2017 Named Gift Honoree: Jan Cook
The State Named Gift award is the highest award given by AAUW CA other than having a fellowship or grant named in one’s honor. This award is given to recognize a member who has done outstanding work to promote the programs, goals and mission of the AAUW Fund and/or AAUW California.
Jan has been a member of AAUW for 17 years and has served in leadership positions in her branch, Interbranch Council and at the state level. The AAUW Fund is her passion and she continues to remind her branch that the Fund is the “heart of AAUW”. She has served as her branch Fund chair multiple times, served on the State Bylaws committee and the Special Projects Fund board, chaired the Financial Literacy Committee, was a TechTrek Dorm mom and the Irvine Tech Trek camp director 2010-2012.
A graduate of Ball State University, she taught high school classes in Orange County before moving to the High Desert and teaching business at a local charter school. She joined the Victor Valley branch of AAUW in 2001 and later became a dual member of the California Online branch. She has served in multiple leadership roles in both branches, including president of the Victor Valley branch. Congratulations to Jan Cook, a wonderful example of a member who strives to advance the mission of AAUW.