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Chapter Meeting
Saturday, February 9, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 pm

President Katia called the meeting to order at 2:00pm.

The meeting began with a presentation from White Pony Express, detailing their work to provide fresh food to people in need. White Pony Express also runs free clothing boutiques. There are two upcoming opportunities to volunteer:

  • March 23: clothing boutique focused on young adults leaving the foster system.
  • March 30: a food rescue

Volunteers signed up with White Pony Express and will be attending in the name of CoCoNOW.

Phyllis moved to approve the meeting minutes from January 19, 2019. Karen seconded.

The Giving Tree Event – Rossmoor Retirement Home.

  • Jeanette will speak on behalf of CoCONOW.

The Inkling Book Club – March 16 in Walnut Creek, CA, 12:30 – 2pm

  • The inaugural book will be Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World by Andrea Barnet.
  • Action Item: Tika will reach out to Maria Maria to explore availability. She will also lead some discussions on social media leading up to the in-person meeting.
  • Katia has posted the event on FB and to MeetUp

Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day – April 6 in Martinez, CA, 10am – 4pm

  • CoCoNOW will host a table at no cost to the chapter.

10 – 12pm: Katia

12 – 2pm: Jeanette

2 – 4pm: Currently open.

Action Item: Phyllis will reach out to Lynda Kilday

Rosie the Riveter Museum Day – April 20 in Richmond, CA, 1:30 – 5pm

  • Tour begins at 2pm and lasts approx 1 hour
  • We will plan for a short chapter meeting afterward.
    • Action Item: Karen will reach out to the museum to see if the meeting room is available.
  • If you have NOW merch, this is a good opportunity to wear it, as this is an outreach event.
  • As of 2/15, we have 40 Facebook RSVP’s, which is our maximum number.
  • This event will be the focus of our outreach/social media for April.

Moms Demand Action – May 4 in Walnut Creek, CA, 2-4pm (Chapter meeting)

  • Nicole from MDA will speak

CoCoNOW Garden Party – June 8 in Walnut Creek, CA, 3-5pm.

  • This will be considered our chapter meeting for June
  • Board to provide raffle baskets to support CoCoNOW


  • There was a discussion of one-pagers and purchasing business cards from VistaPrint to pass out at events.
  • Budget was approved unanimously and disbursed to board members via email.

Katia shared the results from her calls with the president of CA NOW and Hollywood NOW:

  • See notes from Katia’s calls (attached)
  • Kathy will serve as our by-law designee to research and report back on answers to questions that come up in chapter meetings.
  • Action Item: Katia will share the State Google Drive information with CoCONOW board members.
  • State Conference: Tentatively set for last weekend in May.
    • Our chapter is expected to send 2 delegates. These will be Karen and Jeanette, who will also join the state-level event committee calls.
  • Tika is interested in running for VP of Membership of CA NOW. She will reach out to the current holder of that seat to determine next steps.
  • There are several legislative items that CA NOW is sending reaction letters to.
    • Action Item: Tika will research those initiatives and send the board a summary to determine if we will add our chapter to the official letter.

Voter Registration Drive Update:

  • The most effective method of driving voter registration is to add a link to the website.
  • The officer from the County Registrar of Voters recommends having voter registration forms at all of our tabling events.
    • Action Item: Tika and Kathy will get voter registration forms for Alameda and CoCo counties, respectively.

Katia gave an update on updating the website to simplify prospective members joining the chapter and also current members affiliating with CoCoNOW.

The board will explore moving meetings to the Capital Cafe (or another venue) in order to schedule meetings on a regular basis, i.e. the second Saturday of the month, etc.

Meeting adjourned at 4:14pm.

Tika Viteri

Acting Secretary



Chapter Meeting
Saturday, January 19, 2019
2:00 to 4:00 P.M.


The meeting was called to order by President Katia S. There were ten members and two guests present. The minutes for the December 15, 2018 meeting were read. An amendment was made to update the Rossmoor event date from March 6 to March 8. The minutes were then approved.

Our application for a Women’s History Month display at the Pleasant Hill Library was approved. Set-up will be on March 2; Katia is soliciting help for both prep and set-up.

Kathy has sent a 1-year membership to CoCoNOW to Rebecca Bauer-Kahan. Karen will send a flower arrangement to Rebecca’s Sacramento office and will be speaking to her about CoCoNOW’s aims and further introduce our chapter.

CANOW is soliciting help with a membership drive. Katia emailed Koelika regarding this and Jeanette will follow up with more details and whether we can be of help.

White Pony Express will be presenting at our February 9 meeting. Erika will ask the presenter whether she is planning to promote the discussion and/or bring people.

Nicole from Moms Demand Action Tri-Valley is interested in speaking at our next chapter meeting. Katia will invite her to the March 16 meeting (10am-12pm).

Karen will speak to the curators at the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond to see if one of the local original riveters can speak to us in April.

The Giving Tree’s International Women’s Day event (March 8, 2019) has the following notes:

  • Room will handle ~100 people, will charge $15 for admission
  • Program content will involve video of TED talk, monologues on sexual harassment.
  • Someone from NOW should be prepared to give a 2-4 min presentation. Katia will get back to the Giving Tree coordinator about our plan for presenting.
  • Katia will reach out to Susie from the Lafayette Theatre to see if she is available to attend and perhaps do something theatrical at the event.

The question regarding requirements for Chapter Board Meetings was answered as follows: we are required to hold 6 chapter meetings per year unless we fall under the exception clause. Tika will check the bylaws for the rules regarding chapter vs. board meetings.

Katia asked 2018 officers to email the officer reports to her and Erika. Erika will send them to National NOW as the outgoing chapter president.

Chapter members discussed our goals for 2019. They are:

  • Membership Growth
  • Political Action
  • Member Engagement
  • Community Service
  • Revenue
  • Voter Registration

The group brainstormed action items for each goal, and broke into groups to discuss further (see attached).

Kathy passed out a proposed budget for 2019.  After discussion, several categories of spending were adjusted or condensed. The budget will be discussed further at the Feb. 9 meeting (originally planned for the March 16 meeting; moved up via email after adjournment). Revenue stream ideas will be considered to balance our budget.

Keys to our post office box are currently held by Erika and Kathy. Kathy will get one to Katia.

We spent $100 on the space at the Women’s March and ~$45 for coffee. We made $220 in donations for an overall surplus of ~$75.

Upcoming Events:

Feb 9, 2-4pm at Walnut Creek Library: Chapter meeting and White Pony Express presentation. Budget discussion.

March 2, time TBD at Pleasant Hill Library: set up for Women’s History Month display

March 8, time TBD at Rossmoor: Me Too & How We Have Risen event with The Giving Tree Club

March 16, 10-12pm at Walnut Creek Library: Board meeting and possible Moms Demand Action presentation

April, date/time TBD at Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond: Chapter meeting

May 4 in Sacramento: CA NOW conference

Motion made by Katia, seconded by Kathy, Adjourned at 4:00pm.

Tika Viteri
Acting Secretary


Chapter Meeting

Saturday, December 15, 2018

2:00 – 4:00 pm

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Katia S.  There were 8 members present.  The minutes from the November 3  meeting were read and approved.

Elections were held with the following results:   President:  Katia S.,    VP.:  Jeanette C.,    VP. Action: Nancy B.,    VP. Membership:  Karen S.,    Treasurer: Kathy D.,     Secretary:  Open,    State Board Rep.:  Jeanette C.,    Events Coordinators:  Phyllis B. & Lauren B.  Tika Viteri (new member) volunteered to serve as secretary until she can be voted into to office.

Jeanette gave a report about the state organization.  She is going to research how many chapters are in our state, find out more about what other chapters are doing in the state.  Also report on ACT NOW and whether there is a Social Media Kit especially for the repeal of the Tampon Tax.

Karen, VP of membership reported that she is getting a new computer. Katia would like to send out a newsletter via email to ask nonaffiliated members to become part of our chapter.

We had a short recap of the holiday party on December 8.  We made around $200 on the raffle for the chapter.

Upcoming events were discussed.  There will be a Poster Party on January 12 from 10AM to 1PM at Katia’s house.  We will be making posters for the upcoming Women’s March on January 19.  Katia will check into coordinating with Planned Parenthood on this.  We talked about having a table at the March & who would volunteer for set up.  Katia will check on the cost of the table.  Our next meeting is scheduled for after the Women’s March at 2PM.  Each officer is to provide a report of their activities in 2018.  We will also create the budget for 2019 and set goals for the chapter.

Phyllis suggested sending a congratulatory flower arrangement to the office of newly elected State Rep. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.  She also suggested a gift of a one year membership to NOW. Karen will take care of ordering the flowers.

Katia would like to make some changes to our website including adding a Blog.  Kathy said she would give her the information so she can have access.

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

January 12- Poster Making Party for Women’s March– 10 AM

January 19- Contra Costa Women’s March

Contra Costa Chapter meeting at Walnut Creek Library– 2-4PM

February 9- Chapter Meeting- Walnut Creek Library 2-4PM- invite Lorrain Granit of White Pony Express to speak

February 21- Planned Parenthood NorCal Acts of Courage Fundraiser-Bimbos-San Francisco

March 6- Me Too & How We Have Risen with the Giving Tree Club at Rossmoor

March 16- Chapter Meeting- Walnut Creek Library 2-4PM

Motion made by Jeanette , second by Kathy.  Meeting adjourned at 4:00 PM

Jeanette Cole



Board Meeting

Saturday, November 3, 2018

2:00 to 4:00 P.M.


The meeting was called to order by President Erika M.  There were 8 members and 1 guest present.  The minutes from the October 6 general meeting were read by Jeanette C. and approve d.

No treasurer’s report.

Erika reported that she had $165 from selling items at the Town Hall Theater events.  We also have income that was made by credit card sales.  Everyone thought it was a success but did show that we need more exposure to the public as people were not aware of our organization.

Erika reported on quotes from Minuteman Press.  Large rounds are 10 for $217.33 total including tax.  Small rounds are 32 for $217.33 including tax.  Buttons would be 100 for $181.00 and stickers were 500 for $186.00.  A motion was made by Phyllis and seconded by Karen to purchase the rounds and buttons from Minuteman Press.  All were in favor.  The cost for stickers was found to be $215 for 2000 from Vista Print so we decided to order them online.

Erika has been contacted by Lorraine Granit board member of the group White Pony Express.  She would like to present a TED talk to our chapter informing us about her groups’ work to eliminate hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County.  We decided to invite her to a meeting in 2019 after we have our schedule.

Diane Collins a Contra Costa NOW member would like to have us read her soon to be published book called “Fired Up Women”.  Diane is a former teacher and president of United Teachers of Richmond.   Erika will contact her to see how we could obtain copies for some of the members to read.

Bobbie Ausubel, a Contra Costa NOW member has invited us to participate at a discussion event at Rossmoor for International Women’s Day, March 7 or 8 2019.  Erika will ask her for more details.

Upcoming Elections were discussed.  The nomination committee of Erika, Phyllis and Karen have presented the following nominations for office:  President:  Katia S.,    VP.:  Jeanette C.,     VP. Action: Nancy B.,    VP. Membership:  Karen S.,    Treasurer: Kathy D.,     Secretary:  Open,    State Board Rep.:  Jeanette C.,    Events Coordinators:  Phyllis B. & Lauren B.   Voting will take place on December 15, at our general meeting.

The Holiday Party is scheduled for December 8 at the home of Phyllis B.  Phyllis is planning to have a game for attendees with a prize for the winner.  She also suggested a raffle to earn some money for the chapter.  Members are asked to donate items for the prize basket. Erika will contribute a floral arrangement  to be raffled also.  As previously decided we will ask Planned Parenthood to attend to receive a donation of $500 from our chapter.

Erika handed out a flyer with directions for us to obtain the membership for Contra Costa NOW from national.

Proposed dates for upcoming meetings:

December 8,  Holiday Party  3-5 PM –Home of Phyllis B.

December 15,   2-4 PM  Election of Officers—Walnut Creek Library

January 19,  Women’s March for 2019 with general meeting to follow from 2-4 PM at the Walnut Creek Library

February 9, Board Meeting 2-4 PM at the Walnut Creek Library

March 16, General Meeting 2-4 PM at the Walnut Creek Library

Jeanette Cole,  Secretary


Chapter Meeting

Saturday, October 6, 2018

2:00 to 4:00 pm

The meeting was called to order by President Erika M.  There were 9 members and 1 guest present.  The minutes from the September 15 meeting were read by Kathy D.  and approved.

Erika reported on our tabling activity at the Town Hall Theatre for the play The Revolutionists. She suggested we give gifts of Women in History Playing cards to the cast and director.  We reviewed the sign up schedule for the remainder of the play’s run and have coverage for all the dates.  Sign up can be done by going to the theatre website and using Sign Up Genius.

Kathy and Erika discussed the follow up procedure for the contact forms from our NOW website.  Erika will review  this later with Kathy.  Kathy will continue to monitor our website and be the contact person for any additions or changes.

