. All profits from this event (which includes a basket raffle) benefit Local Scholarships.

This year’s speaker, Amy Reichert, is author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake; Luck, Love & Lemon Pie; and The Simplicity of Cider. Ms. Reichert, a self-described “wife, mom, amateur chef, fix-it mistress and cider enthusiast,” loves to write stories that end happily with “characters you’d invite to dinner.”

Reservations with payment are due to Mary Goens by October 6. Special thanks to Carol Dadaian for coordinating this event and to Evelyn Owen for helping with the raffle baskets.

Oct. 14, 2017
Author Tea, Saturday, 11 a.m. at the New Berlin Public Library –
Local Scholarship Fundraiser
Amy Reichert, author of “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Love Luck and Lemon Pie, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English literature.

Oct. 19, 2017
Day Tour

Experience the Cedar Grove Artisan Cheese Factory, lunch at Loganville’s General Store (now called Aunt Ozie’s Café).  Then take in an escorted tour of the famous International Crane Foundation, located near Baraboo.

NOV. 8, 2017
Chili Supper at 6:15 p.m.
“How to Stay Healthy with Laughter” with Gail Rust, playwright, actress and toastmaster with over 35 years of sharing her joy of laughter.

JAN. 13, 2018
Saturday Breakfast Meeting, 9 a.m.
at Panos Banquet Hall Crystal Room
“Women, Politics, and Popular Culture; How Far We’ve Come” with Professor Lilly Goren, Professor of Political Science and Director of Honors Program Carroll University.

FEB. 7, 2018
“The Social Work of Museums”
with Susan Longhenry, Director of the Haggarty Museum of Art at Marquette University. (Note:  this is the 1st Wednesday of month).

MARCH 14, 2018
“Rethinking Higher Education:  The Business of Broken
Promises and Mortgaged Futures” with Steve Burlison, MATC, Business and Information Technology Division, Information Technology division, e Business, Social Media & Marketing.

APRIL 11, 2018
“The Hidden Impact of Segregation on Milwaukee County”
 with Reggie Jackson, Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Milwaukee.

APRIL 14, 2018
17th Annual Luncheon/Style Show
at the Wisconsin Club.
Proceeds to Scholarships.

MAY 9, 2018
6:15 p.m. Finger Food Feast
“Equity for Women: Progressive, Powerful and Inclusive” with Lisa Attonito, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee.

JULY 26, 2017
6:00 p.m. Summer Social at Lynn Sigler’s Home
Become a part of our growing membership by joining us for our annual Summer Social.  Meet prospective and current members and          learn about our branch.

Aug. 23, 2017
60th Anniversary Celebration at 6 p.m.
Social/Music/Food and Beverages.  Co-Presidents/Member  Recognitions.  Stephanie Malaney, AAUW Wisconsin State President, will be the speaker.  Entertainment after program.

Are you interested in getting together with other AAUW Branch members for planned adventures?  The Out and About Group is designed for members and guests to get to know each other, visit local destinations, learn and have fun.  We carpool to each site and pay our own admission and lunch costs.  Watch for more information in the Post Graduate, on our Branch website, and in email “blasts”

May 2017

How the Spirit of Milwaukee Communities Transform and Grow

Sharon Adams – Community Activist and Change Agent

“Sharon Adams is a change agent,” Pat said in her article for the branch newsletter. “When she and her husband Larry found an old Milwaukee neighborhood unsightly, they did not move away, they moved to make changes. In 16 years, she and Larry have been the stimulus behind the changes witnessed in the Walnut Street, North Avenue, Fond du Lac Avenue corridor. Housing revitalization resulted in $26 million invested for over 200 new home constructions and restored vintage houses.”

Sharon Adams is co-founder of the Walnut Way Conservation Corporation; this organization has worked to engage neighbors, document the oral traditions of elders, reduce crime, introduce storm water management, demonstrate healthy food production and offer educational and recreational opportunities for the youth. Adams helped launch the Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Health Alliance, involving 20 medical, academic and resident partners. Currently she is leading a campaign to fund multi-use commercial development in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood.

