May 17 2021 Meeting: Zoom and presentation on Library

Monday, May 17th, 7:00 PM via Zoom

For our last gathering of the “year” we invite you to indulge in some awesome chocolate. Here is an opportunity to shop for something you might not ordinarily have on your shopping list.

Pair it with a fine red wine or a beverage of your choice and join our AAUW members for a delightful evening. Relax and share your choices with the rest of us and broaden our limited tastes.

Share with us one of your covid creations or pandemic products or perhaps a viral vision. Don’t be shy! We know that you have been busy.

Then sit back and enjoy a presentation by our own Melissa Harter, director of the Noel Wien Public Library, on what is happening now at the library and what is in store for the library’s future.

Joint event with LWVTV

The Permanent Fund with Angela Rodell, CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.
Free Public Webinar TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Zoom automatic confirmation at or watch on Facebook
If you think today’s oil is the foundation of Alaska’s general fund, it’s time to rethink. Earnings from the Alaska Permanent Fund now provide more than 2-1/2 times the revenue derived from petroleum to the state’s general fund revenue. This can continue beyond our lifetimes and those of our grandchildren but only if we are prudent stewards.
The vision of Alaskans over 40 years ago has benefited past – is benefiting current – and will benefit future generations. Alchemists of old would have thrilled to see how dedicated people can covert a portion of the state’s non-renewable mineral resource wealth into a renewable financial revenue source for state services and programs. Alaskans can be proud of the Fund and the work that the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) does to manage and invest the portfolio.
APFC through the investment of the Permanent Fund generates revenue for the State of Alaska. The yearly POMV (percent of market value) withdrawal from the fund is a stable, predictable, revenue source that is available for the Legislature’s appropriation. Based on the 2021 Spring Revenue Forecast, the Permanent Fund now provides more that 65% of the state’s general fund revenues. As time goes by it may be the size of the Fund that will determine the state’s level of prosperity.
The Alaska Permanent Fund is an asset of inestimable worth. Alaskans should be mindful of its value and attentive to its well-being. Join Angela Rodell, the CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, to learn about the fund, its history, the role of sovereign wealth in Alaska’s future, the team that invests and guards it and what we can do to ensure it flourishes. Be ready with your questions.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley and the Fairbanks Branch of the American Association of University Women.
May be an image of text that says 'The Permanent Fund Rette Converting non-renewable resources into a From the From renewable stream of intergenerational revenue Permanent PermanentFund Fund Petroleum 67% Revenue Revenue 25% Earnings from the fund are RÃ2 050 the state's primary source of general fund revenue. From Non-Petroleum Non-P 8% Angela Rodell, CEO Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Tuesday, April 13 7 PM'

Annual March Meeting


Monday, March 22, 7:00 pm Via Zoom

Join us for our annual business meeting. Hear a brief description of our past year’s activities and elect our new officers for the 2021-2022 year. This is the most important meeting of the year!

In addition to business, listen to four of our members, who are dual members in another branch, share ideas and activities from their other group’s location. We just might find some likable enough to emulate.

Topic: Fairbanks AAUW Meeting Time: Mar 22, 2021 07:00 PM Alaska

Details were in Newsletter

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 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