Come and join the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW on September 19

Potential new members are invited to come to the first General Meeting of the 2019-2020 year for the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at Cerritos Park East, 13234 East 166th Street, Cerritos, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Members will be hosting their Annual Potluck dinner and look forward to meeting potential new members. This will be an opportunity for members and potential members to meet the 2019-2020 board members, learn about the branch’s programs and activities for the year, and sign up for the branch’s Interest Groups.

The branch’s Interest Groups were formed out of members’ desires and wishes for social interactions, friendship, stimulating conversations, gourmet food, and just plain good fun. The Interest Groups include: Breakfast Group, Gourmet Group, Great Decisions Discussion Group, Las Comadres Lunch Bunch, and Readers’ Theater for reading plays. The Interest Groups meet at the homes of members or at restaurants on different days or nights, monthly or quarterly, and at different times.

Members and guests are invited to come to the September 19 meeting, meet the leaders of the groups and sign up for the group of their choice. Guests may participate in the Interest Groups for a maximum of three times before a paid membership in the AAUW will be required to continue participation.

Membership in the AAUW is open to graduates who have an associate, baccalaureate, or higher degree from accredited college or university. The AAUW’s goal is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. AAUW National raises funds and provides fellowships and grants for graduate women. The La Palma-Cerritos branch raises funds for Academic Achievement Awards at Cerritos College for women who plan to continue their education at a four- year college or university. Our branch also raises funds to encourage middle school and junior high school girls to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects in high school and college, with hopes they will consider STEM careers in the future. For the past three years, our branch provided camperships for eighth grade students to attend a one- week STEM Tech Trek Camps at Whittier College in June. The camp was sponsored by AAUW California Special Projects Fund for Tech Trek.

For more information about the programs and activities of the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW, contact Program Co-VP Karen Cox at 562-519-0596. For more information about joining the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW, contact Membership VP Sue Solomon at 562-926-2746.

Pictured are members of the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW at their Planning meeting on June 22,2019. Seated, left to right, are board members, Treasurer Marilyn Forsstrom, President-Elect Beverly Zwick, President Harriet Moses, and Secretary Christine Taxier. Other past or present board members in the second row, left to right, are Edna Ethington, Sondra Cohen, Sue Solomon, Joan Autry, Carol Marsh, Faith Herschler, and Sue Carruthers. Third row, left to right, are Celia Spitzer, Dorothy Edwards, Gail Ross, Karen Cox, and Brenda Hicks. Photo courtesy of Edna Ethington