AAUW National Convention will be June 14-17, 2017

Take the nation’s capital by storm and join us in Washington, D.C., for the 2017 AAUW National Convention, June 14–17.

Convention is the place to learn how AAUW’s programs and initiatives are empowering women and girls in your local community — and how you can help! And what better way to make direct change than by encouraging Capitol Hill lawmakers in person to pass legislation supporting AAUW’s mission? Here’s your chance to learn how D.C. really works and take action.

But don’t worry — convention isn’t all work. You’ll have fun connecting with fellow members and being inspired by visionaries and leaders from across the country.

Best of all, if you  pledge to register today, you’ll be eligible to win a free registration. That’s an extra $549 in your pocket!

Here’s how you can score a free registration:

  1. Pledge to reg” online.
  1. Tell everyone you know to pledge to reg too!
  1. Complete your convention registration between October 1, 2016, and January 15, 2017, when the best-value rate expires.
  1. Cross your fingers! The winner will be announced in February.

What are you waiting for? The 2015 convention sold out, so make sure you have a spot when AAUW takes D.C. by storm. Pledge to reg today!

Yours in AAUW,


Patricia Fae Ho
AAUW Board Chair

Ellen Whitcher Memorial

Memorial for Ellen Whitcher

Please help us celebrate a dear friend and inspirational AAUW mentor.  There will be a Celebration of Life for Ellen Whitcher at Skiland on August 21 at 1:00.  As you know, Ellen passed away last fall. Each August Ellen hosted a birthday celebration at Skiland for herself and those friends who shared August birthdays or special events. This Memorial will continue Ellen’s Birthday Tradition. Please bring your favorite Ellen story to share.

Carla Willetto is organizing the AAUW table with photos and flowers. If you have any photos or stories to add to the AAUW table, please send them to Carla at cewilletto@alaska.edu

House Tour Tickets Now Available

The Fairbanks branch of the American Association of University Women has begun its annual fundraiser for scholarships, the AAUW House Tour.
Tickets to four unique Fairbanks homes have been distributed to the following locations: If Only… A Fine Store; The Alaska House Art Gallery; Team Cutters Hair Salon; and In My Element. The tickets and maps can be purchased for $20.

Estate Sale Thanks

We send out a big thank you to all who helped with Ellen’s estate sale, both before the sale setting up and during the sale itself.  A special note of thanks goes to Jodi Gouwens for taking care of the cash box and greeting shoppers on both days, even on the cold, blowing rainy Sunday.  AAUW is $1300 richer!

Thanks from Brenda and Margaret


There are reminders of a few upcoming AAUW Branch events:

  • Tuesday, May 24, 6pm, at Jodi Gouwens (924 Kellum, #304):  Branch Board Meeting, contact Gretchen Murphy, open to any branch member
  • Wednesday, May 25, 10am,at Karen Emerson’s home, 1112 Shannon Drive, House Tour Planning Meeting (brunch) contact Margaret Soden
  • Friday, June 3, 4-8pm, Ellen Whitcher Estate Sale set up, contact Brenda Birdsall 1015 8th Ave, contact  (388-0557)
  • Saturday, June 4, 9am-4pm, Ellen Whitcher Estate Sale, lots of help needed, contact Brenda Birdsall
  • Monday, June 13, 1:30pm, Branch Book Group Discussion, contact Jodi Gouwens
  • Saturday, July 9, 1-5pm,  Annual House Tour, hostesses needed, contact Rita Osborne, ritaosborne@gmail.com

Ellen Whitcher

Ritchie Musick reports:  Ellen Whitcher took her last breath around noon today (2/25/16).  Ellen was one of the longest, oldest, most enthusiastic, and most supportive members of our Fairbanks Branch of AAUW.  We are going to miss her incredible memory, her historic perspective, her willingness to make numerous phone calls and to share her home with us for numerous meetings.  To end this note with “Rest in Peace, Ellen” does not seem appropriate, because wherever her spirit goes there will be exuberance and excitement and happiness.  Memories of her will bring many smiles to the faces of her many friends.  She will be missed!