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The Advocate


Branch Newsletter of
AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek


December, 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.

Check out the details of the latest Legal Advocacy case AAUW supports.

Upcoming Branch Events

12/9-10:  12th Annual Holiday Home Tour 
01/28:  Foster Care:  Local Challenges, Disadvantages, Success
Feb:  AAUW Fund: A recipient will share her work
02/25:  Expanding Your Horizons
03/18:  International Relations:  Local author Lubna Jahangiri shares insights into Pakistan
04/13:  Member Creativity Night
05/09-10:  17th Annual Garden Tour 
May:  Branch-wide Book Discussion: Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way
June:  2017 - 2018 Installation & Local Scholarship Awards 
June 14-17:  AAUW National Convention in Washington, D.C.

Where You'll Find Us

DAW AAUW Website
DAW AAUW Facebook
DAW AAUW Twitter

Featured In This Issue:

  • President's Message
  • 12/9-10: 12th Annual Holiday Home Tour
  • Public Policy Update—December 2016
  • 01/28: Foster Care: Local Challenges, Disadvantages, Success
  • AAUW Fund: Year-End Donation Time
  • Tech Trek 2017
  • Branch-Wide Book Discussion:  Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way
  • Contra Costa County IBC News, Neighboring AAUW Branch Programs
  • Interest Group Activities—Art & Garden— December Tao House Tour
  • Interest Group Activities—International Gourmet—February Belgian Dinner
  • Our Sponsors

President's Message

Melanie Wade, President
This has been an election season unlike any other in our lifetimes. At the state level, here are the results of the initiatives on which AAUW took positions:
  • Proposition 51:  School Bonds to fund K-12 and Community College facilities
Position:  Support           Result:  Passed with 54%
  • Proposition 52:  Continues hospital fees that help fund Medi-Cal
Position:  Support            Result:  Passed with 69.6%
  • Proposition 53:  Voter approval on large revenue bonds
Position:  Oppose            Result:  Failed with 48.6%
  • Proposition 55:  Extends taxes on high-earners to go to schools and healthcare
Position:  Support            Result:  Passed with 62.1%
  • Proposition 58:  Allows structured bilingual education programs for English learners.
Position:  Support            Result:  Passed with 72.4%

In summary, AAUW was five for five, perhaps in part as a result of our organization’s advocacy at the branch level as well. Special thanks to our Public Policy Chair, Asha Bajaj for coordinating our October branch event in conjunction with the League of Women Voters. It was very informative and well attended.

We can also celebrate the accomplishments of women newly elected to the Senate so that in January, there will be a record number of 21 female senators including our two representatives from California.

As the final votes continue to be tallied in our state, our nonpartisan AAUW leadership vows to advocate for research-based policies.

“It is now, after an election, that the real work begins,” said Lisa Maatz, the vice president of government relations and advocacy. “AAUW will find common ground with the Trump administration and the new Congress on issues that are important to women and working families. Women want progress on issues that affect them, and AAUW intends to be a fair critic and a valued ally. Most importantly, in true AAUW fashion, we will not hesitate to speak truth to power.”
12th Annual Holiday Home Tour
Friday & Saturday, December 9-10, 2016
10 a.m. — 4

Susan Terzuoli and Tena Gallagher, HHT Co-Chairs
Bring friends and family and join us for our fabulous Holiday Home Tour where we will showcase five beautiful and festively decorated homes in Danville, Alamo, Diablo and Walnut Creek.  Your ticket purchase will help send middle school girls in the local community to a one-week Tech Trek math-science camp at Sonoma State University.  It will also provide funds to help local women finish their college education.

Tickets are $35 each through December 2nd and $40.00 thereafter.

To purchase online: Visit our HHT website.
To purchase via US Mail: Send a check postmarked by December 2nd payable to Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW with a self-addressed stamped #10 business size envelope to: AAUW Holiday Home Tour, P.O. Box 996, Alamo, CA 94507.
To purchase in person: Visit East Bay Flower Company, 206 Sycamore Valley Road West (Danville Livery) Mon-Sat 9-5. (cash or check only).
Please, no children under 12 or pets. Tour tickets are not tax deductible.
PLEASE HELP: During the two tour days, we will staff between four and six volunteers as docents for four shifts at each of the five holiday homes (Friday and Saturday morning and afternoon) and provide home baked finger foods such as cookies and brownies for our tour guests. We need approximately 40 volunteers. Please offer your time and home-made desserts. Email our HHT Co-Chairs, contact Roseann Krane or visit our HHT website.  
Public Policy Update
December 2016

Asha Bajaj
, Public Policy Chair

The nation and the world were surprised by the Trump election and this has sent shock waves of fear and uncertainty amongst minorities, women and Muslims who see a very pale and male congress coming to power.

However on a positive note the highest number of women— 21 will be serving in the Senate in 2017. The chamber will also feature a record number of women of color. Senators-elect Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) made history by becoming the first Thai American, first Latina, and first biracial woman, respectively, to serve in the U.S. Senate.

Election 2016 touched on many issues that affect women and families at every level: local, state, and federal. We still face congressional gridlock over the Paycheck Fairness Act, college affordability, combating campus sexual assault, paid family and medical leave, and workplace equity policies. More states are taking matters into their hands to work towards parity on these issues. California passed a number of AAUW supported ballot initiatives, including wins for community college funding and improving health care affordability for low income Californians.

Candidates must now work to deliver on their promises. Women voters expect our newly elected officials to work together on solutions. AAUW believes democracy demands work every day of the year, and hyper-partisan rhetoric only damages the chances for reasonable solutions.

