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Wasatch Branch was founded in 1981 to serve college graduates in the southern part of Salt Lake County.

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We would love to have you join us at our meetings, meet our branch members, and enjoy our interesting programs.  If you would like to become a member you can use this Membership Form.

Wasatch Branch Officers

Executive Committee

President Julie Endres  jcendres@yahoo.com
President Elect Vacantt
Past President Teri Jewell terijewel@gmail.com
Program VP Carol Copene ccopene@comcast.net
Membership VP Diane McElwain
Secretary Jane Cooper janecooper1@msn.com
Co-Treasurer Brenda Clausen bcmtoly2comcast.net
Co-Treasurer Teri Jewell terijewel@gmail.com

Appointed Chairs

AAUW Fund Sue Nissen soozeyq97@gmail.com
AAUW Fund -LAF Colleen Alter mrsaslc@msn.com
Public Policy Teri Jewell terijewel@gmail.com
Hospitality Colleen Alter
Lucetta Roy
Desta Aure
Sunshine Jane Cooper janecooper1@msn.com
Distinguished Woman chair Teri Jewell terijewel@gmail.com
Newsletter Carolyn Clarke cclarke@xmission.com
Communication Ann Bjorklund 01birchgrove@q.com
Photographer Marilyn Shearer mjshearer1@aol.com
Yearbook/Trifold Marilyn Shearer mjshearer1@aol.com
Historian Marilyn Shearer mjshearer1@aol.com

Wasatch Branch Board Meetings will be held on the 4th  Monday of August 2018, October 2018, January 2019, March 2019, and June 2019.  For meeting location contact the president, jcendres@yahoo.com.

Special Interest Groups

Daytime Book Group Jane Cooper janecooper1@msn.com Meets 11:00 AM first Thursday.
Contact for book and location.

Evening Book Group Leona Blackbird leonab@mindspring.com
Contact for book, date and time, and location

Evening Bridge Leona Blackbird leonab@mindspring.com Meets first Monday 7:00 PM.
Contact for location

Meet and Eat Group Ann Bjorklund 01birchgrove@q.com
Contact for location, date and time

Genealogy Carolyn Clarke cclarke@xmission.com
Contact for location, date and time

Great Decisions Kathryn Horvat kbhorvat@comcast.net
Contact for location, date and time

Read in PDF Format
2016 Branch By-laws
2016 Branch Policies


Wasatch Branch Meetings and Events

Meeting Schedule
Wasatch Branch Meetings 2018-2019
Regular meetings: Cottonwood Presbyterian Church
1580 E. Vine Street (6100 South)

Monday, September 10 – 6:30 p.m.  Traditional Fundraiser for AAUW  Legal Action Fund (LAF).   Salads, breads  & desserts provided by your board.  Program:  Kathryn Bond Stockton, University of Utah.

Monday, October 15,  6:00—9:00 p.m.  Annual Fund Raiser for the AAUW Fund:  Passport to Spanish Food and Wine.   Sheral Schowe, Wasatch Academy of Wine.  Wine tasting.  Delicious food from Café Madrid,  Program:  Music, song and dance from Flamenco Guitarist John Major & Flamenco Dancer Solange Gomes . Passport fee: $55 includes $20 donation to the AAUW Fund.  Passport and fee MUST be received by October 10, 2018.  Not available at the door (DABC regulation.)  Holladay United Church of Christ, 2631 E. Murray-Holladay Road, Holladay, Utah.

Monday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.  Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music.  (OFOAM).  Reba Nissen.  Bringing live music to Ogden and providing free music education opportunities for youth.

Saturday, December 15 – 11:30 AM   Holiday Luncheon.
Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House, 2155 Highland Drive, Sugarhouse
Guests Welcome – contact Carol Copene: ccopene@comcast.net

Saturday, January 12, 9:30 a.m.  Legislative Forum.  Girl Scout Offices 445 East 4500 South.  Murray, Utah.  Refreshments 9:30, Forum 10:00.  Co-sponsored:  AAUW Salt Lake City Branch and League of Women Voters.

Monday, February 11, Program 7:00 p.m. AARP- Jill Duke.  Brain Health and Fitness

Monday, March 11, Program 7:00 p.m.  Chair Yoga with Micah Reiss

Monday, April 8,  Program 7:00 PM.  Recycling, Morgan Bowerman, President of Utah Recycling Alliance. 8:00 p.m. Wasatch Branch Annual Business Meeting and election of officers.

Monday, May 13 – 6:00 p.m.  Annual Awards Banquet.  Installation of officers,  Honor 2019 Distinguished Woman.   Fratelli Ristorante,
9236 Village Shop Drive, (Approximately 1000 East)

Confirm in newsletter or call Carol Copene
801-942-4155 or 801-403-8455(c).


