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.




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


Upcoming Branch Events…




Dec 8

FROM 5: 30 – 7:30 P.M.

AAUW Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Annual Holiday Party and Tech Trek Scholarship Fund
Freedom Village
RSVP:  Kathie at kyoumans@icloud.com
Saturday, Jan 18. 2020
Women’s March
Santa Ana, CA
RSVP:  Martha Uriarte at marthauriarteusa@hotmail.com
Feb 22,  2020

from 10 a.m. to noon

Human Trafficking Program
Location Norman P. Murray Center
RSVP:  Karen at karendennis@mac.com
Monday to Friday, March 16 – 20
Women’s History Week

Series of events, speakers, presentations, awareness, and historical recognition of women’s efforts,

Saddleback College, IVC and The Women’s Journey Foundation.
RSVP:  Martha Uriarte at marthauriarteusa@hotmail.com
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
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