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About Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW

The Martinez and Pleasant Hill AAUW Branches officially merged September 2012. The Martinez Branch was chartered in 1948, and Pleasant Hill in 1957.  Our newly established branch offers friendship, support for personal and professional growth, community leadership, gender equity and scholarships to our local community.  We have 100+ members who are a diverse group of professional career women, community activists, elected and appointed public officials, teachers, parents, artists.  We are young, single, married, single again, employed and retired.

We have installed our 2017-2018 officers. Our Presidents' Team, Jennifer Apkarian and Claudia Bass, and board members welcome you to our Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW website.


Officers 2017-2018

Our Vision Statement: AAUW empowers all women and girls to reach their highest potential.


Meet our Pleasant Hill and Martinez past presidents.

Pleasant Hill and Martinez Past Presidents

Deposit & Reimbursement Request Form

Members -- The Deposit & Reimbursement Request Form is now available online here. Save, complete, and print the form below.

Deposit & Reimbursement Request Form

Barbara Newacheck Memorial Award Winner

Barbara Newacheck was a dynamic member of the Pleasant Hill Branch who embodied the values of AAUW. She passed in 2004 and in 2005 the Barbara Newacheck Memorial Award was established to honor a member who, like Barbara did, advances the mission of AAUW through her contributions to the Branch and beyond.

This yearís award winner, Trinka March, has been a member since 1990. Since then she has held many positions within the Branch, including the office of president at two different times. She is a lifelong resident of Martinez and has made contributions to the community through her business and her ongoing involvement with Alhambra High School. Nineteen years ago she was on the cutting edge of the Tech Trek program when she volunteered to be an instructor for Northern Californiaís first Tech Trek camp at Stanford. Since then she has been a regular staff member of Tech Trek camps throughout Northern California and has even volunteered to be a dorm mom. Throughout the years she has always been ready to step in wherever there has been a need. She is a woman of many titles: wife, mother, volunteer, band and orchestra member, who happens to play four different musical instruments, veterinarian and active AAUW member. Congratulations, Trinka!


AAUW Fund supports our work to promote equity for women and girls. There are several different entities included within Funds, and all donations are fully tax deductible. Pleasant Hill-Martinez Branch of AAUW has historically been a generous contributor to AAUW Fund. ranking ninth highest in the state in 2016. In the 130 years of Fund, nearly 100 million dollars in over 12,000 fellowships, grants and awards have been given to recipients from the United States and more than 130 other countries. Every contribution of any amount each of us makes truly helps in some way to make the world a better place.

Legal Advocacy Fund includes Legal case support (women in the academic world who are being harassed sexually, or because of gender), Campus Outreach Grants and LAF case Support Travel Grants. Public Policy Fund promotes government relations and keeps members apprised of federal and state policies affecting women. Eleanor Roosevelt Fund publishes research reports, including Behind the Pay Gap; Why So Few?; Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School; and Graduating the Pay Gap. Leadership Programs Fund includes NCCWSL (we sent our first women from DVC this year, see below), Campus Action Projects and Start Smart salary negotiation workshops. Elena Noble is very involved with our Start Smart local Program. Finally, Educational Opportunities Fund , which gives Fellowships and Grants for women seeking advanced degrees, and also promotes Tech Trek.

The Named Gift Recipients received an award, at the May Brunch, reserved for members who have made extraordinary gifts of time and hard work in the branch and AAUW. Fund Committee presented the 2016-17 Pleasant Hill-Martinez Named Gift Honorees to Sherrie Moore and Marlene De Lorenti , Co-Chairs of A Taste of Fall, our Fall fundraiser, for their inspiration and leadership. They have been honored for tremendous fundrasing and for the hard work and commitment they have put into so many activities in the Branch over the relatively short number of years they have belonged. Congratulations.

NCCWSL - National Conference of College Women Student Leaders

Diablo Valley College (DVC) student Shia Stennis was selected to attend the 32nd annual National Conference for College Women Students (NCCWSL) at the University of Maryland in Baltimore in June. An honor student, Shia earned an Associate of Science degree at Napa Valley College and immediately enrolled in introductory architecture classes at DVC which she will complete in June before entering the University of California at Berkeley to study for a Bachelorís degree in architecture.

