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:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Program

Why do gender inequalities persist in Economic Development, work and families?  How should   we address sexism in the workplace?

Join us Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Lompoc Library, Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave, Lompoc to find out the answers to these questions.  Sarah Thébaud, Ph.D, Associate Professor, UCSB Sociology Department will speak at 7 pm about her research to identify and understand the processes that reproduce particularly persistent forms of inequality.  Dr. Thébaud’s research has been published in several publications to show how organizational policies and practices, gender norms, and stereotypical beliefs about men’s and women’s abilities matter for understanding phenomena such as the household division of labor, gendered patterns of hiring and workplace authority, and men’s over representation in academic science and engineering.
For more information visit:  http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/faculty/sarah-th%C3%A9baud
A short business meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. Please contact lompocvandenberg-ca@aauw.net to learn more about our branch and our activities.


Our first meeting of the 2017-18 AAUW year will be held Saturday, August 26 at 10 am at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center, 1515 East Ocean Avenue, Lompoc. Our five 2017 Tech Trek campers and some of our Tech Trek Alumni will tour the hospital earlier with Nora Wallace, Public Relations Coordinator.

Pictured from left to right: Elena Jones, Membership VP; Kati Smith, AAUW Fund VP; Mary Beth Parks, Treasurer; Pat Grijalva, President, Jenelle Osborne, Secretary, Dianne Owens, Program VP

Our guest speaker, hospital Lab Director, Ann Ladwig, will tell us about her experiences in the STEM field and our five Tech Trek girls will speak about their camp experience at UCSB this summer.

Lunch will be furnished by the Lompoc Valley Medical Center and we will serve ice cream for dessert!

Reservations are necessary by August 17.

Please email dianneowens9@gmail.com or call 805-733-1734.

Saturday, August 26, is also Women’s Equality Day. The date commemorates the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which secured women’s right to vote, on August 26, 1920. It is also a time to acknowledge that the Nineteenth Amendment didn’t include all women and that 97 years later the fight for gender equality is still far from over!

Let’s celebrate this important occasion by wearing “suffragette white” to our meeting!

Please join us to celebrate a successful Tech Trek 2017 and a women’s right to vote!

“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.

Click here to view the program.

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.