Our branch is an active member of the community and we participate in a number of local events. We also work with other organizations in the area that also support equity for women and girls. We partner with Northwestern Michigan University on activities. We have several fundraiser events to raise money for our Moore Scholarship and for branch activities.
Women’s Book Project
Since 1998, AAUW-TC has participated in the Women’s Book Project that has as its goal the distribution of books featuring girls and women as the major subject. The books usually are written for elementary and junior-high children.
Each year, the branch committee selects an appropriate book, purchases it, and distributes it to 14 Traverse City elementary school libraries, 5 Leelanau county elementary school libraries, 6 Traverse Area District libraries, 1 each to the Suttons Bay and Empire libraries.
2016: Great Girls in Michigan History by Patricia Majher
2015: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
2014: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
2013: Brave Girl, Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
2012: Basketball Belles by Sue Macy
2011: Signed, Abidiah Rose by Diane Browning
2010: Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport
Friday Night Live
Participate in the Traverse City’s Friday Night Live in August. Members staff a booth where children draw pictures of favorite scenes from books and also receive new books, which are donated by The Jenkins Group.
Each year, we hold several fundraising activities that provide income to our branch and help fund our scholarship fund.
Amazon Book Sales
Shirley Murray, chair
Our AAUW branch sells books through Amazon.com. Members help to sort donated books, separating books that can be sold through Amazon and those that can be sold in the branch Book Sale.
AAUW Book Sale
The semi-annual AAUW-TC book sale usually is held in the spring and fall on Saturday, and Sunday. Volunteers set up the sale on Friday.
Nearly every AAUW member participates by collecting books from friends and neighbors, separating fiction from non-fiction, and working shifts at the sale.
Member Book Sale at Meetings
The Branch sells used books at each meeting. Our members donate the books.
Book Sales at the Farmer’s Market
The branch sells used books in the summer on Monday afternoon at the Farmer’s Market across from the Mercato at the Commons.
Working with local University/College
We work closely with our local college, Northwestern Michigan College in co-sponsoring events.
National Conference for College Women Student Leaders – NCCWSL
“This conference, and being around hundreds of driven, passionate, strong, and smart women, has climbed the charts to being one of the most defining points in my life”
—Bethany Petek, Pacific Lutheran University
AAUW and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) co-sponsor a woman student to attend this conference, held annually. The conference is co-sponsored by AAUW and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). In 2011, more than 500 women from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Jamaica attend NCCWSL.
Attendees from NMC
2012: Mackenzie Campbell
2011: Shauna Quick
2010: Erica Hamilton