Welcome to the San Luis Obispo (CA) Branch of AAUW!

Join us for our January meeting

This will be a virtual “Zoom” meeting.

You can join from the comfort and safety of your home.

When: Monday, January 11th, 7:00 pm

Megan’s Organic Market aka Legal Marijuana/Cannabis in San Luis Obispo

Please join us at the January 11th Branch meeting to meet a successful local female entrepreneur. Megan Souza was a philosophy graduate pursuing a master’s degree in English when she decided to step away from the academic life and with her partner focus on the cannabis and hemp industry. She and her partner opened a CBD store in Morro Bay in 2013 and in 2020 she has opened the first San Luis Obispo city store that sells recreational product.

We will learn what it is like to run a business selling a controversial product and overcoming community resistance. What the demographics of her business turned out to be (seniors vs students).  How tough it is to comply with county and city regulations, and what challenges does the agricultural part of her business face.

We hope you will “tune in” to learn about this subject and to be able to ask questions directly of an experienced owner/operator of a cannabis business.

Our meeting will be on Zoom at 7pm, January 11th.  Look for your evite invitation as the meeting draws near.

 The San Luis Obispo branch was organized in 1943 and has been a vital part of the community for over 75 years.

The branch was instrumental in the creation of Mission Plaza and the Art Center of San Luis Obispo.  We also initiated Art Park, a summer arts program for children, and were founding members of the SLO County Women’s Legacy Fund.  We continue to sponsor candidates’ and issue forums.

Today the branch consists of more than 60 women from varied backgrounds who promote the Association’s goals.

Our current community actions include:

    • Tech Trek:  is a math and science camp for middle school girls
    • Adopt-a-Poll: staffing a voting site during elections
    • San Luis Obispo High School Scholarships: our branch raises money to provide scholarships for college-bound high school girls.
    • Scholarship & Loan Committee: was created to assist re-entry students at Cuesta College. The Committee is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
    • Support for the Educational Foundation: Provides fellowships and grants to women for graduate study and community action
    • Support for Legal Advocacy Fund: Provides support for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination in academia and the workplace
    • Friends of the Library/AAUW In-School Reading Program: Volunteers read with children in a classroom setting to provide literacy experiences that encourage, support, and celebrate children’s efforts to learn to read.

Branch meetings are generally held once a month on either Monday evening or Saturday during the day at various locations around town. These monthly programs provide opportunities for members to discuss and learn about critical issues affecting women and the community.  For more details on upcoming programs please see the programs page. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to talk to a branch representative before attending a meeting, please feel free to contact us.

We also have a variety of special interest groups you may enjoy.  These include two bridge groups, two book clubs, craft group, hiking, and dining out.  Please join us!

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