February 2014 – AAUW Central Coast Fellows Luncheon

AAUW Central Coast Fellows Luncheon – Saturday, February 22, 2014 – Madonna Inn Garden Room

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AAUW Central Coast Fellows Luncheon

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Garden Room, Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA

Guest Speakers:

Lindsey Higgins American Fellowship recipient, Cal Poly SLO Agribusiness Department

Farnaz Daneshpour, International Fellowship recipient from Iran, Cal Poly SLO Agribusiness Department

Allyson Toscher, Career Development Grant recipient for Nursing CSU Channel Islands

Sharon Westafer, AAUW CA Director, AAUW Funds

Menu: Santa Maria-style buffet lunch with Tri Tip, BBQ Chicken, Garlic Bread, Chili Beans, Green Salad and Potato Salad. Dessert and beverage included. Vegetarian option is a Grilled Portabella Mushroom “Steak” layered with heirloom tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, seasonal vegetables and a balsamic reduction drizzle.

The AAUW Santa Barbara County InterBranch, including Santa Barbara-Goleta, Santa Maria, and Lompoc Branches, joined the AAUW San Luis Obispo County InterBranch to bring these AAUW Fellows together to be honored at a wonderful luncheon in the Garden Room of the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA.  Over 125 women gathered to hear our AAUW CA President, Alicia Hetman, share what is happening in AAUW this Spring, updates about Convention and Legislation, and to hear Sharon Westafer, AAUW CA Director, AAUW Funds update us about the current distributions of Grants and Funds.  We were then treated to 3 outstanding women, who shared their history and their plans as they use the Fellowship Grants they have received.1794546_10202631351640538_1120336892_n

Farnaz Daneshpour, International Fellowship Recipient studying Agribusiness at Cal Poly, SLO. She plans to teach back home in Iran as there currently are no female teachers with agribusiness.1238900_10202631409481984_1106501048_n

Lindsey Higgins, American Fellowship Recipient, assistant professor of agribusiness at Cal Poly, SLO. Project name: Consumer Behavior and Wine Marketing. How interesting that Farnaz the International Fellow is a student in one of Lindsey’s classes.1798506_10202631495844143_1211442062_n

Allyson Tosher, Career Development Grant Recipient studying Nursing at CSU, Channel Islands. Looking to becoming a traveling nurse to help women and families.1970566_10202631544005347_728634634_n

Each of the ladies was given a year membership in AAUW.