General Meetings

The public is invited to attend the educational and informative General Meetings.  Unless otherwise stated, the monthly AAUW-Anacortes General Meeting location is Anacortes Public Library Meeting Room at 1220 10th St.  Please note that there are no General Meetings during the months of June, July, and August. The following dates are General Meetings for the 2019-2020 year:  September 12, October 10, November 14, January 8, February 13, March 12, April 9, May 14 from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm.

All General Meetings begin with Hospitality at 6:45 p.m., and the program begins at 7:00 p.m.  Minutes from each meeting are posted in the monthly newsletter, The Anacortes Agent.  All newsletters are archived in the Members Only section of this website.

September 12, 2019:

Presenters:  Lisa Herb and Nancy Arnold-Hunting

Program:  Women Empowering Women

Founded in 2005, the Alliance for International Women’s Rights supports
women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries,
with a current focus on Afghanistan. This is done by creating
connections between Afghan women and skilled professionals in
developed countries through our long-distance empowerment
programs. A secondary, but also important aspect of the Alliance is
the belief that creating connections between people of different
cultures is a remarkably rewarding, life-changing experience that
can help improve international understanding and relations, one
person at a time.


October 10, 2019:

Program:  Tech Trek  Summer Camp

Community members are invited to hear about STEM experiences from 8th grade students who attended Tech Trek Summer Camp.  Tech Trek is an all-girls summer camp focusing on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, at the Anacortes Pubic Library Meeting Room with hospitality starting at 6:30 p.m.


November 14, 2019:

Presenters:  Shelley Muzylowski Allen, glass artist.

Program:  Joint ARTIST program with Anacortes Public Library.

Shelley Muzylowski Allen has a B.F.A in Painting and Intaglio from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and has established a glass and sculpture studio with her husband, artist Rik Allen at their property in Skagit County, Washington. In addition to being an artists, Shelley and Rik and have taught internationally at the Toyama Institute of Glass in Japan, Nuutajarvii Lasikyla, Finland and the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, England.  Shelley has been awarded Provincial and Canada Council grants, and her work is held nationally and internationally in public institutions and private collections.


January 9, 2020:  

Presenter:  Linda Hendrick

Program:  True Crime Books

True Crime Book Talk provides an opportunity for each member to share a few words about a book she has read. This year our theme is True Crime with Linda Hendrick. True crime is a non-fiction literary genre in which the author examines an actual crime and details the actions of real people. The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule and Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry are well known classics of this genre. So, set aside fiction and instead, read books that can seem to be fiction.


February 13, 2020:

Presenter: Rosemary Kaholokula

Program: Women at the Bar:  Women Lawyers Across the Years

Skagit County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Rosemary Kaholokula will include other female lawyers and they will talk about being a female lawyer over the years – what’s changed and what’s remained the same.

AAUW February 2020:  Women at the Bar



March 12, 2020:  STEM Program Awards



April 9, 2020:

Presenter:  Beverly Gerdeman, WSU Extension Agent

Program: Seed production in Skagit Valley



Scholarship Fundraiser:  April 18, 2020


May 14, 2020:  6:00 p.m.

STEM Awards and Annual Meeting

Presenter:   Kelly Valentin, an Associate Architect with Underwood and Associates, LLC in Anacortes.  Kelly has a Master of Architecture degree from Washington State University, 2018

Program:  The Anacortes branch of the American Association of University Women will award STEM scholarships to Anacortes middle and high school girls at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12 at the Anacortes Library.  Three AHS senior girls will each receive $1500 for achievement in the fields of math, science, and technology.  Four AMS eighth grade girls will receive $100 awards for high performance in science and math.  The featured speaker will be Kelly Valentin, an Associate Architect with Underwood and Associates, LLC in Anacortes.

Following our meal we will hold elections, install new officers, and discuss upcoming events and policies. Please watch for the email from our Financial Officer that will give you dues renewal information. Bring your own serving utensils as there is no kitchen. Beverages will be provided along with plates, cups, napkins, and eating utensils