OUR BRANCH CELEBRATES OUR 90TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR, 1929 – 2019!
Welcome to the Harrisonburg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW is the oldest national organization for women, founded in 1881, whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
Membership in AAUW is open to anyone holding a two-year associate degree or higher degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent (RN). The Harrisonburg Branch offers the opportunity to meet and participate in a variety of activities with an interesting group of women. Your dues and donations also support national and state AAUW work in education and legal advocacy. Please visit (and ‘like’) our Facebook page at “AAUW Harrisonburg, VA”. We actively promote equal rights for women, as well as equal pay. Registering all citizens to get out the vote is another priority.
To join our branch, go to “Members” and then to “Membership”. Click on “Membership Application Form” at the bottom of the page. Then follow directions.
Currently, we offer monthly programs that are open to the public, a monthly book club, informal lunchtime discussion groups, a scholarship to a local college-bound student, and an annual STEM Conference for Young Women co-sponsored with James Madison University. “Great Decisions” book discussion group meets in each other’s homes on the 4th Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in September, October, January – June (contact Laura Zarrugh). We hand out voter registration forms at local Naturalization ceremonies in the federal courthouse, at JMU, and at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. Our members continue to be activists in the community on AAUW’s Public Policy priorities, such as the ratification of the ERA amendment. Membership is open to all women from the greater area, in Rockingham County and beyond. We are in the Northwest District together with the Winchester Branch, with whom we share district meetings on topics of interest.
AAUW Harrisonburg Board Members
President Laura Zarrugh (2018-20)
Immediate Past-President Sylvia Rogers (2018-19)
Finance Officer Darlene Baugh (2016-19)
VP for Membership: Vacant
Co-VP Programs Beth Bodnar (2018-20) & Rosemarie Palmer (2017-19)
Co-Secretaries Judith LePera (2016-19) & Elayne Smith (2018-20)
Legal Advocacy/Scholarship Jan Leach
Public Policy Sylvia Rogers (2018-19)
Hospitality Christina Updike
JMU Liaison Karen Gerard
Webmaster & Facebook Sylvia Rogers & Rosemarie Palmer
Public Relations Rosemarie Palmer
Archivist Susan Wheaton
For additional Information:
Contact Sylvia Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org