Celebrate Legislative Women
At the 2015 Nevada Women's
History Project Annual
Carrie Townley Porter, one of Nevada Women’s History Project’s most dedicated leaders and volunteers,
Join us for our annual Pink Tea to be held inside the Governor's Mansion in Carson City. This formal
tea is a salute to those brave women who used such a tea as a camouflage event to hide the real
reason for the meeting – to plan suffrage events without the knowledge of the women's husbands,
who often were not supporters of women's suffrage.
This year we are honoring those women who have served in the State Legislature since 1916, when
Nevada women could vote for the very first time. Since that first state election a total of 131 women
have or are serving in our Nevada Legislature, 79 Democrats and 53 Republicans. Our founder Jean
Ford served in both houses and represented both parties No woman has served in the legislature
representing Douglas County. Clark, Washoe and Nye Counties have had the most representatives.
For more legislative fun and facts, plan to attend.
WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015
TIME: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Governor’s Mansion – Carson City, Nevada
COST: $45 non-members, $40 members, $15 children under 16
Period dress encouraged, but not required
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2015 Women of Achievement Luncheon
Patti Bernard has been chosen
as this year's NWHP honoree for Woman of Achievement. She has held various positions on the
NWHP board. She has
spearheaded the project of securing biographies of Nevada's First Ladies and placing them on our website. Patti has worked tirelessly for the project by putting on luncheons and programs to educate our members about our research on Nevada women.
This past year she has presented the women of the Mudd/Gosse family, a successful group of Northern Nevada women activists. Currently she is in charge of NWHP's oral history program. Patti has taken on NWHP as a second career after she retired from Washoe County School District as a history teacher and elementary school principal. She is a native Nevadan, a graduate of Carson City High School and received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from UNR.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Connie Mariano, who served for 9 years as the White House physician. She served as physician to three presidents: George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.
NWHP will have a table for ten at the Nevada Women's Fund luncheon on Thursday, May 28, 2015. The luncheon will be held at JA Nugget's Rose Ballroom in Sparks from 11:30-1:30.The cost is $125.00 and checks should be payable to NWHP and sent to 770 Smithridge Dr., Suite 300, Reno, NV 89502 before May 21, 2015.
Please join us for this interesting luncheon and help us honor Patti Bernard as our 2015 Woman of Achievement.
2015 NWHP Wildflower Hike
Save the date - Saturday, July 18, 2015, for the NWHP Wildflower Hike. We plan to hike the new Pinyon Trail in Carson Valley, beginning near Gardnerville. It is a 5 mile hike with elevations ranging from 5700 feet at the trailhead to about 6060 feet. It wraps around a large hill with continuous views of the Pine Nut and Carson Ranges.
If it is too hot to hike in the Valley, we have Plan B - possibly the Winnemucca Lake hike which should still have flowers in bloom.
Please contact Kay Sanders, if you are interested. Directions will be given as to where we will meet up to carpool. Of course, hikers must carry water, wear good hiking shoes or boots, bring snacks and lunch, and a flower identification book if we take the Winnemucca Lake hike.
Her email address is:
Her phone number is: 775-747-1740.
Be sure and leave a contact number so that she can respond to your RSVP
Program Director Needed
Your NWHP Board is looking for someone with joy in their lives and a desire to share that joy with others by becoming our Program Director. This is a fun assignment and you get to meet and become friends with the “best” people. Since NWHP only has 4-6 programs, you would not be burdened with a lot of planning.
The main job requirement is the coordination of volunteers, submitting a very simple cost of the event and if you need assistance in doing that, there are people to help you. You would sit on the Executive Board where everyone would help make your job a success. We really need someone to step forward.
Feel free to ask Christianne Hamel about her experience serving on the Executive Board. She was a NWHP nubby who accepted the challenge and we are so lucky to have her.
By Marcia Cuccaro, Recording Secretary
“I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won't be the last.”
Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)
US House of Representatives, R-Montana, 1916 and 1940
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