Monterey Peninsula
Volume 68 Issue 3............... Monterey Peninsula Branch............... Jan.-Feb. 2021

Calendar of Coming Events

Saturday, January 23, 2:00 - 3:00 PM - Branch Zoom Meeting. Speaker is Feather Ives, an AAUW Fund Grantee.

Saturday, February 27, 2:00 PM - AAUW Inter-Branch Council (IBC) Zoom Meeting. A Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Speaker is Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

AAUW Funds Speaker Event and Fundraiser

Date: Saturday, January 23
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Topic: AAUW Fund Grantee Feather Ives' Career Journey from STEM to Equity Work, alleviating Food Insecurity among College Students

Feather Ives is the recipient of a Career Development Grant from AAUW to earn a Masters of Public Health from the University of Nevada. Before, she transitioned from advertising account executive to her dream career in STEM as a microscopist and educator as a histotechnician. As part of her masters, she is implementing a college food security resources program for the Richmond Promise, a community- wide college success initiative. She seeks to improve health outcomes for college students by reducing inequities and ensuring access to basic needs.

If you want to learn what a microscopist does and hear about Feather's inspiring career journey as well as learning about the under-reported problem of food insecurity among college students, join us on Zoom.

You will feel inspired and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of AAUW Fund's role in advancing educational opportunities for women to advance equity. This is a fundraiser, so be prepared to support AAUW Fund. We will let you know how to best make a contribution.

To Join the Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 835 9532 8624
Passcode: 072568

Gabriele Simbriger-Williams, Chair, AAUW Funds
February Zoom Meeting
AAUW Monterey Bay Inter-Branch Council Meeting

A Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 2:00 PM
Speaker: Representative Jackie Speier

We are so excited to share that our speaker for the IBC Meeting will be Congresswoman Jackie Speier, 14th Congressional District, which includes San Mateo, East Palo Alto, and part of San Francisco. She is a graduate of UC Davis and UC Hastings College of Law. She advocates for Women’s Rights and supports the decisions made by Justice Ginsburg for Fair Pay, LGBTQ equality, and same sex marriage. She is on the House Armed Services Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She is the author of Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back, 2018. She also is a member of AAUW.
You may email ahead of time any questions you may have for Congresswoman Speier to Fatima Dias (see below). There will also be time to ask questions after the presentation.
Please RSVP to Fatima Dias by February 22 at [email protected] to be included in the raffle for a signed copy of Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back.

To Join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 865 2872 6228
Passcode: 849928

Marilyn Erickson, Chair, Public Policy Program

We hope you had a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Last November, several of our members volunteered at the polls for the general election. We want to recognize and thank these members for performing this important civic duty: Tama Olver, Jane Cross, Nancy Edwards, Pat Gotch, Betty Sproule, and Caryl Rojas. If we missed anyone who volunteered at the polls, please let us know so we can thank you as well.

On November 14, 2020, the Program Committee brought us a delightful program featuring Chef Estevan Jimenez of Rancho Cielo. Thanks to the Committee for organizing the entertaining and informative cooking demonstration. We all learned some helpful tips regardless of our level of cooking skills. Click here for the Fall Barley Risotto recipe that Chef Estevan prepared.

And we had our first AAUW-MPB Virtual Holiday Party in December.

Please join us for the program on January 23 which will focus on AAUW Funds and the rewarding work AAUW is able to accomplish in helping young women pursue their professional goals. The women who receive fellowships and grants are highly dedicated and forward-thinking individuals.

In February, we will hold our annual Inter-Branch Council meeting with the Santa Cruz branch. We have an exciting program planned to pay tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her legacy.

AAUW offers free webinars in January and February. To see the list and register, go to the Webinars article further down in this newsletter.

We hope the New Year brings solutions to the challenges we have been facing so we can live our best lives. We look forward to the time when we can again meet in-person.

Be safe, be well, and be happy.

Fatima Dias and Joanne Webster, Co-Presidents

One of our prior scholarship recipients was featured in the Pebble Beach Annual Report (Joy who is doing a biology major at UCSD and hopes to be a cancer researcher!). Kudos to Joy and thanks to the Pebble Beach Foundation for their continuing support of our program.

Noelle Hetz and Maggie Pedersen, Co-Chairs, Local Scholarships

Our National and State Tech Trek leaders have been very busy determining the best way to move our whole Tech Trek process (including selecting our girls) to a virtual platform. We will be getting more details and getting going on this exciting part in January 2021.

We expect to have three or four camps, each five days long, with between 250-300 virtual campers in each week. The morning session will be on robotics. An afternoon session will include up to two additional workshop sessions. There will also be occasional evening and social sessions. The pilot program that was run last summer had rave reviews from the participants!

There will be opportunities to be virtual counselors for these camps. The girls will be broken into smaller groups of 4-6 campers and each group will have a social counselor as well as a technical (build) counselor. In addition, Tech Trek is accepting applications for suggested afternoon workshop sessions through January 31st. The basics of each virtual session are that it should be standalone, proven in a virtual environment, 90 minutes start to finish, 75% hands-on, suitable for 11-14 year olds, enjoyable learning, and related to one of the STEM disciplines.

If you have interest in submitting a workshop session, being on our student selection committee or learning more about the counselor opportunities, please email Pat Fletcher ([email protected]).

