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AAUW Poway Penasquitos Branch 

November 2018 / Vol. 48 Issue 3

November 14 General Meeting by Harriet Gerza

As the drama over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has played out in Washington, D.C. — marked by televised outbursts, anger, frustration, accusations and even a few tears — one wonders, “Where has all the civility gone?”  Partisan politics have erupted on the national stage, opening wounds in our democracy that may never heal. The National Conflict Resolution Center is a program birthed in San Diego 35 years ago with a goal of preventing such a breakdown from occurring. Lisa Maxwell, Training Director of the National Conflict Resolution Center, will talk with us about what they are doing to get us back to civility. See flyer at end of newsletter.  Read more:

President’s Matters by Joan Thompson, President

Dear Fellow Branch Members,

Please take time to be Thankful for all we have such as: our fellow branch members, those people in our lives who help us grow, loved ones, the right to vote, the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court, and freedom of speech.  Please add what you are thankful for to the list.

T = thanks for all we have

H= help others grow

A= acknowledge others’ civilly

N = now is the time to give thanks

K = kindness is not overrated

F= fun in our lives

U= understand others may have different views

L= listen to learn from others.

Thank you all for being part of our branch. I am thankful for you and what we do to advance women’s rights.

Public Policy by Marie Dye

Sunday, January 20, 2019 is the date for the next Women’s March, and once again our branch will be participating. More details will be provided at a later date.  If you are interested in wearing an AAUW shirt, you can order an AAUW jersey on Shop AAUW at

However, it’s not required to wear to the march.

How Do Your Senators and Representatives Vote? The AAUW Action Fund Congressional Voting Record (CVR) provides information about elected federal legislators through the votes they cast on issues that are critical to the Action Fund’s mission.  The CVR provides information about senators’ and representatives’ co-sponsorship and votes. Each legislator is scored based on their record on AAUW priorities. These priorities include equal pay, education, campus sexual assault, campaign finance, human trafficking, and reproductive rights. The CVR is distributed to every member of Congress.  You can download the CVR at

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

Did You Know?

  • Over half a century after the U.S. passed the Equal Pay Act, American women still face a substantial gender wage gap across the spectrum.
  • Today, on average, a woman earns 80.5 cents for every dollar a man earns, and women’s median annual earnings are $10,086 less than men’s, according to data from the US Census Bureau.
  • Women 65 and older are nearly twice as likely as men in this same age group to be poor or near poor (20 percent vs. 12 percent); median household income for women is a little more than half that of men in this age group.
  • Women in the U.S. Congress 2018 comprise 20.0% of the 535 members; 23 women (23%) serve in the U.S. Senate, and 84 women (19.3%) serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Only six U.S. state governors (12 percent) are women.

AAUW membership is continually striving to make things equal: in the classroom, in the workplace, in government.  You belong to an organization that people listen to and look to for answers about women and girls in our country and our world.  Congratulations on making the right choice to belong!!

Membership Orientations for New and Prospective Members

Membership orientations are open to new members who want to know more about our branch and prospective members.  If you have a friend, co-worker or a neighbor who might be interested, please bring them to one of our orientations. Send us her email address and telephone number and we will send her a personal invitation.  Our New Member Orientations are scheduled for 6:30- 7:30 p.m. at these locations:

Tuesday, October 23rd – 4S Ranch Library

Wednesday, November 7th –  Rancho Bernardo Branch Library

Tuesday, November 13th – Rancho Penasquitos Branch Library

The American Association of University Women is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Come find out about our branch and find out more about AAUW!

Overflow Crowd at October Proposition Meeting by Harriet Gerza

Overflow crowd for the Proposition meeting – SRO!  Over 70 attendees!  What an unexpected turnout we had as our speaker from the League of Women Voters covered all the state and most city propositions to a riveted crowd.   Thanks to Jeanne Weidner for her terrific presentation.  Kudos to all who came to be conscientious about what to vote for on November 6.  Remember, this is an important election for not only propositions but many statewide and local races.  VOTE!!!

Happy Hikers – Piedras Pintadas Trail by Lyn Johnston

Happy Hikers will be hiking the Piedras Pintadas (“painted rocks”) trail near Lake Hodges on Saturday November 3rd.  We will be walking to a small waterfall along this easy 3.8-mile looping trail.  This hike explores a small part of the rich San Diego County Kumeyaay Indian culture and habitat by following a well-marked trail with interpretive plaques. The trail is an important habitat refuge for many native and migratory animal species, especially birds. The native Kumeyaay peoples were inspired to use this natural canvas for ceremonial rock art created 500-1000 years ago.  The actual pictograph site is now off limits to the public due to vandalism. However, interpretive signs along the trail provide fascinating insights into Kumeyaay culture and daily life.  This is the trail we planned to walk in March, but rain forced a change.  Hopefully with no rain we can enjoy this historic trail in November. The following link will provide more information about the Piedras Pintadas Trail

We will carpool at 8:30 a.m. at the Park and Ride next to the Stater Brothers Store and 24-Hour Fitness at 10025 Carmel Mountain Road.  We will drive to Rancho Bernardo Community Park at 18448 West Bernardo Drive to begin our walk at 9:00 a.m.

Please email Lyn at to let her know if you will be able to join us or call her at 858-831-0052 if you have any questions.

Garden Gals by Lynda Trunzo

Join us on Friday, November 2, for a day at Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach.  Roger’s Gardens is a seven acre garden shop showcasing landscape and indoor plants, along with gallery shops featuring floral decor, home decor, books, and art work.  Beginning in October, Roger’s Gardens brings the holidays alive with their niche galleries filled with attractive, curated ornaments and flower arrangements for sale.  View Roger’s Gardens online for a peek at their Christmas shops.

Lunch reservations are for the Farmhouse Restaurant, a farm to table restaurant located on site. Reservations are for 12:15 p.m.  All AAUW members and friends are invited to join us on this trip. Meet at Lynda Trunzo’s house at 8:15 a.m. for a departure time at 8:30 a.m.  Carpooling is greatly encouraged.  Depending on member responses we will try to arrange a carpool for those living closer to Highway 15.  Our travel will include using Toll Road Highway 73 in Orange County which requires Fastrack usage.  Those without Fastrack can use the Toll Road by contacting CalTrans online the next day and paying online for the day use. We estimate leaving Roger’s Gardens around 2:00 p.m. to arrive back home around 3:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to Lynda Trunzo at  I will give you the address and gate code for my home.

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

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