50th Anniversary

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Upcoming branch events 
Feb. 18 - Reservation deadline for Tri-Branch Brunch (see article below)
Feb. 25 - Tri-Branch Brunch, Homeward Bound facility in Novato, 10 am
Mar. 25 - Women in Petaluma, Katharine Rinehart, Petaluma Library. 2 pm 
Apr. 4 - Equal Pay Day cookie sale
Apr. 6 - Complementary and Alternative medicine, Community Center, 7-9 pm

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We have a fun day planned for April 4th, Gender Pay Gap Day. 

This is the day that demonstrates how far into the year women have to work before earning what men earn, based on 2016 data. On average, women earn 80% of what men earn. The gap is worse for mothers and women of color and it grows with age. AAUW was instrumental in getting an equal pay law passed in California last year. Only 6 states have such a law.  

In order to get the conversation going about this key AAUW issue, we will be selling cookies which represent the 80% that women earn at key sites in Petaluma.

We need bakers and sellers. A recipe for the sugar cookie and a cookie cutter will be provided. We hope to sell at 3 sites in the community that day for about 2 hours at each site.

If you can bake or sell that day, please contact Pat Riley at 707-775-8163 (text or call) or email at parill@sbcglobal.net

It will be fun!
Pat Riley, President-Elect



Focus on International Women's Issues 
at the annual Tri-Branch Brunch in Novato

Saturday, February 28, 10:00 am

Our February program is our annual Tri-Branch meeting with the two Marin AAUW branches. The date is Saturday, February 28 and will feature Dr. Nahid Angha speaking on international women's issues.

Dr. Angha is an international civil rights advocate and activist, focusing in particular on Sufi human rights and women's rights. She is an educator, scholar, the author of more than 15 books, and a lecturer around the world. Locally, she was inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the 2012 Visionary Award from the Marin Interfaith Council. If you've never met her, you are in for a treat.

Those of you who know her, know how engaging she is. Hope you can join us. Feel free to bring guests! We will carpool to brunch.

When:  Saturday, February 25, 10:00 am brunch
Where:  Homeward Bound, Novato
Cost:     $25
RSVP:   To (checks to) Patricia Souza by Saturday, Feb 18
               29 Caulfield Court, Petaluma 94954

Questions? Call 707 921-8499 or email: souzapellow@comcast.net


Homeward Bound of Marin is the primary provider of Marin County homeless shelters and services for homeless families and individuals in Marin. Our brunch will be prepared by students in the Fresh Starts Culinary Academy - Homeward Bound’s job-training program, serving low-income students from the community as well as Homeward Bound residents.

Women's History Month Program

Women in the History of Petaluma

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 25 at 2pm for a program with Katherine Rinehart

Ms. Rinehart is a local author, historian and the manager of the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library.

We will be at the Petaluma Library for this event.

April Program

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Speakers at this program on April 6 from 7-9pm will include a physician, chaplain, social worker, and patient.

This program will be held at the Community Center and we anticipate a large turnout.



You can still renew your membership, even though you won't be included in the Gold Book

Deadline for inclusion in the Gold Book has past and the Gold Book has been printed, but we will pass any changes on to members. The Gold Book is a great resource for all members and especially valuable when it’s time to update members with all the great, upcoming, AAUW events.

Click here to renew online or send a check ($87.00) to Eileen Simard, 1920 Turtle Creek Way, Petaluma, 94954.

  • Be sure to let your friends know about “Shape the Future.” This promotion allows a new member to receive ½ off national dues if she/he attends a public or mission based AAUW event. 
  • The “Give a Grad” program allows any AAUW member to grant a free, one year membership to a recent college graduate.
So be sure to spread the word so we can work together to support the equity and education of women and girls.
Dianne Trumpy, Co-VP Membership

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AAUW advances equity for women and girls, through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. View this video on the history and mission of AAUW nationwide.

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In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks diverse membership.
There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.


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