July 2021
AAUW Mission:   To advance gender equity for women and girls
through research, education, and advocacy

Faye Beaulieu and Paula Jernigan
Presidents and

Dear NETC Branch Members:

Summer is upon us! I write this after coming home from an evening walk that afforded us a view of a gorgeous super moon. Getting to see the evening sky and hear the chirping critters who sleep during the day are a couple of benefits I might not have access to if it were cool enough to walk earlier in the afternoon.

Signs of recovery from the pandemic are becoming increasingly evident. As more and more people reach completely vaccinated status, we are seeing fewer masks as we go about our day – unless your day happens to include the airport or an airplane! People are venturing out, making trips they didn’t dare think about even six months ago. We’re making progress! We hope to have good news to share with you soon about what these trends may mean for us in the coming year.

Thanks so much to all of you who completed the survey sent to you by our Program VPs. Your input regarding kinds of programs you’d like to see this next year, potential speakers and whether you’d prefer to meet virtually or in-person was really significant. It provided for a terrific conversation at the June 13 virtual planning meeting and helped guide decisions about our direction in the months ahead.

Thanks, too, to those of you who let me know you were receiving strange emails from someone spoofing my email address. I assure you I will never ask you to purchase gift cards and send me the activation codes. If you’re ever in doubt about an email that supposedly came from me, just text my cell (in the yearbook) and verify!

I’m so proud of all our branch has done this year to support young women and girls. The record number we were able to send to NCCWSL made us all proud, and we’ve sowed the seeds in these students that could eventually lead to more AAUW student representation. We’re also having conversations about the possibility of giving additional scholarships, using funds available this year, and thus helping additional young women along their chosen career path. This is good work.

I hope for each of you that the summer holds some time for self-care. Read that book that’s been calling to you from the corner of your desk. Make a reservation at that restaurant you keep meaning to try. Call a friend you haven’t seen in far too long. Little things? Maybe. But never forget Mother Teresa’s comment: “There are no great things – only small things done with great love.” You’ve shared your love all year by helping keep our members connected to one another though a myriad of “small things.” It’s one of the reasons Paula and I are so proud to be able to serve as your presidents.

Kind regards,


 Chasity Crawley and Cheri Butler
Program Vice Presidents and

Our Program Planning Meeting went very well and all of our programs for this coming year look wonderful. When they are all confirmed, we will publish our program schedule. Thanks to all for filling out the surveys, ideas and help with the execution.


 Ellen Jones and Pat Cheong
AAUW Funds Vice Presidents and
We're excited to announce that the 2021 North Texas Giving Day will be Thursday, September 23 and you can view our branch page on their website at
Two members have already committed $700 in match funds! Good news for this year is that, although donors will no longer have the option cover the fees, fees have been cut in half.

If you would like to be a match donor, please let Pat know and she will send you instructions. Matching gifts are made directly to the branch, count towards the total raised and stimulate others to give. They actually raise the bar for us - increasing the amount we have to raise through the site. To be successful, it will be important that each of us share the opportunity to make a difference in education for women and girls with friends and family outside of the branch.
Fall Pansy Sale
Our traditional fall Pansy Sale will also launch this fall. Ellen is in touch with the grower and will share information about varieties and colors as well as order and delivery deadlines next month.
Kimberly Carpenter and Jerrilyn Woodard-Entrekin 
Membership Vice Presidents and 

Kimberly and I are excited that 83% of our members have renewed for the 2021-2022 year. We thank Jean Dodds who is following up with her many AAUW-NETC friends from her decades of membership and we encourage all of you to please check in on others to be sure we are all renewed for our exciting next year! We also thank Cheryl Dale who keeps us updated on renewals and kindly has emails re-sent from national to make the renewing process quick and easy. 

We are planning an In-person Membership Brunch again this year for a Saturday in August. The exact date and location are not yet known as the pandemic and our February deep freeze storm each took a toll on our usual location. We are waiting for updates on availability and restrictions. 

We will post on Facebook and communicate also by email as we know more. Meanwhile, we are just happily hoping this beloved tradition and wonderful recruiting program will happen as desired again. 

Cheryl Dale and Alice Logan
Finance Officers and

Everyone should have received another round of renewal invoices from AAUW National that were sent out June 10. If you have not renewed yet, you can use this simple invoice method to pay online. If you do not want to use a credit card to renew online, please send your check for $91.00 payable to AAUW-NETC to Cheryl Dale, 608 Ludo Circle, Hurst, TX  76054. 

