In the fall of 1979, Edie Huddleston, Edie Harbin and Grace Guis, members of the Pomona Valley Branch of AAUW, put a message in the local paper stating their intent to start a branch in the Diamond Bar-Walnut area. They were surprised when 10-15 women joined them in the Diamond Bar Library to discuss the formation of the new branch. The majority of the first members were women in their late 20’s and early 30’s. Most had small children at home and some had new careers that they were pursuing. All were eager to join an organization whose mission statement stated their belief in promoting education and equity for women and girls. Several volunteered for leadership roles, with little knowledge of what all was involved. Little did all these members realize how greatly their lives would be enriched by the fellowship, activities, and involvement.
More than thirty years have passed and yet the commitment to the goals and mission statement of AAUW continues.