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The Advocate


Branch Newsletter of
AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek


April, 2016

Afternoon Delight: Pescadero State Beach
By member Sharon Cohune

Upcoming Branch Events

April 15 - 17  AAUW CA Convention
April 28 Bone Up On Your Bones!
May 5 - 6 16th Annual DAW Garden Tour
June 9  Installation & Scholarship Awards

Where You'll Find Us

DAW AAUW Website
DAW AAUW Facebook

Featured In This Issue:

  • Presidents' Message: How Do We Fit In?
  • Bone Up On Your Bones!  Thursday, April 28
  • 16th Annual DAW Garden Tour: Friday and Saturday, May 6 - 7
  • Give A Little, Help A Lot
  • Installation & Scholarship Awards; Thursday, June 9
  • A Taste of Expressive Writing: Thursday, April 14
  • Thank You for supporting AAUW Fund
  • Cuba Today:  Informative and Fun
  • Special Interest Group Activities in April
  • Contra Costa County IBC 
  • AAUW CA Valuable Information
  • Our Sponsors

Presidents' Message

Kathy McKnight & 
Liz Williams,
How Do We Fit In?
After watching the recent political debates on both sides, I thought perhaps the art of constructive discourse had gone by the wayside.  Not so.  At our last board meeting we had a very positive and constructive conversation about how to better engage our members and increase their involvement on our board and as volunteers.
We agreed on the importance of communicating the purpose of AAUW at a State and National level, and how we fit in as a part of the broader AAUW mission.  This discussion caused me to think about the reason I became involved.  I remembered a long-time member took me under her wing, taught me how to do branch work, but also demonstrated that our work at the branch level directly supports AAUW all the way from our communities to the national level.
As I reflect back on the five years I have been a member, my best experiences have been as a member of the board and as a volunteer working on the Holiday Home and Garden Tours,and our informative and interesting programs.  Yes, I also love my book group and epicurean group.  They have provided me an opportunity to build meaningful friendships with members I would otherwise probably not have had an opportunity to know.  But being a part of the board has given me a wonderful sense of belonging to a team that helps coordinate and lead our work.
You have an opportunity to be a part of this, too.   We are still looking for a few key board members to keep this team going for our upcoming fiscal year.  With Melanie Wade as our President Elect, I know it will be a good year for the branch.  Please be a part of her success and the success of our branch.  Contact Melanie if you are interested in finding out more about these opportunities. 
We also need lots and lots of volunteers for my favorite event, the Garden Tour. Tena Gallagher has agreed to lead this entire effort. Please contact Tena to lend a hand and sign up on our website Garden Tour page.  
It is easy to lose sight of why we are all joined together in this common mission.  Watch this 4-minute AAUW video. It is a great reminder and extremely well done.  Then go online and volunteer!  You will be happy you did.
Bone Up ON Your Bones!

Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Danville Town Hall
201 Front Street, Danville

Judy Lauper and Charla Gabert, Program Co-Chairs
Join us to learn how you can protect your bones at any age.  Our experts, Kathleen Cody = Executive Director, American Bone Health and Marianne Gibson - Physical Therapist, will tell you how to have heart-healthy bones for life starting with childhood to senior citizen:
  • How bones develop at each stage of life
  • Medications that cause bone loss
  • How much calcium and vitamin D you need
  • The best ways to get calcium and vitamin D
  • How exercise benefits bone health
  • Best exercises for bones
  • Precautions to take in exercise and daily activities
  • Posture, strength, and balance basics
  • How to prevent falls and fractures
  • Fracture risk and bone density
  • What T-scores mean
  • Primary and secondary osteoporosis
  • Deciding on treatments
Informative handouts and light refreshments will be provided.  Please send questions to our Program Co-Chairs.

Cost is $5.  You can register and pay with a check to DAW AAUW, P.O. Box 996, Alamo, CA, 9507.  Or, you may pay online.
16th Annual Garden Tour
Friday May 6 &
Saturday May 7
Tena Gallagher, Garden Tour Chair
Our 16th Annual Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW Garden Tour will be on Friday, May 6 and Saturday May 7 from 10 AM - 4 PM each day.  We are so fortunate to have beautiful gardens to share with you and the public. .Begin your Mother’s Day weekend by treating your mother and daughters or bringing friends to this self-guided tour of beautiful gardens in the Alamo and Danville area.

Each year, all proceeds from our Garden Tour go to The AAUW Fund, one of the world's largest sources of financial aid for graduate/post graduate women. AAUW has several other great programs funded through The AAUW Fund. Start Smart trains women to negotiate, especially salaries.  Elect Her and NCCWSL train women in college to be leaders, Legal Advocacy provides legal support for women. 
Our Garden Tour for The AAUW Fund needs your help to be successful. Please volunteer in a leadership role (head docent of a garden, refreshment chair, etc.), work with other members to gather items (hopefully donated) and create baskets, bake homemade finger food for refreshments, or be a docent or shuttle driver from 9:30 AM - 1 PM or 12:30 - 4 PM either day.  Please also purchase a ticket, even if you can't attend, or make a tax deductible donation to AAUW Fund of $35 or more.  Tickets make great gifts.

We would like to have 100% participation as we help women further their education, defend them against unfair employment practices, work to stop sexual harassment on college campuses, and help make our world a better place.  I know that as AAUW members, this is a goal we all share.  With your assistance, I know that we can make this our best and most successful garden tour ever. Visit the AAUW National website to learn about all that we accomplish.

Tickets are $35  through Friday, April 29, after which date the ticket price will increase to $40.
Tickets will provide all garden locations and will be for sale at East Bay Flower Company 206 Sycamore Valley Rd. West (Danville Livery) starting on April 4 (Cash or Check only). 

You may also visit our website to purchase Garden Tour tickets or mail a check payable to: AAUW Fund with a self-addressed business sized #10 stamped envelope to: AAUW Garden Tour, PO Box 996, Alamo, CA 94507.

No children under 12 or pets.  Please contact our Garden Tour Chair with any questions.

Mary Mix & Marcia Steinhardt, Garden Tour Ticket Committee

Are you aware that only 54 of our 286 branch members bought tickets to our 2015 Holiday Home Tour, our sole fundraiser for Tech Trek and Local Scholarships? That represents only 18% of our membership. 

If each of our members had purchased just one ticket, we could have raised almost $10,000 from our membership alone! 

As we celebrate the arrival of spring and our 2016 Garden Tour, we urge each of you to reach into your pocket and purchase at least one ticket for this important branch fundraiser for our national AAUW Fund. If you are unable to personally attend the tour, consider purchasing a ticket as a gift for a friend or neighbor, a family member, a teacher, a coach, a hairdresser, or someone who has done a special favor for you.
Our branch thanks you and appreciates your support.
Save The Date:  
Installation & Local Scholarship Awards  

Thursday, June 9, 2016,
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Melanie Wade, Installation Chair

Robin Halloran, Sandy Killoran & Norma Spencer, Hospitality Chairs

Mark your calendars for our annual DAW Installation & Local Scholarship Awards event.  You won't want to miss this fun time with friends.

Our 2016 local scholarships will be awarded to very deserving young women pursuing their educations.  It's such a joy to meet these young women and their families, and hear them tell us about their plans and dreams.  We will also recognize outstanding support from our own branch members throughout the year.  Without these women, our local scholarships, AAUW Funds support, and community tours and programs would not be possible.  The evening will be capped with the installation of our 2016-2017 DAW executive board of officers.  These members and friends will be dedicating their time to the success of our branch next year.  Please take this opportunity to thank them.

Throughout the evening, we'll also celebrate all members and their contributions to our success.  Our Mexican taco buffet at our Appreciation event last year was so popular that we will provide an encore.  

Reservations will be required and more information will be provided as we get closer to the event date.  We hope to see you there!
A Taste of Expressive Writing

Thursday, April 14, 2016,
6:30 PM  

Amador Rancho Community Center,
1998 Rancho Park Loop Rd., San Ramon
Sponsored by AAUW San Ramon and
the San Ramon Library Foundation

"As I write, I create myself again and again." --Joy Harjo
Explore the fun of expressing yourself at the Hummingwords Writing Sampler
Cynthia Leslie-Bole is the founder of Hummingwords. She is a writing coach, editor, certified AWA (Amherst Writers and Artists Method) writing group leader, and author of a collection of poems, The Luminous In-Between.
Carol Highton,

AAUW Fund Chair

Our final 2015 branch donation total is $38,276.21.  What a tremendous contribution toward promoting equity for women and girls!!

