Welcome to the Arlington Branch of AAUW of Virginia, Chartered in 1944

Denise Decker Graveside Service on April 2, 11 am

Denise’s inurnment will take place on Friday April 2nd at 11AM at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Blvd, Arlington VA 22201.  Services will be conducted graveside by the Reverend Catherine Campbell. Her family has asked that we let them know if we plan to attend. If you did not receive the email with this information so that you can respond individually to the family, please send an email to presarlvaaauw@gmail.com and I will pass on the information to them.  

Carol Dabbs, President

Denise Decker with Wonder


In Remembrance

We were saddened to learn of the death of treasured member of the Arlington branch Denise Decker on Tuesday, November 4th. She had been serving as our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion point of contact on our Board. Read her obituary and get more information about services.

Denise and a colleague with the American Council of the Blind were interviewed by National  Public Radio in regard to audio description and inclusion of people who are blind or vision-impaired at movies and theater.  The interview aired on All Things Considered August 16.  Read the transcript or listen to the audio.

Join us for our April meeting:

On Monday evening, April 12th at 7 pm on Zoom.  We will celebrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by recognizing the young women in Arlington who are the top winners at both the middle and high school levels in the Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair. They will also present their projects in virtual format! See the newsletter for more information about the STEM initiative and the list of science fair winners.

We are also fortunate to have Dr. Argie Navvada, a prominent NASA scientist, speak with us on women and STEMDr. Kavaada enthralled  24 young women who attended the November, 2019 Lunch Bunch meeting with a discussion of cholera and how her research as an earth scientist is used to predict incidence of cholera in many developing countries. Please plan to join us – and maybe invite your daughters/granddaughters to join in for this evening!!!

There will be notification about the Zoom link for each program provided via e-mail just prior to each meeting. 

Election of New Officers

The following officers were elected at our Annual Meeting on March 20th; their new terms begin on July 1, 2021.

  • Co-Presidents (2021-23):  Terry Bratt and Karen Darner
  • 1st Vice President for Program (2021-23):  Meg Tuccillo
  • Co-2nd Vice President for Membership (2021-22):  Michele Milden
  • 3rd Vice President for Communications (2021-23): Teri Doxsee
  • Co-Secretaries (2021-22): Candace Lilyquist

The following elected officers’ terms continue through next year:

  • Co-2nd Vice President for Membership (2020-22):   Gail McGinn
  • Treasurer (2021-22):   Mary Spatz

Let’s Talk About Books

The Pearl That Broke its ShellThe April meeting for Let’s Talk About Books is Tuesday, April 27, 2 pm at your regular Zoom location.  Our book selection is The Pearl that Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi.

Shortly before the meeting Terry Bratt will send an invitation with the Zoom information. Watch your email and come join the fun!  Look forward to seeing you then.


See all our books for 2020-21 with a brief description of each on the Let’s Talk About Books page.

Barbara Gallagher, Chair

International Coffee Conversation Group:

We will continue to meet by Zoom on Wednesday, April 14 and on Wednesday May 12.  The April meeting at 10:30 will talk about how the COVID pandemic has changed our lives.  On May 23 at 10:30 we will discuss the plans for 2021/2022.

AAUW Branch members are welcome to join us.  For more information please contact Priscilla Becker (see directory for contact information.)

Priscilla Becker, lead

Dues Changes For 2021-22

While the amount of AAUW national dues has increased for the 2021-22 fiscal year to $62, $59 of that amount is deductible. State dues remain $15, and branch dues remain $16 for the new fiscal year. This means that the total dues for a branch member are $93 and for a paid life member, $31. Honorary life members (those who’ve paid dues for 50 years) do not pay dues to national, state, or branch. You will receive an email with a link to pay your dues online or by check in the next few weeks. 

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In an effort to protect member privacy, personal email, home addresses and phone numbers will no longer be used on the web page or the newsletter posted on the website.  Please check the membership directory for this information.

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Our AAUW Calendar has moved to google which means you can check it online from the website or subscribe and see it directly on your phone or laptop! Additional information about the events is available by clicking the item.  Contact Teri at newsarlvaaauw@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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