Sharon Adams and her husband are co-owners of Craftsman Restoration Guild, LLC, a residential construction and landscape firm committed to training and employing individuals living in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Their work focuses on restoration of blighted properties. A graduate of UWM and Wayne State University, Sharon Adams is a Revson Fellow at Columbia University, NY. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Alverno College.

May 10, 2017 at Sunset Playhouse
6:15 PM – Finger Food Feast
7:00 PM – Branch Meeting
7:30 PM – Program

April 2017 Program

7 Cs for Supporting Resilience Through Mental Health Challenges

Sue McKenzie

The April 12 branch meeting will feature mental health professional Sue McKenzie, Co-Director of Rogers InHealth, Oconomowoc. McKenzie will present the 7 Cs for Supporting Resilience Through Mental Health Challenges .

McKenzie, who has over 30 years’ experience leading the development of educational programs and collaborative projects, has taught both youth and adults; she has developed state and national curriculum and led training for teachers and community leaders to address mental health challenges. She has provided national training under grants from CDC and the Federal department of education.

McKenzie is co-facilitative leader of WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination) aiming to remove the stigma of mental illness.

The social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Sunset Playhouse, Elm Grove, with business meeting to follow at 7 p.m. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

March 2017 Program

Experiencing Women’s History Through Fashion

The March branch meeting will feature the historic costume collection of Mount Mary University. The Mount Mary Fashion Department began the historic costume collection in 1965. Today the collection has grown to include 10,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present. It features both couture and ready-to-wear garments from such fashion luminaries as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Norman Norell, Bonnie Cashin, Oscar de la Renta, Jean Patou, and Karl Lagerfeld. Maintained by the University’s Fashion Department, the Collection is the only such resource in the Milwaukee area.

Sarah Eichorn and Barbara Armstrong, March Presenters

Presenting the program are Barbara T. Armstrong, and Sarah Eichhorn, both of Mount Mary University. Armstrong is Dean of the School of Arts and Design and School of Business; Eichhorn is Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of the Fashion Department, as well as Acting Historic Costume Collection Curator. They will discuss the history of the University Fashion Department and Historic Costume Collection, and explore the fascinating history of fashion design.

The program, which is fitting for Women’s History Month, will be held at the Sunset Theater at 7 p.m. A social gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m.

February 2017 Program

Mike Backus

Mike Backus

The Feb. 8 program for West Suburban-Milwaukee branch will feature Mike Backus of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Program. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Sunset Playhouse, Elm Grove. Social hour will begin at 6:30; branch meeting will be at 7 p.m.

Backus will present a slide show, “Honor Flight Reflections.” The mission of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is to honor all veterans by flying WWII, Korean War, and terminally ill veterans to Washington, DC to visit their memorials.


January Breakfast Features Dr. Cynthiane Morgenweck, Clinical Ethicist


Dr. Cynthiane Morgenweck

Dr. Cynthiane Morgenweck, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities and Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will be the featured speaker at the West Suburban-Milwaukee Branch breakfast meeting Saturday January 14. The topic of her presentation is The Implications of Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide—The West Coast and More.

Dr. Morgenweck is a Clinical Ethicist at the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. She teaches in the Center’s graduate program and serves as an advisor to bioethics graduate students. She received her MD in 1977 and her MA in 1999, both from the Medical College of Wisconsin and practiced anesthesiology for 13 years in a community hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Dr. Morgenweck serves on the ethics committees of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Froedtert Hospital and Curative Care Network. Her areas of interest include ethical issues related to the surgical experience; informed consent; clinical trials and placebo surgery; do not resuscitate orders; pain management and palliative care; and ethical issues in behavioral health care.

Dr. Morgenweck will speak following the breakfast and a short business meeting. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Panos Crystal Room, Brookfield.


Ellie Gettinger, of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, will be featured speaker at November 9 Branch Meeting

Ellie Gettinger speaker at November 9 Branch MeetingOur guest speaker for the Nov. 9 branch meeting is Ellie Gettinger, Education Director at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM). Her topic is “Perspectives on the Jewish Community in Milwaukee.”

