Interest Groups

AAUW Medford Branch 2016-2017

 

aauwThese small groups provide opportunities for members to meet others who share a similar interest.  All groups are free of charge.  Members may contact one of the group contacts at any time or Diane Reiling, Interest Group Coordinator, for more information.

BOOK GROUPS                                 

Great Decisions:  Nation-wide program designed by the Foreign Policy Association to encourage discussion and debate of the important global challenges of our time.  The association publishes a study book with a DVD presentation for each topic.  We meet 8 times a year on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:30 AM – 11:30AM at the Rogue Valley Manor.  Contact:  Janice Williams, 541-857-6300, janice.m.williams@gmail.com

book groupHappy Bookers:  We meet once a month at a member’s home for discussion of a book which has already been chosen for the months of September through May.  We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM for good conversation!  The month of January is a time of sharing food and a book exchange at Rogue Valley Country Club and in June we have a potluck lunch to choose books for the coming year.  For more information contact Patty Finch at 541-282-8547 or Jan Purkeypile at 541-621-4918.

Morning Book Group:  This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the Chetco Room of     Skyline Plaza at 10:00 AM.  The books are selected by vote in May and include fiction and non-fiction.  Members choose in June the date and book they want to review.  The meetings last for one hour, and the discussions are always lively.  In December we have a feast and exchange books for fun.  Co-chairs:  Mary Wright Gillespie, 541-857-6083, Sharon Purkerson, 541-857-6513.

Murder Most Literary:  This is a book group for those who love to read  mysteries.  A theme is selected for the month and the person in charge prepares a bibliography.  At the meeting after an initial discussion of the topic each person reviews her book with an emphasis on style without giving away the plot, and she shares if the book is worth reading.  The group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Chetco Room of Skyline Plaza.  Chair:  Mary Wright Gillespie, 541-857-6083.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

ACT (AAUW Community Team): ACT is a group of 10-15 women who work on a short-term community project, usually for a few hours only. Events planned for 2016-2017 are of a wide variety, but all are worthwhile tasks that put AAUW in the public eye and generate new members.  Several new partnership opportunities are being explored.  Contact person: Donna Corey donnacorey6@msn.com; 541-897-0774

OUT & ABOUT:  This group gets together about once a month to attend community activities e.g. theatre, art shows, music and other events. Anyone may suggest an outing.  Activities are usually announced in advance in the Musings, and an e-mail contact list is maintained.  All are welcome to attend any event.   Contact person: Ronnie Budge 541-773-8019 rebudge@earthlink.net  

Dining/Wine and Beer Tasting

Cheers and Beers: Enjoy the hand-crafted ales and lagers of Southern Oregon! On the 2nd Friday of each month, at 3:30 pm, discover delicious brews that are sure to please the palate whether crisp and refreshing    or big and bold!  Breweries will be announced in advance.  RSVP’s are needed via email to Gail Etchie gigidesigns007@yahoo.com, Joan Rycraft, jrycraft@charter.net or Ellen Wakefield elwake@jeffnet.org

diningDINE:  Dinner Is Never Enough.  Good friends, laughter and wine enhance the experience.  We meet at a different restaurant at 6:00 the 4th Thursday of each month, except November (skip) and December (date moved).    Reservations are required by Monday of that week.  Contacts:  Virginia McGraw, 541-245-6035, or Ellen Wakefield, 541-772-3614.

 

Lunch Bunch:  The “Lunch Bunch” is a congenial group of ladies who like to go out for lunch!  We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at a different, local restaurant.  Venue is decided at the previous lunch by the group, and the bill is always handled as separate checks.  We typically meet at the restaurant at 11:30 am, but we have ventured outside of Medford via carpools as well.  RSVP’s via email. Contact:  Diane Reiling, 541-499-6622, reilingd@aol.com.

wineWine & Whine:  The Wine and Whine Group meets once a month, usually on a Friday at 2:00PM, depending on the availability of each winery.  All participants have input as to which wineries they would like to visit.  Get ready for a relaxed environment with good friends and good wine.  The only requirement is that you RSVP so proper reservations can be made.  Contact: Gail Etchie, 541-664-3744 or Jan Purkeypile, 541-621-4916.

 

CREATIVE  ARTS        

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Antique Studies:  The Antiques Studies group enjoys researching and sharing examples of both antique and collectible items.  From a list of topics developed by the group, each meeting features a program on one topic, presented by a member. Each group member may share their examples.  The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm in member’s homes.  Refreshments are served at each meeting and a June Potluck luncheon ends each year. Diane Reiling, 541-499-6622 or Dawn Stewart, 541-779-3315.

GAMES

 

Afternoon Bbridgeridge:  The Afternoon Bridge group meets the first Wednesday each month at 12:30 pm for dessert and “party” bridge in members’ homes. Members also have the option to plan a “no host”   lunch at a restaurant before we play, in which case we meet at the venue at 11:30 am. Contact: Dianne Pickar, 541-219-6067, dwp008@aol.com


Mah Jong: 
The Mah Jong group meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month to play.  Our group plays a version of American-Far East style Mah Jong.  We do not use cards for hands.  Joyce Ellis, one of our members, has taught the game for years to many groups, and we are fortunate to have her coaching us.  We take turns as hostess, we meet  at 1:30 pm and play goes from 2 to 4 pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Contact:  Jackie Baker at 541-772-1478.

SCRABBLE and Other Board Games: For those who like board games, especially SCRABBLE! The group meets twice monthly from 2pm to 4 pm at the home of Hindey Moser. This is a brand new group, so days and times will be determined by the group for their first meeting.  Contact person: Hindey Moser, 541-772-3492, hindeymoser@msn.com

 OUT-OF-DOORS                                                                               

gardenGarden Joys: This is a group for the gardening enthusiast who wants to (1) learn new gardening tips, (2) hear speakers on topics related to gardening, and (3) take field trips to nurseries, private gardens, and associated businesses.  We meet monthly with day and time given in the Musings.  Contact: Barbara Basden 541-772-0579 or Marlene Olson 541-245-1117

 

Outdoor Adventure Group:  This group is a low key outdoor adventure group where we
explore Southern Oregon in a variety of ways.  This year we will walkercontinue our hikes.  We hope to incorporate some winter activities this year which will include snow -shoeing and cross-country skiing.  Day, times and places vary depending on the activity.  Questions, contact Jan Purkeypile, 541-621-4916.

Interest Group Suggestions

 How about a new group?  Suggestions have included Light Gourmet, Genealogy, 3rd Sunday Culture Vulture (attend a play, event), Euchre (card game), Noon Time Mystery Readers.  With enough numbers signed up we can get a group up and running.  If you have a suggestion contact: Diane Reiling 541-499-6622 or reilingd@aol.com