Interest Groups

 

Our Interest Groups are listed below. See our current newsletter for specific meeting dates, times, and contact person.

AAUW College/University Partners Committee

Our C/U program currently partners with the University of Redlands and Crafton Hills College through a paid membership with AAUW. Each college designates two faculty or staff representatives who work with our branch to promote AAUW’s commitment to building a better future for women and girls. AAUW develops and promotes programs for college women, and AAUW Redlands works to bring these programs to these campuses, such as Start Smart, National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), Equal Pay Day events, and others. When the National Conference of Women Student Leaders (NCWSL) is held in person, the Redlands branch sponsors two college students. The 2021 conference was virtual and the branch sponsored 10 young women.

AAUW Fund Committee

AAUW Fund is a general fund for unrestricted, tax-deductible donations which are used when and where they are most needed. The branch Fund committee sponsors our annual Redlands AAUW benefit Footlighter event and coordinates our February branch meeting, which features a presentation by an AAUW Fund fellowship or grant recipient. AAUW Fund donations help grow AAUW’s community-based programs, such as Tech Trek, Start Smart and Work Smart, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), the Legal Advocacy Fund, research and more. In addition, years of contributions by members of AAUW Redlands and other branches nationwide have made AAUW a leading source of educational and funding awards. For the 2021-22 academic year, AAUW has awarded $5 million to 260 women and community projects to improve the lives of women and girls

AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) Committee

Legal Advocacy Fund fosters institutional change primarily in educational settings through support of appropriate sex discrimination lawsuits. Funds are raised through donations and an annual fund-raising project. LAF does not limit itself to the field of education but supports court cases where gender discrimination is pronounced and where benefits may accrue to the largest number of women.

Adult Literacy & “CHAT”

The Redlands Adult Literacy Program provides tutoring in reading and writing English to adults, 16 years and older, who are seeking help in our community. The CHAT (Conversation Helps Adults Transition) program matches AAUW volunteers with second language adult learners who want to practice their conversational English.

Back to School Project

Redlands Branch members support Family Service’s annual Backpack Giveaway program which supplies students, K-8th, with required basic supplies needed for school.

Bridge

Afternoon and evening bridge groups.

Bunco

Bunco is an easy, fun-filled dice game that anyone can learn quickly. Meets 1 pm, fourth Wednesday.

California Cuisine and Conversation

Prepare your favorite recipe or try a new one and join us for a casual get-together. Members may include their significant other/guest in this activity.

Communications Committee

The Communication Committee is responsible for crafting, updating, and overseeing communications and marketing that effectively to promote the mission and vision of the branch. The goal of the committee is to create a visual presence with our membership and the community via electronic and printed materials (e.g. newspaper articles and newsletters), as well as various online media outlets (e.g. branch website and Facebook page).

Committee Positions: Branch email manager, Branch Membership
Roster manager, Facebook Manager, Historian/Archivist, Newsletter Editor, Photographer, Publications, Publicity,
Website Manager, Yearbook Editor.

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The briefing book is published by the Foreign Policy Association and highlights eight thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans today. Meets March and April, 1pm Mondays and 7pm Wednesdays.

High School Scholarships

Our branch awards scholarships to graduating seniors.

Hiking our Hills and Mountains

We are a group that explores the scores of trails in our local hills and San Bernardino Mountains. The hikes range from 2-4 miles. Anyone, including friends and spouses, are welcome to join the hike.

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee provides a warm welcome to our new members and guests at branch meetings. At the hospitality table, we assist new members with additional information about AAUW, our branch, interest groups, annual events
and activities. Hospitality Committee activities include the New Member Mentors Program, Membership Appreciation Presentation, Birthday Club, and Thinking of You cards.

I Am, Therefore I Think

“I Am…” discusses topics of current interest. They meet at noon, third Wednesday.

Lunafest

This joint fundraiser with Zonta Club of Redlands is a short-film festival by and about women created by the Luna company to promote and support women in films as well as providing local organizations with fundraising activities. Lunafest in the spring of 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic and two on-line Lunafests were held in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. Our next Lunafest is planned to be an in person event and is scheduled for the spring of 2022.

Membership Committee

Membership is responsible for recruitment of new members, maintaining membership contact information, and encouraging timely renewal of memberships each year. The committee organizes and hosts the September membership brunch and membership coffees during the year

Nancy Yowell Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships are available to women who have returned to college after a break in their education and are now enrolled in a degree program.

Orangewood High School Children’s Books

Branch members donate picture books and board books to the “We Care” program for teen moms and their babies at Orangewood High School. Donated books are added to the library collection for check-out and to a reading incentive program, which provides new books for mothers to keep.

Public Policy Committee

Our Public Policy committee pursues activities which advance equity for women and girls, making clear our opposition to all forms of discrimination and showing our support for constitutional protection of the civil rights of all individuals. We sponsor and encourage participation in the AAUW Two-Minute Activist program as well as in local media and civic affairs.

Racial Justice

This group was started in the summer of 2020, during the Pandemic and George Floyd protests. A list of the books we have read and films we have seen is available on the Redlands Branch Facebook page. We are always open to new members and encourage people to attend the meetings, even if you have not had a chance to read the current book to be discussed.

Reading and the Rainbow

Join us for discussions of a selection of fiction and non-fiction books. Meets 1 pm & 7 pm fourth Thursday.

Redlands Bowl Ushers

Members provide ushers for a Redlands Bowl performance.

Speech Trek

Speech Trek is an AAUW California speech contest for local high school students. The three top statewide finalists perform their five-minute speeches at the AAUW California annual meeting/convention in.Spring 2022.

STEM Initiatives

Stem Conference, Redlands: The branch sponsors an annual conference for 600 eighth grade girls from Redlands and Yucaipa public schools at the University of Redlands. The 28th STEM Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

Stem Conference, San Gorgonio Pass: The branch has sponsored 21 annual conferences for 300 eighth grade girls from Banning and Beaumont schools at Mt. San Jacinto College.

Tech Trek: Tech Trek is a weeklong STEM camp. Teachers recommend 7th grade girls for the experience. The girls apply and are interviewed by this committee

YMCA Holiday Home Tour

Tech Trek is a weeklong STEM camp. Teachers recommend 7th grade girls for the experience. The girls apply and are interviewed by this committee