Welcome to the West Suburban-Milwaukee Branch of AAUW

Welcome to AAUW

Time to Renew Your Membership

AAUW-GO is Back! Golf with AAUW WSM

Joint Venture with Shady Lane Greenhouses to Invest in the Future – 25% Give Back Program

Missed one of our Branch Meetings?  You are not too late!  All our virtual meetings are on YouTube.

COVID-19 Update

Work Smart Online Course


Zoom Information for our virtual Branch Meetings


Welcome to AAUW – WSM

The primary purpose of AAUW (formally American Association of University Women), is to empower women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States; additionally we have over 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have taken affirming positions on the fundamental issues of the day — gender equity in our educational, social, and economic environments. We are tenacious and trailblazing in advocating for women and girls.

Co-Presidents Kerstin Lanser and Mary Messerlie encourage you to take a few minutes to explore our website and discover some of the ways you can get involved. It is definitely an organization you should consider joining if you share our mission. AAUW is part of a chorus of voices advancing equity in education and the workplace. Our West Suburban-Milwaukee branch is composed of over 200 women committed to making a more equitable world for future generations.

We hold monthly branch meetings which feature stimulating speakers on the issues of the day and support AAUW’s public policy issues. Our members like to be well-informed and engaged. In addition to our advocacy role we offer a variety of diverse activities: enjoy bridge, play golf, like Mah Jongg, how about gardening, or taking a day trip to an historical location, well then click on Programs and Events. Perhaps you would like to continue a legacy of education. Well then click on Education and discover how you can support a scholarship or help a young women navigate a career in engineering, science or technology with our GEMS initiative or support the PEARLS for Teen Girls program that empowers teenage girls to become tomorrow’s effective leaders.

If you are interested in information on becoming a member of the West Suburban Milwaukee branch, contact our membership chair, Linda Polulach, at aauw.wsmmembership@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at an upcoming event.Kerstin Lanser Co-President, Mary Messerlie Co-President

Stay Safe.
Kerstin Lanser and Mary Messerlie



Renew Your Membership for 2021-2022

Renewal Begins March 16th. Renew by check made out to AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee and send to the Branch Treasurer or renew online.

Dues Information:
• National $62.00
• State $13.00
• Branch: $23.00

Note: $59.00 is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, and $3 is not (because it supports AAUW Action Fund’s Section 501(c) (4) Lobby Corps and get-out-the-vote activities)


The grass is getting green…the birds are singing…and it is time to dust off those clubs and buy new pretty balls!! Golfing Opportunities are returning. We are a non-competitive group of ladies who like to golf and not necessarily keep score!! We play for the love of the game, for getting exercise, and for being with new and old friends! An e-mail list will be created with everyone who responds to Jill Matarrese (jilarm1@iCloud.com). Each week, those people on the list will receive an e-mail from Jill. If you wish to play on the date mentioned in the e-mail, simply respond with a yes!! Tee-times will be reserved for those who respond yes!! There is no pressure to play for any number of weeks for the season…play as often as you desire! We look too begin play on May 7, weather permitting! Looking forward to seeing you then!!



We continue to monitor the safety concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our branch activities. Our branch meetings will be held virtually on Zoom through May 2021. Other branch activities such as board and committee meetings and interest groups will also continue to be held virtually. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our members. We all look forward to the day we can once again meet in person and are optimistic that that day is not too far away.


Have you taken the Start Smart/Work Smart online course yet? Now is the time!

Have you shared the link with other women in or entering the workforce?  AAUW’s goal is to reach 10,000,000 women and close the wage gap by 2030!  Begin here and pass it along today!  https://salary.aauw.org/about/