Interest Groups

Our Branch’s interest groups grew out of AAUW’s commitment to lifelong learning. They encourage ongoing intellectual growth and long-lasting friendships. All interest groups are free of charge and open to all members. Members may contact one of the group coordinators to join a group at any time. For meeting information, refer to the Ashland AAUW Vision newsletter. Chair: Kathy Gorman

 Book Groups

Brain Books: Discuss books on the human brain and mind written for a general audience. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Ashland Library; open to public. 4th Tuesday, 1:30–3:30 pm, Guanajuato Room, Ashland Library. Sandra Coyner

Day Book: Meet in members’ homes to discuss books chosen by the group. 3rd Wednesday, 1 pm. Laurie Carter

Monday Evening Book: Meet in members’ homes to discuss books chosen by the group. 2nd Monday, 7 pm. Shannon Stuver


Day Nonfiction: Read and discuss fascinating books on historical or current topics at the homes of members. 1st Wednesday, 1 pm. Linda Lipkind

Evening Nonfiction: Meet to read a variety of well-written works of nonfiction on a diverse range of subjects, both contemporary and historical. 3rd Wednesday, 7 pm. Ellen Fowler

Thursday Evening Mystery: Mystery lovers welcome. 2nd Thursday, 7 pm. Rosemary Adalian, Carol Madden

 Music and Play Lovers

Musicals: Watch videos of classic musicals and share appetizers and wine at home of Ed Perkins. 3rd Monday, 4:30 pm. Diane Novak

Opera: Watch an opera on DVD and enjoy refreshments and wine at home of Ed Perkins. 1st Tuesday, 4 pm. Nancy Kramarenko

Play Reading: Members read aloud OSF 2017 season plays (non-Shakespeare) and other choices. Focus is on theater and social gathering. 4th Friday, 4 pm. Annette Lewis, Carolyn Peake

Shakespeare at OSF: Read, discuss, and view DVDs of the 2017 plays at OSF: Julius Caesar; Henry IV, part 1; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Henry IV, part 2. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 1 pm. Annette Lewis, Barbara Willson, Peggy Audibert

 Dining, Games, Knitting, and Genealogy

Dinner Club: Casual dinners with host deciding the theme/menu and making the entrée, and guests contributing side dishes, desserts, and wines. Meets three times a year. Sunny Anderson, Elaine Sweet

Potluck Suppers: A great opportunity to meet other members for a casual lunch or dinner. Meets 4–6 times a year. Elaine Sweet.

Board Games: The hostess chooses the game(s). We play Scrabble most frequently, but other games have included Fact or Crap, Upwords, Taboo, Pit, Dixit, Cranium. 1st Wednesday, 7–9 pm, at members’ homes. Christy Austermann

Genealogy: Explore family history and share with other members. 4th Thursday, Jackson County Genealogy Library, 1–3 pm. Linda Lipkind

Knitters & Stitchers: Work on knitting or other stitchery projects and share ideas. Knitters and stitchers of all levels are invited to participate, and instruction and help are always available if needed. 2nd Thursday, 1 pm. Peggy Audibert