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The Advocate

The AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch newsletter
March, 2016

The Advocate Would Like to Feature Your Art Work
Please share your art work!  Each month offers the opportunity to highlight our members' artistic talents in the banner of our Advocate newsletter.  To be included, please send a JPEG or PNG formatted picture to our newsletter editor, Holly Sauer, at any time.  If you are a writer, you may also send me a brief poem or excerpt that will fit into a space no larger than the size of a picture.

Upcoming Branch Events

March 12 International Program: Cuba Today

April 15 - 17 AAUW CA Convention, San Mateo

May 6 - 7 16th Annual DAW Garden Tour

TBD Installation & Scholarship Awards

Where You'll Find Us

DAW AAUW Website
DAW AAUW Facebook

Featured In This Issue:

  • Presidents' Message
  • Cuba: On the Cusp of Change, International Program, March 12, 2016
  • The Hunting Ground:  Free Movie Screening, March 17, 2016
  • 16th Annual Garden Tour May 6 & 7, 2016:  PLEASE VOLUNTEER!
  • 2016 Local Scholarship Application Period Is Open
  • Website Improvements:  Check It Out!
  • Our January Program, Hidden In Plain Sight, Was a Big Success!
  • Spring On Mt. Diablo, by member Sharon Cohune
  • Our Neighborhood Groups Are Having Fun
  • Special Interest Group Activities in March
  • Contra Costa County Interbranch Council
  • In Loving Memory of Bobby Brenner
  • Our Sponsors

Presidents' Message

Kathy McKnight & 
Liz Williams,

Food for Thought.  Enjoy.

From Pilgrim: Poems by David Whyte
Sometimes, you need the ocean light,
and colors you’ve never seen before
painted through an evening sky.
Sometimes you need your God
to be a simple invitation
not a telling word of wisdom.
Sometimes you need only the first shyness
that comes from being shown things
far beyond our understanding,
so that you can fly and become free
by being still and by being still here.
And then there are times you want to be
brought to ground by touch
and touch alone.
To know those arms around you
and to make your home in the world
just by being wanted.
To see eyes looking back at you,
as eyes should see you at last,
Seeing you, as you always wanted to be seen
seeing you, as you yourself
had always wanted to see the world.
International Program:  
Cuba Today

Asha Bajaj & Caroline Sanchez, International Relations Co-Chairs
Saturday, March 12, 2016
9:30 AM - 12 Noon
Danville Ranch Clubhouse, 1895 Ridgeland Circle, Danville

Please join us for an entertaining and informative morning to explore equity of Cuban women, domestic violence, women in government, and women in non-traditional professions.  Lenore Gallin, DVC Professor and AAUW Piedmont branch member, has journeyed throughout Cuba many times and will share her experiences and knowledge with us.

Light refreshments will be provided.  This event is free, however you must register to attend. Contact Caroline Sanchez or 
Asha register or request additional information.

The Hunting Ground:
Free Movie Screening

Thursday, March 17
Diablo Valley College Forum (Library building)
Sponsored by the AAUW InterBranch Council of Contra Costa County and Diablo Valley College 


THE HUNTING GROUND takes audiences straight to the heart of a shocking epidemic of violence and institutional cover-ups sweeping college campuses across America.  The team behind the Oscar-nominated THE INVISIBLE WAR presents a scorching expose of the startling prevalence of sexual assault at US institutions of higher learning.  Visit the Contra Costa Interbranch Council webpage for additional information.
16th Annual Garden Tour
Friday May 6 &
Saturday May 7

Tena Gallagher, Garden Tour Chair
Our 16th Annual Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW Garden Tour will be on Friday, May 6 and Saturday May 7 from 10 AM - 4 PM each day. Your participation as a volunteer is critical to our success of this tour. I am organizing my team and need these assistants:
  • 2 members to coordinate refreshments
  • 6 head docents to interact with the garden owners and help recruit docents
  • 2-3 members for ticket distribution/sales/updating database
  • 2-3 members to create baskets and coordinate the raffle
  • 1 member to obtain restaurant support during the tour
  • 2 assistants during the tour as needed: serve as a backup, deliver tickets, problem solve, pick up materials from each garden at end of tour,
We need 120 docents to staff five-six gardens, ensure the safety of guests and the security of homeowners, and ensure our guests feel welcome and supported.. To help as a docent, please volunteer from 9:30 am - 1:15 pm or 12:30 pm -4:15 pm one of these two days to assist us with this worthwhile event. 
With your assistance, I know that we can make this our best garden tour ever, plus make a substantial donation to further women's education in graduate and professional programs, train college women to be student leaders in Elect Her, support the Legal Advocacy Fund to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace, and more  Visit the AAUW National website to learn about all that we accomplish.

