Sarasota Branch

AAUW Sarasota Branch: 3026
South Florida

OFFICERS 2016-2017

Position Name Email
President Ellen Roche
Director for Program : Co-VP Program Joan Nasser
Director for Program : Co-VP Program Valerie Shah
Director for Membership : Co-VP Membership Diana Sells
Director for Membership : Co-VP Membership Polly Gregory
Director for Finance Harlene Weiss
Director for Development/Fundraising. N/A
Director for Public Policy Rona Gahr
Secretary Nancy Brennan
Director for Newsletter Roslyn Lurie
Director for Communication Susan Smitten


Branch Members:  115

Branch Website : Not Available at this time.

Name of Branch Newsletter: Synthesis :

Branch Meetings: Monthly Meetings are held: Third Wednesday of the month
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Community Foundation of Sarasota County 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota




Branch Meetings:
Oct 19 League of Women Voters
Nov 16 Sarasota Technology Users Group (STUG)
Jan 18 Sarasota County School Board
Feb 15 Sarasota Museum of Art
Mar 15 USF Sarasota Manatee – College of Arts & Sciences
Apr 19 Take Stock in Children of Manatee County

Special Events:

Dec 2 Education Foundation Legacy Society Breakfast,
9:00 a.m. at the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton. Guest speaker is Lori White, Superintendent Sarasota County Public Schools. For additional program information and on-line ticket purchase, please contact Gayle Kloss at

Dec 10 Holiday Luncheon

Dec 12 Cabaret Fashion Show,
10:30am, at the Fashion Showroom/ Outlet, located at 1850 University Parkway, Sarasota (near 301, on the Southwest Corner of University). The showroom can only accommodate 12 women, so the first 12 members to respond will be able to attend the event. RSVP to Ellen Roche at

May 6 Spring Luncheon

Aug Women’s Equity Day

Special Projects:
Academic Olympics, Education Foundation, Community Foundation – volunteers
College scholarships, Tech Trek, NCCWSL, Legal Advocacy Fund – financial support

Interest Groups:

  1. Art Appreciation
  2. Ballet Enthusiasts
  3. Bridge for Fun
  4. First Wednesday Bridge
  5. Still Rusty Bridge
  6. Film Group
  7. North County Book Club
  8. Read/Discuss Books – Gulf Gate
  9. Play Reading
  10. Summer Sizzlers
  11. Gulf Gate Neighborhood Group