The second day of convention had four workshop sessions with six or more choices per session. CA Online branch members Kathy Andreini, Sallyann Berendsen, Jan Cook, Charmen Goehring, Judy Horan, Lynn Janeway, Susan Negrete, Kay Odgers, Carol Patrick, Dale Satake, Harriet Tower, and Jo Turner were among the 43 presenters. I heard many positive comments about the high quality of the workshops. We all are leaving inspired to see AAUW grow during the coming year.
A highlight of the day was hearing the finalists in the Eleanor Stem Allen Speech Trek competition after lunch. The topic was “Gender Bias and Inequality.” We heard many voice the opinion that they were glad they were NOT among the judges. Winner was Sharon Lu, a senior at Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel. Kudos to online branch member Cathy Foxhoven who organized the state-wide Speech Trek competition again this year. When Cathy recovers from convention, we’ll have our final branch program of this year, focused on the competition.
At the CA Online branch gathering, it was revealed that 26 members voted in our officer election. Elected were: President, Sandy Hansen; Program Vice-President, Cathy Foxhoven (2nd year); Treasurer, Sandy Kirkpatrick; Membership VP, Kathy Andreini; and AAUW Funds VP, Sallyann Berendsen. I must thank the branch for honoring me as 2015-16 Named Grant Honoree. (Sandy Hansen). We shared ideas for the branch for the next year. We agreed that more of us should be contributing to this blog, which is the face of the branch. If YOU would like to occasionally post to this blog, contact email@example.com for password and instructions. Blogging is NOT limited to officers.
Several of us dressed up for the evening gala and enjoyed a reception as members of either the AAUW Legacy Circle or the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle. We all enjoyed the evening dinner which featured author Sheila Weller telling us about some of the female journalists and singers she has written about.
The evening was capped with AAUW Fund awards. Branch member Judy Horan was honored for her long-time involvement with AAUW as the California named grant honoree. This is usually a surprise, but Horan accepted the honor with a nice speech, quoting Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and finally thinking her mother.