General Meetings
(Always check the monthly newsletter for current information)

2021-2022  Check the newsletter for days and times of the meeting.   Some groups may have virtual meeting using Zoom.

2019-2020  All Spring meetings have been cancelled in the interest of safety due to Covid.

2018 – 2019
Sept. 26          6:30 PM          McChesney Room
Jennifer Lawrence, SEAT (Social Enterprise and Training Center)                                                     SEAT’s mission is to provide transformative educational and workforce experiences that create a sense of purpose and hope in our communities while connecting business to    real-time solutions.

Oct. 15             1:30 PM        McChesney Room                                                                                         Dr. Mary McGinnis, Gynecologist            A History of Gynecology

Oct. 24.           6:30 PM         McChesney Room
Amanda Cavanaugh – Compassion & Choices, NY
Compassion & Choices is a national organization which works toward the legalization of PAD       (Physician Aid in Dying). It also provides resources for people to prepare living wills and health          care power of attorney documents.

Nov. 14           1:30 PM          McChesney Room
Dr. Valerie Ropson, Scientist
Adventures aboard NASA’s SOFIA spacecraft and a little about the research conducted

December 1
Luncheon at the Turf Tavern

 January          No Meeting
 February        No Meeting                                                               

March 20        6:30 PM          McChesney Room
David Hubbard       Secret Agents in Hooped Skirts

April 17           1:30 PM
Jean Wildgrube – A Trip to the Gazette

May 15
Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers

Monday, September 19,  2016 at 6:30 

Program:  Human Trafficking in NYS and what’s being done in our area
Speaker:  Debbie Fowler, owner of HER TREASURE BOX, an arts and craft thrift store run by Eyes Wide Open NENY Inc.
Location:  McChesney Room, Schenectady County Public Library, 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady
Chaired by the Diverse Topics Group

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Program:  Beyond Barriers and Bias – Fulfilling the Potential of Women
District IV Conference  9:00-2:00
Zion Lutheran Church
153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady

 Wednesday, November 16, at 2:30 p.m.
Program:  Recreation of General Grant, the Man and his Family
Steve Trimm,
reenactor from Grant Cottage.
McChesney Room,Schenectady County Public Library
Chaired by Varied Interest Group

Saturday, December 3,  11:30 a.m.
Our Holiday Buffet

The Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, our Holiday Buffet

Wednesday, January 18 , 6:30
Program:  Genealogy
Speaker:  Richard Terry
Location: The Glen Eddy.
Chaired by the Gourmet Group

Wednesday, February 15 . Brain Games .
Program:  Brain Games
Presenter:  Eleanor Aronstein
Location:  Bornt Library , 1:30 p.m.
948 State Street, Schenectady

 Wednesday , March 15.
Presenter: Ray O’Connor, author of She Called Him Raymond
Location:  Schenectady County Public Library, McChesney Room
99 Clinton Street, Schenectady
Chaired by Modern Lit group.

Wednesday, April 19. T.B.A.

Wednesday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Our Annual Dinner
Installation of Officers and review of the year.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:00
Zion Lutheran Church, 153 Nott Terrace
Learn about activities of our Study and Interest groups.
Speakers: Two SUNY Albany students
Program:  The impact the AAUW Elect Her Training and the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) had on their lives.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:30
Program: “As Simple as Breathing”
Leah Carey will discuss her book and the process of writing.
Location:  McChesney Room, Schenectady County Public Library

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30
Program: The Community Accountability Board
Find out how this board holds offenders who have committed quality of life crimes in Schenectady accountable for their choices, teaches them about the impact of their action, creates sentences that strive to repair harm to victims and the community while providing skills for them to avoid reoffending.
Speakers: Cheryl Vallee and David Realii from the Center of Community Justice
Location:  McChesney Room, Schenectady County Public Library

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 11:00
Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia
Our Holiday Buffet

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 2:30
Program:  Operation Deep Freeze
How the Stratton Air Force Base supports Scientist in Antartica
Location:  McChesney Room, Schenectady County Public Library

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 7:00
Program:  Hiking the John Muir Trail
Speaker:  Sally Dewes
Location: The Glen Eddy (Edison Room)

Wednesday, March 16th, 6:30
Program: Bioethic Issues and Dilemmas
Speaker: Gwendolyn E. Bondi
Location:  McChesney Room, Schenectady County Public Library

Wednesday, April 20th, 3:30
Program: A tour of the Charlton School and an explanation of its mission.

