TechTrek Professional Women's Night

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Upcoming branch events
October 6 - New Member Meeting, 2:00., 29 Caulfield Court
October 14 - Green Music Center Tour, 10:00 (see article on "Pop-Up Program")
October 26 - Travel Program "Volunteerism Abroad," 10:00., Library

November 12 - "Cannabis and Women’s Health", 7:00 p.m., Petaluma Community Center

Upcoming events at nearby AAUW branches
October - Healdsburg Fall Forum: British Revolutions and Understanding Russia
October 5, 6, and 27 - AAUW Fund Luncheons

AAUW-related events
October 19 - Play, "Manya", 2:30 (Oakland)

Petaluma Public Library
October 26, 2019, 10 a.m – 12 p.m
Volunteerism Abroad
Have you ever volunteered abroad, wondered what it was like, or thought about doing so? If so,  please join us for our October program, “Volunteerism Abroad”.
Our featured speaker is Tina Hittenberger, Certified Orthotist Emeritus, and is an AAUW Petaluma member (having joined recently). Tina’s experience is vast and amazing! She has done volunteer work through the US, Mexico, Canada, and Vietnam.  As a private pilot, she flew with “Los Médicos Voladores” (The Flying Doctors) to rural villages providing orthopedic braces for people with polio, scoliosis and spinal injuries. In Vietnam, she worked with “Kids First” providing artificial legs and rehabilitation services to victims of land mines.  At the Special Olympics in Squaw Valley she volunteered repair and replacement services to amputees. This led her to serve Team USA at the Vancouver Olympics in Canada in 2010.   
Tina’s professional skills have allowed her to integrate high tech, medicine, and sports with personal service and compassion for all ages and abilities. Hope to see you on October 26th.                     
Kris U'Ren, Program VP
Photo: Tina Hittenberger, initial steps in making an artificial leg

AAUW on Campus

Green Music Center Tour on October 14

Another opportunity to connect with SSU!  As announced at the Fall Social, I am taking signups for a Behind the Scenes tour of the Green Music Center and a conversation with the Executive Director, Jacob Yarrow. This event is scheduled for Monday, October 14, at 10 a.m. and space is limited.  Please email me at or call me at 763-2529 if you are interested.
Kris U’Ren Program VP


At the Fall Social, we celebrated the accomplishments of women and girls in Sonoma County, which included three Tech Trek campers from Petaluma.


Gia Bettinelli, Ashlyn Byous, and Julia Bilal shared their memorable experiences from the week-long science and math camp held in June at Sonoma State University.

A whopping $2,405 in donations was collected at the Fall Social, which included an $800 matching donation from an AAUW member.

To all who donated, thank you for your donation in support of Tech Trek, Petaluma. It is greatly appreciated.   
Dee Short

President's Message
We had a wonderful turnout at the Fall Social. The event was a celebration as promised by Programs VP, Kris U’Ren, and with thanks to Hospitality Chair, Norma Jean Walsh, and the many volunteers who helped set up, decorate, and provide munchies; and Lace House Linens who provided the tablecloths. Many members who are leaders in our community were recognized as were the future leaders.  

This year’s NCCWSL scholarship recipient, Leticia Garcia Arango, shared highlights of the conference and her activities at SRJC that led to her selection for this conference. She was very grateful and felt her experience bolstered her self- esteem as she transferred to UCLA.  She has already completed a summer quarter. She and last year’s NCCWSL recipient, Lina Mendez, who also joined us, became good friends at UCLA. Lina will graduate from UCLA in June 2020 and plans to enter law school.

More about AAUW's future leaders: three Tech Trek girls enthusiastically described some of the amazing experiences they had during the STEM camp; and we also welcomed two of AAUW Petaluma Branch's three scholarship recipients. See the stories below.

Please plan to participate in this year’s exciting programs and events.

Michele Meyer, President

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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