Welcome to the Tucson (AZ) Branch of AAUW!

Sarsaparilla-to-Spaceships-1Sarsaparilla to Spaceships A Century of Activism  Tucson Branch American Association of University Women 1909-2009

The AAUW Tucson Branch celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009. To commemorate this centennial event five branch members, Pat Spoonamore, a Past State President and Historian along with Lou Bagnara, Connie Harrison, Pat Gilbert, and Baleka Baker combed through the branch archives and compiled a history of the branch over the last 100 years.

Sarsaparilla-to-Spaceships-2Sarsaparilla to Spaceships A Century of Activism — Tucson Branch American Association of University Women 1909-2009 is the history of the original Tucson Collegiate Club established in 1909 in the historic Ferrin residence now a part of the downtown Tucson Art Museum Historic Block. The Collegiate Club was organized by a small group of women college graduates.  One of them was Clara Fish Roberts, the first person to register at the new University of Arizona in September 1891 and the first woman to be elected to the Tucson School Board in 1917. The second member was Clara Ferrin Bloom in whose parlor the organizational meeting took place. The other members were probably Mary Wakefield, Estelle Luttrel and Effie S. Spaudling. Read about how this small kernel of women graduates grew to become the current AAUW Tucson Branch.

Presales are available NOW!  We have been promised the books will be ready for our September Meeting.The cost is $20.00.  If you wish to order a book for September delivery — checks should be made out to Pat Gilbert and mailed to Baleka Baker, 7667 E. Lee Street, Tucson, Arizona 85715.  Preordered books will be reserved and you will be able to pick them up Saturday, September 13, at our luncheon! Of course you can also purchase your exclusive copy at the luncheon.

For further information and out-of-branch sales, please contact Baleka Baker at balekaab@aol.com.

NewBurstA Social Media Handbook for AAUW Branches
We’ve just completed a quick and easy-to-use guide to help you use social media for your branch. Learn about the primary tools, best practices, and loads of tips for Facebook and Twitter. The guide also has links to even more information to help you get the most out of social media for your branch.

NewBurstAre You Dreaming of a Trip to Sunny San Diego?
Registration for the 2015 AAUW National Convention doesn’t open until October 1, but you can get ready to attend right now. Read more »

NewBurstMembership Matters Click on AAUW Membership Matters in the right sidebar for the latest membership information, branch success stories and tips, and other vital information for the AAUW community.

NewBurstLois Sands Mitsch recipient Maria Mobasseri tells us about the STEM program that the LSM grant is funding for summer 2014.  Maria is at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois and is the first LSM grant recipient for 2013-14.  The 2014-15 recipient will be announced August 1.

Updated news from Maria Mobasseri, March 12, 2014:

Thank you very much for sending me the link. We are starting our planning for local advertisement and awareness of the summer camp as well as recruitment of the girls into the program. We will keep you posted on our progress via pictures and videos.

Thank you.:-))


NewBurstARIZONA has a winning entry in the 2014 Annual Art Contest! Congratulations to Sharon Gale of the Southeast Valley (AZ) Branch for her entry, “Unique.”

NewBurstAAUW Tucson Branch Membership Recruitment

October 2014 and February 2015 will be recruitment activity months for AAUW Tucson Branch. In place of membership meetings and luncheons, events will be planned at venues and times chosen to attract new membership. All members are encouraged to attend and invite prospective new members to these events. AAUW national offers an incentive program, SHAPE THE FUTURE, through which new members, signing up on the spot, pay only 50% of national dues ($24.50) for their first year. As well, the branch benefits because for every 2 new members applying through this program, the branch receives 1 free national membership (up to a total of 5 per fiscal year) to be used in any way the branch chooses (a give-away, a raffle, a thank you to a volunteer……). ALL members are RECRUITERS! Just ask the VP for Membership, the Treasurer or the co-Presidents for information and the necessary application form! The SHAPE THE FUTURE program works at any AAUW Tucson Branch event that is open to the public!


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.