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The Advocate


American Association of University Women

 Branch Newsletter

September, 2016

        AAUW Empowers Women

AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.

Branch Events

  • September 24 Saturday,
    Membership Brunch,
    Round Hill Country Club, 9:30 am

  • October 13 Thursday,
    meeting with the
    League of Women Voters,

    Shadow hills Cabana Club,  7 pm
  • October 29 Saturday,
    Funds Luncheon

Where You'll Find Us

DAW AAUW Website
DAW AAUW Facebook
DAW-AAUW Twitter

Featured In This Issue:

1-September Members' Program     5-Member Excitement   
2- Presidents' Message                      6-October Ballot Pros and Cons
3- Public Policy                                   7- Funds Luncheon                             
4-State wide book discussion
Saturday September 24, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Round Hill Country Club*, 3169 Round Hill Road, Alamo, CA

Buffet Brunch: $30 if paid before Sept. 15, 2016 $35 after Sept. 15

RSVP online at: 
or mail your check with name and number of guests to
DAW AAUW, Post Office Box 996, Alamo CA 94507

RSVP must be received by Sept. 19. *Complimentary valet service is provided.
Anne A. Wilson: Women in the Military

We are honored to have author, and former Navy helicopter pilot, Anne A. Wilson as our guest speaker this year.  

Anne  graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served nine years active duty as a Navy helicopter pilot, which included deployment to the Persian Gulf.  The Naval Helicopter Association named Anne and her crew “Helicopter Aircrew of the Year”, an award given for search and rescue.

Anne will give us a glimpse into what it is like to be a woman in the Military, especially while serving in a role typically thought to be a ‘man’s job’. This is a very timely topic in light of recent announcements by Defense Secretary Aston Carter to open all previously closed combat and special operations jobs to women.

Hover, a novel Anne’s debut novel, Hover, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim in the literary community. The story portrays a female helicopter pilot who faces challenges in her career as she struggles to excel, both personally and professionally, in a male dominated environment. Anne is also the author of Clear to Lift, which released this July.   

  • Tech Trek Sponsorship Recipients  are invited to our membership brunch. We will hear a report on their experience. 

  • Support our Past Presidents’ Book Sale at the Membership Brunch 
Please collect and donate your used books and DVDs beginning Sept 1. The sale will take place at our annual Membership Brunch on Sept. 24. Proceeds support our President’s convention expenses. We appreciate books in good condition, paper or hardback. No textbooks or  professional manuals, please. You may drop off books at the home of Mary Mix, 255 Morris Ranch Court, Danville or Karen Large, 1507 Arbutus Drive, Walnut Creek beginning September 1.  For questions, contact Karen at 925-891-4632.
  • Sign ups for Interest groups will be taken at the brunch. Meet and welcome new members. Interests groups are fun and educational. Become acquainted with members who have the same interest as you. Click to view our groups on line:                  

Thursday, October 13, at 7 pm, the League of Women Voters in conjunction with our branch presents the pros and cons of the ballot initiatives for November 2016. The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch will meet at the Shadow hills Cabana Club, 1001 El Capitan. Danville, CA. 

The same presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00 am at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda.
  •   Public Policy Update September 2016

  •   AAUW California has adopted the California   Women’s Economic Agenda. 
  • Pillar One - Fair Pay and Job Opportunities
  • Pillar Two – Access to Childcare
  • Pillar Three – Family Friendly Workplace
  • Pillar Four – Eradicating Poverty
Last session, Stronger California was instrumental in the passage of SB 358, the Fair Pay Act. However, two other bills related to Equal Pay were vetoed by the Governor. These two have been reintroduced this session with AAUW CA as co-sponsor:
- AB 1676 Campos, would limit an employer from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment, and will codify case law declaring it illegal for an employer to rely solely on one’s prior salary when establishing the new rate.
- AB 1890 Dodd, requiring large state contractors to submit plans for fighting gender pay inequities to the state, including the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls for analysis by their new California Pay Equity Task force
-  SB 1063 Hall Pay Equity bill, co-sponsored by AAUW CA . Black and Latina women continue to earn considerably less than Caucasian women, and SB 1063 would prohibit wage disparities based on race or ethnicity in addition to wage disparities due to “opposite sex” covered by SB 358 (Jackson, 2015).
You can follow the progress of all bills on which AAUW CA has taken positions at
Here are resources to get helpful, non-partisan information: State and County Voter guides - mailed to all registered voters in October
To see how your representatives have vote go to
Be sure to exercise your vote so your voice is heard.
                                                                                                            Asha Bajaj, Public Policy Chair

