AAUW Sonora, CA Branch

AAUW California was launched in San Francisco in 1886. The Sonora Branch was chartered in 1961. We are actively seeking new members and welcome your inquiries. We present programs throughout the year addressing the issues of equity for women as well as social programs. Click on the calendar under EVENTS tab for schedule. There are many interest groups that meet monthly in small groups for socializing. Click on the Interest Group section for more information. Come join us.

2015-16 Executive Board


Front row:  Membership Co-VIce-President-Elsie Bruno, Co-Presidents-Carolyn Lott and, Melody Brotby, By-Laws, Parliamentarian-Laulette Ginn.  2nd Row:  Treasurer-Leah Decker, Past Co-President-Carol Malispina. 3rd Row:  Program Co-VIce-President-Nancy Michaud,    Treasurer-Elect-Ranai Cholez, Secretary-Betsy Hurst-Younger; 3rd Row: Membership Co-VIce-President-Joan Wilkenson, Program Co-Vice-President-Augusta Parrington, President-Elect-Judy Borgquist.

2015 Speech Trek – 2nd place was won by Sydney Jones, sponsored by AAUW Sonora Branch.

The final 2015 speech contest was held during the AAUW CA Annual Meeting. Each finalist presented her 5-6 minute speech concerning the value of a 4 year college degree, and the judges were faced with a difficult task.

Pictured are (from left): 1st place winner Emma Harrington ($1500), sponsored by the Napa Branch; Sydney Jones, 2nd place ($1000), from the Sonora Branch; Ciera Miller, 3rd place ($500), sent by the Sacramento Branch.

This was the 8th annual Speech Trek, a memorial to Eleanor Stem Allen, whose husband Gray Allen is the contest sponsor.

The topic for the 2015-16 Speech Trek Contest is Gender Bias and Inequality.

2015 Scholarship Recipients


Left to right – Leah Dambacher, Katie Freeman, Rachael Kelly, Marissa Morris, Sabrina Deckard, Isabella Bachtelle, Julia Jensen, and Jocelyn Schader.