January 23, 2021 – Noon — Book to be discussed: Color of Water by James McBride –meet at South Shore Harbor Grill, League City for lunch
November 20, 2020 – Patio, Wine Event – Hostess Delia Stephens and socially distanced wine party, enjoyed by members:
October 3, 2020 — Florence of Arabia, with thanks to hostess: Ruth Askine
March 14, 2020 — News of the World by Paulette Jiles
February 1 2020 — Let Her Fly: A Father’s Journey by Louise Carpenter and Ziauddin Yousafzai
November 8, 2019 – Holiday Dinner at Grazia Italian Kitchen, Pine Loch Dr at El Camino Real
September 28, 2019 – Protect & Defend by Richard North Patterson
May 27, 2019 – Hilton, NASA Road 1
November 10, 2018 – Holiday Dinner at Grazia Italian Kitchen, Pine Loch Dr at El Camino Real
September22, 2018 —The Zookeeper’s Wife
January 20, 2018 — Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel. Book website link Reviewer: Mary Ellen Harris. [Library call number 629.45 KOP 2013]
Lunch and book discussion September 23, 2017 — The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell. Reviewer: Ruth Askine.
Lunch and book discussion — The Women in the Castle, a novel by Jessica Shattuck. Louise Peck, Reviewer
Saturday July 22, 2017 Bon Appetit
Lunch and book discussion — Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. Our special guest is Catherine Osgood, one of the “hidden figures” who features in the book.
Saturday May 20, 2017
Time : 12 noon until about 2 pm Location : member home for a potluck luncheon
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.
Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.
Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
Link to buy on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Hidden-Figures-American-Untold-Mathematicians/dp/0062363603/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491731459&sr=8-1&keywords=hidden+figures+book
Lunch and book discussion — Chemistry & Compassion
Saturday April 1, 2017 (no fooling)
The Branch Members said an early farewell to departing president Kathy Mallory and presented her with a lovely AAUW Past President’s pin.
Memoir of Dr. Amy Le Vesconte 1898–1985 by Pauline Brody, discussion led by branch member, Delia Stephens. Lunch at Bon Appetit Cafe, Nassau Bay, Texas
“Amy Le Vesconte was born at the end of the nineteenth century but exemplified the modern teacher and woman scientist of the twenty-first century. She earned her PhD in chemistry in 1931 and devoted the next four decades to teaching chemistry to young college women at Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Belton, Texas and two other women’s colleges. She imbued her teaching with humor, fun, and creativity that helped overcome the students’ fear of science. Fun loving and adventuresome, she caught the travel bug when she took a road trip with three other women from Minnesota to Philadelphia in 1926 in a Model T Ford. After that, whenever possible, she traveled around the country and around the world, often keeping a diary. Her accounts of Taiwan (formerly Formosa) and Japan in the years prior to the outbreak of World War II are especially interesting. Deeply grounded in her faith, she lived a life of service, giving generously of her attention and love to nurture young people wherever she saw the need. She was especially caring of international students. Although she never married, she enjoyed a large family of adoring former students around the world, who faithfully kept in touch with her over the years.” from EXLIBRIS
Saturday January 28, 2017, 12 noon until about 2 pm—Lunch and book discussion — The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, discussion led by branch member, Linda McCleod. Lunch at Victor’s Deli and Indian Restaurant
Thursday, November 17, 2016, HOLIDAY DINNER at 6:30 PM — Webster / Clear Lake
2013 Branch Meetings / Events
ANAHUAC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Darlene Prescott, board member for the Refuge, who has written a book on Texas alligators. The Refuge is located on the east side of Galveston Bay and south of I-10. Meet at a member home in Pasadena to carpool to the Refuge for lunch and tour.
Friday, November 22 — HOLIDAY DINNER, 6:30 PM at Shalimar Restaurant–Highway 3, Webster / Clear Lake. For reservations contact finance officer above.
2009- 2010 Branch Meetings / Events
Tuesday, August 4, 2009. 2 PM — Discussion group for Expanding Your Horizons 2010 — Library Conference Room, Bayou Building, UH/CL
Saturday, September 12, 2009, 10 AM — Greater Houston Area Interbranch Council meeting at the Tracey Gee Community Center.
Monday, September 28, 5:30 PM– Dinner, B.J.’s Restaurant Brewhouse, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster.
Monday, September 28, 6:30 PM– Meeting, Genealogy with Maxine Alcorn, former Director, Clayton Genealogical Library, Houston at Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, Clear Lake City, GOOGLE MAP
Monday October 26, 6:30 PM — Meeting, Human Trafficking, Darlene Prescott, at the Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, Clear Lake City, GOOGLE MAP
Friday, November 20, 6:30 PM — Holiday Dinner, Perry’s Italian Kitchen, 1001 Pineloch, Clear Lake City
Saturday, January 23, 2010. 10 AM — Interbranch Council Luncheon and Speaker at Houston Marriott Westchase Hotel, 2900 BriarPark Drive, near west Beltway and Westheimer
February — Judges at PISD Science Fair, San Jacinto College
March 2010 — Women’s History Month, with Women’s Studies Department, UH/CL
April 23-25, 2010 — AAUW Texas State Convention, Houston Marriott Westchase 2900 Briarpark Dr. Houston, Texas 77042 USA more about Marriott…
Saturday, May 15, 10 AM — Luncheon, Villa Capri, 3713 NASA Pkwy, Clear Lake City