SCE – STEM scholarships

Scholarship interviews were held May 17, 2017 for the graduating seniors of Avalon High School.  Seventeen applicants submitted applications consisting of a 300 word essay and other short answer questions.  They were given an in-person interview with 5 members of the Forum to make their best impression and explain why they were deserving of a CIWF scholarship award.  Last year SCE’s local executives reached out to the Forum and created a $5000 STEM scholarship to help ladies interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.  A check presentation ceremony was held at the annual Wine Festival last September (pictured above).

The scholarship board made their determinations and chose 13 young ladies to honor, disbursing a total of $16,000, including the Edison STEM grant.  The final mentoring event will be held June 4th on the beach in Avalon to honor all the girls and announce the winners of the awards!  They will be formally acknowledged at the graduation ceremony June 15th at 4:00pm at the Casino Theater.
If you would like to support the Forum in their fundraising efforts please call (323)686-2493 or email


May Day

ciwf may 2017

A beautiful afternoon on the deck of the Tuna Club, Avalon.  Thanks to the support of the members and club manager John Talsky for honoring us with this wonderful location to host our May meeting.  We enjoyed our guest speaker from the Chamber of Commerce, Director of Sales and Marketing – Cathy Miller.  Thanks for a delicious fiesta buffet from Chef Greg and the Seaport Bistro, plus a fun flower arranging activity organized by Carole Cotter.  New or prospective members are always welcome to join our general meetings usually held the 1st Monday of each month at 5:30pm.  Call for more details: 323.686.2493 (CIWF)

Trip Raffle

Raising funds for the mentoring and scholarship program benefiting Avalon’s junior and senior high school girls, the CI Women’s Forum presents their annual Trip Raffle.
– 2016 Scholarship winners –

winners girls onlyMaking it easier and more affordable than ever to show your support, tickets are now only $50/ticket with a maximum of 300 tickets to be sold.
 Online donation link COMING SOON!

$3000 Grand Prize

Winner will plan their dream vacation with any licensed travel agent and a budget of $3000!  *Travel plans must be scheduled within 12 months from notice of winning.  All unused funds will be returned to the CIWF scholarship fund.  Trip plan must be booked at one time with travel agent, multiple destinations acceptable.

But wait… you actually get 3 chances to win!

  • 2nd opportunity drawing wins a Jeep Eco Tour with the Catalina Island Conservancy.  Spend 4 hours behind locked gates with a naturalist/driver seeing parts of Catalina most people never experience. *Seats up to 6 people, advanced reservations required subject to availability.
  • 3rd chance drawing wins a 2-night, mid-week stay in a standard moderate room at the luxurious Aurora Hotel, & Spa in Avalon. *Advanced reservations required subject to availability.

Tickets are also available from any CIWF member and will be sold in the post office arcade weekends in May.  Winners will be announced on our website, Facebook page, and notified with a phone call or by email depending on the information they give on their ticket.

Drawing June 27, 2017 5:45pm

Reduced ticket price allows our annual participants to double down, now you can get two tickets for the cost of one in years prior!

You can also MAIL A CHECK to us to receive your tickets:

Catalina Island Women’s Forum
PO Box 1377
Avalon, CA 90704

Check payable to:Catalina Island Women’s Forum $50/ticket and please include your email address on a separate note or the memo line of your check, so we can send your receipt and ticket stub!

Join our invitation list!

Your privacy is our top priority, we will never sell or share you email address.  We also promise to keep communications to a minimum throughout the year.  In an effort to “go green” we will use electronic invitations for our annual Wine Festival so we hope you chose to join or remain on our invitation list.  Jessica Herzog – Marketing Chair