Programs & Events

Covid-19 Guidelines: AAUW’s recommendation is to adhere to the state guidelines as determined by its governor. Link to

Summer Skills Camp 2.1 Sessions
August 16-19, August 23-26, 2021

Registration Links have been sent via Email


Recordings of these training sessions will  be available for viewing on the
AAUW of Oregon YouTube channel.


Monday, August 16, 7:00 p.m.
Throwing Out the First Pitch: Why We Are in AAUW
Team 2BD: Changing the SySTEM, West Linn High School Robotics Team

West Linn HS Robotics Team

This lively STEM group will be talking about what their team does, their purpose and goals for students, and how they connect with the community. The women leaders in this inspirational group will introduce themselves and explain their role on the team, their impact, goals and the importance of community partnerships. They will discuss their volunteer events, their outreach to middle schools and incoming freshmen, and the ways they get these students involved in STEM through after-school programs and summer camps. You will leave this session cheering for these great young women!

Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 p.m.
We’re All in the Same League:
Counterpart Sessions with State Officers and Experts in their Fields

Counterpart sessions (think others who do your job!) will take place via breakout rooms for those who pre-register their choice of breakout session. Breakouts will include: Presidents, Membership VPs, Program VPs, Finance VPs, Communications Chairs (newsletter, website), Secretaries, AAUW Fund/Governance, and Public Policy. Registration required in advance by August 15, with selection of counterpart break-out session desired. This is an important chance to mingle with your peers in your current or future job area, and to learn from experienced members.

Wednesday, August 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Dream Team: The Care and Feeding of Volunteers
Dawn Johnson, AAUW California

Are your branch members burned out? Does no one want to be president? Getting and keeping volunteers and leaders is both an art and a science. This presentation explores ways to recruit, empower, thank, and more importantly, KEEP the modern volunteer. Ms. Johnson has served in many roles in her Mariposa, CA branch and as a member of the state of California leadership team. She has over 15 years of experience leading nonprofit boards and volunteer groups. You will come away with new ideas for engaging your members and revitalizing your branch.

Thursday, August 19, 7:00 p.m.
The Scorecard and Statistics:
Website Fundamentals and Maintenance
Ilga Ross, AAUW-OR Website; Kelli Matthews (Eugene-Lane); Suzanne Wicklin (Grants Pass)

This important session is for all of us, not just techies! Websites are where people go to learn about your organization. Your audience includes members of your branch and the general public. A good website can serve as the go-to location for branch information and enhance your marketing and membership efforts. This session will start with principles and practices for an effective website, including tips on how to plan content and structure. Then, we will follow simple instructions on how to update and maintain websites using the AAUW standard theme. Guess what? The similarities to word processing will become obvious! Plenty of time for Q&A and there is something here for everyone. Ilga Ross constructed her first website in 2001. Kelli Matthews is a senior instructor in public relations at UofO and a former Summer Skills Camp presenter. Suzanne Wicklin has many years of experience in maintaining a branch website. All three are members of the AAUW-OR Technology Committee.

Monday, August 23, 7:00 p.m.
Throwing a Strike: Critical Race Theory (CRT): What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why Now? Trish Garner, AAUW-OR Public Policy Chair and curator of AAUW-OR’s Series on Racism

Join Trish as she discusses another urgent topic on racism. You may have heard about “CRT” from a variety of sources and heard completely different descriptions of the concept. Trish will be presenting and initiating a discussion about CRT, a timely element of the discourse on race. Bring your questions or send them to Trish beforehand. As usual, this promises to be an interesting, informative, and possibly challenging session!

Tuesday, August 24, 7:00 p.m.
Hitting a Home Run: Creating and Completing a Successful Branch Project


Featuring Public Policy Projects by Regina Ayars (Ashland), Lisa Phipps (Tillamook), Arlene Lemieux (Gresham Area). Moderated by Pat Squire, AAUW-OR Program VP.

In a recent conversation with branch members about public policy, several members indicated that their preferred way of engaging their branch in policy issues was by doing a special project that engaged many branch members. These three branch leaders will describe how they initiated their projects and why, how they implemented them, and what the results were.
Listen up! There are examples here that you can modify and use for your own successful project!

Wednesday, August 25, 7:00 p.m.
Lighting Up the Scoreboard: Is MailChimp for your Branch? Strengthen Your Email Communications!
Randa Blanding, Tigard Area Branch Communications Chair

Join Randa for this hands-on demonstration about using MailChimp, the web-based email marketing service that helps you design email newsletters. She will describe easy steps for creating an account, a mailing list, a campaign, and how to send (and replicate) the campaign. Learn how the Tigard branch has transformed its email communications to make them attractive, readable and compelling. Randa is a dual member of Tigard Area and La Mesa-El Cajon, California branches, and is on the Communication Committee for both states.

Thursday, August 26, 7:00 p.m.
Extra Innings: Don’t Let “Stuff” Stop You: Maybe it’s Time to Step into a Smaller Space and Stride into a Bigger Life!
Linda Liebenstein, Friendly Move Management Company owner and AAUW member.

The title says it all – don’t let stuff stop you from downsizing and moving into a smaller, more livable space. Does your stuff complicate your life? Do you have stuff that makes you work? Do you have stuff that makes you feel guilty? Do you have stuff that demands to be cleaned, mowed, painted, or repaired? Do you have stuff that does NOT belong to you? If you answered yes to any of the above, join this expert to talk Downsizing. Linda studied interior design and then spent 30 years doing store planning, design and installations, and later retail key management. After an early retirement, she discovered “Senior Move Management” and started her own small business. Soon to retire again, she has a business sale pending!

Contact Ilga Ross,,  or Nancy Brown,, if you have questions or registration difficulties. Registration links coming to you via email.

View State Programs on YouTube

Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, AAUW of Oregon has offered online training opportunities for all members via the Zoom platform. Recordings of these training sessions are available for viewing on the AAUW of Oregon YouTube channel.

Events Within the State

For the dates of branch events and programs, go to branch newsletters on the News & Links page, the Branch Bulletin Board, or click the Branch Locator button. Many of the branches have listed their calendars on their websites.