About Us

North Peninsula Branch of AAUW - California
(formerly San Bruno Branch)
History and Activities

    In 1956, the San Bruno Branch of AAUW was established with 32 members from North San Mateo County. Now, our Branch serves the following cities: Burlingame, Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, Millbrae, San Bruno, and South San Francisco. All in all, our ninety to a hundred members are most congenial and cooperative.
    Our monthly General Meetings focus on issues of the day, such as politics (local, state, and national) and local concerns, such as BART, libraries, schools, and health. Our talented members may perform in dramas and musical programs.  These meetings are open to the general public.
    Since the Educational Opportunities Fund and the Legal Advocacy Fund are two of the most important efforts of the American Association of University Women, we hold a variety of fund raisers during the year.  To date, we have provided over $55,000 in gifts, fellowships, and endowments.
    For example, the branch has completed an endowment for Metta Zahorski, a SF State professor and an endowment in the name of the branch itself, and has helped other branches in California complete their endowments.
    Our Branch participates in community projects, including Public Policy, Tech Trek (sponsoring 7th grade girls to a week in science camp), UNICEF (collected cash from local schools from 1957 until recently), and Women on Writing (WOW) all-day seminars that feature local authors (co-sponsoring with Skyline College).

AAUW Funds

AAUW Funds overview

AAUW Fund (general fund)

The AAUW Fund is a collection of funds:
    * The Educational Opportunity Fund supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities.
    * The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund supports AAUW research about important issues.
    * The Jesse and Wilder Ellis Fund (Century Club) supports women pursuing higher education.
    * The Legal Advocacy Fund supports legal rights of women/girls facing sex discrimination.
    * The Unrestricted Fund is for the greatest need (for no fund specified).

Educational Opportunities Fund

* Fellowships and grants
* Fellows Alumnae Initiative
* Tech Trek

    The Educational Opportunities Fund advances educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and the world. It is one of the largest funding sources for graduate women, with 250 fellowships, grants, and special awards to outstanding women each year.
    Our branch completed the Jan Barnhart/Gladys Betts Research and Special Projects Grant in November 2007.
    Skyline College grants are awarded to two graduating woman students at Skyline College. The women have to be in good standing academically and planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their undergraduate degree. Skyline College selects the students for the award. The awards are presented at the Skyline Award ceremony at Skyline College in May. To contribute to this award, note ‘Skyline Award’.
    The Jesse and Wilder Ellis International Fellowship was founded by Margaret Ellis to honor her parents, who were medical missionaries in Iran for 25 years. The criteria for this fellowship are outstanding academic ability, professional potential, interest in studies of girls and women in her home country, and prior commitment to the advancement of girls and women through civic, community, and/or professional work. This fund was established by the North Peninsula Branch and is an International Fellowship Fund.
    Century Club memberships help fund the Educational Opportunities Fund.
    The Educational Opportunities Fund supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities that give women a chance for a lifetime of success. A donation to this fund helps to provide fellowships and grants.

Tech Trek - Math/Science Camp for Girls

    Every summer, our branch sponsors two or three local 7th-grade girls for a science and math week at Stanford University. Tech Trek Camp has two sessions. Eighty girls can attend each.
    Members can also volunteer for staffing, counselor, health aide, or dorm mother.
    Tech Trek has hands-on laboratory activities to develop excitement and confidence. Students eat in college cafeterias, sleep in college dormitories, and use recreational facilities on campus, with field trips to local science institutions. Students meet women teaching and working in science, math, and computers. High school and college girls assist teachers and staff.
    Make check payable to AAUW California Special Projects Fund and note to earmark the funds to Tech Trek AAUW North Peninsula Chapter.
You can also volunteer for staffing, health aide, or dorm mother.
For photographs, see Photos/History.
For slide show, see Slide Show.
Contact: Sue Argeris, Coordinator

Legal Advocacy Fund

* Legal case support
* LAF Case Support Travel Grant
* Campus Outreach Grants

    Equity is the legal right of all women and girls. Advocating for women and girls, AAUW LAF frames and fosters factual, in-depth, objective dialogue among legislators and change makers that results in political, institutional and legal support for women's equity in all areas of life and work, such as pay equity and Title IX athlete equity.
    The Legal Advocacy Fund. This fund supports the protection of legal rights of those who face discrimination because of their sex including workplace discrimination.

Eleanor Roosevelt Fund

* Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation
* Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School
* Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
* Behind the Pay Gap

Leadership Programs Fund

* The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
* Campus Action Projects
* Elect Her – Campus Women Win
* Start Smart salary negotiation workshops

To contact local colleges to learn about their AAUW activities and grants:
* Skyline College
* College of San Mateo
* Canada College
* San Mateo Community College District
* San Francisco State University

Public Policy Fund

* Government relations
* Civic engagement
* Field organizing

    The Public Policy Fund supports advocacy for public policies and laws that are fair to women.

from Meg Finones and Ami Seebode

Our Branch was founded in 1956 by a small group of women. Some taught in local schools, one was a librarian at the San Bruno Library and a few taught at S.F. State. Those of us who joined later were either just finishing school, still in school or not even born as yet. We do span the years. The Branch was founded as San Bruno Branch and fairly recently became The North Peninsula Branch as members came from Daly City to San Mateo.

We were a very active branch from the beginning and became involved in the community set- ting up the first Head Start Program on the Peninsula, helping with UNICEF drives, studying various environmental problems and teaching an environmental segment including use of a flannel board in the local grade schools. The studies of the environmental issues in our area led to the branch leading the state in taking a stance against the Peripheral canal, the pro- posed Southern Crossing and the destruction of San Bruno Mountain to fill in the bay. More recently the branch has been involved in the fight for Equal Rights for Women with an empha- sis on Equal Pay for Women.

Our work is far from done and we all enthusiastically support women in all fields of endeavor with emphasis on the STEM professions. The branch each summer sends three or four young seventh graders to TECH TREK, a camp that introduces girls to science and technology. This Holiday celebration was a big event that specifically addressed this goal of ours. We success- fully raised the funds we need to send at least 3 of our local girls to Stanford. Everyone was in great spirits, the food spread very satisfying and the mood was festive. Thank you to Kay Arnaudo and the Recorders for setting the tone of this event and to the best auctioneer of all ages, Catherine Wilkinson, who made it possible for a lot of us to reach deep into our pock- ets. We thank you all for coming to share the joy of giving.

We are all very proud of our involvement and hope to instill in new members the same enthu- siasm for supporting AAUW’s causes.

Joint Board Meeting, June 2016

Back: Gaetane Andrews, Meg Finones, Lada Denisova, Jackie Buckley, Sue Argeris, Nancy Landauer, Joanne Lewin
Front: Ami Seebode, Diane Jefferson, Barbara Serling, Carolyn Mason

California AAUW State Convention, April 2017

Meg Finones, Elaine Johnson, Barbara Serling, Carolyn Mason, Sue Argeris, and Ami Seebode


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