TechTrek Professional Women's Night

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Upcoming AAUW Petaluma events
Jan. 30 - ZOOM webinar on on Women's Heart Health, 1 p.m. (tentative date)
Feb. 18 - ZOOM webinar with County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase, 2 p.m.
Other AAUW events
Jan. 8 - Deadline to register for training for AAUW Virtual Lobby Day
Jan. 11 - AAUW CA webinar on Title IX/Gender Equity, 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 and 14 - Healdsburg AAUW Forum courses begin
Mar. 20 - Tri-Branch Luncheon (Virtual), 11 a.m.
Mar. 22 - Training for AAUW Virtual Lobby Day
Mar. 24 - AAUW Virtual Lobby Day



AAUW Reminder: Virtual Meetings Only

Reminder: AAUW does not sanction in-person meetings at this time or for the foreseeable future.


January Program Features
Dr. Sheryl Garret, Cardiologist
Speaking on
Women’s Heart Health
Tentative date: Saturday, January 30
at 1 PM*
via ZOOM Webinar


Sheryl Garret practices cardiology in Petaluma and Sonoma. She grew up in a farming community in New Mexico where she enjoyed riding horses and hiking in the Pecos wilderness. She attended Stanford University majoring in electrical engineering and history. Before seeking her medical degree from Georgetown University, she worked as an electrical engineer! She did her residency back at Stanford and did a fellowship in cardiology at Mt.Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to practicing cardiology in Petaluma, she spent 18 years at a cardiac hospital in San Francisco.

Dr. Garret will speak to us via ZOOM webinar on women’s heart health and provide us with an update on COVID 19, especially as it relates to women. If you have specific topics or questions, please email them to Stefanie Capps at or Kris U’Ren at Our program will be recorded so that members who are unable to attend can watch the program at their convenience.

* Note: This date may change due to Dr. Garrett’s busy schedule during our current health crisis. Watch for an Eblast for the webinar link and possible date change.



February 18, 2:00 pm

Program to Feature
Dr. Sundari Mase


Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Health Officer, will speak to us via webinar on Thursday, February 18, at 2 p.m. Her talk will include her path from studying engineering at UC Berkeley to becoming the Health Officer in Sonoma County. She will also provide us with an update on COVID 19, particularly as it relates to women. Watch for more information about this program in the February Perspective. For members who are unable to attend an afternoon session, the program will be recorded and available to members.

Tech Trek 2021

Good news! We will be able to send as many girls to Tech Trek 2021 as in the past. The expected fee is approximately $400/camper. Because the fee for future residence camps may be going up, we want to continue to raise funds for Tech Trek now. Any unused funds will be rolled over to our Branch's 2022 Tech Trek camp.
If you would like to contribute, please make check to AAUW-CA SPF and write in “Tech Trek” on the memo line. Please mail checks to Michele Meyer, 2213 Mari Lane, Petaluma, CA 94954.

Volunteers Needed for Virtual State-wide Camp in 2021!
We will need both "build" and "social" coaches. Build coaches will need to understand technology and be able to teach it to the campers. Social coaches will be like dorm moms (without the overnight element). Training for all positions will be provided. The ratio of coaches to campers will be a 1:3, and breakout groups will consist of 6 campers.
Build and social coaches for the morning core program will be needed Monday through Friday, 8-12 noon. Build and social coaches for the afternoon workshops in other STEM fields can sign up for as many classes as they would like to work with.

Please let me know if you would like to learn more about the volunteer positions for the virtual camp(s) in 2021. With several virtual camps planned over the summer weeks, coaches/counselors can choose the week(s) they would be available to participate in a camp:

Thank you.

AAUW Healdsburg's Winter Forum:
Two lecture series start in January
For a number of years, the Healdsburg Branch of AAUW has presented a series of lectures several times each year. These were originally OLLI courses, and the Branch started their version when the OLLI courses were no longer in Healdsburg. AAUW Petaluma members and their friends are invited to join in the winter series, presented on Zoom. Both courses in the series have six sessions. Fee is $95.
  1. The Transformation of America:  A Social and Economic History of the U.S.
Presented by Chris O’Sullivan, PhD
Tuesdays 10-11:45 a.m., Jan 12 – Feb 16, 2020
2. Mexican Immigration to the U.S.:  A Bilateral Perspective
Presented by Alex Saragoza, PhD
Thursdays 10-11:45 a.m., Jan 14 – Feb 18, 2020
To learn more or register, click here.

Note on ZOOM meetings

For security reasons, ZOOM links are not included in the Perspective.

PROGRAMS - The ZOOM link will be sent to all members in an email the day before the event.

SECTIONS - Sections will send the link directly to section members. Be sure to RSVP so that you get the ZOOM link.

NEW MEETINGS – Contact Kathy Schmidt to set up a new ZOOM meeting.

ZOOM BY PHONE – For audio only, call 669-900-9128, enter Meeting ID and Passcode when prompted.

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