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About mipippel

Co-President Ashland AAUW from 2014-16, Garden Tour Chair 2012-15, Co-Chair Scholarship Committee 2011-12 Owner of Travel Services Inc in Palmer, AK from 1978-1998. Married to Anthony J Pippel 1981-present, two son's Robert A. & William T. Both are attorneys living in Oregon. William is married to Katherine since 2009. Graduate of University of Washington, School of Social Work Born August 5, 1953 in Wichita, Kansas. Moved to Seattle, WA in 1969 and attended high school and college there. Moved to Palmer, Alaska in 1976.

Interest Groups – September 2017 through August 2018

Did you know that in addition to monthly branch meetings, fundraising events, public policy activities, board service there are many additional groups within our branch that are just for fun?! We all know that “Girls just wanna have fun!” This year our Interest Group Chair has set a schedule that would allow you to attend every group each month! However for those of you who have a life, please check out the updated calendar below and you can make your selection from there.  You can also go to our website ashland-or.aauw.net , click on Activities , and when you see the pull down menu just look for Interest Groups and click on that.  It will give you a brief description of each group, the times they meet, and the group coordinator.

The link below will open a PDF file of the schedule.

Interest Groups – Mtg Dates at a Glance 08-23-17 Sheet1

AAUW Ashland Branch Meeting Calendar 2017-18

2017 – 2018 ASHLAND AAUW BRANCH CALENDAR

 

Saturday, September 9, 9:30 AM-12:00 NOON: SOU Rogue River Room. Welcome Back. Overview of the year, Interest Group sign up, AAUW National Convention report

 

Saturday, October 7, 9:30 AM – 12:00 NOON: SOU Diversions Room. Speaker:  Irene Kai, Ashland Culture of Peace Commission, “Choosing Compassion and Peace”

 

Thursday, November 16, 5:30 – 8:00 PM: SOU Music Recital Hall, Speaker: Dr. Jean Houston, “Powerful Presence in Challenging Times”

 

Friday, December 8, 6:30 – 9:30 PM: SOU Diversions Room, Holiday Party and Fundraiser

 

Saturday, January 13, 9:30 AM- 12:00 NOON: SOU Diversions Room. Branch Meeting- Public Policy Day

 

Thursday, February 8, 5:00 – 7:30 PM: SOU Diversions Room, Speaker, Sky Loos, Planned Parenthood, “Access to Reproductive Health Care”

 

Saturday, March 10, 9:30 AM – 12:00 NOON: SOU Diversions Room, Speaker, Jin In, 4Girls GLocal Leadership, “Empowering Millennial Women in the Most Violent Countries”

 

Thursday, April 12, 5:00 – 7:30 PM: SOU Diversions Room, President’s Meeting. Election and Installation of Officers, Florence Schneider & Named Gift Honorees.

 

Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 – 9:00 PM: SOU Rogue River Room, Celebration of Scholars

 

Friday, June 22, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Annual Board Retreat, Ashland Public Library, Gresham Room

 

Board Meetings 4th Monday from 3:30 – 5:00 PM in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland Public Library on the following dates: September 25, October 23, November 27, January 22, February 26, March 26, April 23, and May 21.

 

 

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

Four of us attended the 2017 AAUW National Convention in Washington, D.C. from June 14 – 17! At the end of the first day, while enjoying the Opening Dinner, we were enraptured with broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, the Co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour! She has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC, and PBS.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 9:00am hundreds of AAUW advocates from across the country stormed Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress in support of policies that advance AAUW’s mission of gender equity. Regina Ayars, Bessie Azari, Kathy Brandon, and Mimi Pippel flexed their political muscles by urging Congress to support women as they pursue their educations. 

Our focus was two-fold: recently released AAUW research shows that women in particular struggle with their student debt; and we also know that women and girls continue to face discrimination in schools. Kathy Brandon spoke to our Senators, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and our House Representative, Greg Walden about Student Debt. It is imperative that Congress

In the elevator with Senator Elizabeth Warren!

strengthens and protects federal financial aid, such as the Pell Grant program, and fully supports the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in their work to implement and enforce Title IX.

Mimi Pippel spoke to our senators and representative on this topic. While we were in the Capitol we were joined by Senator Elizabeth Warren in the elevator to ride up to the senators offices. WOW! It was a moment none of us will forget!

Temperature in D.C. – mid 90’s with 70+ humidity -We had to chill any way we could – Kathy chose the fountain in the plaza by our condos. Aside from rubbing elbows with the “rich and famous”, each of us attended an excellent selection of workshops and daily briefings and will be bringing back new skills and exciting information to help our branch continue our mission.

On Friday evening at the Closing Banquet after the 2017 AAUW Alumnae Awardees were recognized we were in for another treat! The speaker was none other than Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. We had a strong showing and hope we helped to advance legislation that makes a difference for women and girls.

