The Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch (ORE), founded in 1962, is committed to the educational, cultural and environmental improvement of our area as well as our world. We offer thought-provoking programs, varied interest groups and the opportunity to socialize with a diverse group of educated, interesting women. We share a common commitment to continued learning, women’s issues and community betterment. Our common mission in AAUW is to break through barriers for women and girls. Our branch’s primary function is to support and mentor young girls from our community, beginning in junior high with Tech Trek and continuing through high school and college.
Our membership base draws from the three Central Valley towns – Oakdale (population 22,936), Riverbank (population 24,482) and Escalon (population 13,657). There are no barriers to membership based on gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. We are privileged to share membership in the National AAUW and the California AAUW communities.
Current Events – 2020
No matter how open and accepting we believe ourselves to be, we must do better. That’s why this year we would like to focus on ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ as our theme for the year. It is time that we take this stance, along with our state and federal branches of AAUW to do more, act more, make a difference. You will see this theme tied into our meetings this year. We will focus on what we can do as a branch to bring attention to the issue of diversity and inclusion. – Tena McLane-Ceja, Branch President
Meet Tech Trek’s Virtual Camp Host Mary “Dr Mimi” Isaac: Thursday, May 13th, 7:00 PM via ZOOM.
Tech Trek is going virtual this summer and we will get a peek at how it will look and feel at our May meeting. Mary “Dr. Mimi” Isaac the Virtual Camp Host will give us a brief presentation and demonstration of what the campers will experience. “Dr. Mimi” is a passionate practitioner-researcher focused on female engagement in engineering and technology following a long career in the global energy business. With studies in engineering (BSME 1982) and education (MAT 2010, PhD 2015), she preaches and researches hands-on outreach nonstop, presenting and publishing through organizations including the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE), International Technology and Engineering Association (ITEEA), National Science Teachers Association (NSA), For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), and AAUW. She lives in Southern California with her husband, St. Nick, and five dogs.” Our Tech Tech Co-Director Zoe Kilkenny, says of her: “This is the AMAZING woman who tackled Zoom Tech Trek single handedly! I remain in awe of her tenacity.”
Our branch Study Group on Racial Injustice will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, May 26th, 7-9 pm to conclude our discussion of the book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We can Prosper Together. Branch member, Teri Curtis will moderate the discussion. Prospective members contemplating joining AAUW are invited to attend one session. If interested please contact Teri for the invitation.
Due to the limitations placed on gatherings because of the Corona Virus, meetings will be held on the Internet via Zoom or some other video option. Members and prospective members wishing to attend Branch meetings and receive a Zoom Invitation to attend please email our Membership VP, Clydora H., firstname.lastname@example.org for details.