Visit our DAW AAUW Garden Tour webpage or contact Tena Gallagher to let me know how you will help ASAP.

Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek
2016 Local Scholarship 
Application Period Open

Melanie Wade Local Scholarships Chair
Do you have a connection with a young woman pursuing a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree? The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW (American Association of University Women) branch is accepting applications from eligible candidates for our Local Scholarship Awards.  Applicants must have either resided in the Walnut Creek city limits or its unincorporated area boundaries or in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District area boundaries while attending public or private high school, or currently reside within these boundaries. Undergraduate candidates must have at least junior standing at a 4-year college or university no later than the fall of 2016, and candidates pursuing an advanced degree must be accepted at an accredited 4-year college or university no later than the fall of 2016.

2016 Scholarships Information and Application packets are now available. The application deadline is April 1, 2016. For further information, please visit our 2016 Local Scholarships webpage.

Website Improvements

Mary Ellen Blake, Webmaster
We are simplifying our branch website.  We've made two changes this month:
  1. A month-at-a-time calendar has been added and can be viewed by clicking on CALENDAR from the navigation bar. 
  2. The EVENTS and PROGRAMS headings on the navigation bar have been combined under one heading in the navigation bar - EVENTS/PROGRAMS . This site contains a table of all ongoing programs and new events with a link to each.
Our next project will be to simplify the MEMBERS section of the website.  If you have any suggestions, please contact Mary Ellen Blake.

Our January Program, Hidden In Plain Sight,
Was A Big Success!

Charla Gabert,
Programs Co-Chair
Speakers, left to right:  Brian Wo, Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships, Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition.  Aron DeFerrari, Deputy District Attorney, District Attorney’s Office, Contra Costa County.  Carly Devlin, Program Coordinator for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children, Community Violence Solutions. Alex Madsen, Project Coordinator for the Human Trafficking Project, Zero Tolerance Initiative, Contra Costa County.
On Thursday, January 21, over 200 members of AAUW and the community gathered at the Danville Veterans Memorial Hall to hear four local experts on human trafficking.
Titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in the Bay Area,” the program was timed to coincide with Human Trafficking Awareness month.
The speakers included the founder of a local anti-trafficking nonprofit, a social worker who counsels survivors, the coordinator of Contra Costa County’s human trafficking project, and the deputy district attorney who prosecutes these crimes. A San Ramon police detective also attended.
The speakers educated us on what sex and labor trafficking is and how it happens in our communities. They explained how victims are being helped and perpetrators are being arrested and punished. Finally they shared tips and ideas on how we can help stop this modern form of slavery.
The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek and San Ramon branches co-sponsored the program.
Spring On Mt. Diablo, by member Sharon Cohune.

Do you have artwork or a brief written composition you'd like to share with us?  Please send your submission to Holly Sauer.
Our Neighborhood Groups Are Having Fun

Robin Halloran, Sandy Killoran, Norma Spencer,
Hospitality Co-Chairs
The Hellebore Neighborhood group gathered at Clementine's to renew friendships and celebrate Mardi Gras. Seated left to right: Bev Nidick, Susan Beyerle, Norma Stephenson, Harlean L'Engle, Ellen Waskey, Susan Mann, Sandy Killoran, Victoria Wells, Joan Reynolds, Jessica Barrett and Susetta Welm.
Hospitality chair, Norma Spencer, hosted a COCO (COffee and COloring) gathering to brainstorm future neighborhood activities with the AAUW Neighborhood leaders. Seated left to right: Judith Finch, Judy Garrigues, Ellen Waskey, Lynn Dodge, and Marilyn Bressler.

Art & Garden

Art & Garden will meet Friday, March 4th, at 10:30 am to tour the Shadelands Ranch Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek.  Our docent will be our member Mary Granzotto.   We’ll learn about the early history of Walnut Creek and about the pioneer Penniman family who built  this 1903 Colonial Revival house.   Cost is $3.00 and we’ll lunch near Shadelands after the tour.    Contact Jacque Schubert to sign up or for more information.

International Gourmet

The next International Gourmet dinner will feature the foods of Portugal on Saturday, April 2, 2016.  Please contact Roseann Krane if you are interested in attending.


Writer's Workshop

Support networks are the way most writers improve.  We have been privileged over the past several years to meet many fine AAUW writers; some professional, others amateurs.  Some of us write and share for pleasure, others more seriously.  We have each had triumphs and some of us have been published.  We value the feedback we receive from each other.  What kind of writer are you?  A dabbler?  That's fine.  All are welcome.

Writer's Workshop meets monthly at member homes Contact Barbara Bornet Stumph or Caroline Sanchez for more information and/or to attend a get-together.
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.

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,  Advocate Editor
Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW