Welcome to the Smith Mountain (VA) Branch of AAUW!

Our members represent three counties in the Smith Mountain Lake area of Southwest Virginia (Bedford, Franklin, and Pittsylvania). Whether living on or off the lake, we are treated to some of the best scenery our beautiful state has to offer. Conveniently located between Roanoke and Lynchburg in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smith Mountain Lake is less than four hours drive from anywhere in the state and just 4.5 hours from Washington, DC. 2015 marked the 15th anniversary of the Smith Mountain Branch. In April of 2014 we had the pleasure of hosting the Virginia State Conference. We are 65+ members strong and enjoy a variety of activities that provide opportunities to pursue education and community service

OUR PARENT ORGANIZATION – The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Along with the desire for life long learning that we share, AAUW’s Mission Statement – “To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.” – is at the heart of our meetings and other activities. That said, we reserve a bit of time for fun with small bursts of just plain goofiness now and again. Join us as a guest for a branch or study group meeting! All are welcome.

Click here to read AAUW’s Diversity Statement.

One of AAUW’s strongest programs – WORK SMART – strives to help working women get paid what they are worth when negotiating for a new job, a raise, or a promotion. if one of these situations applies to you, or if you just want to learn more about this free on-line salary negotiation course – SIgn up now!



AAUW-VA’s newsletter, Virginia Vision, is full of great information.   Read about:

  • 2022 State Conference in Harrisonburg, March 26
  • State Mini-Grant Recipients
  • 2022 Woman of Achievement
  • Meet the Candidates for AAUW-VA Board Elections
  • Annual Business Meeting April 30
  • Proposed Public Policy Priorities
  • News of Branches in Action
  • Much More!

Click HERE and enjoy the Vision!


Founded in 2000, SMAAUW is 22 years strong and can boast that one of our founding members is still active and dedicated to our mission (and the occasional silliness that makes our work lighter).This site will introduce you to some of our activities. You are invited to contact any of the officers shown on the “About” page, or email smaauw@gmail.com if you need additional information.

We are excited about our second book program reading and donating copies of  Molly, By Golly: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree to 2nd grade classrooms in Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania schools. Thanks to AAUW of Virginia, we have been awarded a “mini-grant” to help finance the project! The project is planned for March – Women’s History Month. Copies of the book may be donated to the project and dedicated to a favorite teacher or loved one before it is given to the class. See Interest Groups / Community Outreach to download the donation form.

Our branch meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday in the January, March, May, and September . Programs include local speakers who are active in mission-related activities promoting the interests of women and girls. Information on programs for 2022 and for prior years is available on the Meetings Page.

Branch activities include STEM projects with local students, a study group reading classic literature, and our international studies group that is currently studying Canada. More information can be found on this site.

It is an exciting time to join SMAAUW! See the Membership section to read more.