The Walla Walla Branch of AAUW sponsors and supports numerous community events throughout the year.
Annual Kitchen Tour
Each year, in early October, six to eight local residents with fabulous kitchens open their homes for community tours. AAUW sponsors this event and monies generated contribute to scholarships and other educational projects. New kitchens, remodeled classic kitchens, professional restaurant kitchens and turn-of-the century kitchens provide eager ticket holders a unique chance to see what’s new, what’s fabulous, and what’s happening locally.
This is another excellent event to meet others and contribute to the mission.
Annual Book Sale
High quality used books are donated and collected throughout the year, sorted by volunteers, and offered for sale at reasonable prices to the community one weekend each February. Proceeds from the sale support local and national scholarships for women, local educational projects such as the Children’s Museum, the local library, Books for Babes through the local hospital and special requests for support.
The Mission Statement guides spending priorities. All members help sort and sell! It’s a great way to meet new people and get involved in this local AAUW branch.
This event is held bi-annually, usually at the end of March. Great Explorations supports middle school aged girls in recognizing the role of math, science and technology in many careers. Local women in these fields present hands-on workshops to give girls opportunities to expand their horizons. Future careers that require background and expertise in math, science and technology also require course work and focus in high school.
Through exciting “tastes” and local role models, girls in grades 5 – 8 may discover a talent, a skill, an affinity, a passion that will lead them forward into exciting careers and community contributions when they are older. This local program began in 1985 and was earlier called Expanding Your Horizons. It is now a separate 501-c-3 entity and separate grant money is secured to support it on a bi-annual basis.
The Walla Walla Branch of AAUW secures funding, speakers and presenters, facilities, parent and school information and event day volunteers.
High School Scholars
The High School Scholar Recognition is a program of AAUW of Washington State. Branches all around the state participate in this program, with each branch adapting their local event to the community needs and the branch’s resources. The goal of the program is to encourage girls to further their education and enter into the fields of Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
The Walla Walla Branch presents awards to outstanding senior female students in each category, selected by their schools. Schools participating in the Walla Walla Branch’s program are DeSales High School, Prescott School, Touchet School, Walla Walla High School, and Walla Walla Valley Academy. A dessert reception is held in April for the honorees and their families.
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The Candidates Forum
In past years, the Walla Walla Branch of AAUW has partnered with Walla Walla Community College and Charter Communications to sponsor a local candidate’s forum. Candidates have an opportunity to speak to voters about their goals and platforms. Voters have an opportunity to listen to, speak with, and question all the candidates in one place, at one time. For the 2018 election year, AAUW will not be taking the lead in this event, but rather is encouraging members to attend and support forums sponsored by other local agencies. Click on the link below to find more information.
It is our plan to resume a lead role in the Candidates Forum in subsequent years. This educational community service is well received by the Walla Walla area and marks another event in which AAUW contributes to life-long education in the Valley.