Interest Groups

Joining 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 President Denise Montoya and Interest Group Coordinator Ellen Mathis. They will 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 a 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 Dee Dee Catalano at catalanosmith@yahoo.com 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, bettythom@aol.com.

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 sojoinlb@aol.com.

Great Decisions Groups are self-moderated groups that meet to discuss issues of world importance, guided by the Great Decisions book published by the Foreign Policy Association. he Great Decisions book highlights nine thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing America. The program provides materials that help people reach informed decisions on the issues and participate on the foreign policy process and world affairs.

There are currently three Great Decisions groups with about 10 members each that meet at various times during the week. Each person pays for their copy of the book ($25). Contact Rita Powell at riorita111@verizon.net to join a group or for more information.

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, faydenny@yahoo.com.

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 Flo Pickett at flopickett@gmail.com.

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, jwg221@aol.com or Ellen Mathis, epmathis@verizon.net 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 shelleyarnold1@aol.com

NEW! Book Group – This 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 bevkrivo@yahoo.com.