Special Interest Groups

Interest and study groups are popular programs among members. The small group setting promotes personal friendships and stimulates specialized discussion.  A guest may visit two meetings of an interest or study group before joining AAUW.  Contact Study Group Chair Eleanor Johnson for more information, 277-5792 or johnson@buncombe.main.nc.us.       Branch members may find more details in the monthly newsletter.

AAUW Upstreamers formed in conjunction with RiverLink of Asheville.  The Upstreamers will do three clean-ups a year of our designated stream, Reed Creek, as well as monitor the water level and quality.   Open to all branch members who are willing to get their feet wet and hands dirty (in gloves, however!) and who enjoy being outdoors.  We meet three times per year on dates chosen by the group in early spring.

The Advocacy Group is organized to support and advocate for issues that support the mission of AAUW and will increase awareness and effectiveness in bringing about social change to improve the lives of AAUW members and our community.  The Advocacy group supports only issues that are non-partisan and align with those of the national board of AAUW.  Before adopting any issue to advocate for, the group brings it before the Asheville AAUW Board for confirmation by the Board.

C A B Book Group meets the 1st Monday of the month from 4:30 to 6:00PM at Metro Wines. Members discuss books using a loose interpretation of Great Books Society methods. C A B stands for cocktails and books: we read, we talk and we drink (a glass of wine or a cup of tea).

Film Buds and Film Fans are two groups whose members see movies independently and then gather to analyze and share perspectives on them.  Both groups see the same movie, selected by the group leaders, each month. Film Buds meets the second Monday of the month at 5:30PM to nibble hors d’ouerves and discuss the movie. Film Fans meets at noon on Thursday of the same week for a potluck lunch and movie discussion.

International Dining meets bi-monthly on a Saturday evening.  This group, which welcomes both singles and couples, meets to share international food and discuss the countries of origin of the meal items.

Literatae Book Group:   This book study group meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1 pm in the homes of members.  Members discuss classic and contemporary books of their choice. Meetings are at members’ homes, at 1:45, on first Wednesdays.

Lunch Bunch meets at noon on the second Friday of each month at different locations in the
Asheville area. All branch members are invited. Lunch Bunch provides members an
opportunity to get to know each other and discuss topics of interest to the group in an
informal setting, and also to bring friends to meet other AAUW members and learn about our
branch.  The date and location for each Lunch Bunch meeting are announced in the branch
newsletter.

Tea Time Book Group meets in members’ homes the 4th Thursday of the month at 4:00PM. This group explores contemporary books, both fiction and nonfiction, selected by its members.

 World Affairs meets five times each year to discuss international events, trends and problems. The meeting is normally on the third Thursdays of September, October, January, March and May at 2 p.m. at the home of a member of the group.