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sicilian-food-and-wine-mapWasatch Branch AAUW Fund Raising Event
Passport to Sicilian Food and Wine

As AAUW Fund Chair of Wasatch Branch, Sue Nissen invited
President Brenda Clausen, Treasurer Kathy Horvat, and Co-Program VPs Carol Copene and Peggy Richards to assist in organizing a wine tasting event that became a virtual trip to Sicily to sample the island’s culture through its food and wine. The committee found two outstanding presenters who were happy to work together. Salt Lake City Chef Marguerite Henderson brought her heritage and expertise with food to create small plates, and Sheral Schowe, of the Wasatch Academy of Wine, brought her scholarship of Italian wines to pair two red and two white Sicilian wines with the foods served. She brought experienced friends to assist with the wine pouring, and seven terrific young people helped plate and serve the food.

The event was held at Holladay United Church of Christ, which has a permit to serve, but not sell, wine. Therefore, It was essential to have all passport applications paid in advance. There were 79 paid reservations made, and 75 actually


Marguerite Henderson, Sue Nissen, Sheral Showe

attended. On October 3 from 6:00 until 9:00 PM, members and guests enjoyed Chef Marguerite’s stories of travel in Sicily, its people, and its culture. Her mother was from Sicily, and many of the recipes found in Marguerite’s
cookbook, Savor the Memories, grew out of her mother’s cooking. The King’s English Bookshop made copies of her book available for guests who wished to purchase and have Marguerite autograph them.

Sheral told about the four Sicilian wines she chose to pair with Marguerite’s small plate items, and suggested which of them to taste with each item on the plate. One of the red wines was reserved for the crowning touch – dessert cannolis for everyone. We learned all four wines offered are available at a reasonable cost from Utah State Liquor outlets.
Many Wasatch Branch members brought spouses and friends from their non-member networks.

We were delighted to have several members of Sat Lake Branch attend as well. Donations were also received from members who were unable to attend. A total of $1185 was raised for the AAUW Fund, all expenses covered, and a small seed money remainder will be available for a future fund raising event.

The great collaborative effort resulted in an extremely successful and enjoyable event.

An Evening with Utah Authors

Our annual Wasatch Branch fundraiser for the AAUW Fund brought members, and community friends together with three Salt Lake City-based authors at the 15th Street Gallery, 1519 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City.

A BIG THANK YOU to all who attended from Wasatch and Salt Lake City branches, as well as non-members and the friends and spouses who attended and supported the fund raising effort. We sent $1,240 to AAUW to support the ElectHer project.

As always, a thank you to Anne Holman and the Kings English Bookshop for being co-sponsors with an enormous network of talented authors. They were delighted with the number of books purchased.

Meet the Authors:

Valynne E. Maetani

Valynne E. Maetani

Valynne E. Maetani

Valynne E. Maetani (Pronounced Vuh-lin Mah-eh-tah-nee) grew up in Utah and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In a former life, she was a project manager and developed educational software for children with learning disabilities. Currently she is a fulltime writer. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013 and is a Junior Library Guild 2015 selection. She is a member of the We Need Diversity team and is dedicated to promoting diversity in children’s literature because every child should grow up believing his or her story deserves to be told. She lives in Salt Lake City.


Susan Imhoff Bird

Lily Yruko Nakai Havey

Lily Yruko Nakai Havey

Born in Los Angeles, interned at Amache in Colorado, educated in Boston and Utah, Lily currently lives in Salt Lake City with husband John. She taught school for 13 years and had a stained glass business for more than three decades from which she is semi-retired. Her stained glass work Tora won the Juror’s choice award at the AAUW sponsored Utah Women Artists Exhibition in 2013. She is also a watercolor artist. Her creative autobiography is titled, Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence.

Susan Imhoff Bird

Susan Imhoff Bird

Susan Imhoff Bird

“I have to write. It’s what I do. It’s not my only occupation, but it’s what I am here to do. It’s what I do to solidify my place in the universe, to make sense of my world, to free what’s inside, growing and burbling and seeking opportunities to escape.“ Susan’s website gives “glimpses into my written words, my written world. Feedback is welcome, anytime, all the time, because as much as I live in my own world of wonder and words. I love to visit others’ worlds as well.” Susan’s website includes the following observations that landscape has taught her: “To honor who and what I am. To always breathe; To remain rooted even when I’m soaring and flying; That seasons are inevitable and restorative; That peaks and summits are places to pause and celebrate; That every mountain began as disruption; To be patient; To howl.” Her book is titled Howl: Of Woman and Wolf

Valynne E. Maetani; Susan Imhoffe Bird; Suzanne Nissen, AAUW Fund Chair; Lily Havey

Valynne E. Maetani; Susan Imhoffe Bird; Suzanne Nissen, AAUW Fund Chair; Lily Havey


The AAUW Fund supports the many programs of AAUW as it advocates for women and families. Our focus is on Education, Equity and Social Justice.
We help mothers return to their education.
We provide training in how to negotiate a fair wage when women enter or return to the work force.

