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About Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW

The Martinez and Pleasant Hill AAUW Branches officially merged September 2012. The Martinez Branch was chartered in 1948, and Pleasant Hill in 1957.  Our newly established branch offers friendship, support for personal and professional growth, community leadership, gender equity and scholarships to our local community.  We have 100+ members who are a diverse group of professional career women, community activists, elected and appointed public officials, teachers, parents, artists.  We are young, single, married, single again, employed and retired.

Congratulations to our Officers elected during our April Zoom meeting for our 2021-2022 year President: Gayle Miner and Reba Siero, Program Vice Presidents: Bobbi Horack and Sally Whitset, Membership Vice Presidents: Barbara Minneman and Karen Winters, AAUW Fund (EF) Vice Presidents: Jennifer Apkarian and Claudia Bass, Secretary: Susan Trebino, and Treasurer: Trinka March.


Officers 2021-2022

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


Meet our Pleasant Hill and Martinez past presidents.

Pleasant Hill and Martinez Past Presidents

Deposit & Reimbursement Request Form

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Deposit & Reimbursement Request Form

Barbara Newacheck Memorial Award Winner

Barbara Newacheck was a dynamic member of the Pleasant Hill Branch who embodied the values of AAUW. She passed away in 2004 and in 2005 the Barbara Newacheck Memorial Award was established to honor a member who, like Barbara did, advances the mission of AAUW through her contributions to the Branch and beyond.

This year’s award winner, Diane Coventry, is the recipient of our annual Barbara Newacheck award. Diane joined AAUW in 1998. She lives in Martinez with her husband where they have raised a family and at least one dog. She is currently a proud grandmother. Diane went to school at San Francisco State University majoring in Geology after which she received her Master’s in Education with a Science Curriculum at Cal State University Hayward. She worked at Chevron for a time before becoming a teacher at Mt Diablo Unified School District where she taught 4th and 5th graders at Hidden Valley Elementary and then science at Sequoia Middle School.
After retiring from Mt Diablo Unified in 2017 where she worked for over 25 years, she became our Local Tech Trek Coordinator. Her Tech Trek responsibilities expanded when she became Co-Director of Tech Trek Camp Sonoma State. She has also served as Local Fund co-VP and helped run the SAM Program at Fair Oaks Elementary. She now represents our branch at the Inter-Branch Council with Gayle Miner. She has not only served on the bowling tournament fundraising committee, but also proceeded to win that tournament with her team. She has also tried her hand at Mah Jongg.
Diane has volunteered at Lindsay Wildlife and John Muir Land Trust. Her love for the outdoors is apparent as she enjoys hiking and spends time at her cabin near Quincy in the mountains. It is a pleasure to work with her in various positions and activities. She is energetic, fun to work with and has a great sense of humor. She is also responsible, organized and innovative. It is our pleasure and honor to present to her the 2021 Barbara Newacheck Award.


AAUW Fund supports our work to promote equity for women and girls. There are several different entities included within Funds, and all donations are fully tax deductible. Pleasant Hill-Martinez Branch of AAUW has historically been a generous contributor to AAUW Fund. ranking ninth highest in the state in 2016. In the 130 years of Fund, nearly 100 million dollars in over 12,000 fellowships, grants and awards have been given to recipients from the United States and more than 130 other countries. Every contribution of any amount each of us makes truly helps in some way to make the world a better place.

Legal Advocacy Fund includes Legal case support (women in the academic world who are being harassed sexually, or because of gender), Campus Outreach Grants and LAF case Support Travel Grants. Public Policy Fund promotes government relations and keeps members apprised of federal and state policies affecting women. Eleanor Roosevelt Fund publishes research reports, including Behind the Pay Gap; Why So Few?; Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School; and Graduating the Pay Gap. Leadership Programs Fund includes NCCWSL (we sent our first women from DVC this year, see below), Campus Action Projects and Start Smart salary negotiation workshops. Elena Noble is very involved with our Start Smart local Program. Finally, Educational Opportunities Fund, which gives Fellowships and Grants for women seeking advanced degrees, and also promotes Tech Trek.

The Named Gift Recipients received an award, at the June Brunch, reserved for members who have made extraordinary gifts of time and hard work in the branch and AAUW. Fund Committee presented the 2021-2022 Pleasant Hill-Martinez Named Gift Honorees to Reba Siero . Needless to say, our year was an extraordinary one. Reba was the glue that held us together and set us up on Zoom so we could continue with our meetings and programs. She has been our tech guru and patiently helps fellow members with tech issues from learning how to set up Zoom meetings, use excel and others. Reba has been president several times. She is also our newsletter editor and has been for an exceptionally long time. In addition, she is more than willing to send out blasts and print address labels when requested. Congratulations.

NCCWSL - National Conference of College Women Student Leaders

The 2021 National Conference for College Student Leaders (NCCWSL) will be held the end of May 2021 and will be virtual. Our student from Diablo Valley College who will be attending is Bryanna Nicole King, and she is 19 years old. She is majoring in communications and marketing and will be transferring next fall. Her sights are on a variety of UC campuses in which she has applied. A common theme from her references were that she is an excellent student, very motivated, encouraging towards others and displays leadership skills. Her school and community activities reflect her leadership skills. Bryanna had an internship with Professional Businesswomen of California conference in 2021. Her role was marketing the conference. In addition to school, Bryanna has started her own online business Bree Sticks Company.

Bryanna was excited about attending NCCWSL. She feels developing leadership skills will help in pursuing her goals. In her essay she said, “This conference will help me further develop my voice and use it in school, my business and in the workplace in my future.” At our end of the year “brunch” via Zoom we had the pleasure to hear from Bryanna who attended the virtual from Bryanna after attending NCCWSL this year. She said it was amazing and thanked us for giving her the opportunity to attend. Bryanna enjoyed the workshops. She did highlight a few speakers. One was about rage and the ability to acknowledge your rage but make it productive. Another was how to brand yourself which was especially helpful as Bryanna runs her own business. Next fall she will be attending UCLA, majoring in communications and marketing.

AAUW Fund Luncheon

Here is a photo from the 2019 Northern California AAUW October Fund luncheon with members from our branch and Saalem Adera, Fellowship recipient. Part of her grant came from the Martinez Branch 50th Anniversary fellowship. She is attending UC Berkeley and working on her Ph.D. in hydrology (study of water). Once finished with school, Saalem wants to improve planning for access to plentiful and good quality water availability through various parts of the world.

AAUW American Fellowship scholar, Cloe-Mai Le Gall-Scoville, spoke at the 2016 Fund October Luncheon about her doctoral studies. Part of her fellowship also consisted of funds from the Martinez Branch 50th Anniversary fellowship established in 1998. It was particularly meaningful for Branch members, who usually don't get to meet a Fellow who benefited directly from the Branch's fundraising efforts, to meet Cloe. The grant is allowing the language and literature major to concentrate on finishing her thesis on the role of race and gender in 19th century literature. She is pursuing her doctorate at UC Davis.

American Fellowship doctoral scholars pictured are: Dena Al_Adeeb, New York University, Middle Eastern and Islamic Art Studies, Cloe-Mai Le Gall-Scoville, UC Davis, Language and Literature; Maria Tourtchaninvoa, UC Berkeley, Social Work, Abisola Kusimo, Stanford, Mechanical Engineering, Connie Wun, Mills College, Education and Womens Studies.

Special Recognition for Lifetime Member Carol Baier

Lifetime Martinez AAUW member, Carol Baier, was recognized at our 2017 Soup Supper by the speaker, Dianna Vanni Matthias. Carol was Dianna’s chemistry teacher in 1953-54 at Alhambra Union High School. It was her first year of teaching at Alhambra and the first of 63 continuous years of membership in our Branch. Dianna was a bright, hard-working junior at the time. When she graduated, she received a $50 scholarship from the Martinez AAUW Branch. She used it to buy a textbook for one of her DVC science classes. In those days, science books were by far the most expensive.

Dianna spoke movingly of Carol’s impact on her life. Carol, spotting her abilities, even used contacts at UCSF to obtain bacteria samples so Dianna could learn to transfer them to slides. In her quiet way, Carol strongly encouraged Dianna to pursue education and a career in science even though it was a difficult choice at the time for a woman both in gaining the education and in opportunities for meaningful work.

Dianna has never forgotten Carol, the only female instructor she had in all her education up to and including the doctorate, and Carol’s encouragement, her seeking out extra experiences to add interest and challenge to Dianna’s classwork and her steadfast support. Dianna had a newspaper picture of herself, Carol and a few other students (all boys) from a 1954 edition of the Contra Costa Gazette, enlarged and framed to present to her. Dianna and her husband have created a $1000 scholarship in Carol’s honor for a young woman in the Alhambra Class of 2017 who wants to pursue a career in mathematics or science.

Carol, a biology major from Beloit College in Wisconsin, is an avid environmentalist having been active on the Friends of the Franklin Hills and the creation of the Briones Bio Region. She has been honored by several groups and she has contacts with a number of environmental organizations.

We often don’t realize the positive impact our actions, fueled by the values and goals of AAUW, have on the women and girls with whom we interact. Thank you, Carol.

We will dearly miss our friend, Marilyn Tubbs , who passed away in June 2013 and touched so many lives. Marilyn was a member of the Pleasant Hill branch since 1963 and filled just about every position available, including chapter president twice. She was especially interested in education and served on a commission instituted by the City Council. For the branch, she worked very hard at Fair Oaks in the Student Store and volunteered a tremendous amount of time toward the SAM program. She also published our Newsletter for several years and was our first Webmaster. A scholarship fund has been set up in her name. Congratulations to Annie Rana, who was chosen as the recipient in 2013. She is attending the nursing program at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael.

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