Upcoming Elections were discussed.  The nomination committee of Erika, Phyllis and Karen have presented the following nominations for office:           President:  Katia S.,    VP.:  Open,     VP. Action: Nancy B.,    VP. Membership:  Karen S.,    Treasurer: Kathy D.,     Secretary:  Open,    State Board Rep.:  Jeanette C.,    Events Coordinators:  Phyllis B. & Lauren B.  Jeanette C. was asked to fill the VP position so Kathy will review policy to see if she can hold that position along with State Board Rep.  Voting will take place on December 15, at our general meeting.

The Holiday Party is scheduled for December 8 at the home of Phyllis B.  Katia will contact Phyllis to discuss details so we can put a notice on our website.  We have decided to have members contribute to Planned Parenthood for our Holiday donation.  We also voted to donate $500 from our chapter treasury.  Members of the local Planned Parenthood will also be invited to attend.

The VP of Action, Nancy reported on members canvassing for the state assembly candidate Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.  She also plans to look into helping with voter registration for the November election since the registration deadline is October 20.  Erika is checking on the cost of stickers and buttons to wear, to help us be identified with NOW when we are attending various political activities.  Jeanette will contact the Bauer-Kahan campaign by email to inform the candidate on how she can obtain that CA NOW PAC endorsement.  This would make it possible for us to support her on our website as well as on the state NOW website.

Karen, VP Membership reported that she had been called by National regarding her request for a list of local members.  Kathy reported she found an internet “portal” where Karen could request a membership list with a very short wait time.  She showed this to Karen.

Jeanette reported that state NOW would like a report on all the chapters’ activities for their November 10 meeting.

Proposed dates for upcoming meetings:
November  3,   2-4 PM   Board Meeting –Walnut Creek Library
December 8,  time: TBD   Holiday Party  –Home of Phyllis B.
December 15,   2-4 PM  Election of Officers—Walnut Creek Library

Motion made by Erika , second by Kathy.  Meeting adjourned at 6:00 PM

Jeanette Cole


Chapter Meeting

   Saturday, September 15, 2018

    2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

The meeting was called to order by president, Erika Maslan.

Those present were Erika Maslan, president; Nancy Bocanegra, VP Action; Karen Severud, VP Membership; Kathy DeFabio, Treasurer; Karen Brockwell; Joe Flores; Bobbi Ausubel; and a new chapter member, Lauren Babb, who works for Planned Parenthood.

Minutes for the chapter meeting on Saturday, August 4, 2018 were read and approved.

Erika reported on the Town Hall Theatre Company’s upcoming performance of The Revolutionists.  Two brief videos were shown describing the play and the actresses.  The play runs from September 27 through October 20, 2018.  We would like to table on opening night (Sept 29) and on weekends.  Erika will send a sign up sheet to all board members to sign up for dates they would like to table.  We’re hoping to have 2 people per tabling event, maybe more on opening night.

Various “contact us” forms and emails sent to our gmail account were discussed.  Erika spoke about the teacher who contacted us in June 2018 requesting we speak to a group of middle schoolers about activism.  Erika will contact her to set up a time for a presentation.  Erika will discuss with Katia about participating in the presentation.  Also, Karen Brockwell may attend.
There was a contact request to post links for various options for teacher credential training.  Kathy reported these links have been posted on our website under “web links”.
Kathy brought up the contact from Michelle (Shay) Verger of Planned Parenthood.  Planned Parenthood is doing a canvassing for Rebecca Baure-Kahan in Assembly District 16.  Planned Parenthood is looking to partner with various organizations, including Contra Costa NOW, for this event.  The date is October 6, 2018.  Also, phone banking and texting will be done.  They will meet in Lafayette at 3685 Mt. Diablo Blvd from 10 am – 1 pm.  The chapter agreed this would be worthwhile to participate in.  Several members will attend either to canvass or phone/text bank.  Kathy will contact Shay to discuss further logistics.
Also discussed was how we (the board) handles contact us forms or emails.  Currently they are forwarded to the board by either Kathy or Phyllis, but with all the emails we get, it isn’t often clear that these are contact requests that we should respond to.  Kathy will try to highlight these emails when she forwards them so board members will know what they are.  And we need to figure out who will respond to these contacts once we get them.

Chapter elections:  The nomination committee was chosen.  Members are Erika Maslan, Karen Brockwell, and possibly Phyllis Bratt, pending her approval.  Nominations for officers will take place at our chapter meeting on October 6, 2018 from 4 – 6 pm.

Discussion took place about our chapter registering voters for the upcoming midterm elections.  It was suggested that we partner with organizations that do this type of action.  The League of Women Voters has a program set up to do this.  Kathy will contact them to see if and how we may partner with them.

Holiday party:  The holiday party will be held at the home of Phyllis Bratt.  Tentative date is Saturday, Dec 8 after the chapter elections.  This year we are hosting the party in support of Planned Parenthood.  We will ask guests to consider giving a donation to Planned Parenthood (cash donations, other type of donations are not useful for PP purposes).  These donations are not tax deductible since they are going to PP PAC, which according to Lauren Babb is where the donation could do the most good.

Remaining chapter and board meeting:
Saturday, 10/6 from 4-6 pm:  Chapter meeting, nomination of officers
Saturday, 11/3 from 2-4 pm:  Board meeting
Saturday, 12/8 from 2-4 pm (pending availability of the Las Trampas room):  Chapter meeting, elections

Membership:  Karen S. mentioned she has contacted National for and updated membership list.

Meeting was adjourned by Erika Maslan.

Respectfully Submitted,
Kathy DeFabio


Chapter Meeting

Saturday, August 4, 2018

2:00 to 4:00 pm

The meeting was held at the Contra Costa Family Justice Center on August 4.  We had a presentation by Natalie Oleas, a navigator at the center.  She told us they have locations in central and west Contra Costa county and will soon open another office in east county.  The FJC works as a one stop shop for survivors of interpersonal violence helping them to find the various services they may need.    

After the presentation the meeting was called to order at 2:37PM by Vice President Katia S .   Members present Kathy D.,  Katia S., Karen S.,  Jose F., Karen B., Jeanette C., plus one new member and guests Mercedes and Natalia O.  The minutes of the June 2 meeting were read by the Secretary, Jeanette C.  Motion to approve was made by Kathy and seconded by Karen.

We discussed the Community Meeting held by NARAL to stop the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. CC NOW members will attend the Bay Area Unite for Justice Rally on Sunday, August 26, in San Francisco from 1-3PM.  Members will meet at the fountain in Union Square Plaza.  Kathy will post the event on our website and Facebook.

We will also do a postcard writing campaign asking Senate committee members from Red States to vote against the nominee.  Katia will create the text for the postcard to share with members.  Katia will also contact leaders of NOW chapters in the “Swing States” of Maine, Alaska, W. Virginia, and N. Dakota to ask what they are doing and how we can help.

Karen B. will create a Roe v. Wade fact sheet to provide information to educate people.  She will look for existing one page fact sheets to share as handouts at the rally on August 26th.  Katia will create a downloadable form to send to members.

Suzie Shephard from the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette has reached out to our chapter asking us to table and/or set up a display at the theatre for the play The Revolutionists running from September 27 through October 20, 2018. Members agreed this would be a good idea and will have Erika reach out to Suzie to coordinate this.

Ideas to reach out to new members was discussed. One suggestion was having an adopt a member system to personally contact new members by email or phone.  Karen, Katia and Jeanette said they would be willing to do it.  Also an annual meet and greet was suggested such as meeting for coffee.  Meeting at a park was mentioned or the courtyard of the Family Justice Center.

The NOW Conference was discussed and ideas for improvement.  Most concerns were about communication with National and what their expectations were for us.

Proposed dates for upcoming meetings:

September  8, 2-4 PM  at Walnut Creek  Library view movie “Seeing Red”

October  6, 2-4 PM    Walnut Creek Library

November  3, 2-4 PM    Nominations for 2019 Officers

December 8, 2-4 PM    election of officers- Holiday Party

Motion by Karen, second by Kathy.  Meeting adjourned at 3:55 PM

Jeanette Cole



Board Meeting

Saturday, June 2, 2018 

2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

The meeting was called to order at 2:10PM by President Erika M.   Members present Kathy D., Nancy B.,  Erika M.,  Katia S., Barbara G.,  and Jeanette C.  The minutes of the April 28 meeting were read by the Secretary, Jeanette C.  Motion to approve was made by Kathy and seconded by Erika.

Erika reported on the May 30 committee business from the national conference planning call.  The speakers have been set by national.  Jaclyn (Scott’s Circle) has sent out an email list of planning committee members.  Workshops are listed online.  We need to finalize arrangements with the Goat Girls Bluegrass band for a Performance from 5-7 PM on Saturday evening.  The cost is $500 plus approximately $200 for their dinner. Motion was made by Erika second by Kathy – approved.  The young feminists will DJ the party after.  Erika showed us the bags she would like to order from Amazon.  They are cloth and she will try to get purple or white.  She will check on the cost of printing the NOW logo on them.  Erika will pay cost up to $550.  Motion was made by Erika and second by Jeanette for chapter to pay any amount over $550 up to $800 to help cover the cost of bags and printing-approved.

LOC co-chairs Kathy & Katia are taking donations for the silent auction proceeds going to the National NOW PAC.  Katia will check into whether local Planned Parenthood Rep. is a speaker at the conference.  No press release yet we are waiting for National.  Minuteman Press is printing the programs.   Erika is checking on the cost of Food Trucks for meals at the conference.  Jeanette will cover the planning call on June 13 since Erika will be out of the area.

We need stationary with our letterhead to send to request privilege to show movie “Seeing Red” at our meeting on September 8.

Planned Parenthood annual Capital Day is on June11, from 9AM to 6:30PM.  Nancy and Katia will try to attend to represent Contra Costa NOW.

Nancy will check into the cost of tabling at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival on Sept. 15 & 16.

Jeanette will send  flowers from the chapter in sympathy to Jose and Karen, due to the recent passing of Jose’s daughter.

Proposed dates for upcoming meetings:

August  4,  2-4PM at Family Justice Center or library (ask to have speaker from Family Justice Center)

September  8, 2-4 PM  at Walnut Creek  Library view movie “Seeing Red”

October  6, 2-4 PM    Walnut Creek Library

November  3, 2-4 PM    Nominations for 2019 Officers

December 8, 2-4 PM    election of officers- Holiday Party

Motion to adjourn by Kathy, second by Jeanette .  Meeting adjourned at 3:55 PM

Jeanette Cole



Board Meeting

Saturday, April 28, 2018  

2:00 to 4:00 P.M. 954 Risa Road, Lafayette

The meeting was called to order at 2:15PM by President Erika M.   Members present Kathy D., Karen S., Jose F.,  Erika M.,  and Jeanette C.  The minutes of the March 17 general meeting were read by the Secretary, Jeanette C.  Motion to approve was made by Karen and seconded by Erika with one change, the spelling of Katherine to Catherine.

Erika reported on the L.O.C. business.  Erika showed us our new chapter banner. We would like the same logo placed on the bags for the national conference with Contra Costa NOW added.  Mujeres Unidas y Activas contacted us and has members who are interested in attending the conference. They asked about reduced conference fees and if there will be an interpreter for Spanish speaking attendees.  Erika will check into it.  Nancy and Karen will contact musicians for availability to perform at the cocktail reception.   Erika will contact food truck vendors to provide additional options for meals at the conference.  Katia has sent out email messages to potential sponsors.  National is setting up speakers for the conference and they are also to provide us with a press release.  The next National Conference Planning call will be Wednesday, May 2.

The Stem workshop proposal has been accepted for the convention also the Heidi Goldstein workshop: Ending Violence Against Women organizing techniques for school districts was accepted.

Action items were discussed.  Nancy brought up tabling at the Gay Pride event in San Francisco in June. The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is in September we talked about tabling there.

Our next meeting will be June 2 from 2PM to 4PM at the Walnut Creek Library.

Karen made motion which was seconded by Joe to adjourn the meeting at 4:10PM.


Jeanette Cole



Chapter Meeting
Saturday, March 17, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President Erika M. at 2:15 PM.  Seven board members and one general member were present.  The minutes from the Board Meeting on February 17, were read by the secretary, Jeanette Cole.   The minutes were adopted as read,  Erika motioned and Mary seconded.

Kathy reported for membership that we have received 3or 4 email responses and 3 regular mail responses to our mailing of at large members.

Mary reported on the March 7 meeting with National regarding conference planning.  The next call will be March 31 at 1:30PM.  Erika plans to record the calls for Kathy & Katia since Mary will no longer be available.  We have requested a free table for our chapter at the convention but so far National has not confirmed, the usual cost is $350.   Reserving a hotel room for people needing housing was discussed.  Mary motioned that we reserve a room for 2 nights at the conference hotel, cost not to exceed $500.00.  Erika seconded.  All voted in favor.  Kathy will make the reservation on- line in her name.  Katia has compiled a list of colleges, local universities, organizations, politicians and businesses to be contacted when National gives us the information they want sent out.  Mary made a motion and Kathy seconded to allocate up to $500 for LOC expenses.  We discussed the issue of potential invitees that would sit onstage at the opening plenary but not speak.  Mary will try to get more clarification from National on this.  Karen will look into submitting a proposal for a self- defense workshop.

Action Committee report was given by Katia.  She will be sending a Thank You letter to 1515 for the fundraiser on March 8.  Katia will make a flyer for the Yoga fundraiser with the Family Justice Center to be posted.  She is requesting donations from businesses near the center in Todos Santos Plaza.  We are using Eventbrite to promote the event.  The maximum number of participants is 30 people, a donation of $15 per person is requested.

Katia brought up the idea of tabling at the S.F. Gay pride event in June.  Mary motioned and Kathy seconded that up to $110.00 be spent on tabling.  Katia will also contact other nearby chapters of NOW to see if they would like to share a table.  She will also find out the exact day and time of the parade.

Karen gave a report on a meeting of Moms Demand Action that she attended.  There is a March for Our Lives Event being held on March 24 at 11AM.  Erika motioned and Jeanette seconded that Karen represent NOW at the event and we will publicize it on our website.

Nancy and Katia brought up the June primaries and whether or not we are endorsing anyone.  Jeanette reported that CA NOW has a PAC that has been endorsing candidates.  The candidate must request a questionnaire which the PAC reviews and then they vote for or against.  The two candidates running against Catherine Baker  in AD 15 were discussed.  Erika suggested that all of us review the candidates information and get back to Jeanette or Erika about who we should approach for endorsement by CA NOW.

Motion to adjourn by Jeanette and seconded by Mary.  Meeting was adjourned at 4:00PM.

Jeanette Cole



Board Meeting
Saturday, February 17, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President Erika M. at 2:00 PM.  Eight members were present.  The minutes from the board meeting of Jan 20, 2018 were read by the Karen.  Motion to approve the minutes was made by Mary, and seconded by Kathy.

Treasurer’s Report:
The proposed budget for 2018 was approved.

Our next chapter meeting, the fundraiser for the Family Justice Center, was discussed.  We are asking a donation of $15.00 to attend.  However, the donation is optional.  We discussed making the $15.00 charge mandatory but decided not to since it is a chapter meeting and our bylaws require us to have 6 chapter meetings per year, and it’s not a good idea to charge members to attend chapter meetings.  We agreed to split whatever income brought in by this event/meeting 50:50 between our chapter and the Family Justice Center.

A request to buy a banner for our chapter for $106.17 was proposed, seconded, and approved.

We seem to have lost approximately 80-100 California Then and NOW coloring/history books (cost  $436.59)  .  They were purchased in March 2017 along with business cards and membership brochures.  We have the business cards and brochures.

Mary gave an update on the conference call for the National NOW conference in July.  Noa and Jaclyn of Scott Circle had action items.

Discussion took place regarding our chapter’s participation in planning for the National conference.  All board members and several chapter members are part of the “Local Organizing Committee” (LOC).  We tentatively plan to meet the Saturday after the Wednesday planning conference call.  The meetings will take place at Erika’s office at 1:30 pm in Lafayette. Currently Mary is the chairperson of the LOC.  She will be moving soon and will no longer be able to chair this meeting.  Katia and Kathy will co-chair to prepare for transition when Mary leaves.  Mary thinks she will still be able to participate in the bi-weekly (every 2 weeks) conference calls with National.

Possible upcoming events/actions were discussed.  Katia mentioned having a fundraiser for our chapter on March 8, international women’s day, at 1515.  She will contact Tiffany, event planner at 1515, to finalize the plans.  Also discussed were Lobby Day on April 9 in Sacramento and supporting midterm elections.

We discussed getting an intern, especially to help us for preparation for the National conference.  The intern may be able to assist with other duties also.

A discussion took place regarding the letter to members-at-large to join our chapter.  The list is very long, approximately 1228 people.  Of those, only about 432 have email addresses, so that would mean mailing letters to the remainder.  The list includes all of Contra Costa County plus neighboring counties.  In order to make the mailings more manageable (reduce the number of mailings), we decided to send letters only to those in Contra Costa County.  If we get a good response from that mailing, we will then send letters to the remaining members.  Mail preparation will be done at one of our LOC meetings.  Erika will bring 350 – 400 copies of the letter, Katia will bring the address labels, Karen will supply the envelopes, and Kathy will bring the stamps.  An email letter will be sent to all members-at-large who have email addresses, whether they are Contra Costa County residents or not. We hope to get the letters out in March for Women’s history month.

Kathy DeFabio


Board Meeting

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President Erika M. at 2:00 PM.  Eight members were present.  The minutes from  the  General Meeting on December 9, were read by the secretary, Jeanette Cole.   A motion was made by Katia and seconded by Kathy to approve them.  Motion passed.

We discussed income from member’s  dues and how we could increase that income.  We also discussed ways to bring in income from selling items at the National Conference in July.   Erika requested a more detailed budget be prepared for our next meeting so we could get a better idea of how the money was spent in 2017.

Erika read the State Board Report written by Mary.  Mary, Karen B. and Diane are working on a workshop proposal for the National Conference with the subject of women in STEM.   The first planning phone call was held with a report by Mary and Karen.  There will be a site visit on February 6 in San Jose at the Double Tree Inn.   Erika and available planning committee will attend.  They will meet with Emily Imhoff from National NOW.

Karen reported our membership at 188.  We had over 200 a few years ago but the numbers have dropped.   Erika and Karen are working on a letter to be sent to at-large members asking them to affiliate with our chapter.  Karen is to ask for a list of addresses  from National of at large members having zip codes in our area.

Erika gave a report on the National Conference planning.  Mary has put together a spreadsheet of items that we will need to accomplish for the conference.  (see attached)

The action committee reported that Planned Parenthood with be having a rally at the state capital on January 22. Members who want to attend can sign up to take a chartered bus to Sacramento.  Nancy has signed up to attend.

Katia reported on the Trauma Workshop we are having at the Family Justice Center. There will be a presentation by the Family Justice Center,  and a yoga session.  We will ask for a donation of $15 per person.  Dates were discussed with March 25th being our first choice.  Katia will send out an email blast and we also plan to invite people who attended our Paint Nite last year.

The proposed meeting schedule is:  Feb. 17, Board Meeting  from 2 to 4pm at Walnut Creek Library;  March 17, General Meeting  from 2 to 4 PM at Walnut Creek Library;  and April 21, Board Meeting from 2 to 4 PM at the Walnut Creek Library if Kathy can reserve that date.

Motion to adjourn by Erika, seconded by Karen.  Meeting adjourned at 3:55 PM.

Jeanette Cole



Chapter Meeting

 Saturday, December 9, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Erika M. at 2:13 PM.  Ten members were present.  The minutes from the Board Meeting on November 4, were read by the secretary, Jeanette Cole.   The minutes were adopted with one change, the number of card decks was 12 not 10. Mary motioned and Erika seconded . All approved.

The treasurer’s report was given by Kathy.  We have obtained California Tax exempt status.  At the January board meeting we will compile a new budget for 2018.

Mary gave a report on the state of California NOW.  There will be another call- in meeting on Sat. December 16, from 10AM to 12Noon and she will provide the board with details for signing in.  The November 11 meeting was cancelled.

Erika reported that National NOW will be coming to visit the site for the National Conference, July 6, 7, & 8, in San Jose either the end of December or in January.  She will be meeting with them at that time.

Karen in Membership reported she had sent for an updated list of current members and is continuing to work on a letter to be sent out.

Action Committee report was given by Nancy and Katia. Katia has made contact with the Director of the Family Justice Center.  They are interested in partnering with us for our event in March of a panel discussion, the suggested theme would be Trauma.  They have a community room that could be used for the event.  They currently participate in a restaurant week in March where a portion of your meal cost is donated to various Women’s groups in the area.  Katia told us about the Women’s Empowerment Committee at Diablo Valley College and the  event she attended there.

Erica presented Mary D. with the Persistence Award for 2017 in recognition of her work on the California State NOW Board of Directors .

The election was held with the results as follows:  Erika M.-President, Katia  S.–Vice President, Kathy D.—Treasurer, Jeanette C.—Secretary, Nancy B.—VP of Action, Karen S.—VP of Membership, Katia S. –VP of Public Relations and Mary D. –State Board Rep.

Motion to adjourn by Erika, seconded by Karen.  Meeting adjourned at 3:20 PM.

Jeanette Cole



Board Meeting

 Saturday, November 4, 2017  

The meeting was called to order by President Erika M. at 12:10PM.  Seven board members and one general member were present.  The minutes from the Board Meeting on September 23, were read by the secretary, Jeanette Cole.   The minutes were adopted with one change to remove Phyllis B. as nominee for VP of Public Relations.  Mary motioned and Erika seconded.

The next Board meeting will be January 20, 2018.  Katia will put together a calendar to present for 2018.  Officer’s reports are due and we will go over our budget and goals for 2018.

Erika will be having a conference call on Thursday, November 9 at 10AM with National NOW to discuss the 2018 conference being held in San Jose.

Mary reported on the state of California Now.  There is to be a State Board meeting conference call on Saturday, November 11 which she will participate in.  Mary will be leaving next year so mentioned that we will need another State Board Representative from our chapter. Usually it involves  3 meetings by telephone each year.

Action Committee report was given by Nancy and Katia. Nancy presented the idea of a panel of three area organizations that are working on issues currently in the news, such as sexual harassment in the workplace and domestic violence.  Motion was made by Karen and seconded by Mary.  All approved.  Katia reported on donations collected for the fire survivors in Santa Rosa.  We plan to invite the newspaper to the holiday party to cover the presentation of our check of $1000 to Planned Parenthood as well as our donations to STAND.

Membership committee reported no changes.  Karen is working on a membership letter with Erika.

Mary presented information and displayed a deck of cards of important women.  Mary’s son-in-law sells them on his website and he donated 10 packs to the chapter.  She is asking for a $20 donation to our chapter for each deck.  We talked about using them as a gift for online donations of $50.  The challenge of obtaining the addresses to send them to when they pay by credit card and paying for postage to send them was mentioned.   Mary will get more information to see if this is feasible.

The state of the chapter was discussed.  We have a large membership but few active members who attend meetings.  We talked about having a Women’s Symposium in August next year with other groups working on women’s issues in the area.  This would attract new members and show members how they can become involved.

Our next meeting is the election at the Lafayette Library on December 9, with the holiday party after at Mary’s house.  Everyone was asked to contact Mary to determine food they should bring.  The next board meeting is January 20, 2018 at the Walnut Creek Library Las Trampas Room.

Motion to adjourn by Mary, seconded by Erika.  Meeting adjourned at 1:55PM.

Jeanette Cole



General Meeting

 September 23, 2017 


The meeting was called to order by President Erika Maslan at 4:30PM.   The minutes from the Board Meeting on July 29,  were read by the secretary,  Jeanette Cole.  Eight members were present.

Treasurers report by Kathy D.  We are still tabulating the proceeds from our Paint Nite fundraiser on September 19.   There were several sources of funds  including button sales, restaurant food sales, silent auction, and ticket sales.  We estimate our donation to Planned Parenthood will be at least $768.00.

Membership report by Karen we have 210 members as of September 2017.

Katia gave the report for the Action Committee.  The Paint Nite fundraiser was very successful and Katia or Kathy will send thank you notes to the others involved including the restaurant, 1515, Tiffany Furrer, the event planner, Planned Parenthood, those who donated for the auction, and any nonmembers and members who attended.  Katia would like to send out a newsletter to members monthly.  Nancy was asking if we could find out how many people are responding to our notices for actions on our website or in postings we send out.

Mary and Phyllis will be on the nominating committee for the chapter board elections.  All current board members at this meeting agreed to being nominated for their current positions again:

President:  Erika M., Vice President of Membership:  Karen S., Vice President of Action: Nancy B., Treasurer: Kathy D., Secretary: Jeanette C.,  Public Relations: Phyllis B.  Erika also nominated Katia S.  to be her Vice President for 2018 subject to Katia agreeing to serve. The committee will also seek nominations from the membership.   Elections will be held in November or  December.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for November 4, from 12pm to 2pm at the Walnut Creek Library.  December 9 will be our next General Meeting from 2pm to 4pm with the Holiday Party to follow at the home of Mary D.   Phyllis is going to look into us making a holiday donation to STAND in December.  She will contact them to find out what items they would want or need.  We are planning to invite Planned Parenthood and Indivisible as well as any other  non-members that attended our Garden Party  or Paint Nite to the Holiday Party.

Kathy made a motion and Jeanette seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:55pm.


Jeanette Cole



 Board Meeting

 July 29, 2017 

The meeting was called to order by President Erika Maslan at 2:08 PM.   The minutes from the General Meeting on June  3rd  were read by the secretary,  Jeanette Cole.  A motion to approve after amending the name of the restaurant from 1516 to 1515  and changing the name Karen to Nancy for the Art & Wine Festival, was made by Phyllis B. and seconded by Jeanette.

245 members as of June 2017.

Report was given by Phyllis on the Garden Party which is August 19.  So far 8-10 people have sent their RSVP.  Phyllis reported on basket donations for the raffle. Tickets will be 6 for $5 or arm’s length for $20. There will be buttons and T-shirts donated by Mary.  Nancy will invite women’s groups. Katia will send an Evite reminder.  Phyllis will invite Planned Parenthood to speak about their program.

