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The Advocate


Branch Newsletter of
AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek


October, 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.

Upcoming Branch Events

10/13:  Public Policy: Getting Out The Vote (DAW branch)
10/18:  Public Policy: Getting Out The Vote (OML branch)
10/29:  AAUW N. CA Fellows Luncheon
11/10:  Writer's Panel:  featuring published AAUW DAW members
12/9-10:  12th Anual Holiday Home Tour 
01/28:  Foster Care:  Local Challenges, Disadvantages, Success
Feb:  AAUW Fund: A recipient will share her work
Feb:  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:

  • Presidents' Message
  • October Program:  What do we need to know for the upcoming election?
  • Ballot Propositions
  • Local Voting Records
  • October AAUW Fund Luncheon
  • November Program: Writer's Panel
  • Hospitality News
  • Membership Rewards:  Drawing Results for Holiday Home Tour Tickets
  • Branch-Wide Book Discussion:  Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way
  • Contra Costa County IBC News
  • Art & Garden Interest Group Activities
  • Our Sponsors

President's Message

Melanie Wade
We are finally in the home stretch of what is proving to be a “seasonless” national election. With this in mind, our branch is pleased to provide the opportunity for our members and our community to learn about the seventeen statewide measures on the ballot.
In conjunction with the League of Women Voters, we invite you to join us for our Public Policy Forum this month. Amidst the 24/7 barrage of presidential election news, it is easy for other races to get overshadowed and forgotten. “AAUW is dedicated to making sure every woman is registered and has all the information she needs to cast her vote.” 
I encourage you to get involved in the election process by helping to register voters – especially young women who may be voting for the first time. AAUW provides the opportunity to train for this important responsibility in the form of three webinars over three months. The first one was on August 31, but it is archived on the website so that you may enroll at any time. Similarly, the second one became available on September 28, and the final session is scheduled for October 18. This training will support your efforts to make a difference in the upcoming election.
Furthermore, AAUW posts a wealth of resources for other election related activities that promote our organization’s mission. Finally, AAUW’s Public Policy Committee evaluated California’s seventeen ballot initiatives and takes the following positions on five of them that relate to our organization’s priorities:
  • Proposition 51, support – School Bonds. Funding for K-12 and Community College Facilities
  • Proposition 52, support – The Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act, hospital fees that help fund Medi-Cal 
  • Proposition 53, oppose – Voter approval on specified bonds
  • Proposition 55, support – Funding for schools and children's healthcare
  • Proposition 58, support– The California Multilingual Education Act. Allows structured bilingual education programs for English learners.
Our branch supports AAUW’s goals by offering programs that are “meant to influence public policy as part of AAUW’s powerful voice on behalf of women and girls.” Add your voice to our collective efforts by getting involved, whether by registering voters, getting people to the polls, or simply by exercising your right to vote! 
What do we need to know for the upcoming election?
Thursday, October 13
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Shadow Hills Cabana
1001 El Capitan, San Ramon
Asha Bajaj, Public Policy Chair
AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek and the AAUW San Ramon League of Women Voters present a free program discussing the pros and cons of the 17 initiatives on the ballot November 8th 2016.

Please RSVP to our Public Policy Chair, Asha Bajaj.

If you are unable to make it to our Thursday evening event, you are also invited to attend the program sponsored by AAUW Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette and the League of Women Voters on Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 - 11:30 AM.
Chart of Voting Record:
AAUW California sponsors legislation that advances its ideals.  Here is a chart showing how our elected officials voted on AAUW-sponsored legislation.
AAUW Northern California Fund Luncheon
Saturday, October 29, Noon - 3 PM
Registration at 11:30 AM
Crow Canyon Country Club, 
711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville

Carol Highton, AAUW Fund Vice President
Last year was my first experience in attending the Fall AAUW Fund Luncheon.  Not only inspiring, it was a great way to support the fellowship recipients and hear about their extraordinary research.  These women represent a broad and diverse range of studies and interests and are an excellent example of the wonderful use of branch and member donations.  Given that it is a local event, I would love to see as many of you as possible attend!

Cost for the luncheon is $40, registration deadline is October 17.  Visit AAUW-CA to find out more and register. Note:  Danville registration is the second form listed on the webpage.
Writer’s Panel 
DAW AAUW Branch Members:
How and Why We Write

Thursday, November 10, 2016 7 – 8:30 PM

Holly Sauer & Liz Williams, Co-Program Chairs

Featuring Lynn Goodwin Brown, Beth Clark, Judith Finch, Jan Hersh and Gus Slavin.
This No Cost Event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.   Your RSVP is needed to plan our event location and refreshments.
These very talented members of our AAUW branch are successfully published authors doing what they love.  Lynn, Beth, Judith, Jan 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 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 3, to Holly Sauer.  Please contact Holly with any questions about the program.

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

Look for upcoming news on our Members Appreciation Event, & Neighborhood Groups!  Joining your Neighborhood Group is a great way to meet your fellow members.  Have you contacted your Neighborhood Hosts to get acquainted?
New This Year!  

Membership Drawing for
Holiday Home Tour Tickets
Congratulations to Gail Clark, winner of two tickets to the Holiday Home Tour.

All members who renewed by the June 30 renewal deadline were entered into this drawing.  Thank you to the 107 members who renewed their memberships on time.

Your Membership Committee:  Soni Leighton, Sue Bennett, Kathy Norman
Leadership:  Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

New AAUW State-Wide OneBook 

Branch-Wide Reading Discussion
May, 2017

Holly Sauer and Liz Williams
Co-Program Chairs
Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way, by Robin Gerber, has been selected by AAUW CA as part of a new statewide project: Leadership:  Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.  To support this program, our branch is forming a group of all interested members to read and discuss the book in May.  We also encourage our literature interest groups to read and discuss the book.

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, October 25 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.
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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 – Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco Walking Tour with San Francisco City Guides.   The “Master of Suspense” loved San Francisco and used its beauty, elegance and mystery to great effect in several films.  From Nob Hill to Union Square, you’ll see some of the hotels, clubs, retail stores and other locations featured in Hitchcock classics.   You’ll hear why Hitchcock chose them and how he filmed them.  And you’ll learn about their history, architecture, and the stories they tell about the San Francisco of fifty years ago and today.  To enhance your enjoyment of the tour, it is HIGHLY recommended that you see “Vertigo” before taking the tour.  The tour begins at 11:15 am and cost is $12/person for seniors (65+) and $15/person for adults.   After the tour we’ll lunch in San Francisco.  We’ll car pool to Walnut Creek BART for the 10:05 am BART.   We’ll have a 5 block walk (some uphill) to Nob Hill and a steep downhill walk back to Union Square, but remember we will be stopping at sites and taking our time. 

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 onto 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.  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.  We will meet at 10:30 am to carpool to BAMPFA. 

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.  
Holly Sauer,  Editor

Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW

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