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

November Meeting

Saturday, November 16th, 2019 10:00 AM

First Presbyterian Church SLO – Geneva Room

(On the corner of Marsh and Morro)

Please join us for our next interesting and informative speaker at the November meeting.

Our guest speaker is Loreli Cappel, Senior Project Director for the Economic Vitality Corporation. The EVC is a provider of development services and business resources throughout San Luis Obispo County. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is funded by both private and public sector sponsors. The EVC mission is to help start and grow businesses on the Central Coast and create a more vital economy. They work in many areas such as Workforce Housing, Infrastructure, Broadband, and many issues related to Airport growth and the closing of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Ms. Cappel has a background in Urban Revitalization and works with communities to form long-term plans.

When Loreli was contacted about speaking at our meeting she said :

“My mother (Debbie Roller – Atascadero) is a member of AAUW and I have much respect and admiration for your organization!”

Let’s show her our interest with a great turnout to hear more about this important organization and the challenges they see for the future of San Luis Obispo.

Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.

We look forward to a great turnout where we can gain some valuable knowledge!

(If you don’t want to use metered street parking, there is a city parking garage with entrances on both Marsh and Morro streets.  The first hour of parking is free.)

 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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