June’s Annual Membership Meeting for our Branch

What better way to celebrate the end of a productive year at our Annual Membership meeting than to commemorate the life and work of one of America’s greatest dancers, Isadora Duncan!

New Postage Stamp honoring Isadora Duncan

Postage stamp of Duncan



       *   Vote for new Board Officers
       *   Honor hardworking members
       *   Enjoy an exiting program honoring dance pioneer  ………..Isadora Duncan



DATE:   Saturday, June 2, 2018
TIME:  10am
LOCATION:  Veterans Memorial Building, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland (across from Lake Merritt)  Parking:  Free parking is available in the building’s lot.
COST:    Free

Shown below:  Lois Flood, dancer, choreographer and historian, will perform four-minute miniatures of some of the classical dances created by Duncan, to music by Chopin, Schubert and Gluck.

Time to Renew Your Membership

Renew Your Membership by June 30th

Renew Membership Image The easiest way to renew is to renew online through National’s web site.

Here’s the process once you’re there.

1)   The link will take you to the login site for the branch and should fill in with your member login information.

2)   Once on the info page, there is a link to membership payment near the bottom on the left side of the page.

3)  Select Join/Renew via Branch Members, which is the middle option on the page.  From there, access the Oakland-Piedmont Branch to pay your dues (the total of which is  $94).

If you have any questions about renewing on line, email Cam, our Membership VP.

You can also renew by sending your check for $94, payable AAUW-OP, to Cam at:

Cam McArthur,
6525 Girvin Drive
Oakland, CA 94611 

Amador Branch – Tour of Historic Homes in the Sierra Foothills

Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Jackson, CA, from 11am to 4pm

Tour Through Time” is the theme of the 46th Annual AAUW Amador Home Tour

Bank of Flowers at Daffodil Hill

Daffodil Hill

Enjoy a wonderful tour of historic homes in the Sierra foothills while you support the Amador Branch scholarship for girls and women!

Among unique sights are enormous structures used during the Gold Rush, fabulous murals in the first Serbian Orthodox Church in the western hemisphere, a 1930’s Romanesque Ione Brick home with perfectly preserved Art Deco interiors, and the abundance of beautiful homes on one of the first streets in Jackson.

Docents will lead ticket holders through five homes representing distinct periods, from a former miner’s cottage grown up, to a Fifties ranch home with salsa flavors.

Five additional historic sites include Sherlock Holmes’ neighborhood and flat recreated in a well-known bookstore, the recently renovated Amador CountyMuseum, itself in an historic house, and a sophisticated renovation of an historic hotel on Main St.

The tradition of an elegant tea with homemade cookies continues in the Civic Center where impressive murals tell the history of Jackson and Amador County.  Our members’ Art Show will be located conveniently in the spacious Civic Center Patio just outside.

Newly added to the festivities at the Civic Center is an array of impressive raffle baskets, provided by AAUW interest groups, individual AAUW members and non-profit organizations in the community, recognizing the importance and educational support purposes of the Tour.

Tickets:  for the Tour are $25 and are available at:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3327293

To learn more about to each place on the Tour (shown in the single image below), go to:  https://amador-ca.aauw.net/home-tour/   and scroll down the page.

Thumbnails of each site on the Tour

Our Branch At the Women’s March in Oakland

Saturday, January 20, 2018:

AAUW Oakland-Piedmont At the Women’s March

Again this year, we joined the throngs of women marching in Oakland!   We are witnessing the beginning of a cultural change, a change that AAUW has been championing since 1881.

Me Too! brought secrets out in the open, giving all of us a forum to speak up and support each other.  Time’s Up! is raising funds for a legal defense fund for victims of sexual harassment. 

And hope is alive.  Oprah once again proved to be an inspiration when, at the Golden Globes, she spoke directly to the young girls in the audience, stating that“a new day is on the horizon.”

The Women’s March 2018 on January 20th demonstrated that we will not be silenced.  Together we can lead change.