Katia gave the report for the Action Committee.  Attendance at meetings has decreased. She reported we joined the East Bay Action Coalition. She reported on the Paint Nite fundraiser on September 19 at 1515 Restaurant in Walnut Creek.  The goal is to raise $1,000 part of which will be donated to Planned Parenthood.  A minimum of 35 tickets need to be sold at $45 each maximum for the event is 47 people. We receive $15 each from tickets.  1515 is donating 10% of restaurant sales.  We have donations for a silent auction from publicizing it on Nextdoor. We are promoting it on Walnut Creek E Blast and Erika will ask Indivisible to alert their members. .  Tiffany Furrer the event planner at 1515 is assisting us with promoting the event. Katia asked for volunteers. Erika and Nancy will be at the check in table, Sally will handle the silent auction, Kathy and Katia will do set up.  Kathy will research getting a credit card account for paying the chapter.  Photographer is TBD.

Diane and Kathy attended Activist Unite in Orinda on June 8 in Orinda.  Mainly the groups talked about their work in voter registration and targeting the close races in other California districts. Diane created a NOW display to be used at other tabling events.

Mary D. emailed the board a report on the state conference. Erika and Jeanette reported on their attendance at the National NOW conference in Orlando, Florida.

August 12- Home Front Festival,  Rosie the Riveter Rally, Richmond, CA.

August 19- Garden Party Fundraiser and General Meeting

September 16&17- Art and Wine Festival in Lafayette

September 19- PaintNite  7PM at 1515 Restaurant in Walnut Creek

September 23- General Meeting 4:30PM at Walnut Creek Library.


Kathy made a motion and Diane seconded to adjourn the meeting at 3:50 PM.


Jeanette Cole



 General Meeting

 June 3, 2017 

 The meeting was called to order by President Erika Maslan at 2:05PM.   The minutes from the Board Meeting on May  20 were read by the secretary, Jeanette Cole.  A motion to approve was made by Kathy D. and seconded by Phyllis.

We discussed the 2 slates of candidates for the National Election in July. Toni Van Pelt for President and Gilda Yazzi for V.P.  or China Fortson-Washington for President with Monica Weeks for V.P.  Members were encouraged to share their reasons for supporting one or the other slate so we could vote on who would be supported by the chapter.  The members voted in favor of the China/Monica slate although all agreed that either one of the candidate slates were qualified to serve.  Mary suggested that we meet the candidates at the convention and if we decided differently we could change our vote.

We discussed plans for Paint Nite.  Katia will request one of the Tuesdays or the last Wednesday in September.  The painting will be the green path.  The restaurant is called 1515 Restaurant in Walnut Creek.  Mary made a motion and it was seconded by Nancy to have Katia finalize the arrangements.  We would like to advertise it as a fundraiser for support of Planned Parenthood but have not been able to get any response from them.

Mary gave a report on the state organization.  California NOW will be having the state conference on July 22 at AFSCME in Los Angeles from 10AM to 4PM.  Mary will try to attend.

The Garden Party date was changed to August 19th due to a conflict with the Rosie the Riveter Home Front festival on August 12.  (motion by Mary seconded by Erika)  Phyllis, Erika and Karen will organize the event with help from Katia.

Karen will look into tabling at the Art & Wine Festival in Lafayette on September 16th & 17th.

There is a Conference call on Tuesday, June 6 with Emily Imhoff from National NOW regarding the 2018 conference in California.  Mary, Erika and possibly Phyllis plan to participate.

A report was given on the Planned Parenthood Capitol Day in Sacramento on May 22 by Diane.  Members went to Catherine Baker’s office but since the legislature was in session they did not meet with her.  P.P. is asking the governor to release $50 million of tax money collected for healthcare to Planned Parenthood.

June 8- Activists Unite- 7PM to 9PM Orinda.

July 29- Board Meeting at Walnut Creek Library 2 to 4 PM.

August 12- Home Front Festival, Rosie the Riveter Rally, Richmond, CA.

August 19-Garden Party fundraiser.

September- Paint Nite

Mary moved and Katia seconded a motion to adjourn.  The meeting was adjourned at 3pm for a program by Alissa Levy from the Contra Costa County Indivisible Organization.

Jeanette Cole



Board Meeting

 Saturday, May 20, 2017  

The meeting was called to order by President Erika Maslan at 2:25PM.  Five board members and one general member were present.  The minutes from the Board Meeting on April 8 were read by the secretary, Jeanette Cole.   The minutes were adopted with one change to add Erika’s name to the part regarding contacting Planned Parenthood for the June 3rd meeting.

Due to concerns from the General Membership we have decided to leave attendees names off the minutes but keep the sign in sheet in the binder with copies of the minutes.  The general meeting on May 6 where we visited the Rosie the Riveter Museum was discussed.  Everyone agreed it was very worthwhile and we should plan to do it again in the future.

The Lafayette Wine and Art festival would cost $250 for a table for 2 days.  We decided that it was a reasonable expense and Erika will have Nancy Bocanegra register our chapter for the event.  We also discussed the reimbursement for the National NOW conference attendees.  At the April 8 meeting the amount was to be $750 each for 2 attendees.  Erika said she would lower it to $500 if both attendees agreed that would be sufficient.  Kathy said we should keep it at $750 and the checks were written for that amount.

We discussed the fundraising activities proposed at the last meeting.  Due to needing an 8 week advance notice for the Paint Nite, a September date was suggested.  We will submit a request for the last Wednesday in September, the 27th or any Tuesday night in September.  We also discussed the 501c3 status and if we qualify.  It was determined that we do qualify without that status so will go ahead.

We are also planning to use the Garden Party in August for fundraising by having a silent auction or raffle on items donated by members.  We also wanted to plan some activities or games.  The date of the party is August 12 which Jeanette brought up is the same date as the Rosie the Riveter Picture Event.

Karen Severud gave the membership report.  We are looking for ways to increase member participation.

Erika asked that board members read the information on the  NOW presidential candidates for National Elections in July.  She would like input on which candidates the chapter wants those of us attending the National Convention to vote for.

We will not be hiring a social media intern this year.  Kathy reports that board members can post items without approval on our social media. They need to be added to the account by her if they wish to do so directly.

The following dates have been planned for meetings:

June 3- Chapter Meeting at Walnut Creek Library 2 to 4 PM.  Planned Parenthood.

July 29- Board Meeting at Walnut Creek Library 2 to 4 PM.

August 12- Garden Party at home of Mary Davis.

September- Paint Nite

Phyllis moved and Jeanette seconded a motion to adjorn.  The meeting was adjorned at 4:55pm.

Jeanette Cole



Board Meeting

Saturday, April 8, 2017  

2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

The meeting was called to order by President Erika Maslan. The minutes of the April 1, 2017 meeting were read by the Secretary, Jeanette Cole  and approved.  Members present Kathy DeFabio, Karen Severud, Jose Flores, Katia Senff, Erika Maslan, Jeanette Cole, and Mary Davis.

Officer reports:  Membership-Karen Severud is obtaining a new membership list from National NOW. She is also going to obtain an at-large list composed of zip codes in our area so we can ask if some of them would like to affiliate with our chapter.  She thinks we have approximately 260 members.

Treasurer-Kathy DeFabio presented us with a copy of the budget from December and a copy of the 2016 expenditures.  We worked on a proposed budget for 2017. Kathy is going to check into setting up an interest bearing account for our chapter at Mechanics Bank.  A stipend of $1500 was approved to be divided by the National Conference attendees.

Action Committee-Katia Senff reported on a fundraising idea of a Paint Night.  Tickets would cost $45 with $15 per person going to the chapter. Guests would buy food and drinks separately and usually there is a 2 drink minimum. There is a minimum of 35 guests.

The Tea Time fundraiser was mentioned.  The chapter would purchase tea bags and mail them out to members asking for a donation.  This was used in the past to raise funds for a scholarship.

Mary suggested using the Garden Party Meeting at her home on August 12 as a fundraiser.

Katia also talked about having a social media intern for the summer.  Kathy has been managing all the social media sites which include Facebook, Twitter, Contra Costa Now and Survey Monkey.  She is requesting that others be allowed to post appropriate  events etc.  It was agreed that if board members wanted to post something they would send it out to the board first and if there were no objections it would be posted.

Katia would like to do a survey to find out more about our membership including areas of interest and how often they would like to hear from us.  This would help us determine which members would like more frequent contact and hopefully get an increase in active membership.

We talked about the National candidate for President from our area Mona Lisa Wallace.  Mary has talked with her.  Erika would like us to be prepared with questions when she attends our next board meeting on May 20.

We talked about the 2018 National Conference in California.  National will choose the venue.   Mary said we would probably be asked to sell ads to local businesses for the program.

Mary reported on the California State NOW organization.  So far there is no information about a state conference for 2017.

Due to time constraints we will discuss further plans for the chapter at a future meeting.

The following dates have been planned for meetings:

May 6-General Meeting-Rosie the Riveter Museum – 3PM.

May 20- Board Meeting at Walnut Creek Library from 3 to 5 PM. Guest Mona Lisa Wallace

June 3- Chapter Meeting at Walnut Creek Library 2 to 4 PM.  Planned Parenthood.

July 29- Board Meeting at Walnut Creek Library 2 to 4 PM.

August 12- Garden Party at home of Mary Davis.

Erika made motion which was seconded by Kathy to adjourn the meeting at 4:10PM.

Jeanette Cole


General Membership Meeting

Saturday, April 1, 2017  

2:00 to 4:00 P.M.


The meeting was called to order by President Erika Maslan.   The summary of the March 18 meeting with Guest Speaker Heidi Goldstein was read by Kathy DeFabio.

Introductions of members was done. Members present: Diane Bell-Rettger, Phyllis Bratt, Karen Severud, Jose Flores, Jeanette Cole, Kathy DeFabio, Katia Senff, Sally LoGrasso, Nancy Bocanegra, Erika Maslan, and Karen Brockwell.

The treasurer’s report was discussed.  Kathy will put together a report of expenses from last year so that a budget can be formulated at our board meeting.  We discussed the EIN number for reporting federal taxes and the Association number for state taxes which is 199.

The Action Committee chair Nancy Bocanegra gave a report on the Sonoma County presentation she attended and suggested we do something similar.  She will contact them for help in setting this up for our area.   Katia Senff gave a report on the Action Committee meeting  held that morning April 1, 2017.  Postcards were handed out with addresses for some Senators.  Members were encouraged to write a postcard regarding either Equal Pay for Women Day, opposing Neil Gorsuch, or HR861. She also told us about upcoming action events on 4/15 is a Tax March in Walnut Creek (Civic Park)  starting at 11AM.  On 4/22 is the science march in honor of Earth Day also in Walnut Creek (Civic Park) at 10AM.  On May 15 is Planned Parenthood Capitol Day in Sacramento.  Registration is required to attend.  Jeanette suggested that Kathy send out an email, one time only, to all members that are on the reminder list for meetings asking if they would like to receive notifications regarding chapter actions.  This would help give the Action Committee an idea if there are people they  need to reach out to.

Membership reported we currently have 237 members.

We discussed the May 6 general meeting at the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond.  There is a limit of 48 to attend and they would like an estimate of how many will be attending.  For those who want to come early there is a boat tour which requires a reservation.  A sign up list was passed around.

We discussed  scheduling the next Chapter meeting after May.  June 3 was selected and the Las Trampas Room at the Walnut Creek library is available.  Planned Parenthood was mentioned as a possible speaker for the meeting.

The National Conference is June 30-July 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  Erika and Jeanette have registered to attend.  The chapter will contribute to their expenses after the budget is finalized.  The amount is to be determined.  Erika also brought up that a San Francisco NOW member Mona Lisa Wallace is running for National NOW president.  Erika will ask her to attend our May 20 board meeting from 3-5 at the Walnut Creek Library.

The location of the 2018 National NOW Conference is to be in California and we discussed preferred locations.  Most of us would like Oakland or Walnut Creek due to transportation on BART being available for both.  However  hotel costs need to be considered and we are working with National NOW and would need their approval.  Mary Davis been communicating with National through emails and kept the board informed.

Nancy talked about the five initiatives listed on the National NOW website. They are the ERA, Sex abuse to Prison Pipeline, Reproductive Justice, Advancing voting rights, and Protecting Immigrant Rights.  She suggested we pick which ones we would work on as a chapter, but Erika felt it was not necessary at this time.

Some of the members think we should have a table at the Lafayette Wine and Art Fair in September.  We need to find out more details regarding the cost before we can make a decision.

The next board meeting is April 8, 2017 from 2-4PM location is to be determined.

Jeanette moved and Nancy seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:00PM.

Jeanette Cole



National Organization for Women

Contra Costa County Chapter

P.O. Box 4794, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Chapter Meeting

March 18, 2017

Heidi Goldstein gave a presentation on how students and parents are working together to change the culture of sexual Harassment in high schools.  Ms. Goldstein is an Adult Advisor to the grassroots student organization BHS Stop Harassing (https://www.instagram.com/bhsstopharassing/ and http://www.stopharassing.com/) and sits on the Sexual Harassment Advisory Committee (SHAC) at Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD).  She became involved in issues around sexual harm at school when her younger daughter suffered sexual battery at her middle school in 2014.  In this session Heidi described the fluid model underway for advocacy to make change at BUSD to provide both meaningful support for students who suffer sexual harassment or harm; as well as corrective options and remediation strategies for perpertrators.  She presented examples of how students, parents, and the larger community are working with multiple stakeholders to leverage elements of policy, practice, training, and public awareness to improve the climate and culture at BUSD and to raise the bar from the appearance of compliance to that of substantial programmatic engagement.

