Programs

The Program committee is responsible for scheduling entertaining yet educational programs each calendar year which may include an “AAUW Adventure”, speakers, and / or fine dining. We pride ourselves on offering diverse and stimulating programs to our members and the community.

Current Highlights:

Recurring Special Activities:

  • Benefit for local scholarship / Belk Charity Day Sales

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Activities:

Past Highlights:

  • 2011 – 2015 “Spooky Science” at the St Tammany Parenting Center’s Monster Mash
  • 2012 & 2015 – STEM Programs for Girl Scouts

Past Program Highlights:

We have hosted several interesting speakers at both our annual “Salad Super” and our May Luncheon / meeting. Also our book groups occasionally host speakers:

Erica Spindler, local author

  • Louis Fitzmorris, St Tammany Assessor
  • Poppy Tooker, TV personality and book author
  • Betina Brockamp, team leader for a group of eight women who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Erica Spindler, popular local mystery and romance novelist
  • Elizabeth Moore, children’s book author and freelance social reporter for the Times Picayune
  • Diane Winston, former State Representative & Iraqi Election Moderator
  • Dr. Barbara Forrest, a Philosophy professor at Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Eileen deHaro, research assistant at the Tulane Primate Center, hosted memorable book discussions of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” along with Hella cells and a microscope
  • Leo Honeycutt, author of “Edwin W. Edwards”
  • Christina Vella, local historian and author

Past Yearly Highlights

2015 – 2016

  • Poppy Tooker discussed her research for the book Tujaque’s Cookbook
  • Financial Literacy both at Girl Scout Event in Hammond, LA
  • Spooky Science booth at the St. Tammany Parenting Center’s Monster Mash
  • Karla Glynn presents Time Matters: A Women’s Retirement Outlook at Chenier Center in Mandeville
  • Pat Clanton discussed Ten Historical Sites in Covington
  • Local Community College Scholarship awarded

2014 – 2015

  • Monthly Women in the World’s Cultures collaboration begins with the Women’s Center for Healing and Transformation in Abita Springs
  • Silver Jubilee Anniversary Celebration at the Salad Supper – time capsule opened
  • Spooky Science booth at the St. Tammany Parenting Center’s Monster Mash
  • Martha Gonzalez presented My Life as a Russian Expat
  • Mosquito-borne Infectious Diseases at Lakeview Hospital
  • Adventure: tour of Tulane Primate Center, celebrating 50 years
  • First Health and Wealth Conference at Chenier Center in Mandeville
  • Women Re-entering the Workforce
  • Deborah Burst discussed her book Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries, and Voodoo.
  • Local Scholarship to Community College initiated

2013 – 2014

  • Batina Brockcamp presesnted Project Elevation: Climbing Mount Kilamanjaro for Women’s Issues
  • Spooky Science booth at the St. Tammany Parenting Center’s Monster Mash
  • Newcomb Art Gallery adventure for Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise
  • Lisa Jacob presented Asperger’s Sydrome, a High Performing Autism
  • Yvette Karcher presented Human Trafficking

2012 – 2013

Brigitta Malm

  • Sheila Stroup discussed “Entertaining Experiences from the Times Picayune”
  • Covington’s Bicentennial Presentation by Pat Clanton
  • German Immigration from 1721-1900 by Brigitta Malm
  • Women’s Mental Health-through stages of life by Misty Mayeux-Wainwright  / collaboration with NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness members: Celeste Falconer and Shari Rich

 

 2011 – 2012

Dr. Barbara Forrest

  • “Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008” by Dr. Barbara Forrest
  • Forums for Local Elections in coalition with League of Women Voters
  • “FBI: Cyber Crimes and Internet Safety” by Kristine Green, FBI Agent
  • Bullying Panel with Mathew Patterson and Eileen deHaro
  • “Affordable Housing” with Vera Clay

2010 – 2011

  • Women’s Health Alzheimer’s and Dementia / collaboration with NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • The Doolittle Family hosted a benefit for Covington Food Bank: Holidays in the Virginia Vineyards
  • Update on BP Oil Spill and Wildlife – Newest efforts and results emphasizing wildlife, resources, and St. Tammany Parish
  • “Function and Future of the Office of the Coroner” / Speaker: Dr. Peter Galvin , STP Coroner
  • “90th Anniversary Celebration of right to vote” dressed in period clothes holding voting rights protest signs / collaboration with local women’s groups & girl scouts.

