Past Meetings and Events

2014 Meetings and News

On Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3-5 pm, AAUW Las Vegas was involved in the planning of    First Ladies First at Caesar’s Palace. Newswoman Paula Francis introduced us to former First Ladies, Katherine List, Bonnie Bryan, Sandy Miller, Dema Guinn and Dawn Gibbons for a discussion about their years in the Governor’s Mansion. This event was the inaugural highlight for the Nevada Women’s Legacy Project – 150 Years of Excellence and a Nevada Statehood Celebration event.

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, 2014 at 11:30 am, we held our Monthly Meeting and Luncheon at the Main Street Station Pullman Room. Kathleen JaSook Berquist, LCSW, JD, PhD from UNLV on Human Trafficking.

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:30 am, we held our Monthly Meeting and Luncheon at the Main Street Station, Social Room. Our Women’s History Month Program featured AAUW Authors: Marlene Adrian and Mary Gafford followed by a round table discussion about project members were working on.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:30 am, our monthly luncheon meeting featured Willam S. Boyd. William S.”Bill” Boyd, the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Boyd Gaming Corporation, is one of the best-known figures in the gaming industry. Bill’s father, Sam A. Boyd, came to Las Vegas in 1941 as a dealer. Through hard work and a keen business acumen, he became a stockholder in the Sahara, the Mint, and the Union Plaza hotels in Las Vegas. Bill practiced law in Las Vegas for over 15 years and was a partner with his father and others in the Union Plaza Hotel & Casino and the Eldorado Casino in Henderson. In 1973, Bill left his legal practice and began his full-time career in the gaming industry when he and his father co-founded Boyd Gaming Corporation. Bill’s father, Sam, passed away in January, 1993. Bill served as chief executive officer of Boyd Gaming until January, 2008. Bill has been an active philanthropist and civic leader for decades. Bill Boyd provided funding for the creation of the nationally-ranked William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno and a law degree from the University of Utah. He is a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1953 to 1955. Bill’s three children are all executives with Boyd Gaming. Bill and his wife, Judy, have been together for over 30 years and reside in

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:30 am, we held our monthly Meeting and Luncheon
at the Main Street Station featuring Tina Quigley, RTC Director, who presented an interesting presentation about local transit concerns and upcoming improvements. Teddie Brewer, Past President, conducted the installation of officers for the 2014-2015 year.

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm, members of AAUW helped with a Beauty Fair to Benefit Children with Cancer. All proceeds were donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 6-9 pm, Boulder City AAUW held a Wine & Chocolate Tasting at the Boulder Dam Hotel. Proceeds benefit local scholarships.

On Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:30 am, we held our Monthly Meeting and Luncheon
at the Main Street Station, Pullman Room. Thirty candidate came to introduce themselves and their platform to AAUW Las Vegas members. We are now more informed voters! Peggy presented a special program on the Suffragists and shared a song she wrote about Suffrage.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:30 am, we held our Monthly Meeting and Luncheon
at the Fremont Hotel.  We heard from more candidates, including Congresswoman Dina Titus, then Lisa Lynn Chapman, from Safe Nest, informed us about her work with Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive charity devoted solely to domestic violence issues.

On Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:30 am, we held our Monthly Meeting and Luncheon at the Main Street Station. Pattie Stewart from Damsel in Defense taught us some personal safety tips and demonstrated innovative products designed for women.
About our November program:
1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. College-age women are 4 times more likely to be assaulted. Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. One aggravated assault occurs every 35 seconds.
Pattie Stewart, from Damsel in Defense Las Vegas, teaches women and girls how to better protect ourselves from potential predators, whether we are at home, running errands around town, traveling, jogging, … or celebrating a evening downtown with the girls. Their approach is to empower, equip, and educate. Pattie will share tips and techniques we can use to prevent crimes against us as well as ways we can react when people and things threaten our safety. She’ll show us some non-lethal, innovative products that are designed for especially for women. Pattie feels that fact-based education can and does save lives. If you’ve never seen a pink stun gun, this is your chance! 