She was assisted by a student from Berkeley High who provided a competent perspective from the students’ point of view how blaming the victim is still well and alive even in an open-minded community such as Berkeley

Erika Maslan



National Organization for Women

Contra Costa County Chapter

P.O. Box 4794, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

 Board Meeting

February 25, 2017


The meeting was called to order by Mary Davis.  Members present were Phyllis Bratt, Kathy DeFabio, and Jeanette Cole.  Later we were joined by Erika Maslan, and Nancy Bocanegra.   Bobbi Ausubel was also in attendance.

We reviewed the meeting times for the general membership and board meetings.

March 18 from 2-4PM is the Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (formally called the Sexual Assault to Prison Pipeline) presentation in the Oak View room of the  W.C. Library.   Kathy will make sure that a membership e-mail blast will be sent out before the meeting.  Phyllis is contacting various neighborhood newspapers that will publicize it for free.  Mary is contacting other nearby chapters of NOW and Planned Parenthood  to invite them to attend.  There is also a website people can visit in preparation for the meeting:  http://stopsexualassaultinschools.org.

April 1 from 2-4PM  was scheduled for a general meeting in the Las Trampas Room of the W.C. library.

April 8 is a tentative board meeting with location TBD.

May 6 is a field trip to the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park  in Pt. Richmond.

June 30-July 2 is the National Now Convention in Orlando, Florida.

August 12  Garden Party at the home of Mary Davis.

We briefly discussed annual reports for 2016 that need to be completed by last year’s board. Board members should finish them asap.  Mary Davis has sent the 2016 report for our chapter to national NOW.

We talked about offering scholarships for high school students as was done in 2016.  It was decided that we should have a fundraiser in the next few months similar to the Tea Party that was done previously.  If we are offering any scholarships it would be for the 2018  Seniors in order to provide enough time for the notification to the high schools in the county.   Further details need to be worked out.

Bobbi Ausubel attended the meeting and gave us some information regarding her meeting with some members of National NOW.  She reported that there is a Coalition for Women’s Health Equity which NOW is a member of working in response to pervasive gender disparities throughout the healthcare system.  We suggested that she present a workshop at the National NOW conference in 2017 (Orlando, FL.) or 2018 when it will be held in the San Francisco area.

On March 10 CCNOW will be tabling at an event at Rossmoor for Women’s History Day.  There will be 2 performances of the play “Bold Women Brazen Acts”.  Mary and Phyllis will table at 1PM for the 2PM performance and Karen and Mary will table at 6PM for the 7:30 performance.  Tickets are $10 each and Bobbi is to provide the location and directions.

On March 8 Mary and Karen Brockwell will be speaking to the W.A.C .organization at Campolinda High School in Moraga.  They are expecting 30-40 students to attend.  They plan to bring membership brochures and will also invite students to the general meeting on March 18 about Sexual Assault in Schools.  Mary said she has agreed to be a community advisor for the group.

We discussed the East Bay Women’s Conference in San Ramon on March 6.  It was decided that due to the cost ($500) we would not be tabling there this year.

Mary will be ordering supplies for tabling, presentations, and meetings.  We are out of coloring books so she is ordering 100 @ $5.00 each, chapter business cards for board members and some specifically for Erika as president.   She is also ordering pamphlets and 10 NOW logo circular signs in a smaller size( 12”-16”) for future actions.

Jeanette and Erika have registered for the National NOW conference in Orlando, Florida and will reimbursed for some of their expenses by the chapter.

Nancy VP of Action gave a brief report on the initial meeting of the Action Committee.  They are meeting again at 10AM, March 5 at Panera in Alamo.  Phyllis mentioned some ideas for Actions such as sending cards to thank representatives on St. Patrick’s Day.

Meeting was adjourned at 4:05 PM.

Jeanette Cole, Secretary


Chapter Meeting, Saturday, Jan 28, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Erika Maslan.  There were 15 people present.  The minutes of the January 7, Board Meeting were read by Jeanette Cole and approved.

A motion was made by Erika and seconded by Kathy DeFabio to make Phyllis Bratt VP of Public Relations. It was approved unanimously.

Future dates for Board and General Membership meetings through June 2017 were discussed.  Erika has confirmed Heidi Goldstein for the March 18 meeting on “Sex abuse to prison pipeline. “  Kathy will confirm the Oak View Room for this meeting.  The next Board Meeting is scheduled for February 25 from 2 to 4 PM in the Las Trampas Room at the Walnut Creek Library.

Mary  and Karen will be speaking to the Feminist Club at Campolinda High School on March 25.

The date for the field trip to Rosie the Riveter Museum will be May 6th at 3 PM.  Up to 48 people can attend for free.  The California NOW state conference in Fresno is also the same weekend.  Although it was mentioned that most members would not be attending (the California NOW State conference) except Mary.

The VP of Membership Karen Severud reports 235 members with new members joining every day.

The VP of Action Nancy Bocanegra reported on the the Women’s March in Walnut Creek  which was attended by several members.

There was a discussion led by Erika regarding the formation of an action committee which will recommend and lead actions for the membership to implement.  The following people signed up Jo-Anne Lyons, Beth DeBoer, Sally Lo Grasso, Mayumi Yamamoto, Katia Senff,  Diane Bell-Rettger, Nancy Bocanegra and JeanetteCole.  Erika will verify email and phone numbers so the committee can set up their first meeting.  Mayumi Yamamoto volunteered to host the first meeting.

Upcoming events are March 8, International Women’s Day and March 6 is the East Bay Women’s Conference in San Ramon which we will post on our website for those interested in attending.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 PM.

Jeanette Cole



Board Meeting, Saturday, Jan 7, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President, Erika Maslan.  Members present were Nancy Bocanegra- VP Action, Karen Severud- VP Membership, Kathy DeFabio- Treasurer,  Jeanette Cole- Secretary, Phyllis Bratt- Chapter Member, and Joe Flores-member – Chapter Member.

Minutes from the December 3, 2016 meeting were read by outgoing VP Public Relations, Kathy DeFabio.  A motion was made by Phyllis Bratt and seconded by Erika Maslan to approve the minutes.  Motion was approved.

Nancy Bocanegra (outgoing treasurer) gave the treasurer’s report.  Nancy  and Kathy DeFabio discussed the transfer of treasurer duties.  Phyllis reported on a donation from Joan Buchanan of $500 to our treasury as the result of the chapter giving the last 55 of the CA Women’s History Coloring Books to Joan Buchanan for her grandaughter’s school.

Karen Severend gave  the membership report. She reported we have 235 members.  We have had several inquiries regarding membership.  Karen reported she had emailed or called all the new member names she had from past meetings.  She handed out copies of the current membership list provided by national NOW.  Kathy will obtain an EXCEL list that can be emailed to the board members.  As treasurer Kathy will obtain the checks and registrations for new members from the P.O. Box so she can deposit the check and forward $15 per member to national.  She will send the new member information to Karen for contact by membership.  Karen discussed surveying new members regarding their interests in regard to NOW but the discussion was tabled for a future meeting.  We have several (40) flyers that we will hand out at the Women’s March in Walnut Creek on Jan. 21.  Erika will place a new order for 100 membership flyers from Theresa Kaufman at Minute Man Press to replenish our supply.  Erika will also check into ordering NOW business cards for board members.

At the general meeting on October 15, 2016 Ms. Bobbi Ausubel had requested that Contra Costa NOW send a letter she had written to the NIH regarding their apparent lack of commitment to the disease of myalgic encephalomyelitis, a.k.a. chronic fatigue syndrome. As a local chapter this is not something we could do without approval from national.  Erika Maslan had some resources and suggestions she could offer to their group so she wrote a letter with this information to Ms. Ausubel. Phyllis and Erika read us the letter that she was sending to Ms. Ausubel.

Future meetings were discussed. The next general meeting will be January 28 at 2PM in the Las Trampas Room at the Walnut Creek Library.  March 18th was discussed for the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline meeting with Rhonda Haney and Heidi Goldstein. Kathy will reserve the Oak View Room for this meeting since we are expecting a larger group.  Other meeting dates are February 25, and May 6 for general meetings and April 8 and June 3 for Board Meetings.  All at the Las Trampas room from 2-4PM if possible.

Karen said she would look into a trip to the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond for the May 6 general meeting.

It was decided that we would attend the Walnut Creek Women’s March on January 21, as a chapter.  Everyone is to meet at the Walnut Creek Library in the coffee shop at 10:20AM, with the March starting at 10:30AM at Civic Park next door.

Selma King a long time member, officer and activist of Contra Costa NOW passed away recently and Phyllis will notify us when the family has planned a memorial for her.  We also talked about a scholarship or donation to the library in her name.  Discussion was tabled for a later time.

Karen Brockwell and Mary Davis will be speaking at a symposium on Women’s Issues?? at Campolinda High School on March 25. We briefly discussed renewing our college scholarship offering for high school students.  This was tabled for a later time.

Mary Davis will be filing our 2016 chapter report to National NOW

We have decided to make women’s health and specifically Planned Parenthood one of our focuses in 2017.  Erica will speak to their representative  to find out what kind of support they need or want from our chapter.

Meeting adjourned at 5:30PM

Jeanette Cole


Chapter Meeting & Elections

Saturday December 3, 2016


Members in attendance:  Erika Maslan, Phyllis Bratt, Karen Brockwell, Nancy Bocanegra, Jeanette Cole, and Kathy DeFabio


  • Dates for chapter and board meeting were set for the first 3 months of 2017
  • Discussion of the Women’s march on 1/21/17 was discussed. Various locations were San Francisco, Sacramento, and Oakland.  The pros and cons of each of these locations and times were discussed.
  • Discussion took place as to who CCNOW might partner with in 2017 and what sort of projects we would want to be involved with. A few possibilities were Planned Parenthood and “Sex Abuse, Pipeline to Prison”.
  • It was mentioned that Joan Buchanan is interested in our coloring books for her granddaughter’s elementary school class
  • Elections took place: Results were:

President:  Erika Maslan

VP Action:  Nancy Bocanegra

VP Membership:  Karen Severud

Treasurer:  Kathy DeFabio

Secretary:  Jeanette Cole

State Board Representative:  Mary Davis

Board Advisor:  Mary Davis.  As president in 2016, Mary becomes the board advisor in 2017


Chapter Meeting Saturday, October 15, 2016

The meeting was chaired by Nancy Bocanegra.  Board members present were Nancy Bocanegra, Karen Severud, and Kathy DeFabio

Also in attendance were 2 people who each have a child with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), along with their supporters.  In all, there were 8 people at the meeting who wanted to discuss ME with CCNOW.  The 2 whose children have the condition explained the symptoms of the disease and how debilitating it was.  They gave personal experiences of what their children were going through, and it was quite distressing.

They wanted  CCNOW’s support/endorsement of a letter to HHS, NIH, CDC, etc stating that we support efforts to fund research for this disease.  This disease has also been called “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”, but after the meeting, through emails, we agreed that ME was not the same chronic fatigue syndrome that we first heard about in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

The group was asking for CCNOW’s support because about 75% of ME sufferers are women.

We (board members and chapter members) suggested that it may be better if the endorsement came from National NOW, but it may take some time for that to happen, if it would happen at all.  Several members mentioned that ME might be a good topic for discussion at the national conference in 2017.  One of the people whose daughter is afflicted with the disease didn’t care if endorsement came from National NOW or CCNOW.  She just wanted commitment from us right away.

After much discussion, during and after the meeting, it was decided that NOW is not the best platform for disseminating information and activism for this condition.  However, we, as individuals, could write letters to the various government agencies who are responsible for funding research for understanding and treating diseases.

Treasurer’s Report:

Nancy Bocanegra gave the status CCNOW’s bank account.

Meeting Schedule for the first half of 2017:

It was decided to determine the meeting schedule in January of 2017, after the chapter officer elections in Dec 2016.


An election committee was established with members being Jaqi Thompson and Karen Brockwell.

Nominations for officers were:

President:  Erika Maslan

VP Action:  Nancy Bocanegra

VP Membership:  Karen Severud

VP-Public Relations:  Open (Jaqi Thompson was nominated for this position, but after some thought she declined.  She is willing to help out with public relations on a case-by-case basis, but doesn’t want to commit full time to the position.)

Treasurer:  Kathy DeFabio

Secretary:  Jeanette Cole



National Organization for Women

Contra Costa County Chapter

P.O. Box 4794

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Meeting Minutes – Chapter Meeting

Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 2:00-3:36pm


Board members in Attendance: Nancy Bocanegra, Sabrina Larez, Mary Davis, Karen Brockwell, Karen Severud

Other Chapter members in Attendance: Joe Flores, Jaqi Thompson, Jeanette Cole, Scarlett Arreola-Reyes


A discussion of the scheduled meetings for the upcoming months concluded that that meeting on August 20th should be cancelled. The agreed upon schedule is as follows:

  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 5
  • December 3 – Holiday Party

A financial report of the Terry O’Neil fundraiser was also presented with a profit of $1521.15; that will be split with National. Also there are two W.E. members who have not paid their full ticket price from the event.

