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Upcoming branch events
Sept. 13 - September Social via Zoom, 2:00 pm
Sept. 15 - Connected-in-Place Zoom meeting, 10 am
Sept. 30 - Deadline for Gold Book inclusion
Oct. 1 - Petaluma City Council Forum via Zoom, 7:00-8:30 pm

AAUW-related events
Aug. 26 - Nov. 8 - Women's Suffrage exhibit at Petaluma Historical Museum
Sept. 12 - American Chemical Society program, "A 48-Year Ph.D. Pathway", 11:00 am

Sunday, September 13, 2 PM. Via ZOOM

Join us in coming together to launch Petaluma AAUW's new year!

Even though we can’t meet as we have in the past,
we can bring the spirit of those past events to our new circumstances.

Meet your new Board members
Connect with old friends and make new friends in “ZOOM table talks”
Win a fabulous door prize!!! The prize will be delivered to your door after our meeting!
Hear about upcoming programs
Learn about our new efforts to support Petaluma students and teachers during these difficult times for our educational community
Learn about our new Interest Sections. Discover how to join available sections. Or start a new section based on your interests!
Come early! The meeting room will open at 1:45 – a great time to chat!
Stay late! The meeting room will stay open so members can continue to chat if they wish.
Invite a friend! You can do this by sharing the zoom link and encouraging friends to join us.

Need help with ZOOM? Contact Stefanie Capps at 769-7455 or

Stefanie Capps and Kris U’Ren, Program VP’s

Save the Date!

Petaluma City Council Forum
Meet the Candidates!

Thursday, October 1st, 7pm via ZOOM

The Forum is an opportunity to meet the eight candidates vying for 3 open seats on the City Council. This event is open to the public.

  • Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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After 65 years of hosting forums every election year, the Petaluma Branch of the American Association of University Women is inviting you to our first ever ZOOM candidate forum the evening of Thursday, October 1, 7-8:30 pm. We plan to record the event for rebroadcast.

There are eight candidates running for three seats on the Petaluma City Council, just enough to provide us with a good selection and lots of confusion as we sort out our favorites.

Please contact me if you are interested in helping to organize the evening. Help spread the word so that we have an informed community.

Pam Granger, Public Policy

September 30 Deadline for Gold Book Inclusion
and Gold Book Updates

During this shelter-at-home period, the Gold Book is an invaluable resource for keeping in touch with our AAUW friends.

Don’t forget: you need to renew your membership by September 30
in order to be included in this year’s Gold Book

There are two options for renewing:

Renew online at the secure national AAUW website. For detailed instructions, see the July issue of the Perspective (click here).

Write a check to Petaluma AAUW in the amount of $97, and mail it to Co-VP of Membership, Dee Short, PO Box 2537, Petaluma, CA 94953.

The $97 annual membership fee includes branch, state and national AAUW dues. Tax-deductible portion is $56.

Please check your contact information in last year's Gold Book:
Does anything need to be corrected or updated?

If you want your corrected/updated contact information to be in this year’s Gold Book, please contact Co-VP of Membership Pat Riley by September 30 (click here for Pat’s email address).
Shayne Miller

A 48-year Ph.D. Pathway: Secrets to Success in Attaining One's Goals

Saturday, September 12, 2020
11:00 a.m. (Chatting starts at 10:30.)

Members of AAUW are invited to an online presentation by Dr. Cheryl Sundari Dembe, sponsored by the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society’s California Section. The program is free but reservations are required.

Dr. Dembe will explore supportive educational, role model, and historical influences, along with difficult equity issues along her 48-year pathway to the granting of her Ph.D. The degree was completed in 1971 but blocked from write-up and publication when her advisor died, and those close to her research area refused a woman in their group. In 2000, she discovered that two years after she would have published, very similar parallel research was published, and awarded the Nobel Prize. When she contacted the Noble Laureate, he encouraged her to contact the university about her degree. She was not successful at that time but did receive the degree in 2018.
Despite the lack of a Ph.D., Dr. Dembe had a successful teaching career, including 34 years at Diablo Valley College. She served three times as Department Chair.

For more information, see the website. For reservations, register here before September 8.
For questions, contact 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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