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October 14th Meeting

The October meeting of the AAUW will be held Saturday, October 14, at St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church located at 101 Airlie Road. 

9:30 AM:  Coffee and accessory sale.

10:00 AM:  Meeting 

Our speaker for this meeting will be Dr. Amy Kirschke who is Chair of the Art/Art History Department at UNCW.  She will be discussing women artists.  This should be a very enlightening program.

All meetings are free and open to the public.

September 9th, 2017 Meeting

Our first meeting of the program year for 2017-2018 will be Saturday, September 9 at St. Andrews On the Sound Episcopal church at the intersection of Oleander, Airlie and
Military Cutoff roads.

Coffee:  9:30 AM

Program:  10:00 AM
Our speaker is Rhonda Bellamy, the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.

The arts scene in Wilmington is vibrant and the arts are integral to the area culture. Come out for our first meeting to hear this dynamic speaker!

Sandra McLaurin will do a brief presentation on
the National AAUW Convention held in D.C. this past summer.

Fundraiser:  We will be selling accessories including purses, scarves, jewelry, hats. Please search through your closets and bring them for the sale. Come prepared to
browse and buy for a treat for yourself and to help support AAUW.

May 13th Branch Meeting


Our last meeting of this program year will be Saturday, May 13th at St. Andrews on the Sound Episcopal Church.

Coffee: 9:30

Meeting:  10:00, followed by a potluck salad luncheon.

Our program will be the Wilmington Robo Girls with their new robot which they built and have had entered in competitions this year. ( If you were at our meeting last year when they brought their smaller robot, you will recall how much fun we had with the girls and the robot.)

Installation of Officers: Co-Presidents Chris Axelrod, Nancy Robison, and Robin Zalob, and Secretary Diane Connor.  Joanne Hall, president of the Jacksonville branch, will be with us to conduct the installation service.

Please bring a salad or dessert to share for the luncheon.

For more information, please email or call Phyllis.

Looking forward to seeing you on May 13th!

April 15th Branch Meeting

Our next branch meeting is Saturday, April 15th.  Please note the meeting date change due to the Azalea Festival.

Where:  Saint Andrews on the Sound Episcopal Church at the corner of Airlie Road and Oleander/Military Cutoff

When:  Coffee @ 9:30 AM and Meeting @ 10:00 AM

Speaker:  Dawn Mann, Executive Board member and volunteer for “A Safe Place”.  Dawn participates in panel discussions, fundraising, and speaks to groups about sex trafficking and the work done by “A Safe Place”.  She has received intensive advocate training, which educates and prepares volunteers to work directly with survivors of sex trafficking on a one-on-one basis.  Dawn also provides community outreach training.

She is a retired teacher who presently serves on the board of Good Friends, a charitable organization that provides one-time gifts to individuals in our area who are struggling financially.  Dawn serves as a Department of Social Services liaison and is an advocate for young girls and women who may fall prey to sex trafficking and prostitution.

March 11th Branch Meeting

On Saturday, March 11th,  the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Wilmington Branch will meet at St. Andrews On The Sound Episcopal church at the intersection of Airlie Rd and Oleander/ Military Cutoff. The featured speaker is Sabrina Hill-Black, principal of D C Virgo Preparatory Academy (Middle school) in Wilmington. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 AM and the program begins at 10:00 AM.

Sabrina Hill-Black is a native of Wilmington NC and has one son. She graduated from New Hanover High School and then received a BA from North Carolina Central University and a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. She was named principal at Virgo for the 2016-2017 school year. Sabrina is the current president of the Cape Fear Alumni Association of North Carolina Central University, a Ruling Elder at Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church and a member of UNCW’s School of Education Advisory Board.  D C Virgo is the only middle school transitioning to the year-round calendar and also is a STEAM school (Science,  Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

February 11th Branch Meeting

Our February 11th Meeting at St. Andrew’s on the Sound Episcopal Church, at the corner of Airlie Road and Military Cutoff, will begin with coffee and refreshments at 9:30 AM.

Program:  10:00 AM

Our speaker for the meeting will be Madison D. Lowe of Greensboro, NC. Madison is a 2015 graduate of Guilford College in Justice and Policy Studies. Currently, she is pursuing a graduate degree in Family and Marriage Counseling from Liberty University. Madison has worked with at-risk youth and families through the Guilford County Court system for more than 10 years. Her focus is to help women and teen girls overcome generational cycles of poverty.

Madison has been recognized by The Who’s Who Among College Students in 2015. In the same year, she was honored to receive the Community Justice Award for her contributions as a community advocate for juvenile justice and human rights. From 2014-2016, Madison served as the Vice Chair of Greensboro’s Commission on the Status of Women. Madison is a member of the Greensboro AAUW. This year she plans to open Dream Girlz Foundation, a nonprofit, to inspire teen girls to achieve greatness through practical advice, personal and professional leadership and civic engagement.

The meeting is free and open to the public.