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The Advocate

D-A-W Branch Newsletter 

February, 2017    

March 18:  International Relations: Pakistan                           April 1: - Leadership Training CSU Concord
April 13:  Member Creativity Night                                            May 9-10:  17th Annual Garden Tour 
May:  Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way                          June 8: Installation & Local Scholarship Awards 
June 14-17:  AAUW National Convention in Washington, D.C.
February Program:  Our Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW Fund dinner will be on Tuesday, February 21 at Faz Restaurant at 600 Hartz Ave. in Danville starting at 6 pm. We will be in their private room, The Redwood Gallery.
Our speaker will be Maria Tourtchaninova, a Career Development grant recipient pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and social welfare at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on sex and labor trafficking. She is currently a policy fellow at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and a research assistant at UC Berkeley’s Law’s Human Rights Center. Maria is partially funded by interest from our branch endowment and the Jo Harberson endowment.
We will have a salad, an entrée and a dessert. For more details, contact Tena Gallagher at Your check for $47, made out to D-A-W AAUW and mailed to D-A-W AAUW Fund   PO Box 996 Alamo, CA 94507 needs to be received by February 14.
Expanding Your Horizons is a one day conference for girls 6th to 9th grade.  The purpose is to expose girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields that might lead to career choices in one of those subject areas. 

This year it will take place much closer to us at DVC campus in San Ramon (1690 Watermill Road, San Ramon, CA 94582). Volunteers are needed for room monitors.  We need at least 30 women to help.  It is a very interesting and fun day for monitors as well as the girls!  Our one day event is on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  

Please volunteer for either a morning shift 9:00 to 11:00 or afternoon 12:30 to 2:30Email Judy Lauper at or Loretta Lewis at  Everyone is counting on you.

International Women's Day:  Personal Stories Of Pakistan

Featuring Danville Author Lubna Jahangiri   

Saturday, March 18, 2017
 10:00 AM - 12 Noon

Holly Sauer & Liz Williams, Co-Program Chairs

Please join us to hear Danville author Lubna Jahangiri talk about her book The Little Stepmother, A Novel and her experiences living in Pakistan. 
This No Cost Event will be held in Danville and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Your RSVP is needed by end of day March 12 to plan our event arrangements and refreshments. Please RSVP and send any questions to Holly Sauer.
President's Message
Melanie Wade, President

Needed: Branch Treasurer and other officers. Please contact me if you can serve.

Tell Congress: Don't Repeal the ACA

    You’ve likely heard the news: Congress is rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with no plan for a replacement and no guarantee that people will keep access to quality, affordable health insurance moving forward.
    This extreme action could eliminate current coverage for millions of people, wipe out anti-discrimination laws protecting women’s health care, and throw the U.S. health care system into disarray. Congress must act to protect our health care not damage it.
                                         Tell Congress now: don’t deny health care to millions of Americans.
    AAUW believes that everyone is entitled to high-quality, affordable, and accessible health care. The ACA is by no means perfect. But Congress cannot repeal the law without immediately jeopardizing the health care we all rely on – regardless of whether a replacement is ever considered, something for which there is currently no guarantee.
    Attempts to repeal the ACA specifically put women’s access to health care in danger and threaten our economic security. That’s because a repeal of the ACA would take us back to time when women were charged more for health insurance than men, when health insurance often failed to cover essential preventive care, and when many women couldn’t find affordable health coverage in the individual market.
     And with Congress’ rumored efforts to also defund Planned Parenthood health centers, where millions of us seek preventive care, and roll back state-based Medicaid expansions, Americans are looking at dire consequences to their health and to their wallets.
                               Congress needs to hear from you today: protect our health care, protect women from discrimination, don’t repeal the Affordable Care Act.
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We are proud of the DAW-AAUW members for participating in the march in January. Thanks to all of of members who marched or supported us including the men.


Special thanks to all of branch members who contributed to funding Tech Trek 2017. Your generous contributions of time and money will send 11 girls to Sonoma State University this summer for a week of camp filled with exciting experiences. Thank you to all holiday home tour volunteers and docents especially our chairs Tena Gallagher and Susan Terzuoli and their terrific team. Individual thanks to Special Interest Group: 3rd Wednesday Bridge Club, and Loretta Altshuler, Marilyn Bressler, Charla Gabert, Mary Ann Behlen Hruska, Carol Highton, Lubna Jahangiri, Holly Sauer, Ann Shelton, and Nona Thomas.

Thank you all for making 2017 Tech Trek Camp possible for 11 seventh grade girls who have a real interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Please note that a reallocation by state Tech Trek Directors of campers to number of students at our middle schools reduced our tech trek campers by one from last year 12 to current 11.
Tech Trek Co Chairs
Loretta Altshuler and Deborah Wechsler
Great Decisions - America’s Global Affairs Discussion Group begins 
Monday, Jan. 30th at 7:30 pm and Tuesday, Jan. 31st at 1:30 pm.
Great Decisions is a program developed by the Foreign Policy Association to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. 2017 topics are: The Future of Europe, Trade and Politics, Conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in Transition, U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, Latin America’s Political Pendulum, Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nuclear Security

The Monday evening group led by Mary Granzotto begins on January 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  This group meets weekly at the Mercer Social Room, 1655 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA.

The Tuesday afternoon group led by Mary Ellen Blake begins January 31st, 2017 at 1:30 PM   Locations for this group rotate week to week and will be announced a week prior to each meeting.

If you haven't ordered a book you can do so at FPA's website For more information or to register, visit DAW-AAUW's Great Decisions website or contact Mary Granzotto. 
There will be an election for AAUW CA officers, since there are more people running than positions to fill. Electronic ballots are sent to a member's email address. Voting begins April 2, 2017 and will end May 12, 2017. It was also noted that there will be a national AAUW election, too, so members should be reminded they will be voting in two separate AAUW elections – the state election first, followed by the national one.

Art and Garden's next trip is Friday, February 24th to view the “California Watercolor Association 47th NATIONAL Exhibition” at the Harrington Gallery.   This is a popular annual tour showcasing some of the best in the country in the “watercolor medium’.  Our docent tour begins at 11:00 am and cost is $5.00/person.  Juror Donna Zagotta has selected 80 works by accomplished national artists to be on view for this exhibition.  We are very fortunate to have Julie Finegan, Visual and Literary Arts Coordinator, at the Firehouse Arts Center share information with us about the artists, their medium, their organization, and the Firehouse Arts Center. 

After our tour, we can also explore the Lobby and Hallway Exhibits, as well as the “public art” both inside and outside the Firehouse Arts Center.  The Center, which is only a few years old, is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton 9456.  After the tour, we will lunch in downtown Pleasanton.   We will carpool from Danville Park n’ Ride, Alamo Safeway Plaza, and a location in Walnut Creek, and we will need drivers from all locations.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to me by e-mail.   I hope to see you on February 24th.     Jacque Schubert

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.

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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.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  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
P. O. Box 996, Alamo, CA 94507

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