Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups are a hallmark of the AAUW experience, and a unique opportunity for members to learn, share, and grow. These member-driven, member-facilitated groups meet regularly to gain insight into their topics, expand their horizons, and their friendships. Guests are welcome to participate in SIGs for up to 3 sessions. After 3 sessions, they are expected to join AAUW.

1st Thursday Book Group

Hybrid sessions (Zoom and In-Person) are the first Thursday of each month (September thru May) at 1:30 PM. An additional meeting is held in June to finalize selection of books for the next year.

If joining in person, the location is at the Church of Christ Annex at 1975 Haywood Road (across from Pi-Squared Pizza). Zoom details will be distributed prior to the meeting; check to make sure that Mary Ann Bents has your email address if you want to participate.

Encourage other AAUW Hendersonville members and guests to participate.  Participants do not need to join the discussions every month.  Contact Mary Ann Bents (mabents@verizon.net), 667-967-0147

The 2023-2024 Winners: The Warmth of Other Suns; The Things We Cannot Say; Stitching; Horse; Klara and the Sun; The Lioness; The Seed Keeper; Caleb’s Crossing; The Library Book

The 2023-2024 Book Group Final Selection

Meeting Month/Date: Book Title; Discussion Lead 7-Sep #25: The Warmth of Other Suns Mary Ann Bents 5-Oct #24: The Things We Cannot Say Debbie Cope 2-Nov #13: Stitching Kim Nelson 7-Dec #6: Horse Becky Lewis 4-Jan-24 #8: Klara and the Sun Anne Hartig 1-Feb #19: The Lioness Joen Goodman 7-Mar #22: The Seed Keeper Sandy Bernard 4-Apr #3: Caleb’s Crossing Susan Williams 2-May #18: The Library Book Princess Ferguson and Carol Walters

2023-2024 Book Discussion Schedule

Bridge – First Friday

AAUW Hendersonville bridge groupJoin for Bridge and snacks. This SIG is welcoming players and subs.  We are saving a place for you.

For more information and to sign up to play, Contact Cecille Masters-Webb (treetop3136@gmail.com) or (828) 693-4081.

Explorers of the Arts

Long a source of enjoyment for members, this group explores the art scene throughout the area by visiting galleries and artists’ studios. We’ve visited a basket artist, potter, and broom artisan, as well as art collectors. For more information on upcoming plans, contact Cathleen Yordi (clordi@aol.com).

The date, time and a brief description of the 5 scheduled outings for the 2022-23 year are listed below so you can mark your calendars.  Reminders and more information about each trip/outing will be sent by email closer to the time of each trip/outing

    1. Art on 7th – Fine Art Gallery (Tour by gallery owner and an art demonstration) – Hendersonville on Friday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m.  (lunch to follow)
    2. Saluda Moon Glass Art Studio  (Demonstration and hands on experience) – Saluda on Monday, November  7 at 11:00 a.m. (lunch to follow)
    3. Black Artists in Henderson County and the People’s Museum (presentation and tour) – Hendersonville on January 17, Time TBD (lunch to follow)
    4. Ikebana Flower Arranging (history of and a demonstration) – Hendersonville in March, Date and Time TBD
    5. Pat Morgan watercolorists and Richard Morgan poetry (studio tour and art coupled with poetry) – Hendersonville on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. (lunch to follow)

Equity Advocates

This group focuses on Public Policy and AAUW community programs like Work Smart, Start Smart, and STEMEd.  With so many of our rights being threatened at this time, this group will help us advocate for our mission and our vision of equity for all.  Dates, times and meeting places vary.   For more information, contact Debbie Cope (dcope127@outlook.com).

New SIGs can be formed by three AAUW Members. Do you have a passion you would like to share?

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