If you cannot find your email from AAUW National, please let Cheryl know at

Those who are responsible for different projects and activities of the branch, please watch for an email from Alice in early July.  She will be inviting your input for the budget in our new fiscal year, which starts July 1.

The Shining Star luncheon was held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at the Colleyville Center.

Many of us were there to honor our 2020 Shining Star, Lynn Millner and our 2021 Shining Star, Debbie Gerwick.

Another of our members, Jean Dodds, was a 2020 Shining Star from another organization, SOS (Mid-Cities Supporters of SafeHaven).

 Dixie Christian

AAUW members of branches in the North District are invited to ZOOM with each other on Saturday July 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. It will be a time to share plans and suggestions for the upcoming AAUW year. In addition, we will get a report from the AAUW Texas board meeting being held the weekend prior to our meeting. Since the 2022 Convening (formerly Convention) will be held in our district, the Convening will be a topic of discussion as well. Dixie Christian will have the link in late July. 
Donna Baumgartner

To commemorate 50 years of active community involvement by our AAUW-NETC Branch, we have donated our scrapbooks to the Woman’s Collection of the Blagg Huey Library at Texas Woman’s University in Denton TX.  Sheila Bickle, Records Retention Manager for the Woman’s Collection, welcomed our donation. We toured the third floor of the library as Sheila explained where the research happens, pointed out the shelves of over 25,000 cookbooks housed in the Culinary Collection,  and we spent some time in the Hall of Honor Exhibit which highlights more than 100 exceptional Women of Texas whose leadership and accomplishments have made a difference in the last century.
This is the perfect place to store our scrapbooks.  Local historians will now be able to see all the powerful work our branch has done over the years to make an impact on women’s lives.  

Carolyn Sims

Meet our two KEYS Scholarship Recipients:

Skylar Terwilliger

Skylar plans to attend TCC part time and continue working at Subway.

When family issues arose during the pandemic, she considered dropping out of school and getting her GED but instead opted for KEYS High School.  She enjoys writing and recording music and, when she visited her grandmother's church in East Texas, enjoyed participating in a program to deliver food to families in need.  Skylar enjoys cosmetology and is following her dad's advice to take business courses part-time at TCC to prepare for one day owning her own hair salon.  

Her teachers and counselor shared that she is intelligent,
empathetic, resourceful, resilient, hardworking, and humble and her ability to to grasp college level concepts will serve her well at TCC and beyond. She is a brilliant student with abilities she does not quite realize yet. She can always be relied upon for help when explaining things in a way that all the students will understand.   She would be a great teacher.  

Skylar is graduating a year early. 
Way to go, Skylar

Elenoa Uhilamoelangi

Elenoa plans to attend TCC part time and work at Whataburger. 

Elenoa and her family moved to Texas from Hawaii.  When she found that Texas would not recognize some of her culturally-specific credits, placing her behind, she left Trinity High School and enrolled at KEYS to recover credits and complete high school at a faster pace. She is involved in church activities, singing and dancing for events at the church. She serves breakfast and sings every Sunday for the homeless.

Teachers found her committed, determined, industrious, focused, and engaged.  When she sets her mind on something, she comes out on top.  She worked with the teachers at KEYS to gain knowledge, ability, and confidence to begin the next chapter of her life.  When she sets her mind on something, she comes out on top. She has continually proven herself.

Way to go, Elenoa

We will be shopping soon for welcome back gifts for the teachers and staff at KEYS. They return on Monday, August 2.  We will be purchasing pens, post-its, supplies, lotion, candy, etc. They will also need cases of bottled water for each classroom.

Your support of KEYS is greatly appreciated.   
Please mail your donations to Jerrilyn or me or send by Zelle to my cell phone or email address.  

Yes, Jerilyn will be helping with the shopping as she can always find the best bargains and great deals.  If anyone else would like to help with the shopping, please let me know.  

"Remind yourself how awesome you are!"
"Smile big and stand tall….you are doing incredible things." 

Again thank you.
Jerrilyn Woodard-Entrekin

Texas politics is never boring and often makes the national news. So it was with the biennial Texas Legislature that met from January 12 until May 31, 2021. 

Governor Greg Abbott has now called a special session of the legislature to meet starting July 8, 2021. Special, or called, sessions may only pass laws on subjects as directed by the governor. As of this writing, Governor Abbott has not yet provided his chosen subjects for this session.

Governor Abbott has previously indicated that he wants additional voting restrictions as well as further limitations on schools teaching critical race theory, an academic discipline that explores the role racism plays in government structures and institutions.

