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The Advocate


Branch Newsletter of
AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek


May, 2016

The Patty House - University of Oregon
By member Caroline Sanchez

Upcoming Branch Events

May 6- 7 16th Annual DAW Garden Tour
June 9  Installation, Awards Ceremony, & Appreciation Party

Where You'll Find Us

DAW AAUW Website
DAW AAUW Facebook

Featured In This Issue:

  • Presidents' Message:  Let's Put A Little Aloha Back In Our Lives
  • 16th Annual DAW Garden Tour: Friday and Saturday, May 6 - 7
  • 2016 Annual Installation, Awards, & Appreciation Party, June 9
  • AAUW's East Bay District Leadership Training, Saturday, May 21
  • Congratulations! Our Human Trafficking Program Is An AAUW CA Award Winner
  • Congratulations!  We're #2 in State Contributions to AAUW Fund in 2015
  • Tech Trek Sponsorship Recipients Selected
  • Barriers & Bias:  The Status of Women In Leadership
  • Do You Know If Your Representatives Represent You?
  • Contra Costa County IBC 
  • Special Interest Group Activities
  • Remembering Clarice Hart
  • Our Sponsors

Presidents' Message

Kathy McKnight & 
Liz Williams,
Let's Put A Little Aloha Back In Our Lives
Liz and I have both had the opportunity to visit Hawaii this year and enjoy the quieter pace of life. We each traveled with family and had the added advantage of reconnecting with family members in that marvelous Hawaiian tradition of Ohana.

The whole idea of Ohana, that everyone is family, is so evident in the islands. If someone has a problem, another one steps up to help and/or take over. It’s just the rhythm of life and has been for centuries.

Our AAUW chapter has a good sense of Ohana for the most part. This has been evident this year with the help that has been given to sick or injured members, and the caring for those who have lost a spouse. One place we need to work harder is making new members feel part of the group. If you are at an event and see a member standing alone, introduce yourself and introduce her to some of your friends. If you have new members in your Neighborhood Group, ask them to attend the Installation/Appreciation Party with you. You never know, there may be a great new friend out there waiting to be found.

Also, as in any Ohana, there needs to be leadership. We encourage you to become part of the leadership team. There are many positions that are now shared by two or three people. Get together with your friends and volunteer for a position. We all need to participate to keep this Ohana moving forward.

So…let’s put a little Aloha back in our lives, slow down and enjoy the journey and the members of our Ohana.

16th Annual Garden Tour
Friday May 6 &
Saturday May 7

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day
Tena Gallagher, Garden Tour Chair
There are very few steps in any of these gardens so everyone can enjoy this tour!  Five beautiful gardens are all on the west side of I-680 between Livorna and Del Amigo,  allowing plenty of time for lunch with friends and family during the day.

All proceeds from our 2016 Garden Tour go to AAUW Fund, one of the world's largest sources for financial monies for graduate/post graduate women.

Tickets are $40 and are available at East Bay Flower Company, 206 Sycamore Valley Rd. West (Danville Livery).  Cash or Check only, please.
No children under 12 or pets.

A few docents are still needed. Mornings shifts are 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM, afternoon shifts are 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM. Come spend a few hours in one of our lovely gardens. You’re sure to see some old friends and make some new ones, all while supporting this most worthwhile cause. We especially need shuttle drivers for Saturday shifts. Please contact Tena Gallagher if you can help. 

Julie Grisham and Carol Highton have created many baskets for our raffle. Please contact Carol Highton if you can volunteer to sell raffle tickets at any shift.

Refreshment sign-ups are also being taken. Cheese and crackers, home cooked brownies and cookies are desirable garden tour staples. Would you be willing to relieve our refreshment crew during one of their shifts? Contact Bette Felton, our Refreshment Chair, if you can hep with goodies or staffing. 

Whether you are helping out as a docent, providing refreshments, hosting dear friends and family by taking them on the tour, we thank you. This important event supports fellowships and grants for aspiring women scholars, which is what AAUW is all about! 