Celebration of Scholars Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Celebration of Scholars:Our Future Leaders

The Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:00 – 9:00 PM Program will begin promptly at 6:00pm in the Rogue River Room in Stevenson Union on the SOU Campus

Please join us as AAUW Ashland honors the accomplishments of outstanding women students from Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College. We welcome you to be a part of this special event that champion’s higher education for women!

Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Reception Following Ceremony – at approximately 7:30pm so for those who get peckish you may want to snack on something before you come to this event.

Clothesline Project at SOU

Thanks to Paula Wiiken, Kathy Brandon and Mimi Pippel for decorating shirts to use for our Clothesline Project display at Southern Oregon University.  This project is to represent members whose lives have been affected by sexual assault.  Our shirts are hung on a clothesline strung between two trees outside of Stevenson Union on the right just before you get to the quad. They were hung as a testimony to the problem of sexual violence.  We will leave them up today and through tomorrow in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Tomorrow, April 28, 2017  is the annual Take Back the Night march. Please join us at any or all of the following activities.

STEVENSON UNION DIVERSIONS ROOM (where we hold our branch meetings)

12:30-2:30pm: Film Screening: Yeah Maybe No

4:00pm: Workshop: Supporting Survivors Through Storytelling

5:00pm: Survivor Circle

RAIDER VILLAGE QUAD

7:00pm: Glow Yoga

7:30pm: Keynote Speaker: Nikkita Oliver

8:15pm: Take Back the Night March + Rally

 

SAAM Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and there will be activities on college campuses all over the country as we continue the struggle to eliminate this epidemic. Each year one in five women are victims of sexual assault on college campuses all over the country. This is a statistic we cannot ignore.

The SOU Women’s Resource Center is planning all kinds of events. 

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread worldwide.

So this year our branch is going to assist with this project. We will be joining Community Works in putting up our own clothesline outside the student union building (Stevenson Hall) at SOU from April 26 through the 28th. I will be coordinating a t-shirt decorating party at my home in April. If you are interested in working on this please let me know. All you have to provide is an old shirt and your creativity. Let’s fill up these clotheslines!

AAUW Raises Awareness for Equal Pay

On Tuesday, April 4, eighteen AAUW Ashland Members rallied at The Plaza from 12n to 1pm wearing their Equal Pay t-shirts and waiving signs.  Mayor Stromberg even joined us (briefly).  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the  previous year. Stay Strong – We Will Prevail!

College/University Partnership Calendar

We have four Southern Oregon University (SOU) students who will be attending the National College Conference for Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) May 31 – June 3, 2017 at the University of Maryland, College Park. For the second year in a row, our branch has provided a scholarship for one student. AAUW of Oregon awards two scholarships each year and one of our students received one of them. And we are all trying to assist the other two women in their fundraising efforts so they can attend as well.

At NCCWSL, attendees will

  • Develop and strengthen their leadership and professional aptitude through voice, skill set, and mind-set
  • Know how, why, and when to take action
  • Gain a better understanding of issues and policies affecting women and of AAUW’s role in empowering women
  • Own their personal identities and learn new ways to increase and support diverse voices

So, if you like the idea of our students going to this conference and if you like pizza, here’s how you can help:

On Monday, April 10 Northwest Pizza & Pasta Co is contributing ten percent of all orders to our students so they can attend this conference. Please go to Northwest Pizza & Pasta Co at 1585 Siskiyou Blvd or call for delivery at (541) 488-2080 on April 10 and don’t forget to tell all your friends!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and there will be activities on college campuses all over the country as we continue the struggle to eliminate this epidemic. Each year one in five women are victims of sexual assault on college campuses all over the country. This is a statistic we cannot ignore.

The SOU Women’s Resource Center is planning all kinds of events. 

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread worldwide.

So this year our branch is going to assist with this project. We will be joining Community Works in putting up our own clothesline outside the student union building (Stevenson Hall) at SOU from April 26 through the 28th. I will be coordinating a t-shirt decorating party at my home in April. If you are interested in working on this please let me know. All you have to provide is an old shirt and your creativity. Let’s fill up these clotheslines!

MARCH 8 – DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN

On March 8, AAUW will stand in solidarity with the millions of women across the country and around the world committed to advancing gender equality. Whether by observing International Women’s Day, participating in the “day without a woman” general strike, or taking action to advance policies that empower women and girls, AAUW members will observe March 8 not as a day off but as a “day on.” Women cannot afford to wait for equality, and it won’t happen without our mobilized action.

For more than 135 years AAUW has advanced equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Whether by advocating legislative change, making their voices heard on social media, or taking to the streets in their communities, on March 8 AAUW members across the country will do their part to raise awareness and take action to improve the lives of all women and girls.