The day after the election of Donald J. Trump, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported the strongest day of Obamacare signups in this year’s open enrollment period. More than 100,000 people selected plans on on November 9. Repealing Obamacare was one of the main policy promises of President-Elect Trump and the GOP Congress during the 2016 campaign season. The Obama White House will continue to encourage Americans to sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act during the current enrollment period.

America faces a test to see if our constitution and systems of checks and balances can withstand the proposals touted by the far right wing of the Republican Party and the rhetoric of Trump supporters.

Get involved—this is no time for apathy and sitting back. Forum, our Branch special interest group will start meeting next year.

You can sign up at for the Two-Minute Activist and keep abreast of the policy issues affecting all of us.

Foster Care: Local Challenges, Disadvantages, Successes

Saturday, January 28, 2017 
10 a.m. — Noon

Danville Town Meeting Hall
201 Front St., Danville

Holly Sauer & Liz Williams, Co-Program Chairs
Mark your calendars now for this riveting Foster Care branch program. Our featured speaker will be Paulina Astafuroff.  

Paulina will share her personal story and experiences while growing up in the foster care system, transitioning out of the system, and finding her way to UC Berkeley, where she is currently enrolled. Paulina now supports other foster care youth as a counselor, academic advocate, and workshop leader.

She will also speak to us about how the foster care system works and what challenges girls in particular face during and after their foster care experience.

There is no charge for this program but you will need to register in order to attend. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP:  Liz Williams

Year-End Donation Time

Carol Highton
AAUW Fund Vice President
The end of the year is coming and with it your last chance to make a tax deductible 501(c)(3) donation to AAUW Fund in 2016. Last year our branch was #2 in the state for per capita giving. Let’s do better in 2016! Our commitment to AAUW Fund is the backbone of our organization, enabling more women to break barriers, achieve equality and make a real difference in today’s world. 

Please send your check made out to AAUW Fund and mail to AAUW Fund, P.O. Box 996, Alamo, CA 94507 by the end of December. To honor our Branch’s 45th Anniversary Educational Opportunities Fellowship, indicate #4391 on the memo line.

Thanks to all of you who have contributed this year – every gift makes a difference. Please contact me, Carol Highton, if you have any questions.

Tech Trek 2017

Loretta Altshuler and
Deborah Wechsler,
Tech Trek Co-Chairs
Tech Trek is an annual science and math camp for 7th grade girls held at Sonoma State University.  Our branch sponsored 12 girls to attend in 2016 from six of our public middle schools.  Science and math teachers recommend these girls for the sponsorships and branch members interview and select those who attend. 

We would like camp 2017 to be successful!  Please make a tax deductible donation to Tech Trek so we can continue to send our sponsorship recipients to Sonoma State University.

When making a personal, corporate or special interest group donation to support our branch Tech Trek program, send your check to: AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek,  Attention: Tech Trek Chair,  PO Box 996,  Alamo, CA 94507
The check must be made out to "AAUW" and must specify Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch, Sonoma State University on the memo line. Unfortunately, if you donate online our branch will not receive credit for a camper sponsorship as the system is unable to identify a specific branch.  All Tech Trek donations are tax deductible! The Tech Trek program is a 501(c)(3) charity.
 Thank you for your donations! 
Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way:  Timeless Strategies from the
First Lady of Courage
Branch-Wide Reading Discussion
May, 2017

Holly Sauer and Liz Williams
Co-Program Chairs
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!

In addition, 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 next call to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, December 27 at 7 pm.  The number to call is 877-885-3221 and the pass code is 7770040.  

Here is a description of the book:  Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable ability to confront and overcome hurdles - be they political, personal, 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.
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.
Fun, Informative Programs Hosted by Neighboring AAUW Branches:

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:30 PM:  Hayward-Castro Valley AAUW
Breaking Through Barriers for Women.....

Redwood Canyon Golf Club (formerly Willow Park), 17007 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley
You are invited to attend the 75th Anniversary luncheon of the AAUW Hayward Castro Valley (CA) branch. Formed in 1941 by 21 determined women, our branch has been empowering women for 75 years.  Enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch, with guest speakers Diane Curry, curator for the Hayward Area Historical Society; Donna Mertens, President AAUW CA; and special guest Caroline Garfin, Past President AAUW National and California. The branch has added a PayPal button to our website for your payment convenience. Click the link to our branch website.  AAUW Hayward-Castro Valley Inc. (CA) | Breaking through Barriers for Women and Girls  The 75th Anniversary Luncheon is featured with a PayPal button.  Be sure to choose your main dish for the count. Registration is $50.  $20 of each reservation will be sent to AAUW National as a donation to AAUW Fund - Educational Foundation. In the spirit of giving, please bring an unwrapped child's toy for donation to Davis Street Community Center's Holiday Toy Drive.

Art and Garden Group
December Event
Tao House Tour

Jacque Schubert, Chair

Eugene O'Neill's Study at the Tao House
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2—We have a 10:00 a.m. docent tour of the Tao House, Home of Eugene O’Neill in Danville. The tour is free but I suggest a $5.00/person donation to the National Park Service for upkeep of this wonderful treasure. We meet in front of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave., Danville, at 9:40 a.m. for our free shuttle up to Tao House. Free parking is available at the Museum. The tour lasts about 2 hours. We will lunch in Danville afterwards.
Contact Jacque Schubert with any questions and to RSVP to

Intern'l Gourmet Group
February Event
Roseann Krane, Chair
Belgian Dinner
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY  4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.—The International Gourmet Group will meet and you are all invited. The menu will be feature food from Belgium. Menu and recipes are at The first member to write me to attend, gets the first choice to prepare. All costs are shared.

Contact Roseann Krane with any questions and to RSVP.

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.  
Roseann Krane,  Editor

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