2009 – 2010

Patti Elish, President & CEO ST Parish Hospital

  • “Breaking The Glass Ceiling & Future of STPH” / Speaker: Patti Ellish, President and CEO of St. Tammany Parish Hospital
  • Dr. Katherine Williams “Robotic Surgery Available at St Tammany Parish Hospital”
  • “Technology for our Safety” plus a guided Tour  of the St. Tammany Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparations / Speaker: Clarence Powe, Deputy Director

2008 – 2009

  • Benefit for St Tammany Artist Association / Roberta Bruck: “History Of Women In Art” & AAUW Women In Art
  • Ann Pressley, St Tammany School District & Dana Wolcott, CASA: “Homelessness in St Tammany Parish”
  • Mandeville author, Pam Ewen, The creation of the novel, “Moon over the Mango Tree”
  • Local chemist, Sharon Vercelloti: “A Question of Good Taste: The Perception of Flavor”

2007 – 2008

  • New Orleans author, Christina Vela: “Ben Butler: The Occupation of New Orleans”.
  • Ellen Miller: “Iso-breathing and Relaxation”
  • Herbal Workshop with Sarah Liberta
  • Joan Doolittle & Robin Leckbee: “Bernard Marigny’s Economics”

2006 – 2007

  • Dr. Ivor van Heerden, LSU scientist and hurricane expert – “Hurricane Katrina” (what happened and recommendations based on his extensive flood studies).
  • Pat Brister, US ambassador to the UN on Women’s issues – “International Women’s Affairs”
  • Eileen deHaro, AAUW SE Regional Director – “Celebrating AAUW’s 125th Anniversary” (and a skit by members)
  • Malise Prieto, St Tammany Clerk of Court – “Mobilizing Women to Make a Difference in Elections” & Voter Registration

2005 – 2006

  • Dr. Bruce Bunnell, PhD; Tulane Primate Center – “General Application of Stem Cell Research”
  • Kevin Davis, President of St. Tammany Parish – “GOALS 2025 and Parish Issues” after hurricane Katrina.

AAUW Adventures

AAUW Adventures are field trips around the region always including a special stop for lunch. Initiated by branch member Annette Doskey-Williamson then known as “Saturday Adventures”, these excursions are now planned by our Program Committee. Many AAUW Adventures were truly memorable.

  • 2013 – “Spooky Science” & Newcomb Pottery Exhibit and lunch
  • 2012 – “Spooky Science” & Viewing of “The Invisible War” at Tulane-Newcomb
  • 2011 – “Spooky Science”, New Orleans “Saint Joseph Altar Traditions” by Sandra Scalise Juneau & “Northshore St. Joseph’s Altar Tour” with Sandra Scalise Juneau
  • 2010 – Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe
  • 2009 –
  • 2008 –
  • 2007 – Herbal Workshop with Sarah Liberta & New Orleans Museum of Art – Femme, Femme, Femme
  • 2006 – Washington Parish Fair
  • 2005 – Laura Plantation

Some of Annette’s Saturday Adventures:

  • Alligator Anne’s Swamp tour
  • boat trips to the mouth of the Mississippi River
  • canoe trip to Bayou Savage
  • tour of Pontchartrain Vineyards
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Cirque du Soleil’s Allegria at Beau Rivage
  • Audubon Species Survival Center
  • and many more

Spread The Word!

If you enjoy our programs, interest groups and adventures, then please tell people about our AAUW branch! If you get any personal press, then please proudly mention that you are a member of the Covington Mandeville branch of AAUW. Or invite your friends and family to our programs especially our annual Salad supper in September for free food and friendship.