Pat Fletcher, AAUW MPB Tech Trek Director
Morning Books
(via Zoom)
Mon., Jan. 18, 10 AM
Each member will share 2 books they recommend, then the group votes for 10 books to read in 2021.

Mon., Feb. 15, 10 AM
Book chosen at January meeting.

For more information or to join the group, contact:
Kathy Poulson
Joy of Reading Books
(via Zoom)
Tues., Jan. 12, 2 PM
The Book of Lost Friends
by Lisa Wingate
Leader: Nancy Soulé

Tues., Feb. 9, 2 PM
Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back
by Jackie Speier
Leader: Marilyn Erickson

Joanne Webster
Evening Books
(via Zoom)
Tues., Jan. 19, 7 PM
Dear Edward
by Ann Napolitano
Leader: Noelle Hetz

Tues, Feb. 16, 7 PM
A Long Petal of Sea
by Isabel Allende
Leader: Fatima Dias

Stephanie Langley
Coming Soon: AAUW Art Contest

Are you a passionate painter? Skillful sketch artist? Phenomenal photographer? Get ready to show off your talent by submitting to our 12th annual art contest! We’re accepting entries January 6 through February 3, so mark your calendar. And if you’re more critic than artist, get set to vote on the best entries starting February 10 through March 3.
Directory Updates

Gladys Cohn - her new address is:
275 Los Ranchitos Rd,
apt. 222
San Rafael, CA 94903

Charlene Setlow - her new email address is:
New Members

Laurie Hambaro
799 Archer Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 521-4018 (cell)

Ruth McMaster
18 Loma Vista Place
Monterey, CA 93940
(209) 403-6964 (cell)
Online Directory

The password to our password-protected online directory on our website in the Member Center is on the third page of your old membership directory. (If you cannot find it, call Debbie Hobbs, (408) 234-2436.) This is where all of our members' contact information is readily accessible.
AAUW Webinars

AAUW has several webinars on various topics. The National AAUW site has several webinars from throughout 2020 which you can still see by going to this link:

Once there, scroll down the page to 2020 Convening Series, to see the selections.

AAUW-CA presents webinars twice a month. To view the upcoming webinars, click the link below. Each webinar requires registration, which is free to our members. To see webinars you may have missed, just click on the name of the webinar.

Jan. 11, 7 PM: "Title IX: Breaking Down Barriers 2020" with Alicia Hetmen
A branch, college/university and school district perspective on how to be an advocate and activist for Title IX.

Jan. 27, 7 PM: "Mentoring Women for Career Advancement" with Crystal Stebbins
Mentorship program for student members and young women members early on in their career who aspire to advance, and how to advance in their career.

Feb. 24, 7 PM: "She Who Thrives Survives" with Sharyn Siebert
Learning what successful branches have to teach us.
Board Openings: AAUW-California

There are three open positions on the 2021 California Board of Directors.

  • President-Elect (one-year term 2021-2022) during the second year of the president’s term, followed by a two-year term (2022-2024) as president
  • Chief Financial Officer (two-year term 2021-2023)
  • Director (two-year term 2021-2023)

Key dates
January 15: candidate information posted on website, in order of receipt of completed nomination form
March 15: deadline for nominations
April 16 - May 7: voting on board members and Public Policy Priorities

If you have been thinking about getting more involved at the state level with AAUW, contact the Nominations & Elections Committee. Deanna Arthur, Charmen Goehring, and Janice Lee will cheer you on and answer your questions at [email protected].

Click HERE for details on “How to Proceed.”
"The Happy Covid Song"

Even in the darkest times, a little humor is needed to make it all bearable. Here is a link to "The Happy Covid Song". Enjoy.

Board Meetings
(via Zoom)

January 7 at 3:30 PM

February 4 at 3:30 PM




March/April Messenger

Please send articles for the March/April newsletter to
Caryl Rojas at [email protected] by
February 15.

If you paid the full $95 AAUW yearly dues, $56 of that is tax deductible. In addition, any donations to our charitable funds will be tax deductible for a tax year if paid by December 31st of that year and if you itemize deductions. Note that a donation to any of these three areas can also be made in honor or in memory of a friend or family member.

More information and a donation form (optional) may be found at this link to our website. If making a donation directly from an IRA as a qualified charitable donation (QCD), consult your tax advisor or for further information.
Tech Trek

Make check payable to "AAUW-CA SPF"
with Tech Trek in the memo line.
Send to Pat Fletcher
6 Overlook Place Monterey, CA 93940-4106

Make check payable to "AAUW"
with AAUW Fund in the memo line.
Send your check to Gabriele Simbriger-Williams
880 Newton Street Monterey, CA 93940-1210
Local Scholarships:

Make check payable to "AAUW-MPB Local Scholarships".
Send your check to
Jeanne Krener
25180 Pine Hills Drive Carmel, CA 93923-8965
Newsletter Schedule

Newsletters are published around the 1st of the months of September, November, January, March and May. There will be short "eblasts", containing reminders or special announcements that cannot wait for the next newsletter. If you do not receive a newsletter, please contact me so we can fix the problem.

Please note that newsletter content will relate only to AAUW and branch matters, a policy of AAUW National.

Caryl Rojas
Newsletter Editor
899-9141 or [email protected]