Beach Cities Branch College Scholarships Awarded for 2017

Congrats to our AAUW Beach Cities 2017 college scholarship winners, Vanessa Matias (who will be attending the University of California at San Diego in the fall) and Susana Barreras (who is off to the University of California at Irvine!)!

Each of this year’s scholarship recipients were TechTrek Science Camp attendees sent by our own Beach Cities branch. 

We’d like to thank Terry Hays-Horner for her tireless work for the Tech Trek / TTAG / Scholarships program for our Beach Cities Branch. She has been instrumental in creating a network of support and friendship among the TechTrek alumnae, the nominating teachers and administrators , members of our AAUW branch as well as the  TechTrek program leaders.  We are so happy that she has allowed our branch to watch as the program has grown with the girls and women involved.

Picture of two girls in front of an AAUW table.

Our two scholarship winners for 2017; Veronica Matias and Susana Barrera


Picture of three women in front of an AAUW table

Terry Hays-Horner and the two scholarship award winners: Veronica Matias and Susana Barrera

KBUG – Thanking our Mentors / Recruiting more!

KBUG Thank Yous

A big thank you to all of our Mentors this year, who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in a relationship that was very risky and most likely very difficult.  Yet, they all kept at it.

A new break-through:  We will set up a time in a computer lab for mentees to work on their technology portfolios over the summer with me in a computer lab TBD.  Mentors will be invited, but it won’t be mandatory that they attend—only the mentees. Look for the invitations to the mentees to come out June 25th for two computer lab dates in summer.

Some mentors have asked about meeting their mentees next year.  The short answer is that the mentor and your mentee will decide a meeting place, the time, and the day of the week. The long answer is as follows:  We will discuss what veteran mentors have already worked out at the June 25th meeting/celebration.

Special shout-out to Becky Tan and Adrienne Zeigler for offering their homes for mentors to meet.  Both have gone out of their way to support the mentors.  Thanks.


Opportunity to Become a KBUG Mentor

To all the potential mentors for 2017, here is a feedback letter from one of our mentors this year.  I hope to have the dates for training, but it will be sometime in late August.

“I just want to check in & share with you that my mentees and I had a busy yet fun year. We’ve discussed our meetings for next school year & I’ll be checking in with each of them this summer. We’re planning to meet in early fall.  I had an opportunity to invite my mentees to a play. Afterwards, we had pizza & cake at my house. My family was there too. We had a nice ending to our mentor meetings for this school year.  Overall, I feel truly grateful to KBUG for the opportunity of getting to know these wonderful young women.”

Not everyone experiences this kind of success, but it is possible.  If you are interested, send an email to:    I will email you the information about the training within the next few weeks.  As you know we will need 21 mentors.



President’s Message

Dear AAUW Members and Community,

The sun shone brightly as we celebrated our 19th Annual Authors Luncheon.  From the festive displays for the Silent Auction to the beautiful centerpieces on each of the tables, it was an amazing event.  And we are so grateful for the wonderful authors who shared their life stories so eloquently and with a hint of vulnerability lying just below the surface, it was almost palpable. With their book presentations and our wonderful Moderator, the entire day brought an uplifting end to wonderful year.PIc of the authors at the dias Now that the happy commotion of the Authors Luncheon (raised enough money for 7 scholarships) has given way to our final meeting in just a few days, Kathy and I thought we’d offer some brief reflections on our year.

It’s been a year when we have advanced a range of ambitious undertakings, including finding our best treasurer to date, Becky Tan. Becky also helped coordinate the successful Comedy Night which sold 83 tickets this year—a record breaking number AND got the bank to lift the monthly fee for our account.  And it’s been a year when we’ve drawn new strengths from our hard-working secretary Audrey Wilner, who for the 2nd year in a row hosted the Book Jacket Event.  And, of course, Ann Paour’s amazing leadership with her Teck Trek team made the very detailed and difficult work of winnowing down the list of almost 60 girls to 21 qualified campers.   Our branch also approved Ann’s suggestion for providing each camper with a copy of  The Knowledge Encyclopedia in addition to their memorable and possibly life-changing week at the TT Camp this summer.  A wonderful gift that other branches are also providing their campers.

And what about Vickie spear-heading a new-members event at Uncorked and overseeing an ever-growing membership of 52 paid-up members.  And always cheering on her TTAG girls, Terry Hays-Horner provided leadership and encouragement to those talented and civic-minded young ladies, so much so, that the two community presentations at the Redondo Beach Library were standing room only.

This year, in addition to updating our by-laws, we launched AAUW Beach Cities’ most significant changes in many years.  Thanks to all of you, we now have more realistic officer terms of service (two years instead of one) on an even/odd rotating basis, so that in any one year, there are only 2-3 NEW officers needed—not all 5 at once.  Yikes!  This year 2017 (odd year) Nancy Wloch is going to help us (re-)install 1)Treasurer, 2) Vice-President of Membership, and 3) Vice-President of Tech Trek (new position). Every time we hear about our branch name in the Daily Breeze or Easy Reader, and now the state website, we have to thank Vickie for her ability to spread the word—and that is not even counting the wonderful Email Blasts all year long.

Yes, we had a reinvigorating year and each of you have come with renewed momentum to continue our work of educating and enriching the lives of women and girls.

Thank you,  Dayla and Kathy

You Might Not Know These Remarkable Women, but You Should: AAUW

On Saturday, I spoke of Aileen Rizo, and her equal pay lawsuit.  This article includes Ms. Rizo and some other remarkable women you might not know about but should. From the halls of Congress to the U.N. to movie theaters, these women are blazing trails and empowering women and girls everywhere. Read more »

Source: You Might Not Know These Remarkable Women, but You Should: AAUW

Branch Meeting: Conservation, Justice & the Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Branch Program Meeting, March 4th – RSVP
The March meeting is quickly approaching, we are pleased to have Adrienne Mohan from the PVP Land Conservancy, Lizzy Hare and AAUW Research Fellow studying science and justice as well as Dr. Loraine Lundquist, physicist and climate activist. The program is titled: Conservation, Justice and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Please take a moment to RSVP at the Evite website using this link: