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Aug 29, 2018

September 2018

Fall 2018 President’s Message

Greetings Dear members, hope you had a wonderful summer.

We’d like to welcome you to a new year of great events and gathering. My name is Mitra Nafisi. Sheila Pouraghabagher and I are the new Co-Presidents of the Cal Poly Women’s Club. We are sure proud to be accompanied by these amazing group of women and excited about where we are headed.  This is our first newsletter of the 2018-19 that contains an overview of our activities and calendar of events. Your Board of Directors have met during summer to plan events and activities to bring a fun and productive year to our club. We’d like to thank them for their time and their contributions.  We are very pleased to welcome you and look forward to seeing you all in our Annual Fall Reception, cordially hosted by Sharon Armstrong on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at her campus residence.



Mitra Nafisi and Sheila Pouraghabagher

CPWC Co-Presidents 2018-2019


News and Announcements

1. In Memoriam

The CPWC was saddened to learn of the death of longtime member, Carol Judd. Carol passed away on April 27, 2018 at the age of 101! Carol was active in our Club and served as a Board officer and as newsletter editor for 28 years! A memorial service was held in June. Contributions may be made in her memory to the French Hospital Foundation.


2. Kudos

Congratulations to members India D’Avignon and Jennifer Klay on their promotions to Professor.



Sept. 15, 2018 -The Fall Reception will be held at President and Mrs. Armstrong’s residence on campus from 10am – 12pm.  As in previous years, we are accepting donations at the reception for the ASI Children’s Center Scholarship.  Bring your generosity!


Dec. 11, 2018The Holiday Party will be held at the SLO Country Club beginning with a Social Hour at 6pm. There will be more information in upcoming newsletters.


April 5, 2019 – The General Meeting, Election of Officers will be held at the downtown Cal Poly Alumni Center at 5:30 pm. There will be more information in upcoming newsletters.


May 4, 2019 – The May Luncheon and Installation of Officers will be held at the SLO Country Club from 11:30 am–2pm. Stay tuned for more info.


June 1, 2019 – The June Coffee will be held at the Cal Poly Arboretum. There will be more information in upcoming newsletters.


4. Newsletter Availability

Our newsletter, “The Flyer”, is available electronically.  Please email Elaine Ramos Doyle at if you would prefer to receive your newsletter via email.  This will save the Club money as well as helping to save the environment!


5. Reminder - Membership Dues

Don’t forget to pay your membership dues!  If you forget to pay at the Fall Reception, you can send your $25 dues to Treasurer Elaine Ramos Doyle, 2381 Claranita Ave., Los Osos, CA 93402.


6. Fundraisers

The CPWC Scholarship Fund will benefit from Adopt-A-Poll again for the Midterm General Election.  During the Primary Election in June, the CPWC received $553! Volunteer now for the General Election to be held on Nov. 6, 2018. Polling place will again be held on campus. A minimum 3 hr. shift is required, and you must be able to verify that you are a registered California voter. Please contact Val Barboza at 264-5901 to volunteer or if you have questions.


7. Scholarships

The Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center scholarship of $500 each was awarded to two student-parents: Tim Connely (on the left) and Bryan Wheeler (on the right).  Tim is a Psychology major and plans to receive his Bachelor’s degree in March 2019.  Bryan is a Civil Engineering major and plans to receive his Master’s degree also in March 2019. Past Co-Presidents Val Barboza and Chris Hoover and ASI Children’s Center Director Tonya Iversen presented the checks to the two student-parents in June.



Section News for September



AMBASSADORS                                                            Meets as arranged

                                                                                    Alice Loh 543-9055

                                                                    Tracy Kinderknecht 756-5803


DINE AROUND                                               Meets quarterly as arranged

                                                                                 Lois Butler 234-4343


GARDEN GROUP                                                            Meets as arranged

                                                                               Patrice Iqbal 547-1993



Saturday, Sept. 22nd @ 9am at the Laguna Golf Course. Golfers, all levels , are

invited to join in the fun! Please RSVP to Louise Torgerson by Sept. 18.

