Welcome to the AAUW Mission Viejo-Saddleback Valley Branch!

Mission:  Advancing gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

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.

Our branch serves the Saddleback Valley area with a membership that stretches from Irvine to San Clemente, Laguna Beach to Rancho Santa Margarita and all points in-between.


Dear AAUW Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley members,

During this time of social distancing, we want to stay connected and keep you up-to-date. We’re here to support, inspire, and share how to make the best of the situation, day in and day out.

The wellbeing and safety of our members remain our top priority, so we will be postponing our social gatherings (monthly meetings, books clubs, leadership meetings, lunch bunches, wine and mingle, nature walks, etc.) until further notice.

We are exploring videoconference solutions to stay in touch, and please keep an eye for upcoming emails detailing our latest events.

If you have any questions, need assistance with grocery delivery, picking up prescriptions, transportation, etc. Please feel free to reach to your branch members or me, and I’ll be more than happy to be of assistance.

At your service,



Succesful event sponsored by AAUW Mission Viejo and the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce about: “Stop Human Trafficking” on Saturday, February 22 at the Norman P. Murray Senior Center in Mission Viejo.


John Salamy, Director of Events for the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce; John Zielasko, CEO of the Chamber; Lauri Burns, panelist from Vera’s Sanctuary and The Teen Project; Trish Kelley, City of Mission Viejo Council Woman; Karen Dennis, Co-President of AAUW MV/SV; Dr. Sandra Morgan, panelist and Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice and member of the White House Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking; Kathie Perino, Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative of Saddleback Church; Marcia Milchiker, Co-President of AAUW MV/SV and South Orange County Board of Trustee.  Not pictured is Jeff Jensen, who was excellent by the way.

Upcoming Branch Events…




Saturday, March 21

from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Great American Write-In


Delhi Center in Santa Ana, CA
RSVP:  Karen at karendennis@mac.com
Thursday to Sunday

April 16 – 19

AAUW State Convention
Westin San Francisco CA
RSVP:  Martha Uriarte at marthauriarteusa@hotmail.com
Happy Hour

Recruitment event

Members Tea Time

Recruitment event

May 2020
Mother’s Day Brunch
RSVP:  Karen at karendennis@mac.com
Saturday,  June 6, 2020
Scholarship Luncheon
Claim Jumper Restaurant
RSVP:  Karen at karendennis@mac.com
July 2020
Leadership Retreat and installation of New Board
RSVP:  Martha Uriarte at marthauriarteusa@hotmail.com
August 26, 2020
100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage
RSVP:  Martha Uriarte at marthauriarteusa@hotmail.com

AAUW Fiscal Year:  July 1st, 2019 to June 30, 2020

The November 2019 issue of our newsletter is online! Visit our Members Only section to view the latest issue.

2019- 2020 MVSV OFFICERS

Presidents Council: Karen Dennis & Marcia Milchiker
Treasurer: Jean Dietrich
Secretary: Mary Jo Cumming

Leadership Council: Carolina Tercero

Membership Outreach Chair: Martha Uriarte 

Update of accomplishments:

Donna Gough announced that Natalie La is our Tech Trek winner for 2019.

She will be attending a science camp at UCI that starts
on July 7, and we will hear more about this exciting week in September.

Tech Trek is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) camp designed to develop
interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on activities in STEM-related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional and
recreational facilities are located on a university campus where camps are held.


The Scholarship Luncheon in June, chaired by Carolina Tercero, for the
End of the Year Celebration to honor scholarship recipients.
(front) Osher Recipients: Nazanin Arjomandr-Nejad, Fabiane Muniz-Penny,
Leslie Toice, and Fereshteh Younesi,
(middle) Lisa, Marcia, Carolina, Mary Jo, and Kathie and Betty who are holding the Certificate
from AAUW CA congratulating us on our 40th Anniversary of the Founding of the Branch, and
Martha Uriarte, Membership Outreach Chair (back) Karen Dennis, Dawn, Elaine, Rachel Maus
(Scholarships Chair), Jean, Donna, and Karen Lewis.


On May 20, 2019

Martha Uriarte was sworn in by Board Vice President Timothy Jemal during the Board of Trustees meeting on May 20, to serve as the South Orange County Community College District’s new Student Trustee for the 2019 2020 academic year.
Martha, a second-year Saddleback College student studying international business, officially assumes this role after being elected by her peers
Martha is a member of the Saddleback College chapters of Alpha Gamma Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Upon graduation, she plans to transfer to California State University, Fullerton or Pepperdine University.

Past events 2019:

Friday, August 30  @ 4:30 p.m. AAUW Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Marketing Plan

O’Neill’s Bar and Grill, Mission Viejo
RSVP: Karen


Sunday, September 22 @ 3:00 p.m. “Shape the Future Membership Drive”

Marcia Milchiker Residence
RSVP:  Marcia at mmilchiker@cox.net


Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 40th Year Celebration

Claim Jumper Restaurant – RSM
RSVP: Elaine at jschnitter@cox.net



December 3 Is a Day of Giving Scholarships

In keeping with our mission of advancing gender equity in the lives of women and girls through research, education, and advocacy, our branch gives two types of scholarships to women from Saddleback College each year.
Kindly sent your 100% tax-deductible to the Saddleback College Foundation,
28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. MEMO LINE: AAUW MV/SV



FIFTY YEARS LATER “Relive the excitement” of the Apollo 11

Many thanks to Carolina Tercero who promoted this outstanding educational program for us. Carolina and Marj Besemer, of OLLI, worked together on the publicity.
Happy Holidays and I hope to see you on December 8th at the Holiday Dinner Party.


AAUW Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley 
Wonderful memories of our 40th Anniversary 

Celebrated at  Claim Jumper Restaurant – RSM

Promotional flyer: Flyer for Oct. 12 



Co-Presidents, 2019 – 2020