Meetings and Interest Groups

Luncheon and Evening Monthly Meetings

All meeting programs with the exception of December and May are open to the general public.  You do not need to be a member of AAUW to attend.

Ann Arbor City ClubUnless otherwise noted, our monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at the Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor 48104.  Parking is plentiful.

Luncheon programs begin at 11:30 am except for the Spring Luncheon (May 17);
♦  Lunch ($26 including tip, mail a check made out to “AAUW-AA” to D. Dawson, 3025 Exmoor Road, 48104; deadline is May 8; specify chicken, salmon, or vegetarian)
♦  Pre-registration is required for the lunch meal  Call Elaine Brandenburg (734-662-4171) or Deborah Dawson (734-369-4127) by May 8
♦  Socializing at 11:00 AM, luncheon at 11:45, program at 12:15.
♦  There is no charge or pre-registration for attending only the program

Evening programs usually run from 7 to 9 PM

Next Program:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Annual Spring Luncheon
Polo Fields Washtenaw Country Club,
2955 Packard Road

Polo Fields Country Club

11:00 AM socializing, 11:45 luncheon, 12:15 program

Details are above.  Note that payment must be mailed in advance.

Meet and greet the AAUW Scholars and this year’s Board Members and Officers.  The program includes the induction of new Officers.


Interest Groups

Most Interest Groups meet once a month at various times and locations and include:

Arts, Humanities, and Music Groups

  • American Heritage
  • Americana
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Writing Prompts
  • Inglis Recorder Players

Book Groups

  • Afternoon Book Review
  • Bibliomaniacs
  • Book Exchanges
  • Classic Books
  • Evening Book Discussion
  • History Book Discussion
  • Mystery Readers (evening)
  • Afternoon Mystery Readers

Current Issues Groups

  • Great Decisions
  • Local Issues

Fitness, Fun and Games Groups

  • Golf Beginner
  • Mah-Jongg Green Dragons
  • Mah-Jongg Red Dragons
  • Afternoon Bridge
  • Scrabble Afternoon
  • Scrabble Evening
  • Walking Group

Food and Garden Groups

  • Couples Gourmet
  • Eclectic Gourmands
  • Evening Gourmet
  • Healthy Appetites
  • Gourmet Arts
  • International Dining Out
  • Gardening

Personal Enrichment Groups

  • Smart Money
  • Genealogy
  • Travelogue

To ask a question about the Ann Arbor Branch, call (844)973-6287


Sustainability Issues in Washtenaw County

deyoungOur speaker, Noreen DeYoung, is an environmental activist and expert in sustainability issues.




Why the Winner Won – 2016 Election Results
Donald Kinder analyzed the results of the 2016 election, just a week after the event.  Dr. Kinder is the Philip E. Converse Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan and a research professor for Political Studies at the UM Institute for Social Research

Digital Divas
Bia Hamed, Program Manager at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), informed us about the EMU Digital Divas Program which encourages girl’s interest in “STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math” studies and careers. EMU will host local middle school girls on their campus this fall and local high school women in spring for a Digital Divas Day. We are raising funds to add AAUW-AA support!

Leading Together: An exploration of the heart, mind and breath
Min smallSooJi Min, Executive Director of Temple Beth Emeth.  Ms. Min recently completed a 16-month mindfulness meditation teacher training program sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project. She has facilitated mindful leadership workshops for the Selah Leadership Network and the National Association of Temple Administrators. She says, “Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present. It can help build compassion for oneself and others so that each of us can truly connect and lead authentically; increase our resilience to deal with difficult issues; and help us move more slowly together rather than going faster alone.”

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
O is for Organic – The ABCs of Organic Farming

Diana Dyer, MS, RD has operated the Dyer Family Organic Farm in Dixboro, with her husband Dick, since 2009. Together they grow 40 varieties of certified organic garlic to nourish the health of their soil plus our local community and planet, living their farm’s vision statement of “shaping our future from the ground up.”  On the farm, students and interns from around the country come to learn that the true foundation of a healthy food system is not “we are what we eat,” but rather, “we are what – and how – we grow.”  Their book, Get Going with Great Garlic, was published last June.  Ms. Dyer is an award-winning Registered Dietitian whose work has spanned the health care spectrum from critical care nutrition, nutrition and cancer survivorship, to health, wellness, and disease prevention.