                                                                        Louise Torgerson 756-7041



Meets second Monday of the month at 12 noon, but no meeting in September.

                                                                               Judy Connely 543-5919

                                                                                  Jan Regan 543-2978


Meets first Monday of the month at 10 am, but no meeting in September.

                                                                                   Carol Huff 541-1589


PROFESSIONAL WOMEN                                 Meets monthly as arranged

                                                                   Tracy Kinderknecht  756-5803


Meets fourth Thursday of the month at 2 pm, but no meeting in September.

                                                                                      Pat Cano 543-6210

                                                                          Janis Stansfield 543-7901


Saturday, Sept. 29th @ 7:30 am at Laguna Lake Park is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. RSVP or call Val Barboza for more information.

                                                                                 Val Barboza 264-5901



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2018 May Luncheon RSVP

Apr 13, 2018

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2018 April 7 Agenda - General Mtg.

Apr 3, 2018



  1. Welcome & Social with coffee and treats - Joy Miller, Chris & Val
  2. Thanks to the outgoing Board - Val & Chris
  3. Election of 2018-19 Board:  
  4. Co-Presidents: Sheila Pouraghabagher & Mitra Nafisi                                               Bylaws Article V, Sec. 1 in Club Directory                                                                        

Co-1st VP                Linda Soenen & Blanca Kesner                     See Bylaws Article V, Sec. 2

Co-2nd VP               Lois Butler & Jennifer Klay                          See Bylaws Article V, Sec. 2

Secretary              Chris Hoover                                               See Bylaws Article V, Sec. 3

Treasurer              Elaine Ramos Doyle                                      See Bylaws Article V, Sec. 4

Section Coordinator   Tracy Kinderknecht                                See Bylaws Article V, Sec. 5


Nominations from the floor for Off-Board Directors

    1. The vote!
  1. Quilt raffle - last chance to donate to the scholarship/ ASI fund & receive tickets @$1= 1 tickets; $5= 6 tickets.
    1. And the winner is?!!!  Winning ticket to be drawn!  Keep your fingers crossed that you win this sweet hand-quilted 48” square lap, crib or wall hanging by Linda Soenen.
  2. Discussion of suggested expansion of ByLaws Article III- Section 1a: Membershipship shall be open to the following persons:   Any current non-student employee of either the University or a campus-recognized auxillary organization, or a member of the Cal Poly Alumni Association, or the spouse of any such current employee.
    • Membership vote at June Coffee on 2 June 2018 at Pat Cano’s home.
  1. Have you sent in your RSVP for the May Luncheon? RSVP printed on reverse side. Save a stamp & give to Chris Hoover today!
  2. Change of the Board meeting to be held after the May luncheon in the SLO Country Conference Room.
  3. Join Joy Miller for a tour of the Woods Humane Society facilities. Petting included!



2018 February Newsletter

Jan 29, 2018

President’s Message



1. Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11AM- 10PM: FUNDRAISER AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN (CPK). On this day, CPK will donate 20% of your meal receipt to the CPWC Scholarship Fund when you give your server your coupon. All you need to do is bring our coupon with you (it’s in this newsletter), order, enjoy your meal with your favorite person or a group, and then maybe enjoy a movie at the Downtown Cinema or Palm Theatre. This event is listed in your directory as “Dinner and a Movie” -- this is a great opportunity to see one of the many nominated and award-winning movies. Check the Downtown Cinema movie schedules at: or the Palm Theatre schedule . Tuesday is a discounted movie ticket price of $8.50 at the Downtown Cinema. Please feel free to make copies of the CPK fundraiser coupons to give to family and friends!


