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Upcoming branch events
February - Kick-off for Non-Event Fundraiser for local scholarships
February 21 - Walt Disney Familt Museum
February 29 - Tri-Branch Brunch in Novato, 10 a.m.

March 25 - General Meeting: Panel of Young Women (details TBD)

Other AAUW events
April 17-19 -  AAUW-CA convention in No. CA, at Westin by SF Airport in Millbrae. Plan to attend. Volunteers will be needed (TBD).



Tri-branch Brunch in Novato
Jennifer Garrison, PhD
Do You Know the Answers to these Questions?
Why are we the only species that menstruates?
Why do women live well beyond child-bearing age?
What are peptides, and why do they matter to us as women?
Why is there so little basic research on women’s health issues?
Come Join Us at the Annual AAUW Tri-Branch Brunch and Find Out

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Garrison, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Buck Institute
Dr. Garrison is leading ground-breaking research into women’s health issues, with particular focus on reproductive longevity.

1385 N. Hamilton Pkwy, Novato
Homeward Bound
10:00 AM
Saturday, February 29

Annually, we meet with the Novato and Marin branches to share a meal, ideas, and strategies. If you are planning on attending, send a check for $27 (payable to Petaluma AAUW) to Dianne Trumpy, 1568 Filippini Way, Petaluma 94954. Please indicate if you want to carpool when you send your check in.
Program Committee

SRJC NEWS --Spring Cinema Series
The Spring Cinema Series at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus starts up January 29 with the Peanut Butter Falcon followed in February as follows:

February 5: Joker
February 12: Call Me By Your Name
February 19: They Shoot Horses, Don't They
February 26: Daughters of the Dust
March 4: Windows on the World

Each Wednesday night at the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, there's a pre-film lecture at 6 p.m., followed by the film and a post-screening discussion until 10 p.m. The public is welcome for both the lecture and the film -- or just the film. The cost is $6 (or $5 for seniors).
Doris Tolks, SRJC Liaison

Save the date for the

AAUW California 2020 Convention

April 17-19, 2020
Westin San Francisco Airport, Millbrae

Information about the convention is now posted on the AAUW-CA website (click here to read). More information to come in next month's newsletter.

Free AAUW program on salary negotiation
for AAUW members and the general public


AAUW continues to offer the FREE online “Work Smart” program on salary negotiation for pay equity and economic security. Participants learn to use objective research to negotiate for a raise or a new job.

Please share this gift with relatives, friends, and co-workers. For more information click here.


Leadership Crisis

Yes, there seems to be a crisis as we plan for next year.

We still need a VP for Programs. Although members have stepped forward to help plan the programs, we do need a leader.

However, the most pressing and important need is for a President!

Michele has presided over our branch for the past two years, but we must call on our members to make a commitment to ensure we are able to continue. If you have not held a board position in the last few years, please consider taking a turn as president. In order to have a branch with sections that we all enjoy, we need a leader. A few years ago, three past presidents stepped up to steer us forward, so leadership can take many forms.

Several important roles have been filled:
  • Dee Short will be our as Membership Treasurer
  • Pat Riley will take on Membership
  • Corey Benjamin will continue as VP Finance
  • Barbara Guggemos, Sandy Smethurst, and Anne Taylor will continue as Perspective Editors
  • Please contact us if you have questions and suggestions.
  • Nominating Committee: Pat Riley, Doris Tolks, Patricia Souza

Women's March in Santa Rosa

The January 18 Women's March attracted about 500 people, including Pam Granger, Kris U'Ren, Patricia Webb, Anne Taylor and Patricia Souza from AAUW Petaluma. The Santa Rosa and Healdsburg Branches were also represented. After many speeches, there was a short march. The weather was perfect!

Photos from Kris U'ren and Anne Taylor

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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