On November 17 at 7:30 pm, we co-hosted 45 Years in the Desert: Nevada Women’s Long Journey to the Ballot Box at the UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium.
We commemorated 100 years since suffragists in Nevada organized to win the vote and succeeded. Dr. Dana Bennett discussed the winning strategy and re-introduce many Nevada suffrage workers who were instrumental in the long battle to win the vote for Nevada women.  University Forum NV Suffrage 111714

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 11:30 am, we held our  Monthly Meeting and Luncheon at the Main Street Station. We held our Annual Silent Auction to Raise funds for Local Scholarships, and enjoyed entertainment by a young harpist, Ashlynn Flemming. Members shared what they want for Christmas and the Main Street Station treated us to a delicious Holiday buffet and Buche de Noel.

2013 Meetings and News


Saturday, January 12, 2013  11:30 am   AAUW LV Monthly Luncheon at Mainstreet Station.  Patti Peterson from Williams Financial Group and Jonathan Johnson from Distinctive Insurance answered questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),commonly called ‘Obamacare.’ Ms. Peterson is a financial planning expert who decided to read the act, attend seminars on it, and become well versed in it to help her clients and associates to work within this new program.

The luncheon on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:30 am featured energy expert, Johnie Stoker from K2 Energy Solutions. He discussed his company’s innovative approach to energy issues and business management. We also held our  AAUW Book Sale (fundraiser) and enjoyed taking new books home while helping raise funds. Krispy Kreme provided members with Valentines for themselves and friends that can be redeemed for free donuts. Thank you Krispy Kreme!

On Saturday, March 9, 2013  11:30 am, we enjoyed the monthly AAUW LV Luncheon at the Main Street Station featuring Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun Columnist and TV Political Commentator. We were also pleased to hear from our AAUW State Administrator, Joyce DeStefanis, who spoke about state and national issues and the upcoming conferences.

On Saturday, April 13, 2013  11:30 am, we enjoyed the monthly   AAUW LV Luncheon at the Main Street Station featuring Victoria Killbury EdD, author of “Disenchanted,” the true story about a woman who was able to escape from Saudi Arabia. It chronicles her experience with discrimination against women there. The subject of the story, Nabila address the group as well and brought artifacts from Saudi Arabia.We enjoyed lunch in the Pullman Room Grille, a beautiful room in the casino. We elected next year’s AAUW LV board.

Saturday, April 13, 2013  8 am to 5 pm  Helen J. Stewart Seminar, The Legacy of Helen J. Stewart, presented by the Friends of the Fort and co-sponsored by Nevada State Museum. See the link for details.

On Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:30 am, we held our Monthly Meeting and Luncheon at the Main Street Station. Claytee D. White, Director Oral History Research Center at UNLV University Libraries, spoke about oral histories and the Special Collections Library at UNLV.

On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11:30 am, we held our Monthly Luncheon Meeting at The Fremont Hotel Gold Room. The Honorable Cynthia N Giuliani, Family Court Judge spoke about Child Abuse and Family Court.

On November 9, 2013 at 11:30 am, we held our Monthly Meeting and Luncheon
at the The Fremont Hotel Gold Room. Our speaker was Olivia Fierro, Television News Anchor.

On Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:00 am, we held our Annual Holiday Gala Brunch and Silent Auction at the Main Street Station. We enjoyed a special holiday lunch, Silent Auction (AAUWLV Annual Fundraiser for Local Scholarships) and Socializing from 11am – Noon, followed by our speaker, Kevin Janison, our Channel 3 Weathercaster and Author who has been honored with multiple Emmy Awards for his work. We will then finish the Silent Auction and enjoy some Holiday entertainment. We raised (in bids and donations) over $1,000 for local scholarships! We thank all businesses and individuals who contributed to making this event a success.

2012 Meetings and News

Saturday, January 14, 2012 11:30 pm   AAUW LV Monthly Luncheon at Landry’s Seafood House enjoyed lunch and a presentation by Pat Mulroy from the Clark County Water District.

Friday, February 3, 2012 5:30 pm  2012 UNLV CSSA Chinese New Year Gala, UNLV Student Union Ballroom. AAUWLV helped sponsor this event and had an information table at registration. Students and community members explored Chinese culture and cuisine, while celebrating the Chinese New Year. AAUWLV member Xirui Yan did an excellent job hosting the event. The Chinese Student & Scholar Assn. has a Facebook page and webpage link at Chinese Festival.

