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

VUW History, Programs & Activities

2020 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.  Send an email to for a copy.  ($3000 for public high school seniors in the San Fernando Valley)

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 News:  Our first $100 scholarship was given to one high school senior in 1946.   21 Scholarships ($3000) were awarded to outstanding high school seniors on June 18, 2019.  Valley University Women has continuously offered scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will be attending college or university in California.  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:

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.

Tuessday, January 21, 2020 we will be our annual game day with games starting at 10 am and gong on until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served.  Bring a friend or two! 

Our February meeting is Tuesday, February 18.

Refreshments  1:30 p.m.  Meeting  1:45 p.m.   Program 2:15 p.m.  

                              VUW IS BLOOMING

Our 71st  Annual Scholarship benefit is Saturday, March 28, 2020  Luncheon and Auctions.  Singer Bonnie Bowden will entertain us!

                 This is an event not to be missed!



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 a restaurant. .  Call Rhona Svidor, Chair, for details.      (818) 998-7421

 Book:  The Book Club meets 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

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