Past events

AAUW Fiscal Year:  July 1st, 2022 to June 30, 2023


AAUW Morning Book Group

Meets each month on the second Monday at 10:00 am. We meet at various locations around Saddleback Valley, announced via email 10 days or so before the meeting. We choose our syllabus in December at the yearly Holiday Bruch; everyone suggests books they would like to read, and then we vote. We read a good cross-section of titles and authors,  fiction and non-fiction.

Our discussions are lively and enlightening.

Contact Kathie Youmans for further details.

Moviegoers will meet the Fist Sunday of the month.

Let Elaine know if you are interested to join to receive the Zoom link.

RSVP Elaine,

All are welcome!


Meeting SECOND Thursday of the month

New members are welcome,
and all must RSVP to Rachel Maus (

Nature Walkers

Let Elaine know if you are interested.

RSVP Elaine,

The GOURMET DINNER group meets every other month.

Please contact Karen Dennis at

The Gourmet Dinner group is not meant to be only for couples. It is an open group and works on the principle of first come/first served.

The number of people will be limited to the size of the host’s dining area.

Cultural Event/Tour Group

Please inquire with Mary Jo about future events

Please RSVP to Mary Jo at

At various times

Past events…

Update of accomplishments:

Moving forward with our Zoom meetings…

Many thanks to our members-attendees.


Succesful event sponsored by AAUW Mission Viejo and the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce about: “Stop Human Trafficking” on Saturday, February 22, 2021 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.


Donna Gough announced that AAUW – Mission Viejo will benefit 4 Middle School girls by covering expenses to attend the 2021 Virtual Tech Trek.

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


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

Claim Jumper Restaurant – RSM
RSVP: Elaine at


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

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