Welcome to AAUW Wytheville, VA!

WELCOME to our branch of AAUW.  Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month.  Our branch does not hold meetings during the summer months.  Unless otherwise noted, meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. at the St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fellowship Room, 275 East Main Street Wytheville, Virginia.  Below are some of the programs and events our branch sponsors.

This year our Co-State President of AAUW- VA, Carol Stephens attended our  meeting in October.  She came to provide some crucial updates in our AAUW organization on the state level.

 

 

Decorating and Displaying at Wythe County Public Library in December

Library Tree Decorating and Gift Cards. Each year our branch decorates a tree at our the Wythe County Library. Each member can donate a $10.00 Walmart card for the Family Resource Center. This is a great way to share the spirit of Christmas season with our Community.

 

YOU’RE INVITED!

The Wytheville Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) cordially invites you to a program featuring author Heath Hardage Lee. Bring your friends!

WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 3:00 pm

WHAT: Lecture and Book Signing – free event

WHERE: Bolling Wilson Hotel, 170 E. Main Street, Wytheville, VA

TOPIC: The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took On the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home

Narrative Nonfiction Writer, Independent Historian and Curator – Heath Hardage Lee Heath comes from a museum education and curatorial background, and she has worked at history museums across the country. She holds a B.A. in History with Honors from Davidson College, and an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. Heath served as the 2017 Robert J. Dole Curatorial Fellow: her exhibition entitled The League of Wives: Vietnam POW MIA Advocates & Allies about Vietnam POW MIA wives premiered at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in May of 2017 and will travel to museums throughout the U.S. including the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum through 2020.

Potomac Books, a division of the University of Nebraska Press, published Heath’s prize-winning book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause, in 2014. Heath has completed her second book, a narrative nonfiction work entitled The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took On the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam about the courageous wives of American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action during the Vietnam War. St. Martin’s Press published the book on April 2, 2019. Reese Witherspoon’s film production company Hello Sunshine and Fox 2000 have just optioned the book for a feature film….

More about Heath Lee – Podcast of Heath and fellow University of Virginia alum Dr. Keith Harris-the Rogue Historian! Take a listen! https://keithharrishistory.com/the-rogue-historian-podcast/2019/8/13/episode-63-the-league-of-wives-withheath-hardage-lee?fbclid=IwAR1ZIcnKvHIpP4PfWtLBVt9jvX122YToeDFwUNvZYRpvsN

SAFE FORUM!!!

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Wytheville branch held our annual forum:  “Seeking Affirmative Female Empowerment,” or “SAFE,” an event aimed at discussing safety awareness for women and girls.

The “SAFE” program is held in mid November at St. Johns Episcopal Church. The public is invited.

Representatives from local law enforcement participated including Deputies, Denise Cook,  Angie Simpson and Jennifer Brewster with the Wythe County Sherriff’s Office and the Wytheville Town Police. The “SAFE” forum explores what dangers exist and strategies for protecting themselves and their loved ones at school, in public, and in relationships.

Scholarship Recipient (2017-2018)

Click here for more information about our scholarship fund.  Pictured with our President Sarah Asbury is our 2017 recipient Virginia Bueller. Virginia (Ginny) plans to attend college in the fall to pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in social work.

 

 

 AAUW Chautauqua Arts Council Festival of Trees 

Come see our beautiful tree. Our gorgeous STEM Christmas tree has 50 decorations made by 50 wonderful Wythe County and Bland County middle school girls. Girls love Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art!  Our tree will be on display Saturday, December 2nd through Saturday December 9th at the Heritage Preservation Center (115 W. Spiller Street). Please come out and view the tree and vote for your favorite in each tree category (Individual, Commercial, and Civic/Religious) but perhaps vote especially for ours.

Our  Middle School STEM program at Wytheville Community College .

Our branch partners with Wytheville Community College to hold a special event for Middle School girls.

 Voting Registration for our Community

THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers for Voter Registration, chair person Kathy Lassiter who helped to organize the event this year.

Our location was switched to Smyth Hall library at the suggestion of WCC and it was a perfect spot!  Again, this year, our branch  had  34 registrations.  This tied with our numbers last year.  We are on a roll.   Thanks for making AAUW shine!

Decorating and Displaying at Wythe County Public Library in December

Library Tree Decorating and Gift Cards. Each year our branch decorates a tree at our the Wythe County Library. Each member can donate a $10.00 Walmart card for the Family Resource Center. This is a great way to share the spirit of Christmas season with our Community.

AAUW’s Meeting at the Edith Bolling Wilson Museum

In April, IMG_1144our local AAUW branch  had an opportunity to visit the Edith Bolling Wilson museum. Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, second wife of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, was First Lady of the United States from 1915 to 1921.  While Mrs. Wilson publicly minimized publicly  minimized her involvement in the affairs of state, her stewardship of governmental duties earned her such labels as “The Secret President” and “The First Woman President’ she is one of the most influential and historically significant women of the twentieth century. Here is a link to learn more:  http://edithbollingwilson.org/

International Dinner at the Old Stage Restaurant

 

Each year our branch hosts an annual dinner which includes an international program. The speakers for our 2019 International Dinner were Eric & Deb Vrsansky who traveled to Guatemala and  gave a wonderful presentation!  Deb and Eric talked about the Garifuna culture. They  shared many pictures about  traveling to Livingston.  Livingston is a town located in eastern Guatemala, at the mouth of the Río Dulce at the Gulf of Honduras. This town is only accessible by boat. The Vranskys talked about  the people  who lived along the river and travelled only by boat to go to school and work. Deb and Eric met so many  people who lived there, especially their tour guide Gus. Gus owned and operated the tour and restaurant (see 1st photo).  Below are some of the photos they shared.

Where We are Located:

The Wytheville  branch of the AAUW is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. Our members  are  diverse, educated, creative, conscientious, and often adventurous group that includes several generations of teachers, executives, writers, and community leaders (to name a few). We invite you to join us in our pursuits to fulfill AAUW’s mission of promoting equity for all women and girls, through advocacy, education,  philanthropy, and research.

What We Offer:

  • Fellowship and community with like-minded people
  • Educational and thought-provoking programs
  • An open forum for discussion
  • Local, state, and national levels of participation
  • National membership benefits