UW Faculty Auxiliary

Celebrating over 100 years of unity, wisdom, friendship, achievement

For over 100 years the Faculty Auxiliary has enriched the UW community by organizing a variety of social and cultural activities, helping to orient new faculty and raising funds for student scholarships.

The Auxiliary’s programs include seasonal receptions, an annual scholarship awards dinner and regular gatherings of various interest groups.  All groups are open to both UWFA and UWRA members.

Interest groups

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Afternoon at the Movies

“Meets monthly — dates and times vary”

We watch a movie and meet afterward in a coffee shop for a lively discussion. About a week before, we email members of the Movie Group what movie we will see and the time.

For a list of past movies we have watched, click here

Members of our Afternoon at the Movies group are showing off the 3-D glasses they wore to see the sci-fi blockbuster The Martian.

Members of our Afternoon at the Movies group show off the 3-D glasses they wore to see the sci-fi blockbuster The Martian.

Contacts: Hady De Jong, 206 930 2567
Tina Schiess,  206 522 0778

Antiques and Collectibles

First Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.–Noon
We invite guest speakers to members’ homes or go out on excursions.
Contact: Sandy Walston, 206 365 0122

Book Discussion

Third Mondays 9:30 a.m.

Book Discussion members having a lively discussion

Book Discussion members having a lively discussion

The group picks both fiction and nonfiction books that have some depth. After background research, a volunteer reviewer opens the discussion. Some examples of what we read: Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt: An Uncommon Life by Delphine Haley, Into the Blue by Robert Goddard and The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway.  Books Read 1997-2017.

Contact: Christiane Faris, 425 524-6445

Bridge: Evening

Second Fridays or Saturday 7 p.m. or agreed upon date
Meeting in members’ homes, the group plays low-key social duplicate bridge with no significant difference from party bridge.
Contact: Marcia Brown, 206-382-3160

Foreign Language: French

Alternate Mondays 12:30 p.m.
We meet on alternate Mondays in members’ homes for a light lunch and conversation. At each meeting we set a discussion topic for the following meeting that reflects our wide range of interests.
Contacts: Patty Whisler, 206-522-1181
Patty Whisler, 206-522-1181

Foreign Language: German

Third Thursdays, afternoon, 1 pm October-May

The German Interest Group meets on the third Thursday, 1:00 p.m., Oct-May, in homes of group members.  Topics chosen by members span many interests and lead to spirited discussions shared in German.
Contact:  Dotty Shireman, 253-848-1374
Kathleen Ellsbury, 206 525-1566

Gallery Goers

Usually fourth Wednesday or other dates as needed.

Gallery Goers/Seattle Seattle in rapt attention on a docent tour of the newly opened Cascadia Museum in Edmonds.

Gallery Goers/Seattle Seattle in rapt attention on a docent tour of the newly opened Cascadia Museum in Edmonds.

We go to galleries or museums with a docent or audio guide. Before or after the tour we have lunch in a nearby restaurant.
Contact: Leader/Co-Leader needed

Gourmet – Daytime

 3rd Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.

Gourmet cooks enjoy small lunches in members’ homes.  There are usually two cooks per meal.  Contact:

Juliet Beard, 360-387-3744

Hiking - Tuesday Trekkers

Every Tuesday we plan a hike, year-round.  A wide range of opportunities are provided for day hikes as well as multi-day trips both nearby and afar.  Interested? Check out some of the Pictorials of past hikes. Please read the TT Information sheet and if you want to participate, read, fill out, sign and mail the TT Agreement & Release of Liability Form

Tuesday Trekkers enjoying the day in the woods

Tuesday Trekkers enjoying the day in the woods

Contact: Sandy Wood, 206-523-7155

International Dining

First Sunday, Lunch or Dinner

The group meets in restaurants and homes for good food and conversation.

Contact:  Barbara Scattergood, 206-232-2128

Scandinavian Cultural Exchange

Second Wednesdays 11 a.m.
Members are Scandinavians living in or visiting Seattle. The group visits places of interest, lunches at fine restaurants or meets at members’ homes.

