Out & About With AAUW

Front Row: Kris Bybee-Finley & Justin Lacey, Director of Communications for Houston Botanic Garden. Second Row: Charlotte Kibler, Georgia Kimmel, Susan Dunten, Karen North, Suzanne Dalati, & Sue Jurgens (guest). Third Row: Jane Campbell, Mary Adams, Susan Boone, Mike Farnell, Pat Farnell & Irene Infante

Kris Bybee-Finley is trying out the water pump that is part of the children’s area.

The Garden Divas visited the city’s first botanic garden—a 120-acre site carved from Glenbrook Park Golf Course. Located along Sims Bayou near Hobby Airport, the new garden is already taking root and will be ready for visitors by late 2020. The master plan, rolling out in phases over the next 30 years, includes not only a beautiful park but also opportunities for education and research. Visitors will be able to learn about plants, conservation (like natural flood mitigation), and nature.

A huge water wheel is part of the hands-on area of the Garden. Justin Lacely explained the area to the Divas.

The Divas donated $1000 for recognition on the entry-way bridge. We are certainly looking forward to the official opening. Check out an introductory video and plan to visit later this year: Houston Botanic Garden,8205 N. Bayou Drive.



Branch Meetings – 
Unless otherwise noted, all meeting will be held at the Harris County Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter Drive, Houston, TX  77042 (713.266.9193). The center is located one block east of the West Sam Houston Tollway and one block south of Richmond Avenue. Guests are welcome.

Leaders for all the groups are listed in the Directory, but if you have questions and/or would like help to make a connection, please contact Activities Coordinator, Jan Groves, 281-497-2295 or

Book Clubs – Six book clubs read and discuss great or contemporary literature, mysteries, and history.  Check the link for more information.

Bridge – Call the group coordinator listed below if your are interested in subbing ain a particular group. Call Susan Boone if you wish more information and/or are interested in starting a new group or taking beginner or refresher classes

1st – Thursday (7:00 p.m.), Mary Dodson
3rd –  Thursday (7:00 p.m.), Jo Ann Egeland
3rd –  Monday (10:00 a.m.), Melba Armstrong
3rd –  Monday (7:00 p.m.), Couples, Janet Nemitz
2nd & 4th –  Thursdays (1:00 p.m.), Betty Shropshire
4th –  Wednesday (1:00 p.m.), Elizabeth Barnes

Byway Birders – We enjoy the beauty and fascination of birds in the outdoors through field trips to the greater Houston area. We also take some trips around the state. The group welcomes novice and experienced birders. Spouses and friends are also welcome. The only requirements are binoculars and flexibility. Our schedule may change due to weather and location of best birding. To add your name to the Byway Birders List, contact Pat Dach.

Cultural Activities – Members sponsor day trips, which may include lunch at the participant’s expense. Everyone is invited, but reservation are required. Guests will be accepted if space permits. Most trips will be made on county buses. If a bus is used, Precinct 3 rules require that riders must ride the bus both ways. No one-way trips are permitted. Details of trips will be announce din the AAUW-WHC newsletters and emails.