UW Retirement Association

Interest groups

UWRA members organize interest groups to learn, explore, build skills and connect with other members. These volunteer-led groups are a great place for retirees to reconnect with colleagues, share interests and experiences and expand their horizons. New groups are welcome. Email the UWRA office with your ideas.

Contact the interest group coordinator listed with each group’s description for more information about that group. All groups welcome participation by new UWRA members.

Additionally, members of the UW Retirement Association and the UW Faculty Auxiliary (UWFA) are welcome to participate in each others’ interest groups. You can learn about UWFA’s groups here.

UWRA Interest Groups

  • Birding: Half- or full-day local field trips, monthly on Tuesdays. Transportation is by carpool. A typical trip is 12-20 people; a few are accomplished birders but most are learners. Beginners are welcome! Bring binoculars. If you would like to receive the Birding Group’s annual schedule or have any questions, please email Bettimae Metheny. To see a short video with clips from the birders’ past outings, click here.
  • Book Review: Currently meeting virtually on the second Friday of each month. Typically a member presents one book in depth, followed by a general discussion.  Our book list for Spring 2021 includes The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett for March 12; Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane for April 9; and Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson for May 14. For the Zoom link, please email Connie Bourassa-Shaw.
  • Bridge: Currently on hiatus.
  • Day Trips: Virtually visit local spots of interest. Watch the web site and e-digest for announcements and register for any and all trips that interest you. Email the UWRA office with questions.
  • Hi-Lites Garden Club: Brown bag lunch followed by coffee/tea, desserts, and presentations by gardening professionals on the first Tuesday of the month. For the active gardener and the gardener at heart! Email Carrie Cone for more information.
  • Husky Sports: Waiting and watching for future event schedules. Watch this space! Contact Mark Johnson with questions.
  • Travelogue: Currently on hiatus. Speakers share their travel adventures and the visual images they collected on one Wednesday each month. Contact Randy Everett or Gary Fuller with questions or program ideas.
  • What’s the Big Idea? Meet with a small group of your UWRA peers and a UW faculty member for a facilitated discussion of a current topic. See the discussion topic and find a registration link on the UWRA calendar. Contact Nancy WickVince Stricherz  or Dan Kraus for more information. Click here to jump to the current schedule.