2017-01-11 Scandinavian group at the Bellevue Arts Museum

2017-01-11 Scandinavian group at the Bellevue Arts Museum

Contacts:  Chris Christoffersen, 425-641-8730

Lois Arneson, 425-454-7380


Third Wednesdays
The group takes interesting and educational outings in Seattle and throughout the region. Great for newcomers and those who want to learn about the area.

Seattle/SEattle visiting Amazon Headquarters

Seattle/Seattle visiting Amazon Headquarters

Contact: Barbara Archbold, 206-363-2792


First Thursdays 10 a.m.

Members work on various projects, including cross-stitch, crocheting, knitting, quilting, garment making, and mending. We meet at members’ homes.  Our activities for this year.

Members of the stitchery group untanglng a ball of wool

Contacts: Tina Schiess, 206 522-0778

Barbara Archbold, 206 363-2792

Visiting Faculty Housing Service

Monday–Wednesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Work one to four mornings per month according to your availability. Volunteers staff a service that assists new and visiting faculty with housing needs. Donations by property owners help fund UWFA scholarships.

Contact: Barbara Archbold, 206 363-2792

UW Retirement Association Interest Groups

For more information, contact 206-543-8600 or retiremt@uw.edu, or visit the UWRA website.


Tuesdays, monthly–times vary

Birding half or full day field trips  by carpool. A few participants are accomplished birders but most are learners. Bring binoculars.

Contact: Bettimae Metheny fmetheny@msn.com 206-325-8125

Book Review

2nd Fridays, 1:30 p.m.

Meets in members’ homes. One member presents a book in depth, followed by general discussion.  Refreshments before meetings

Contact: Dan Kraus, dkraus2839@gmail.com or

Connie Bourassa-Swah, cbshaw3216@gmail.com


3rd Mondays, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

For Intermediate players.  Meet at the UW Club for contract bridge.  Call  Marjorie first; she calls participants to arrange foursomes

Contact: Marjorie Sanders, 206-524-5562

Computer Help Group

2nd Thursday 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

This interest group is for those who want to consider, discuss, and get help with home computing devices. In addition to presentations, we are used as a drop-in computer help center. We meet at the University House in Wallingford where we have internet access and a big screen for presentations.. Program updates come by email via UWRA’s e-digest

Contact: Harvey Friedman fnharvey@uw.edu

Ron Aley aley@uw.edu

Day Trips

Varying days and times

Visit local spots of interest…museums, gardens, concerts, historical sites, and so on. Info at UWRA web site.

Contact: UWRA office retirement@uw.edu   206-543-8600

HI-Lites Garden Club

1st Tuesdays. noon-2 p.m., Oct. -June

Meets at UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture and garden nurseries. Brown bag lunch followed by coffee/tea, desserts, and presentations by gardening professionals. For the active gardener and the gardener at heart!

Contact: Carrie Cone  206-685-2579


3rd Wedneday. 7:15 pm

Meets in UW Club for easy armchair traveling!  Speakers share their travel adventures from around the world (and the US).  Themed dinners at 5:45 pm optional, by reservation.  UW Club members contact UW Club; non-members welcome, pay for dinner after the meal (credit card preferred)..

Contact: Randy Everett, randy3@uw.edu,

Gary Fuller garyfuller44@comcast.net

What is the Big Idea

Usually Wednesday . 10:30 a.m., but days/times may vary

Contact: Nancy Wick wicknb@juno.com,

Vince Stricherz, vinces99@comcast.net

Husky Sports


Contact: Mark Johnson, majpaints@comcast.net


Every Wednesday . 9 a.m. sharp

An ideal way to meet new people or renew old acquaintances. We walk a three-mile loop along Lake Washington for about an hour. Meet near boat launch at end of 65th St. entrance to Magnuson Park on Sand Point Way NE, rain or shine unless otherwise decided by telephone

Contact: Phyllis Ramsey, 206-523-5819