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.

Currently Harrisonburg, Winchester, and Greater Richmond are the only branches in the Northwest District.  There are no longer any branches in Staunton, Waynesboro, nor Charlottesville.

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, two monthly book clubs,  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 and activities on diversity and multi-culturalism.  Membership is open to all women from the greater area, in Rockingham County and beyond, who have a minimum of a two-year associate degree or equivalent.   We are in the Northwest District together with the Winchester Branch and the Greater Richmond branch, with whom we share district meetings on topics of interest.

                           AAUW Harrisonburg Board Members

President   Laura Zarrugh (2018-20)
Co-President   Darlene Baugh (2019-21)
Finance Officer    Sue Gier (2019-21)
VP for Membership:  Rosemarie Palmer
Co-VP Programs   Chris Edwards (2019-21)
Co-Secretaries   Marcia Brown (2019-2021) & Elayne Smith (2018-20)
Scholarship   Nancy Martin-Finks & Patti Warner
Public Policy   Sylvia Rogers
Hospitality     Christina Updike
JMU Liaison   Samantha Collier
Webmaster & Facebook    Sylvia Rogers & Rosemarie Palmer
Public Relations    Rosemarie Palmer
Archivist   Susan Wheaton

Northwest District Co-Reps – from the Winchester Branch
Mary Froehlich
Marsha Gochenour




For additional Information:
Contact Sylvia Rogers at srogers1nm@aol.com