Wednesday, May 18th, 5:30
Our Annual Dinner
Mohawk Golf Club


Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30
Zion Lutheran Church, 153 Nott Terrace
Learn about activities of our Study and Interest groups.
Speaker: Principal Diane Wilkinson of Schenectady H.S,
Program:  Current School Issues

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:30
Schenectady County Public Library, McChesney Room
Speaker:  John Borst
Program:  Cyber Security:  Threats, NYS Resources and What We Can Do to Protect Ourselves

Monday, November 17, 1:30
Schenectady County Public Library, McChesney Room
Speaker:  Professor Davis Kram of Queens College
Program:  “Dying for Beauty”

Saturday, December 6, 11:00
The Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia
Our Holiday Buffet
Entertainment will be included

Wednesday, january 21, 1:00
The Glen Eddy in Niskayuna
Speakers:  Maxine Borom and Miriam Cajuste
Program:  Learn about how Cuba has fared under 50 years of Communism

Wednesday, February 18,  6:30
Speakers:  Paul and Mary Liz Schwartz
Program:  A New Interpretation of an Old Story
Hear about the Underground Railroad story and the recent discoveries that come from the voices of those who lived it, including the women involved, and what was happening in the Capital Region and throughout New York State.

Saturday, March 21, 9:00-3:00
AAUW-NYS District 4 Conference
Program:  Herstory 2015:  Our History is our Strength
Sponsored by the Amsterdam-Johnston-Gloversville AAUW Branch.
Celebrating the 200th birthday of Elizabeth C. Stanton.
Contact Jennie Pennington to car pool.
A light breakfast and lunch will be included as part of the $35 registration fee.
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Wednesday, April 15,  1:00
Ellis Medicine Bellevue Campus
Program:  Tour of the newly renovated hospital, followed by lunch in the cafeteria

Wednesday, May 20  6:30
Mohawk Golf Club, Schenectady
Our Annual Dinner, Installation of Officers, Year in Review
Entertainment by “Thursday Musical Club Performance”


Wednesday, May 21, 6:00 p.m.
Our Annual Dinner
Location:  Mohawk Golf Club
Special Member Recognition and Installation of Officers
Program:   The Two Thousand Year Old Woman Returns by Judy Farrall

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m.                                                                                             McChesney Room, Schenectady County Public Library                                                           Program:  The Nine First Ladies from New York State

Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Stockade Building, Room 101
Schenectady County Community College
Speaker: State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk
Topic:  Women in Politics

Wednesday, February 19, 12:00 p.m.                                                                 Enjoy gourmet dining prepared by SCCCs culinary students
Theme:  A Greek/Eastern Mediterranean Luncheon                                 Location:  Casola Dining Room – Schenectady County Community College
78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady

Thursday, January 16, 1:00 p.m.
Program:  Miss Representation
View the film and discussion following
Location:  McChesney Room, Schenectady Library

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
Program:  A Women’s Perspective as a Military Nurse in Afghanistan
Speaker:  Sharon Westbrook
Location:  McChesney Room, Schenectady County Public Library

Wednesday, October 9th
Choice of locations:
1:00 Bush Memorial Hall, Russell Sage College, Troy
7:00 First Unitarian Universalist Society, 405 Washington Ave, Albany
Speaker: Malalai Joya, activist, writer and former politician from Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.
Program:  The Poor Among Us
Speaker:  Christine Parsons, City Mission of Schenectady
Location:  McChesney Room, Schenectady County Public Library



Wednesday, September 19 – 7 p.m.
Location: Niskayuna Public Library
Speaker: M. Dolores Cimini, Ph.D,.Licensed Psychologist
Adjunct Clinical Professor, School of Education, University at Albany
Topic:  “Opening Doors to Opportunity:
STEM Education for Women with Disabilities”

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
Candidates Forum – co-sponsored by AAUW and the LWV
Schenectady H.S.

Saturday, October 27, 9:00 – 2:00
District 4 Conference
at Schenectady County Community College
Program:  Violence Against Women and Girls – Locally, Nationally, and Internationally

Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon and Purse Auction
Stockade Inn, Schenectady

No General Meeting in January

Wednesday, February 20th – 7:00 p.m.
McChesney Room at the Schenectady County Public Library
Speaker:   Jan Grigsby, Professor at Union College
Program:  Engaging Students in Reflections on Community Service

Wednesday, March 20th – 6:30 p.m.
Schenectady County Public Library
Film and Discussion:  The Invisible War   This award winning movie is about the sexual misconduct against female enlistees

Wednesday, April 17th – 7:00 p.m.
Program:  Project Have Hope – Project Have Hope is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda by providing education to both the women and their children and assisting the women to establish business opportunities to promote economic stability and sustainability.                                                                                                 Location – Niskayuna Branch Public Library

Wednesday, May 15th – 6:00 p.m.
Mohawk Club
Annual Dinner
Installation of Officers
Program:  Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment