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

VUW History, Programs & Activities

Fifteen 2021 High School Seniors from the San Fernando Valley were awarded $3000 scholarships for a 4-year school in June 2021.  

Our 2022 Scholarship applications are now available. Send an email to: to request a copy.

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 from the San Fernando Valley who will be attending college or university in California.  We had hoped to host a grand celebration in the spring of 2021 honoring our 75th anniversary of giving scholarships!  We are making plans to hold this belated celebration in late spring.   From our first $100 scholarship to one student in 1946 to 15 recipients at $3000 each in 2021 we have come a long way!  Unfortunately, with a dwindling membership and bank account, 2022 will be our last year for giving scholarships.

Scholarship Funds:  In the past, VUW members personally raised 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:

Many of our normal activities are on hold durng this pandemic. The Gardening Club does still meet, virtually, on the first Wednesday of the month. See below for contact infomration.

Previously Members enjoyed monthly meetings with stimulating topics or musical entertainment.   Other activities included 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 have been on hiatus.  We had one excellent program in October, via Zoom, and plan another for March, 2022.  If conditions permit, our postponed January Game Day will be held in February.

SECTION MEETINGS:  These are not being held in person 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 be meeting via Zoom.  Contact Debbie for more information.      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) 206-1343

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

OFFICERS FOR   2020-2021

President:         Debbie Du Val & Pattty Streeter  

1st VP (Program):  Sara Coyle, Debbie Du Val, Bonnie Potyk

2nd VP (Membership):             Sara Coyle

3rd VP’s (Ways & Means):   TBD, Patty Streeter, & Bonnie Potyk     

4th VP (Scholarships):           Doris Dent              

Bulletin Editor:                        Debbie Du Val  

Recording Secretary:              Diane Swain    

Corresponding Secretary:      Esther Mueller

Financial Secretary:               Diane Swain    

Treasurer:                              Diane Swain    

 Auditor:                                 Millie Senensieb

Hostesses:                             Deborah Goldstein

Webmaster:                            Doris Dent

Contact Information:         Doris Dent   818-812-9160