Monterey Peninsula
Volume 68 Issue 5
Monterey Peninsula Branch
May/June 2021

Calendar of Coming Events

Saturday, May 1, 1:45 PM - May Branch Zoom Meeting. Ann Jastrab, Executive Director for the Center for Photographic Art (CPA), led a virtual walk-through of the Center's juried exhibition.

Saturday, June 12, 2:00 PM - Past Local Scholarship recipients will talk about how our scholarships helped them and what they have accomplished since then.

Saturday, June 19 or 26, 2:00 PM - In addition to the Scholarship Showcase on the 12th, we’ll also have a June Branch Zoom Meeting. Look for an eblast with more details.

Saturday, August 21 - Picnic at Veterans Memorial Park.
June Branch Zoom Meeting

Date: Saturday, June 19 or 26
Time: 2:00 PM

This program is still being organized. An eblast will provide the information at a future time.

Maureen Vieth & Karen Hall, Program VPs

On behalf of the Board, please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your membership and your support. Thanks to Zoom, we’ve stayed connected and had a productive year, and look forward to the next year with hope and optimism.

April was National Women's History Month. Fatima accepted two proclamations (from Congressman Panetta's office and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors) honoring our Branch for our mission and activities to promote equity and advancement for all women and girls. She also presented the AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiations workshop to students at Hartnell College on March 30th.

The Program Committee presented three outstanding programs in March, April, and May.

·        In March, we heard from Sherry McIntyre who teaches a class on World Religions at a high school in Modesto, the only district in the nation that requires the study of world religions for graduation.  Sherry believes that “Hate comes from fear, fear comes from ignorance, and by replacing ignorance with wisdom, peace is possible.” 
·        In April, we had a very informative presentation by Mimi Sheridan about Margaret Jacks, daughter of land baron David Jacks. Margaret focused much of her life to preserve and improve Monterey's historic and natural features. For example, she helped establish the La Merienda Festival and the Memory Garden at the Custom House Plaza.
·        On May 1st, Ann Jastrab, Executive Director for the Center for Photographic Art, gave us a very enjoyable virtual tour of the Center. We learned that the Center evolved from Friends of Photography established by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston. Ann led our virtual walk-through of the annual Members Juried Exhibition and inspired us to visit in person.
From National, you have received notices to vote about a significant bylaws change that proposes to eliminate the degree requirement for membership. If you haven't already voted on the proposed bylaws change, you still have until May 17 to vote. For the proposal to pass, a two-thirds majority is required of those members who cast their votes. You have an opportunity to make your voice heard whether you support or oppose the proposed bylaws change. AAUW has posted their rationale for proposing this change on their website at:

As you know, we take a break from our usual business during the summer months. We will be in touch throughout these months as newsworthy items arise. Enjoy your summer! Be safe, be well, and be happy.

Fatima Dias and Joanne Webster, Co-Presidents
Save the Date

We are looking forward to when we can safely get together again. With that in mind we have reserved Veterans Memorial Park (1200 Veterans Dr., Monterey) for our annual picnic on Saturday, August 21. Please save the date. Details will be forthcoming as we get closer to August.

Maureen Vieth & Karen Hall, Program VPs

Save the Date on your calendars for a "June Zoom" with a few of our past Scholarship recipients who will talk to us about how our Scholarships contributed to their journey and what they have accomplished in the years since receiving them. We are very excited about this event. It will be Saturday, June 12, at 2:00 pm. The Zoom link will come to you in an eblast a few days before the event.

Last year, your donations (and a significant memorial gift) helped provide $16,000 in scholarships to 8 local students—at CSUMB, Hartnell and MPC. Recipients are selected on the basis of economic need, academic achievement and leadership skills.

Make checks payable to “AAUW-MPB Local Scholarships” and send to Jeanne Krener, 25180 Pine Hills Drive, Carmel, CA 93923-8965.

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

Our committee selected 15 girls and 4 alternates for this summer’s Virtual Tech Trek camps. The girls are from Pacific Grove, Seaside, Walter Colton, Buena Vista and Bolsa Knolls Middle Schools. Go to to learn more about the format of the virtual camp. A BIG thanks to a great committee for their wisdom, experience, and caring and relaxed approach to the interviews, which helped the girls relax as we interviewed them over Zoom: Pam Craig, Jane DiGirolamo, Marilyn Erickson, Karen Hall, Mary Hall, Cheryl Moore, Chris Parmentier and Karen Snow. Mark your calendars NOW for Saturday, September 11, as the date for the fall Tech Trek fundraiser.

Pat Fletcher, Tech Trek Director
AAUW-CA State Convention

The convention was held on April 17, online. To see the recording of it, go to this link. An alternative to seeing the entire meeting: at the same link, under Materials, click "Meeting Presentation" to see the slide show that summarizes it.