Saturday, February 11, 2012 11:30 pm   AAUW LV Monthly Luncheonat Landry’s Seafood House.  Family Court Judge Cheryl Moss addressed the group.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 11:30 pm   AAUW LV Monthly Luncheonat Landry’s Seafood House. Mr. Gold from AARP (American Association of Retired Person) addressed the group.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 4 pm  “LET THE MUSIC SPEAK” was the theme of a free piano recital by Ruth E. Johnson at Desert Spring United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 10, 2012, 4 P. M. Special selections by Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Ellington, Joplin and others were heard. Ruth is a gifted musician and valued member of AAUW Las Vegas.

Tuesday, March 12, 2012 12:30 pm   AAUWLV toured the Smith Center. Members and guests enjoyed the tour, then lunch and shopping followed.

March 17, 2012, 5:30-7 pm: Celebrate Emerge Nevada’s 2012 Woman of the Year Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel More information about this event and a link is on our Sister Organizations page.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 11:30 pm   AAUW LV Monthly Luncheonat Landry’s.  Mrs. Debbie Smatresk of UNLV and OLLI addressed AAUW LV.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 1:30-3:30 pm was the 158th Birthday Celebration for HELEN J. STEWART at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. We enjoyed an Afternoon Tea and cake, and a conversation with “Helen Stewart” as portrayed by interpreter and AAUWLV member Dr. Linda Miller.

Friday, April 27, 2012   IT’S MY VOTE – I WILL BE HEARD  AAUW Training was sponsored by AAUW Nevada at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort Part 1:  9:00am – 12:00pm Part 2: 1:00pm – 4:00pm For more information about the training, click this link: 04.27.12 flier.2

Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28, 2012   AAUW Nevada State Convention in Sparks, Nevada (John Ascuaga’s Nugget Resort)

May 5, 2012 Funeral Services were held for AAUW Las Vegas member, Joanne West. Here is a note from her daughter, Sandy: Dear Friends of Joanne West, Our mother wanted to send a message to those who touched her life. On Sunday, April 29th Joanne went peacefully to be with the Lord. Her final days were spent in loving care of her family. We want to thank you for your loving support and friendship especially during her past two years. The phone calls, letters, emails and gifts always brought sunshine to her face! She would like you to know that she looks forward to seeing you in the same beautiful place where she has gone and she will love you forever! God Bless you, Joanne and Family If anyone is interested in making a donation to Mom’s favorite charity: Share Our Strength P.O. Box 75475 Baltimore, MD 21275-5475

Saturday, May 12, 2012 11:30 pm. The AAUW LV Monthly Luncheon and Installation was held at Kae’s beautiful home. A delicious luncheon was catered by A Thyme for All Seasons. Charlene and her board presented a recap of the year and the 2012-2013 Board was installed.

Saturday, September 8, 2012  at 11:30 am.    AAUW LV Monthly Luncheon We enjoyed the food and atmosphere of our new meeting location, A Thyme for All Seasons on Warm Springs.  We were pleased to have Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and Matt Morris, from the office of Senator Dean Heller, address our group.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 11:30 am   AAUW LV Monthly Luncheon   Congressman Joe Heck and State Assembly Speaker John Oceguera addressed the group. We were also pleased to hear from our Millie Hoffler-Foushee , AAUW National Finance Chair and longtime friend of Lola Jackson. Linda Miller announced her upcoming book release on Nevada Women.

On Saturday, November 10, 2012  at 11:30 am at A Thyme for All Seasons on Warm Springs, AAUW LV enjoyed a repeat visit from nationally syndicated radio talk show host and local physician Daliah Wachs—or Dr. Daliah.  With her contageous humor and good clinical knowledge, she informed us about our largest organ, our skin, as well as answered questions about other health matters. We celebrated National Healthy Skin Month with gift bags of items from Neoteric, Trace Minerals, Stevens Skin Cream, and Calmoseptine.

Saturday, December 1, 2012  11:00 am   AAUW LV Holiday Brunch and Annual Silent Auction to benefit local scholarships. We also gathered items (of clothing and personal items) for Safe Nest and West Care. We had a great group of members and guests who bid on items (and brought items) for a successful fundraiser and delightful meeting. We enjoyed returning to the  Social Club, which is the separate building north of the Main Street Station Casino entrance (by the parking garage).AAUW Holiday Party invite 2012

2011 Meeting and Event Notes

January 8, 2011True Colors, presented by Carol Lommen, of Take Action Seminars and an AAUW Member. Lunch meeting at Landry’s Seafood House.

