Upcoming Programs/Events/Activities:
Naperville Area Locations: See specifics below

Discussion groups:
On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Evening Book Browsers will meet at 7 pm to discuss the book, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick at the home of Laurel Erickson.  Charlotte Szromba will lead the discussion.  This best-seller describes the stories of people who defected from North Korea to South Korea. The reader gets ideas of life in North Korea and then learns about the adjustment to capitalism and freedom in South Korea.

Please be thinking of books you might recommend for next year. Send your suggestions to Mary Anne Buckman and Ann Lawrence. We will make the decisions for next year in May. Let Laurel know if you are planning to attend or not. Her email is

The  Afternoon Book Browsers will meet on Thursday May 25 at 12:30 pm
at the Colonial Cafe on Gartner. Elaine Fisher will lead a discussion of The Scarlett Sisters: Sex, Suffrage & Scandal in the Guilded Age  by Myra MacPherson. This non-fiction book by Myra MacPherson gives a fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the Nineteenth Century and shocked the world.  Here award-winning author Myra MacPherson deconstructs and lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America, remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women are still fighting today.

At this meeting, we will also select books to read for 2017-2018 discussions. Please contact Elaine at if you plan to attend.  New members are welcome to join us.

The F-Word: How to Be a Feminist
in the Workplace
panel discussion recording.

Movie Fans Group:
Join the group for viewing a film together.  Optional coffee and discussion following the film or eat together before an evening film.  MovieCOD

Interested in seeing and discussing  awesome movies? Join us for the next outing in  2017. Contact Charlotte Szromba or Becky Glimco for specific movie group events, or

Outstanding movies are shown on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. by the Afterhours Film Society at the Tivoli Theatre at 5021 Highland Avenue in Downers Grove.  Cost is $10 – nonmembers and $6 for members.  Information is available at

Our Bridge groups raise a significant amount each year toward our scholarship for a mature woman in financial need returning to finish her college degree.bridge table
Are you a bridge player?  We are looking for individual women, pairs of women or couples to complete the Marathon Bridge games and social groups sponsored by AAUW.   We have a number of marathon groups whose pairs play another pair September through May.   There is also a social bridge group that plays once a month in the afternoon as well as some duplicate groups.  A banquet will be held this year in June for all the groups where prizes will be awarded and an evening of additional bridge play will happen.  Our bridge groups are a fundraiser for our scholarship, a wonderful way to meet people, and a good way to practice and improve your bridge skills.  Please e-mail us if you are interested in learning more about participating in one of our groups.  Players need not be members of AAUW to participate.  For more information, email:

Great Decisions international policies discussions, jointly sponsored by the AAUW Naperville Area Branch and the Naperville Public Libraries, meets at the Naper Boulevard Library at 7:15 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays from January through March.  For the evening discussions, contact Becky Glimco at or 630-922-9448. A group also will meet in members’ homes on Tuesday mornings at 9:15
AAUW has sponsored a Great Decisions discussion group for more than 30 years. The groups are open to all – male/female, AAUW members and non-member alike. Discussions are always lively, interesting and enlightening. The 2017 discussion topics included:   

  • The Future of Europe                                        
  • Trade and Politics
  • Conflict in the South China Sea
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  • Latin America’s Political Pendulum
  • Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Nuclear Security

The briefing book can be purchased online from the Foreign Policy Association at  You may call: 1-800-477-5836, Mon-Fri, 9-4 to order.

Ongoing Activities:
Money Talks:
Come join us to explore financial and other resources to plan ahead.  RSVP to Sue if you are interested in attending. 630 717-5743 or Estela Hammond at Everyone is welcome!

Travel Talk:  Learn from expert world travelers.  We always encourage newcomers, and since there usually are some, we all wear name tags to make socializing more comfortable. After the first half-hour enjoying light refreshments, we settle in for the night’s presentation.  If travel is your passion, contact Sue Mortenson or Nancy Steinberger

Wine & Whine (W & W): Members meet on occasional evenings to unwind and chat about whatever is on our minds. What we say at W & W stays at W & W!
The next gathering will be in September. If you are interested in attending, send an RSVP to Marge Marek.

Annual Used Book Sale — Raising funds for our local scholarship, national fellowships and research or community grants for women administered through AAUW Funds.  Over 30,000 volumes are offered for sale each June.

TechSavvy2014Educational Equity Task Group is charged with implementing key findings of AAUW research in projects that involve local schools and the community as a whole.  The emphasis is on assuring females equal access and participation in education and careers, particularly in the areas of math, science, and technology.