October General Meeting

Tuesday, October 17, 9:30-11:30 AM
Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda

Guest Speaker Tom Torlakson, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will address the state of education in CA.  He is the state policymaker responsible for improving our state’s educational system for all K-12 students.
Tom Torlakson was re-elected to a second four-year term as California’s 27th State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014. As chief of California’s public school system and leader of the California Department of Education, Torlakson applies his experience as a science teacher, high school coach, and state legislator (3 terms Assembly, 2 terms Senate) to advocate for our students and improve our state’s public education system.

Public Education is a priority of AAUW.  AAUW closely monitors how issues such as Title IX, charter schools, and school vouchers are addressed on the National and State levels.

Note: Parking is available in the upper lot, which is marked with “Event Parking” arrows. Please leave parking in the lower lot available for anyone with mobility issues. Thanks for helping everyone attend who need closer access to the Fellowship Hall.

Fall Fund Luncheon

Sunday, October 29, 12–3 PM (PDT)
Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, CA
RSVP by October 16

Register online here.      Download a registration form.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time when we come together to celebrate and honor our Fellowship and Grant recipients, along with all their extraordinary research accomplishments.  AAUW California is fortunate to have many recipients of AAUW Funds and Grants studying here. Fellows and grant recipients can be strong motivators when members are deciding where to donate money.

Join our most recent Fellowship and Grant Recipients for an inspiring glimpse into their research. Each luncheon provides an opportunity to meet six to eight recipients who will give a brief overview of their studies or projects and highlight what the support they received from AAUW means to them.


Friday Nov 3, 2017    1 PM

Blackhawk Museum: Spirit of the Old West

3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle. Danville, CA 94506

This is an exhibit with outstanding Indian, pioneer, early settlers, fur trappers, Conestoga wagons, and gunfighter artifacts.

The group will carpool at 11 am with plans to gather for lunch at a restaurant at Blackhawk plaza prior to our docent tour at 1 PM.

We should return just after 3:00 pm.

Contact: Museum Mavens
Maryellen Judson  925-283-2387

Our OML President Laura Wittenberg and President Elect Denise Burian (below) enjoyed the National Convention information and inspiration this past spring.

Our Kickoff General Meeting for OML 2017–2018

Shown below are photos from the September 19 meeting to highlight our many branch priorities and interests.

Interest Group Chairs Mary Leigh Miller, Janita Gee, Jan Cushman, Mary Ellen Judson, Mary Hake, Carol Messinger, Mary Smith

Laura Monin, Public Policy Co-Chair

Jan Cushman, Janet Thiebalt, and Sandy Fox Sohner – Tech Trek

Jill West, Ann White (featured speaker), and Janette Maher, Program Chairs

June Howe, Laura Wittenberg, Maryellen Judson Museum Mavens Interest Group

Stay Up To Date With AAUW’s NEW Advocacy Tool

Are you ready to take your advocacy to the next level? Opt in to AAUW’s Two-Minute Activist Mobile. This exciting new tool will allow AAUW to send more timely and targeted communication straight to your cell phone via text message. That means we can provide you with more strategic opportunities to take action when your advocacy can make the difference.

Sign up online or text the word “AAUW” to phone number 21333 now to join.

Congratulations to our Distinguished Woman of the Year Mary Ann McLeod.

Here are some of our board members for the 2017-2018 Year



Tune In for Our Panels on How to #StandUptoSexism

AAUW’s new #StandUptoSexism campaign has sparked lively conversation on social media, in the news, and in communities. AAUW and NYU Washington, DC, are convening a series of panel conversations. Join us online or in person and learn how you can fight gender bias.   Read more.

AAUW Stands against Bias and Bigotry

AAUW has always stood up against discrimination since its inception. AAUW’s history speaks for itself on how it has raised its voice against intolerance and injustice.

Once again it’s time to unite together and support refugees and immigrants to preserve diversity which makes America so strong and powerful.       Continue reading.

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As of September 2016
Monthly OML meetings are now held at the
Orinda Community Church, Fellowship Hall
10 Irwin Way, Orinda

And a NEW TIME     9:30 a.m.  Social     10–12 AM  Meeting

Parking is available in the upper lot, which is marked with “Event Parking” arrows. Please leave parking in the lower lot available for anyone with mobility issues.  Thanks for helping everyone attend who need closer access to the Fellowship Hall.

Latest AAUW Report

Why do men still vastly outnumber women in leadership positions? AAUW’s newest research report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans. Women’s success in postsecondary education is shrinking the gender pay gap and opening up opportunities, but at what price? Women not only take on more student debt than men do, but women also pay back their loans more slowly because of the gender pay gap.


Our branch serves Orinda, Moraga, and Lafayette, small California towns nestled in rolling hills about 15 miles east of San Francisco. We have much to offer our members, including activities, events, interest groups, and educational opportunities.

The American Association of University Women is a national organization that advances equity for women through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW has more than 170,000 members and supporters in 1000 branches across the United States and 800 college/university members. It lobbies and advocates for education and equity for women and girls. Our commitment to these issues is reflected by the AAUW public policy program and our support for AAUW Funds. Read more about AAUW Funds.