• 2018 Membership Brunch

    Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch 2018 Membership Brunch
    Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville CA   

    Presentation: The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher                                                                            

    The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher is a former 7-term member of Congress and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the Obama Administration. She currently serves on the University of California Board of Regents and as chairman of the Board of Governors for Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS). She also serves as Vice Chair of the Student and Academic Affairs Committee and Chair of the Labs subcommittee of the Board of Regents.

    Tauscher represented California’s 10th congressional district in the House of Representatives from 1997 until 2009, when President Obama appointed her to the State Department during her 7th term in the House. Tauscher served as special envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense at the State Department until her resignation from government service in 2012. As Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (2009-2012), Tauscher negotiated the NEW START treaty with the Russian Federation in 2010 to further reduce the threat of nuclear conflict and oversaw other critical nuclear non- proliferation priorities around the world. While in Congress, Tauscher was a leading centrist Democrat, and the chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, a caucus of 65 moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives. Her fiscally responsible, bi-partisan, unique brand of leadership in Congress was coined “Tauscherism” by Time Magazine. Prior to serving in Congress, Tauscher worked on Wall Street for 14 years and was one of the first women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

    Since leaving the State Department, Tauscher has assumed a number of publicly-held corporate and non-profit board positions, and currently serves on the boards of Edison International/Southern California Edison (EIX) in Rosemead, CA, eHealth (EHTH) in Mountain View, CA, the Board of Advisors of SpaceX, the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc, NTI, and the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council. She serves as vice chair of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Tauscher spent 5 years as a board member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and served as Chair of the NCCN Foundation. She has been an advocate for more education, more funding, and earlier screening for the disease.

    Ellen Tauscher was born in Newark, New Jersey. The eldest of four children and the first member of her family to attend college, she graduated in 1974 from Seton Hall University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education. In 1989, Tauscher moved to California and later founded the first national research service to help parents verify the background of childcare workers. She also published The ChildCare Sourcebook and headed the Tauscher Foundation, which provided funds for elementary schools to buy computers and Internet access.

    Tauscher’s most proud life work and accomplishment is her daughter, Katherine, a graduate of Bucknell University, where she was an English major and the Captain of the Bison’s Division 1 Women’s Volleyball team. Ellen and Katherine live in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  • April 27-29, 2018:  AAUW State Convention in Irvine, CA   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.
  • May 11,12 2018: Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW GARDEN TOUR
    Friday & Saturday,  * 10:00am – 4:00pm Celebrate Mother’s Day and Spring by experiencing the beauty of colorful and whimsical gardens in Alamo & Danville. While traditional and non-traditional plants and flowers abound, these gardens were planned with outdoor entertaining and comfort in mind. In the mist of the flowers, […]
    Details about our Garden Tour. Thanks for helping and supporting us with the garden tour. You have earned funds for women’s education.


  • January 19,  2018, Friday: We’ll BART to the Asian Art Museum to see “Couture Korea”.    Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors (65+).    We will lunch at the museum café after our free noon docent tour.     Discover the past, present and future of Korea in this first U.S. exhibition to consider Korean fashion as an expression of social and cultural values.    This exhibition, with over 120 works, links artifacts to today’s fashions.   Couture Korea opens with an introduction to the exquisite craftsmanship, signature silhouettes and bold aesthetics of clothing from the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), presented in precise reconstructions based on archival records.   Learn how details of design – cut, materials, colors and accessories – communicated moral codes and customs, the wearer’s age and position in society, and the occasion and season for which a garment was crafted.   Karl Lagerfeld’s 2015-2016 Cruise Collection for Chanel was influenced by Joseon dynasty fashion.    The other galleries focus on contemporary designers who have been inspired by Korean tradition, including  established and up-and-coming designers.   Please contact Jacque if you have questions or to sign up.  It should be fun and fascinating.
  • 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
  • February 24, 2018: Expanding Your Horizons
    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.

at DVC San Ramon. Contact: Judy Lauper

  • Friday, March 2, 2018 10:30 a.m.:  “Spirit of the Old West” Exhibit at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville.   An extra-special treat is that our AAUW member Caroline Sanchez will be our docent.   Caroline is a long-time member and past-President of our branch.   The cost is $8/person, to be collected at the museum.  We will meet at the museum at 10:20 am, and those from Walnut Creek can carpool to Blackhawk Plaza.   After our tour, we will lunch at Blackhawk Plaza.   After lunch, you can also take a moment to browse through the Alamo-Danville Artists’ Guild Gallery in Blackhawk Plaza.   Art & Garden visited this gallery about two years ago. The “Spirit of the Old West” is dedicated to presenting a balanced narrative of both Native Americans and American Settlers —  depicting their challenges, their successes and failures, their ways of life.   These inspiring stories make up the larger American story which should be preserved for future generations.   Jerry Fick, a collector of Indian, pioneer and cowboy artifacts and partially of Native American descent, moved to Cody, Wyoming in 1989.   There he opened Tecumseh’s Frontier Trading Post, Museum, and Workshop.   Thousands toured his museum and were fascinated by the topographic table of thousands of miniatures he had built to tell the story of the 19th Century settlement of the Western Plains of the US.   In 2014,  Mr. Fick sold much of his collection to Ken Behring and permanently loaned  the remainder to Blackhawk Museum.  By bringing the Fick Collection to Blackhawk Museum, Mr. Behring hopes to provide the opportunity to better understand both the great challenges and opportunities faced by our forefathers, as well as the leadership and sacrifices required of them in building our Nation.  Please contact me to sign up or for more information.    Jacque Schubert

Member Appreciation, Scholarship Presentation, and Executive Board Installation on Thursday, June 7

June 24-30, 2018: Sonoma State Tech Trek Camp
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December 8, 9 2017: Holiday Home Tour 

8-9, 2017
AAUW Legislative Advocate, Shannon Smith-Crowley January 27, 2017


2016-2017 – Calendar
2015-2016 – Calendar
2014-2015 – Calendar
Make a Difference in Your Community (IBC CCC) POSTPONED
Estate Planning October 26, 2017
AAUW N. CA Fund Luncheon October 29, 2017
Holiday Home Tour December
8-9, 2017
AAUW Legislative Advocate, Shannon Smith-Crowley January 27, 2018
EYH Math-Science Conference for Girls TBA
International Relations TBA
AAUW State Convention in Irvine, CA April 27-29, 2018
18th Annual Garden Tour May 11-12, 2018
2018-2019 Installation and Local Scholarship Awards June 7, 2018
 Tech Trek  June 24-30, 2018