Poway Penasquitos Branch

June 2017  Vol. 47  Issue 10
June General Meeting – It’s a Garden Party!

What: Luncheon
When: June 10, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
What: Installation of 2017-18 officers
Where: Home of Lynda Trunzo 14313 Eden Grove, Poway
Speaker: Susan Righthouse, SD Police Dept. Internet Crime
Menu: Salads and bread from Souplantation
Desserts: From special members!
Cost: $10 per person! You can pay at the door.

You must RSVP by June 7th to Pam Meyer – or

Your RSVP will be your guarantee. If you need to cancel, please do so by June 7th. You can send your check ahead of time made out to PP/AAUW to: Pamela Meyer, 14302 Sandhill Rd., Poway, CA 92064 Bring a prospective member! See flyer for more details
Pamela Meyer, Program Chair
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Cover To Cover A Great Success!

What a wonderful day we had! The baskets, the speakers, the succulent wreaths and the Kokedama plants, the centerpieces, the bunnies, the $500 raffle, the laughter, and the conversations among friends made the day just perfect! Thank you to everyone who helped make the day flawless. Thank you to those who created the baskets, sold the tickets, determined the winners, and checked the baskets at the end and everyone else who worked that day and before C2C. You were amazing. You knew what to do and you performed your job well. It is women like you who make me proud of our branch. I am honored to have been the chair this year and to have worked with all of you.

We did very well with our money-making efforts. We made $7605 from the 2016-17 Fall Campaign. Add to that the $3400 we made at Cover to Cover, our Spring Campaign, and the $2550 that Hologic, Inc. donated to Tech Trek, and we have collected $13,550 for our 2018 Tech Trek campers and the 2018 Women’s Re-entry Scholarship fund! It is a great day to belong to our branch!

Pamela Meyer, Cover to Cover Chair 2017

President’s Message

Can’t believe it has already been 2 years! This is my last article as President of your branch. It’s been an honor and privilege to serve as your leader. I want to thank all the amazing women who have collaborated with me these past two years to continue our mission and achieve the goals we set out from the beginning.

The three board goals we set at the beginning of our term were:

1. to clarify and communicate our fund raising goals
2. to create more dynamic programs
3. to increase our membership

Our achievements toward meeting those goals were:

1. to present a powerpoint presentation at our first meeting about AAUW-Funds, develop a concise letter sent to all members about our fund-raising goals, communicate our progress toward those goals in the Adelante and announcements at meetings. Results were record breaking funds raised for AAUW-Funds, Tech Trek and Scholarships for both years.
2. to bring more public policy and current events topics, features on successful women, technology and practical issues. Results were an increase in the participation at all of our general meetings.
3. to bring more diversity as well as numbers to our branch. Results were that we have increased our membership from 115 to 136 over the past two years with more youthful members who are energizing our branch!

In addition, we have raised our public image of our organization through dedicated publicity of our events, improved our presence on our website, Adelante newsletter and on Facebook (still a work in progress). We have obtained corporate sponsorships, had a 5 page article of our organization in zcode magazine and in general “branded” our organization in our community as an active member.

All of these results were because of the fantastic board members who served over the last two years. I want to thank Pam Meyer, Marie Dye, Gayle Ziaskas, Pam Ames, Sally Jacobson, Jeanne Fullerton, Carol Wigent, Sharon Watkins, Miriam Lauff, Pat Molnar. As well as Janene Cook, Dottie Marron, Debby Dutilly, Ilene Buchenau, Janine Reader. All of these ladies deserve recognition and your thanks for making our organization so successful and vibrant.

There are also so many others who have helped and contributed their talents and skills as well. We are a volunteer organization and I thank you all for jumping in when we asked for help.

Our board looks forward to turning the reins over to Joan and her new board to keep our organization rolling!

Harriet Gerza, President

Membership Matters
Welcome to our newest members!

Adrianne Peterson resides in Encinitas and has her Masters of Library Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Stop by the Rancho Penasquitos library and say hi to Adrianne.
JoAnn Olson has her MA in Education from California State University San Marcos. JoAnn resides in Rancho Penasquitos
Kathi Deems
who resides in Escondido
Sheila Monk
who resides in Rancho Bernardo
Mary Ellen Kordas who resides in San Marcos
Debby Dye who resides in Scripps Ranch
Rosalie Mikelson
who resides in Rancho Bernardo
Lynn Woodland
who resides in Rancho Bernardo

Give a Grad a Gift Program

Looking for that perfect gift for a college graduate? Give them a one year free national membership to AAUW.

These recent graduates can be family, friends, neighbors, former students, friends of friends, you name it! Anyone who has graduated within the past two years is eligible to receive one free membership from an AAUW member. You’ll need to know the mailing address, phone number, e-mail, and alma mater for each of these future AAUW members.

Online registration for an AAUW member to give a new or recent grad a gift of AAUW membership for one year, go to

Membership Renewal

Don’t forget to renew your membership! Renewals must be received for you to be included in the new directory. The invoice should be in your email. If not, please email

Ramona satellite branch

AAUW no longer recognizes satellite branches therefore the Ramona satellite branch designation is no longer in effect. The members of our branch who reside in Ramona are not affected by this and continue to be members of this branch.

College/University report

Marie Dye represented AAUW at a Sociology Expo on the campus of San Diego Miramar College in May. Attendees were introduced to AAUW and the opportunity to sign up for a free one year national and state membership. Five graduating students signed up for their free national membership. The students were interested in the negotiation workshops and we are working to bring the “Smart Start” workshop to campus.

