Ongoing Activities and Interest Groups

Specifics for each month can be found in the monthly online newsletter!

Please note that some facts/dates/etc. shown in the recently distributed directory may have been changed due to Harvey – be sure to check the newsletter to ensure you have the right date, place, and time for an anticipated event.

For instance, the locations for the November meetings of the Afternoon Contemporary Literature and Enjoying History book clubs has been changed — check the newsletter.

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.

Programs for 2017-2018

  • September 19-Reaching for Research and Education Opportunities on a Minority Campus
  • October 31– Quiet Outreach Center in a Busy Community
  • November 28– Dan Worrall’s Early German Influence in Growth of West Houston Area
  • December 3– Annual AAUW-WHC Branch Holiday Party
  • January 27– BEAR Helping the Foster Care Program Make Lives Better
  • February 24– Expanding Your Horizons Conference in Science & Math
  • March 20-A Vietnamese – American Refugee View  of Immigration in the Era of Populism
  • April 20-22-West Harris County, North Harris County, and Ft Bend County Hosts
    48th AAUW Texas Biennial State Convention
  • June 2-Branch Recognition Luncheon & Program

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.

Expanding Your Horizons – Expanding Your Horizonsa day-long conference sponsored by the West Harris County branch of the American Association of University Women, provides career information and role models for middle school girls. Professional women share their enthusiasm, education requirements and remuneration working in scientific, technical and financial careers with more than 400 girls, their parents and teachers.  These creative people don’t lecture the kids but involve them in various ways to create hands-on experiences in every one of the workshops.  The message is that there are both personal and monetary rewards for taking math and science in middle and high school. Check link for more information.

Film Appreciation Group – Barbara Hopkins and Pat Farnell have revived our movie lovers group. The first outing was to see Money Monster on Tuesday, May 17, at the Memorial City Cinemark Theater. If you want to be included on the contact list to share a movie experience with others who enjoy the cinema, contact Barb at 281.589.2523 or Pat at 281.496.7277

Garden Divas- This group of women loves everything green. Meetings will include outings to various garden/nurseries, education events, and “show and tell” interests developed by members. When possible, all of the events will be scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month. The time will vary pending the locations. The group will carpool when the meetings are not held in a member’s home. Contact Susan Boone for a calendar or potential events or to be listed for notifications of meetings.

Genealogy – This group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every other month (September through May) at 1:30 p.m. in the Kendall Library meeting room at 609 N. Eldridge. Group members discuss their genealogy research and occasionally have speakers on genealogy related topics. This informal group welcomes visitors and new members at any time, with any degree of experience, from beginner to expert. For more information contact Pat Pease.

Girls’ Night Out – This group dines out at a different restaurant every other month beginning in September, six times a year, usually at 7:00 p.m. The restaurants will be announced in the monthly newsletter and by emails to members who have signed up to be part of Girls’ Night Out. Members without email access will be notified by telephone. All AAUW members are invited to come to any or all Girls’ Night Out events. Please contact Janis Groves at least two days ahead so that you will be included in our dinner reservations.

Vicarious Voyagers –  This group explores travel experiences and destination possibilities. Rick Steves’ Europe PBS DVD series serves as departure points for each adventure. The group meets four times a year for a light potluck supper and beverages related to the destination of the evening. New participants are welcome. RSVP your attendance to the hostess for the evening or contact group leader, Diana Guarniere.

Volunteers – Become more involved in the community with various volunteer opportunities. Contact group Roslyn Metchis for more information.

WISE –  Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) This student/action group explores current research and participates in Houston area STEM initiatives in order to network and enhance our EYH (Expanding Your Horizons) outreach. Meetings are held four times a year along with participation in area STEM activities. Contact Diana Guarniere for more information.

Wine, Women & Wisdom – This group meets to enjoy beverages and enlightened conversation for Happy Hour at a different restaurant every other month beginning in October. We meet at 4:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. The venues and times will be announced int eh AAUW-WHC monthly newsletter, by email, or by phone. All AAUW members are invited to any or all of our happy hour events. Contact Marie Helmy if you plan on coming.


Effective in January, 2017, Memorial City Mall has asked all AAUW groups using their lots to begin parking in a newly designated lot that is located across the street from the mall on the south side of Barryknoll. It is a small triangular lot with the point of the triangle on the west side and the base on the east side. The lot is flanked by apartment buildings on the east side. Access to the lot is from Baryknoll. All county buses will also depart from this parking lot



riceRice’s new chapter of AAUW has gotten off to a running start, with our Voter Deputization Training in August, where we partnered with Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) to train 50 members of the Rice community to register others to vote. Many of these new voter deputies went on to help with our National Voter Registration Day drive, where we registered 50 Rice students to vote. Since then we have partnered with the CCL and Neighborhood Centers to canvass in low voting communities to get out the vote.

We were excited to partner with the Rice Women’s Resource Center to present a panel on Women in Politics. This panel featured local former Mayor Annise Parker, Mayor Pro Tempore Ellen Cohen, Dr. Margo Stoglin, the Texas State Director of IGNITE National, and Professor Melissa Marschall of Rice University. We also be co-hosted an Election Night Watch party with the CCL, Rice Democrats, the Political Science Department, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the Baker Institute Student Forum.rice2

This year’s election has been an exciting way to start off Rice AAUW’s inaugural year, as we continue to further AAUW’s mission to advance “equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. We welcome any support from the West Harris County branch members. We look forward to increasing the relationship between our two branches and hope to strengthen the impact of our organization as a result.

Chloe Wilson, Treasurer, Rice AAUW