2. February also begins the search for next year’s Board members. Alice Loh and her nomination committee members would love to hear from you if you have been thinking about serving. We (Chris and Val) have enjoyed our two terms and will be available to answer questions and/or field your ideas. We both believe in supporting new Board officers! As we approach our 100th Club anniversary in 2024, we hope our Club will flourish and continue to provide a proactive and friendly network for members with service to one another, to our students and to the University!


3. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @4:30PM-- Next Board meeting to be held at the downtown Alumni Welcome Center. Join us; the meeting is open to all.


4. Saturday, April 7, 2018 @10AM- noon- Our Election and General Meeting will be held at Woods Humane Society Community Room (875 Oklahoma Ave, SLO off of Hwy 1) with an optional tour of the facility after the meeting. Joy Miller is chairing this event.


5. In addition to electing a new Board of Officers, we will also be voting on expanding our membership to include Cal Poly Alumni members. This has been proposed in the past, but we believe the time has come to invite our alums to join us. After meeting with Ellen Cohune, Assistant VP for Alumni Outreach at our last Board meeting, we all feel that alumni could bring new energy to the Club, as well as expand opportunities for professional and personal growth in all our sections, fundraising and Club goals.  Tell us your ideas and get “on Board” to take our Club into its second 100 years!


Hope to see you all at the California Pizza Kitchen before seeing a great movie! Check our website ( ) for specific times and movie we’ll be attending!


Chris Hoover & Val Barboza

CPWC Co-Presidents 2017-2018


News and Announcements


1. In Memoriam

The Cal Poly Women’s Club was saddened to learn of the death of long time member, Stella Jenkins.  Stella passed away on January 8, 2018 at the age of 92.  A donation in her honor was made by the general membership to the CPWC Scholarship Fund.


2. Newsletter Availability

The newsletter, “The Flyer”, is available electronically.  Please email Elaine Ramos Doyle at  if you would prefer to receive your newsletter via email. This will help the club save money and help save the environment! Thank you!


3. Quilt Raffle Fundraiser

Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for an opportunity to win a beautiful quilt made by Linda Soenen. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 for donations to the fund.


Drawing will be held during the April 7, 2018 at the Election and General Meeting at Woods Humane Society. Donate now to enter your tickets! Contact Linda or Val Barboza or any Board member for tickets. Make your checks payable to “Cal Poly Women’s Club” with “quilt raffle” in the memo field. Include a phone number so you can be notified!


The quilt will be displayed at Club events and section meetings.


4. Scholarships

The California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser and the quilt raffle fundraiser will benefit our scholarship fund!  If you know someone attending Cal Poly who would like to be recommended for a 2018-19 scholarship, please forward their name to Joy Miller, Finance Director, or Elaine Ramos Doyle, Treasurer, The Financial Aid Office will make the final decisions. More info on the scholarship is in your Directory.




Section News for February



Thursday, February 15th at 5 p.m.  Dinner at Thai-riffic, 208 Higuera, SLO.  

RSVP to Tracy or Alice.

Chairperson: Alice Loh        543-9055

Tracy Kinderknecht    756-5803



Members will be contacted.

Chairperson: Lois Butler                     772-4020



Saturday, February 17th, 10 a.m. at Master Gardeners Program

2156 Sierra Way, Suite C, SLO.

Chairperson: Pat Iqbal                        547-1993



Monday, February 12th at 11:30 am at Rosa’s Ristorante Italiano,

491 Price St. in Pismo Beach.

Chairpersons: Judy Connely   543-5919   Jan Regan         543-2978



Monday, February 5th at 10:00 am at the home of Carol Huff.

Let’s talk about current projects and see what you got!

Chairperson: Carol Huff  541-1589



Thursday, February 15th at 5 p.m.  Dinner at Thai-riffic, 208 Higuera, SLO. 

RSVP to Tracy or Alice.

Chairperson:  Tracy Kinderknecht      756-5803

Sandra Cirilo               598-7277



No meeting in February. 

Chairpersons: Pat Cano                    543-6210

 Janis Stansfield           543-7901



No walk in February.

Leader: Val Barboza               264-5901

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