Berkeley Branch of AAUW Hosting DACA Event on November 13, 2017

The Berkeley Branch of the AAUW Presents:


Dreamers, Policy & Passion

DACA Event at 6:30 pm on 11-13-17  Speakers Include:

  • Nancy E, O’Malley Alameda County DA
  • Dustin Bankston, Berkley Immigration Attorney
  • Invited Local Students Impacted by DACA & Others



DATE:               Monday, November 13, 2017 . . .

TIME:                6:30  to 8:30 pm

LOCATION:    Berkeley City College in the Auditorium – Lower Floor .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . .  .2050 Center St., Berkeley  CA  94704 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Half a block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station)

COST:             Free & Open to the Public, Handicapped Accessible



Annual Fall Kick-Off Meeting on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Join us at this year’s

Annual Kick-Off Meeting

Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson, President Laney College

       Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson,
     President Laney College

Guest Speaker:  Our featured speaker is Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson, the President Laney College.  She’ll address the challenges in higher education today, her vision for Laney and the broader community and how our branch might work with her.

National Convention Highlights & Upcoming Programs:  Diane Rawicz, our branch’s First Vice President, attended the AAUW national convention in June.  She’ll share AAUW’s priorities for the year, as well as insights and moments of inspiration.  Diane will also speak about upcoming programs of our branch.

Tech Trek Highlights:  As always, we’ll  hear from some of the wonderful girls who attended Tech Trek this summer, who will discuss how their experiences have opened up a world in which they can envision a future in a STEM career.


DATE:   Saturday, September 9, 2017
TIME:    9:30 Registration/Silent Auction/Continental Breakfast  10am – Program
LOCATION:  East Bay Parks Trudeau Training Center, 11500 Skyline Blvd. Oakland
COST:    Free



June Meeting – 65th Anniversary of the Oakland-Piedmont Branch!

Ballonsin Blue Sky Celebration

Celebrate our Branch’s 65th Anniversary!

Here’s our program:

  • Help us honor the two branch members who have been in AAUW the longest, as well as members beinghonored for service to the branch.
  • Thank out-going Board officers, and vote for and welcome new Board officers.
  • Watch a short presentation on AAUW highlights since the 1950s.
  • Listen to AAUW Fellow Je’Nen Chastain, a leader in the field of architecture, talk about her focus on the intersection of design and business strategy.

Finally, share some delicious cake with us!

ALL attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a year’s free membership!

DATE:   Saturday, June 3, 2017
TIME:    10:00-11:30 AM
LOCATION:  Veterans Memorial Building — 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland
COST:    Free

PLEASE RSVP –  either way, to help us plan for the event at:

Meet the Author of The Coconut Latitudes

Meet Rita Gardner, the author of the award-winning memoir, The Coconut Latitudes, at the Rockridge Public Library on Saturday, May 20th at 11am.

The Coconut Latitudes is a heartbreaking account of her family’s life-changing decision at the end of World War II to leave the United States and start a coconut plantation in a tropical paradise.   Far from being in the envisioned Eden, they found themselves in the path of hurricanes, in the grip of a brutal dictator, and on the way to a family crisis that changed their lives forever.

Rita will share the story of how she came to write her memoir, and read a few excerpts.  She will also provide some insight into the writing and her path to publication, and will be happy to entertain questions.

The event is free, but please register to reserve your place at the EventBrite link below.

Rita M. Gardner is a writer, photographer, and painter.  She grew up in the Dominican Republic during a repressive dictatorship, and wrote The Coconut Latitudes, an award-winning Gardner’s memoir of that experience.  Gardner is also a contributor to two other nonfiction books published in 2016, The Magic of Memoir and Wandering in Andalusia.

Gardner’s essays, articles, poetry, and photographs have appeared in literary journals, travel magazines, and newspapers. Rita lives in Richmond and still follows her childhood passions — writing, traveling, hiking, and photography.

Date & Time:  Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11am to 1pm

Time:  11am to 1pm

Location:  The Rockridge Public Library at 5366 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

Cost:  Free

RSVP at: Eventbrite