“GambiaHELP” with Shelby Tarutis, founder and director of GambiaHELP & AAUW-Seattle Branch Member

Saturday, September 20, 2014  at 9:30am at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn, Seattle Events are open to the general public. You do not have to be a member to attend. Upcoming Events – Save the Dates!




“GambiaHELP” with Shelby Tarutis, founder and director of GambiaHELP & AAUW-Seattle Branch Member

Sat., Sept. 20, 2014 at 9:30 am Best Western Plus Executive Inn 200 Taylor Ave N Seattle, WA

Shelby Tarutis, founder and director of GambiaHELP, will be our speaker on Saturday, September 20th. She has spoken to our group several times in the past and will bring us up to date on the incredible work she and her volunteers have been doing in Gambia, West Africa. Shelby founded GambiaHELP in 1999 following her Peace Corps experience there, where she saw first-hand how much the local people can do with just a little help.

Mission Statement:

GambiaHELP exists to enable people in The Gambia to protect, conserve and improve their own health, the health of their communities, and that of their natural environment. Providing books, educational opportunities, seed money and human resources, the group helps communities build sustainable economies and preserve their environments.

GambiaHELP provides educational funds, books and medical supplies, and supports practical, sustainable projects such as making soaps, mosquito nets, decorative fabrics and rice-milling machines.

Such businesses are then managed and expanded by local women’s groups. Shelby works all year collecting supplies for The Gambia, storing them at Hansen Brothers Moving & Storage in Seattle, then transferring them to a shipping container that leaves Seattle mid January. In February, Shelby flies to Gambia at her own expense and meets the container in Banjul, a city on the coast, and makes sure all these contributions get to the right villages, and schools “up-river.”

Our program will also include something to commemorate the 110th anniversary of our branch.

LOCATION: Best Western Plus Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA

Breakfast is included: 

$15 inclusive – Chilled Fruit Juice, QUICHE LORRAINE (Bacon & Cheese),

Small Fruit Cup, Breakfast Breads/Butter,Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea


Parking: Free in hotel garage. Members who park in the garage or BW lot can sign the book at the front desk and give their name and license plate number.

Also 2-hour curbside pay stations on Taylor; 10-hour on 6th Ave N and on Thomas; nearby lots $5-10/day. Bus: #8 on Denny. Contact Pauline Barrett or Check our web site at  to pay in advance via PayPal. Reservations required by Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Contact Pauline Barrett or make reservations below with PayPal or Credit Card:

Sept. 20, 2014 – Members and Guests – $15
Sept. 20, 2014 – Student with ID – $10


Upcoming Programs – Save the Dates!

2014-2015 Seattle Branch Programs

  • September 20, 2014 – “GambiaHelp” with Shelby Tarutis
  • October 18, 2014 – Megan McCloskey of Lotus Circle will speak about women’s rights in Viet Nam
  • November 15, 2014 - “Fisher women of Iceland:  Gender, Quotas, Crashes, and the International Fisheries ‘Crisis’” with Margret Wilson, AAUW Award recipient at UW
  • December 20, 2014- Holiday Program at The Seattle Yacht Club
  • January 17, 2015 – “The Health of Seattle…What’s Coming in 2015″ with Hyeok Kim Deputy Mayor, City of Seattle
  • February 21, 2015 – “Slavery in Washington” with Eva Abram, Storyteller.
  • March 21, 2015 – TBD
  • April 2015 – Scholar Recognition
  • May 16, 2015 – Annual Meeting

