April 2016 :The First Thirty Years

Take a trip down memory lane:
Reminisce, Recount and Reconnect with AAUW Santa Maria Branch history of the first 30 years, 1951 to 1980’s via PowerPoint at our annual meeting. Bring your memories, the scrapbooks will be available to peruse. Share a giggle, share a thought about how we and AAUW and our town have changed in these years gone by!
Our historical memories are brought to life for all to enjoy!

A lovely young 5th grade girl, Milania, will entertain us with her vocal renditions of “oldies”.
(You may have heard her at the rodeo events,
at PCPA, or on America Has Talent recently.)

When: Saturday, April 9th, 11:30am-2pm Where: Quail Meadows West Clubhouse 866 Whipoorwill Dr, Orcutt (off of College)

Cost $10: Lunch bar-b-que sandwiches, dessert & beverages


(Remember: a reservation made is a reservation paid Handicap accessible venue)



Milania Sanchez, a gifted 5th grade girl, serenaded us with music from the 1950s and 1960s … we all strolled down memory lane as she sang the songs of our days gone by.

Our luncheon was all homemade, by our dear Marion, and we feasted on BBQ sandwiches, pork n beans, macaroni salad, with a great dessert … yes, we do enjoy our luncheons!

After lunch we had our annual presentations of Named Gift Honorees, this year honoring 2 members In Memorium, and our Immediate Past President, Barbara Steveson.

We are always so pleased to remember and to honor our members, especially those who have been long time members, as one of ours , Meredith, had been for 40 years.

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Our Historian, Jeni, has been archiving our Branch Memories from our Scrapbooks to DVDs for preservation.  Like many Branches, we have newspaper articles, photos, and other memorabilia from the inception of our Branch in 1951.  We shared memories of the establishment of the branch, the Charter Membership, the members of the first 30 years, the Teas, the Presentations, the Programs, the Co-sponsorship with other organizations in our community, like the League of Women Voters.  Some surprises were those members who had also made a great impact on our community, such as Dorothea Nelson, Santa Maria Librarian for many years, and remembered with a special room at the new Santa Maria Library.  Also many noted that the programs presented resembled many of the programs we are presenting today, including International Issues.  What has become Great Decisions was originally a discussion group at the beginning of the Branch.  Interest Groups included Bridge Clubs, Book Groups, and a Gourmet Cooking Group.  We were delighted to see fashions of days gone by … and how everyone dressed up, in dress suits, with gloves and hats, dresses, stockings, and high heels.  Yes, the times, they were a different!!