Welcome to the Springfield-Annandale, VA Branch of AAUW!

Springfield/Annandale is a Five  Star Branch.

AAUW’s Five Star Program challenges branches to align their practices with AAUW’s Strategic Plan and other initiatives to carry out the Mission Statement. Springfield/Annandale branch has just earned our fifth star. Branch activities are required in the areas of Public Policy and Research, Advancement,   Communications and External Relations,  Governance and Sustainability,  and Programs. To see the succession plan developed to keep the branch thriving and the strategic plan which expresses our priorities, which earned the Governance and Sustainability star, click on the “About Us Page” of this website. Special thanks are due to Susan Burk for all  her work on Public Policy,  to Irene McGhee and Ann Sauberman for their excellent Programs, and to all the Board for their input.  

AAUW Mission Statement

To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Vision: Equity for all. Values: Non-partisan. Fact based.

AAUW Diversity Statement

In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks an inclusive membership, workforce, leadership team, and board of directors. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, geographical location, national origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.

AAUW-Virginia Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity https://aauw-va.aauw.net/diversity-inclusion-equity


January 22 Meeting – Creating Inclusive Spaces – Virtual

Our January program will be the state presentation of Creating Inclusive Spaces. Join with members of branches throughout the state to view this interesting and important program. Attend via Zoom Saturday, January 22, 10 am to 11:30 am.

Krysta Jones, who will be one of the panelists, has committed her life to public service, developing leaders, and changing lives. In 2021, she helped organize the Leadership Center for Excellence racial equity listening sessions and statewide summit designed to highlight successful programming and strategize about how to achieve racial equity in Virginia.

Krysta successfully represented two associations for eight years as a registered lobbyist, advocating for women’s and socio-economic status issues, and served as the Director of Outreach for two Members of Congress. She is a member of the Arlington branch of AAUW.

Somya Dwivedi-Burks Ph,D. is another panelist.  Dr. Dwivedi-Burks has thrived in the intersection of learning, facilitation and, designing inclusive experiences. As a principal consultant of Somya Trains LLC, Somya has helped teams to move beyond the perspective of “training for awareness” and provided results for building inclusion through cultural intelligence.

Somya is a learning professional who works in the space of designing experiences for organizations. Her experience as an immigrant and non-white woman catalyzed her learning journey and built her passion to work in the DEI space. She is a practitioner of inclusion and building spaces to encourage thinking, and developing mutual growth. She lives in the Virginia Beach area and has been a member of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Tidewater Chapter since 2018.

Jonathan C. Zur is the third panelist. He  is President & CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), an organization that works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.

An experienced facilitator and consultant on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Jonathan was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, formed in the aftermath of the tragedy in Charlottesville in August 2017.




December Program featured Women Artists

The December branch meeting on Zoom took us on a delightful journey with Sara Shoob, a Master Art Docent for the Smithsonian and Renwick Galleries. Sara led us through the wonderful awareness of Women in the Arts in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. Among them were Cecelia Beaux, Alice Barney, Berenice Abbott, Lois Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, and sculpturesses  Harriet Hosmer, Edmonia Lewes, and Vinnie Ream. It continued with Mary Cassatt, Carmen Herrera, Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O’Keefe, and A. Thomas. It was an amazing presentation and all these wonderful artists are on exhibit at the Museum of American Art and the Renwick. It would be worth the trip! Perhaps a field trip in the Spring?

After the presentation we enjoyed holiday music from Amy Domingues, professional musician on the cello and viola da gamba. Amy is the daughter of Springfield-Annandale member Jo Domingues.


February 19 Meeting – Membership Tea at Milano’s

The Board is currently planning a “Meet New Members Tea” at Milano’s Family Restaurant, 6230 Rolling Road, Springfield, on Saturday, February 19 at 11 am. Watch for details in the upcoming Updates.


 Letters Against Isolation.

Love to hand write letters? Love to spread joy? Handwriting letters to isolated residents of assisted living facilities and care homes is the absolute best way to work out that urge.

Go to www.lettersagainstisolation.com/. Read through the website, then sign up on line. You will receive a weekly email with further instructions.

At the end of each month, report to Judy Titterton how many letters you have mailed. The Springfield/Annandale Branch sent 32 letters in November,


Public Policy Updates

The Summary Notes from our Zoom meeting on December 1 are attached to the January Updates.  You can also access the recording of the meeting by using this link and passcode:



Passcode: #dhy^1K9

Remember to mark your calendars for the next Public Policy Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 5 at 5:00 P.M. when we will make final preparations for the opening of the General Assembly session on January 12.

Thanks for your support and advocacy of AAUW public policy priorities.

Susan Burk, Public Policy Chair


Spring Fling Silent Auction Update

Springfield-Annandale’s 21st Annual Spring Fling Luncheon and Silent Auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at West Springfield Country Club.

The Silent Auction has three categories this year: Jewelry, Experiences, and Gift Cards.


