“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; in fact, it’s the only thing that ever existed.
On March 1, 2022, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors proclaimed the march “Women’s History Month in Mendocino County.” A women’s history banner flew over State Street the first week of March.
On March 20, the 38th Women’s History Gala will take place because last year, due to COVID, it could not be held. It all started in Anderson Valley in 1983 in high school.
Sponsored by the Mendocino Women’s Political Coalition (MWPC) with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Sunday’s event will take place at 1 p.m., at the Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse, 107 S. Oak St., Ukiah.
Everyone is invited to attend this Women’s History Gala to celebrate women, enjoy refreshments and be inspired by speeches, music and poetry, and participate in live and silent auctions. Suggested donation is $10 at the door. For more information: [email protected]
Val Muchowski, leading entertainer and agitator on all things women and politics (and heroine to so many women) explained, “We held it at Anderson Valley High School and invited Maru Ruthdotter (one founders of the National Women’s History Project). We were so thrilled with her presentation that we invited her to come to a member’s home. Then we were hooked.
“Every year we had a party. One year Alice Walker spoke at the unfinished Grace Hudson Museum. Our members have built a structure for the show. Over the years, we have had extraordinary authors, speakers and winners. Every year we say it’s the best yet.
The gala is the MWPC’s only event to raise funds to support women candidates running for office, provide candidate training, and organize candidate education nights.
National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2022, “Women Who Heal, Promote Hope,” honors women who heal and promote hope for the greater good.
The three 2022 Mendocino County Honorees selected to represent diverse paths as champions of healing and hope are: Cynthia Savage, Willits, Director of Daily Bread; Shirley Matilton-Feather, Ukiah, entrepreneur and founder of Feathers Hair Artistry, and Camille Schraeder, Ukiah, Redwood Community Services.
The guest speaker will be Malia Cohen, chair of the CA State Board of Equalization (BOE) and former chair of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. As head of the BOE’s second district, she represents nearly 10 million people in California’s 24 coastal counties that stretch from the Oregon border to Santa Barbara. BOE members are responsible for the state’s tax systems, totaling more than $50 billion, and their staff collects state sales and excise taxes, oversees county property tax assessments , determines the market value of railway utilities and property and hears tax appeals.
Poetry and music will inspire and entertain. As MC and auctioneer, Wendy DeWitt, internationally acclaimed Ukiah-based boogie woogie queen, will close the gala celebration by performing her energetic tunes.
The program staff also includes longtime Ukiah resident and Mendocino College piano teacher Elizabeth MacDougall, a highly respected Ukiah Symphony pianist who has been a guest artist with many other symphonies across the country.
The Raging Grannies, are an international singing group that pokes fun at the stereotype of the “sweet little old lady”, changing the lyrics into familiar tunes. Mendocino County has had its own Gaggle of Raging Grannies in one form or another since 2004.
Georgina Marie Guardado is the 2020-2024 Lake County Poet Laureate, the first Mexican-American to hold the position. In June 2021, she was selected as a Poets Laureate Fellow of the Academy of American Poets. She is Literary Coordinator and Poetry Out Loud Coordinator for the Lake County Arts Council.
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Make the difference
Don’t we all ultimately want to make a difference in the world for having lived in it? It was online… “6 new ways to make a difference in the world:”
Join a mission-focused online group; Raise funds for a good cause; Leave kind words to others that bring something positive; Start your own website; Volunteer remotely; Donate for a good cause.
Be a Watchdog
Public citizens can make a difference in improving local government by serving as California’s civil grand juror – a powerful role for positive change!
The California Grand Jurors’ Association has just released a free e-book detailing the local government’s watchdog role of civil grand juries, available and downloadable now.
This new, informative 50-page eBook, “California Civil Grand Juries: History, Law and How They Operate” (4th Edition), was written by the California Grand Jury Association (CGJA) to help the public better understand the California Civil Grand Jury. activities and their very important “watchdog role” of local government in California’s 58 counties. The system is unique in that it is an ongoing program enshrined in our state constitution to enable every county citizen to oversee county and government, schools and special districts.
Download at: https://www.cgja.org/sites/default/files/californias_civil_grand_juries_edition4.pdf
Each year, excellent investigations and reports are available for viewing on the CGJA website at https://cgja.org/search-grand-jury-report-topics.
About the Civil Grand Jurors Association
The California Grand Jurors’ Association is an all-volunteer nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and supporting the civil oversight function of California grand juries. Each year, CGJA provides training to grand juries to help them more effectively fulfill their state constitutional authority to, among other things, investigate and report on the conduct of local government as an organ of the Superior Court.
For more information, visit www.cgja.org. To apply for jurorship, visit the Superior Court of (your county) website.