We have nine monthly branch meetings each year, September through May. These branch meetings are normally held on
3rd Saturday of month, 9:30 am, at Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St
All meetings (except the December luncheon) are open to the public. If you’re curious about AAUW or just interested in the program, you’re very welcome to join us at a meeting.
Click here to download/print this year’s schedule.
THEME THIS YEAR: HEROES IN OUR MIDST
This is our branch’s 70th year.
September’s meeting kicked off our year. We gathered by neighborhood groups to discuss AAUW’s programs and history and meet new members.
We help support heroes in our midst. We will honor our students returning from the summer Tech Trek. (click here to read more about Tech Trek…) They will share their experiences with us. And our spotlight presentation was about Educating our Children for a Better Future – our Math Program in Port Townsend.
Program Stewards of Our Environment. A forum with three outstanding local women who are
working to improve our aquatic environments: Rebecca Benjamin, Executive Director of the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Donna Frostholm, planner and wetlands biologist specialist at Jefferson County Department of Community Development, and Caroline Gibson, Executive Director of the Northwest Straits Foundation. Our spotlight presenter is Beulah Kingsolver, Executive Director, Dove House Advocacy Services, and a past recipient of one of our scholarships.
December 2 Holiday Affaire and Woman of Excellence Award
Catered luncheon, warm atmosphere, and presentation of the award to this year’s community Woman of Excellence.
January 20, 2018
Bears, Cougars, Coyotes, Wolves: The Politics of Conservation. Our local hero is Lorna Smith, Executive Director of the nonprofit wildlife conservation organization, Western Wildlife Outreach, (WWO). She discusses the science behind the need for large carnivore education as well as why education and understanding are key to large carnivore survival in a changing world.
Silent Auction benefiting UWF and
Branch 70th Birthday with Cake and History. Click here for YouTube video of our first 60 years!
Art as Transition – We continue with our theme Heroes in Our Midst with a focus on Art as Transition. Our forum includes three amazing local women who are making a difference in our local arts programs. They will discuss and share examples of how their work has made a change in the lives of others. Martha Worthley is the Program Manager for Centrum’s youth programs, collectively called The Young Artists Project. Linda York volunteers at The Gathering Place on Art Day, known to most other volunteers as Tuesday. She works with participants and weaves together with them. Kristin Smith has played violin in symphonies and chamber groups in Montana and Alberta before coming to Port Townsend. Now she is actively teaching and involved with Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes Festival.
Building a Better Community. A panel of three accomplished and active local women whose work builds a better community in East Jefferson County. Katherine Baril was Executive Director of the Washington State University Extension for 25 years in Jefferson County. Crystie Kisler lives and works at Finnriver Farm & Cidery in the Chimacum Valley. Siobhan Canty is the Executive Director of Jefferson Community Foundation whose mission it is to support, strengthen and connect the efforts of local nonprofits, donors and volunteers.
May 12 UWF Annual Meeting and Scholars Recognition
Young Women Deserving our Recognition and Support. Please join us to honor our young heroes, our scholarship recipients for the school year 2018/19.
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Women in Charge – Changing Your Life
Victoria Poling speaks about how she transformed her life after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Youtube – Victoria Poling speaks to chapter Jan. 21, 2017
Also on this day, many AAUW members throughout the state supported the women’s marches in Seattle and Port Townsend. Read more about this event on Facebook.
Silent Auction fundraiser for scholarships
SPECIAL EVENT: Career Days 2017 – Chimacum Middle School on Tuesday, February 21, and Blue Heron Middle School on Thursday, March 2. Details…
Women in Charge – Women in Boats
One boat, eight fearless women — the 2016 Race to Alaska. Port Townsend resident Kim Carver was one of those women and she shares her experiences aboard the 23′ open dory in which they set off last summer
Women in Charge – They Saw the Need and Stepped-up
April features Three Women In Charge who will discuss the beginnings and the work of organizations which contribute greatly to the local good. Martha Olbrych, Co-President of Working Image, Jean Camfield from Habitat for Humanity, Teresa Verraes one of the founders of The Boiler Room, now Executive Director of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and has led the charge for the Young Professional Network in Port Townsend.
UWF Annual meeting and Scholarship presentations. Details…
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Getting to know you… Getting to know us. Meeting included a short video about the history of our branch.
Women in Charge – The Washington Supreme Court
Washington Chief Justice Barbara Madsen spoke about the Supreme Court and her long legal career. Also we heard from our community’s young women who attended the state Tech Trek summer camp (more about our Tech Trek program). SEE THESE PRESENTATIONS – VIDEO OF JUSTICE MADSEN – VIDEO OF TECH TREKKERS
Women in Charge – Women in Radio
At our November meeting we learned wisdom from Women in Radio: Dalana Lynwood, Maryanne McNellis, and Cris Wilson, all hosts on KPTZ, 91.9, our local radio station.
Holiday luncheon at Fort Worden Commons. International theme and special cookies (click here to read the recipes featured). Read more about Woman of Excellence Award to Teri Nomura
Past Events: Branch Meetings in 2015-2016
Saturday, September 19
Women in History
Saturday, October 17
Caring for Aging
Saturday, November 14
Living & Writing the Heroine’s Story
Saturday, Dec. 12
Holiday Event At Ft. Worden & WOE Award
Saturday, January 16
Women in Maritime History
Saturday, March 19
Women in Film
Saturday, April 16
Women in Today’s Politics
Saturday, May 14
UWF Annual Meeting/Scholars Recognition