PWC’s Speaker Series

The Petaluma Woman’s Club (PWC) announces its new Speakers Series:

“Conversations with Women Leaders in Our Community”

Hear about the achievements and insights from women leaders in our community, and plan to attend each event in the series…

Enjoy conversations with women leaders in our community at Speaker Series 2020, presented by Petaluma Woman’s Club (PWC).  The series is organized by PWC club member and past president Colleen Mahoney.  “It will be a relaxed and friendly way to meet women leaders in Petaluma”, said Mahoney. “One of the club’s original objectives is to promote education and create a center for social enjoyment.  All are encouraged to come enjoy our clubhouse and community.”

Next up in
“Conversations with Women Leaders in our Community”
is Katherine J. Rinehart.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020  5:30 – 6:30 pm    $15 

Meet Katherine J. Rinehart
Consulting historian and former manager, Sonoma County History & Geneaology Library

Katherine J. Rinehart

Photo credit:  Scott Hess

Katherine J. Rinehart, author of Petaluma:  A History in Architecture, is a consulting historian who holds an MA in History from Sonoma State University. She is the former manager of the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library and Sonoma County Archives and current chair of the Sonoma County Heritage Network.

For more than 26 years, she has worked in various positions within the fields of special collections and archives, historic preservation, heritage tourism, and interpretation. She is an occasional contributor to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the Petaluma Argus-Courier.

Ms. Rinehart specializes in house history documentation, general research services, teaching, writing, and creating exhibits.

Katherine is proud to be an official Petaluma Good Egg — an honor bestowed annually to individuals who have advanced the story of Petaluma’s unique and fascinating past and contributed to the positive promotion of Petaluma.

Note:  PWC is following mandated practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Seating is limited due to COVID-19 mandate.  Advanced ticket sales only for this event.  No tickets at the door.


Postponed until Spring 2021
Our July 28th date was postponed due to COVID-19 re-opening guidelines.  We will update the date soon.  Stay tuned! 

Meet Dr. Bonnie Bergin
Founder, Canine Companions for Independence and President / CEO of Bergin University of Canine Studies

Dr. Bonnie Bergin originated the service dog concept. She founded the world’s first service dog agency 25 years ago where she has devoted her life to her work, training service dogs for disable people.

In 1991, Dr. Bergin started the Assistance Dog Institute so that further research could be done.  Her goal was to produce a better service dog.  Two years later she began an innovative program called the High-Schooled Assistance Dog Program.  Her idea was to show at-risk teenagers how to train the service dogs.  This, to her, was a win-win situation because she could serve two distinct groups at one time.  Today there are 10 such programs operating around the country due to Dr. Bergin’s efforts in Rohnert Park.

The High School Assistance Dog Program pairs troubled teens who are incarcerated or in a group homes – often on probation – with a golden retriever.  They have daily sessions in the instruction of service dog commands.  These are children who have committed crimes against the community, but they are now giving back to their community by training service dogs for disabled people.  The teens gain self-esteem, communication skills, and anger management, as well as the unconditional love of their dog. The disabled person gets much needed help for their independence, as well as a new friend.

Dr. Bergin provides the children with job references, consults with a psychiatrist on the best ways to work with them, and provides many other opportunities for these children who generally come from troubled families.

Dr. Bonnie Bergin

The mission of the agency she founded is “Helping Dogs Help People,” and Dr. Bergin does this in many ways.  With her help, the at-risk teens learn about helping others, too.

Get your tickets now for any event in this series!

Tickets available on Eventbrite or use this button…

Maria Stipp

We had amazing evenings with our first conversation speaker Maria Stipp, CEO of Lagunitas Brewing Company, and our second conversation with Dr. Jane Saldaña-Talley and Dr. Catherine Williams, both of Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus. 

These events were a SELL-OUT! – so make sure to buy your tickets for coming events, soon.  Public (including men) welcome!

Dr. Jane Saldaña-Talley
Dr. Catherine Williams

Other speakers in the series.  Add these dates to your calendars!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020  5:30 – 6:30 pm    $15