Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a charitable membership organization with a nation-wide network. Our mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Member Appreciation, Scholarship and Executive Board Installation on Thursday, June  7, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 PM:

Membership Appreciation, Scholarship Presentation, and Executive Board Installation
Please join us for refreshments! Bring your name badge or pick one up if this is your first event. Carol Highton’s garden, Alamo. RSVP: Noel Manion or Joanne Quijano

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Details about our Garden Tour. Thanks for helping and supporting us with the garden tour. You have earned funds for women’s education.

18th Annual Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW Garden Tour will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Tickets cost $35 if purchased before May 4th; $40 thereafter. Outstanding gardens in Alamo and Danville will be featured. Among the many highlights: a sculptor’s garden containing fascinating basalt rocks and original artwork, a garden that features garden rooms with extensive and diverse plantings created by a self-described “hoardaculturalist”, the spectacular views and incredible gardens on an acre-sized hill plot, and yet another with a perfect seating area providing a panoramic view of Mount Diablo. Flowers make us all happy but one owner has used that as motivation for her update. Please plan on attending, and bring a mom!

Tickets are $40 and are at East Bay Flower Company at 206 Sycamore Valley Rd W. Danville (Livery Shopping Center) with cash or checks only. No credit cards. They are open from 9am-5pm both Friday andSaturday
Questions, email: daw.aauw@gmail.comNo children under 12. Tour is help rain or shine. Our profits from the spring Garden Tour go to help fund one of the largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW Fund. It provided more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 244 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2017–18 academic year.

We thank our sponsors:

East Bay Flower Company
Marsha J. Anderson, Re/Max Accord Realty
Montecatini Ristorante
Sarah Nix Law offices of Gagan McCoy
Spirit Space Landscapes & Fine Garden Design

 

View our 2017-2018 DAW Branch Calendar

  2018 Local Scholarship Application
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Have you made your AAUW California convention  reservation? Highlights of the convention will include an address by Kimberly Churches, CEO of AAUW, a plenary focusing on women peace builders, and the Tech Trek 20th Anniversary luncheon. There will be several workshops dealing with how we work with girls – and more effective branch operations. I’ve been talking up the convention to members of my land branch who have never attended an AAUW convention. Please – if you are a newer member, consider attending this special event. Early registration will close March 7. Traditionally the CA Online branch tries to have a gathering. Let’s do it at the Sunday Luncheon. Please let me know if you plan to attend convention and the luncheon – so we can organize ourselves.

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January 27, 2018 10 a.m. – 12: The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek and Concord Branches present Shannon Smith-Crowley, attorney, legislative advocate and AAUW lobbyist. This informative and timely presentation, so closely tied to our AAUW mission, will focus on a recap of the 2017 legislative year, a preview of the 2018 year, and how to become involved whether one has two minutes or two days. Where: Danville Town Meeting Hall 201 Front Street, Danville, CA

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Melanie Wade, President of DAW branch is
Director Elect for AAUW California

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek and Concord Branches
co-host a special event in January.
When: January 27th, 10 a.m. – 12 noon                
Where: Danville Town Meeting Hall 201 Front Street, Danville, CA

The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek and Concord Branches present Shannon Smith-Crowley, attorney, legislative advocate and AAUW lobbyist on January 27th, 2018. This informative and timely presentation, so closely tied to our AAUW mission, will focus on a recap of the 2017 legislative year, a preview of the 2018 year, and how to become involved whether one has two minutes or two days. 

Ms. Crowley-Smith has been an attorney for 30 years and a registered lobbyist in California for 20 years. Shannon received her Juris Doctor in 1985 and a Master’s in Health Administration in 1992. Her insights are informed by her previous practical experience in managed health care.

Shannon founded Partners in Advocacy to specialize in medical and reproductive health advocacy and has attained a series of legislative successes. She also helped to develop California law requiring maternity coverage in all health insurance policies and the creation of California’s public umbilical cord blood banking program for stem cell transplants and biomedical research.

A member of the Healdsburg AAUW branch heard this speaker and had this to say: Last March, I left the Healdsburg AAUW meeting at which Shannon Smith-Crowley was our speaker, wishing the meeting had been much longer. Shannon has a wealth of interesting information to share about her lobbying activities on behalf of AAUW.”

A $5 donation per attendee at the door will be appreciated to help cover costs of the program and speaker. You must register to attend by emailing aauwlizwilliams@gmail.com and specify the number of attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

 2017 Holiday Home Tour

 

We had a great turn out for
What You Need to Know for Updating Your Wills and Trusts

This event was solely sponsored by the DAW Branch of AAUW for the benefit of its members and the general public. There have been numerous changes to estate laws over the years.

 to protect yourself and to make sure your wishes are followed. Experts recommend these essential documents be updated every few years. Sarah explained what is important and why.

 Sarah Nix, an AAUW member and estate attorney for Gagen and McCoy reviewed these changes and the importance of having a will or trust.

 2017 AAUW Fund Fall Luncheon

was held at the beautiful Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville to meet and celebrate our 2017-2018 California Fellowship and Grant recipients!

Sunday, October 29th, Noon to 3:00 PM, Crow Canyon Country Club

GIRLS ADD SPARKLE TO THEIR STEM SKILLS AT KIRAKIRA

Annual Membership Brunch

  and Speaker Event – Dr. Josh Gressel!

   

Speaker: Dr. Josh Gressel is a clinical psychologist in the Bay Area and author of “Embracing Envy.” Dr. Gressel spoke about envy, our most shameful emotion, and what it reveals about ourselves. The event was on Sunday, September 24.

     

2017-2018 Executive Board:

President: Melanie Wade
President Elect: Deborah Wechsler
Program Co-Vice Presidents: Robin Halloran & Liz Williams
Membership Vice President: Open
AAUW Fund Co-Vice Presidents: Mary Ellen Blake & Bev Nidick
Secretary: Kathy McKnight       Treasurer: Christine Ritter

2017-2018 Appointed Board