Welcome to the Harrisonburg (VA) Branch of AAUW!


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 in September, October, January – June (contact Laura Zarrugh).  Our members continue to be activists in the community on AAUW’s Public Policy priorities.  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 srogers1nm@aol.com