Branch Programs

Upcoming Lakewood AAUW Branch Programs

Note: Day and Time Change for May Meeting

Brunch and “From Afghanistan to America”
Saturday, May 11     9:30 a.m.

For our final meeting of this year, our branch meeting will be on Saturday, May 11, at the home of Elnore Grow, 17394 Jurassic Road, Morrison.  At 9:30 am Zack and Perwana Hutcheson will speak about their experiences of transitioning from life in Afghanistan to life in America. At 11:00 we will enjoy our brunch and visiting with each other. See below for what to bring for our

Perwana and Zack Hutcheson

meal. Outgoing and incoming Board members will then stay for a combined meeting afterwards. FYI: It’s helpful to carpool if possible, as there is limited parking at Elnore’s.

Please let Elnore know what you want to bring for the brunch: breakfast main dish, salad, bread, fruit or side. Elnore will provide the dessert. Please RSVP that you are coming to Elnore 303-697-6088 or .

Zack shared this with us: “Zack and Parwana Hutcheson met while Zack was teaching at an American school in Afghanistan. Parwana was also working at the school in the administrative office. Their story involves figuring out the nuances of navigating their relationship in a traditional society, such as Afghanistan. Eventually they were able to get a visa for Parwana to come to the U.S. Zack is a business analyst working for a small engineering firm in Kansas City. Parwana attended college once she arrived in the U.S. and is now working as a registered nurse at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City.

Zack and Parwana will be sharing about their courtship, cross cultural marriage with challenges and blessings and Parwana’s education and work as an international and minority woman, as well as how someone as an immigrant integrates into the American life and society.

In their free time, Parwana loves tapping her creative skills and helping others with designing clothes, purses, and other handy items. Zack likes playing ultimate frisbee and being in Colorado climbing and camping as much as he can.

They can both answer questions about their lives and experience, and look forward to sharing their time with you.”

Other details about May 11 Branch meeting:

Don’t forget

  • Guests (friends, family, neighbors, etc.)
  • Food for brunch
  • Books and $$$ for Books for Bucks
  • $10 cash or check for remaining inventory of King Soopers gift cards.
  • Peanut butter for the Action Center

Past Lakewood AAUW Branch Programs (2018-2019)

January 11
“From State Geologist to Women’s Healthcare Champion” with Vicki Cowart,
Executive Director and CEO, Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, 7pm at Holy Shepherd Church, 920 Kipling, Lakewood. Social at 5:30. Comfort foods potluck at 6 pm.

February 3
AAUW Colorado Public Policy Day,
Sat., Feb. 3, Golden Hotel in Golden CO.  Theme: “Human Trafficking — It’s Closer Than You Think.”

March 8 
“Immigration 101”
Understanding Immigration Issues Presented by: Professor Violeta Raquel Chapin, CU Law School, Immigration Lawyer Thursday, March 8, Holy Shepherd Church, 9th and Kipling, Lakewood Social at 6:30 pm, Program at 7:00 pm.

April 12
“From Town Hall to the UN and Beyond: An AAUW Journey”
Lakewood AAUW invites the public to hear AAUW Colorado President Amy Blackwell present “From Town Hall to the UN and Beyond: An AAUW Journey”.  This meeting takes place on Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm at Holy Shepherd Church, 920 Kipling, Lakewood; social time from 6:30 – 7 pm.

May 10
“Community Colleges of the Future”
Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College (RRCC), will speak on meeting the needs of students and employers, especially as traditional four year colleges become even more unaffordable for many students.

“Talking Ed”with Dr. Jason Glass, Jeffco Schools Superintendent Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Jason Glass, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent, will speak to us about achievements, opportunities, and challenges taking place within Jeffco schools.

Ballot Issues – Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 pm
6:30 pm – Social Time
Holy Shepherd Church, 920 Kipling, Lakewood
Former Colorado State Senator Betty Boyd will moderate this discussion of several important ballot issues. The public is invited to join us in becoming informed voters.

November 8
“Gratitude – The glass is always half full”
 Colorado AAUW President Stormy McDonald

Stormy McDonald has experienced more than her share of life’s ups and downs.
As November is a time Americans traditionally think of gratitude and thankfulness,
Stormy will share her journey and reflect upon how life’s challenges impact us, for
better or for worse.

December 13
Holiday Social — Members Only

January 10, 2019
Sarah Platt Decker presented by Gail Beaton. Decker was a suffragist, reformer, and advocate for women, children, and working people.  

February 2, 2019
AAUW Colorado Public Policy Day. Theme: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Engaging Members for Action. Keynote speaker: Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, founder of the Equity Project.

March 21, 2019
Happy Anniversary, Lakewood. Memories of 50 years of the City of Lakewood’s history were shared through videos and live presentations of former mayors and current Mayor Adam Paul.