At least one more special session is expected to be called in the fall for legislators to redraw political boundaries using census data and to determine where federal COVID-19 relief funds will be spent.

Locally, the City of Bedford will have a special summer election to fill a vacant city council position. Four candidates have filed to run: Charles Baetz, Sal Caruso, Al Guerrero, and Rich Steves. There will be a Bedford Voter’s Forum at the Bedford Public Library on Monday, July 19 at 7 p.m. where we will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates running for Bedford City Council.

Both Early Voting and Election Day Voting will be held at the Bedford Public Library. Early voting will be held between Wednesday, July 21 and Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Election Day voting will be Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Summer elections have especially poor participation. I encourage all Bedford residents to please research candidates and plan to vote!
Penny Yarbrough 

Please continue to alert Penny Yarbrough for cards to be sent.  
Jean Dodds


If you are interested in joining this ever-growing-larger group of
AAUW Legacy Circle Members, just call or email me.

                                    July 5 -    Pat Lucas                        
                                July 8 -    Roxanne Holt 
                                July 22 -  Mary Cinatl 
                                July 23 -  Ginny Phoenix 
                                July 28 -  Rosemary Dawes 
                                July 30 -  Betty Chang

Date:             Wednesday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m.  
Place:            Diane Siegel's home (available on Zoom)           
Book:             The Cold Millions 
by Jess Walter
Reviewer:      Peg Dansereau

A  richly entertaining novel about two adventure-seeking brothers, the enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval.

An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers.

If you wish to watch on Zoom, please let Margaret know by email If you are not on the separate notification list and would like to participate, please email
Future selections: 

August 11       The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley 
September 8   Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce 
October 13      The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths   
November 10  The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett 
December 8    Book Exchange Party
Janet Key  


Date:            Thursday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Place:           Mary Ann Goetz's home 
Guilty Pleasures 
 Attention! Attention!

The evening Literature Group will celebrate its Guilty (reading) Pleasures meeting in person. We plan to meet in the home of Mary Ann Goetz, 8316 Park Brook Drive in North Richland Hills, on Thursday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. Please note the early arrival time and please let Mary Ann know if you plan to attend. If you come please bring a salad or dessert to share with the group. Also, don’t forget to bring a list of books you’ve read in the past year. Since the lists may be long as we’ve all been staying close to home this past year, it would be extremely helpful if you could email your list to Janet Key prior to the meeting. Include the author and title of the book along with a very brief description of the book or why you enjoyed it. After the this meeting, a compiled list of titles will be sent to branch members so that they can add them to their “want to read” lists.

Be thinking of books to read for the rest of the year.


Our Bridge Groups have resumed meeting in person as all our members are fully vaccinated.  If you would like to join our group please contact Gloria Long at

Daytime Group: Thursday, July 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the home of Suzanne Cahill.

Evening Group: Thursday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the home of Jean Dodds.

The branch offers members a variety of ways to get to know one another through small groups in social settings.  Interest groups are coordinated by member volunteers.  If you have an idea for an interest group or would like to coordinate one, please contact the facilitator or the co-presidents.  For the most part, activities are listed in chronological order. 
NOTE: See articles for place of meeting or Zoom information
July  8          Daytime Bridge       1:00 p.m.

July 14         Book Clubbies        9:30 a.m.

July 15         Lit Group                 6:00 p.m.

July  22        Evening Bridge       7:00 p.m.


August 11     Book Clubbies       9:30 a.m.

August 12     
Daytime Bridge     1:00 p.m.

 August 19     Lit Group               7:00 p.m.

August          Membership Brunch                                   

August 26     
Evening Bridge     7:00 p.m.
Supporters of SafeHaven


I wanted to let you know that our film, No Ordinary Love, is available for streaming on several platforms.  (Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, AppleTV, Googleplay, Microsoft, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon, AT&T and more)

Here is a link to the page with all the live links for watching:

We're running a promotion to get more people to leave a review of the film after they've watched it.  Watch the film and leave us a review, send us an email, and we'll send a postcard size copy of the MOVIE POSTER autographed by Director Chyna Robinson!  Send email to - tell us where you left a review, your name and address and we'll pop one in the mail to you!

We sure appreciate all of your support of this film.  It's been quite an adventure to make it! 

But now we are thrilled to be able to share it with the world. We've had folks watching in Australia, UK, Germany, South Africa, Canada and all over the USA!!

Have you moved?
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Update your contact information by contacting
Cheryl Dale at 
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