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October, 2015

For those of you who missed meeting our two charming Tech Trek girls, Tia and Alysia …

Next Branch Program: Saturday, October 17, 2015,10:00 am, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 135 E Harrison (and Fourth), Porterville.

Program: Women in Dentistry featuring Dentist Alma Sanchez (See attached bio)

PLEASE NOTE: There is a 1 hour Business meeting prior to the presentation. We welcome you to join us to discuss any concerns or make recommendation on AAUW

The fall season for CHAP has begun and here are programs for October and November:

Oct. 7 - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Libraries of Harappa (and other archeological fantasies) - Robt. Simpkins, PhD.

Oct. 21  - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  and Oct. 23 - 7 pm until 8pm - Opening the Bible in the 21st century:  Why it Matters for All of Us - Ann Marie Wagstaff, PhD.

Nov. 6 - 7pm to 8pm and Monday, Nov. 9, 11:30a.m. until 12:30 p.m. - A Panel of Local Vietnam Veterans

Nov. 13 - 7pm to 8pm - The Future of Libraries in the Information Age - Anthony Bernier PhD.
All programs will be in the college theater.
Hope you enjoyed the music provided by Summer Strings at our first meeting.  There will be more in future meetings.  Adds a wonderful mood to the day.
Gourmet is a bit in limbo.  If you are interested let me know as we are not planning the usual schedule of dining events where members prepare the food. - Marilyn

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has a rebate program that provides rebates for replacing toilets at California single-family residences to support the State's drought response.

The $6 million program budget is expected to support the replacement of 60,000 toilets throughout the state. Up to $100 will be rebated for purchase and installation of one qualified high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household that replaces a less-efficient toilet (using more than 1.6 gallons per flush).

Go to this link for more information:  http://www.saveourwaterrebates.com/toilet-rebates.html

Request for Appointment

Have you ever considered volunteering a small portion of your time to be a member of a city committee, board or commission?  

Applications for City Committees and Commissions are taken on an on-going basis and vacancies are filled as they become available.  Applications may be mailed, e-mailed, faxed or hand delivered to the City Clerk’s office.

Arts Commission
The City Council is seeking to fill three vacancies on the Arts Commission, two 3-year terms, and one student/youth 1-year term.  To be eligible for appointment, individuals must be associated with at least one category of the arts (theatrical/performing; visual/graphic; or music).  The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council and currently meets on the third Wednesday of each month at City Hall.

Library and Literacy Commission
In October of 2015 the Library and Literacy Commission will have four vacancies with terms to expire in October 2018. The Commission is comprised of seven members and serves in an advisory capacity making recommendations to the City Council on policy and overall goals and objectives for the library.  Generally, the Commission meets once per month, with a hiatus during the months of June and July.  To be eligible for appointment, individuals must be a resident of the City of Porterville.   

Parks and Leisure Services Commission 
In October of 2015 there will be four vacancies on the Parks and Leisure Services Commission.  The Commission is comprised of eight members, with seven members appointed by the City Council, and the remaining member appointed directly by Porterville Unified School District.  Commissioners are seated for four-year terms, must be City residents, and serve in an advisory capacity, advising the City Council and the Director of the Parks and Leisure Services Department on the management and control of parks, parkways, public grounds, and leisure services.  Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Anyone wishing to serve on the above named commissions/committee is hereby invited to submit a Request for Appointment form to the City Clerk.  All requests will then be forwarded to the City Council for its consideration at a future meeting date.  The Request for Appointment form is available online at www.ci.porterville.ca.us, or can be obtained from the City Clerk, City Hall, 291 North Main Street.  Completed applications should be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 30, 2014 for consideration.

For further information, please contact Patrice Hildreth at 782-7441.

Several years ago, AAUW of California approached the AAUW national office about potentially transitioning the California Tech Trek camps into the national program. We are delighted to announce that this transition has finally happened. In 2016, the California camps will join the AAUW National Tech Trek Program, which was developed and piloted with the encouragement and assistance of the leaders of the successful California program.

Over the past three years, AAUW’s National Tech Trek Program has been piloted in 11 communities across the country with resounding success. As an AAUW of California member, you can take considerable pride in this progress, which was possible thanks to the lessons and guidance given by your branches over the 18 years that AAUW of California has steadfastly supported Tech Trek.

It is an exciting time as our program continues to grow and develop. In 2015, the Tech Trek programs in total served more than 1,500 girls across the country — the largest number in any year to date. Many of the outstanding courses from the California camps were offered at camps throughout the entire country this year thanks to new sponsorships that the AAUW national staff secured from leading corporations such as Verizon, Symantec, and Lockheed Martin.

As we work together to make this transition as seamless as possible and to ensure that your donations are tax deductible in the year of your contribution, we’re including some information about supporting the 2016 Tech Trek camps. If you have any questions, please direct them to stem@aauw.org.

We look forward to the 2016 camp season and thank all AAUW members and branches for your continued support of Tech Trek and efforts to bring more girls and women into science, technology, engineering, and math.

Alma R. Sánchez-Rodríguez, DDS.


1997 – 2001 Doctor of Dental Surgery,

University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry

San Francisco, CA.

1994 – 1997 Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences with Physiology emphasis

University of California Davis

Davis, CA.

1991 – 1994 Associate in Science Degree in Math & Science

College of the Sequoias

Visalia, CA.

1990 – 1991 Diploma for Chairside Dental Assistant

Galen College of Medical & Dental Assistants

Visalia, CA.

2001 – Present Family HealthCare Network

Clinical Dental Director ~

Orosi Dental Department
1997– 1999 Registered Dental Assistant, UCSF Department of Growth & Development – San Francisco, CA.
1994 – 1997 Registered Dental Assistant, Jeanie Brewer, DDS. – Davis, CA.
1990 – 1994 Dental Assistant, George Castaneda, DDS. – Farmersville, CA.
Member: American Dental Association

California Dental Association

Tulare-Kings Dental Society ~ Board member/Area Representative: 2001 thru Present
UCSF Dental Alumni Association Award for Professional Development

UCSF Dental Class of 2001 Peer Recognition Award

Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity Scholarship Recipient

Delta Dental of California Scholarship Recipient

Dean’s Scholar Award

Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity Scholarship Recipient

Xi Psi Phi Dental Fraternity Scholarship Recipient

1992 – 94 Tulare County League of Mexican-American Women Scholarship Recipient (3 years)

1993 American Association of University Women Scholarship Recipient

1990 – 94 President’s List and Dean’s List throughout 3 ½ years

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