If you are going to be out of town, please consider buying a ticket and supporting our Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek 45th Anniversary Fellowship with your ticket purchase.  We need to raise $200,000 to complete our fellowship. Give the ticket to a friend who might start coming on the tour themselves in the future.

Please contact us with any questions.
2016 Annual Installation, Awards, & Appreciation Party
Thursday June 9
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Carol Highton’s Garden

Mary Ellen Blake, Robin Halloran, Sandy Killoran, and Norma Spencer, Installation & Hospitality Chairs
Please join us for an evening of friends and fun honoring our outgoing board, our incoming board, Scholarship Awards, additional awards, and our 2nd Annual Appreciation Party.  Visit our website for more information.

The Awards Ceremony will feature: a Local Scholarship Presentation, 50-year AAUW Member Recognition, AAUW Fund Branch Named Gift Honorees and AAUW Fund Contribution Recognitions.

The Installation Ceremony will feature a brief ceremony to install and introduce you to our 2016-2017 Branch Executive Board.

The Appreciation Party will feature a Mexican taco buffet, appropriate libations, and fun, fun, fun!

RSVP: There is no cost to attend, however you must RSVP by Friday, June 3rd to Sandy Killoran.
AAUW's East Bay District Leadership Training
Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus
4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord 

Saturday, May 21, 2016    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sign up now for the East Bay District Leadership Training. Don't miss this opportunity!  This "job alike" training is open to all AAUW members.  

The advance registration deadline is May 14th, payment must be received with the registration form. Cost: $5 (a bargain!!), plus an optional $9 for a boxed lunch.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Walk-ins and those who don't select a boxed lunch must bring a bag lunch as there is no place on campus to purchase a lunch.  

All AAUW members are welcome to attend, not just those serving in a leadership position. Branch leadership is a team effort!

For more information on the training day and the registration form, visit the Contra Costa County IBC website.  Questions? Contact Sandy Kirkpatrick

Our Human Trafficking Program
Is An AAUW CA Award Winner

Charla Gabert & Judy Lauper,
Program Co-Chairs
Our branch was recognized at AAUW CA's state convention for the January program “Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in the SF Bay Area.”

The award certificate for a successful, mission-based program was presented Friday, April 16 at the San Mateo Marriott, site of the weekend convention. Tena Gallagher was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch.  Each year a handful of branch programs are recognized at the state convention by the Program Committee and then featured on the state web site on the “Recognition Wall of Fame” page.

“Our branch program on Human Trafficking was attended by over 200 people,” said Liz Williams, Co-President. “It was an excellent program, and we’re proud to receive the award."
Congratulations to our program co- chairs Charla Gabert and Judy Lauper .

We're #2 in State Contributions of $38,271.21 in 2015!

Carol Highton,
AAUW Fund Chair
The AAUW Fund recognizes these members for their generous contributions: Sylvia Benzler, Marian Bliss, Sonya Borlandelli, Sue Brandy, Dee Brook, Joan Buchanan, Connie Cady, Phyllis Duggan, Cathleen Freeman, Charla Gabert, Tena Gallagher, Luisa Hansen, Jo Harberson, Clarice Hart, Carol Highton, Kathy Hixon, Mary Ann Hruska, Carol Kennedy, Kathleen Kish, Marilyn Lawver, Nancy Lennstrom, Joan Mancuso-Adair, Henrietta Mendelsohn, Mary Mix, Merilyn Milam, Sharon Nasstrom, Bev Nidick, Carla Pancheco, Sharon Ritchey, Diana Sanderson-Mori, Holly Sauer, Cynthia Savell, Cindy Silva, Gus Slavin, Mary Sorenson, Diane Stangel, Marcia Steinhardt, Joyce Tenney, Nona Thomas, Leslie Vilhauer, Paula Weintraub, Liz Williams, Sigrid Winter and Rita Wustner.
Thanks to all members who made a contribution in 2015.

Tech Trek Sponsorship Recipients Selected
Loretta Altshuler, Tech Trek Chair

This year, our branch awarded 12 Tech Trek Camp Sponsorships at six middle schools in Danville, Alamo and Walnut Creek. Science and Math 7th grade teachers at each middle school nominated these girls. then they were interviewed and selected by our Branch's Tech Trek team of volunteers. These Sponsorships, previously called Scholarships, will allow for each girl to attend Somona State University Tech Trek camp this summer for one week. The money raised from our Holiday Home Tour and individual donors has made this dream possible for these girls. 
We congratulate the following students and recognize the middle school that they attend:
  • Talia Lauraya - Charlotte Wood, Danville
  • Rachel Eizner - Diablo Vista, Danville
  • Kaitlyn Straka - Diablo Vista, Danville
  • Audrey Teng - Diablo Vista, Danville
  • Beverly Schimmel - Foothill, Walnut Creek
  • Amy Wallrath - Foothill, Walnut Creek
  • Brooke Cleary - Los Cerros. Danville
  • Alexandria Fulton - Los Cerros, Danville
  • Lily Gutay - Stone Valley - Alamo
  • Emilie Leinenweaver - Stone Valley, Alamo
  • Raishma Anwar - Walnut Creek Intermediate
  • Isabel Shic - Walnut Creek Intermediate
I would also like to thank and recognize the fantastic team from our branch who helped arrange and interview nominees. They are:  Bev Nidick and Deborah Wechsler (Charlotte Wood), Jennifer Brandenburg, Pam Burdusis and Melanie Wade (Diablo Vista), Ruth Chickering and Kathleen Kish (Foothill Middle School), Kathy McKnight and Liz Williams (Los Cerros), Jeanne Chiodo, Laurie Miller and Nona Thomas (Stone Valley), Sara Lautenbach, Nona Thomas and Karen Large (Advisor) (Walnut Creek Intermediate).
Why do men still vastly outnumber women in leadership positions? AAUW’s newest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, explores this question, drawing from scholarly research and paying special attention to stereotypes and bias. The report provides recommendations for individuals and those in the education, corporate, and political sectors to contribute to an environment in which gender is no longer a barrier to leadership.  Please read about this important issue.
Brodie Hilp & Marianne Gagan, Members
Do You Know If Your Representatives Represent You?
For me, it is important to see if my elected officials voted for the policies in which I believe.  As a member of AAUW, I am interested in how my representatives voted on legislation that is important to AAUW. 
How do I learn about legislation supported by AAUW? The California AAUW web site has a “Public Policy” area that explains what legislation AAUW supports.  AAUW supported the following four legislative bills:
  • Assembly Bill 1017 was co-authored by California AAUW.  It prohibits employers from using salary history, without specific authorization, to determine a job applicant’s new salary.  As you know, women get paid $.78 for every $1.00 a man earns. Basing a new salary on a previous salary just sustains this gender inequity in salaries.
  • Assembly Bill 1315 would require state contractors to have plans in place for fighting gender pay inequities. 
  • Senate Bill 358 would prohibit an employer from paying any of its employees at wage rates less than those paid to employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work.  This bill also includes definitions of exclusions from this requirement.
  • You are probably knowledgeable about Senate Bill 3, the increase in the minimum wage to $15.  Individuals representing AAUW talked to legislators to insure that the bill passed, because a livable hourly wage is important to women as well as men.
To find your state representatives and discover how they voted on the above AAUW supported bills, visit the Official California Legislative Information webpage. On this page, scroll down and click "Bill Information". Enter the bill number (e.g. AB 1017) and click Search. Next, select the bill. On the Bill List page, scroll down and select which floor votes you'd like to view.
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.

Art & Garden Group

The Art & Garden group will visit the Museum of San Ramon Valley on Thursday, May 12th for a 10:30 AM docent-led tour of "The Art of Survival" exhibit.  Our tour guide will be our own member, Carmen Curtis. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors 65+.  This exhibit examines the experiences of Japanese-Americans from the San Ramon Valley incarcerated in internment camps.  President Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 9066 on February 19, 1942, sending “all persons of Japanese ancestry” on the West Coast to internment camps.  Taking only what they could carry, valley families met at the Danville depot and were transported to temporary barracks – horse stalls – at Turlock Fairgrounds, then on to the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona.   

After the tour we will lunch in Danville.  Contact Jacque Schubert for more info or to sign up.

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

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