Somerset Hills AAUW – FEBRUARY – NEWS

NOTE: In case of inclement weather on a meeting date, please check your e-mail for an E-Blast notice, which will be generated if a meeting is cancelled.

NOTE: Feb 4th Board meeting, and Feb 11th Branch Meeting are daytime meetings.

Mon 2/3 7:00 PM Evening Book Group Pat Emanuele / Panera
Tue 2/4 10:00 AM* Board Meeting Ann Jessen/ Panera
Mon 2/10 9:30 AM Daytime Book Group Ginny Pasternak / Arlene Inglis*
Tue 2/11 1:30 PM* Branch Meeting Bernards Township Library
Fri 2/21 6:30 PM Great Decisions Brigid Coakley/ Connie Smythe
Wed 2/26 1:00 PM Afternoon Bridge Nancy Boney / Nancy Boney
Thu 2/27 9:30 AM Morning Bridge Nancy Boney / Nancy Boney
Sun 3/1 2:00 PM Central District Event Eastern Branch Library, Shrewsbury
Mon 3/2 7:00 PM Evening Book Group Pat Emanuele / Panera
Tue 3/3 7:00 PM Board Meeting Ann Jessen/ Panera
Tue 3/10 6:30 PM Branch Meeting Bernards Township Library
Mon 3/16 9:30 AM Daytime Book Group Ginny Pasternak / Nancy Boney
Fri 3/6 6:30 PM Great Decisions Brigid Coakley/ Fellowship Village
Wed 3/25 1:00 PM Afternoon Bridge
Thu 3/26 9:30 AM Morning Bridge
4/18/2020 8:30 AM AAUW of NJ Annual Meeting, Piscataway
5/12/2020 6:00 PM Annual Dinner Fairwinds, Basking Ridge
7/26 – 8/1 AAUW NJ Tech Trek Stockton University
7/20 – 7/23 8:30 – 3:00 Book Sale SORTING Bernardsville Middle School
7/27 – 7/30 8:30 – 3:00 Book Sale SORTING Bernardsville Middle School
8/3 – 8/5 8:30 – 3:00 Book Sale SORTING Bernardsville Middle School
8/6 – 8/8 various BOOK SALE Bernardsville Middle School

* TAKE NOTE: An asterisk denotes a change from the usual time, date or place. 

BRANCH MEETING: Tue, Feb 11, 1:30* PM Bernards Township Library, 32 S Maple Ave, Basking Ridge. PROGRAM: Ethiopia and the Arc of the Covenant, presented by branch member and travel enthusiast Robin Marion. Light refreshments will be served.


BOOK SALE COMMITTEE: On January 9th, the Book Sale Committee met at Bonnie Gould’s house to decide the recommended distribution of funds from the 2019 book sale. Members, please read the information, below and attached, so that you are informed to vote on this matter at the March branch meeting. A big, “thank you” to Sue Frantz for taking over Charter Day coordination. News! News! News! – Book Sale 2020 dates have been confirmed by Bernardsville Middle School (see below).


EVENING BOOK GROUP: Note the new order of books March and April:

Date Book Author Reviewer
February 3 Gilead Marilynne Robinson Ginny Lyttle
March 2 The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton Pat Emanuele
April 6 The Lost Battles Jonathan Jones Marylee Waldron
May 4 Path Between the Seas David McCullogh Marylee Waldron


DAYTIME BOOK GROUP: Note change of host February and March:

Feb. 10       The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki    Arlene Inglis       Reviewer: Merry LeBlond

Mar. 16       First by Evan Thomas                                     Nancy Boney         Reviewer: Kathryn Daut

Apr. 20        The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See            Joyce Clark          Reviewer: Bonnie Gould

May 18        Book Selection                                                 Kathryn Daut

June 15       Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan  Ginny Pasternak   Reviewer: Ginny Pasternak



CENTRAL DISTRICT EVENT: Sunday, March 1, 2–3:30 pm “SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL IN BLACK AND WHITE” at the Eastern Branch of Monmouth County Library, 1001 NJ Rt. 35, Shrewsbury.
Monmouth County Branches of AAUW and League of Women Voters (LWV) will celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment with a distinctive program that tells, via role playing, the suffrage story through the words of five women (and one man) who made it happen, beginning with the mid-19th century efforts of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells bring the story to 1920, along with its undercurrent of racism. Fanny Lou Hamer then brings us to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, finally extending suffrage to black women throughout the country and especially the South. Co-sponsored with LWV, T Thomas Fortune, and Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch. Please contact Pat Baroska if you plan to attend and would like to join some of us for a nearby Brunch at noon at the Mollie Pitcher Inn in Red Bank. The Brunch price is $44.95 and is located at 88 Riverside Ave. Red Bank. Contact: Patricia Baroska, AAUW-NJ Central District Coordinator,


BRANCH MEETING: March 10, 6:30 PM, Bernards Township Library, 32 S Maple Ave, Basking Ridge.PROGRAM: The Women Air Force Piolets of WWII presented by Carol Simon Levin. Light refreshments will be served.




The Book Sale Committee recommends that the Branch donate the funds as shown.  This will be published in both February and March newsletter (E-Blasts) and voted on by the full Branch at our March monthly meeting.  Per our by-laws, and as a 501(c)(3) organization, we must give away the funds made in the previous year’s book sale less money for a $2000 contingency reserve. This amounts to $24,500 in 2020 from our 2019 sale.  Once approved by the Branch, we will award our 2020 Branch gifts at our Annual Dinner on May 12, 2020.

Just for information:

Our Branch Individual Endowment Fund #4358 designated for Research and Projects Grants for women connected to New Jersey was opened in 2011 for Branch and individual contributions.  The Branch had a commitment to complete the fund at $75000 or more by June 2021.  As of our 2018 Book Sale proceeds, distributed in May 2019, the Branch made its commitment to fund our endowment 2 years early Thanks to all.  This fund is now considered closed.

The recommendation is to give the proceeds from our 2019 sale to the AAUW National Greatest Needs Fund.  The Branch, in the past, has also given to the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.  Our national staff considers this fund adequate for the advocacy work staffed and planned in the foreseeable future.  We will revisit this next year when we look at where the funds from our 2020 Book Sale could best support.  Contact our branch AAUW Funds Chair for more detailed information; Arlene Inglis: 973-267-2743



The Bernardsville Middle School, 141 Seney Drive, Bernardsville 07924 has agreed to host our Book Sale another year.  Our schedule for Sorting and the Sale are:

BOOK SORTING at the School 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Monday – Thursday, July 20 to 23

Monday – Thursday, July 27 to 30

Monday – Wednesday, August 3 to 5

BOOK SALE at the School

Thursday, August 6; 12 noon – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 7; 12 noon – 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 8; 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

We need all members to plan on spending some time working on our Sale this summer.