Presidents’ Message

Our planning for the 2016-2017 AAUW of Utah year is underway.  The new state board met for the first time on September 23rd at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.  We very much appreciate those who traveled from all around the state to attend this meeting.  Reports from the branches and committees are posted on this website to provide you with ideas about what has been successful and where efforts are still needed.

 AAUW of Utah is serving you:

  • We provide financial support for branch supported STEM camps for Utah’s middle school girls. [link to stem camps section on We Support page]
  • We offer an annual state convention that is coordinated with a branch host. This year’s convention, Full STEAM Ahead, was hosted by the Salt Lake City Branch, April 29-30. Click here to read the convention report.
  • We gave a presentation on Utah’s activities including the Utah Women’s Artists Exhibition at the Rocky Mountain Regional conference in Albuquerque, July 10th. We will be hosting the regional conference in the summer of 2018.  We appreciate Kathy Horvat volunteering to serve as conference chair.  Click here to read the convention report.
  • We have raised visibility for AAUW through membership in likeminded organizations. The Utah Women’s Coalition is working on legislation to benefit women and families.  Real Women Run (RWR) focuses on training to help women become involved in politics and serve on community boards.  The Fall social is November 10 at Log Haven.   and
  • We sponsor the biannual Utah Women Artists Exhibition. The 2016 exhibition was held March 10-April 19.  We will soon be planning for the 2018 exhibition. Please view the exhibition on this website at or our Facebook page, which contains a gallery of entries from this and past exhibitions.
  • We support efforts to expand AAUW membership on Utah college campuses.
  • We help our branches navigate through the myriad amount of governance and compliance information to successfully comply with the obligations of an AAUW Affiliate. We couldn’t do this without Kathy Boyer’s invaluable help.
  • We are involved in Strategic Planning for our state organization. Our Finance Committee recently developed a state financial strategic plan. In future months we will be working on a strategic plan to guide us on how to better serve our branches.
  • We provide a State Newsletter. AAUW of Utah has not had a newsletter for quite some time. Thank you to Carol Sawaya for volunteering to serve as the newsletter editor.  The newsletter is an essential way for the state organization to communicate with all our branch officers and members.

State Officers Update. The State Public Policy Committee includes Dawn DeWitt, Teri Jewel, and Claire Turner.  These three were involved in supporting State Senator and AAUW SLC member Jani Iwamoto in her efforts to pass SB 185 which strengthened remedies for compensation discrimination in the Utah Code.  Logan Branch member and State Co-president Stephanie Bagnell will be the new University/College Coordinator.  St. George Branch member, Kay Ackerman, is the new Legacy Circle Chair.  Members are asked to join the Circle by pledging a legacy sum in their estate planning for AAUW’s general fund.  Planned gifts help AAUW to expand programs and public policy agenda.

Equal Pay Day. Some of our branches, notably the St. George Branch and the Salt Lake City Branch, have had activities to recognize Equal Pay Day.  Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year.  We encourage all branches to use this day to raise awareness about this issue. The next Equal Pay Day is April 4, 2017.

 Leadership opportunities.  Please consider volunteering for a state board position.  Many of you have been officers in one of our branches.  The next step is to be involved at the state level. In addition to the officers listed on this page, we are looking to fill the following state positions: AAUW fund chair, website manager, and a second secretary. If you are asked to be on the board, you will be part of a team.  We are working together to support AAUW’s mission and our branches.

Membership.  We are members of AAUW because we want to actively do all we can to empower women.  We hope that you value your membership in AAUW and can see benefits at the national, state, and branch levels.  If you haven’t already done so, please renew by the end of November to keep your membership current.  As a state organization, we will be establishing goals to help the branches retain current members and recruit new members.  Don’t forget about social media!  If you’re on Facebook, be sure to like AAUW of Utah.

Claire Turner             

Stephanie Bagnell   

AAUW of Utah co-presidents