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Upcoming branch events 
Jan. 21 - Deadline for Named Gift Honoree Nominations
Jan. 21 - Social Media Program at Library, 10 -12

Upcoming events at nearby AAUW branches
Feb. 4 - AAUW Santa Rosa AAUW Authors Luncheon, 11:30 - 2:30
(Reservation deadline: Jan. 23.)

Renew your membership!

More Terrific Programs Coming Up
We have a full slate of interesting and informative programs lined up for the next few months. Details will be provided in the next issues of Perspective. Here's a preview.
  • February 25 at 10 am - Dr. Nahid Angha will talk about international women's Issues at the Tri-Branch Meeting at the Homeward Bound facility in Novato (fee for brunch)
  • Women’s History Month, March – We are planning to be part of several programs but mark your calendar for Saturday, March 25, at 2 pm for a program with Katherine Rinehart about women in the history of Petaluma. Ms. Rinehart is a local author and historian and the manager of the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library. We will be at the Petaluma Library for this event.
  • April 4  is Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Join Pat Riley to sell cookies (men get ¾ of a cookie and women receive a full cookie for $1.00). Contact Pat if you are interested in taking part.
  • April 6, 7-9 pm - A program on Complementary and Alternative Medicine will be presented at the Lucchesi Community Center. Speakers include a physician, chaplain, social worker, and and our own Helen Loorya. We anticipate a large turnout for this interesting topic.
  • May 21, 2-4 pm - The Petaluma AAUW Installation will take place at the Lucchesi Community Center.  
Patricia Souza, Program Chair

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


Social Media and On-Line Library Resources Workshop

Presented by the Petaluma Library and
AAUW Petaluma


Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive
Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Are you curious about social media platforms that your friends and children and grandchildren are using? 
  • Would you like to learn how to borrow eBooks and access other free library resources online using a Petaluma Library card?

This program will give you a general overview in both areas, along with information about resources for more detailed instruction.

The first portion of the program will be presented by AAUW member Vera Nicol, who is the Petaluma Adult School Learning Center Coordinator and Adult School instructor in computer programs. Covered platforms will include Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest,Reddit, and Nextdoor, as well as Facebook.

The second part of the workshop will be presented by Jennifer Bishop, Adult Librarian at the Petaluma Library. It will include a brief overview of free on-line library resources, including Hoopla, E-books, downloadable audiobooks, a new streaming magazine service called Zinio, as well as other digital resources.

AAUW Funds Update


Deadline: January 21
Each year, we honor a member who has made an exemplary contribution to our branch by sending $750 to National AAUW in that person's name.

Can you think of anyone who is especially deserving? The AAUW Funds Committee welcomes all nominations. The deadline is coming up soon!

Written nominations should be sent to AAUW Funds Co-Vice President Laurie Leary at 925 Telford Lane, Petaluma, CA 94954 or by email to jcllgl@aol.com by January 21, 2017.

Nominations should include details of the nominee's exemplary service to the branch. The nomination must be signed by at least one current member. Any additional signers must also be current members. Please include any outstanding community service and professional activities, but these are secondary in importance in the selection process. It is permissible to award this highest honor of the branch to a past Honoree when appropriate.

The AAUW Funds Committee will review the nominations and select the honoree by February 10, 2017. The committee is comprised of AAUW Funds vice presidents, president, immediate past president, one past named gift honoree, finance vice president, and one other branch member.
Laurie Leary and LaVerne Stout, Co-VPs AAUW Funds


Santa Rosa AAUW Authors Luncheon
Saturday February 4        11:30-2:30
Legends Restaurant
3328 Yulupa Road, Santa Rosa

Featuring Authors:
Amy Peele: Cut: A Medical Murder Mystery
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder: Fire and Water: A Suspense-filled Story of Art, Love, Passion, and Madness
Judith Newton: Oink: A Food for Thought Mystery

45 Per Person- Full sit-down luncheon

Reservations before January 23!
Tickets sold by reservation only!

Book Sales (cash or check only)
Please bring your Friends & Family!

For questions please contact Chair Linda Heiser 578-0808 or karalindah@gmail.com

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Reservation Coupon for Santa Rosa AAUW Authors’ Luncheon

Saturday, February 4, 11:30-2:30

Click here for printable coupon

Please mail check and form to: Joan Shinkle, 1415 Quail Ct., SR 95404


Mission Statement

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

Diversity Statement

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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