Kathy updated the group on the scholarship candidates.  The committee is to announce the winner on June 15. Some suggested the possibility of splitting the money or giving two $1000 scholarships. However this was not favored by anyone and it was decided to choose one winner to give $1,000.


Mary discussed being in contact with a woman named Deyanira from Planned Parenthood and the possibility of phone banking for Hillary. After some discussion of the routines of phone banking members decided it would be a good idea.

The group discussed the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline that National is working on. Ways of which getting involved were discussed and Mary suggested inviting Heidi Goldstein to a meeting to discuss what CCNOW can do. The group wants to work with Contra Costa county schools to bring a more fair disciplinary system for girls.

The National Conference was discussed. Andrea is no longer going and actions of what to do next for her ticket were discussed, however no action was taken.

Scarlett then provided the group with much knowledge of Twitter and pulled up CCNOW Twitter account. She explained the uses of twitter and how it is a global platform to communicate and share information.

The meeting was adjourned early.


National Organization for Women

Contra Costa County Chapter

P.O. Box 4794

   Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Meeting Minutes – Chapter Meeting

Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, April 30,  2016, 2:00-4:00pm


Board members in Attendance: Mary Davis, Kathy Defabio, Nancy Bocanegra, Erica Maslan, Sabrina Larez, Karen Severud,

Other members in Attendance: Joe Flores, Jaqi Thompson, Silvia Yong, Lynda Kilday, Geanette Cole, Phyllis Bratt


The meeting began with introductions because there were new members in attendance. The meeting minutes from March 19 were approved followed by a treasurer’s report.


Phyllis provided the group with updates on the fundraiser with Terry O’Neil. Congressmen and women will be in attendance and is a good point of discussion to get people to come. More people are needed to register in order to make money. She also showed the awards that will be given and who would be given them. The agenda was provided with a brief description and the sign-up for volunteers was passed around. To make calling people for the fundraiser easier a script was discussed.

Sabrina updated the group on the symposium with an agenda for the event and a speakers list. She announced the funds for the event had been secured and the merchandise for the event had been ordered. A tabling schedule, for N.O.W to table the event, was passed around. A list of things that will be needed for tabling was made and consisted of flyers, brochures, voter registration, and possibly pens to give out.


Mary discussed the N.O.W activist brunch with Terry. Only members from CCNOW were planning on going.

The scholarships were discussed and when the deadlines for submissions were.

Mary and Sabrina discussed the certificates of recognition that NOW gave WE members in Spring 2016 semester. Yet Sabrina said it was too late in the semester to begin to plan.

There was a motion to donate $100 to the National Women’s Law center. This was approved.

Discussion and Long Term Goal Planning

The topic was introduced with a discussion of how some people have not heard of N.O.W and during the ERA campaign it was all over the news. Social media, specifically Twitter and Facebook, were discussed as ways to promote N.O.W and decided that Sabrina and Silvia would demonstrate a Twitter tutorial at the June 4th meeting. Silvia explained what a hashtag was and the group broke off to post on social media and independently discuss.




National Organization for Women

Contra Costa County Chapter

P.O. Box 4794

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Meeting Minutes – Chapter Meeting

Walnut Creek Main Library

        Saturday, March 19, 2016, 2:00-4:00pm


Board Members in Attendance: Mary Davis, Sabrina Larez, Kathy Defabio, Erika Maslin, Andrea Corrigan, Nancy Bocanegra, Karen Severud

Other Chapter Members in Attendance: Karen Brockwell, Joe Flores, Phyllis Bratt


After brief view of the Meeting Minutes from February 27, 2016  it was approved. The members then began discussing the approval for CCNOW to host the National Conference in 2018. Venues were discussed such as the South Sacramento Center, and the Berkeley Marina. The space number of attendees that the conference needs to hold is 700. However the area that was approved was the San Francisco Bay Area so it must fall within that space.

Phyllis updated the group on that status of the Terry O’Neill fundraiser. She provided a handout with a summary of the event. It will be held at the Hacienda de las flores in Moraga and catered by Sunrise Bistro. The venue will allow us to being our own servers and bartenders to save money. So volunteers will be needed for serving as well as set up for the event. The cost will be $75 and $40 for students. There will be a celebration of sisterhood with awards given out. There was a sponsorship list that was reviewed. Food and types of deserts were discussed. The silent auction items and raffles were reviewed and some members made more suggestions. Then the budget was updated when Erica suggested that flowers would cost be $200 instead of the $100 on the budget.

Symposium Update

Sabrina discussed the symposium and how planning is going. The club had broken into committees for the event and submitted its first round of paperwork. Also Sabrina had mentioned some worry about getting speakers. A suggestion has been made to play the feminist documentary.


The discussion of the organizations 1, 3, 5 year goals began with Andrea discussing her vision. The first year goals consisted of getting funding for lobbying, a push for the ERA with specific chapter assignments, enhancing the National Website, and starting a media campaign for more internet activity. The three year goal was to increase membership numbers, but a specific number was not given. At 4 years N.O.W has a strong lobbying presence in politics. And at 5 years the ERA is ratified.

The group then went around and said what they believed the goals should be. The suggestions included a stronger web presence, a rejuvenation of activity, focussing on intersectionality, stronger fight for reproductive rights, stronger membership number, and a focus on the next generation of feminist.

A meeting with Terry during her visit was discussed so WE members can converse about the future of the organization. It was decided to do the meeting after the speaker portion of the symposium at Mary’s house.

Andrea and Sabrina discussed inconsistencies with the brochure and with the website. Mary asked Andrea to make a bullet point list of changes that she thinks need to be made to the website.

There was also discussion of an app that can be created for the chapter and that could then be created for National in which would include possibly legislation updates.

The meeting concluded with a discussion of upcoming events, which led to discussing carpooling to the state conference.


National Organization for Women

Contra Costa County Chapter

P.O. Box 4794

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Meeting Minutes – Chapter Meeting

Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 4:00-6:00pm

Board Members in Attendance: Mary Davis, Sabrina Larez, Kathy DeFabio, Erika Maslin, Andrea Corrigan, Nancy Bocanegra, Karen Severud

Other Chapter Members in Attendance: Karen Brockwell, Joe Flores, Phyllis Bratt

Guest in Attendance: Maureen Hamm


Meeting minutes for January 23, 2016 were approved.

Article IV section A and F of the bylaws were discussed. Article IV Section F was motioned for approval and accepted. While Article IV Section A was discussed further. Mary had suggested to only have the treasurer file an annual report, however with some discussion other board members felt that all the officers should submit an annual report and Mary’s suggestion was not approved.

There was a suggestion to change the March 19th meeting from a general meeting to a retreat, possibly at Mary’s house to plan 1,3, and 5 year goals. Instead the March 19th meeting was changed from a general meeting to a focused meeting about the chapters 1,3,5 year plan.


An update on the California N.O.W grievance was discussed. Also the qualifications for people to run and how the elections are run were discussed.

An introduction to everyone in the meeting was done because there was a new guest.

Sabrina asked for a list of the W.E. members who were also N.O.W members to facilitate in organizing people for the April 2 conference. To eliminate the cost of the van Andrea said that W.E. will be able to take the responsibility to get there without the help of CCNOW.

Stipends for the National conference were discussed and no other member requested money, however it was said that no one needed to step forward at the meeting and could discuss it privately with Mary.


Everyone was updated on what the symposium was a the changes that have taken place. Such as the date changed and structural changes to the agenda.

Another symposium planning meeting was arranged for March 21.

Terry O’Neill visit

Discussion about her visit and the Friday fundraiser began by Mary telling everyone what her and Phyllis had been planning. A possible wine sit down dinner at the Hacienda was a suggestion.

Maureen asked Mary to invite their chapter of N.O.W and ways to promote the event were discussed. Andrea suggested to contact Diablo Magazine to get the event in their magazine.

To lower cost of fundraiser volunteer servers and bartenders were discussed.

Mary discussed the program for the fundraiser, which included a chapter history, sponsor names, and list of recipients.

Special Guest

Maureen Hamm was a guest invite by Mary and is a member of the ACT NOW chapter. She expressed her concerns with California N.O.W and a discussion about the grievance and what happened last election began. The bylaws were also discussed and which ones were being updated and how. After the discussion about the problems with California N.O.W Maureen’s chapter was discussed.

She expressed that her chapter no longer spends energy to recruit people, and instead focuses their energy on the core group of members who are currently involved. Some Contra Costa members expressed concerned with this and offered to help with recruiting younger members as well as improving their website.



National Organization for Women
Contra Costa County Chapter
P.O. Box 4794
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Meeting Minutes – Chapter Meeting
Walnut Creek Main Library
Saturday, January 23, 2015, 4:00-6:00pm

Board Members in Attendance: Mary Davis, Sabrina Larez, Kathy DeFabio, Erika Maslin, Karen Severud

Other Chapter Members in Attendance: Karen Brockwell, Joe Flores, Carlyn Obringer

Guest in Attendance: Diane Bianchi

Meeting minutes from the 10/3/15 Board meeting, 11/7/15 Chapter meeting, and the 12/5/15 Chapter meeting were motioned for approval and accepted.
A motion was suggested for Sabrina Larez to become chapter secretary. The board voted and approved this motion.
Mary Davis Presented the Treasurer’s report. There was $1902 in savings, however no one knew what it was. So Mary will clarify with Nancy Bocanegra on the amount.
Mary Davis brought up the selling of coloring books. Carlyn Obringer suggested looking at a larger market to sell to, such as adults who are now using coloring books as a form of therapy. Discussion of possibly donating them to an institution was discussed, but no decision was made.
A vote was taken and passed to change the Operating rules so that the election of  officers will occur in the fourth quarter of the year, preferably in November.  The Operating rules had read ”the Annual meeting elections shall be in November”. The other proposed changes to the Bylaws and Operating rules were not voted on and no other changes were made.
Erika suggested amending the budget for conference stipends from $2,000 to $2,500.This was approved.

Women’s Empowerment/ Symposium 
A tentative budget of speakers and additional costs was presented by Sabrina Larez. A motion was passed to loan Women’s Empowerment club $635 for sweatshirts. It was understood that NOW could possibly take a loss with this loan. A meeting was discussed for Sabrina Larez, Mary Davis, and Andrea Corrigan. No date was set.

CC NOW Representative
A discussion took place as to who would be CC NOW’s representative on the Elections and Nominations committee. Mary suggested Erika, but Erika was concerned about serving because of an email she accidentally sent to various officers of CA NOW. It was discussed about asking Phyllis if she would be interested.

Terry O’Neil’s visit
Terry O’Neill’s possible visit to our chapter was discussed. The type of event and the timing were discussed. Perhaps there could be two events, a small one such as a luncheon with the WE DVC students, and then have a larger event with more of the public involved. And would Terry be speaking?
Also discussed was the timing of Terry’s visit. Diane Bianchi, a guest and possible new member from St. Mary’s college (recently retired), mentioned that it needs to be done before finals week. The reason being that students will be too busy studying and after finals most students leave for the summer. Mary will contact Terry to see about her availability and what ideas she may have for events.

Chapter Goals
A discussion took place about setting 1, 3, and 5 year goals. Because this could take some time, we discussed having a “retreat” at Mary’s house as we did in 2015 to set our goals. There was discussion about changing the Feb 27 meeting to the retreat, but it was not formally set.
Joe Flores mentioned that all people should be given a chance to speak, especially at a retreat. He noticed that in most situations only a few people speak, but everyone should have a chance. He suggested going around the room, person by person, and let them speak if they desire.




Meeting Minutes – General Meeting

Walnut Creek Library

Dec 5th 2015


Board members attending:

  • Mary Davis – President, Erika Maslan – Vice President, Kathy DeFabio – VP Public Relations, Rebecca Tally – State Board Rep, Nancy Bocanegra – Treasurer, Phyllis Bratt – VP Membership, Karen Brockwell – Acting Secretary

DVC Representatives

  • Scarlett Arreola-Reyes, Sabrina Larez , Quinn Bornemann, Andrea Corrigan, Lauren Wardle

Other members

  • Joe Flores & Karen Severud

Summary of Meeting Minutes

  • Introductions were made around the table
  • Elections Committee
    1. Ballot distributed to all members in good standing (>90 days)
    2. The nominations were as follows:
      1. President – Mary Davis
      2. Vice President – Erika Maslan
  • VP Action Andrea Corrigan
  1. VP Public Relations – Kathy DeFabio
  2. VP Membership – Karen Severud
  3. Interim Secretary – Sabrina Larez
  • Treasurer – Nancy Bocanegra
  • State Board Rep – Mary Davis
  1. The motion to elect the new board was passed
  • Update on DVC WE Symposium (March 18th/19th)– can’t request meeting room space until late Jan, guest list ready to go, Speakers identified. Will send digital invite for speakers and guests ahead of time. NOW will meet with WE organizers Jan 9th so can discuss expenses and NOW contribution.
  1. Quinn suggested approaching the Margaret and Dean Lesher Foundation as they may provide grants for this type of event. Quinn and Scarlett will follow up.
  • Voter Registration continuing at DVC (word of mouth). Will be more important next semester
  • Planned Parenthood – we want to help them locally after the Colorado Springs shooting. There was a lot of discussion around this issue and a strong desire to help PP but also a concern that we should co-ordinate any demonstrations or political lobbying with PP first. Should we be more visible and go out with banners at PP locations? “Stand with Planned Parenthood” Been very frustrating as we haven’t got a lot of feedback from PP. WE also need to broaden the scope of conversation re: Planned Parenthood (not just Abortion)
    1. As the newly elected VP Action Andrea will follow up with PP and map out a plan of action
    2. The Board approved a $100 donation for Planned Parenthood
  • Recognition Certificates – DVC have list of people who qualify (8). NOW will present to recipients Karen B will attend a meeting at DVC to recognize recipients 2-4pm Dec 9th
  • Grievance against State (filed with National). Conference call on Dec 15th with Grievance Committee. Key issue is never got a chance to weigh in on Fresno. Grievance Committee will set up the meeting. Also there is a State Board Mtg on Dec 17th at 7pm
  • Future Meetings Symposium Planning Mtg – Jan 9th,2-4pm Walnut Creek Library, Chapter Mtg – Sat Jan 23rd, Roe v Wade Jan 22nd – how do we want to commemorate?

