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

VUW History, Programs & Activities

2020 SCHOLARSHIP recipients have been selected.  There are 24 recipients of $3000 scholarships for students attending a 4 year college or university and 1 $500 scholarship for a student attending comunity college.  Congratulations to our winners from these high schools in the San Fernando Valley: North Hollywood;  Burbank High; Monroe;  Cleveland;  Kennedy; Burroughs; Bimingham; El Camino; Chatsworth; Canoga Park; and Grant.

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent death of Marilyn Fabre, a mainstay of VUW, our event coordinator, a member of the schlarship commitee, ever cheering us on in our activities.  Marilyn will be mourned and greatly missed for many years to come.

HISTORY:  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 Program:  Since 1946 Valley University Women has continuously offered scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will be attending college or university in California.  We hope to host a grand celebration in the spring of 2021 honoring our 75th anniversary of giving scholarships!  From our first $100 scholarship of one student in 1946 to 25 recipients at $3000 in 2020 we have come a long way!

Scholarship Funds:  VUW members personally raise funds for our scholarship program through an annual Fundraising Event, silent auctions, individual donations and through bequests. Recent bequests are from the estates of long-time members Vicki Manchester and Sylvia Schuster.  

Programs and Activities:

Members enjoy monthly meetings with stimulating topics or musical entertainment.   Other activities include a variety of small groups or clubs: art, travel, gardening,  discussion, book,  as well as day trips to museums, gardens, and places of historical signficance.    New members are welcomed!   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 at:


Unfortunately our regular monthly meetings will not be held for the time being.  We had been meeting at the First Presbyterian Churh in Encino and hope to establish regualar meetings in the fall, if consided safe to do so.

SECTION MEETINGS:  These are not being held in perosn at this time.  Contact the group leader to see if there is an alternate form of meeting.

Garden:  The Garden Club which usually met at the “Cherry Blossom Club", at the Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino (near Hayvenhurst) on the first Wednesday of each month. will not be meeting.

Debbie Goldstein, Liaison (818) 404-8911

Morning Discussion:  The Discussion Group usually met on the third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at a restaurant. .  Call Rhona Svidor, Chair, for further information.  (818) 998-7421

 Book:  The Book Club was meeting on the 3rd Thursday, Rhona Svidor, Chair (818) 206-1343

OFFICERS FOR 2019-2020

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:          Debbie DuVal           

Corresponding Secretary:    Esther Mueller

Financial Secretary:           Patty Streeter      

Treasurer:           Faye Frankel        Co-Treasurer:  Diane Swain    

 Auditor:                             Millie Senesieb

Hostesses:                        Deborah Goldstein

Webmaster:                       Doris Dent

Contact Information:         Doris Dent   818-812-9160