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


To get a copy of the 2019 Scholarship Applications ($3000)  send an email to:


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.  On June 19, 2018 we awarded 21 scholarships of $3000 each to college-bound high school seniors from the San Fernando Valley.  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.

FEBRUARY:  General DAY Meeting

Tuesday, February 19,   First Presbyterian Church

Refreshments  1:45 pm  Meeting  2:00 pm   Program 2:45 pm

Get ready for a marvelous musical afternoon with the song stylings of the Valley Harmonettes.  Bring your friends to enjoy this delightful program.


Around L.A.   

On Tuesday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m., we will go by bus to the Skirball Cultural Center for a presentation, lunch and tour of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibit, and a film.    Only $5 for bus driver’s lunch and tip!  RSVP to Debbie by Saturday, March 3.

Debbie Du Val, Chair (818) 384-5125

On March 23  VUW will hold its Annual Scholarship Benefit Luncheon at the Odyssey Restaurant enjoying a wonderful meal and an exciting musical program . With our ever popular Silent & Chinese Auctions and Bake Sale we will be able to raise additional funds for our 2019 scholarships.


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. 

Debbie Goldstein, Liaison (818) 404-8911

Morning Discussion:  The Discussion Group usually meets on the third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.  at Yamato’s, 17200 Ventura Blvd., in the Encino Town Center mall.

Rhona Svidor, (818) 998-7421 Chair

 Art History: Usually meets second Thursday at the home of Rhona Svidor, 9222 Clair Avenue, Northridge.   RSVP’s a MUST

Rhona Svidor, Chair (818) 998-7421

Book:  The Book Club usually  meets  at Robin Hood Pub, 13640 Burbank Blvd. on the 3rd Thursday.

Rhona Svidor, Chair (818) 998-7421

Next Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 20, at 1:30 p.m at the church.

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