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President’s Message

President’s Message By Nancy McCabe

Welcome Spring! A couple of activities to note this past March:

AAUW Sacramento Branch was well represented at Sacramento County’s Inaugural Women and Girls Festival on March 9. This was the first time in Sacramento that so many people have gathered to celebrate women and girls at a festival organized by women, with women, for women. Mahnaz Khazari, Jan Stuter, Terry Chekon and I hosted an AAUW table at Sac City College. It was also a learning experience that we need a more dynamic presentation to engage passersby, with interesting handouts and perhaps a spinning wheel with prizes.

You can see highlights of the event in these <photos>.

On March 16, the AAUW California Gov Trek Committee hosted the 2024 Gov Trek Finale! Here are the results:

The student campaign team that won the highly contested 2024 Gov Trek mock election competition: Team Vote Eliana. This team includes four high school girls from San Ramon, two from Roseville-South, and one from Santa Cruz County. Congratulations to the members of those branch communities and these up-and-coming leaders! The team members will receive internships and awards.

Watch the Gov Trek Finale and Campaign Competition recording and share it with your branch members HERE.

To view each campaign video, click the team name.
 Grand Prize: Vote Eliana
 Best Candidate Speech: Gov Trek Girlies
 Best Campaign Management: Melissa 4 Riverside
 Best Campaign Ad & Flier: Abby for Senate 
 Best Voter Outreach Plan: Vote Delisha
 People’s Choice Award: Gov Trek Girlies

AAUW Fund Luncheon

AAUW Fund Luncheon By Donna Holmes

Sponsored by your Capitol Counties Interbranch Council

Saturday, January 20, 2024 Northridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Ave. Fair Oaks, CA
Noon – 2:00pm

Keynote speaker: Tracy Ramondini, Elk Grove Sheldon High School teacher  and Gov Trek State Committee member, will update us on the Gov Trek program.

In addition, two current AAUW Fund Recipients will share their educational journeys,  focusing on details and progress of their work.

Reserve your spot today; deadline for reservations is  January 10, 2024.

Make your $40 check payable to AAUW CHAR and mail to:
AAUW CHAR, P.O. Box 1555, Fair Oaks, CA  95628
Include the following information:

Name _______________________________________ Branch _________________________

Phone __________________________ Email _______________________________________

Please indicate your menu choice:

____ Turkey w/mashed potatoes & veggies

____ Vegetarian Risotto

2024 AAUW IBC Luncheon Flyer

Tech Trek/Gov Trek

Tech Trek Has Trekers!! By Lori Franz

Thanks to the diligent work of our wonderful Tech Trek committee recruiters, Gloria Yost and Kathleen Deaver, the applications for the July UC-Davis camp are starting to arrive.  Gloria and Kathleen have done a great job with contacting principals and teachers, and working with parents to produce completed applications for another quality class of young women with interests in STEM fields.

We have all had to learn the new application and tracking software, CampDoc, and adapt as we have the fun of being first-time users of a newly developed system. Chair Mary Miller has diligently interacted with the state coordinators to keep our process and data responsibilities moving forward.  We are excited to be able to meet the applicants soon.

For those members who would like some limited, but very fun, interaction with the camps and campers, we have been asked to recruit some volunteers to help out during the Davis camp week. Please consider!!

Gov Trek By Charmen Goehring

Gov Trek is AAUW CA’s newest state project. We aim to encourage high school junior and senior girls to consider running for office and/or working on campaigns in the future. This program has been executed over five sessions on Zoom, running every other Saturday. All previous sessions were recorded and can be found on the AAUW CA website.

Please see below for the link to the Gov Trek Finale and Campaign Competition, and attend if you are interested to see what Gov Trek was about.  Times are PST for those of you out of state!!

SESSION 5: Gov Trek Finale & Campaign Competition 3/25 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM 

Join us for an exciting morning to include video opening remarks from Senator Toni G. Atkins and eight campaign teams who have been selected to participate in the state finals, with live judging and awards. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RRG-IJI5QUCHyojxaFQe-g

What is GOV TREK??

What is GOV TREK??


Learn about the new AAUW program,
By Shauna Ruyle, Gov Trek Program Director, govtrek@aauw-ca.org with editing by Liz Jordan

Men still vastly outnumber women in the halls of power. Let’s close that gender gap! The Gov Trek launch webinar was held on Nov.16 and you can find the details at https://www.aauw-ca.org/introducing-gov-trek/

AAUW branches can offer the new, free, virtual statewide program developed by AAUW California for high school girls in their junior and senior years. The purpose is to expose them to careers in public service and elected office. Starting in January and conducted through five virtual two-hour sessions, the activities will be engaging, interactive and inspirational. See how your branch can participate!

Gov Trek 2023 Volunteers Needed! You can volunteer to help with one, or more, of the five two-hour sessions. Click here for the Volunteer Training and more details about the job. HERE