President's Message

Melanie Wade

Thanks to everyone who responded to the survey, we have a representative sample. Here is a summary of our findings from the July/August 2016 Membership Survey:
  • More than half of our members have been part of our branch for at least seven years
  • More than half of our members are over sixty-five years of age
  • Over 70% of our members are retired
  • Over 40% of our members plan to volunteer for the Holiday Home and Garden Tours
  • Almost 40% of our members are available to volunteer one or two times a year
  • 50% of our members support offering needs-based scholarships in the future
  • Over 50% of our members attended the Membership Brunch, Holiday Home Tour, and Garden Tour
  • A preponderance of members prefer to attend meetings on weekdays and weeknights
  • Almost 80% of our members support AAUW's mission and want to get involved
  • Few members are interested in serving on the board
One of my goals this year is to change the perception of serving in an executive or appointed board position. I find it to be challenging, but also fun working with such a wonderful group of women. I hope to share the enthusiasm. All members are welcome to attend board meetings at anytime. Here is our upcoming schedule through the end of the year:

Thursday, September 8, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday, November 10, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

All meetings will be held at the Shadow Hills Cabana Club, 1001 El Capitan Drive, Danville. You are welcome to bring food and drink. RSVP two days prior to the meeting, and you will receive a copy of the agenda by email. I hope to see you soon!
We continue to seek volunteers to serve this year as Advertising Sales Manaager, 
Tech Trek Co-Chair, and
Holiday Home Tour Chair.

Rita Wustner recently resigned for personal reasons, so we are also seeking a Parliamentarian.

Please contact the person who served in the position previously for further information. 


Special thanks to everyone who volunteered to serve our branch this year!
Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW Branch
2016-17 Appointed Positions 

Advertising Sales Manager
Advocate Editor
Advocate Circulation Manager
Corresponding Secretary
Creative Endeavors Scholarship Promotion
Database Manager
Directory Manager
Expanding Your Horizons Co-Chairs
Garden Tour Chair
Graphic Designer
Holiday Home Tour Chair
Hospitality Co-Chairs
Local Scholarship Chair
Public Policy
Tech Trek
Roseann Krane
Susetta Welm
Pat Gross
Pam Burdusis
Kerry Montalvo
Dora-Thea Porter
Judy Lauper and Loretta Lewis
Tena Gallagher
Holly Sauer
Noel Manion, Fari Falaki
  and Elle Bonner 
Jarilyn Jennison
Mary Ellen Blake
Asha Bajaj
Loretta Altschuler and OPEN
Virginia Lane


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New AAUW State-Wide OneBook 
Be Part of a new Branch Book Program

Holly Sauer and Liz Williams
Co-Program Chairs

AAUW CA has a new statewide project this year:  Leadership: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, featuring the book "Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt way" by Robin Gerber.  AAUW CA envisions branches uniting to discuss the insights of this book for both individual and branch growth.

To support this statewide program, our branch will organize a branch reading group for all interested members who would like to read the book and then discuss it in May.  We also encourage our literature interest groups to read and discuss the book, if you'd like.

To further support this project, AAUW CA will host a conference call on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm Pacific Time to discuss the chapter of the book for the month.  The first call to discuss chapter one will be on Tuesday, September 26 at 7 pm.  The number to call is            877-885-3221 and the pass code is 7770040.  

Are you interested in participating in a branch-wide reading of this book, with a group discussion in May?  Please contact Holly Sauer to sign-up, ask questions, and make suggestions.  I'd love to hear from you!

Here is a description of the book:
Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable ability to confront and overcome hurdles - be they political, persona, or social - made her one of the greatest leaders of the last century, if not al time.  In "Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way", author and scholar Robin Gerber examines the values, tactics, and beliefs that enabled Eleanor Roosevelt to bring about tremendous change - in herself and in the world.  Examining the former first lady's rise from a difficult childhood to her enormously productive and politically involved years in the White House, as a U.N. delegate and an honorary ambassador, an author, and beyond, Gerber offers women an inspiring road map to heroic living and an unparalleled model for personal achievement.
The AAUW Funds Committee invites you to celebrate and honor the 2016-2017 California Fellowship and Grant Recipients at the Annual Luncheon.  

October 29, 2016
Crow Canyon Country Club
Noon-3:00 pm

More details to follow!                           Carol Highton, Funds Vice President

   Member Excitement

Special congratulations to members Marian Bliss, Caroline Sanchez. and Martha (Gus) Slavin, They each have been chosen to present their art work in the next exhibit of Danville's "A Walk in the Park", at the Village Theater Art Gallery. Gus has a piece of a book art that combines her writing with her art in the exhibit. Caroline has an acrylic painting as shown here.  

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.

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.  
Roseann Krane,  Editor
Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW

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