Adelante! Newsletter

AAUW Poway Penasquitos Branch 

October 2018 Adelante!

October 10 General Meeting by Harriet Gerza

Do you know what’s on the ballot? This is your opportunity to learn more about Midterm Elections and Propositions! The League of Women Voters San Diego (LWVSD) works with community organizations to better educate voters, and they are proud to share their well-researched positions and election information with the community at large. This service provides Pros and Cons on the ballot initiatives during the election season. See flyer at end of newsletter.

President’s Matters by Joan Thompson, President

Dear Fellow Branch Members,

Only since 1920 have American Women had the right to vote – after about a 100-year effort!  Please exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

There are a variety of ways to learn more about election matters.  The League of Women Voters will be discussing issues at our Wednesday, October 10, 2018 branch meeting. There will be candidate forums in your community. Your local paper usually carries information about candidates running for City Councils, Hospital Boards, Community College Boards of Trustees, School Boards, etc.  Plus, there is information about State and National issues available on the websites of individual candidates and political parties.

You can vote by mail or in person.  Women’s voices need to be heard. You need to be heard. Remember to VOTE!

Public Policy by Marie Dye

There are 11 state propositions on the November ballot. AAUW California Public Policy Committee reviewed the ballot measures and determined most do not fit in our public policy priorities. The one exception is Proposition 2. See below for AAUW’s position.

Proposition 2: Homeless Housing Bond – SUPPORT

No Place Like Home Act of 2018. Over 130,000 Californians are homeless. A great number of our homeless population suffers from mental illness. Prop 2 allows the use of previously allocated unspent money to be used to provide permanent supportive housing for people who need mental health services and are either currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Women comprise a significant percentage of the homeless. This measure does not involve a new state bond.

For more information on state and local ballot measures, you can visit the League of Women Voters election website at

Membership Matters by Pamela Meyer & Jeanni Harris, Membership Co-chairs 2018-19

New Members

From July 2017 through August 2018, 21 new members joined our branch.  Until recently our AAUW-PP membership totaled 145, but 17 did not renew for a variety of reasons.  Therefore, our current count is 128.  We will be reviewing our recruitment and retention efforts with the goals of improving not only our membership numbers, but especially your membership experience.

AAUW and the Poway Penasquitos Branch have a lot to offer…volunteer activities to promote equality for women and girls, compelling programs, field trips, social activities and interest groups for just about everyone, and the opportunity to develop new friendships.

We always appreciate your opinions and suggestions about how we can help make your AAUW membership better.  Please email your ideas to or call Jeanni Harrison at 858-829-7191.  Thank you.

New Member Orientations

Our New Member Orientations are scheduled for 6:30- 7:30pm at these locations:

Tuesday, October 23rd – 4S Ranch Library

Wednesday, November 7th –  Rancho Bernardo Branch Library

Tuesday, November 13th – Rancho Penasquitos Branch Library

If you know someone who might be interested in joining our branch, please extend an invitation to one of our orientations, monthly meetings, or interest groups.   Feel free to join us at an orientation to help welcome potential new members.

Featured Member

Most of you know Gigi Cramer who attends most all our PP-AAUW meetings and events and who’s always smiling.  However, you may not know about her other name, “Miracle Warrior,” or how she earned that title.

Ranch & Coast magazine, Best of 2018, published an article about Gigi’s horrific 2015 auto accident with her husband that tragically took his life.  Gigi endured a nine-month medical odyssey that included a three-month induced coma and over 100 surgeries, in addition to several other medical issues.  Her orthopedic surgeon named her his “Miracle Warrior.”  Gigi is also a three-time breast cancer survivor.

Gigi’s story has a way of putting things in perspective, doesn’t it?  She overcame incredible odds to make a full recovery.  What an inspiration!


Mission To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

Vision Equity for all.

Values Nonpartisan.  Fact-based.  Integrity.  Inclusion and Intersectionality.

September 8 Brunch by Pam Ames

Tech Trek Recipients – Pictured are five of our branch sponsored Tech Trek recipients who spoke at the September 8th brunch. Two were unable to attend.  They shared their experiences with us about their week in July at UCSD, meeting young women with a similar educational focus, and living away from home in a dorm.  It was inspiring to hear how much they enjoyed their experience and how meaningful it was.  In no particular order are Julliette Ochola, Adya Nayak, Abby Lee, Jennifer Perez, and Emily Gnad – not pictured are Daisy Emeri and Neha Mahesh.

Scholarship recipients – These three women were awarded $1800 scholarship checks at the September 8th brunch.  All are currently enrolled to continue their studies.  Their stories of overcoming hardships and being able to return to their studies was inspiring.  Pictured from left to right: Cinthia Gomez Prado, Marisa Treadway and Rosie Finocchiaro.

Red Bucket Collections by Carol Wigent

Don’t forget about Red Bucket Collections at interest group meetings!  If any interest group leader needs a Red Bucket, contact Carol Wigent at

Happy Hikers – Santa Margarita River Trail by Gayle Ziaskas

Join us on Saturday, October 6 for a beautiful 4-mile hike along one of the last free flowing rivers in Southern California.  The well-maintained trail travels through oak woodlands and stunning granite boulders with portions viewing the flowing river. Most of the hike is easy, but the are several very small moderately rocky places and some elevation changes, so sticks are suggested.  We will be doing an out and back, so we will not cross the river as do many of the trails. The trailhead parking is 40 minutes from the RB Transit center. Lunch after in the Fallbrook area.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the Rancho Bernardo Transit Center, 16785 W. Bernardo Drive, Rancho Bernardo.  Please rsvp to Pat Downing at or 714-321-3955.

Save the Date – AAUW-PP’s Annual Retreat, January 18-20, 2019 by Pamela Meyer

Join us for a relaxing weekend at Camp Stevens in Julian, CA.  Meet new friends, renew old friendships and have a great time at the “Best Slumber Party in Town!”  Take hikes, shop in Julian, listen to an educationally fun program, enjoy games and just take pleasure in the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere of Vulcan Mountain.  See flyer at end of newsletter.  Questions?  Contact Pamela Meyer at 619-855-407 or