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Interest Groups

Enjoy your hobbies, expand your knowledge, and make friends through one or more of AAUW Morgan Hill’s many Interest Groups. These groups meet socially to enjoy mutual interests and hobbies. Members choose topics, timing, and locations to meet. The upcoming Interest Group schedule is reflected on the calendar. Please contact the interest group coordinator (listed below) for additional details. To suggest or form new special interest groups, please contact Interest Group Coordinator Susan Persing.

Afternoon Book Group

Book lovers meet at BookSmart  to discuss a wide variety of authors and titles. Contact Suman Ganapathy.

Dining In And Out (DINO)

Members, with our without spouses, gather monthly to explore cuisines of local restaurants and, on occasion, at a home. Contact Maria Schalk.

Evening Books

Book lovers meet in a private home to discuss books by women authors, alternating fiction and nonfiction. See additional information for how we are organized and our book selection schedule. Contact Elizabeth Mandel.

Friday Writers

Writers, would be or otherwise, meet at a private home two Friday mornings a month. Contact Beth Wyman.

GEMS – Girls Engaged in Math & Science

is an inclusive enrichment program for local teen girls to encourage their interest in math, science, and technology through speakers and field trips. See additional information, including this year’s field trip schedule, photos from past field trips, and STEM resources for teens. Contact Susan Oldham-Fritts.

Hikers Unanimous

Hikers meet once or twice monthly for 4-6 mile hikes in local parks, providing a great opportunity to experience the outdoors. Contact Joanne Rife.

Hikes With Dogs

Hikers meet monthly for 2-3 mile hikes in local parks, with or without dogs. Contact Joy Safakish.

Hole in the Heart

This group for widows offers support and sharing of experiences. More recent widows (within the past 3 years) are especially invited to participate, and others are also welcome.  It meets monthly at a member’s home. Contact Carol O’Hare.

Mamas in the Kitchen

Cooks gather together quarterly to cook and enjoy good food together. This website contains archives of photos and recipes from each of our get-togethers. See additional information, including recipes and photos. This group is limited in size, but you are welcome to be added to the substitute list. Contact Jeanne Gregg.

Movie Buddies

Contact Betsy Ding to have company at upcoming movies. You will be connected with other members interested in attending a specific movie that you would like to see.

Out To Lunch Bunch

Join other members for a casual, social lunch, monthly at a local restaurant. Contact Sandra Lim.

Pilgrim’s Process

This meditation group meets twice a month to meditate and discuss techniques and books to support their spiritual practices. Contact Jane Devine.

Rowdy Outers

Do you have an idea for a unique outing for branch members? Contact Joanne Rife.

Smart eGals

Meet monthly to share e-device tips and apps. Contact Joan Ensign (Apple) or Janet McElroy (Android)

Theater Group

Attend local plays with your AAUW friends. We need a chairperson. If you are willing to be chairperson, please contact Susan Persing.

Travel Tips

Meet monthly to learn from each other’s travel experiences and discuss opportunities for travel. See additional information including how to share your travel tips. Contact Jenny Redfern.


Gather weekly (Monday mornings) to play the ukulele. See additional information. Contact Joanne Rife.

Wine and Whine

Members enjoy a monthly late afternoon get together for libations and conversation at a local restaurant, at 5:30 pm on the third Thursday of the month. Look for reminders in your weekly email. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Linnie Lee.

Writers Workshop

The Writer’s Workshop is a new interest group as of November, 2018. This group welcomes aspiring writers to share their writing. We will support each other’s aspirations and provide constructive feedback to further our writing skills. We will meet bi-weekly at a member’s home. Contact Kay Kulvinder Arora.

YES—You Evolving Spiritually

Develop mutual empowerment based on Mind, Body, Spirit approach towards achieving goals and dreams. Contact Usha Sharma.

Additional Monthly Events

Go to our Calendar for a complete list of upcoming interest group meetings,  programs, and other events.

Board Meetings

Meetings are at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of each month and the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, with social time at 6:45 pm. All members are welcome. Contact Co-Presidents Peggy Martin and Maggie Leininger.

Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixers

As a member of the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, our branch members are welcome to attend “Good Morning Morgan Hill” Chamber breakfasts and after hours networking mixers.Attending mixers is, for example, an opportunity for us to thank our business sponsors for their support of the Wildflower Run. Chamber breakfasts are always at 7:30 am on the first Thursday of the month at Mama Mia’s Restaurant. After hours mixers are at different Chamber members’ businesses, the third Thursday of the month, at 5:30 pm. Contact Chamber liaison Elizabeth Mandel.

AAUW Morgan Hill Monthly Programs

Most programs are held on the fourth Thursday of the month in the program room at the Morgan Hill Library. We start with an update on a specific branch topic at 6:30 pm (a good way for members to learn more about our organization), followed with the program (which is open to the public) at 7:00 pm.All members are welcome. Go to Upcoming Events to learn more about what we have planned or  contact Program VP Yvonne Randolph.