January 2021 Meeting

What is the Future of the Fairbanks Daily News Miner?

What is the Snedden Foundation and what role does it play in our community?

Join our AAUW meeting on January 16

10:30 am via zoom

for a presentation by Virginia Farmier

She is the executive director and trustee for the Helen E. Snedden Foundation. She first worked for the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer while a junior at Lathrop HS. At that time the Snedden family owned it. She has been affiliated with the paper in many roles, primarily in finance, from 1974-2001 and was on its Board from 1986 to 2001. Her heart is with them! After the death of Mrs. Snedden two foundations were formed which Ms. Farmier has managed. In Dec 2015 the Snedden Foundation purchased the Fairbanks Daily News Miner and has invested its assets into keeping the paper running. Thus currently our paper is owned by a nonprofit Foundation but struggling financially. There are potential ways in the future to keep the paper solvent which she will discuss including its forming its own nonprofit.

The local paper is the heart of a community. It is the source for local news, and its loss would be devastating to Fairbanks. Newspapers are going bankrupt across the country, and our own local publication is in need of stabilizing its resources.

Please join us on Saturday morning to learn of current plans and to ask questions and give input. We will open for brief business and then socialize from 10:30 to 11:00 at which time Ms. Farmier will join us.

Time: Jan 16, 2021 10:30 AM Alaska

December 2020 Christmas Meeting


Monday, December 21st at 7:00 pm

Wear your favorite or most outrageous holiday sweater Bring your favorite beverage or holiday sweet to your computer

Get ready to socialize, play a game, go on a scavenger hunt! Maybe Santa will zoom in since long distance boomers are common.  Link to the Zoom meeting was inside the last AAUW Newsletter. Contact Ritchie if you have questions.


Our traditional project is to provide small gifts and toys and gift wrap materials that women in the Center for Non-violent Living can use for gift giving. Pick up a few items and bring them to Brenda Birdsall’s front porch, 1015 8th Ave, by December 20. If you would rather donate cash leave an envelope with a check made out to Interior Alaska Center for Non-violent Living. Someone will pick them up on Dec 21 and take them to the shelter.

October 2020 meeting

Monday, October 19th 7:00 pm

You are invited to hear a program on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.  Two women from Native Movement will discuss this troubling and long overlooked issue in Alaska and elsewhere:   Charlene Apok, Gender Justice and Healing Director based in Anchorage, and Jody Potts, Regional director based in Fairbanks

There has recently been a State Office established in Anchorage to work on remedying the lack of attention paid to this problem

We will convene at 7:00 with our program starting at 7:30. Please join us and invite a friend to do so.

To join Zoom Meeting, send an email to fairbanksak.aauw@gmail.com and request the zoom invitation be sent to you.


Stand on Racism

AAUW joins the country in mourning the losses of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other people of color who have been unjustly killed across our nation. Our country needs healing. But healing will only come with justice. As an organization we condemn racism.

Systemic racism is firmly rooted in the U.S. and today’s injustices mirror our shameful history — from police brutality to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. There can be no justice or equality when Black and Brown communities are seen as less deserving of basic human and civil rights.

On behalf of our 170,000 members and supporters, we commit to fighting for justice, long-term and lasting change, and we stand in solidarity against racism. We also acknowledge that as an organization we have our own work to do.

And, as a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, we will work to advance the policies and systemic changes identified in the New Era of Public Safety: A Guide to Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing and Vision for Justice platform.

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 ritchiemusick@gci.net.

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 ritchiemusick@gci.net

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 ritchiemusick@gci.net