Membership is open to all women (and men!) with an associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university; or from a professionally recognized institution (such as those that grant Registered Nurse degrees). Student affiliates are eligible if they are enrolled in a two-year or four-year program at a regionally accredited institution.

The AAUW Long Beach Branch celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. During those past years,  we have supported opportunities for activism and have helped develop programs that promote education and equity, not just for women and girls, but also for the city of Long Beach. With your membership, you can be a part of AAUW-Long Beach’s dedication to advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

2018/2019 Dues Schedule:

Regular Member Dues:   $105.00

National Member joining the branch dues:   $46.00

Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in a partner university: $13

Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in a non-partner university: $41.81

* Contact Dee Dee Cantalano at (562-310-5292) for more information

Or, using the Membership Form below, export it as a PDF, fill it out, and mail as directed:

AAUW Long Beach Membership Form

Interest Groups

Joining in on an interest group(s) is a great way to get to know other members on a more personal level.  Make friends while participating in fun, informative and educational activities.  If you would like to start a new interest group, submit a description to Denise Montoya or Shelley Arnold, Co-Presidents and they will refer you to Ellen Mathis, Interest Group Coordinator to help you move forward with your idea.  

All interest group participants MUST be AAUW Long Beach members!

*Guests may attend a meeting group or interest group maximum of three times before they are required to join. Interest groups are for the benefit of AAUW members.

New Members Group welcomes the new members into our branch. The meetings introduce the leaders, programs and interest groups available to them so the new member can explore fully the aspects of the branch that they find most interesting. Contact Carol Smith, for more information.

Book Chat Plus is currently held at the home of Betty Thompson. The members present the most interesting book they’ve recently read, discuss a film they’ve recently seen or share a travel experience they’ve had, or if time allows, all three! For more information contact Betty Thompson,

Cultural Adventures Group plans trips to museums and other points of interest. It is usually a mid-week tour and lunch scheduled several times a year. Come join a group that enjoys checking out museums and other cultural interests. Contact JoAnn Kuroda at

Great Decisions Group in February and March and have about ten members who have prepared by reading one chapter of the Great Decisions book, published by the Foreign Policy Association, about a situation of world importance. The self-moderated group meets to discuss the pros, cons and issues of these important topics. There are currently three Great Decisions groups that meet at various times during the week. Each person pays for their copy of the book, usually in December. Contact Rita Powell at to join a group or for more information.

The Great Decisions discussions group will start in February.  This group is designed to encourage debate and discussion of important global issues of our time.  The Great Decisions book highlights nine thought provoking foreign policy challenges facing America.  Each chapter is tackling a different challenge facing America today. The program provides materials that help people reach informed decisions on the issues and participate on the foreign policy process and world affairs.  Please order your book by December, 2018, making your checks payable to:  Rita Powell for $25.00.  Some of the topics covered this next year are: Global Migration, Trade with China, Middle East and US and Mexico.

International Cuisine meets and dines at restaurants of different ethnicities in the local area. It is usually a Wednesday dinner within an easy drive, scheduled every few months. Contact Fay Denny,

Literary Ladies Book Group meets to discuss and compare thoughts on a selected book. Each member takes a turn recommending a book and leading the group. The group meets the 2nd Monday of the month. It is limited to a group of 10, but maintains a waiting list. The current selection is also published in the Vantage so members can read along with the group.

Public Policy meetings explore, discuss and support the active legislative issues of AAUW, which underscore the mission of promoting equity and education for all women and girls. The group passes on knowledge and information to branch members and encourages them to become involved in AAUW issues. Contact is Flo Pickett,

Residential Rentals Discussion Group meets the 3 rd Wednesday of the month year round from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. Anyone with an interest in residential rentals is welcome. There are often topics to discuss and recent landlord experiences to share. Members work to keep their knowledge current. Reservations are not required but an email/call to Joan Gustafson, or Ellen Mathis, will ensure a chair at the table for attendees.

NEW ! – Movie Mavens enjoy each other’s company at a movie and then chat about it over coffee afterwards. All are welcome! If you would like to be added to the email list please contact Shelley Arnold at 562-421- 759 or

NEW! – Book Group – The ”new” Book Club will meet the 3rd Saturday of the month at 2:00 PM at Bev Krivokapich’s home in Los Alamitos. We will read a variety of genres. We have room for more members! Ask Beverly about the titles to be read. Contact Beverly Krivokapich 562-596-1826 or email