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(see articles below for more information)

Upcoming AAUW Petaluma events
May 22, Saturday, 4 p.m. - May program via ZOOM: Board Installation and Named Gift Announcement

Other AAUW events
April 7 - May 17 - AAUW National election
April 16 - May 7 - AAUW CA election
May 14, 3-5 p.m. - Santa Rosa AAUW/SoCo Commission on the Status of Women Program via ZOOM, "Voices"

Other events of interest
June 3 - 5-6 p.m. - SRJC Petaluma Virtual Cocktail Hour, Webinar on Building Futures Virtually

AAUW Reminder: Virtual Meetings Only

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

Let’s Celebrate!
It’s time to raise a glass of bubbly at our

Annual May Meeting

Saturday, May 22, at 4:00 PM
via ZOOM

Board Installation and Named Gift Honoree Announcement

Join us in raising a glass to celebrate our most unusual year ever! We will toast our Named Gift Honoree and install our new Board members.

Although we may not gather in person quite yet, we will make this a celebration worth zooming! There will be plenty of time to socialize and share our experiences of this crazy past year as we will look forward to 2021-2022!

Watch for your ZOOM Link on Friday, May 21!

Program Co-VPs Stefanie Capps and Kris U'Ren

Santa Rosa AAUW and
SoCo Commission on the Status of Women Present
May 14, 3-5 p.m.

AAUW Santa Rosa branch is hosting a special ZOOM presentation of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women’s "Voices" program. Findings after an intimate 1-year “listening” project by the Commission will be summarized. AAUW Branches in Sonoma County are invited to attend.

Find the Executive Summary and full report at the Commission’s website HERE. It will also be included in the ZOOM link when you RSVP to the event. Contact Taryn Young, Santa Rosa Chapter Program Chair, at for more information and to receive the ZOOM link.

Program Co-VP Stephanie Capps


April Branch Election Results

The branch has voted virtually to elect the nominated board members, and with a count of over 58 ballots, it is a good turnout year as well.

All ballots were “yes” to the slate as proposed:

Co-Presidents: Jean Read, Anne Taylor
Co-VPs Program: Stefanie Capps, Rory Keller
VP Finance: Corey Benjamin
Co-VPs Membership: Pat Riley, Dee Short
Co-VPs Funds: Jan Everidge, LaVerne Stout
Secretary: Allison Hart

Congratulations to the new board, and thanks for their willingness to volunteer their time.

Paying Your 2021-2022 Membership Dues

Toward the end of May, your membership renewal e-invoice for your 2021-2022 dues will be arriving in your email inbox from

The easiest way to renew and pay is to just click the secured personalized link in the message to renew online and pay by credit or debit card.

Do not renew by signing in directly to the national website with your username and password. You cannot renew your branch membership in this manner. Use the secured personalized link provided in the e-invoice.

Your prompt payment is appreciated!

Dee Short, Co-VP Membership-Treasurer

Missed a Program?

Video recordings are available!

See the newsletter

Student Selected for AAUW Scholarship

Our AAUW branch sponsors the Connie Mahoney Community Achievement Award for a local high school graduate. This year's recipient is Jane Crosby of St. Vincent de Paul High School. She was recognized at a ZOOM ceremony on April 22.

Karen Johnson, Funds Co-VP


Outside the classroom, I am active in both St. Vincent’s athletics and the Garden Club, as well as in the broader community through 4-H. I have been a 4-H County Ambassador, Two Rock 4-H Executive Board Member, and Camp Staffer, and I currently serve on the California STEM Education Advisory Committee where we are implementing statewide STEM programming. After my sophomore year, I interned at Pepperwood Preserve through the TeenNaturalist program, where I conducted succession research, assessing native tree recovery after the Tubbs Fire.

During the pandemic, I have been running an Hour of Code computer science educational program with my 4-H Citizenship Project, and have continued volunteering at the Petaluma Health Center. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and photography. After graduation, I hope to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, though I am not yet sure which college I will attend. My ultimate goal is to become a physician scientist focusing on Traumatic Brain Injury research and care. I would like to thank the science department for their support and for transitioning hands-on classes and labs to a virtual learning environment.

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