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D-A-W Branch Newsletter 

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Upcoming events:  
    April 1: Leadership Training                                                                                        April 13 Member Creativity Night
  May 12-13: 17th Annual Garden Tour                                                    May 11: Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way 
    June 8: Installation & Local Scholarship Awards                      June 14-17: National Convention Washington D.C.

International Women's Day:
Personal Stories Of Pakistan
Featuring Danville Author
Lubna Jahangiri   

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Danville Town Hall
201 Front Street, Danville
 10:00 AM - 12 Noon

Holly Sauer & Liz Williams,
Co-Program Chairs
Please mark your calendar for our fascinating International Women’s Day program about issues impacting young girls and women in Pakistan.
Danville author Lubna Jahangiri will talk about her book The Little Stepmother, A Novel, and her experiences living in Pakistan. The book is based upon the real-life story of a woman Lubna considers to be a hero. The Little Stepmother tells the story of a 12 year old girl in an arranged marriage to an older man as his second wife and stepmother to his two children in north-west Pakistan.  It is a haunting story of Jameela’s struggle through physical and emotional adversity to become a strong and successful woman.
Lubna Jahangiri is a lawyer, wife, and mother originally from Pakistan.  Born on International Women’s Day, Lubna has always considered this a sign and is honored to share stories of countless voiceless women who don’t have advocates.  Lubna’s mother was a member of the Abbottabad chapter of AAUW and Lubna feels a deep emotional affiliation with our organization.  The character of Mrs. Khan, an English professor in The Little Stepmother, is based upon Lubna’s own mother, also an English professor.

This No Cost Event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Your RSVP is needed by end of day March 19 to plan our event arrangements and refreshments.
Please RSVP and send any questions to Holly Sauer.

President's Message
Melanie Wade, President
“In 2015, median earnings for men in California were $50,562 compared with $43,335 for women…This means that working women in California are paid only 86 cents on the dollar compared with working men. For many women, the pay gap is wider. Nationally, Latina women are paid 54 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men are paid; American Indian and Alaska Native women 58 cents; Native Hawaiian women 60 cents; African American women 63 cents; and Asian American women 85 cents.
AAUW members throughout California have joined forces in an initiative to train women to confidently and successfully negotiate salary and benefits packages. To help accomplish this, we are implementing a large-scale, grassroots program to provide AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshops to more than 8,000 women in the next five years.” (
AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops are an excellent tool for women about to enter the workforce, re-enter the workforce, or who seek better job opportunities in general. I invite you to spread the word about an upcoming workshop on Wednesday, March 15 at Diablo Valley College Extension, 1690 Watermill Road, San Ramon. This event will be held in Room W-204 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Please let me know if you are interested in representing our branch to provide information to potential members. Parking is free. For further information, please contact Elena Noble, AAUW Start Smart Facilitator CCC-IBC at 925-787-2410.
AAUW Fund News
Sharon Westafer, Chair AAUW Fund Committee
Because of your hard work, your commitment to AAUW, and your generosity, as of the third quarter ending September 30, AAUW CA members and branches have donated $1,514,218.33 to the AAUW Fund. Thank you and congratulations!

The Fund committee commends California AAUW members and branches for your generosity in supporting the various AAUW Funds. Because of member efforts between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, AAUW California is once again number one in giving and 17 California branches are in the top 50 for donations. Congratulations to number one:  Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW.
You may have seen them at our annual Member Brunch. Well-spoken, maybe slightly nervous young teens presenting to a group of over 100 women. They were some of our Tech Trek participants in 2016. These are young women who will be the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) leaders of the future. We are proud that AAUW has programs to reach out and encourage these young women to follow their passions into STEM fields of study with our annual Tech Trek program.
Some of you may regret that there were not more programs like this when we were in school. But here is an opportunity to participate in the camp yourself! Tech Trek is a week-long STEM camp for girls between the 7th and 8th grades.  Volunteer to be a Dorm Mom and you can experience the excitement of these girls directly.
Our camp will be held at Sonoma State University, June 18 - 24, 2017.  Staff needs to be at camp by 9AM Sunday 6/18.  We are done on Saturday, 6/24, usually by 11AM.  Some small adjustment on either of those times can usually be accommodated.  Campers and staff reside in the dorms on campus.  Dorm moms (that is the role you would play) will be in a single room with private bath, in a suite with 1/2 of their dorm group - the girls are in 2- or 3-person rooms.  The other 1/2 of the group is located on the floor above or below in a similar suite, with another adult (teacher, nurse, co-director, etc.) staying in a single room in that suite.
The fun part is sitting in on the classes, watching the campers truly bloom over the course of the week, and probably learning a few things yourself.  There is a lot of support if any issues arise in a dorm group.  
The camp covers your expenses, i.e., room and board, Live Scan (which is required), transportation to and from camp, etc.  There is also a small stipend of $100 more as a “thank you” than anything else. If you are not currently an AAUW member, you can join at a discounted rate for one year with a promo code that can be provided.  This is the one expense that the CA-AAUW board does not allow us to reimburse.  
It is a fun and invigorating week.  Take a look at the photos and videos from the 2016 camp and the Slideshow to get a feel for things.
Please contact Rory Keller at 707 763-2072 with questions or to volunteer!
Dorm Mom – AAUW Tech Trek Camp
  • AAUW member (AA or BA/BS or similar degrees required)
  • Physically capable of keeping up with active campers. Walking at least several miles over the course of each day.
  • Enjoy working with 12-13-year-olds, good negotiating skills, sympathetic ear, ability to maintain order, and flexibility.
  • Responsible for 10 campers, serving both as their advocate and enforcer of camp rules, ensuring they get where they need to go, have fun, and stay safe.
  • Know where assigned campers are at all times.
  • Hold daily dorm group meetings, help campers develop projects, and assist in any other camp activities for the dorm group.
  • Help with staff jobs as required – from meeting a presenter at the parking lot to herding another dorm mom's group if she is needed for another task, etc.
Our branch Garden Tour will be on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.
The gardens are beginning to look great. Tena Gallagher is chair and is presently looking for head docents for each garden and refreshment chair. Please email her at regarding when you can volunteer- either Friday am or pm or Saturday am or pm. 

Norma Spencer hosted a tea at her home
for New members,

Susan Burnett,
Janine Collins,
Annette Everhart,
Virginia Reno,
Shari Salomon.

   Please welcome them! 
New members are encouraged to join their neighborhood group, have you joined a group.

Great Decisions 
America’s Global Affairs Discussion Group
 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 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 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.

View all Interest groups on our web site. 

The AAUW Travel Group meets every other month (Sept, Nov, Jan, March, May). This group offers armchair and active travel experiences for members and spouses/significant others. We enjoy beverages and dessert while learning about a travel destination that is presented by one of our members. Each meeting also includes a Travel Forum where we share the latest travel tips and offerings as well as have an opportunity to ask the group for help with travel-related questions. We have a good time socializing while learning about what our world has to offer.

TENTATIVELY meets in Jan, March, May, Sept, and Nov. Depends on if members can host and/or present. Email goes out to Travel Group distribution list (over 65 people on list). If no one can present/host, then the meeting is cancelled. So, on your AAUW calendar, you can enter 3rd Fri of Jan, March, May, Sept, and Nov. Contact Karen Larken, Chairman if interested.


Our Co
ntra 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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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.
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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