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.

December 2018 Holiday Potluck

December Meeting: AAUW Holiday Potluck and Gift Exchange/Gift Collection
Monday, December 17, 6 pm
Spouses, partners and guests are welcomed.
Home of Ritchie and Mike Musick
4231 Aspenwood
Phone is 479-5336

Directions:  Take the Parks Hwy south to Milepost 349 and turn left onto Cripple Creek Road.  At the fourth street turn right onto Aspenwood Drive (Aspenwood is about 1.2 miles down Cripple Creek Rd and all previous streets only go to the right).  The first house on the left is a log home, with “Musick Way” on the driveway.  Carpooling is encouraged so if you would like a ride, please contact Rita at or 479-4535.

This is a potluck and the hosts will provide a main dish.  Please bring a side dish, bread or dessert.  Additional beverages are appreciated. Contact Rita if you have questions. or 479-4535.
There will be a gift exchange which is usually a mix of interesting and very interesting gifts and white elephants.
We also use this as an opportunity to contribute to the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living. There will be a collection of gift type items so the residents can provide gifts to others (please don’t wrap these).  Wrapping paper and ribbon/bows are also appreciated.   For gift suggestions, please go to this web page:  The Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living’s vision is a community free of violence.  IAC provides programs to address domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, suicide intervention, and crisis services for victims of other violent crimes.

November 17 Branch Meeting

American Association of University Women-Fairbanks Branch
Saturday 11/17, 11 am to 12:30 am
Noel Wien Library Conference Room
Legislative update on women and family issues
Mercedes Colbert, Chief of Staff for Representative Scott Kawasaki
All are welcome, coffee/tea/scones provided
AAUW’s mission is advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  The Fairbanks branch was established in 1936 and area women and men are involved in activities that support national AAUW programs, promote awareness of public policy issues, and support both local and national women scholarships/fellowships through our fundraising efforts.

October 2018 Membership Brunch

Bring a Friend to Brunch!

AAUW Fall Membership Brunch
Saturday, October 27 at 10:30am
Fairbanks Resource Agency (FRA)
805 Airport Way

Join us for a casual brunch potluck where members reconnect and our guests hear about AAUW. Membership Chair, Carla Willetto, will share AAUW programs and policy after we enjoy good food and good company at the Fairbanks Resource Agency.

Also, half price memberships for new members will be available since the meeting is open to the public.

Please RSVP by October 24 to Brenda  388-0557. 
Driving Directions

Directions to FRA is to go south on Gillam Street from Airport, turn right at the first intersection which is 14th Ave, and turn into the second driveway. The address is on Airport but access is from 14th St across from Mary Siah.