Ms. Gettinger will use artifacts from the archives of the JMM to explore the development of Jewish life in Milwaukee. Her presentation will detail the major waves of Jewish immigration to Milwaukee. She will explore major figures like Golda Meir and Lizzie Kander (creator of The Settlement Cook Book) and their impact in Wisconsin and beyond.

In  her position as Education Director, Ms. Gettinger helped develop JMM’s content and is responsible for developing curriculum, workshops, and tours; she trains volunteer docents to assist with group tours. Ms. Gettinger also works to integrate new technologies into the Museum.

Gettinger has her bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies, with a focus on history from Stanford University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree through the Spertus Institute.

The November 9 meeting is also our branch’s tradition chili supper, beginning at 6:15 p.m. The business meeting will be held at 7 p.m., followed by Ms. Gettinger’s presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Author’s Tea


Saturday, October 8

New Berlin Library

15150 Library Lane, New Berlin

Doors Open at 10:45

Professor Carole Barrowman of Alverno College will be the guest speaker at the annual Author’s Tea, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the New Berlin Library.

Prof. Barrowman’s talk, “Conversation about Books, Imagination, and Metaphor,” will highlight her own journey as a published author. She has written six books, including a middle grade series, Hollow Earth (Simon and Schuster), and is currently collaborating with her brother, actor John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) on a YA series and two series of comics. She also writes a monthly crime fiction column as well as regular reviews for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In addition, she is a regular contributor to WTMJ4’s The Morning Blend.

Prof. Barrowman was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. She immigrated to the US with her family in the late 1970s. She has taught at Alverno College for 30 years, where she is now Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing.

Further information is available at
Profits from the annual Author’s Tea benefit the branch’s Local Scholarship fund. The lunch is catered by the Gingerbread House, Muskego. Individual table hostesses will set their tables and serve a light lunch with tea, coffee, and dessert. A variety of baskets donated by members will be available through the purchase of raffle tickets.

Co-Chairs for the event are Carole Dadaian and Barb Noonan.

Heroin and Its Effects


Wednesday, September 14

The September meeting will feature a talk about the increasing threat of heroin in Southern Wisconsin. The speaker will be Milwaukee Police Detective David Metz. He will discuss heroin on a user level including the physical addiction, effects heroin has on the body, signs of use, and heroin overdoses.

Detective Metz has been with the Milwaukee Police Department for the past twenty years. He has worked in the Narcotics Division for 13 years including six years as a D.E.A. Task Force Officer assigned to the Heroin Task Force.

The meeting will be held at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, beginning with a 6:30 social.

2015-2016 Programs

Dr. Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor of UW Colleges and Extensions

Dr. Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor of UW Colleges and Extensions

The New Face of the Wisconsin Idea” is the topic for the May 11 Branch Meeting. Dr. Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor of University of Wisconsin Colleges and Extensions, will focus on the positive impact of UW Colleges and Extensions in carrying out the mission of the Wisconsin Idea.

For more than a century, the Wisconsin Idea has embraced the principle that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

Dr. Sandeen was appointed to the chancellor position in December, 2014. In her position as Chancellor, she sets the strategic direction and provides the senior leadership for both UW Colleges and UW-Extension. She is one of 14 chancellors in the UW System and the only chancellor who oversees more than one institution.

Prior to her appointment she served for 22 years in leadership positions with the University of California and for 8 years at the American Council of Education. She is a respected writer and speaker in the area of educational innovation and nontraditional students. Her vision is to reach 60 percent of UW Colleges’ 14,000 students who are first-generation to attend college.

Members will gather at 6:15 at the Sunset Playhouse for a “Finger Food Feast”; the business meeting will begin at 6:45 followed by the program at 7:30 p.m.

Mike Gousha: Perspectives on an Election Year

mike GoushaAt the April 20 branch meeting, Milwaukee area journalist Mike Gousha will offer his perspective on what is shaping up to be a memorable election year.

Gousha will take a look at key questions of interest to Wisconsin voters: What role will Wisconsin play in the race for President? What will be the key issues in the rematch between U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and former Senator Russ Feingold? Will Republicans retain control of the state legislature?