  • We encourage STEM programs, beginning with girls in junior high, helping them to awaken to the opportunities and then helping them pursue what can become a passion as they move into college and beyond.
  •  We reach out to young women on campuses to see their opportunities and understand their potential.
  •  We provide Fellowships and Grants for career development, international studies, selected professions, or projects.
  •  We train women to be leaders in their community, and encourage and train them to run for office.
  •  We stand up against discrimination through Title IX advocacy, whether it be in athletics or in scholastics.
  •  We support and defend those who have been victims of sexual abuse, gender discrimination or wage discrimination through our legal advocacy and support of individual and class action lawsuits.
  •  We advocate for gender equity through the legislative process and are at this moment working in states that lack wage parity and discrimination protections in order to pass new or additional legislation
  •  We do these things, and much much more as we advocate for Education, Equity and Social Justice for all.

Some of these programs come with catchy names: $tart $mart, Work Smart, ElectHer, LAF (Legal Advocacy Fund), Young Women’s Task Force, NCCWSL (National Conference of College Women Student Leaders). Others are simple, and made effective through the donations that our members and our friends make to AAUW Fund.

First-Ever Bunco Night Success Story
– Sue Nissen, AAUW Funds EO Chair

BuncoThis year’s fund raising event for AAUW Funds Educational Opportunities combined a Chili Cook-Off with a Bunco party. The event in the Cottonwood Presbyterian Church’s gym brought a good time and some fun surprises for 41 branch members, spouses, and friends.

CarlRubadueThe Chili Cook-Off judging began the evening. Six chili chefs vied for bragging rights for “Judges’ Favorite” chili. The first surprise was our celebrity chili judge, Chef Carl Rubadue, who was joined by Kathie Mawson, veteran chili cook-off competitor, and Howard Peckham. The six chili chefs were John Vickrey, Fred Bingman (many thanks, Guys), Laura Osburn, Lynne Romney, Gina Rieke, and Reba Nissen. Lynne Romney’s chili was named the Judges’ Favorite, and she received a logo coffee mug donated by The King’s English Bookshop and 9 dice with Bunco rules to host her own party. Chef Rubadue reported all the chili offerings were delicious, and the judges’ decision was difficult and based in the end on personal taste.

The chili offerings were accompanied by salad and bread sticks courtesy of Olive Garden restaurant in Sugarhouse. Next time you go there , please thank any one of their managers for helping us with the generous donation. Sweet dessert bites finished the meal.

Then the Bunco fun began. Many were first-ever Bunco players, others were “played it before but don’t remember how” players, and one or two were Bunco veterans. In spite of some confusion over rules and how to move between rounds, players managed to complete two complete sessions of the game with good humor and gamesmanship. After tallying up scores, the following prizes were given:

  • Val Treuting (friend of Chris Sebba) – For most Wins she received a Gift Basket, made beautiful by Carol Copene. It contained KUER logo fleece throw, a hard cover copy of Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig, a logo coffee mug donated by The King’s English Bookshop, and 9 dice with Bunco rules.
  • Marge Thomas – For most Buncos she received 9 dice and Bunco rules
  • Leona Blackbird – For the last Bunco rolled during the game she received 9 dice and Bunco rules
  • Kathie Mawson (Chili Judge) – For an equal number of Wins & Losses she received 9 dice and Bunco rules
  • Bill Cooper (Jane’s long suffering husband) – For most Losses he received 6 dice and Farkle rules, since Bunco is clearly not his game
  • Chris Sebba – For good spirits in spite of losing 3 tie breaker roll-offs for prizes took home 6 dice and Farkle rules. Her comment, “Ooh I love Farkle!”

Receipts for the event are as follows:

  • AAUW Funds Educational Opportunities Donation – $830.00
  • Money available for Branch expenses – $230.00

If you were unable to attend for whatever reason, you do not have to play Bunco to make a donation to AAUW Funds. Any amount you can comfortably give will be appreciated by women who are seeking financial aid to support them as they work toward post-graduate degrees. If you give before December 1, your gift will be added to our branch’s total giving for 2015.

Thanks to all who participated and helped with our Chili Cook-Off Bunco Night!