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Welcome to the Somerset Hills Branch of AAUW

AAUW (National) is the oldest women’s organization in the USA. The AAUW mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. The Somerset Hills AAUW branch has general meetings and various interest groups. Our major fundraiser is our annual used book sale.

All members, even new ones, are encouraged to participate as board members, group chairs, convention attendees, and book sale workers in order to get the most out of the AAUW experience.

Somerset Hills AAUW Branch Activity June 2021


Thursday* 8/5 12-8
Friday 8/6 12-8
Saturday 8/7 9-3

Bernardsville Middle School, 141 Seney Drive, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Collecting books** 7/26 – 7/30 9-3
Sorting Volunteers needed! Call/text 908-313-8421 info@somersethillsaauw.org

*25% Surcharge on Thursday.
**We do not accept records, cassettes, VHS, encyclopedias, textbooks, reference book sets or magazines.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Board for their support throughout my two-year Presidency. The Board always worked as a team, to ensure our Branch successfully continued, in spite of the restrictions Covid-19 created. We all learned new ways of communicating i.e., Zoom, and fortunately we had our own in-house expert, Teri, to guide us. My heartfelt thanks to each member for always being ready & able to assist me. I was indeed very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you.
Congratulations to the new Board.
BOOK SALE: The Book Sale Committee members met on May 27th and decided to move ahead with plans for the 2021 Book Sale. Get your donations ready!  Tell your friends and neighbors!
Planning is well underway for what will be a significantly abbreviated project. Each member is encouraged to make an active contribution to this, our only fundraiser.  There are tasks that can be done from home for those who aren’t yet ready for a communal activity.  Please contact Teri Passarello to volunteer for your choice of assignment.  
This year, collections and sorting will only be at the Bernardsville Middle School, 141 Seney Dr, Bernardsville.
The School has approved the following dates for our 2021 Book Sale as follows:
Monday, July 26, 2021 Move In and School Set Up
Monday – Friday July 26 – 30  8:00 to 4:00 Book Sorting and Donations (9:00 – 3:00)
Monday – Wednesday August 2 – 4  8:00 to 4:00 Sorting Only,  No Donations
Thursday, Aug 5 –  Sale Day 1, 12:00 – 8:00 (Use of the school 8:00 am to 8:30 pm)
Friday, Aug 6 – Sale Day 2,  12:00 – 8:00 (Use of the school 8:00 am to 8:30 pm)
Saturday, Aug 7 – Sale Day 3, 9:00 – 3:00 and clean up (Use of the School 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Monday, Aug 9: Final Cleanup & Book Pickup 8:00 – 12:00
Watch for more details in future emails. This sale has been a summer tradition in our community for over 70 years.  Let’s pull together (with appropriate social distancing) and continue to make it a resounding success!
Two flyers are attached with this eblast – the “2021 AAUW Book Sale Sorting” (in color) for your convenience in scheduling the time that YOU will assist, and the “2021 AAUW Book Sale Flyer” (black and white, modelled on the traditional bookmark) to share generously with friends and neighbors, and post publicly or email as appropriate.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL Reminder: AAUW National has increased annual dues by $3 starting in 2021. Annual dues for our 2021-2022 year are: National – $62; State – $10: Branch – $26 = $98 Total. However, for renewing members, dues are:
·       $95, if postmarked between May 1 and June 30th
·       AAUW Life members pay $36 Branch and State dues.
·       Friends of the Branch pay $55.
Checks made out to “AAUW Somerset Hills” can be mailed to Bonnie Gould, 4 Valley View Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Yearbook information updates (i.e. telephone/email/address changes), can be included with your check to Bonnie. Please renew by June 30th Bonnie will follow up with current Branch members who have not yet renewed their membership the first part of July 2021. 
There is also an option to pay your annual dues (for National, State and Branch) by credit card on the AAUW.org web page using the Membership Payment Program – “Renew My Membership”.  Assistance using this online option can be directed to Bonnie on 908-647-2791.
USING AMAZON TO SHOP?: Teri Passarello has successfully set up our Branch as a charitable organization in Amazon Smile and for the PayPal Giving Fund. When you shop using Amazon Smile and choose Somerset Hills AAUW as your charity, Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Branch, with no change in your products, pricing or service.  Download and set up the Amazon app or go to https://smile.amazon.com and select Somerset Hills AAUW from the Supporting Charity menu.
AAUW NJ NEWS: For more information and to register for the programs on the calendar go to the AAUW NJ website: https://aauw-nj.aauw.net Check out the monthly Newsletter for information on the AAUW NJ programs listed in our calendar above, as well as the great programs being shared by other New Jersey branches each month.
GREAT DECISIONS: Chair Brigid Coakley, annisbear32158@aol.com Great Decisions 2021 proved that Zoom meetings can be an excellent, flexible alternative to in-person meetings.  While we missed the socializing over delicious appetizers and desserts, we managed beautifully, thanks to members showing up and taking over leading the discussions.  Thank you all for making this work!!  — Brigid
Announcements for Great Decisions 2022 will begin in September, so look carefully in the eBlasts.  As always, the book order is placed in October, and meetings begin in January. Anyone interested in being part of respectful, curious, open discussions – hopefully to include everyone from the far right to the far left, and everyone in-between – please email Brigid Coakley at annisbear32158@aol.com before June 30. 
At our May meeting, Becky Hughes shared information about paper receipts from shopping.  Most today are thermal printed, coated with a chemical that cannot easily be removed during the recycling process. Shred and trash all, or better yet use an e-receipt. Use gloves if handling a lot of receipts, to avoid contact with the chemical.
Upcoming Scrap Metal Drive – On Sat Jun 12 from 8:00 to 11:30am on Community Place in Warren, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 228.  Click here, or copy and paste, for more detail – https://bit.ly/3cnLf6j 
DAYTIME BOOK GROUP: Chair Ginny Pasternak ginp@verizon.net – Books:
June 21  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson reviewer: Nancy Boney
July 19 The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis – Reviewer: Ginny Pasternak
Aug 16  Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah – Reviewer: Ginny Pasternak
Sept. 20  The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich – Reviewer: Elaine Keramidas
Oct. 18  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – Reviewer: Bonnie Gould
Nov. 15  The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke by Sallie Bingham – Reviewer: Joyce Clark
Dec. 13 (2nd Mon.)  The Ardent Swarm: A Novel by Yamen Manal – Reviewer: Karen Brown
EVENING BOOK GROUP: Chair Ginny Pasternak ginp@verizon.net – Books:
June 7 Book selection for 2021-2022
Watch the next eblast for the calendar of intriguing and inspiring titles the group will read and discuss.