Interest Groups

STUDY/INTEREST GROUPS*

*AAUW members who want further information about a joining a particular group, please contact Ursula Duguid, Interest Group Coodinator, (772-794-1667) who will liaison with that group’s chair.


Creative Writing Group

Our writers meet monthly at a restaurant or home to share and discuss their writing.  They periodically publish a book, and all AAUW members are encouraged to submit their poetry or short stories. Chair: Rosemary Brofos –Third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 PM 1700 Waterford Dr (at the Isles of Vero Beach, the home of Life Member Evelyn Anderson)


International Relations Group

This is a current world-events discussion group that examines topics provided by the Foreign Policy Association.  There are eight topics utilizing both written materials and a video at each meeting, with question and answer time.  It is a lively group  with approximately fifteen members. Chair: Barbara Mandell, 772-794-1719
Fourth Monday of the month at 1:30 pm


Lunch Bunch 

On the last Friday of each month Oct, Dec, and Jan-May 11:30am, this group meets strictly for fellowship and good food at a different restaurant each month.  It encourages new members to join in and get acquainted in an informal social atmosphere.  A small donation is collected for contribution toward scholarship funding. Co-Chairs: Beverly Whiteley 772-257-5950, Judy Powell 772-584-3228

December 6, 2019 Riverside Café, 3342 Bridge Plaza Dr.  VB 234-5550
January 24, 2020   Italian Grill, 2180 58th (Ryanwood Plaza) VB 567-6640
February 21, 2020 Ono Luau (formerly Osceola) 2045 13th Avenue, VB 999-2657
March 27, 2020   Inti International Restaurant, 2199 7th, VB 257-6652
April 24, 2020 14 Bones,  1500 US-1, Vero Beach  770-5646
May 29, 2020 Green Marlin, 1475 US-1 (Majestic Plaza) VB 999-5248


Members Helping Members

Need some help? (Or) Can you give some help?  If you have a problem such as a computer question, need a ride to an appointment or AAUW meeting, etc., call Lois Miles at 772-794-0410 to request help from a member– or to be on the volunteer list. No long-term commitments are required, just whenever you can pitch in.  Please don’t be shy about asking for assistance–we all sometimes need a helping hand.


Public Policy

With the member-endorsed National Public Policy Program as our guide, AAUW uses lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational barriers for women.  It is non-partisan and welcomes all voices.
Chair: Suzanne Jones  248-767-9402 Dates/times TBA


Reading Groups

There are currently five separate reading groups that meet at various times and locations.  The books vary by group, and the discussions are always interesting and lively.  For group availability contact Ursula Dugard  772 794-1667.

Group 1 Chair: Elenor Wade  772 226-0834  dretwade@att.net Third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am Sept-May

Group 2 Chair: Sheila Troob  772 794-5356  irvero@bellsouth.net–Second Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm Oct-April

Group 3 Chair: Barbara Spelman, 703-851-0887  barbspelman@gmail.com–Third Monday of the month at 1:30 pm. Dec-April

Group 4 Chair: Jane Matyniak 772 217-3209  jane.matyniak@gmail.com–Second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm Nov-April

Group 5 Co-Chairs: Gail DeGioia 772 321-9156 gail.degioia@gmail.com Martha Habeshian 772 770-5702 mhabeshian@aol.com–Second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Oct-May


Tutors/Mentors

Youth Mentors Coordinator:  Christine Ryall 772 231-2591 drcryall @gmail.com Members tutor elementary school children in cooperation with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Adult Literacy Coordinator:  Linda Barker 772 257-5275 linda_barker@comcast.net Members tutor an adult in reading or English as a second language in cooperation with the Literary Services of Indian River County.