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Upcoming AAUW Petaluma events (see articles below for more information)
Nov. 12 - November program: "Schooling during the Pandemic," 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 - Deadline for box lunch orders for virtual Holiday Luncheon
Dec. 5 - Holiday Luncheon via Zoom, 12 p.m.
ZOOM events related to AAUW mission (see article below for more information)
Nov. 7 - Women in STEM talk: "My Journey in Life and Chemistry," 10:30 a.m.

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.

November Program

Schooling During the Pandemic
November 12 at 7 p.m.
via ZOOM Webinar
Join us for a ground-level view of teaching and learning during the pandemic. Five educators will share with us what their day looks like, how they collaborate with others, the benefits and drawbacks to digital learning, and what they perceive to be the long-term effects of digital lessons on learning and socialization. We will find out what is going well and what is difficult.

Teachers on our panel include Amanda Dowdy, sixth grade teacher at McNear, Laura Bradley, Media Production at Kenilworth, and Shereen Jackson, English at Petaluma High School. Two principals, Catina Haugen from Valley Vista Elementary and Mary Reynolds from Miwok Elementary will round out the panel.

We will also hear from the School Support Committee on ways members can assist teachers and students during this very unusual school year.

Because this is a webinar format, you will not be able to ask questions of the panelists during the meeting. If you have questions to ask our educators, please send them in advance to Stefanie Capps at or Kris U’Ren at

You will receive the ZOOM link Wednesday, November 11. Please share it with interested friends!
Stefanie Capps and Kris U’Ren


Holiday Luncheon
Saturday, December 5 at Noon

The Zoom room will open at 11:45 AM for socializing

Deadline for ordering box lunch: Nov. 18
Deadline for lunch payment: Mail by Nov. 26

Don’t despair! Even though we will be at home and not physically together for our traditional holiday luncheon program, we will still be able to sip and eat and laugh and visit as we celebrate the season together. We have plans to make this a very special occasion.

First off, this will indeed be a luncheon. We have made arrangements to provide delicious box lunches from Preferred Sonoma Caterers. And we have arranged for a wonderful speaker, Leslie Riley, who will entertain and enlighten us on choosing a positive perspective while we munch our lunch. You will learn more about Leslie in the December Perspective.

We will have time to visit before and after the meeting in addition to several break-out rooms during the meeting. We strongly encourage you to dress for this occasion in your favorite holiday finery.
Lunch Details
  1. Decide which of the scrumptious box lunches you wish to purchase for the luncheon (see choices below).
  2. Email your sandwich choice to Stefanie Capps at no later than Wednesday, November 18.
  3. Put a check in the amount of $22.00 made out to AAUW Petaluma in the mail by November 26. Send to Stefanie at 1210 B Street, Petaluma, 94952.
  4. Your lunch will be delivered to your door by our volunteers on the morning of the luncheon, if you live in the Petaluma area. If you live outside the area and wish to purchase a lunch, contact Stefanie Capps.
  5. You may wish to purchase a lunch for your spouse or partner!

Note: You do not need to purchase a box lunch in order to attend the luncheon, but we request that you RSVP if you plan to attend..
Sandwich choices
  • Turkey with basil pesto, provolone, tomato and balsamic glaze
  • Roast beef with white cheddar and horseradish
  • Vegetarian with asparagus, portobello, chevre and balsamic glaze

All lunches will come with a sandwich, pasta salad, a chocolate chip cookie, and sparkling water..



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