Did you know?

A play Silent Sky is currently showing at the Lamb’s Theatre in Coronado. This is the story of Henrietta Leavitt who was a member of AAUW.

Henrietta was an American astronomer who discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars. A graduate of Radcliffe college, Leavitt started working at the Harvard College Observatory as a “computer” in 1893, examining photographic plates in order to measure and catalog the brightness of the stars. Though she received little recognition in her lifetime, it was her discovery that first allowed astronomers to measure the distance between earth and faraway galaxies. After Leavitt’s death, Edwin Hubble used the luminosity–period relation for Cepheids together with spectral shifts first measured by fellow astronomer Vesto Slipher at Lowell Observatory to determine that the universe is expanding.

Marie Dye, Membership

Re-Entry Woman Scholarship Recipients

Co Chairs Pat Molnar and Miriam Lauff are pleased to announce the following recipients for our 2017 Re-Entry Woman Scholarship:

Bayan Almasri is a 23-year-old student at Miramar College studying Microbiology. Born in Syria, she moved to the United States at 6 years old, back to Syria as a preteen, and finally settled back here in the United States at 18 years old. These moves created significant language and educational challenges which she diligently fought through. Completing her GED in a mere 2 months, she quickly discovered a love of Chemistry, which she hopes to turn into a Doctorate of Pathology. This scholarship will help her “push forward and focus on schoolwork rather then worrying about expenses”.

Nasim Khamooshian has the goal of becoming a physician. Nasim immigrated to the United States at the age of 17. Being the only family member to speak a small amount of English, she had to handle all her family affairs and take care of an ailing mother while working full time to pay their bills. Currently working at a pharmacy, she also attends Miramar Collage with a full caseload. Her desire is to eventually transfer to UC Irvine to accomplish her final goal. This scholarship will go towards a MCAT boot camp as well as pay off some school loan debt.

Kelsey Baird has a heart for women’s issues and is pursuing duel degrees in Social Work and Public Health. Suffering in her early 20’s from bipolar disorder, she has succeeded in becoming a healthy and influential woman at CSUSM. Currently, she is the President of the Sociology Club, and is a campus advocate for disability rights. Self-motivated, she is doing independent studies on disability and is attending a disability studies conference at UCLA this spring. This scholarship money will contribute to attendance of more professional conferences and help organize a CSUSM event bringing women together regarding the topic of disabilities.

Tech Trek Update

The Tech Trek Team, Ellen Dillon, Aresa Toukdarian, and Carol Wigent have selected seven girls from three Poway Middle Schools to attend the week long Tech Trek camp at UCSD this summer. This one week, academic, residential camp immerses these seventh grade students (soon to be eighth graders) in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math classes and activities on campus. Girls will learn about careers from women employed in the STEM fields and participate in many hands on activities. Many AAUW volunteers make this camp possible including the dorm Moms. Each camper is assigned to a small group with the same dorm Mom throughout the week. Ellen Dillon, Janice Heather, Muriel Coleman and Pam Coon from the Poway-Penasquitos Branch of AAUW will be volunteering as dorm Moms this year.

Four girls from each of these schools-Black Mountain Middle School, Mesa Verde Middle School, and Meadowbrook Middle School were referred to our Tech Trek team by their Science and Math teachers or school counselor. Each of the girls then fills out an application and writes and essay on how they would make the world a better place using math and/or science. After interviewing each of the students, the team selected seven girls to attend Tech Trek camp at UCSD this summer. They are Anjali Bose and Ekene Okolo from Black Mountain Middle School, Evelyn Kim and Cassandra Nyguen from Mesa Verde Middle School, and Ashley Perez, Kalee Johnstone, and Yesenia Cruz from Meadowbrook Middle School.

Camp visiting days are Tuesday, July 4th and Wednesday, July 5th from 9-3. Members try to go as a group as it makes it easier on the camp staff. If anyone is interested in visiting the camp either of those days, please contact Carol Wigent at 858-674-1521 or email me @

Carol Wigent, Tech Trek Chair

Happy Hikers

Thanks to Lyn who organized a very pleasant walk at Torrey Pines. It didn’t rain and the overcast sky kept the crowds away!

June 17th at 8:30 will be the next Happy Hiker walk. This walk is an annual tradition that is sure to please. We will walk the Mission Beach Ocean Front walk from the Lifeguard Tower at 3141 Ocean Front walk to World Famous Restaurant. Once we reach World Famous we will enjoy a “world famous” breakfast and possibly mimosa.

Garden Gals

On Friday, June 2 Garden Gals will head to Summers Past Farm, a country herb farm & garden center just west of Alpine. Details will be sent later but it will be a morning event, with a tour & discussion of crafting & cooking with herbs.

Those who wish to can carpool & also bring a brown bag lunch to picnic at the farm. (They sell beverages but not food). Here’s their link for more info:
Hope to see you on June 2.



… to our member Karen Brainard! Rancho Bernardo volunteers were recognized April 22 for their contributions to various community organizations. Karen was recognized for her work with SHOK, Seniors Helping Our Kids. Way to go, Karen!

Jeanine Cook’s husband Vern was recognized for his work with RB Rotary. Benita Page is current president of that club. AAUW PP certainly is an active group.

Georgia Chagala, Publicity

Board Meetings

The next board meeting is June 21 at 6:30 at the home of Michelle Blasberg.

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