Fallbrook AAUW recognized for 70 years of community service

Enjoying a Christmas get together are AAUW Mentors and Mentees,from left, Janet Walker, Yenny Aguilar, Terri Keyes, Rosemary West, Andrea Martinez, Lee Leal, Antonia Rojas, Karen Langer Baker, and Suzetty Castellanos.
Enjoying a Christmas get together are AAUW Mentors and Mentees,from left, Janet Walker, Yenny Aguilar, Terri Keyes, Rosemary West, Andrea Martinez, Lee Leal, Antonia Rojas, Karen Langer Baker, and Suzetty Castellanos.
Elizabeth Leader, president of Fallbrook AAUW, shows the Board of Supervisor Proclamation at the AAUW Mentor Program Christmas Party.
Elizabeth Leader, president of Fallbrook AAUW, shows the Board of Supervisor Proclamation at the AAUW Mentor Program Christmas Party.

FALLBROOK – The County Board of Supervisors, by way of a proclamation presented by Supervisor Bill Horn, has recognized 70 years of community service by Fallbrook American Association of University Women (AAUW).

In 1881, Marion Talbot and Ellen Richards met in Boston with 15 alumnae representing eight colleges to consider measures to expand opportunities for women and to assist women in obtaining higher education. From that meeting came the formation of AAUW’s first organization known at that time as the Association of Collegiate Alumnae.

AAUW has been a catalyst for change since its inception. A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, it currently has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and over 800 college and university partners.

AAUW Member Sherry Ludwig reads the Board of Supervisor’s Proclamation at the AAUW Christmas Party.
AAUW Member Sherry Ludwig reads the Board of Supervisor’s Proclamation at the AAUW Christmas Party.

Shortly after the end of WWII, 12 women met to discuss the formation of an AAUW Chapter in Fallbrook. The first meeting took place Sept. 30, 1946. Over 70 years later, Fallbrook AAUW continues to serve the community, and to provide mentor/mentee programs, scholarships and opportunities for the young women of Fallbrook.

Those interested in joining AAUW, or in obtaining more information about the organization, can contact Teresa Fiske at FiskeTeresa@gmail.com.

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