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 21,000), Riverbank (population 23,000) and Escalon (population 7000). 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
A Message from our Branch President in These Hard Times:
I hope you are all staying safe and have everything you need. It is with great pain that I have decided to cancel all April meetings. We need to keep in line with the current CDC suggestions and I surely want to keep everyone safe. At this point we are still planning on our May meetings, and will look at those meetings in April as the Covid-19 situation progresses. I cannot stress enough, if ANYONE needs help with anything, shopping, food, toilet paper, whatever, PLEASE reach out to me. You are not alone, and people are here to help.”
– Tena McLane-Ceja
Cancelled. “Immigration Policy in the United States: Looking Back – Looking Forward”, Pending Date – Thursday April 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m. possibly via Zoom
One thing is for sure – there is no consensus on what immigration policy should be in the United States. The only thing stakeholders agree on is that it needs massive reform. We have invited Ariana Martinez Lott, the Valley Watch Network Coordinator of Faith in the Valley to speak to us about how our current immigration policy came to be and what changes are needed to make it a fair and equitable policy. Ms. Martinez Lott was born and raised in the Central Valley. She was drawn to immigration advocacy through her neighbors who taught her resiliency and hope in their immigrant story. As a volunteer, Ariana teaches workshops for groups seeking to learn more about our current immigration system. Professionally she serves as the Valley Watch Coordinator with Faith in the Valley. VWN is a rapid response network of volunteers across the Central Valley who are ready to respond and support families that have been impacted by immigration enforcement. Whether we meet virtually on April 9th or in person at a later date you won’t want to miss hearing Ms. Martinez Lott.
Members and prospective members stay tuned for details about this meeting. Due to the limitations being placed on gatherings because of the Corona Virus, it may be held on the Internet via Zoom or some other video option or it may be rescheduled for a later time.