Past Programs Seattle Branch 2010-2014

  • July 12, 2014 – Annual Garden Party at Chase Gardens in Orting with Highline Branch to benefit the Mary Lou Hughes R & P Grant
  • May 17, 2014 – “Garden Color…It’s Not Just About the Flowers” with Victoria Gilleland, Garden Designer at Cottage Garden Designs & Annual Meeting
  • April 9, 2014 – Scholar Recognition Reception, speaker Deborah Jensen, CEO Woodland Park Zoo
  • March 15, 2014 – Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) at Seattle University
  • February 15, 2014 – David Ward of Legal Voice to speak about PayEquity
  • January 18, 2014 – Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times Columnist, “Who is Practicing the AAUW Mission in Our Community?”
  • December 21, 2013 – Holiday Get-together with “Sensible Shoes” and  MLH R&P Grant fundraiser
  • November 16, 2013 – Tech Trek
  • October 19, 2013 – Update from UW Women’s Center and Johnna White on ” A First Hand Look at the Women of Tunisia” & update on UW Women’s Center Program’s at University of Washington
  • September 21, 2013 – Colleen Carrigan, AAUW Recipient of the Eleanor Hadley R&P Grant and  MLH R&P Grant fundraiser
  • July 13, 2013 – Highline & Seattle AAUW Summer Garden Tour at Soos Creek Botanical Garden and Hertitage Center
  • May 18, 2013 – Annual Meeting & Women Finding their Voices: How the United Nations Facilitates Gender Equality and Empowerment for Women with Kathy Adler
  • April 10, 2013 – Scholar’s Recognition with Karen Troianello
  • March 16, 2013 – Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) volunteering at Seattle University
  • February 16, 2013 – A Visit to the new MOHAI at South Lake Union
  • January 28, 2013 AAUW-WA Lobby Day
  • January 19, 2013 – “A Community Where All Women Have the Opportunity to Live, Lead and Thrive” with  Liz Vivian from Women’s Funding Alliance
  • December 15, 2012 – Sweet Adelines Pacific Sound Chorus, Appletini’s Quarter at the Seattle Yacht Club
  • November 17, 2012 – “Elles” Docent Lecture & Exhibit Tour at the Seattle Art Museum
  • October 24, 2012 – Networking Reception
  • October 13, 2012 -  Welcoming AAUW-Seattle to the Women’s Center at the University of Washington Women’s Center
  • September 22, 2012 – Key November Election Issues – A Forum
  • July 2012 – Garden Party at Lakewold Gardens
  • May 2012 -  Ethnic Minority Girls and the Science Lunchroom with Jessica Thompson, PhD
  • April 2012 – Seattle Branch Scholars Recognition with Dr. Lovejoy Conquest
  • March 2012 – EYH (Expaning Your Horizons) volunteering
  • February 2012 – Speak Out! Addressing Sexual Harrassment in the School and on the Street with Holly Kearl
  • January 2012 – A Front Row Seat to Advocating with Tracy Sherman
  • December 2011 – Holiday Brunch with Performance by Senisble Shoes
  • November 2011- The Male Essence: How Natural Ability is Perceived in Different fields of Study by Sarah Grover
  • October 2011- Legislative Session 2012: A Preview with AAUW-WA Lobbyist Pam Crone
  • September 2011 – Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe with Dr. Jennifer Ross-Nazzal
  • July 2011 – Tour of Chinese Garden at South Seattle Community College benefiting AAUW Funds
  • May 2011 – Aviation High School, the Big Vision, with Reba Gilman
  • April 2011 – Evening Dessert Reception for Scholars Recognition Honorees and their parents with speaker Heather Dohan
  • March 2011–Joint Meeting with Highline Branch at the Burien Community Center with Maha Jahshan, MA, speaker from OneAmerica, on immigration issues for families, women and girls
  • March 2011–volunteered at the Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle school girls at Seattle University
  • February 2011 – Reel Grrls with Malory Graham
  • January 2011 – Theresa Diekhans’ One-Woman Show on Mother Jones
  • December 2010 – Holiday brunch at the home of Susan Moen in Kenmore – with silent auction benefiting our Scholars Recognition Program, entertainment by Cornish students soprano Jamie Foster and piano major Rebekah Wagner, and collection of items for Mary’s Place Women’s Shelter.
  • November 2010 – GambiaHELP Project 2010 with Shelby Tarutis
  • October 2010 – Debunking Stereotypes: Explaining Women’s Under representation in Computer Science with Sapna Cheryan, Ph.D.
  • September 2010 – Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices at MOHAI Women’s Suffrage exhibit with Shanna Stevenson

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