Welcome to the Roanoke Valley, VA Branch of AAUW!

November 23: FACTORY MAN presentation by Beth Macy

On Nov. 23, the speaker will be Beth Macy of Roanoke, author of Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town.
The book is about John Bassett, a Galax furniture maker who refused to move his manufacturing offshore, but it also explores a history of the famous furniture family and of the area furniture industry. The book has received rave reviews everywhere and actor Tom Hanks’ production company has optioned it for an HBO miniseries.
This meeting will be at 3 p.m. at Tanglewood Mall in the large meeting room near the chapter’s book sale quarters. Please note the day on this… it’s SUNDAY November 23rd

October 25: Women in Broadcast

On Oct. 25, meteorologists Kristina Montuori of WSLS-TV and Lindsey Anderson of WDBJ-TV will speak at 10:30 a.m. on how they prepared for their careers and what their work lives involve.
Kristina, a native of Roanoke, graduated with distinction in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She received the GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholar of the Year award two years in a row. Kristina began her television career in ArkLaTex (Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas) where she had first-hand severe weather experience the record-breaking 2011 tornado season, the deadliest in over 50 years.
Lindsey joined the WDBJ First Alert weather team in July 2013 immediately after graduating from North Carolina State University with a B.S in Meteorology and minors in Environmental Science and Mathematics. She is from Naperville, Illinois. She completed internships with the National Weather Service and with WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., and served as a teacher assistant.
The October meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Roanoke College in Room 117 in West Hall, the old Salem Courthouse. West Hall faces Salem’s main street and has handicapped access through a door at the rear. There should be plenty of parking nearby.

October 11: Roanoke Valley Branch Safari to Poplar Forest

On Saturday, Oct. 11, members of the local AAUW branch traveled to the Bedford/Forest area to visit Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s summer home. Although the weather was drizzly and dreary, spirits were high and the tour was exceptionally professional and informative. Our docent was even an AAUW member from Lynchburg!
At the conclusion of the tour, the group continued on to Bedford for lunch at the renovated train station, Liberty Station. Along with good food, warm fellowship and conversation were enjoyed. All-in-all, the trip proved to be great fun.
Pat Hales, Safari Coordinator

September 20: New Member Orientation

You are invited to our “New Member Orientation” to be held Saturday, September 20th.
There will be a time for meeting other members, sharing and refreshments.

Come and learn about:
Programs, Interest Groups
The upcoming year’s activities and events
The history of the Roanoke Valley Branch
Support for women’s scholarships – including a tour of AAUW-RV headquarters and the book sale area
Ways you can get involved in the AAUW mission

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the AAUW – Roanoke Valley.

FALL BOOK SALE: SEPTEMBER 5-8

Our branch holds two book sales annually. The main one is in September, the weekend following Labor Day. The second one takes place in February, to coincide with the Tanglewood Mall family friendly event.

Most of our members are involved in the sales in one way or another. We start collecting books as soon as each book sale ends. We sort them, classify them and arrange them in our space at Tanglewood Mall (on the second level, opposite Belk’s).

The money we raise goes to fund scholarships that we award not only to high school girls, but also women who have decided to return to college for their degrees. We are proud of our work to provide educational opportunities for women and girls because we know how positively and how deeply this affects society in general.

2014 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

From left to right, they were Amanda Collins, Myra Ebdalin, Maria Roncal, Holly Gallardo, Brooke Sauerwald, and Meagan Phlegar. Congratulations ladies!

From left to right: Amanda Collins, Myra Ebdalin, Maria Roncal, Holly Gallardo, Brooke Sauerwald, and Meagan Phlegar. Congratulations ladies!

In April, as in past years, our Branch members had the joy of seeing the fruits of their labor. Six talented women were recipients of our branch scholarships. From left to right, they were Amanda Collins, Myra Ebdalin, Maria Roncal, Holly Gallardo, Brooke Sauerwald, and Meagan Phlegar. Congratulations ladies!

Throughout the year, many of our members work tirelessly in the book sale space to sort and clean books for our twice annual book sales. As a result, we are able to award several scholarships each year to women and girls in our community. Click here to learn more about the scholarship recipients.