Gousha will also offer his observations about the April Presidential primary, the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, and the mindset of Wisconsin voters.

Mike Gousha is an award-winning journalist with nearly four decades of experience. He worked for 25 years at WTMJ-TV, where he became lead anchor. He currently serves as a distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University. Since 2007 he has worked on the Law School’s public policy initiative; he is also a contributing anchor for WISN-TV and host of the Sunday morning political show, “UpFront with Mike Gousha.”

In 2015, Milwaukee Magazine named him “the most influential member of the media” in Milwaukee.

“Muslim Women – Not So Different From You and Me”

“Muslim Women – Not So Different From You and Me” is the program to be presented on Wednesday, March 9, at the West Suburban-Milwaukee  monthly branch meeting. The speaker is Inshirah Farhoud, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a board member of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition.

Ms. Farhoud volunteers with the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition as a speaker on issues concerning the Muslim community. One of her goals is to create a greater understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims. In addition, Ms. Farhoud is a board member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, a minority health council member of the Department of Health and Human Services and a  member of Wisconsin’s Public Health Plan Quality Improvement Committee. She is a frequent speaker at area churches, schools and hospitals.

Ms. Farhoud currently works with families of children with developmental delays, behavior problems and psychiatric disorders. She is an advocate of accessible healthcare for everyone and volunteers at two different free clinics.

In her presentation , Ms. Farhoud will discuss educational opportunities for Muslim women and current local issues in regard to Muslim women.

Ms. Farhoud holds both a BSN degree from Alverno College and a Master’s degree from Marquette University.

Note: In conjunction with the presentation, there will also be an opportunity for AAUW members to tour the Brookfield Mosque, Masjid Al Noor, located at 16670 Pheasant Drive, Brookfield, on March 10.


angelaThis branch meeting will feature Angela Mancuso, Executive Director of the Women’s Center in Waukesha. She will speak about elder abuse and the intervention services that are offered.

Ms. Mancuso has worked professionally in the area of domestic violence for more than a decade. She began at Sojourner Truth House in 2008; the following year Sojourner Truth House merged with the Task Force on Family Violence to create Sojourner Family Peace Center. She is now Executive Director of that center.

The Women’s Center is an independent, non-profit human service agency founded in 1977. It is an independent, non-profit human service agency which provides a wide range of free and comprehensive services designed to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. The center provides emergency shelter for abused women and their children, transitional living, as well as group and individual counseling services.

Note: At 6 p.m. on February 10, there will be a website demonstration presented by three of our members. The Social Hour will begin at 6:30, followed by the business meeting (7 p.m.) and the speaker.

15th Annual Luncheon/Style Show at the Wisconsin Club.
Proceeds to Scholarships.

(3rd Wednesday)

“All Things Political: A Look at Where We Are Now and What’s to Come in the 2016 Election Year” with Mike Gousha. Mike serves as a Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School. An award-winning journalist, he explores important public policy issues, acting in the role of interviewer, moderator and facilitator. Mike Gousha is a political analyst and host of “UpFront with Mike Gousha”, a Sunday morning political show that airs on ABC stations throughout the state.

MAY 11
6:15 p.m. Finger Food Feast
“The New Face of the Wisconsin Idea”.
Dr. Cathy Sandeen, new chancellor of UW colleges and UW Extension, will speak about the far ranging implications of the “Wisconsin Idea”. Dr. Sandeen, a first generation college graduate, will discuss the Wisconsin Idea, which is the mission of the University to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of campuses and “improve the human condition”.

Several smaller day trips are also being planned for the year. These will be announced in the newsletter and on the website.
Cecilia HillardSaturday Breakfast Meeting, 9 a.m. at Pano’s Banquet Hall, 20290 Bluemound Road, Brookfield.
Gender Differences in Response to Stress” with Dr. Cecilia Hillard, Director of the Neuroscience Research Center and Professor of Pharmacology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Stress is a fact of life, but how do men and women process stress differently and what is the best way to deal with stress?

Dr. Hillard has mentored many age groups from high school students to postdoctoral students. She is Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Neuroscience Research Center at MCW. She is professor of pharmacology and toxicology and a respected researcher in her field.

