Special Interest Groups

AAUW  Asheville has 7 Special Interest Groups and 2 standing Committees (SIGs).  SIGs and Committees are open to all members. Please contact the specific leader for additional information or if you would like to attend a meeting.  For questions about the SIG programs, or if you are interested in developing a new group, please contact the SIG chair, Barbara Robinson, at baritar16@gmail.com.


Cocktails and Books (CAB) Book Group: The CAB discussion group meets at Metro Wines on Charlotte Street on the 1st Monday of each month (except) January & July) from 4:30 to 6:00 pm for wine and book discussion. Due to COVID, the group will not meet in the fall; leader Anne Reis will consult with members periodically to re-evaluate the situation. Contact Anne Reis (annereis2@gmail.com) for more information or to add your name to the list of members.

Film Buds: This film discussion group meets at Metro Wines on Charlotte Street on the 2nd Monday of each month from 5:30 to 7 pm for first-run films. Participants bring a potluck dish for supper. Attendance is limited to the first twenty (20) current group members who make a reservation. Due to COVID, the group will not meet in the fall; leader Beth Ellers will consult with members periodically to re-evaluate the situation.  Membership is currently closed due to a high level of interest among our members. Contact Beth Ellers (slark1@att.net) for more information.

NOTE: the Film Fans group (see below) discusses the same film and is open to new members.

Film Fans: This film discussion group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from noon to 1:30 pm at various locations; the selected film is the same as the one discussed by the Film Buds group. Each attendee brings her own lunch. The group is open to new members. Contact Beth Johnson (johnson1ea@earthlink.net) for the current month’s film selection

International Dining: This group meets to enjoy great food that is the specialty of a different country.  Each gathering has a different hostess. The hostess suggests recipes; each participant prepares one dish to bring. In addition to conversation and great cuisine, the evening includes a dash of history, storytelling, and personal experiences. Each member attendee may bring a guest; however, space is limited. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Helen McClintock (homcclintock@gmail.com) for reservations and information.

Lunch Bunch:   This group is an informal gathering at a local restaurant.  It’s open to all AAUW members, and new members will be personally invited.  This smaller group is ideal to meet for conversation and introductions.  Lunch Bunch will re-start in October.  Contact co-hostess Barbara Robinson (baritar16@gmail.com – 828-230-7113) or Susan Ikerd (sandcikerd@gmail.com – 828-505-7666) for more information.

Tea Time Book Group: This book discussion group meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm at the homes of various members. All members are welcome. Contact Juanita Spanogle (jspanogle@aol.com – 828-258-0096) for more information.


Asheville Art Museum SIG : The Asheville Art Museum SIG will meet in alternate months beginning January 2022 to tour current specific exhibits with member     Barbara Pressman, a knowledgeable docent there.  For information on planned meetings please contact Barbara at barpress718@gmail.com or call her at 954-309-8868.



Advocacy & Public Policy: This committee meets monthly on the second Wednesday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the YWCA. Our guiding purpose is to advance equity for women and girls through public policy by means of education, advocacy, and partnering with other local activist organizations. We select a few issues that are timely, critical, and consistent with AAUW National public policy aims, and currently are: Early Childhood Education, Affordable Healthcare, Equal Rights for Women and “Fair Vote.” AAUW Asheville members receive regular informational updates and “Five-Minute Activist Alerts” from the Advocacy & Public Policy Committee. Join us by contacting either co-chair: Kitty Schaller (828-777-1370) or Johanna Manasse (708-224-7199)
STEM Committee: The focus of the STEM Committee is to assist the community in educating women and girls in the STEM and Arts disciplines to promote gender equality in these areas.  The Committee is open to anyone interested in actively participating with ideas and interests in local STEM focused activities, including developing a speakers’ bureau, collaborating with UNCA on upcoming events, etc.  We’re looking for new ideas in ways that AAUW can contribute to this cause. Contact Karen Wallace-Meigs (828-337-3528 or kmeigs2@gmail.com)
WorkSmart:  Developed by AAUW, this free online salary negotiation course is designed to help women better their financial future.  The committee will use different communication tools to educate our members about this innovative program and ways to link this course to friends, family, and business contacts.  The committee will also identify and communicate with many other organizations and institutions to further promote this course.  Contact Jan Huskey (huskeyjanl@charter.net or 828-785-9994).