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40th Anniversary Events

2013 is the 40th Anniversary of the OWA. We have included a variety of events throughout 2013 to give our members, former members, and friends of the organization the opportunity to participate in the celebration. Our goal is to offer choices that will live up to the diverse interest of our members as well as accommodate their busy

And should you be more interested is what has been going on in the OWA in the last 40 years please visit the

The 40th Anniversary Videos are at the top of this page. Photos from the events when they become available are linked here:

-- Gilda Puente-Peters

OWA 40th Anniversary Committee:

  • Gilda Puente-Peters (Overall Coordinator)
  • Gilda Puente-Peters (Gala Party )
  • Mui Ho (Symposium - Reception)
  • Leslie Golden (Commemorative Video)
  • Betty Woo (Anniversary Voyage)
  • Suzanne Stewart (Bay to Breakers )
  • Janet Crane (Retreat)
  • Karlene Gullone (Symposium Exhibition)
  • Caroyn Orazi (Symposium Exhibition)

March 16th, 2013 - Dinner Gala Party

Chair: Gilda Puentes-Peters

Event Date: March 16, 2013
Event Venue: Berkeley City Club Ballroom
Time: 5-11 pm
Fee per person: $100 regular and $150 supporting if paid before Mar 15, 2013
Projected number of attendees: 120

Photos from the Gala are here

April 13th, 2013 - Symposium

Chair: Mui Ho

Date: 13 April 2013
Place: Wurster Hall Auditorium
Cost: Student $10; OWA member $20; Non-member $40; Supporter $100; Benefactor $200; Patron $500.

A complete review of the day's events and participants is on the forum here. Feel free to add questions or comments.

Photos from the Symposium are here

You may also email Mui Ho for information or questions.

April 13th, 2013 - Symposium Exhibition

Exhibit Coordinators: Karlene Gullone, Carolyn Orazi

The OWA would like to have members exhibit their work in conjunction with the OWA 40th Anniversary Symposium to be held in April this year at UC Berkeley in Wurster Hall. We are offering the opportunity to submit your work in two different mediums: 42" x 60" sheets, to be posted on the gallery walls, and a PowerPoint presentation that will be displayed on a monitor in the main foyer of Wurster Hall.

A complete description of submission requirements is on the forum here
Feel free to add questions or comments.

Photos from the Exhibition are here

You may also email Carolyn Orazi for information or questions.

May 19th, 2013 - Bay to Breakers

Chair: Suzanne Stewart

    Event: 2013 Bay to Breakers Run
    Date: Sunday, May 19th, 2013
    Venue: San Francisco

Contact: Email Suzanne Stewart to set up a mutually convenient time to start training to participate in this event. Interested members, plan to meet at various location around Berkeley and beyond on Saturday mornings. Training will start with a run and/or walk. Initial training distance will be one mile and will build on that distance each week.

The OWA is making t-shirts for the Bay to Breakers Event and for the Cruise. Although pre-ordering is ended you can see what the shirt will look like here. Please contact Rosemary Muller if you would like to buy one.

Photos from the Bay to Breakers are here
Members may upload their own photos.

September 2013 - Anniversary Retreat

Chair: Janet Crane
Date: Friday to Sunday, September 20-22, 2013
Venue: Westerbeke Ranch

"40 + 10 Celebrating Ourselves & Our Work" is this year's theme: sharing the experiences that have brought us together over the past 40 years, and looking forward to the next decade.

more information is here

October 2013 - Anniversary Voyage

Chair: Betty Woo

Ten years ago our OWA 30th anniversary trip to Ecuador gave us wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Sadly, due to logistics, we had to limit the size of our group. For our 40th in 2013, your anniversary committee plans to book a group Mediterranean cruise that can accommodate all, including spouses and friends. We need to know how many plan to join the group in order to know how many cabins to reserve. A head count will help us to negotiate our terms with the cruise and air lines.

We sail on the MSC Divinia out of Venice on October 5th 2013. Please let us know if you plan to join us and how many in your party. Husbands, significant others, family members and friends are welcome.

A complete itinerary and OWA prices are here

Photos from the cruise are here

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