Salt Lake City Branch Scholarship Luncheon

Salt Lake City Branch of AAUW sponsors an annual event to benefit the branch scholarship established in 2014.  The AAUW Salt Lake City Branch Scholarship is awarded to a woman who lives in Salt Lake County and has had an interruption in her formal education.  The recipient will have returned or will desire to return to the University of Utah to complete a baccalaureate degree.  The scholarship totals $1,000 and may only be used towards tuition at the University of Utah.  It is administered on behalf of the branch by the University of Utah Women’s Resource Center.

This year’s luncheon was held March 2, 2019, at the Town Club.  Maria O’Mara, Manager of KUER, spoke on “Women, Power, and the Media.” She brought two audio clips from KUER programs that prompted discussions on women’s issues in our city, which Mara skillfully guided to include the attendees.

For information on the Scholarship fund contact Amanda Barusch, SLC Branch AAUW Fund Chair, at

Wasatch Branch Fund Raiser 2018
Passport to Spanish Food, Wine, and Flamenco!

This year Spain was the destination for Wasatch Branch’s annual fund raiser for the AAUW Fund.  For the third year we virtually transported members and guests to sample food, wine

Sheral Showe and Sue Nissen, AAUW Fund Chair

and traditions of a region.  With the expert help of Wasatch Academy of Wine scholar Sheral Showe, we learned about Spanish wine areas and sampled three choice but affordable Spanish wines. Spanish food from Café Madrid was a delicious accompaniment.  We were entertained by Flamenco music and dance beautifully performed by Tablado Dance Co. members John Major, guitarist, and Solange Gomes, dancer and company founder.

Sheral selected three wines, Santalba Viña Hermosa Rioja Blanco, Josep Foraster Els Nanos Rosat Trepat, and Ondalán Tempranillo Rioja, for us to sample with our food. In order, these wines were a white, a rosé, and a red. All three are available in our local wine outlets for a reasonable cost. The white and red wines are from the Rioja region, and the rosé comes from the Conca de Barbera region. We were reminded that, as in France, the rosé is a dry wine, not a sweet one. Sheral provided a handout with descriptions of each of the three wines as well as a map of the wine regions of Spain. As part of her presentation, she shared stories of her travels in the wine regions of Spain and her interactions with families who have operated vineyards and wineries over multiple generations.

Once again, it required a village to create this evening’s success, guests, participants and helpers, all helping to create a most enjoyable and memorable occasion. Together we raised $1785 for the AAUW Fund