Post Meeting Note: Mary sent out a more comprehensive list of meetings for the first half of 2016:

  • Board – Saturday, January 9th (may be canceled)
  • General – Saturday, January 23rd
  • Board – Saturday, February 6th
  • General – Saturday, February 27th
  • DVC Symposium –Friday and Saturday, March 18/19
  • State Conference – Saturday, April 2nd
  • General – Saturday, April 16th
  • Board – Saturday, June 4th
  • General – Saturday, June 11th
  • National Conference –June 23 (Board Meeting) – 26th

Board/General (Garden Party) – July 23rd



Meeting Minutes – Chapter Meeting

Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Board Members in Attendance:
Erika Maslin, Rebecca Talley, Nancy Bocanegra, Phyllis Bratt, Kathy DeFabio

Voter Registration “Training”:
Eren Mendez, Election Outreach Coordinator for Contra Costa County Elections Division and Paul Burgarino, Community Education and Development for Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder-Elections Department provided training for voter registration. The training was very thorough and detailed. A line-by-line explanation was provided for each box/line in the voter registration form. Also discussed was what we need to do if we help someone fill out the form OR if we return the form.

Discussion took place as to whether we should suggest to people that they mail in the form (therefore, we don’t need to do anything) or to submit the forms for people (thereby we have to sign the form in 2 places and provide our phone number and then tear the form and give the bottom half to the registeree). We’ll probably do both.

Operating Rule Changes:
A motion was proposed and passed to strike the change that states that only the Treasurer is required to submit a written financial report at the close of his/her term. This part of the operating rules will be left unchanged so that each board member will submit a written annual report at the end of his/her term. See text of Proposed Change and Unchanged below.

Proposed Change to be Struck

Only CCNOW members of a least 90 day duration at the time of the election may serve as officers. No officer shall be eligible for more than two consecutive terms in any one office. Exceptions to the two term limit may be overridden by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the members voting in an election. Each Board member The treasurer shall present a written financial annual report to the membership at the close of her/his term. It is suggested that other board members also present an annual report at the close of his/her term. Any person who is appointed to fill a vacancy or who assumes the office of President due to a vacancy shall be eligible to serve two full consecutive terms in that office.


Only CCNOW members of a least 90 day duration at the time of the election may serve as officers.  No officer shall be eligible for more than two consecutive terms in any one office.  Exceptions to the two term limit may be overridden by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the members voting in an election.  Each Board member shall present a written annual report to the membership at the close of her/his term.  Any person who is appointed to fill a vacancy or who assumes the office of President due to a vacancy shall be eligible to serve two full consecutive terms in that office.

The vote to approve the Operating Rule changes was postponed until the correction to the change has been completed.

Recognition Certificates:
Andrea Corrigan of WE DVC gave input for the certificates, which CCNOW approved of. There will be certificates for 3 different categories: empowerment, education, and activism. The WE DVC leaders will decide among their membership who will get each type of award. The qualifications for the certificates are 40 hrs of volunteer time (which includes attending WE DVC meetings), a 2.5 or better GPA, and taking at least 6 units.

The WE DVC leaders have ideas for the design of the certificates, which they will share with CCNOW. If there are any edits or changes, Andrea will make them. The changes can be made very quickly, and Andrea stated that she could bring her laptop to our next chapter meeting (12/5) and she could make any changes then.

The certificates need to be ready by the last WE DVC meeting of the semester where they will be awarded.

State Board Representative:
Concern was expressed about the lack of a CCNOW representative for the NOW CA State Board now that Rebecca has decided to step down. At this point we don’t have anyone who is nominated for the position. It was discussed how important it was for CCNOW to have a presence at CA NOW. Erika suggested that if no state board rep is elected then CCNOW board members may need to alternate attending the CA NOW Board meetings. Usually the meetings are held by conference call.

Andrea asked what the duties of the State Board Representative are.

Donation Button:
It was reported that the donation button on the website wasn’t working. Kathy will investigate.




Meeting Minutes – Board Meeting

Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, Oct 3rd, 2015, 2-4pm

Board Members in Attendance:

Mary Davis, Erika Maslan,, Kathy DeFabio, Phyllis Bratt

Other Chapter Members in Attendance:

Karen Brockwell (acting Secretary) Karen Severud, Joe Flores, Sabrina Lorez (VP – WE)


  1. Meeting minutes from the 3 previous Chapter Meetings (9/12, 8/22 and 6/13) were reviewed and approved
  2. Mary provided a very brief update on the finances on behalf of the treasurer. Current account balance = $9378.52. Income is lower than expected but so are the expenses.
  3. Membership Update – Phyllis – currently 171 active members.

Scholarship Update (provided by Rebecca in advance)

The next stage of working on the CCNOW Scholarship won’t hit the committee until May (Spring semester)… so between now and then we will periodically touch base with the counselors at the two high schools. Timeline as follows:

May   1, 2016 . . . . .  Student Submission of Scholarship Application OPEN

May 29, 2016 . . . . .  Student Submission of Scholarship Application CLOSED

May 30 – June 14, 2016 . . . . Scholarship Committee to read, rate, select WINNER

June 15, 2016 . . . . . CCNOW College Scholarship Recipient ANNOUNCED

A question was raised regarding whether a celebration should be planned for the award of the scholarship, with some publicity (perhaps a picture in the local newspaper)? Will discuss this at next scholarship committee meeting.

Grievance Update

CA NOW Elections Conference was not conforming to the bylaws as they held the State Conference in 2 locations – very clear that the conference has to be in one location. So CC NOW filed a grievance to National. Voted on Nov date for new election. Missed all deadlines to notify members. Sitting with interim officers. Not moving very fast at National.

Erika, Mary, Rebecca and Janice Rocco met to strategize on what to do. Mary was going to draft a letter to national. However she received a call from one of the members of the committee (Mariion Bradley) last week so held off. Since that time she hasn’t been able to connect with her so If she doesn’t hear back she will send out an e-mail next week.

Erika is still planning on completing the transcripts from the July 25th State Board Mtg re_ Grievance and interim documents. May need this information for the Grievance filing.

Schedule for remainder of the year

  • General Mtg – Nov 7th, incl vote on operating rules changes and voter registration
  • Elections Mtg & Holiday Party, Dec 5th
  • Tentative new Board Mtg , Dec 12th

Elections Committee

Board approved Elections Committee – Phyllis Bratt, Karen Brockwell & Diane Bell-Rettger


Action Items:

  1. Tea Party Mailing – Erika will send out later this month
  2. WE Symposium Update – Sabrina
    1. Budget still under development. Need to drill down on catering costs (food trucks, bag lunches, snacks etc. Speaker fees or not? Also need to decide if there will be a registration fee. NOW will contribute but need a budget before approving the full amount. NOW approved $500 as seed money
    2. Title is “In Bloom – A Symposium for Feminist Unity”
    3. A number of diverse groups have been invited and a website has been created http://wesymposium.strikingly.com/
  3. Recognition Certificates – Mary
    1. Categories – Education, Activism, Empowerment
    2. Criteria – At least 6 Units, 2.5GPA
    3. Need further discussion at the Nov 7th NOW Meeting regarding the application process and Recognition Committee
  4. Voter Registration Update – Rebecca sent this in advance.
    1. Communication is ongoingwith Andrea and Sabrina on coordinating voter registration efforts on the DVC campus (Fall semester) and select high schools (Spring semester). The high schools being considered are Las Lomas, College Park, Concord High, Carondelet, De La Salle, and Ygnacio Valley. Kathy DeFabio has joined our voter registration effort and will assist as her schedule allows. Contact has been made with the Contra Costa County Election Board regarding the registration process and applications. Specific dates for setting up voter registration tables on community college and high school campuses is pending.
    2. Suggest that next NOW General Meeting – Nov 7th, includes voter registration training
  5. DVC Schedule
    1. Oct 7th – WE Meeting 2-4pm, discussion between WE and NOW members
    2. Oct 14th – Campus Event (Womens Day Celebration) which has now been postponed to a later date

6. Stickers for Events – NOW will order 600 stickers to be distributed at future NOW/WE Events. Cost $250



Meeting Minutes – Chapter Meeting

Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Board Members in Attendance:

Mary Davis, Erika Maslin, Rebecca Talley, Nancy Bocanegra, Kathy DeFabio

Other Chapter Members in Attendance:

Karen Severud

Joe Flores

Women’s Empowerment (WE) from DVC (also NOW members) present:

Andrea Corrigan, President of WE

Sabrina Larez, VP of WE


We have re-obtained our non-profit 501(c)4 status and have successfully filed our 2014 e-postcard.

Voter Registration Drive:

Rebecca Talley will be spearheading this effort. Our chapter will be targeting the fall semester for voter registration of DVC students and the spring semester for voter registration of high school students. Planning has begun to have a voter registration table at Las Lomas High School. The spring semester was chosen for high school students because that is when seniors will be turning 18. Rebecca also suggested that perhaps Andrea and Sabrina would like to have a voter registration table at their former high schools. We can get all the info and packets at the County election office in Martinez.

September 22 is National Registration Day.

Women’s Empowerment (WE) DVC Sponsored Organization:

WE supports activism, education, and empowerment. Pressing for ERA. Peer counseling, has trained various WE members for peer counseling. Sexual assault crisis straining (SAACT). Starting the “4th wave of feminism.

October 14, 2015 WE is having a Women’s Day celebration at DVC. A motion was passed that Contra Costa NOW have a table at the event. A motion was passed to allow $250.00 for “stickers” or other type of graphics printed.

The members of WE also suggested they would like to have a “symposium” with our chapter. A motion was passed to have this symposium. A symposium planning committee was formed which include Mary Davis, co-chair; Andrea Corrigan, co-chair; Nancy Bocanegra, and Sabrina Larez.

The WE members in attendance requested that perhaps our chapter could offer certificates of recognition for volunteer work done on behalf of NOW. Recognition from a nationally recognized organization such as NOW would be beneficial for resumes, college applications, etc. A motion was passed to create a certificate of appreciation. Further discussion will take place to implement this.


Meeting Minutes – Chapter Meeting

Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015

Meeting Schedule for the Reminder of the Year Was Determined:

  • Chapter Meeting 9/12/15, discuss actions in which CCNOW would like to be involved.
  • Board Meeting 10/3/15
  • General Meeting 11/7/15. Originally elections were to be held at this meeting, but elections were postponed until 12/5/15.
  • Chapter Meeting plus Elections, 12/5/15. To be held at the Walnut Creek Library. After the meeting and elections, the holiday party will be held at Mary’s house.

A garden party in support of Hillary Clinton for president sponsored by Phyllis Bratt and Mary Davis will be held at Mary’s house on 10/10/15.


Voter registration at high schools was discussed. CCNOW plans to set up a voter registration booth at Los Lomas High School during the 2nd semester, when seniors will be turning 18.

“What Women Want”, Patricia Ireland (not sure what this is referring to)

We finally were re-granted our tax exempt status by the IRS.


Meeting Minutes – CHAPTER MEETING

Walnut Creek Main Library

June 13, 2015

Board members attending:

  • Mary Davis, President
  • Kathy DeFabio, VP Public Relations
  • Nancy Bocanegra, Treasurer

Members and guests attending:

  • Karen Severud
  • Joe
  • Diane Bell-Rettger
  • Naznen Akbar (guest)

In the discussions we also discussed possible/best person to spearhead and/or lead efforts in the action areas.  Persons identified as potential leads are noted beside the items. It is requested that the named individuals consider if they would like to work on the project and get back to Mary or others to confirm.