Doors open at 9 a.m., with breakfast served at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Hillard will speak following a short business meeting.

Note: Reservations for the breakfast buffet are $20 per person; they are due on or before Friday, January 8, to Pat Ellingson. (See PostGraduate in Members Only section for address.)

“Candy Cane Tales and Holiday Cheer” – a musical variety show at the Waukesha Civic Theater: members and guests of West Suburban-Milwaukee branch will attend this show at 2 p.m. The production weaves holiday traditions through familiar songs, carols and characters in a series of vignettes for people of all ages.  After the show we will convene at the home of one of our members for conversation and refreshments.

Women’s Court and Civic: “What is New in the Courts” Mary Triggiano, Milwaukee County Children’s Court Judge and Marshall Murray, Milwaukee County Family Court Judge; Women’s Court and Civic: “The Victims’ Voices in the Criminal Justice System” – Justice Janine Geske (retired); Italian Community Center

6:15 p.m. Chili Supper
7:30 p.m. Program

“Powerful Partnerships: PEARLS + AAUW” is the theme for the evening’s program at Sunset Playhouse. Following the traditional Chili Supper, two leaders of the PEARLS organization will speak about “PEARLS for Teen Girls” organization.

Elizabeth Mueller

Elizabeth Mueller

Elizabeth Mueller is College and Career Readiness Coordinator of PEARLS; Kimberley Jeffrey is Volunteer and Alumnae Relations Coordinator. We will also meet some of the PEARLS girls who will tell us how this non-profit organization has helped them.

PEARLS is a non-profit organization that helps teenage girls make positive decisions about their futures.  It is  an acronym for Personal Responsibility, Empathy, Awareness, Respect, Leadership, Support. It began as a volunteer effort in 1993 and offered an after-school opportunity for girls at Jackie Robinson Middle School, Milwaukee. The purpose was to help the girls believe in their inherent beauty, power and potential. No matter what the circumstances in their lives, the PEARLS leaders wanted to show them they had ‘precious and unique gifts and talents’ to share with the world.

Kimberley Jeffrey

Kimberley Jeffrey

The PEARLS organization has grown from serving 120 girls annually to over 1,300 last year.
Marge Willms is West Suburban branch chair of PEARLS. Her committee includes Alice Bradee, Linda Babcock, Judy Ertel, Linda Polulach, Pat Czbukowski, Pat Rierson and Anne Kreul.  “PEARLS and AAUW have been growing a wonderful partnership,” Marge said. “Learn more about how this partnership is blooming and how you can be a part of it!”

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Sunset Playhouse and “Development Trends in Milwaukee”

Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner for the Milwaukee Department of City DevelopmentThe West Suburban-Milwaukee branch of AAUW will open the 2015-16 season on Wednesday, September 9, with a behind-the scenes tour of the Sunset Playhouse. Theater-goers often have questions about sets, costumes and how a play comes together. Here is an opportunity to learn.

The pre-meeting social will be held from 6:30 – 7 p.m, followed by the branch meeting (7 p.m.) and program at (7:30 p.m.) Program hostess June Moberly will introduce Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner of the Milwaukee Department of City Development. His topic, “Development Trends in Milwaukee,” will give an insider’s view into Milwaukee’s economic development.
Under Marcoux’s leadership, the DCD has worked with stakeholders throughout Milwaukee to complete 13 area plans, covering the entire city. That planning effort identifies goals and catalytic projects, providing a framework for many of the department’s activities within the neighborhoods, including downtown, the Menomonee Valley and the 30th Street Corridor.
Marcoux, a graduate of Marquette University, previously worked with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) where he found creative, cost-efficient ways to redevelop public housing into super-neighborhoods linked with supportive resources.

Marcoux is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the American Planning Association (APA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Mel MiskimenOCTOBER 17
Tea with Author Mel Miskimen
11 a.m.,
New Berlin Library, 15105 Library Lane

Our annual tea with an author is a fundraiser for Local Scholarships and is held in lieu of the regular monthly meeting. Each table hostess sets a table for eight guests according to her chosen theme. Lunch is provided by The Gingerbread House, including a decorated cake, which matches the colors/design of each table and serves as the centerpiece.
Donated items are arranged in baskets and sold by raffle.

