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The Advocate


Branch Newsletter of
AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek


November, 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

11/10:  Writer's Panel:  featuring published AAUW DAW members
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:

  • 11/10: November Program: Writer's Panel
  • 12/9-10: 12th Annual Holiday Home Tour
  • 01/28: Foster Care: Local Challenges, Disadvantages, Success
  • President's Message
  • AAUW Fund:  Year-End Donation Time
  • Tech Trek 2017
  • Hospitality News:  Ladybugs Celebrate Friendship
  • Branch-Wide Book Discussion:  Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way
  • Contra Costa County IBC News, Neighboring AAUW Branch Programs
  • Art & Garden Interest Group Activities
  • Our Sponsors
Writer’s Panel 
DAW AAUW Members:
How and Why We Write

Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Danville Ranch Club House:  
1895 Ridgeland Circle, Danville
Holly Sauer & Liz Williams, Co-Program Chairs

Featuring Lynn Goodwin Brown, Beth Clark, Judith Finch, Jan Hersh, Caroline Sanchez, and Gus Slavin.
This No Cost Event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.   Your RSVP is needed to plan our seating and refreshments.
These very talented members of our AAUW branch are successfully published authors doing what they love.  Lynn, Beth, Judith, Jan, Caroline, and Gus will talk with you about their writing, how they’ve become published authors, and give you tips to help you write for your enjoyment and more.  Discussion will include poetry, memoirs, family history, fiction, non-fiction, technical writing, magazine articles, blogs, and writing book reviews.  You will also learn about the benefits of writing coaches and websites, workshops, reading groups, and writing contests.  Two tips for now:  There are no mistakes – only new material, and you don’t lose until you quit trying!
Even if you’ve never considered writing, come to our program!  Lynn, Beth, Judith, Jan, Caroline, and Gus will share their passion with you and you’ll enjoy the company of fellow branch members.
RSVPs are due by end of day, November 6, to Holly Sauer.  Please contact Holly with any questions about the program.
12th Annual Holiday Home Tour
Friday & Saturday, December 9-10, 10 AM - 4 PM

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 the Danville and Diablo area.  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 people to bake. Please volunteer your time and home-made desserts. Email our HHT Co-Chairs or visit our HHT website.  

Foster Care: Local Challenges, Disadvantages, Successes

January 28, 2016  
10 AM - Noon

Location To Be Determined
Holly Sauer & Liz Williams, Co-Program Chairs
Mark your calendars now for this riveting 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. 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.

Mark your calendars!  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP:  Liz Williams

President's Message

Melanie Wade
As the clock winds down to November 8, on behalf of AAUW’s Public Policy advocates, I remind you about the importance of voting in the 2016 election. Although women constitute more than half of our population, only 19.4% of the U.S. Congress is female. Many issues that affect us are at the forefront of social policy and legislative change, but women’s perspectives are lacking. As women, it is vital that we register to vote and cast our ballots in order to ensure that our voices are heard.  We need to engage candidates to address our concerns thereby empowering us in the democratic process. “When women vote, we change the conversation.”
Following are California election deadlines:
  • Voter registration ended October 24, 2016
  • Vote by mail - completed ballots must be postmarked on or before November 8, 2016 and received by your county elections office no later than November 14, 2016
  • Vote at the polls November 8 – polls are open 7 AM to 8 PM
On the subject of voting, I am soliciting your feedback. At our most recent board meeting, we discussed the pros and cons of transitioning our membership directory to a digital version only. Publication and distribution of our directory currently costs $850 a year, which are funds that we would prefer to allocate to scholarships. The directory only has minimal changes from year to year, so we are proposing that annual updates be printed and mailed only to members who request a hard copy. Other members may opt out of a hard copy and elect to receive a digital copy.
Please click on the link to access a questionnaire where you may elect one of the two choices or both options. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Year-End Donation Time

Carol Highton, AAUW Fund Vice President
Now is the time to make individual tax deductible (501.3c) donations to AAUW Fund before the end of the calendar year.  In 2015, 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.  You are encouraged to designate your donation to the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch 45th Anniversary Fellowship (Educational Opportunities).  Your fundraising letter will be in your mailbox soon with all the details!

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! 

Hospitality Co-Chairs:  
Fari Falaki, Noel Manion, and Elle Bonner

The Ladybug group had a great time together October 17 with wine, appetizers, and dessert.  Pictured left to right:  Kathy Marke, Alicia Jones, Iris Stone, Liz Williams, Jennifer Brandenburg, Carole Allen, Katie Brandenburg, Carol Highton.

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, November 22 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:

Monday, November 14, 7:00 PM:  AAUW San Ramon
Healthy Lifestyles to Stay Fit

San Ramon Senior Center, Room 112
Join us for an informative presentation given by Kim Lawrence on November 14th. During her presentation, she will discuss the physical, nutritional, and social aspects that are important to staying healthy as we age. Light nutritional refreshments will be provided.

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 & Garden Group

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016 – Docent Tour of the Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA)’s “Berkeley Eye: Perspectives on the Collection”, which focuses on art that activates the senses to stimulate the sixth sense – the mind. 
BAMPFA aims to provide new perspectives into worlds beyond Berkeley and into the interior worlds of individual viewers.  The works are presented in eight thematic groupings:  Bible Stories; Nature; Human Nature; Barriers & Walls; Connection & Change; Space, Time, Energy; Black, White, Gray; and Into the Light.  
We will meet at 10:30 am to carpool to BAMPFA. The tour begins at 11:30 AM and our discount group admission rate is $7/person, plus a $45.00 docent fee to be split among the attendees.   Docents are usually UC Berkeley graduate students in Art History and information on the new building is included in the tour.  We will lunch after the tour.  
Contact Jacque Schubert 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

Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW

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