Peggie Thomas, Karen Dennis, Barbara Hamkalo, Nancy Miller

Message from the Presidents Council
The 2017-2018 AAUW-LB Board of Directors has a new structure of leadership as voted on in our bylaw changes in the spring.  We have four former presidents comprising a Presidents Council and will share responsibilities throughout the year with the help of the vice presidents.

February 2018  PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE-Peggie Thomas

As we look ahead to our 2018 Branch offerings and events, I would first like to reflect on some of AAUW’s accomplishments during this past year. 

  • 17,000 people learned critical salary negotiation skills through an AAUW Start Smart workshop. Lesley Danziger and her Start Smart team conducted 4 workshops at Orange Coast College (OCC) and the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) for our Branch. Our members also participated in an informative and interactive program that highlighted the Start Smart workshops at LCAD on January 28th.
  • 8,000 students brought AAUW programs to their campuses in 2017. OCC and LCAD have joined AAUW as an institutional member, partnering with the national organization and the Laguna Beach branch.  Our Branch sponsored a student from each campus to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in Wash DC. 
  • 1,600 students participated in a Tech Trek summer camp at any of the 22 camps, in 10 states which now host Tech Trek programs. Under the leadership of Alice Apkarian, our Tech Trek Branch coordinator, our Branch sponsored 9 Thurston 8th graders from Thurston middle school who attended a week-long STEM summer camp in 2017.  In 2018, we will provide 8 scholarships to Thurston girls and 2 to girls at Venado Middle School, a Title 1 school in Irvine.
  • 270,000 messages were sent to lawmakers in 2017 by AAUW members and supporters. These messages helped pass new State equal pay laws among others.  But in the coming year, our voices need to continue to be heard on issues of concern to women and girls, such as student debt and Title IX enforcement.