February 12, 2011Daliah Wachs, MD, local physician and radio talk show celebrity answered questions about women’s health. Lunch meeting at Landry’s Seafood House.

March 12, 2011Chris Davies, PharmD, clinical pharmacist and nationally recognized geriatric pharmacy specialist, and AAUW member and Geriatric Care Consultant, Julie Davies, answered questions regarding medication management.  Lunch meeting at Landry’s Seafood House.

April 8-9, 2011AAUW Nevada State Convention at the Golden Nugget Convention Center, hosted by AAUW Las Vegas.

April 16, 2011Convention follow-up, branch officer elections, and brainstorming for the 2011-12 year. Lunch meeting at Landry’s Seafood House.

May 14, 2011Installation of AAUW Las Vegas 2011-12 Board Members. Lunch atRio Secco Golf Club.

October, 2012: AAUW Las Vegas opened their new website!

Saturday, October 8, 2011 11:30 pm AAUW LV Monthly Luncheon   at Landry’s Seafood House. Ken Turner, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Clark County School District, spoke about the current condition of Clark County Schools and asked for input from AAUW Las Vegas members. He offered the following links to more information about programs he addressed. To access “A Look Ahead: Phase I Reforms in the Clark County School District” go to the following web page: A Look Ahead: Phase I Reforms in the Clark County School District To access the Nevada Growth Model go to the following web page: Nevada Growth Model To access the 90-day study of the Clark County School District go to the following web page: 90-day study of the Clark County School District

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 22 & 23, 2011 AAUW NV Fall Leadership Conference in Tonopah, Nevada

Thursday, November 3, 2011 Funeral Services for Laura Lippold were held at 10 a.m. at S. Joseph Husband of Mary Catholic Church, 7260 W. Sahara Avenue. Burial Services followed at Palm Memorial Park – Northwest, 6701 N. Jones Blvd. Laura was a long time member of AAUW and is best known for coordinating the Bridge Club activities and tournaments, which brought in hundreds of dollars for local scholarships. Laura, loved by everyone who knew her, will be missed. A memorial scholarship will be awarded in her name by the AAUW LV Branch in 2011. Laura Lippold

Saturday, November 12, 2011 11:30 pm AAUW LV Monthly Luncheon at Landry’s Seafood House. The speaker was Julie Liebo who spoke about about Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care Insurance, and legislations affecting senior care.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011     Chili’s Fundraiser Bring the AAUW Chili’s flyer into one of three Chili’s Restaurants and Chili’s will donate 15% of your dinner bill to AAUW Las Vegas Scholarship Fund. Receive a copy of the flyer at the monthly luncheon or download it from this site.

Saturday, December 3, 2011   12-1 pm   Helen J. Stewart Statue Dedication 
(Helen is an Honorary Member of AAUW Las Vegas)
Where:             Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historical Park
Cost:                 $1 State Park Fee Waived thanks to Cultural Corridor Grant
RSVP:      or call (702) 486-3511 by November 25
For more information, see the Helen J Stewart flyer
To see the proclamation on December 20th naming Helen J. Stewart the First Lady of Las Vegas, click this link: Helen J. Stewart Proclamation

Saturday, December 17, 2011 11:30 pm   AAUW LV Holiday Luncheon at Rio Secco Golf and Country Club for the  Annual Holiday Gala and Silent Auction Members and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, entertainment, and participated in a silent auction. Members brought silent auction items and donations for Safe Nest and Project Hope Charities.

2010 Meeting and Event Notes

September 11, 2010How to Use Social Media with Breanne Davies, AAUW Student Member and First Place Winner of  the International Tourism Students Conference Research Project on Social Media, and the Geek Squad Team from Best Buy. Also, a special memorial presentation for 9/11. Lunch meeting at Landry’s Seafood House.

October 9, 2010Three Square Food Bank—cancelled

November 13, 2010Mentoring Brainstorming Meeting. Members and guests spoke about memorable mentors in their lives and brainstormed about how we can mentor university students. Lunch meeting at Landry’s Seafood House.

December 12, 2010Holiday Celebration at Rio Secco Golf Club, which included a silent auction and collections for the West Care Facility for Women and Children.