In 2014 we started our DAW Educational Opportunities 45th Anniversary Fellowship (#4391).  We are committed to completing funding for this $200,000 fellowship in 15 years.  Donations over the past two year period have already reached over 25% for the total endeavor.  This is a truly amazing commitment from our members who individually contribute and participate in our annual Garden Tour.

We will recognize our members for their tax-deductible donations to the program of their choice at Installation & Scholarship Awards event in June.  Thanks to all of you.

Note:  AAUW recently changed AAUW Funds to AAUW Fund:  One Mission, One Fund, supporting multiple programs.  Read about the AAUW Fund here.
Cuba Today:

Our International Program was Informative and Fun  

Caroline Sanchez, International Co-Chair
Left to Right:  DAW member Judy Lauper, Dr. Lenore Gallin, and DAW member Caroline Sanchez.

On Saturday, March 12, 40 DAW branch members met at the Danville Ranch Clubhouse to hear Dr. Lenore Gallin speak about life in Cuba under Bautista and after Fidel Castro's Communist revolution ended in 1959. 
Dr. Gallin told how Fidel Castro has improved the literacy rate in Cuba to 97%. Gender equity is important in Cuba. The percentage of women entering college is 80% compared to 20% of the men, women graduating is 60%. 46% of the Cuban Parliament is comprised of women, in the U.S. Congress only 17% is women.  Because of the trade embargo, Cubans do not waste anything.  They are good at repairing what they have, especially their vintage cars.
Dr. Gallin has a PhD. in Anthropology, teaches Anthropology and Woman’s Studies at Diablo Valley College, and.has spent much of her life excavating monumental Bronze Age sites in Sardinia, Italy, .She is also Program VP of the AAUW Oakland-Piedmont Branch.  Since 2001, Dr. Gallin has led tours to Cuba for DVC students, faculty, staff and members of the public. Last year she led a group of AAUW members from her various California branches on a trip to Cuba. She will repeat the tour in August, 2016.
It was an interesting morning for us and Dr. Gallin was impressed and pleased with the questions our members asked.

Art & Garden Group

Friday, April 15, 2016, Art & Garden will travel to the Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden, Berkeley, CA,  for a 10:30 am docent-led tour of the gardens.   This 10-acre botanic garden, established in 1940, is a naturally beautiful and tranquil living museum of California native plants.   The garden is in a canyon, with paths of gravel, concrete, asphalt, and mulch with mostly gentle slopes.   Cost is a $3/person donation.   We will meet at 9:45 am to carpool to the Botanic Garden and we will lunch afterwards in Orinda.   Contact Jacque Schubert for more info or to sign up.

Epicurean Group

The Epicurean Gourmet Group will present its next dinner on April 30th at 6:00 pm at the home of Diana Sanderson-Mori"  Please contact Diana if interested.
Our Contra Costa County Interbranch Council (IBC) brings the nine AAUW branches in our county together for county-wide events, leadership training, and sharing of branch information.  Please visit the Contra Costa Interbranch Council webpage for information on AAUW events throughout Contra Costa.
Valuable information from AAUW CA, please make a note of it!
  • The user name for the AAUW California Website is:  member
  • The password for the AAUW California Website is:  aauwca
Please visit the MSD (member services database) on the national website.  The state will be accessing this information to send out your ballots.  Your branch may know what your correct email address is but that is no guarantee that it is correct on the National site.

Visit the AAUW CA website for up-to-date information on what is happening at other branches and at the state level.  Visit the AAUW National website for valuable information on all that AAUW accomplishes across the country.

Please Support Our Sponsors. They Support Us!

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls.
Our Mission: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. 
Our Value Promise: By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.
Our Vision:  AAUW empowers all women and girls to reach their highest potential.
The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch promotes and supports our AAUW mission through local scholarships, AAUW program support, panel discussions, and topical guest speakers.  
Holly Sauer,  Editor

Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW