American Association of University Women


AAUW Big Bear Valley President Sara Tully, February 2016 __ 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded in 1891 with the mission of promoting equity for women and girls through education, advocacy and research. The organization is now over 100,000 strong and membership is open to individuals having an AA degree or higher from an accredited institution.  

AAUW Big Bear Valley Branch was formed in 1983 and has been growing steadily ever sin ce. What characterizes our branch is that while members strongly believe in our mission, we also just enjoy time together: building friendships, sharing thoughts, supporting each other and the community…and having fun!

We have a variety of interest groups, all optional and including writing, literature, games, craft classes, golf and hiking in the summer, snowshoeing/skiing in the winter, and more. Dine-outs and parties with or without spouses/friends are scheduled every 6 to 8 weeks. Our Lunch and Learn series and special presentations support the mission and help to inform the Big Bear Valley. 

AAUW Big Bear Valley‘s fundraising activities are easy and non-stressful, but we do encourage everyone to participate. The proceeds benefit three main programs: scholarships, Tech Trek, and Speech Trek. 

“It’s always rewarding to see our efforts have a direct, meaningful impact on the local students they support.”  


LEFT - Lisa Patterson, Cheryl Nelson and Sara Tully watching for a crowd to gather

for the special presentation from Supervisor James Ramos, a $2,500 check. 

RIGHT - Ramos had personally pledged to give to the nonprofit organization

in the San Bernadino County Third District, the GIVE BIG fundraising that had the

largest number of unique donations totaled as of December 1, 2015.