Shia, who volunteers at Seneca Support Services helping an autistic individual, also has a strong sense of community and a desire to use her interest in architecture and design ďto create solutions in order to achieve socio-economic needs for the community whether that is the development of schools, homeless shelters or the preservation of an area.Ē She sees NCCWSL as a way to strengthen her leadership skills so she will be able to make a difference in society in a more impactful way. Shia enjoyed all of the workshops, and her favorites were Negotiating Your Wage, Self-Care and Activism.

Our local AAUW Branch raised the money for her registration and transportation. The Conference, sponsored annually by AAUW and other organizations focused on education, attracts about 1000 college women from every state and from around the world. The two and a half day event includes a wide choice of workshops focusing on leadership skills, advocacy, and a variety of issues pertinent to todayís college women as well as outstanding keynote speakers and tours and activities in Washington, D.C.

AAUW Fund Luncheon

AAUW American Fellowship scholar, Cloe-Mai Le Gall-Scoville, spoke at the Northern California AAUW Fund October Luncheon about her doctoral studies. Part of her fellowship consisted of funds from the Martinez Branch 50th Anniversary fellowship established in 1998. It was particularly meaningful for Branch members, who usually don't get to meet a Fellow who benefited directly from the Branch's fundraising efforts, to meet Cloe. The grant is allowing the language and literature major to concentrate on finishing her thesis on the role of race and gender in 19th century literature. She is pursuing her doctorate at UC Davis.

American Fellowship doctoral scholars pictured are: Dena Al_Adeeb, New York University, Middle Eastern and Islamic Art Studies, Cloe-Mai Le Gall-Scoville, UC Davis, Language and Literature; Maria Tourtchaninvoa, UC Berkeley, Social Work, Abisola Kusimo, Stanford, Mechanical Engineering, Connie Wun, Mills College, Education and Womens Studies.

Special Recognition for Lifetime Member Carol Baier

Lifetime Martinez AAUW member, Carol Baier, was recognized at our 2017 Soup Supper by the speaker, Dianna Vanni Matthias. Carol was Diannaís chemistry teacher in 1953-54 at Alhambra Union High School. It was her first year of teaching at Alhambra and the first of 63 continuous years of membership in our Branch. Dianna was a bright, hard-working junior at the time. When she graduated, she received a $50 scholarship from the Martinez AAUW Branch. She used it to buy a textbook for one of her DVC science classes. In those days, science books were by far the most expensive.

Dianna spoke movingly of Carolís impact on her life. Carol, spotting her abilities, even used contacts at UCSF to obtain bacteria samples so Dianna could learn to transfer them to slides. In her quiet way, Carol strongly encouraged Dianna to pursue education and a career in science even though it was a difficult choice at the time for a woman both in gaining the education and in opportunities for meaningful work.

Dianna has never forgotten Carol, the only female instructor she had in all her education up to and including the doctorate, and Carolís encouragement, her seeking out extra experiences to add interest and challenge to Diannaís classwork and her steadfast support. Dianna had a newspaper picture of herself, Carol and a few other students (all boys) from a 1954 edition of the Contra Costa Gazette, enlarged and framed to present to her. Dianna and her husband have created a $1000 scholarship in Carolís honor for a young woman in the Alhambra Class of 2017 who wants to pursue a career in mathematics or science.

Carol, a biology major from Beloit College in Wisconsin, is an avid environmentalist having been active on the Friends of the Franklin Hills and the creation of the Briones Bio Region. She has been honored by several groups and she has contacts with a number of environmental organizations.

We often donít realize the positive impact our actions, fueled by the values and goals of AAUW, have on the women and girls with whom we interact. Thank you, Carol.

We will dearly miss our friend, Marilyn Tubbs , who passed away in June 2013 and touched so many lives. Marilyn was a member of the Pleasant Hill branch since 1963 and filled just about every position available, including chapter president twice. She was especially interested in education and served on a commission instituted by the City Council. For the branch, she worked very hard at Fair Oaks in the Student Store and volunteered a tremendous amount of time toward the SAM program. She also published our Newsletter for several years and was our first Webmaster. A scholarship fund has been set up in her name. Congratulations to Annie Rana, who was chosen as the recipient in 2013. She is attending the nursing program at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael.

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