Medina County Branch is pleased to have been recognized at the 2016 AAUW Ohio Convention for “Best Web Site” and “Best Face Book Page” (Large Branch – 70+ members)
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Medina County Branch
The Medina Branch was founded in 1964 by a group of women dedicated to declaring their common interests in encouraging educational activities, cultural activities and personal growth. They were leaders in our community and instrumental in developing long-standing institutions in Medina County, including the Medina Arts Council, the Women of Distinction Awards, home tours, candidates’ nights, a scholarship fund for non-traditional women students, an annual used book sale, and the Sister-to-Sister Conference for Girls.
Afternoon meeting, “Our own version of Antiques Road Show”: Thurs., January 26, 2:00 p.m.
Meet during the day at the home of Kathy Kraus, Co-Vice President for Programming. Bring an antique or vintage item for “show and tell.” Give the history behind it: family heirlooms, a piece of jewelry, clothing, old scrapbooks, a picture or even a gadget with a “past” will be fun to talk about. We might even learn we have something of value. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Kraus by Tues., January 24 at (330) 722-1107 so she will know how many people to expect. Friends welcome.
February Black History Month Program: Thurs., February 23, 7 p.m. at 451 Bronson St., Medina
2017 is the 15th consecutive year Medina County Branch AAUW will partner with Medina’s Second Baptist Church to present a community program in honor of Black History Month. The timely program is being “fine tuned” and will be announced after the next planning session. Be prepared to see another comprehensive display of achievements by persons of color and to partake in refreshments supplied by AAUW and church members. Open to the community.
See A&E page for scheduled opportunities for attending movie screenings and local tours.
Sister-to-Sister 2017: Sunday, March 12, 2017 : 12 noon – 4:30 p.m. at Medina Hospital Conference Center, 1000 E. Washington St., Medina
“Stay Strong on the Journey” — this year’s theme, will help young women learn how to avoid the “road hazards” and give them tools to help map their journey through middle school. Girls ages 11-14 are encouraged to REGISTER NOW for this FREE conference that will feature helpful hints, networking with peers and older teens, hands-on activities, snacks, pizza and a T-shirt. Register by Feb. 28. Information and forms available on the Sister-to-Sister page.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Annual Used Book Sale: April 26-29, 2017
Congratulations to our 2016 Medina County Agents of Change!
Pat Geissman Rhonda Wurgler
These outstanding women were honored at the AAUW hosted Awards Breakfast on November 10. More details here.
How does Medina County score on Title IX compliance? See a commentary from our October program and panel discussion on Programming page.
Continuing a Dialog: Black History Month Program 2016
Community members and leaders, church members and AAUW branch members joined in for a “Let’s Talk” session at the Second Baptist Church for the 14th Annual Black History Month Program on March 25. Margaret Mitchell, President and CEO of YWCA Greater Cleveland, set the mood for the evening with a personal take on racism. Six members of the audience volunteered to share their thoughts as they participated in what the Cleveland Y has called a table talk– frank and honest conversation about deep seated feelings relating to race. Go to The Diversity Project on their Facebook page to see how this project evolved into an on-going community discussion.
Sister-to-Sister, 17th edition,”LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: MIDDLE SCHOOL”
This year’s half-day conference for girls ages 11-14 was held at the Medina Hospital Conference area on March 6. The day was one of energizing activities and creative projects made special with participation by Sarah Hider, the current reigning Miss Ohio and Brooke Kaylor, fitness trainer. Thanks go to the planning committee and partner organizations and our fantastic group of teen facilitators. See link to Sister-to-Sister page.
See an introduction by branch president Jill Morton and Programming for the 2015-2016 year HERE
SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 50TH YEAR
To the greater Medina Community: Thank you for your support in 2014 –our “Golden Year” — and in the past. We had a fabulous time remembering and celebrating our accomplishments and recognizing our heritage throughout the year with special activities and programming! See 50th Anniversary Page for photos and notes on the luncheon and program. Our featured speaker was Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, President Emeritus, Cuyahoga Community College.
We conducted two ONE-DAY STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) CONFERENCES –in May, 2016 and in April, 2015 for girls in grades 6-9 at Stark State College, North Canton. Each session had an attendance of over 130 girls, parents and teachers. Co-sponsored by ALCOA Barberton, Stark State College, AAUW. See photos from the event.
Two local women received MEDINA BRANCH AAUW SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NON-TRADITIONAL WOMEN STUDENTS: see Scholarship page.
The 13th ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM: Medina County Branch AAUW and the Second Baptist Church hosted “A Community Conversation: Does Race Matter?” on February 12.
At the end of the program, a number of persons expressed interest in continuing the dialogue. Branch member Pamela Miller and the Rev. Cornell Carter met with community members. From these sessions, the “Medina Diversity Project” was conceived. Read about the project in this link with the Medina Gazette. Contact Miller for more information.
Medina’s 16th conference for girls ages 11-14 was held on Sunday, March 8 at the Medina Hospital Conference Center. Over 60 girls registered and participated. We thank all our supporters who donated items or services or made financial contributions. It was a super fun day for all! See Sister-to-Sister Page for a report and photos.
The branch offers opportunities to come together monthly to experience programs on topics of interest from NASA space shuttle projects to storytelling, human trafficking awareness to following a student as she re-traced the original “Freedom Ride” of 1961 through the south. We have active interest groups that discuss pertinent books, visit area museums, exhibits and attractions, and screen current films.
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