  1. Options for attempting for continued outreach to DVC – Mary to spearhead DVC outreach activities
    1. Mary will send an email to Andrea and Naznen to try to arrange for a NOW presence at the first WE DVC meeting of school year (likely in September).  It will likely be during the school day (last spring they met Wednesdays from 4 – 6).  Mary will make every attempt to be available for a September meeting, hopefully other NOW officers can attend (those with flexibility).  Goal is to continue discussions to try to identify possible areas in which the NOW and WE DVC can work together.
    2. Discussed doing voter registration on campus, either jointly with WE DVC or just as NOW.  Best probably contact to arrange this would be with Student Life (if NOW goes it alone) or through WE DVC if we do it jointly.
    3. If initial discussions (assuming they occur) are productive, consider holding some NOW general meeting on campus to encourage ongoing participation.
    4. Consider/volunteer having NOW speaker to volunteer for other Brown Bag Lunch presentations.  Think about discussion topics and who might be interested.
  2. Chapter Action Ideas
    1. In parallel with voter registration at DVC, organize voter registration as outreach to the general public
      1. At general public location – Need a volunteer(s) to spearhead
      2. At area High Schools – Suggested that Rebecca had discussed this in the past and might be good to spearhead this
    2. ERA Ratification Effort – Nancy and Kathy volunteered to do follow-up to see what the exact status of this is and where we might be able to influence or assist.
    3. Reproductive Rights – Phyllis has had some ongoing discussions with Planned Parenthood.  This might be a good fit for her.
    4. Domestic Violence – Was suggested that Erika might be a good fit for this.  May also be able to dovetail with WE DVC who worked on this in April, and Erika attended.

                e. Monitoring of California Legislation, spearheading lobbying of Steve Glazer and Catherine Baker.


Meeting Minutes – Board Meeting

Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Board Members in Attendance:
Erika Maslin, Phyllis Bratt, Rebecca Talley, Nancy Bocanegra.
Mary Davis was ill and could not attend

Financial Report
There was some question as to what had been donated to the scholarship fund based on paypal deposits to the MechBank account. Kathy will check and get back to Nancy.

Nancy has been receiving the hard copy bank statements as opposed to them going to our PO Box. From now on, Nancy will set it up with MechBank so that the hard copy/paper statements will be mailed to the PO box and she will get the statements online.

State Board Meeting Update
Rebecca reported on the California NOW elections

Scholarship Fund
Rebecca presented the final web version of the Scholarship application and the CCNOW Scholarship Committee Report with timelines. There were some minor corrections to the scholarship application, and a vote was taken and passed to accept the scholarship application with corrections, pending Mary Davis’s approval.

Tea Party Event
Erika downloaded MailChimp so that she could send an email blast for the Tea Party event, which all donations would go to the scholarship fund. Rebecca indicated that she has already sent MailChimp up for CCNOW and she would share that info with all board members. Rebecca or Erika will send the blast regarding the Tea Party event.

DVC Meeting, May 16, 2015
The meeting with CCNOW and the DVC students was discussed.

NOW 2015 Strategy Summit and Bylaws Convention
Erika requested we look at the various proposals to the NOW bylaws and give input so she could accurately represent CCNOW at the National Conference in June.

Garden Party
Due to various scheduling conflicts, the 8/22 Board Meeting will also be the Garden Party. Board Meeting agenda will be discussed, then we will adjourn for the Garden Party.



Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00pm


Board Members – Mary, Rebecca, Kathy, Phyllis, Nancy, Erika
Non Board Member – Karen B


1)    Feb 21st Board Meeting minutes were approved

2)    2015 Budget was approved

3)    CA NOW State Board Meeting – Rebecca reported out:

  1. Janice Rocco is considering running for President – she has been very involved for 2 decades with PAC and the National Board
  2. Concern regarding the state elections process was discussed. Rebecca is following up with a letter to the current President. Mary will also try to send an e-mail before she leaves for vacation on Monday March 23rd

4)    Scholarship

  1. Discussion on whether to offer the scholarship to Feminists or Women only
  2. Voted for Scholarship to be for Women Only
  3. Chair is Rebecca

5)    Bag the Tea Party Invitation

  1. Erika tested out the donate button on the e-mail and it looks like it works
  2. She will look at an Evite communication
  3. She will send out next week

6)    Follow up from February Retreat

  1. Phyllis made a contact with Planned Parenthood (Susannah Delano) to see whether there are any opportunities to work together on a reproductive rights in 2015. She seemed very enthusiastic and has forwarded our request onto Marsha Donat.
  2. Phyllis and Nancy went to the East Bay Women’s Political Caucus on March 2nd – Phyllis said it was a great opportunity to make good contacts
  3. Mary contacted Melissa Donald to see if there are any opportunities to partner with Community Violence Solutions or STAND. Waiting to get a response.
  4. Phyllis and Mary went to DVC on Wednesday March 18th for Linda Gordon’s presentation as part of Women’s History Month. They were very impressed with her presentation. Thursday 19th there was a brown bag forum which Mary, Erika, & Phyllis attended ( 50-75 students). Mary gave a presentation on NOW and received a lot of enthusiasm from the students. After the presentation lots of young women were very interested in getting involved with NOW. Many want to get active on women’s issues. There is already a Women’s Empowerment Club at DVC. President and Vice President will become members of NOW. Propose that next chapter meeting in May will be a discussion group with these young women to see what we can do as a chapter to get more women involved (especially the younger generations).
  5. Report on research into violence on campus (St. Mary’s, DVC) – Erika. April is Domestic Violence Awareness Month –DVC has a number of events the last 3 weeks in April including (tee shirts, paint everything red in last week). How can we get active with this? Start with watch The Hunting Grounds (victims of campus violence who later became lawyers) Erika will follow up with more specifics on our involvement once she has more details.

7)    Women’s Suffrage Display put on by Contra Costa NOW at the Walnut Creek Library has had very positive reviews. Only issue is that it’s very difficult to find the display in the library

8)    Approved $750 for Erika to attend the NOW National Conference (hotel and airfare)

Next General Chapter Meeting is May 16th 2-4pm. Erika will send out agenda as Mary is away for the next 6 weeks



Walnut Creek Main Library

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 3.30 – 6:00 pm


Meeting Minutes

  • Reviewed and approved board meeting minutes from Jan 10th Board Meeting


  • Finances – Nancy

o   Reviewed 2014 budget (income and expenses)

o   Established chapter Budget for 2015 – budget approved

o   Voted and passed to allot Phyllis $100 for printing membership brochures

  • National NOW budget Webinar (January 15) – Erika – 4 proposals
  1. National to States to Chapters
  2. Require Chapters to participate in State or National Action Campaigns
  3. Make grassroots activism easier, streamline version of Rhode Island model. State manages finances, bookkeeping, finances, etc
  4. Implement state wide action plans through task forces, not chapters

Action Items updates:

  • DVC Linda Gordon presentation, update on events – Mary. A number of events associated with this presentation. Melissa Jacobsen will send more details.

o   “Meet and Greet “Wed 18th March (11am, (Presentation by Linda Gordon with lunch 12.30pm-2pm)

o   Brown Bag Lunch Thursday 19th March, 12.30-130pm – will present info on NOW

o   Film night at San Ramon DVC Thursday 19th March

  • Library Display Update – Phyllis, Mary and Erika & 2 women from historical society met last week to discuss. Good suggestions, Historical Society will be there to set up display at Walnut Creek Library in early March. Display is lockable.
  • Coloring Books – Phyllis sent update. Sent 2 e-mails to contacts from school districts. Were excited but now has not heard anything back from them. Rebecca knows a few teachers from Park Mead Elementary and she can donate them to the 4th grade teachers. Will donate as many books as they need but they can also copy if they need more. (Post meeting update – Phyllis has received an email from the Mt. Diablo Unified School district to arrange receipt of the coloring books. Therefore, we can give the books directly to the district who will then arrange to distribute to all of the schools.)
  • Update on Bag the Tea Party fundraiser – Erika. Will send out the request for donations as an Evite via CCNOW Gmail. Can select different donation levels and select a choice of different Peet’s Teas. Need to sort out details of the donate button off line – Erika and Kathy
  • Scholarship Fund – Rebecca presented plan and schedule. Schedule for completion of scholarship application information to the target High Schools (Los Lomas and Richmond) is Sept 2015 and student submissions will be May 2016. Erika is going to check with National to see if we can have a “women only” scholarship
  • Update on results of “Call to Commit” Letter, discussion on Survey Monkey – Mary. Only had 3 responses

Retreat Discussion:

Discussed the agenda for the NOW Retreat scheduled for Saturday Feb 28th 2-6pm. More details will follow after the Retreat


Walnut Creek Main Library
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Board Members – Mary, Phyllis, Kathy, Karen B (interim Secretary), Nancy, Erika

Guests – Karen Severud, Joe Flores, Darnell Shore, Melissa Donald, Amy Greenlaw, Maggie Tai, Candace Medina

 Meeting Minutes

  • Reviewed and approved meeting minutes from December 4 2014 General Meeting


  • Financials – decided to postpone review of 2015 budget to Board Meeting on Feb 21st

o   Only pressing issue is whether to allocate funds for the East Bay Womens Conference? No decision made at this time.

  • Membership Update – 170 active members. Discussion followed later in meeting (see below) on how to attract new members

Action Items Updates

  • Womens History Month (March) Library Displays – Karen S and Phyllis

o   Organization Party at Phyllis’s house Sunday Feb 8th

o   Two display cases at San Ramon Library, will display materials late Feb thru 3 weeks in March

o   Walnut Creek Library, One display case – focus on Women’s Suffrage

  • Coloring Books – Phyllis

o   Contacted the Superintendant of Mt Diablo Unified School District. Will be donating 100 books

  • Update on Bag the Tea Party fundraiser – Erika

o   Different levels of contribution, based on categories

o   Need to work out how to donate through website – link e-mail to website donate button

o   Contributions should go straight to scholarship fund

  • Scholarship Fund update – discuss details next time when Rebecca is present

Networking Presentation– using business networking concepts to help grow a volunteer, non‑profit organization

Speaker:  Melissa Donald, President, LDI Growth Partners

Melissa led a lively interactive discussion on networking, specifically focusing on how we might grow the membership and improve the engagement of our local Chapter. Given the time constraint of the meeting we decided to schedule a follow up ½ day off site sometime late March/early April where we can come up with specific ideas and action items to improve the effectiveness of the local chapter. We will finalize these details at our next Board Mtg on Feb 21st.


Chapter Board Meeting
Walnut Creek Main Library
Saturday, Jan 10th 2015
2:00 – 4:00

Attending – Board Members – Kathy, Erika, Rebecca, Nancy, Phyllis, Mary

Non Board Members – Karen Brockwell, Karen Severud, Joe Flores

Prior Board Meeting Minutes : Board reviewed and approved board meeting minutes from Aug 23rd Board Meeting


  • 2015 Budget –

o   Fewer members (167) so rebates will be less

o   Draft Expenses – PO = $100, Bank Fees= $25, IRS=$400, Stipend/Conferences= $1000, Action/Events/Outreach = $1000, Scholarship $1000? Membership $400

  • National NOW budget webinar (Jan 15th) – Nancy is signed up for this Webinar
  • National NOW Webinar Series – Bylaws and structure Erika will attend these but would like one other member to be there. She will let us know the dates/times

Membership Update – 167 active members

  • Mary is going to review her letter to membership and then send out as e-mail blast (before the end of Jan).
  • We will not remove non renewing members from e-mail list.
  • Phyllis will send out an email blast to the “at large” membership (who belong to National NOW but no local chapter) inviting them to join chapter (at no additional charge)

Membership Meetings (Chapter and Board)

  • Chapter Mtg Jan 31st, Feb 28th, March 28th, May 16th, June 13th, Aug 15th (Garden Party), Sept 12th, Nov 7th, (Elections), Dec 5th (Holiday Party)
  • Board Mtg Feb 21st, March 21st, June 6th, Aug 22nd, Oct 3rd, Dec 12th
  • So far have 2 speakers and a movie

Action Items/Updates

  • Melissa Jacobsen DVC – wants to bring Linda Gordon (author) out for Womens History Month week of March 9th. She needs a sponsor.. Would like $500. Board voted and approved to send $300. Mary will send funds, and request exact days and additional event information. The Chapter will be able to staff a table at the event..
  • Library display for Women’s history month – Walnut Creek & San Ramon Libraries (displays need to be lockable). Phyllis needs to have a group look over the materials and then we can decide how much can be displayed. Meet on Sunday Feb 8th 11.30am
  • Coloring Books – Remaining books will be donated to Solano and Mt Diablo School Districts. A letter to the 4th Grade Teachers will be inserted into each Coloring Book. Phyllis will send out by early next month (Feb).
  • Tea Bag Fundraiser – Erika will send the letter out for review to the rest of the board. Donations for this fundraiser would be for the NOW Scholarship Fund. Send out in March. Have a party to put together the mailer. Will schedule the Tea Party mailers on March 21st.
  • Scholarship Fund- Rebecca presented her research on scholarship grants from other organizations. Target 2 High Schools, one in more affluent area and one less affluent (Los Lomas & Richmond High School). Approved motion to sponsor a Scholarship Fund for Contra Costa Residents for 2-4 year college programs. Need to get to counselors by mid-Feb. Committee will be Rebecca (Chair) Phyllis, Kathy, Karen B, Karen S
  • Mary will review bylaws to understnd how to appoint an officer during the calendar year.