A group for college graduates interested in advancing higher education and seeking stimulating activities and friendships.

VUW History, Programs & Activities


Be sure to come to our annual Award Ceremony on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm  at the  Encino First Presbyterian Church, 4963 Balboa Blvd,  20 seniors from our local public high schools will be receiving  $3000 scholarships to attend a 4 year college/university in California.  Two will receive $500 each to attend a local Community College.   THIS IS A PROGRAM NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

VUW was established in 1945 in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California and is comprised of women who have graduated from a college or university.   We are a 501-C3 Charitable Organization.  Our tax ID # is 95-6122376.

VUW purposes were, and remain,   

    to encourage higher education with our scholarship program
    to stimulate intellectual thinking
    to provide opportunity for creative thinking
    to strengthen friendship among university women

Scholarship News:  Our first $100 scholarship was given to one high school senior in 1946.   Valley University Women has continuously offered scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will be attending college or university in California.  VUW members have personally raised the funds for our scholarship program through an annual Fundraising Event, silent auctions, individual donations and bequests. Our most recent bequest is from the estate of long-time member Vicki Manchester.  

Programs and Activities:

Members enjoy monthly meetings with stimulating topics or musical entertainment.   A variety of small groups or clubs: art, travel, gardening,  discussion, book, bridge, as well as day trips to museums, gardens, and places of historical signficance are monthly activities.  New members are welcomed!  Please plan to attend our next meeting and get information on our many small groups and other activities. We have a monthly newsletter that details our small group activities. .

 NOTE: If you have any questions on VUW, our programs, activities or want a copy of our newsletter send an email to VUW:


All regular meetings will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Encino, 4963 Balboa Blvd, Encino, CA 91316.

JUNE 18   will be our Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony, being held at the  First Presbyterian Church, Encino.

    Meeting  6:30 pm   Award Ceremony 7:15


Garden:  The Garden Club meets at the “Cherry Blossom Club”, at the Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino (near Hayvenhurst) on the first Wednesday of each month. Please arrive at 9:30 to socialize and bring something to share for our delicious pot luck lunch.  No Meeting in June!

Debbie Goldstein, Liaison (818) 404-8911

Morning Discussion:  The Discussion Group usually meets on the third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.  at a restaurant.  Call Rhona Svidor for details.

Rhona Svidor, (818) 998-7421 Chair

 Book:  The Book Club will meets  at  Rhona's house on the 3rd Thursday.  June 20, at 1:30.

Rhona Svidor, Chair (818) 998-7421

Next Board Meeting will be on Monday, June, at 11:00 am at the home of Doris Dent.

OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019

President:              Diane Swain                                          

1st VP (Program)   Committee:  Sara Coyle, Bonnie Potyk,

2nd VP (Membership):         Sara Coyle

3rd VP’s (Ways & Means):   Marilyn Fabre (Benefit), Patty Streeter (Dining Out)                                                   

4th VP (Scholarships):         Doris Dent              

Recording Secretary:          Jeanne Fritzel             

Corresponding Secretary:    Inez Morin

Financial Secretary:                 

Treasurer:           Faye Frankel        Co-Treasurer:  Diane Swain    

 Auditor:                             Millie Senesieb

Hostesses:                        Deborah Goldstein

Webmaster:                       Doris Dent

Contact Information:         Doris Dent   818-812-9160