New Member Guide

As you know, the Tar Heel Branch is a virtual branch, and while we do try to keep our “offline” members in the loop, spending a bit of time checking our online resources will help you get more from your membership.

Please use this information as a supplement to the “new member packet” you’ll be getting from AAUW and if you’ve got questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

National web site

There’s an incredible wealth of information on AAUW programs and priorities at

Check out, for instance, these links on how AAUW advances equity through

Additional information is available to members.

  • Login from the link on the top menu bar. [Your member ID is your login name, you will choose a password when you register. If you have difficulty registering, contact or call them at 800-326-2289.]
  • Then additional resources will be available — check the “Member Tools” link at the bottom of each page.
  • In particular, the Member Services Database provides a way to check/correct your contact information, renew your Tar Heel Branch membership, see the branch roster and contact state officers, make a contribution, and more.

State web site

The state web site,, has news and background information as well as contact information for the other branches.

Branch resources

Handout for the tour of the branch web resourcesThe branch news, documents, and history are all online. We did a “tour” of these resources at the 2011 AAUW NC spring meeting — if you missed that, here’s the handout and here’s more information:

  • The Website:
    • Find suggested mailing lists and more in the right hand column
    • At the bottom of the page, you’ll see headlines from AAUW and AAUW NC
    • Be sure you know how to tell your friends to find our Join Now ( page!
  • A Google group for an e-mail list
    • You should be subscribed shortly after you join, but if you’ve got questions, use the “contact the group owner” link
    • This isn’t a high traffic list, but we use it to keep the branch on track, to repost key information from some of the national lists, and to share event information from across the state.
    • There is a separate list for branch “business” – discussing the actions the branch might want to take with the board and others who are interested. Find this (and other subscriptions that might be of interest) on the lower part of the right-hand column of this page).
  • A Facebook group
    • Only about half of the branch members participate – it’s completely optional and a supplement to the e-mail list
    • It can be helpful for connecting with other members of the branch. We don’t publish a yearbook, partly because the information it would contain can be found on Facebook — along with more detailed information on members’ interests and backgrounds (or at least as much as they are willing to share with their Facebook friends).
    • For the informal “events” that the branch does sponsor, sometimes Facebook can be an easy organizing tool.

2 responses to “New Member Guide

  1. An alternate version of the “Take the Virtual Tour” handout was prepared for the AAUW 2011 Convention. If you’re looking for a more in depth discussion about the branch and the tools that support it, see

  2. Pingback: Results of the branch survey | AAUW Tar Heel Branch

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