This year’s silent auction will feature jewelry for bid, and jewelry for “cash and carry”. We encourage more donations of jewelry for the event, and will start accepting items in January. Contact Karen Flann if you would like to donate.


We are interested in members ideas for our new category – Experiences. It could be a special item you bake or cook/sharing a talent/teaching a new game/providing a service – this category has no limits.

Contact Karen Flann if you’re game to pitch in on this.

Gift Cards

This has always been the heart of our auction. We have quite a few gift cards that were donated before the pandemic (refer

to December UPDATES for a comprehensive list), but are interested in adding to this category. Our donation letter with our tax ID# is attached to the January Updates. Please start carrying the letter in your car/purse as you are out and about. When you are at some of your favorite places,share the letter and ask if they would like to donate (it’s tax deductible). Contact Sallie Williams for more information.

 We will all be excited to be together (hope, hope, hope) this spring for this (usually) annual event.Thanks for all the support you’ve given over the years

The Spring Fling Luncheon and Silent Auction is set for Saturday, March 12, 2022 11 am-3 pm at the Springfield Country Club. Coline Jenkins, great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, is scheduled to speak.

AAUW Funds

At the December branch board meeting a vote was taken to make a 2021 donation from the branch to National AAUW’s Greatest Needs Fund. Our donation will be doubled as part of the 140th Anniversary Year-End Giving Drive.

Ginny Wells, AAUW Funds Chaiar


Readers’ Corner

The Evening Book Group will continue to meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Thursday, Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 7 pm is the nest meeting. The date listed in the directory is incorrect. Judy Titterton will review Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.The next virtual meeting is Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 7 pm. The topic book is The Last Book Shop in London by Madeline Martin, to be reviewed by Jane Censer.

Contact Nelda Richards or Cathie Boivin for more information. The complete list of the reading selections for each month are in the Directory and on the Book Groups page of this website.

On Thursday, January 13, 2022 10:00 am, the Morning Book Group will discuss Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st Century Memoir by Former Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, Madeline K. Albright. Helen Cassidy will review this book via Zoom.

Thursday, February 10, 2022 is the next meeting for this group (live and in- person). They will discuss A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler.

 Contact Jo Domingues or Ginny Wells for more information. The complete list of the reading selections and arrangements for each month are in the Directory and on the Book Groups page of this website.

Movies at Midweek

Next movie get-together will be Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Cinema arts. If Covid allows, we’ll plan on lunch afterwards at First Watch Restaurant to discuss and relax. I’ll notify you the preceding Friday which film has been selected.

See you at the movies!

Ginny Wells, Movie Maven


Did You Know?

You can sign up now to start your free, online salary negotiation workshop. Just go to https://salary.aauw.org/ to begin.

AAUW Start Smart is designed for college women who are approaching the job market.

AAUW Work Smart is designed for women in the workforce at any career level


Presidents’ Notes Nancy Miller and Cathie Boivin Co-Presidents

2021 is rapidly drawing to a close as I write this. Traditionally, this is an ideal time to look back over the events of the old year we began with such hopes. It’s a time of retrospectives. In the past year, we have seen many changes in the political landscape both nationally and statewide. We are still coping with day-to-day challenges brought about by the global disruption to our lives caused by the pandemic. 2020 ended on a rather grim note, but 2021 has produced some positive changes. Dedicated scientists came up with a vaccination against this dreadful virus and enabled us to think about how this would impact our movements and put an end to this long, frightening period of isolation. Thankfully, most of us have received vaccinations and the booster. Over the past two years, we have become fairly adapt at Zoom get-togethers and telehealth appointments so we have maintained communication with friends and family via the internet. Many children returned to school buildings and they, too, had to adapt to new ways of interacting. But I know we are all thinking ahead to 2022 and what it will bring.

If I could only have one wish for the New Year, I’d ask for a return to our normal world where we can be with other people we care about without fear. I’m certain you are hoping for the same thing.

What will 2022 bring for AAUW? We now have new leadership under CEO Gloria Blackwell. I’m confident that we will flourish under her guidance. AAUW continues to be dedicated to pursuing the goal of paid parental leave and fair pay. We will continue our efforts at the national, state and branch level to foster positive change for all women. As a branch, we will continue to seek relevant topics for our meetings and make them as informative and as interactive as possible.

Our January meeting will focus on the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be in the form of a panel discussion on “Creating Inclusive Spaces.” Please read the information on this site and in the Updates about this meeting on January 22. I hope that all of you will join us in our efforts to be more aware of how we can foster growth in our understanding of these issues.

I encourage you to be an active member in 2022. We have the privilege of belonging to one of the most vital and flourishing AAUW branches in the state. We achieved recognition as a Five Star Branch and have set our goals to maintain that status for the coming year. Great things happen when our members work together toward bettering the world we live in and when women share their talents and wisdom to challenge inequities.

Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Cathie Boivin, Co-President


AAUW supports equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

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