Newsletter – January 2016

Featured in this issue:
  • January Program: Hidden In Plain Sight:  Human Trafficking in the Bay Area
  • Presidents’ Message
  • 39th Annual Expanding Your Horizons
  • Get More Out of Your Membership with Local AAUW Branch Events
  • AAUW Fund Thanks You for Your 2015 Contributions
  • Calling All Artists:  The AAUW National Art Contest Opens in January
  • Benicia-Vallejo AAUW Bunco Night
  • Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Interest Group Activities
  • 2015-2016 Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Events Calendar
  • Our Sponsors

    Hidden In Plain Sight:

    Human Trafficking in the Bay Area
     Thursday, January 21, 2016 7 – 8:30 PM
     Veteran’s Memorial Building,
     400 Hartz Avenue, Danville
     Cost: $5 (+ 0.45 for PayPal if purchase online)
     Visit our website for additional info:
Unfortunately, human trafficking is happening right here in our communities. Perhaps you read about the arrest last fall of a sex-trafficking ring based right here in San Ramon and Danville. California is one of the top four destination states for human trafficking.  The Bay Area is one of the top destinations in the entire country.
Sponsored by the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek and San Ramon branches of AAUW,  our January program will address this modern form of slavery, what is being done to fight this crime, and what local agencies and non-profits are doing to rescue victims. Find out what you can do to help!  A panel of experts from Contra Costa County and the Bay Area will give you a comprehensive view of this important issue.
Cost per person is $5.00  Reservation and Payment are due by January 18, 2016. You may pay online now by credit card using PayPal. Cost is $5 + $0.46 processing fee per person. Or mail in your registration and payment to DAW AAUW January Program, P.O. Box 996, Alamo, CA  94507.
For questions about the program, please contact Charla Gabert.

Presidents’ Message
Kathy McKnight & Liz Williams
Happy New Year to all of our branch members!  I cannot believe how quickly the year has flown by.  2015 has been a terrific year of accomplishments for our branch, thanks to the efforts of all of our hardworking members.  As we look towards a successful 2016 we should reflect on what we have achieved in 2015.

Under past president Mary Ellen Blake’s leadership, we held a very successful “Goldieblox” program in January, an “Expanding Your Horizons” day, an International Program, the Northern California Leadership Training Day, the “Madame Mars” program, our annual Garden Tour, a branch appreciation party, and installation of the 2015-2016 board.

This fiscal year, beginning on July 1st, we held another successful Membership Brunch and a very successful October Program – “Tech and the Brain”. Our Fellowship Luncheon was held in October and we recently completed our 11th annual Holiday Home Tour.   It was truly amazing how the co-chairs, Teresa Cheung and Roseann Krane, pulled this Holiday Home Tour together.  I marvel at the amount of effort and coordination required, and the way so many of our members stepped up to take on all of the required tasks.

No wonder 2015 went by so quickly!  And 2016 will include many other fundraising, informative, and entertaining events for our branch.  Be sure and check out the calendar of events on our website.

As we close out the 2015 calendar and welcome our future successes in 2016, we extend our best wishes to you and your families for a safe and healthy 2016. Let’s make 2016 our best year yet for the Danville/Alamo/Walnut Creek branch.

For branch questions, please contact Kathy McKnight or Liz Williams.
37th annual Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons 
Conference for 6th – 9th Grade Girls
Saturday, February 28
Las Positas College, Livermore  
We look forward to a great, inspiring day and many interesting workshops .
Do you know any 6th – 9th grade girls in our tri-valley area?  All information about the conference, including registration, is online at https:/
You can be a part of this wonderful opportunity to increase interest and foster awareness of careers in science and math for junior and senior high school girls!
Our branch is providing the workshop monitors and we still need volunteers for the morning and afternoon workshops.  We hope you can join us. Please contact Susan Terzuoli to volunteer and join us for a rewarding day.

Interbranch Council

AAUW Contra Costa County Interbranch Council
Get more out of your AAUW membership! Programs and events at nearby AAUW branches are posted on our Contra Costa County’s Interbranch Council website at

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express our gratitude to every donor who contributed in 2015.  Every gift makes a difference.  The DAW 45th Anniversary Educational Opportunities Fellowship received $21,555 and another $8,000 was contributed to various other funds.
For questions, please contact  Carol Highton , AAUW Fund VP
January Advocate
The eighth annual AAUW Art Contest begins soon.  Members can submit their original art online in January and vote for their favorites in February.  The winning entries will be printed in a collection of AAUW note cards mailed to members and supporters this spring.  For more information, visit the AAUW National Art Page.

Benicia-Vallejo Bunco Night
A fundraiser for AAUW’s Tech Trek scholarships,
educational programs, and community projects.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Doors open @ 6:15, BUNCO starts @ 7 PM
Benicia Senior Center – 187 East L Street
Advance Tickets $15, $20 at the door
Bunco is a social dice game of 100% luck and no skill!
For more information, contact Mary Hammonds.
DAW Special Interest Group Activities
On Friday, January 8, The Art & Garden Group will view “Looking East:  How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists” at the Asian Art Museum.   Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for Seniors (65+).   Carpools will meet at 9:30 am at Sycamore Park n’ Ride or Alamo Safeway Plaza for the ride to BART for the 10:05 am BART to Civic Center.   The group will watch the exhibit video, browse the exhibition, check out the gift shop, attend a free docent tour at 12:00 noon. and have lunch in the museum café.  Contact Jacque Schubert with questions or to RSVP.

The Art & Garden group visited Oakland’s Peerless Coffee Museum in November.
1st row left to right – Arlene Barnett, Mary Granzotto, Sonja Vukasin (owner and our guide), Norma Spencer, Judy Finch, Marilyn Bressler. 2nd row left to right – Susetta Welm, Jennifer Brandenburg, Loretta Lewis, Jacque Schubert, Pat Gross, Bev Nidick.    Picture taken by Tena Gallagher.
Great Decisions Begins Monday, Feb 1st at 7:30 pm and Tuesday, Feb 2nd 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.  2016 topics are: Middle East, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change, Cuba, and the U.S. For more information or to register, visit DAW-AAUW’s Great Decisions website or contact Mary Granzotto or Mary Ellen Blake.
2016 Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Events
January 21 7:00PM – 8:30PM
February 27 9:00AM – 4:00 PM
Volunteers Needed!
March12 9:30AM – 12PM
April 15-17
May 6-7 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
16th Annual DAW Garden Tour
Volunteers Needed! 
Installation & Scholarship Awards
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 Holly Sauer,  Editor