Wednesday, February 16, 2016
A Woman’s Place is in the Fill-in-the-Blank: 50 Years of Demographic Change

Dr. Lisa Niedert, Director of Data Services, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan.  Dr. NeidertNiedert’s role is to help users find and analyze data from a wide variety of sources; her current project is an analysis of the college educated population in the U.S., looking particularly at differences across states. Her talk focused on how the landscape in the United States has changed for women (and men) over the last 50 years: marriage, fertility, education, and work. It was based on data from the federal statistical system. The talk also devoted some time to how and why the government collects data. And who knew that the first female director of the Census Bureau was from Ann Arbor?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Saving American Democracy, One Community at a Time
Mary Morgan headshotMary Morgan is founder and Executive Director of The CivCity Initiative (, a new nonprofit that’s working to increase awareness about how local government works and to encourage residents to participate in civic life. From 2008-2014 she was co-founder and publisher of The Ann Arbor Chronicle, an online news publication that focused on covering local government.  Prior to founding The Chronicle, Ms. Morgan worked for The Ann Arbor News from 1996-2008, over the years serving as opinion editor, business editor, and reporter. In addition to her career in journalism, Morgan taught English in the People’s Republic of China and the Central African Republic. She was born and raised in Indianapolis, and earned graduate and undergraduate degrees from Indiana University.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wasentha 055Aging Gracefully: Wasentha Young, Founder and Director, Peaceful Dragon School and mosaic artist.  What does it take to nurture the human spirit?  How do we manage our stressors and achieve graceful aging? What do we do when our world changes dramatically?  Wasentha Young explored these questions and more in conversation and with humor.  Wasentha has achieved the title of Master of Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung (energy work); obtained an MA in Transpersonal Studies and a BA in Health Arts and Science; has certificates in acupressure/traditional Chinese medical theory and Mind/Body Counseling; and is traditionally trained in Buddhist and Taoist meditation.  With her profound understanding of diverse health art practices she lectures nationally and helps students at her school and abroad move into a place of strength, harmony, and well-being.
Midwives  and the Role of Technology in Childbirth

UMH Admin, Tim Kimmel Joanne Motino Bailey, CNM, FNP, PhD, Director of the University of Michigan Health Service’s Nurse-Midwifery Service, and Lecturer in the Women’s Studies Department.  Dr. Bailey completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Language and Literature and was a health care volunteer in Honduras before returning to the University of Michigan for a second career in nursing.  Her dissertation work explored the role of perceived racism and discrimination in cervical cancer risk. She has directed the Nurse-Midwifery Service for eight years and her teaching includes a large survey course, “Perspectives in Women’s Health,” as well as “Reproductive Health Policy in a Global Context.”  In an overview of the historical and current context of childbirth and midwifery in the United States, Dr. Bailey  discussed changing trends as our science, culture norms, and expectations shift regarding maternity care, including issues of place of birth, providers of care, and use of technology.
The Arab American National Museum
Anan Ameri
Anan Ameri, PhD
Anan Ameri is the Founding Director (2005-2013) of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, the only museum in the United States dedicated to telling the story of Arab Americans.   Dr. Ameri, a Palestinian American who emigrated to the U.S. from Amman, Jordan, is a widely respected sociologist, scholar, and author on Arabs and Arab Americans. She holds a doctorate in sociology from Wayne State University and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.  She received the Detroit News 2005 Michiganian of the Year award, in large part for her pivotal role in conceiving, planning, and raising $16 million for the creation of the museum. In her talk Dr. Ameri discussed the history of Arab-Americans and how that history was considered and represented in the Museum.
Michigan ACLU’s Current Civil Rights Initiatives
Kary MossKary L. Moss
Ms. Moss has served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan since 1998.  She has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a JD from CUNY Law School at Queen’s College. She was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011. In her talk she described how the ACLU is addressing the rights of children the poor, women, and the LGBT and immigrant communities, along with voting rights, access to reproductive health care and, most recently, access to a high quality education.
Underground Railroad and African-American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County
Deborah MeadowsJoyce Hunter and Deborah Meadow
Ms. HJoyce Hunterunter is President of the African-American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County ; Ms. Meadow is Vice President of the museum and a docent for its Journey to Freedom Underground Railroad tours.  The museum was established in 1993 to document, collect, preserve, and share the history of the black community in Washtenaw County.  Ms. Hunter gave us a historical timeline, including museum programming and news about its future home. Ms. Meadow discussed the Underground Railroad in Washtenaw County, focusing on the contributions of women.