Welcome to the Lompoc-Vandenberg (CA) Branch of AAUW!

AAUW is a national organization that offers friendship with like-minded people and an arena for making a positive contribution in your community. Membership is open to all people who hold an associate degree or higher and an interest in advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

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


Upcoming events:

May 11, 2017:  “Annual Meeting and Installation”

Our “Annual Meeting and Installation” will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 6 pm at a member’s private residence.  Members are bringing heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine or soft drinks to share.  Reservations should be made by Tuesday, May 9, so we will have enough chairs and tables for all!  For more information email dianneowens9@gmail.com or call 805-733-1734.   Myra Wapner, one of our Charter members, will be our installing officer.  It promises to be a fun evening.

The nominating committee, Dianne Owens, Kati Smith and Jenelle Osborne, is pleased to present the following officers for 2017-18.

President: Patricia Grijalva
Program VP: Dianne Owens
Membership VP:  Elena Jones
AAUW Funds VP:  Kati Smith
Treasurer:  Mary Beth Parks
Secretary:  Jenelle Osborne

Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the May 11 meeting.   Officers and Interest Chairs will give a short report on their activities for the year and the officers will be installed after the election.

AAUW CA election and AAUW National Election:

It is also time to vote in the AAUW CA and AAUW National elections!  We will have two or three laptops available for members to vote during our Annual Meeting.

The AAUW CA election is simple as the number of openings on the Board of Directors matched the number of candidates running.  I had an easy election and am now an AAUW CA Board Director!  But, we still need to vote on the Public Policy priorities with a “yes or no” vote.  It just takes a few minutes, so please vote today using the link sent to you by email.  Or vote at the Annual meeting on the laptops!  Voting runs from April 22 to May 12.

The AAUW National election runs from April 17 to June 15 at 9 pm EDT.  You will be voting for candidates for AAUW Board of Directors, the proposed Public Policy Program changes and amendments to the AAUW Bylaws.  The AAUW Outlook you just received has a comprehensive voter guide inside and the AAUW.org website has even more information!


“One Member, One Vote” gives all of us the opportunity to vote in both the CA and National elections.  You don’t have to attend a meeting to vote.  Vote in the comfort of your home or bring your Spring 2017 AAUW Outlook with your member number and voter pin located near your mailing label to our May 11 meeting.  I have a super pen to give to everyone who votes!!

Please consider bringing a prospective member(s) to our Annual meeting.  It will be a very informative meeting for them.  For more information, please contact  dianneowens9@gmail.com or 805-733-1734.   Remember to RSVP by Tuesday, May 9.


AAUW CA Leadership Day, Santa Barbara UCSB, May 20

All AAUW members are invited to attend the Central Coast AAUW Leadership Day on Saturday, May 20 at the UCSB Mosher Alumni House in Santa Barbara.  The cost is $25 which includes morning coffee, pastries, fruit and lunch.  We will begin with registration at 9:30 am and end at 3 pm.  There will be four workshops which everyone will attend.  Six of our members are attending.  Why don’t you join us?

Please contact dianneowens9@gmail.com or call 805-733-1734 for more information.

**Save the Date:  Annual Branch Planning Retreat—Saturday, July 8!


April 24, 2017:  “State of the Lompoc Unified School District 2017”

On Monday, April 24, Superintendent of Schools, Trevor McDonald and Assistant Superintendent of Schools – Education Services, Kathi Froemming will discuss the “State of the Lompoc Unified School District 2017” with our branch members and guests.  The meeting will be held at the Lompoc Public Library, Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Avenue at 7 pm.  A short  general meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

Community members and prospective members are invited to attend the program.  For more information, please contact Dianne Owens at dianneowens9@gmail.com or 805-733-1734.


March 11, 2017: Women’s History Month Celebration with Congresswoman Lois Capps

DID YOU KNOW? The public celebration of women’s history in this country began in 1978 as Women’s History Week in Sonoma County, California. By 1986, fourteen states had declared March as Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

We will celebrate Women’s History Month by honoring recently retired Congresswoman Lois Capps at the Vandenberg Village Country Club (now the Mission Club) on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Santa Barbara County Supervisor, 3rd District, Joan Hartmann and Lompoc City Councilwoman Jenelle Osborne will attend and speak briefly.

WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9:30 am
WHERE: Vandenberg Village Country Club (Mission Club),
4300 Clubhouse Road, VV
WHO: All AAUW members, prospective members and guests
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Congresswoman Lois Capps
RESERVATIONS: dianneowens9@gmail.com or 805-733-1734 by March 3rd
COST: Tickets $20 each by March 3rd to Dianne Owens,
70 Aldebaran Ave., Lompoc

Checks should be made out to AAUW.
Cancellations by March 3–sorry, no refunds after that date Invite your friends and join us for a delicious brunch and a great program!


February 11, 2017: Healthy and Happier Me

February is “Healthy Heart Month.”  To celebrate our health, we will meet for a healthy breakfast/brunch at 9:30 am, Saturday, February 11 at the Valley of the Flowers Church, 3346 Constellation Road, South Vandenberg Village.  After a short business meeting, we will learn about the importance of exercise from fitness director, Kaiyrn Montoya and how to keep our brain healthy from Katherine Walsh.  This is a program you won’t want to miss!

The public and prospective members are invited to join us for breakfast and the program.  Reservations should be made by emailing dianneowens9@gmail.com or calling 805-733-1734.


January 13, 2017: International Program

On Friday, January 13, 2017, the Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch will celebrate AAUW International Programs with an African themed potluck dinner beginning at 6 pm at the Valley of the Flowers Church, 3346 Constellation Road, South Vandenberg Village.  A short business meeting will follow dinner.  At about 7 pm, Dianne Owens, Program VP, will facilitate a slide show and discussion about her 3 week safari trip to Africa in October/November 2016.

The public and prospective members are invited to join us for dinner and the program.  Reservations should be made by emailing dianneowens9@gmail.com or calling 805-733-1734.


The Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch, AAUW invites you to join us in our support of issues important to the status and well-being of women and girls. We have been active in the community for 50 years, since 1964, when our branch was founded. We are proud that for more than 130 years, AAUW members have made a difference on critical women’s and civil rights issues and continue to bring people together united behind the common goal of breaking through educational and economic barriers for women and girls. Our public policy programs support the social, economic and physical well-being of all individuals and families. For more information, check our Activities tab and our Newsletter tab.