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AAUW Asheville

Founded March 17, 1915 | Fourth Oldest Branch in North Carolina

The Asheville branch of AAUW traces its history from 1915 when sixteen local women college graduates organized what would locally become AAUW Asheville.  Its work in Asheville has been ongoing and influential in the community, nation, and world, assisting women through such related projects as refugee relief and improvement of public schools. Its history is replete with names of local women who made significant inroads for women and girls.  Learn more about our history, projects, and interest and study groups, review our latest branch news, or contact us at ashevilleaauw@gmail.com to see how we can work together to advance education and equity for all women and girls.

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Passing of three branch members

Edith Louise Elizabeth Metcalf Bryan, age 87, native and life-long resident of Buncombe County, passed away on March 25, 2016 after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her 4 children, 3 grandchildren, one sister and brother all of whom she loved dearly.

She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from UNC-G and treasured her over- fifty-years career as an educator with the NC Public School system, primarily in Buncombe County. She proudly maintained her teaching credentials through continuing education at the UNC- Chapel Hill. Edith was an honorary life member of AAUW-Asheville branch for over 50 years of dedicated service.   For a picture and obituary, see:http://westfamilyfuneralservices.com/obituary?id=242753

Judith A. Butler age 72, formerly of Springfield, IL., passed away after a brief illness in St. Paul, Minn., on April 25, 2015, with her children by her side. She was born on June 2, 1943, in Chicago and is survived by her son, daughter, 9 grandchildren, and 3 sisters. She was a Human Resources Professional for many years before leaving the Chicago area for Asheville, N.C., in 1991. In Asheville, her strong desire to own a bookstore was realized when she and her husband Merle owned The Book Rack on Hendersonville Road.  While she lived in Asheville, she became very active in our local chapter of AAUW until 2006 when she moved to Springfield. While in Springfield, she was active in numerous organizations including serving as treasurer of the local chapter of AAUW. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends. She relocated to Hudson, IL in July of 2014 where, among other things, she discovered her hidden talent of watercolor painting.

Judith’s estate has donated to our branch a gift of $1,000 as she re-affirmed her commitment to the future of our branch. Judith requested that this gift be put into our general fund. This will go towards helping expand our programs and public policy agendas by providing for future generations of women and girls.  Thank you for remembering Judith and her commitment to Asheville – AAUW.  For a picture and obituary see:  butlerfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Judith-A.-Butler/Hudson-WI/1504917

Teresa L. Humphreys passed away on August 30, 2015 at the age of 59, as a result of a sudden and unexpected progression of pulmonary fibrosis.  Teresa was born in Kansas City and attended University of Missouri for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She went on to receive her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in Columbia in Educational and Counseling Psychology. She worked as a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in St. Joseph, MO, and at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute in Chesterfield, MO.

Teresa was an active volunteer and was an avid knitter, chocolate-lover, chardonnay-sipper, and St. Louis Cardinals fan. She loved to read, travel, socialize, and play music on her many musical instruments. Friends knew her by her sense of humor, loud and generous laughter, and instant ability to deeply connect with others.   For a picture and obituary see: legacy.com/obituaries/citizen-times/obituary.aspx?pid=175769790

Branch Meeting

April Meeting

April 26th
Sierra Nevada Brewery
100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher, NC 28732

Tour: 10:00 am
Lunch in the Taproom:  11:45am.

Please be there early, as tour will start promptly at 10:00.

The Brewhouse Tour is 90 minutes in length and includes a tasting at the end of the tour. They will offer a tasting of two beers. The larger group will require more than one tour guide so they will be splitting the group up for the walking portion of the tour.

Reservations:  Karen Mauro:  ktminnc@gmail.com  by the 16th of April.
Space is limited so we are on a first reserved can come basis.
I will confirm your reservation by email. If you find you cannot come, please let me know, as I will create a waitlist if necessary.

May Meeting

Tuesday, May 24

First Baptist Church 11:30

Speaker: Christi Whitworth, Education Director

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institue (PARI)

Also: Election of board members and approval of revised by-laws

Reservations: Marlene Shaklan  mshaklan@bellsouth.net

Asheville Branch Centennial


On March 27,1915 sixteen progressive alumnae formed our branch, now one of the largest and oldest in the state. Our historically impressive works and members were showcased during 2015 as we celebrated ten decades of continued good deeds for city and county residents. 

With more than 180 members, the Asheville Branch is the largest in the state.  A chart on the AAUW NC website shows membership numbers for all North Carolina branches:

More about AAUW Asheville’s first hundred years:   AAUW Avl History

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that differences in age, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability, thinking style and background bring richness to our organization.

We are committed to being an organization that reflects and understands the population it serves – members and the community at large. As such, we will foster diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our activities – membership, volunteers, programs, speakers and projects.