AAUW HAPPY HOUR: Thursday, NOVEMBER 8th from 5:00 to 7:00pm: Happy Hour at Bristol’s Cider!
PRESENTATION : The Childcare Crisis
NOVEMBER 18, 2023: NOON – 1:00 PM
AAUW HOLIDAY LUNCH : DECEMBER 9, 2023 @ 11:00 a.m. at Atascadero Community Church on Rosario Avenue.
SAVE THE DATE ! ♦ February 13, 2024 ♦ 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. ♦
Join us for Happy Hour! NOVEMBER 9th – Bristol’s Cider House
So far, this group has been super successful, with long time and newer members coming out, and ladies bringing friends too! We’ve had great beer at Wild Fields, yummy cider at The Poisoned Apple, good wine at Carbon 6, and just recently, beautiful rum cocktails at Cane Tiki Room in Paso Robles! Come meet us on the second Thursday of the month from 5-7 pm for some lively conversation, and delicious cocktails, mocktails, beer, cider, and/or wine.
Photo Caption: Another great AAUW Happy Hour in September at the Cane Tiki Room. Pictured, Barb Babka, Annette Niizawa Rodriguez, Christina Lefevre Latner, husband, Michael Latner, and Kim Parisi. Kim is a friend of Christina’s from elementary school who recently relocated to SLO from Santa Cruz where she went to school. Go Banana Slugs!
Future dates & locations:
November 9th at Bristol’s Cider House
We will close out the year back at Wild Fields Brewhouse, December 14th.
What is AAUW?
Atascadero AAUW Inc. is a branch of the American Association of University Women. Our branch, the oldest on the Central Coast, was founded in 1937 and serves the communities of Atascadero, Santa Margarita, and Templeton. We currently have more than 100 local members who are dedicated to promoting equity for women and girls, both locally and nationwide.
Members of Atascadero AAUW and their guests are invited to attend monthly meetings from September through May with informative speakers and opportunities to interact. In the summer we offer social get-togethers for current and prospective members. In addition, many members participate in interest groups, such as book discussions, Great Decisions discussions, and many other learning opportunities. More information about these activities can be found on our Programs page and on our Branch and Community Activities page.
Atascadero AAUW welcomes new members who share our commitment to equity for women and girls. Our Membership page offers additional information about joining our branch. Our dues and fundraising efforts support national and local opportunities for women and girls, such as college scholarships and Tech Trek, a week-long science camp for seventh grade girls held at U.C.S.B. More information about these forms of outreach are located elsewhere on this website.
Since its founding in 1881, AAUW has promoted equity for women and girls, life-long education, and positive societal change. AAUW is California’s most active and diverse organization for women offering advocacy, equity, personal and professional growth, community leadership opportunities, and friendship.
Atascadero AAUW is a 501(c)(3) organization.
The purpose of AAUW is to promote equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
History of Atascadero AAUW
AAUW Atascadero began in 1937 with 10 members — all of whom have since died. Many were teachers in the beginning years; two who laid the groundwork for the Atascadero branch were Maybelle Frandsen (President in 1937-39 and 1951-53) and Shelley Fenny (President in 1939-41 and 1943-47).
In 1950 there were 22 members. Money for the Educational Foundation was raised from bridge parties, selling stationery and greeting cards, and by holding International Dinners.
1960-70 saw our membership grow to almost 40 members. In these years there were discussions of legislation. Today AAUW supports women’s causes and tries to encourage more women to run for elected office.
During the 1970’s we studied topics suggested by AAUW, such as women’s health, the energy crisis, and education. As membership increased, interest groups began – including a weekly quilting group, Sandpile (a young mothers group), coupons, and lunch bunch. Elizabeth “Betty” Putnam came to town in 1974. She was the driving force for our branch and the Educational Foundation during the 1970’s and 1980’s. During the ’70’s our membership rose to 80.
The 1980’s were more action-oriented. Membership reached 100 because of Sandpile; ArtPark was started, and in March 1980 the national organization proclaimed Action for Equity week.
During the 1990’s, fundraising continued for AAUW’s Educational Foundation, and the Legal Advocacy Fund was established to help women who faced work discrimination. Membership during the 1990’s hovered around 80.
From 2000 to the present Atascadero AAUW has expanded its outreach to women and girls through college scholarships and Tech Trek, a week-long summer camp for seventh grade girls. To support these efforts, our branch created fundraisers like Mardi Gras and “Eclipsed,” a murder mystery dinner theatre, and we participated twice in Atascadero: Dancing with Our Stars with a dancer who represented our organization.
We also refocused our programming to include more mission-based topics, like enhanced economic security for women and leadership roles for women in local politics. We created summer social get-togethers. And we expanded our interest groups to provide more learning and social opportunities for members. In 2023, Atascadero AAUW has 118 members. Come join!