Mission Based Projects


Annually, AAUW CA sponsors Speech Trek, a speech contest for high school students.  The students compete locally for prizes and the opportunity to become one of three finalists to present at the AAUW CA convention for cash awards.

Students who participate in Speech Trek have the opportunity to develop and refine their public speaking skills. The yearly topic allows these students to advance their understanding of democracy by speaking about societal issues.  In addition, the students can enhance their interview and job-performance skills.

The following are the basics of the AAUW Speech Trek program.  Students prepare and present a five- to six-minute speech for their local AAUW CA branch on a theme revised each year.  Videos of the local branch winner’s speech are used to select three finalists to compete at the AAUW CA convention. The final competition is held at a State event for AAUW CA.  Cash prizes are awarded to the winners at both the local and State level competitions.

This year the Speech Trek topic is the following: “How can we—students, parents, faculty, our communities, and organizations such as AAUW—eliminate violence aimed at our schools?  What actions can we take to prevent another tragedy from taking place?”

As Healdsburg AAUW members we, too, can make a difference by coaching a high school student.  Would you like to participate in Healdsburg AAUW Speech Trek?  We are asking for volunteers to be coaches for our local student participants.  We will have 1-2 coaches with each student. Speech Trek needs volunteers interested in working with these young orators to help them write a strong, persuasive argument and present it with poise and polished advocacy As a coach, you will receive training and support as you work with your student.
Hillary Kambour and Diane Burnley


Future Prep is AAUW’s volunteer program at Healdsburg and Cloverdale High Schools to help students explore career choices and understand the pathway, education, and life skills necessary to attain those careers. We anticipate three-four events this year, focusing on careers in the medical field. We also participate in a number of classroom activities, ranging from offering feedback on student’s community service activities and as observers in the presentation of junior class internship projects. Volunteers are needed for this worthy and enjoyable project.  This is a highly rewarding activity for all who participate in it, including the volunteers, presenters, and organizers.
Cecile Peters:  Cloverdale
Kim Jensen:  Healdsburg


GEMS is focused on girls in 8th to 12th grade.  Our goal is to keep girls engaged in STEM by interfacing with successful female role models and to learn about career opportunities through talks, local visits/field trips, etc. It is exciting that our GEMS team is growing.  We now have four members that have volunteered to help plan and execute on GEMS programs for the 2018/2019 school year, but we could use more assistance.

Our first program will be a Professional Women’s Career Panel that is scheduled for the evening of Monday September 17 at the Healdsburg Library.   Additionally,  we are in the early discussion and planning stages regarding possible fieldtrips to Keysight Technologies (tentatively Feb 2019), Canine Companions, local hospital, Pixar, and a local winemaker/chemist.

It takes an AAUW Village to bring these programs to fruition so please let us now if you would like to help. You can contact:

  • Vicki Pearson, Chair
  • Julia Graves
  • Cathy Mock
  • Liz Schuiling.


Using teacher provided material, Reading Rocks is a program that helps AAUW volunteers work with young student to improve their reading skills, build their confidence, and give the individual attention that is so hard for the classroom teacher to devote to them. A favorite activity of Reading Rocks is the holiday book giveaway, where each first grader at Healdsburg Elementary and Westside School receives a new book of their own.
Shally Schultz and Pat Bertapelle

Holiday School Supplies

Every year our members bring school supplies for the elementary teachers of Healdsburg to the Holiday party. It is very much appreciated by the staff and the principals.
Barbara Epstein