Designated as the Outstanding Branch Member of the Newton Area of the American Association of University Women, Dr. Bonnie Tandoc was awarded the honor at the membership meeting May 13.


Designated as the Outstanding Branch Member of the Newton Area of the American Association of University Women, Dr. Bonnie Tandoc was awarded the honor at the membership meeting May 13.

A certificate is awarded to identify the honored branch member with a donation for the Educational Foundation of AAUW to the Kansas Sunflower Garden.

The following presentation by Martha Graber, chairwoman of the Outstanding Branch Committee, reviewed the contributions of Dr. Tandoc:

“Multi-faceted, eclectic, self-effacing, goal oriented, compassionate and generous are terms that colleagues, friends, and family use to describe the 2008 Outstanding Branch Member of the Newton Area AAUW.

“As president of the Newton Area Branch of AAUW, she has taken as a personal charge to lobby aggressively to bring about equality for women and girls in choice of careers, with comparable compensation to male counterparts. Her goal to promote better lives for women engulfed in poverty was a main focus for her first year as president.

“Her service to the Newton community includes being a board member of the Caring Hands Humane Society as well as past service on the Board of Central Homecare and Hospice. She volunteers on the Critical Incident Response Team at Via Christi. She is an active participant in periodic fund-raising activities, food festivals, and charity events.

“For her church, she bakes bread each week for communion and takes extra loaves to those who are sick. Learning to knit was a goal in order to participate in knitting prayer shawls for those who are ill. She has served as a youth group leader and is on the Altar Guild of St.Mathew’s Episcopal Church.

“Recognized as Kansas Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Tandoc, Ph.D., shared a companion award with her beloved husband Val Tandoc, M.D. He was named by the Academy of Nurse Practitioners as Nurse Practitioner Advocate. Her family, her friends, her colleagues, her patients, and her pets are all recipients of her generous and compassionate care.

“As a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, Bonnie has made the Newton area branch the beneficiary of her philosophy, ‘Being alive means always growing and learning.’”