Presidents’ Message

Message from the President
And the Board of Directors

Georgette Kapos
President of AAUW of Utah
AAUW of Utah Board of Directors

The board of directors of AAUW of Utah works with the branches to increase membership, support branch fundraisers and provide continued support for the programs below. We invite you to join one of our branches and participate with us.

  • We offer STEM camps for Utah’s middle school girls: AWE-SUM camp at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and eSMART camp in ST. George, Utah.
  • We offer an annual state convention that is coordinated with a branch host. The convention in 2019 will be hosted by the St. George Branch
  • The Rocky Mountain Regional conference, held biennially, was hosted in 2018 by AAUW of Utah and was held in Salt Lake City in June. We hosted representatives of six states and featured AAUW CEO Kim Churches, and AAUW Board Chair Julia Brown, plus an LAF plaintiff Susan Landino.
  • We raise visibility for AAUW through membership in like-minded organizations and working with those organizations to create powerful coalitions.
  • The Utah Women’s Coalition works on legislation to benefit women and families.
  • Real Women Run (RWR) has become a powerful force in Utah, encouraging women to run for elected office, volunteer for community boards, or work to support candidates’ campaigns. RWR provides networking and training opportunities throughout Utah.  Events are scheduled from Logan to St. George .
  • We sponsor the biennial Utah Women Artists Exhibition. The 2018 exhibition was held May 10-Junel 27, 2018.  Planning for the May – June 2020 Exhibition has begun, to again be held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. 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.

The State Public Policy Committee: Teri Jewel and Claire Turner, supported State Senator and AAUW SLC member Jani Iwamoto in her efforts to pass SB 185 which strengthened remedies for compensation and work-place discrimination in the Utah Code.

Legislative Forum:  AAUW SLC Branch and Wasatch Branch join with the League of Women voters each year in January to sponsor a well-attended, moderated Legislative Forum to hear from current Utah Legislators about issues of concern to women and girls in Utah and issues regarding the general  welfare of Citizens. The 2019 Legislative Forum is scheduled for January 12, 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the Girl Scouts of Utah, 445 East 4500 South, SLC., and is open to the public.

Legacy Circle:  St. George Branch member, Kay Ackerman, 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:  the St. George Branch and the Salt Lake City Branch, have 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 Equal Pay day in April to raise awareness about this issue.

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:  As members of AAUW we support and 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.

Georgette Kapos