American Association of University Women

Empowering Women Since 1881

Welcome! The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization that promotes equality for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change. ·

  • The AAUW vision; Empower all women and girls to reach their Highest potential.
  • The AAUW mission; Advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
  • The AAUW value promise: By joining AAUW, belong to a community that breaks through education and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
Our commitment to these issues is reflected in our activism

Our branch has approximately 150 members. We meet regularly as a group for programs of common interest and also in smaller interest groups. Many lifelong friendships are forged through the activities of the branch. Some of our activities include monthly meetings with programs on local and national topics, monthly outings to experience the local arts, hiking and tours of places of interest, and raising funds for the Association’s philanthropic arm, the Educational Opportunities Fund and the Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF). The Educational Opportunities Fund (formerly Educational Foundation) supports women in their educational pursuits through the Educational Opportunities Fund. It is the largest independent source of fellowships and grants for women. LAF provides funds and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination in higher education. For more information about our branch, our organization, our officers, our many activities,...Please read on.

Ann Kajdasz and Jeri Goldsbrough, Chapter Co-Presidents

You may contact us at Presidents

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  • Membership

  • Membership is open to those with an Associate Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution on the AAUW list or a foreign institution recognized by the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

    Branch membership includes friendships with educated women, activities of interest and enjoyment, and self-development.  Members's horizons are expanded through various workshops, seminars, projects, and speakers.  Training sessions give members new opportunities to develop leadership skills in a supportive environment.  Resources include publications, conferences, conventions, state and national offices and leaders, low-cost insurance programs designed for women, and group travel opportunities.

    Direct membership inquiries to Membership

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    Officers & Activity Groups

    Co Presidents Ann Kajdasz and Jeri Goldsbrough,
    VP Membership Georgia Merchant and Leanne Metzler
    VP Program Donna Kratter and Georgetta Wolff
    VP Fund Janet Pevehouse and Brenda Schisler
    Secretary Terri Elders
    Financial Officer Mary Lou Gallaher
    Legal Advocate Angie Bua-Gilstrap
    Membership Treasurer Jeanne Smith
    Newsletter Editor Sara Cairns
    Public Policy Karen Jackle
    By-Laws Chair Jeanne Smith
    Circulation and Distribution Nancy Pearson
    Data Liaison Angie Bua-Gilstrap
    Entertainment Books Jeanne Kulpinski
    Financial Review Leader Carolee Focht
    Historian Dorothy Guilluame-Rutter
    HB Coordinating Council Karen Jackle
    Hospitality/ Name Tags Carole Smith and Judy Francis
    Penny Power Carol Hoke
    Reservations Donna Ewing and Carole Smith
    Scholarships Joy Ferguson
    Sunshine Valerie Schmitt
    Tech Trek Sallie Piccorillo
    Telephone Tree Barbara Glerum
    Evening Book Review Jeri Goldsbrough
    Cheerful Ladies Book Group Susan Rousseau
    Bunco Sharon Cope
    Marathon Bridge Carol Loehman
    Duplicate Bridge Mary Gundling
    Couples Bridge Jane Berlinger
    Golf Jeri Goldsbrough or Bev Finell
    Quest for Knowledge Sybilla London or Mary Gundling
    Drama Reading Marilen Steiger
    Gourmet HB Marjorie Berling
    Gourmet Couples> Jeanne Smith
    Music and Dance Barbara Smith
    Movie Review Linda Janesick
    Hiking Group Carol Hoke
    Travel Group Janet Johnson
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    Programs 2016-2017

    Oct 15 Studying juvenile shark fossils-CSUF student expert plus Tech Trek girls to share about their summer camp experience-Crystal Cortez
    Nov 19 Islam and the Modern Woman-Farrah Kahan
    Dec 17 El Viento Organization (selected Charity) Colleen Mensel plus Musical Performance by Surf City Singers
    Jan 21 Women and Fashion-Kevin Jones, FIDM Fashion Institute
    Feb Membership Luncheon -TBA
    Mar 18 Authors Luncheon at Mesa Verde Country Club-Details TBA
    Apr 15 EF-Speaker TBD
    May 20 Being a Caregiver-Karen Little
    June 17 Peace Corp as a Retiree-Terry Elders
    Sept 16 Bowers Museum. Topic TBD-John Stern
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