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Upcoming branch events
Apr. 25 through June 9 - Vote on proposed amendments to national bylaws
Friday, May 18, Tour of Cornerstone Sonoma Gardens
May 20, 3 p.m. - Installation of Officers at the Community Center

Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 7 a.m, Building Community Breakfast and Fundraiser

Upcoming events at nearby AAUW branches
May 12 - AAUW Leadership Training Program, Novato

Details from Newsletter


May Program

Board Installation and
Honors for our Named Gift Recipient
Sunday, May 20 at 3 pm
Petaluma Community Center, Club Room

flowersEvery year Petaluma AAUW honors a member who has accomplished outstanding efforts in supporting the programs and goals of the Branch. Named Gift is a special way to pay tribute to an individual who has given extraordinary service to AAUW and our community. The Funds Committee will share this year’s recipient as we celebrate the many accomplishments of this exceptional member.

The recently elected Board for 2018-2019 is listed later in the Perspective. They will be installed to officially commence their planning for next year. Meet the leaders who have agreed to provide guidance and direction for our branch. Join us for a celebration of our advocacy, education, and friendships that make our branch special.

Save the Date:
We will officially begin our 2018-2019 year at the Fall Social on Sunday, September 9, at the Community Center. Always a fun day to greet old friends and meet new members.
Patricia Souza, VP Program

May Art and History Program

Tour of Cornerstone Sonoma Gardens
Friday, May 18

On Friday, May 18, the Art and History section will visit Cornerstone Sonoma Gardens in Sonoma. We will have a guided tour of the two different types of gardens. Some gardens have been designed by artists as art installations. Cornerstone Sonoma also features the Sunset Magazine test gardens. There is a $10 charge for the tour.

After visiting the gardens, we will have time to explore the shops or do some wine tasting. We will have lunch at the Park 21 Café on the Cornerstone grounds.

To make a reservation, contact Anne Taylor,, 774-6586. See also the Sections news below for time and carpooling information.

7th Annual SRJC Petaluma

Building Community Breakfast and Fundraiser

This event happens Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 7 a.m., with breakfast and presentation at 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the SRJC Petaluma Physical Fitness Center. The cost is $50 per person.
Opening remarks: Dr. Frank Chong, Superintendent/President of SRJC,
State of the Campus Address: Dr. L. Jane Saldana Talley, VP, SRJC Petaluma
Featured speaker: Leigh Sata, Senior Director of Capital Projects, SRJC.

For registration click here or call 707-778-3927 for more information. When you sign up, note that you are an AAUW member, and the organizers will try to seat you all at the same table.
Doris Tolks, SRJC Liaison

AAUW Leadership Training Program

aauwOn May 12, there will be a Leadership Training Program, organized by AAUW - Novato Branch. It will be held at the Best Western Novato Oaks Inn and will run from 8:30 - 4:30. The fee of $25 includes a boxed lunch, which our board normally covers.

This is aimed at new Board members, but would also be advantageous for anyone considering taking on an Executive Board or Committee Chair position in the future.

Please let me know if you are interested in attending. Thank you,
Michele Meyer, President Elect




Did you know that 2018 is the
150th Anniversary, 1868: Susan B. Anthony, Parker Pillsbury, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton published the first edition of The Revolution; its motto: “Men, their rights and nothing more; Women, their rights and nothing less!”
(Photo: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony)

100th Anniversary, 1918: Annette Adams was the first female assistant United States attorney general, “...The highest judicial position any woman in the world had ever held.”

50th Anniversary, 1968: Shirley Chisholm was
the first African American woman elected to congress. four years later, she became the first major party black candidate to make a bid for the U. S. Presidency.

A reminder for designating the destination for your donation:
  • Checks written to AAUW Funds will go to Named Gift Honoree, AAUW National for scholarships, Legal Advocacy, and other national programs. These donations are Tax Deductible.
  • If you wish your donation to go to Sonoma State University make your check out to Sonoma State University Foundation with Petaluma AAUW on the memo line. These donations are Tax Deductible.
  • Donations for SRJC should be made out to SRJC Foundation with Petaluma AAUW written on the memo line. These donations are Tax Deductible.
  • For undesignated funds, checks may be made out to Petaluma AAUW Funds and will go to SSU, SRJC and local scholarships. These are Not Tax Deductible.
If you  received the mailed request for donations, please use the return envelope to Mary Ann Kendall. If not, please send donations to Mary Ann Kendall, 803 Marylyn Circle, Petaluma, CA 94954Donations are accepted February through April 2018.


Other Programs from 2018

March 5 at 7-8:30 p.m., Petaluma Arts Center
Women’s History Month
Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

March 7 at 7 p.m., Raven Film Center, 415 Center Street, Healdsburg
Santa Rosa and Healdsburg AAUW are jointly sponsoring a special program (film and panel discussion) -- Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in Plain Sight.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

April 18 at 7 p.m., Petaluma Library
New library offerings, technology, more

Friday, May 18, Tour of Cornerstone Sonoma Gardens
May 20, 3 p.m. - Installation of Officers at the Community Center
Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 7 a.m, Building Community Breakfast and Fundraiser

Upcoming events at nearby AAUW branches
May 12 - AAUW Leadership Training Program, Novato

Mission Statement

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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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