At the link, there are videos of the speeches of the Speech Trek finalists this year, from CA Online (1st place), Del Mar-Leucadia branch (2nd place) and La Mesa-El Cajon branch (3rd place). They won $1500, $1000 and $500 respectively. The topic was on how social media are good/bad for women.

The slide show also describes the winning state project grants of the Alhambra-San Gabriel, La Palma-Cerritos, and Lompoc-Vandenberg branches (slides 15-17), and the two winning Activity of the Year branches (Fremont and Marin, slides 45-52). The state public policy report is covered in slides 29-40.

AAUW California’s first ever Lobby Day (virtual) was a huge success! 111 AAUW members from 68 branches visited 36 Assembly and 23 Senate offices, and the Public Policy co-chairs visited with the Governor’s staff. Many offices were familiar with AAUW and we had a great opportunity to educate those who weren’t, as well as to advocate for our top-priority bills. Sharyn Siebert and I attended from our branch.

The public policy committee has completed its review of the bills for this legislative season and the link to the 2020-21 bill tracker can now be found on the website here (under Public Policy/Legislative Advocacy/Bill Tracking).

Our first ever “Equity Champion" Award was presented to former California Senator Hannah Beth Jackson for her many years of legislative advocacy on behalf of women and girls.

Marilyn Erickson, Public Policy Chair
Morning Books
(via Zoom)
Mon., May 17, 10 AM
Dear Edward
by Ann Napolitano
Leader: Miriam Lilley

Mon., June 21, 10 AM
Love in the Late Edition
by Reg Henry
Leader: Margaret Smith

Mon., July 19, 10 AM
Hitch 22
by Christopher Hitchens
Leader: LaVerne Whitmill

Mon., Aug. 16, 10 AM
The Henna Artist
by Alka Joshi
Leader: Lois Carroll

For more information or to join the group, contact:
Kathy Poulson
Joy of Reading Books
(via Zoom)
Tues., May 11, 2 PM
Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah
Leader: Nancy Edwards

Tues., June 8, 2 PM
The Lost Girls of Paris
by Pam Jenoff
Leader: Joanne Webster

Tues., July 13, 2 PM
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Leader: Diana Paul

Tues., Aug. 10, 2 PM
Once Night Falls
by Roland Merullo
Leader: Debbie Hobbs

Joanne Webster
Evening Books
(via Zoom)
Tues., May 18, 7 PM
God's Hotel
by Victorian Sweet
Leader: Stephanie Langley

Tues, June 15, 7 PM
The Henna Artist
by Alka Joshi
Leader: Donna Foote

Stephanie Langley

The Membership Vice-Presidents, Ardith and Debbie, are hoping you've seen and read the most recent eBlast, where we alerted you to the fact that you should have received an email from AAUW-National on or about April 20. The email, which would have originated from [email protected], has information on how to renew your membership this year; just like last year, you have the option of renewing with credit card via the link, or by mailing your check to Nancy Soulé (P.O. Box 1786, Monterey, CA 93942). There are also instructions in the eBlast on how to donate to Tech Trek, Local Scholarships and/or AAUW Fund, if you wish.

Looking forward to meeting in person sometime soon!!! Stay well!

Debbie Hobbs and Ardith Peck, Membership Vice-Presidents
Directory Updates

Paula Higgins moved:
256 Del Mesa Carmel
Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 574-8620
(202) 615-8847 (c)

New Members

Anne Albano
121 San Benancio Road
Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 484-5446
(831) 595-5394 (c)

Julie Smith
8 Calera Canyon Road
Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 500-1785
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-CA presents webinars monthly. 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. The link is

May 26, 7 PM: "Don't Hesitate...Communicate! Oral, Written, Non-Verbal Communication Skills; Speaking across generational divides" with Marlene Cain
Learn how to lead (not herd) cats in your leadership role and work with diverse personalities. These techniques can be used in everyday situations, not just in leadership positions.

AAUW National now has a link where you can look at webinars that have already happened, and watch for news of upcoming ones. Click HERE.
Newsletter Backup Person Needed!

Your branch board has recognized that an assistant newsletter editor is needed!

Communication with branch members depends primarily on the online production of the newsletters and eblasts that come to your email Inboxes each month, using an online service from Constant Contact. At this point, there are only eight members (that we know of) who do not have email, and a printed copy is mailed to them.

While most of the writing in the newsletter is done by the various board members relating to their elected or appointed positions, their input needs to be sought and organized and plugged in to the template in Constant Contact; the editor's job. If the editor should become indisposed at a critical time, a second person needs to be ready to step in and "keep the presses rolling". If you believe you would enjoy being that person, please contact me.

Caryl Rojas, Newsletter Editor
(831) 899-9141 or [email protected]
Board Meetings
(via Zoom)

May 6 at 3:30 PM

June 3 at 3:30 PM




Sept./Oct. Messenger

Please send articles for the Sept./Oct. newsletter to
Caryl Rojas at [email protected] by
Aug. 15.

If you paid the full $98 AAUW yearly dues, $59 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. 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]