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Welcome to the Alameda, California Branch of AAUW!



American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institution partners.

For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

Cinema Club 2016-2017

AAUW Cinema Club is open to members and spouses or partners of members. We see a movie at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex Sunday afternoon, followed by refreshments and conversation at Tucker’s Ice Cream or happy hour refreshments at Cinema Grill.  We vote on the film to attend the week before, when the schedule comes out. To get on the email distribution to vote, contact Kevis Brownson, or use the form on the Activities Page . We meet at the Alameda Theatre October through June; summer events are sometimes scheduled at nearby East Bay theaters such as the Piedmont, the Grand Lake, or theaters in Berkeley.

4th Tuesday Book Club Selections 2016-17


Book and StonesOur group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:15 pm at members’ homes for book discussion and dessert, beginning our year in August. The last meeting of the year in June is a dinner where we select books for the following year. We read a mix of fiction and non-fiction.

Book selections for 2016-2017:

  • Lady Susan (Love & Freindship) by Jane Austen (2016 film Love & Friendship) (August)
  • The Taming of the Queen by Phillipa Gregory (September)
  • A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (October)
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Pulitzer Prize)  (November)
  •  No meeting (December)
  • Alexander Hamilton  by Ron Chernow (2 meetings) (January)
  • Alexander Hamilton  by Ron Chernow (author Pulitzer Prize for biography of Washington)(February)
  • H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald (Samuel Johnson Prize) (March)
  • The Girls by Emma Cline (debut novel) (April)
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (May)
  • Organizing meeting– pick books for 2017-2018

Contact person for the group is Cindy Silva.

5/14 Installation Meeting & Silent Auction

Celebrating a Successful Year

The AAUW Alameda Branch luncheon on May 14, 2016 was a truly joyful celebration! The members and guests were present to install the incoming Board, to thank the outgoing Board and to pay special recognition to three AAUW “Golden” members: Mary Brownson, Joyce Denyven and Gertrude Woods. The luncheon was preceded by a silent auction to raise scholarship money for students at College of Alameda who plan to go on to obtain their Bachelor’s degree. Last year, two scholarships of $1,000 each were given by the Alameda Branch.”

Silent auction goods and shoppers :

The new president for 2016-17 is Penny Washbourn pictured with outgoing president Patti Heimberger .

Left - Penny Washbourn Right- Patti right

Penny Washbourn left pictured with outgoing president Patti right

Incoming board members 

Incoming board members

Left to right : Dorothy Kerwin, Mary Ann Rose, Penny Washbourn, Joy Pratt, Earleen Hamlin, Patti Heimberger, Inge Greth and Sally Faulhaber.

Linda Preminger  was crowned Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding leadership on the Tech Trek project.

Linda Preminger

Linda Preminger

Golden 50-year Members are Mary Brownson ; Joyce Denyven  with Kaitlin O’Donnell, Amy Chu and Julie Vu of Girls Inc. of Island City; and, Gertrude Woods . Presentations were made by Penny Washbourn, President, Amy Chu and Julie Vu who, along with Ellerbe Whang (not pictured) interviewed and wrote the biographical stories of each Golden Member. The fascinating stories of our “Golden Girls” will be featured next on the AAUW-Alameda website. Members can follow this link to read these stories.

AAUW Alameda Human Trafficking program selected for “Wall of Fame” Award

AAUW Alameda has been selected for statewide recognition. The award certificate reads: “Your branch’s mission-based program has been chosen for the AAUW CA Wall of Fame.

AAUW Alameda Certificate 2016

Chaired by Penny Washbourn and the Branch Outreach Committee in partnership with Alameda League of Women Voters and College of Alameda, the program “Human Trafficking” was a highly collaborative and successful effort.

See the previous article and photos about the March 16 program, Human Trafficking Seminar. On April 27, a follow-up program featured the film, It Happened Here at COA to highlight the problem of sexual assault occurring on American college campuses.

Human Trafficking Seminar

Photo and Article by Char Perlas, CoA

From left to right: League of Women Voters Co-President, Alice Fried College of Alameda President, Dr. Joi Lin Blake AAUW Chapter President, Patti Heimburger District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley City of Alameda Mayor, Trish Herrera Spencer FBI Agent, Marty Parker

From left to right:
League of Women Voters Co-President, Alice Fried
College of Alameda President, Dr. Joi Lin Blake
AAUW Chapter President, Patti Heimburger
District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley
City of Alameda Mayor, Trish Herrera Spencer
FBI Agent, Marty Parker

The March 16, 2016 Human Trafficking Seminar, hosted by the American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters and College of Alameda’s Community Change and Urban Leadership (CCUL), was attended by over 80 community members (including Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer), faculty, staff and students.

President Joi Lin Blake along with our keynote speakers, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and FBI Agent Marty Parker, emphasized the seriousness of this epidemic.

Marty Parker shared that Human Trafficking offenders range from mothers to drug dealers and, that the Human Trafficking business has a higher rate of return than selling drugs because the abused victims can be consistently ‘re-used’.

To find out more, go to: http://www.heatwatch.org/ , an organization spearheaded by Nancy O’Malley. Spread the word and help us stop Human Trafficking!