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.

SAFE FORUM!!!

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Wytheville branch in partnership with Wytheville Community College (WCC)  hosts a forum entitled:  “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 on the campus of Wytheville Community College. The  public is invited and this year over 50 people joined in the discussion.

Representatives from local law enforcement including Deputy Angie Simpkins with the Wythe County Sherriff’s Office; Officer Steve Burnette, WCC Police Chief; and Dreama Walters, Fort Chiswell High School teacher and faculty advisor for the “Save The Next Girl” local chapter, were on hand as “SAFE” explores what dangers exist and helps the audience discover some great tips and strategies for protecting themselves and their loved ones at school, in public, and in relationships.

Save the Next Girl, President

 

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 in December 2017

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 was  held in April.

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

 

 Dilogonner and a Movie  in March, 2018. Partnering with Wytheville Community College, our local branch will be sponsoring a Free Movie and Concessions. Please see the calendar for more information.

 

Voting Registration for our Community

THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers for Voter Registration, especially to Mary Copenhaver who helped to organize the event and cover three time-slots.

Our location was switched to Smyth Hall library at the suggestion of WCC and it was a perfect spot!

Our 34 registrations topped our numbers for the past three years! This year there was an online option as well, however, most utilized the standard paper form.
Here are our superstars:
  • Dotty Alexander
  • Mimi Booker
  • Mary Copenhaver
  • Julie Kause
  • Sara Kluttz
  • Kathy Laster
  • Teresa Matthews
  • Margie Peel
  • Nancy Tucker (new member)
  • Deb Vrsansky
  • Gloria Wessinger
  • Nancy Wills

Thanks for making AAUW shine!

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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 Wytheville Golf Club

Rose Lester

 

Each year our branch hosts an annual dinner which includes an international program. The speaker for our 2018 Dinner event was about Italy.   Our speaker,  Rose Lester who traveled to Italy and Florence  gave a wonderful presentation.  Click here for more information about her current travels as well information from  former speakers at our International dinner.

Rose’s presentation contained some really funny moments, especially about her dislike for “pasta”.

 

 

 

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