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January 2020 Branch Meeting, Jan 18, 10:30am Noel Wien Lib, Conf Rm

January 2020 AAUW Branch Program


Learn about the program sponsored by the Noel Wien Library to teach coding skills to Junior High age girls here in Fairbanks.  There is a potential  opportunity for Fairbanks Branch AAUW to help with this STEM project

Come hear Christine Osiak, administrator of the program explain it

Saturday, January 18th, 10:30 am in the Noel Wien Library conference Room

If you have any questions, call Ritchie at 479-5336 or email her

October 2019 Meeting

October Branch Meeting:

Topic: Women in Local Government

Date/Time: Saturday, October 19,  10:30am

Location: IBEW Hall, 2000 Airport Way

Description: Come hear from women who have served on the School Board, Borough Assembly,

State Legislature, Planning Commission, and GVEA Advisory Board

-What calls one to serve?

-What costs are involved?

-How much time is involved?

-What unique moments did you experience?

-What are the benefits of service?

Why not you?

   These women will be here to answer your questions about their active roles in government

For information, call Ritchie Musick 479-5336 for further information or

Fairbanks AAUW Branch Sept 21 2019 Fall Meeting

Please join us for our annual fall Membership Meeting. This is a chance to reconnect with fellow members, review the plans for the year and introduce potential new members to the group. As usual, half-price memberships will be available to new members. And look for the “Blind Date with a Book” basket.


Saturday, September 21 at 10:30 am

Home of Melody and Jerry Springer

3825 Venture Lane

Bring a potluck dish to share

Beverages will be provided

Bring a Guest!!!


Directions: From Chena Pump Road turn onto Rosie Creek Rd

Follow to the end and turn right onto Becker Ridge Rd

Turn left onto the second road which is Venture

The Springer house is the first home on the left


Enjoy the fall colors!


For further information contact Ritchie Musick

479-5336 or

Get Free Salary Negotiation Training

Would you like to be better able to negotiate for a higher salary or promotion?
Sign up for the free training at:
One member writes:  “I thought I didn’t need the training.  I’ve been out of the workforce for more than 20 years.  But then I started thinking about all of the ways that training in negotiations could have helped me in the last couple of years.  I bought a new car.  I helped my 93- year-old friend secure an apartment in an assisted living facility.  I’m a certified parliamentarian and I must negotiate contracts with groups who need parliamentary services.    So, the negotiating training really is designed for me.  It’s probably designed for all your members as well, regardless of whether they are in the workforce.”

2019 AAUW House Tour

The Annual AAUW House Tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 13 2019, 1-5pm.

Tickets ($20, cash or checks only) for the 2019 Fairbanks AAUW House Tour are now available at the following locations:

  1. Team Cutters Hair Salon — 2950 Airport Way
  2. 2 Street Gallery (Co-op Building) — 535 2nd Ave
  3. In My Element –Artisan’s Courtyard, 1755 Westwood Way
  4. The Alaska House Art Gallery — 1003 Cushman

Or from AAUW members.

May 2019 Meeting

May Meeting: Chocolate, Cheese & Wine Social
Date: Monday, May 20
Time: 7pm
Location: Home of member Nikki Kinne (479-2695, 388-3235)
2175 Charlijo Loop
Directions: from Farmer’s Loop Rd, turn onto Ballaine Rd, left onto Yankovich Rd., right onto Dalton Trail, and left onto 2nd entrance to Charlijo Loop, house will be on right. (Note from Nikki, I would put one more line of warring to not take the first opening to Charlijo Loop.  It is only a “Loop” in the minds of dreamers – or early Alaskan adventures.)
Note about parking: Across the front of the yard, going all the way down the road is OK.  Also, people can park in the scrub across the road, but not on the airplane landing strip, and the road has to be kept open enough for a car to get through on the road.
Details: AAUW’s social event of the year! Please share your favorite chocolate dessert, favorite cheese, or favorite wine and introduce a friend to AAUW. Coffee and Tea will also be available. (Half price memberships will be available) And Margaret will be bringing the “Blind Date with a Book” basket.
to Brenda Birdsall (bfayebird@gmail.comor 388-0557) by the Saturday before the event so we will know how many chairs to arrange. But if you find out you can come at the last minute, come anyway, we can always make space for you.


April 2019 Meeting

April Meeting: Annual Scholarship Luncheon
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 11am
Location:  Raven Landing Community Building Multipurpose Room, 1222 Cowles Street (located in main community center, first door on the left after the main room, watch for signs)
Buffet Lunch $20.00 (includes gratuity) Please pay with check or cash at the luncheon
 to Brenda Birdsall ( or 388-0557
Agenda: Come meet our Scholarship Winners: 
Nancy Johnson Scholarship:  Stephanie Pitka
Ann Rhian Scholarship: Brittany Hayes
Branch Scholarship: Sarah Herrema
Also, help us recognize those who have done so much for our Branch:
The Ellen Whitcher Service Award will be presented and branch members who have been recognized by making the branch contribution to the national AAUW in their names will be acknowledged.
DUES: Our Finance Officer, Gael Murakami, will be on hand to collect annual dues from those who wish to pay at the meeting. We are able to accept either checks or credit card payments from those who wish to pay that way. Dues for 2019-2020 are $75 (national $59 + $16 branch) for regular branch members, $16 for Paid Life Members and student members, $0 for Honorary 50 Year Members. Student member dues vary depending on your status, National AAUW has changed its policy and if you are currently a graduate student working toward a degree, you may pay the student rate (contact Gael Murakami so she can change your status on the national roster ( Undergraduates at UAF who are e-members, only pay the branch dues of $16. An emailed invoice will be sent to members a week before the meeting and if you wish you may pay on-line by clicking on the link in the email.

March 2019 Meeting

March Meeting: Annual Branch Meeting and Potluck
Date: Monday, 3/18/2019
Time: 6-8 pm
Location:  Raven Landing Building 4 Commons Room
Agenda: “Things We Do: A Year of AAUW Activities”
Our 82nd annual meeting will include election of branch officers for 2019-20, update on Equal Pay Day and Scholarships, and Financial Report.  Need suggestions for potluck dish? Call Rita or Brenda.  Please also bring serving utensils.
Please RSVP to Rita ( or 479-4535) or Brenda ( or 388-0557) for planning purposes.


FEB 2019 AAUW Meeting

(When the Feb newsletter was sent out, we had not yet confirmed the meeting location. It will be held in the Conference Room at Noel Wien Library. It is at end of hallway to the right of the Auditorium.

February Meeting: Economic Security and the Work Smart Program
Please join us on Saturday, February 23, 11am-noon, Location: Conference Room at Noel Wien Library.   Topic:  Economic Security and the Work Smart program.  This is a national effort of AAUW for women to negotiate their financial futures and to eliminate the gender pay gap–for good.  In addition to viewing a 6 minute video we’ll have the opportunity to sign up for the online 1 hour 10 minute Work Smart program which can be stopped and started at any time.   We’ll also be setting some goals for our branch.
Invite young friends to join in this program.  Open to all women and they do not need to be AAUW members.