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The Advocate

D-A-W Branch Newsletter 

January 2017    

Upcoming Branch Events
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January - March: Great Decisions                                 Feb 1: Quilters
Feb 7: SATURDAY, Belgiam Gourmet                             Feb:  AAUW Fund
Feb 25:  Expanding Your Horizons                                  March 18:  International Relations: Pakistan
April 13:  Member Creativity Night                                 May 9-10:  17th Annual Garden Tour 
May:  Leadership The Eleanor Roosevelt Way               June:: Installation & Local Scholarship Awards 
June 14-17:  AAUW National Convention in Washington, D.C.

Foster Care:
Local Challenges, Disadvantages, Successes

Saturday, January 28, 2017 
10 a.m. — Noon

Danville Town Meeting Hall
201 Front St., Danville

Holly Sauer & Liz Williams,
Co-Program Chairs

Mark your calendars now for this riveting Foster Care 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. Paulina now supports other foster care youth as a counselor, academic advocate, and workshop leader.

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.

There is no charge for this program but you will need to register in order to attend. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP:  Liz Williams

President's Message

Melanie Wade, President
This is a special time of year, and I am thankful for the support of everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the Holiday Home Tour. Special thanks to Susan Terzuoli and Tena Gallagher who steered this prodigious and fortuitous committee to a happy landing place. As many of us recognize, this effort becomes more challenging each year with our changing demographics, so I am most appreciative of everyone's efforts to raise a substantial amount of funds in support of Tech Trek and local scholarships.

Here is a list of board meeting dates for January through June, 2017. All members are welcome to attend at the Shadow Hills Cabana, 1001 El Capitan Drive, Danville:

Thursday, January 19, 5:30 to 7:00 PM         Tuesday, February 21, 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Thursday, March 16, 5:30 to 7:00 PM            Tuesday, April 18, 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Thursday, May 18, 5:30 to 7:00 PM                Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Also, I have a special request for each of you to consider. Are you interested in a board position during the 2017-18 fiscal year?   If you would like to participate with this decision making group, please contact me. 

In the Fall issue of our national AAUW magazine, Outlook, on page 29, it lists the top 50 branches whom contributes to the AAUW Fund and Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek is #1!!!! That's quite an accomplishment!  
Best wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous new year!

What an incredible team we had to make our 12th Annual Holiday Home
Tour a success! 
We were able to gross $15,985 through ticket sales. Considering that it rained both days our ticket sales during the days of the tour were significantly less than usual.
Our tour leaders Tena Gallagher and Susan Terzouli did an outstanding job. With head docents, Pat Foster, Joanne Quijano, Barbara Welch, Mary Granzotto, Mary Ellen Blake, Marilyn Bressler and Pat DeRensis, each docent and home were handled with care.  THANKS to each of you who helped as a docent at a home and/or baked homemade goodies for our refreshments. It really does take a village to make a fundraiser a success.
Kudos go to Judy Lauper for finding our fifth home, Holly Sauer for designing our ticket and marketing postcard, Marsha Anderson who helped write up the descriptions, Marian Bliss for her amazing photos of the homes, Connie Cady for organizing our directional signs, Roseann Krane and Mary Ellen Blake for recruiting and assigning docents. Dianne Tinnes and Verna Kershaw accounted for all of our tickets sales- whether from East Bay Flowers, PO Box, or Paypal. Anna Freitas and Norma Spencer made sure that every guest had something to eat and drink.  Mary Ellen Blake shouted from the treetops (and newspapers) to make sure that everyone knew about our tour. Deborah Wechsler, our Tech Trek co-chair, helped get our energetic Tech Trekkers assigned as docents also.
Thanks to Mary Mix for making our beautiful Christmas quilt. Our member, Verna Kershaw, won it.
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. Through the use of the Great Decisions Briefing Book and DVD, the Foreign Policy Association provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.  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 ordered a briefing book through Mary Granzotto, she will contact you in early January when they arrive. If you haven't paid for your book, please send a check to Mary, at the above address, as soon as possible.  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. 


Join us in Walnut Creek for the Women’s March on January 21st from 10:30am-1pm at Walnut Creek Civic Park

The Women’s March on January 21st is a national movement for women, men, and children who stand for human rights, civil liberties, diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity. 

We march to support and inspire each other and the nation to celebrate, honor and protect our diversity, freedom and human rights. We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. This is a non-partisan march. We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally, on January 21, 2017, to stand together in justice, respect and inclusion for all. This is only the beginning…

We will unite locally with the main march in DC and sister marches in every state and major metropolitan area across our great country to stand together for justice, tolerance and inclusion for all. 

In California there are groups organizing for the DC March and several sister marches being held on the same day throughout the state. This document will be updated as details evolve over time.

If you are interested in finding out more about one of the Jan 21 sister marches in the Bay Area please follow the links below:

San Francisco 
San Jose

If you would like to volunteer to help with any of these events please complete the volunteer form on our website below so that we may best utilize your skills

Other California Marches:
If you want more information about other California Marches follow this link to the CA Women's March State page:
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.

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!

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 all 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.
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.
International Gourmet 
February 7, 2017 6:30 PM

Belgium Dinner
The International Gourmet Group will meet at the home of Roseann Krane. This is an open group and any branch member and guest may participate until the menu is filled. The featured country is Belgium.. Members writing to attend get the choice to prepare as requests arrive in order. All costs are shared.  Contact Roseann Krane with any questions and to RSVP. Menu and recipes are at

On Friday, January 13, 2017, Art & Garden will have an 11:00 am docent tour of the "Cut Up/Cut Out" Exhibit at the Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek.  Tour cost is $45.00 to be split among tour attendees.  

The art of cutting paper dates back thousands of years, with early artworks coming from 6th century China.  The artists of "Cut Up.Cut Out" explore many methods of decorative piercing and cutting, but extend their media to include paper, cloth, metal, wood, rubber, and much more.  

We meet at 10:15 am at either Danville's Sycamore Park n' Ride or Alamo Safeway Plaza to carpool to the gallery.  Parking is available in the public garage adjacent to Lesher, and cost is first hour is free and then $ .50/hour thereafter.  We'll lunch in Walnut Creek after the tour.   Contact Jacque Schubert to sign up or for more information.

The Art and Garden Group toured Eugene O’Neill’s Tao House in the Las Trampas Wilderness in Danville. 

We angled right, then left, then straight to the “invisible” front door positioned at the far left and perpendicular to the front facade. This crooked pathway thwarts evil spirits from entering the house and is in harmony with the Taoism espoused by the O’Neills.

After our tour we had a leisurely lunch at a local Danville restaurant. Some members                 
Ellen Waskey, Holly Sauer, Asha Bajaj, Sandy Shalon, Noel Manion, Beth Clark, Norma George, Judy Finch, and Jan Geahry.


Norma Spencer (in green), Butterflies neighborhood group leader hosted a Beautiful Christmas tea for the women in her group!  Have you joined your neighborhood group?

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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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