Following the lunch, speaker Mel Miskimen will talk about her books and other writing. Her first book, Cop’s Kid: A Milwaukee Memoir was published by University of Wisconsin Press; her second book, Sit. Stay. Heal., will be published by Sourcebooks in 2016.

Reservations, with $30, should be mailed to Co-Chair Barb Noonan. Branch members should check the Post Graduate. Non-members are welcome to attend; call Carol at 262-786-0296 for more information.

Women’s Court and Civic: “Heroin Addiction” – Carlo Devila and David Metz, Detectives, Milwaukee Police Department; and “Rehabilitation of Heroin Users” – Janet Fleece, Milwaukee County Community Access Services. Italian Community Center.

Day Trip to Sanfilippo Estate Music Palace

A day trip to the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois, is organized by Terri Mitchell. The motor coach will leave from Goerke’s Corners parking lot at 90:30 a.m., returning at 5:30 p.m. The $72 fee includes motor coach, tour and a lunch at Egg Harbor Café. Branch members should check the PostGraduate for details. Non-members may call Terri at 262-782-7462 for more information.

OCTOBER 31Kim-Suhr1-e1284687553181
10 a.m. “Write ‘til You’re Blue in the Face”
Red Oak Writing
Marian Center for Non-Profits, #5,
3195 S Superior St, Milwaukee

Kim Suhr, one of our new members of West Suburban-Milwaukee branch, is Director of Red Oak Writing, Bay View. Kim is offering a free two-hour workshop, “Write ‘til You’re Blue in the Face,” to our branch members. Kim has developed this workshop to help writers at all levels make the most of their current skills and help them grow in confidence and technique.

To register, contact Carol Surges, at Space is limited.

2014-2015 Programs

Protecting Ourselves from Scams and Identity Theft

7 p.m. – Sunset Playhouse
Melissa Elson, a consumer protection investigator for the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection, will be the featured speaker at the September 10 branch meeting. The meeting will be held at the Sunset Playhouse, 800 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove.

In her presentation, “Identity Theft and Scams,” Elson will discuss ways to protect ourselves against identity theft and scammers. She will talk about recent scams and how they can lead to identity theft.

As a Consumer Protection Investigator, Elson mediates consumer complaints while monitoring for unfair business practices. In addition, she works within the Office of Privacy Protection assisting consumers in the steps that need to be taken following identity theft, as well as educating on how they can protect themselves from further victimization.

Elson’s talk will follow a short business meeting at 7:30 p.m. A social hour with refreshments will be held at 7 p.m.


“Harley” Tea with Author Jean Davidson

New Berlin Public Library

JeanDavidsonWe continue our tradition of a fall tea at the New Berlin Public Library on October 11. This popular event, initiated in 2009, features a woman author who discusses her work. It is also a fundraiser for our local scholarship program.

One reason for the success of our tea is the venue — a large meeting room at New Berlin Public Library which becomes transformed as ten hostesses set tables with their own teapot, tablecloth and napkins, dishes and flatware. The food is catered from nearby Gingerbread House, featuring a delicious luncheon menu, including scones and clotted cream. The caterer provides an edible centerpiece. There is also a raffle.

This year’s “Harley” tea features Jean Davidson, author of Growing Up Harley-Davidson: Memoirs of a Motorcycle Dynasty. Davidson, the granddaughter of Harley-Davidson’s Walter Davidson, is a gifted storyteller who brings a personal touch to the story of the iconic Milwaukee company.

Carol Dadaian, who helped initiate this event in 2009, is again co-chair with Barbara Noonan. Reservations ($28) are due by October 4. Guests are welcome unless reservations have been filled. Branch members should check our newsletter, the Post Graduate, for details. Prospective guests should contact one of the Membership Co-Chairs.


