Activities & Interest Groups

Check the Newsletters for updates and specific information for groups each month

BRIDGE: Fun and friendship await you in the three active AAUW bridge groups. If you are interested in playing or would like more information, contact one or more of the coordinators listed below.

1st Thursday (7:00 p.m.) Jane Judson ,sjjudson@att.net 713.528.6105
3rd Thursday (10:30 a.m.) Peg McNealy, peg525@gmail.com 281.679.7299
3rd Monday (10:00 a.m.) Melba Armstrong, armstrong.melba@comcast.net 281.392.3190
While not specifically an AAUW activity, Tracy Gee Community Center welcomes foursomes every Wednesday of the month from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. They have tables set up, but you will have to provide your cards, scoresheets, etc. Several AAUW members play there on one or more Wednesdays of the month.

BOOK CLUBS: Members of six book clubs read and discuss classic or contemporary literature, mysteries, and history each month. Reading lists, meeting
dates and times are listed on a separate book club web page. Call the coordinator of a book group to join that group or if you wish to visit for a specific meeting.

BYWAY BIRDERS: Byway Birders will be visiting various locations to view birds while socially distancing and then use Zoom to share our experiences. Novice and experienced birders, spouses and friends are welcome.
To be added to our contact list, email Coordinator Pat Dach or patdach@gmail.com or 281.701.5846 or Co-Coordinator , Pat Pease at popease@aol.com or 713.824.1681. The dates and locations are subject to change depending on the weather and Covid19.

  • September 26, 2020 Anahuac NWR
  • October 24, 2020 Stephen F. Austin State Park
  • November7, 2020 Shore Birds Bolivar and Galveston
  • December 5, 2020 Bear Creek & Paul Rushing Park
  • January 9, 2021 Paul Rushing Park and Katy Prairie
  • February 6, 2021 San Bernard NWR
  • March 6, 2021 Texas City Dike
  • April 3, 2021 Anahuac NWR and High Island
  • May 8-11, 2021 Bolivar and High Island
  • June 2021 Planning meeting for the 2021-2022 Season 10

2020-2021 CULTURAL TOURS
Coordinator: Pat Farnell, farnellpat@gmail.com (832.867.2908)
Cultural Tours have been suspended until further notice. Please check the
monthly AAUW-WHC newsletter for further updates. When they are resumed,
trips will be made on county buses. Precinct 3 rules require that riders must ride
the bus both ways. Each day trip is organized by a member and usually includes
lunch at the participant’ts expense. Everyone is invited, but reservations are
required. Guests will be accepted if space permits.

GARDEN DIVAS: The Divas love adventures with plants and gardens.
Group outings include nurseries, educational events and area gardens, and this year we will add a new medium—ZOOM! We generally meet for lunch to discuss our outing. When possible, the events will be scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month. Times will vary pending the locations. The group will carpool when applicable and leave from Memorial City Mall. Members volunteer to lead the monthly outings. Details of the locations listed will be in the monthly
newsletter.
Contact Susan Boone at 713.854.7537 -smboone@gmail.com or
Suzanne Dalati (co-chair) 281.460.4030 – sdalati@att.net to be listed for meeting notifications.
Our venues for 2020-2021 are listed below. The months have not been scheduled pending the availability of travel. When possible, we will actually visit the sites. Due to the stay-at-home mode currently in place, some of these will be visited virtually. I am looking forward to more face-to-face visits.

We hope to visit the following:

  • Growing Micro Greens
  • Hope Farms
  • Rooted Gardens
  • The Cockrell Butterfly Center
  • Pocket Prairies
  • Plant Identification (including apps)
  • Japanese Gardens (during azaleas)
  • Brookwoods at Christmas
  • Katy Prairie Conservancy
  • Habitat House in Spring Branch
  • River Oaks Topiaries

GOURMET DINING: Two gourmet groups enjoy dinners with fellow AAUW
friends and spouses or dates.

Classic: This group meets the 2nd Saturday of alternate months beginning with September at 7:00 p.m. (unless there is a conflict causing us to reschedule.) Normally members take turns hosting. Each person who attends brings a dish chosen from the planned menu and the total cost of dinner is divided equally among all who attend. This year due to safety concerns related to the Coronavirus we will not meet in person
until it is safe to gather in groups and eat together. We will get together virtually to
share a meal, and glass of wine, and some conversation with friends until we can be
together in person. For further information, please contact coordinator Barb Cook,
chefbjcook@sbcglobal.net, 713.705.7832 or co-coordinator Kris Bybee-Finley,
brazitku@gmail.com, 304.610.8708.
Nouveau: This group meets on the first Saturday every two months beginning in September at 6:30 p.m. The host for the month chooses the theme and the menu or a restaurant. Participants are asked to prepare one of the menu items or bring wine or bread, if home hosted. Nouveau Gourmet will not meet until it is deemed safe to again gather in groups to attend social events or restaurants. For further information, please contact Coordinator, Diane Statham, distatham@msn.com, 281.497.6259

GREAT DECISIONS: Afternoon and Evening
This is a discussion program based on topics selected by the Foreign Policy Association, http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions. The materials consist of a book and a DVD published by the Foreign Policy Association that covers the global issues to be discussed. Meetings are held in members’ homes February through May. Members share responsibilities for leading discussions, providing refreshments and hosting. Zoom meetings will be an alternative if gatherings continue to be inappropriate.

1st and 3rd Thursday Afternoon Group
This group meets from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. Please
contact coordinator, Martha Ewell at 713.782.2084 or
marthaewell@att.net for additional information about the discussion
group meetings.

1st and 3rd Tuesday Afternoon Group
This group meets from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoons. Please contact coordinator, Pat Thomsen, at 713.466.7995 or patthom2@sbcglobal.net for additional information about the discussion group or how to become a member of the group.

2nd and 4th Wednesday Evening Group
This group meets from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Individual members as well as member husbands participate in this group. Please contact coordinator Willette Norman at 281.497.3626 or willetten@gmail.com. Because of seating capacity, we have a maximum membership of 18 people. Previous members will be considered first.

HIKING HONEYS: This vibrant group of women enjoys hiking a variety of trails in the Houston area on the 3rd Thursday morning of the month from September through May. We would love to welcome new members to our group. If you would like to join the group, or get more information on specific hikes, contact Coordinator, Melba Armstrong, armstrong.melba@comcast.net 281.392.3190 or Co-coordinator, Sara Dalton, dalton.sara@comcast.net 281.693.3824.

VICARIOUS VOYAGERS:
Diana Guarniere, Coordinator, guarniered@gmail.com 281.493.2997
Nancy Bowden, Co-coordinator, nanbowd@sbcglobal.net  281.589.7423
For the past twelve years, this group has gathered in homes with members who want to expand their world view through education and travel. Rick Steves’ Europe PBS DVD series served as departure points for inspiration, enlightenment, and discussion. Participants shared a potluck meal possibly related to the destination topic. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the meetings and the current health situation with Covid-19, the group is not scheduled to gather this year (2020-2021) until it is safe to do so. Future notices of gatherings will be communicated through the group’s distribution list and printed in the AAUW branch monthly newsletter.

WINE, WOMEN & WISDOM: This group meets to enjoy beverages and enlightened conversation at McCormick & Schmick’s City Center location on the third Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. This activity is taking a hiatus for 2020-2021. If the situation improves for gatherings
in the Spring, the coordinators, Marie Helmy, OOLIT3@aol.com 281.787.6396 and Dorothy Lauterbach dorothyannLV@gmail.com 512.217.789 will post in the AAUW-WHC newsletter.

THE WISE GROUP: Women in STEM, Entertainment, Enrichment, and Education.
Please join us for WISE Zoom conversations on the first Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m. We will discuss Women in STEM as we share a “cup of coffee” together. Ideas can come from Houston STEM leaders you may know and enhanced with online conversations from the women in STEM Seaker Series, NCWIT Conversations for Change, and other presentations that have inspired us. Please let Coordinator Karen North knorth@me.com 713.789.6482 know if
you are interested and would like to join the WISE group.
See https://aauwwsf.edublog.org/ for past and future events.