The American Association of University Women of Laguna Beach

(AAUW-LB), a 501(c)4 organization founded in 1967, is a dynamic growing organization with many exciting programs, interest groups and opportunities to get involved in the community. Our diverse membership includes residents of Laguna Beach and surrounding communities, spanning a wide range of ages and professions.


AAUW Laguna Beach Branch News


The Learning Club’s tutors help children succeed in school

Lagunans looking for a worthwhile, satisfying activity may want to investigate the possibility of volunteering for The Learning Club, which asks only for an hour or two of volunteers’ time each week to tutor kids. 
The Learnithe-learning-clubng Club (TLC) is sponsored by The American Association of University Women, Laguna Beach.  TLC is an after-school tutoring program at El Morro Elementary School for students in grades 2 – 5 who have been recommended by their teachers as needing additional help with homework and basic educational concepts so that they can better succeed in school.  
TLC will operate Tues and Thurs afternoons from Jan through May. Local adults and teens are welcome to apply. No experience necessary; training is provided.  
To volunteer, or for more information, contact Peggie Thomas 949-499-1817,pegthomas@cox.net, or Barbara Antonacci 949-215-5553, anton21@cox.net


New 2016 Membership Form.
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Your AAUW-Laguna Beach site now has a page devoted to photos from the many various events.

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Holiday Wine Tasting


Karen, Ann & Barbara

 Join us on Sunday, December 4, 3:00-5:00pm at the beautiful home of Karen and Gerald Stevens for this annual holiday event.  Wine buyer, Ann Stephens from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, will once again donate her time to guide us through our tasting.  Sadly, this will be our last wine tasting with Ann as she is retiring from HiTime.  The theme for this year’s wine tasting is “Bargain Wines from Around the World.”  Ann will choose dry white and red wines that retail for $15.00 or less.  Guests will try a chardonnay from Romania, a merlot from California, a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, a pinot gris (pinot grigio) from Slovenia, a Beaujolais and a Rhone-style blend from France.  These are all delightful wines that don’t cost a fortune!

   Proceeds will go to our Returning Women to College Scholarships.  Please send a check for $40/person payable to AAUW-LBF to Barbara Hamkalo, 1040 Miramar, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 no later than November 27 as space is limited. 

 WHERE: The home of Karen and Gerald Stevens,
32531 Caribbean Dr., Monarch Beach, CA

WHEN: Sunday, December 4 from 3:00-5:00pm

RSVP: Please send a check for $40/person payable to AAUW-LBF to Barbara Hamkalo, 1040 Miramar, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 no later than November 27 as space is limited.

If you would like to contribute an hors d’oeuvre, please contact Barbara at bahamkal@uci.edu by November 25.

AAUW-LBF and AmazonSmile You shop.  Amazon gives.

Help spread the word that our AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation is now signed up with AmazonSmile!  What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com.  The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation (a private 501-c-3 organization) will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.  For our AAUW members, the charity is called American Association of University Women Laguna Beach Foundation.
Find out how…..

News from National

Report reveals women are harassed out of STEM fields

A recent analysis by The Atlantic showed that despite the progress of women’s representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, they are often sexually harassed out of the industry.
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A Letter from Lisa M. Maatz – AAUW Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy

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Election 2016: Where We Go from Here

After the votes are tallied, the real work begins. Read AAUW’s analysis of what happened and what’s ahead.

Contact Your Senator in Support of AB 1676

We need your help to get crucial pay equity legislation over a critical hurdle — passage through the Senate. AB 1676 (Campos) is an important measure that will place severe limits on employers being able to use an individual’s prior salary as a basis for his/her new salary.
Our state senators are scheduled to consider the bill this week. If passed, it will continue to the Assembly for approval of amendments and then to the Governor’s office for signature. This all has to happen before the end of August.


AAUW Laguna Beach Sunday Event-Lynn and CeCe with speaker, Jessica Buchleitner

Greeting the guests

More than 68 eager listeners

Fritz , Miriam, Nancy, Lesley, and Carol

Anita, Deana, Farie and Barbara