Tour: A day trip to Madison to tour the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery where, in addition to other scientific projects, stem cell research is conducted. Then on to Verona for lunch and a tour of Epic Systems. The woman in charge of this extremely successful software company is Judith Faulkner, now a billionaire. Her motto is “Do good, have fun, make money.”


Resolving Conflicts Through Better Communication

NatalieFleuryThe November 12 branch meeting will follow the traditional chili supper, served at 6:30 p.m. Our speaker for the evening is Natalie C. Fleury, J.D., who will give an interactive presentation, “Will Work for Resolution: Communication Tips for Dealing with Conflicts.”

Fleury is Program Coordinator for Dispute Resolution at Marquette Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Law, Fleury also oversees all aspects of Marquette University Law School’s nationally ranked dispute resolution program and supervises the Small Claims Mediation clinic. She is also principal of Conflict Management Concepts, LLC, a consulting firm which offers mediation and arbitration services, negotiation and mediation training, dispute resolution systems design and dispute resolution program development.

Fleury also worked with the Milwaukee Foreclosure Prevention Initiative to design and implement the Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation Program, which she supervised from July 2009 – February 2012. She earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Marquette University.

Fleury currently serves as Chair of the Wisconsin State Bar Section Leader’s Council, is a past- chair of the Wisconsin State Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, past co-chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Consumer Section, a member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. Locally she serves as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool in Wauwatosa.


Winter Social at Deb Wolff’s home
followed by a performance of Miracle on 34th Street at the Sunset Playhouse.


Saturday Breakfast Meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Pano’s Banquet Hall – Crystal Room.

Sunni Boehme, author of Diary of a Turkish Wedding, will talk about her experiences when she married the man of her dreams ─ a Turkish man ─ and out of love, journeyed to his home village for his brother’s traditional Muslim wedding. There, her world as an independent and successful life coach and women’s empowerment advocate turned upside down when faced with rigid traditions and century-old lifestyles.


“The Status of Girls in Wisconsin”
Rhonda M. WareRhonda M. Ware, Executive Director of the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls, will update members and guests on the status of girls in Wisconsin at the March 11 Branch meeting. The update covers the years 2010 to 2014.

In her position at Alverno, Ware collaborates with Alverno faculty, students and community partners to raise awareness of issues that impact women and girls and to develop research-based solutions, strategies, and programs to improve the lives of women and girls both locally and nationally.

Joining Ware on March 11 will be Kim Skerven, M.S.W., Ph.D., Chair of the Psychology Department at Alverno. Dr. Skerven teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses at Alverno, including the Psychology of Women and Gender. She is a member of the Research Center team and served as the Report Chair for The Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2014 Report.


“Hidden in Plain Sight – Child Trafficking in the Heartland.”
The Milwaukee metro area has been identified as one of the largest target areas in the U.S. for child sex trafficking. Katie Lynn, Executive Director and co-founder of Exploit No More, will help us learn what steps are being taken to cultivate awareness, advocacy, and aftercare for kids in Southeastern Wisconsin; she will also let us know what we can do to take a stand against this practice.


14th Annual Luncheon/Style Show
at the Wisconsin Club.
[Fundraiser for Scholarships.]


MAY 13
Whose Water is it Anyway? Water Issues in Wisconsin

Ezra Meyer, Water Resource Specialist with Clean Wisconsin

Ezra Meyer, Water Resource Specialist with Clean Wisconsin

Ezra Meyer, a Water Resource Specialist with Clean Wisconsin, will speak about current water issues at both the state and local level at the May 13 meeting. Since 1970, Clean Wisconsin has advocated for the health and safety of Wisconsin residents, focusing on working for clean air, clean water and clean energy.

Meyer has master’s degrees in both urban and regional planning and in water resources management from UW-Madison. He has worked as education specialist at Wisconsin Association of Lakes for more than four years. He co-founded the Friends of the Mukwonago River, a non-profit watershed advocacy organization, and has been an active board member. He served on the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Commission.

Meyer will inform the audience about current efforts at the state and local levels to improve the quality of our water; he will also address important issues facing our region.

The program will begin at 8 p.m. preceded by a Social Hour at 6:30 p.m. and a business meeting, with installation of new officers.