Public Policy Day 2020 Materials

Image of a flyer for the Public Policy Forum 2020Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for Public Policy Day 2020! If you weren’t able to attend, this year, here are the video recordings and speaker materials:

Night 1 (August 25, 2020)

  • The Maps Mess in Wisconsin, Carlene Bechen, Fair Maps WI (PowerPoint | Video)
  • The State of Public Education in Wisconsin, Denise Gaumer Hutchison, Wisconsin Public Education Network (PowerPoint | Video)

Night 2 (August 27, 2020)

  • How to Become an Informed Voter and Educate Others, Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (Video)
  • GOTV During a Pandemic, Debra Cronmiller, League of Women Voters of WI (Video)
  • Election In a Pandemic, Stephanie Malaney, AAUW-WI (PowerPoint | Video, 31 min. mark)

Register for State Public Policy Day 2020

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Public Policy Day is going virtual this year! No driving to the meeting; just sit at your computer or mobile device to hear some great speakers on key issues for our state, via Zoom.

We can agree that this November’s election has special importance. The persons elected to our State legislature will determine how redistricting will be handled. AAUW reminds us to be non-partisan and fair to ALL citizens. Majority parties should not be drawing districts behind closed doors. Legislators should not be picking their constituents; voters should be picking their legislators!

August 25, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Carlene Bechen from Fair Maps WI will discuss how fair redistricting has gained bipartisan support across the state and how we can assist in changing the way district maps are drawn.
  • Denise Gaumer Hutchison of the Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN) will tell us how we can influence great public education without offering vouchers to private institutions.

August 27, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Matt Rothschild of The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign will discuss how to differentiate between “fake news” and “real facts,” how to become informed voters and educate others, and why absentee ballots are safe.
  • Debra Cronmiller of League of Women Voters will discuss how to inform and encourage voting during a pandemic, and deal with sometimes cruel and bitter vitriol.
  • Kate Nielson/Robin Lucas from AAUW National Headquarters will discuss suggested methods to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and share what other branches/states are doing to talk about issues, not candidates.

Register for one or both sessions:
Download the Public Policy Day 2020 Flyer

Resources to Help Branches Meet Online (Part 2)

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AAUW WI State Board Meeting held via Zoom

Since the pandemic has limited our ability to meet in-person for the next year, the AAUW Wisconsin state board would like to keep branches up-to-date on technology that can help facilitate virtual meetings and events for 2020-21. At the start of summer, we provided information on Facebook Messenger group chats, Google Hangouts and Zoom. Since then, one additional option has been released: Google Meet.

If most of your members have Gmail accounts, this new app from Google could be an easy and FREE way to host a branch, committee or book club meeting online. You can find directions for how to schedule and start a video meeting, as well as other topics, in Google Meet Training and Google Meet Help.

Note: there is a limit of 100 attendees and 60 minutes for those with free Gmail accounts.

View the Annual Meeting Issue of Badger Briefs

2020 Annual Meeting Issue of Badger Briefs

This issue of Badger Briefs is our Annual Meeting Issue — in a nutshell, all the items that we normally vote on at our annual meeting will be voted on, once this issue of the BB is out to all of you. You will receive correspondence on how to vote for the officers listed in this publication, as well as the minutes from last year’s annual meeting.

Thank you for your kind understanding and assistance in trying to uphold our bylaws, and keeping us on track for fiscal year 2020-21!

Resources to Help Branches Meet Online

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In light of Governor Evers’ Safer at Home Order, many of us have had to take our meetings online, including the AAUW Wisconsin state board, which just conducted its third quarter meeting via Zoom!

For your next board meeting or book club, try one of these widely used free resources for computers, tablets or cell phones: Facebook Messenger group chats, Google Hangouts or Zoom. A helpful Zoom tutorial hosted by Marcia Chadley shows you how to participate and host a meeting. And this tutorial by Max Dalton will help you navigate Facebook Messenger group chats.

2020 State & Regional Conventions Cancelled

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of our 100th annual state convention, as well as the AAUW Regional Convention that was scheduled to take place in June 2020. Due to the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, the CDC and our governor have both called for the cancellation of large gatherings, and we wish to respect this public health recommendation, for the safety of our members.

Thank you to the ladies on the State Convention Planning Committee for all of your efforts. We appreciate the work that you did to plan what surely would have been an outstanding convention.

There is a chance that these events may yet be rescheduled. Our President, Lyn Hildenbrand, will keep members posted of any updates. In the meantime, be safe!

View the Convention Issue of Badger Briefs

Image of Convention Issue of Badger Briefs 2020The Convention Issue of Badger Briefs is here! This year, we celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage and our 100th state convention. Information on the 2020 state convention, including registration form, hotel reservations, and schedule, can be found in this issue.

Reminder: the deadline for room reservations and early registration fees for the AAUW-Wisconsin 2020 Convention is March 31, so don’t delay!

Branches Can Now Create e-Posters for State Convention

PowerPoint Slide ImageAt this year’s State Convention, branches will now have the option to use an e-poster (i.e. PowerPoint) to share photos of their programming, membership and outreach activities. Branches may still opt to bring physical displays to the convention, or they may email a PowerPoint highlighting their branch and its activities to Suzanne Hagen, President of AAUW-River Falls, by April 10.

Suzanne prepared a sample River Falls Branch PowerPoint, for reference. Note: branches should keep their PowerPoints smaller than 2MB – about 6 slides – to ensure that they are not too large of a file to email.