The Anacortes Branch of the American Association of University Women was chartered April 26, 1956 with twenty-two members. At that time, Membership rules stated that a member must have a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. At the first meeting, which took place in a member’s home, it was stated that one of the main purposes was to keep its members informed on local, national, and international affairs. They pledged to support the National AAUW Fellowship fund which provided scholarships for both national and international students. Their early fundraisers were children’s plays and profits went to both National AAUW and to a girl graduating from Anacortes High School. Other early activities were a Mother/Daughter tea held at AHS for junior and senior girls – the speakers were recent graduates of Washington’s five major colleges, with the purpose of encouraging the girls to attend college.
At the present time, we have about fifty members, our Annual Fundraiser is an April event with a speaker and special refreshments, and our meetings occur at a local meeting room. We support the National AAUW Funds with annual donations and offer both a college scholarship and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) awards to local girls. Our monthly speakers (at meetings open to the public) keep us abreast of local, national and international affairs; we join with the League of Women Voters to sponsor candidate forums; we offer to the public an annual Writers’ Forum. We have casual events during the summer in lieu of general meetings. We attend the Washington State AAUW Convention every other year to keep up with what is happening at the State level.
Membership is open to anyone with a two-year associate’s degree or higher.
Student Affiliation is open to anyone who does not already hold an undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a two-or four-year regionally accredited educational institution.
College/University Partner Membership is open to regionally accredited educational institutions, including two-year or community colleges.
AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.
Because AAUW is a 501(c)(3) charitable membership organization, most of your national dues are tax deductible on your personal federal income tax return.