Small Groups

Travel Club – The Travel Club members often share different travel adventures at our monthly meetings. Once again, nearly all of our programs this year will be about different National Parks. We also try to take a “Day Trip” once or twice during the year.  We usually meet the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm.  Check the monthly newletter for the exact date and location.  Contact person: DedaRae Graber –

First Friday Lunch Group – Meets at 11:30 am for a one-hour lunch the first Friday of each month at an Austin restaurant.   Members of the group take turns being the caller and the restaurant changes monthly.  Reservations required.  Contact Person: Dorothy Krob –

Knitting/Handiwork Group –Meets on Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM at Coffee House on Main. Bring your knitting, etc. Call Sue if you are interested. Contact Person: Sue Grove at

Science Fair Mentoring Project – The Science Fair Mentoring Project works to address barriers that prevent elementary school students from participating in the STEAM Expo (science fair) by providing student with supplies and support to complete their experiments. Since 2014, 118 3rd and 4th graders have participated in this program. Students build confidence, develop positive relationships with adults, and explored science in a fun and new way. this year, we are working with the 3rd and 4th graders at Neveln, Southgate and Banfield Elementary Schools. Also we are partnering with Austin Public Library to increase access services to all students in Austin who want to participate in the science fair. We need art supplies and volunteers to shop for supplies, mentor, or assist in other ways. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact Catherine Haslag at

Great Decisions Group – This is an informal discussion group for AAUW women who are interested in learning more about many countries and current issues. The purchased materials are provided by the Foreign Policy Association. We meet for one hour on the fourth Monday of the month at 1 pm at Riverland. Members will be notified about the room location. The topics for January-May will be announced via the monthly newsletter. Contact Person: Evelyn Guentzel at or Peggy Benzkofer.

9-23  Cyber conflict & Geopolitics by Richard Andres, pg. 69

10-28 USA and MExico; Partnership Tested by Michael Shifter

11-25 State of the State Department and Diplomacy by Nicholas Burns

Morning Book Group – This group meets to discuss the book choice. Books being discussed will be in the monthly newsletter & online. Contact Person: Evelyn Guentzel at or Ellen Stark at Day & Time: The 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 am. Location: TBD

Date Book Discussion Leader
9/17 Where the Crawdads Sing Lois McConnell
10/22 Great Expectations Janet Gilbertson
11/19 What the Wind Knows Terry Becker-Ersland
12/17 Warmth of Other Suns Terry Becker-Ersland
1/21 Winter Garden




 Page Turner’s Selection

Big Little Lies

The Tender Land


Evelyn Guentzel



Evening Book Group – This group meets the third Tuesday of most months at 7:00 PM . Please let the hostess know if you are planning to attend. Contact person: Rae Dawn Rao.


Date Book Hostess/Discussion Leader
9/21 The Dutch House Judy Pesonen
10/19 The Girl with Seven Names  Dorothy Krob
12/18 Red Shirts Angie Ruhter
1/18 On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous  Rae Dawn Rao
2/15 The Fire Next Time  Jenn Lawhead
3/15 Never Coming Back  Sue Grove
 4/19 The Night Watchman  Carolyn Bogott



If I Was Your Girl

2021-2022 Selections


 Morgan Carlson