November 2023 Branch Meeting


GIVING TUESDAY Nov. 28 Noon to 3pm

Home of Jodi Gouwens, Linck Estates, 924 Kellum, Unit #304,

Off Cowles & 10th, behind Arctic Bowl 907-474-9144

Last year this event was a successful and enjoyable fund-raiser for our scholarship fund. So come enjoy some snacks along with tea or coffee. Your guests and family members are welcome. Fill out an AAUW program survey for our branch.

Because the scholarship announcement will be published in January, our Board needs to know what funds are available by the end of December. Currently our Fairbanks AAUW branch has some 2024 scholarship funds from member donations.

This event will be both a mini garage sale and mini bake sale. Jodi is continuing to downsize resulting in a variety of items available along with a limited amount of baking this year. Cash, check, or credit card will all be accepted. Watch for an email closer to the date on what will be available.

Do you have some garage sale books or bake sale homemade cookies you can add? Perhaps a snack to share? These can be dropped off at Jodi’s condo before the sale if you wish.

If you can’t join us on Nov. 28, you can donate by contacting Gael Murakami at 907-479-0804 or You can also mail Gael a check made out to AAUW — PO Box 83406, Fbks, AK 99708

FYI – GIVING TUESDAY was created in 2012 to counteract the spending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with philanthropic giving to charities and non-profits in need of support. It has spread to become a national and international campaign.

October 9 2023 Meeting

Dear AAUW Fairbanks (AK) Branch Members,

We are skipping the newsletter this month, but our October program is a go! Please join us next week.

Understanding Transgender People: The Basics

Hudson Bolduc – Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Casey McMillan – UAF Office of Rights, Compliance & Accountability

October 9, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00pm

(as late as 8:30, if more discussion occurs)

Click on this link to register for this Zoom presentation:

Issues of equality and acceptance of transgender and nonbinary people — along with challenges to their rights — have become a major topic in the headlines. These issues can involve words, ideas, and identities that are new to some and can feel unfamiliar and awkward. Join us for a few basics, along with definitions of common terms used to describe gender identity. We’ll scratch the surface of the language and vocabulary that accompanies the transgender experience.

This program will be full of information. It will not be a debate, and it won’t answer all our questions. We may come away still wondering, and still lacking full understanding. But learning is a process, and we hope this presentation provides a step forward as we strive towards true inclusivity and allyship. Use the link above to register.

Please share the attached information with those you believe sincerely want to learn more about this subject. We have opted for the Zoom experience to address the concern some of us feel about hosting a program on such a politically and emotionally charged topic. The meeting will utilize experienced gatekeepers to ensure that we can learn in a safe setting.

Where We Stand: LGBTQ+ Rights – AAUW : Empowering Women Since 1881

Sept Membership meeting


Join AAUW for our fall brunch. Meet new friends, renew old friendships, learn about our upcoming programs.
Learn of the significant impacts that AAUW are making Nationwide

Saturday, September 23rd 10:30 a.m.
Home of Ritchie Musick 4231 Aspenwood Dr

Take the Parks Hwy past the weigh station to Mile 349. Turn left onto Cripple Creek Rd, turn on the fourth street to the right which is clearly marked Aspenwood. Turn into the first driveway to the left which is marked “Musick Way”

Bring a dish to share for our brunch table.

April 2023 Scholarship luncheon

Remember to RSVP for the Scholarship Luncheon. It will be this Saturday, April 15th 11:00am – 1:00pm, at Miguel’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine, in the Shoppers Forum Mall. 
The cost is $20 to be paid to AAUW (cash, check, credit/debit card). There will be a fajita bar, soft drinks, and cake. You can buy your margaritas separately!
Use the banquet room entrance (bright yellow/orange sign overhead, next door to Bamboo Panda).
Both of this year’s scholarship recipients will be there, as will some of our COVID-era winners. 
We’ve had 8 members reserve their places and we are hoping to hear from more of you. Please let’s make our scholarship winners feel valued. Contact Carla Willetto to RSVP by Friday noon (, 907-347-1065). 

February 2023 Meeting

For the first time in almost 30 years Noel Wien Library will be receiving a much needed renovation and expansion this year. Join Melissa Harter, Library Director, for an update on all the exciting plans, learn how services will be delivered during construction, and take a tour to envision the new spaces. Saturday, February 18, 10:30am, Meet in the Conference Room

March 2022 Meeting

March 2022

Annual Meeting 
Monday, March 21, 2022
7pm (6:30pm Social)
 Election of Officers
 Scholarship Updates
 Book Group Update
 National and Branch Update
Will be help via Zoom, details in March newsletter

Feb 2022 Meeting


Monday February 21st 7:00 pm by Zoom

Please join us for our monthly meeting as we focus on the importance and effects of Title IX. AAUW was heavily involved in the passage of this piece of legislation that gave equal rights to women and girls in education, athletics, etc.

Join us for a presentation by

Margo Griffith

UAF Director of Equity and Compliance

January 2022 Branch Meeting

Put a little ZEN into your TANGLED schedule

Join us for a fun session learning and practicing  ZENTANGLE

Saturday, January 22nd 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The Zoom link was sent out in the JANUARY newsletter and will be emailed again before the meeting.