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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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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and 800 college/university institution partners.

For over 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

AAUW’s Diversity Statement
In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE

Get ready for the 23rd book sale to be held April 20-23. Sales location is 4891 Grande Shops Ave., (formerly Smoothie King) facing Pearl Rd. (Rte. 42), across from North Gateway Tire and Staples. Hours: 11-7 on Wed., Thurs., Fri.; 11-4 on Sat. when we close the sale.

book stackGather books and deposit them in our white collection boxes throughout the county, or bring them to the sales location. More information posted on book sale page.

Medina County Scholarships for Non-Traditional Women Students

Applications are now being accepted for two $1000 scholarships for Medina County women undergraduate students who meet the criteria for the awards. See criteria, process and link for applying on the Scholarship Page.

Human Trafficking Awareness

As a member of the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, we invite all to attend the Human Trafficking Workshop, “Freeing the Modern Slaves,” Thurs., April 28, from 8 – 12 at the Lafayette United Methodist Church, Medina. More Information here.

May Annual Meeting and Dinner

We will gather on Thurs., May 19, at 6 p.m. at Williams on the Lake . Featured presenter will be Tameka Taylor, President/ Owner of Compass Consulting Services on the topic, “Can Women Really Have It All?”. We will welcome scholarship winners for 2016.  

Reserve your place by contacting Bernice Goertzen by May 14.

Tech Savvy

AAUW Medina Branch is proud to be a part of

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 14, 2016, for the 2nd ONE-DAY STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) CONFERENCE for girls in grades 6-9 (and parents). Location: Stark State College, 6200 Frank Ave. NW, North Canton, OH. Time: 8:30 – 3:30. Look for more information and a link to registration on the Tech Savvy page.


EVENT JOURNAL

 

Continuing a Dialog: Black History Month Program 2016

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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.

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.


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We conducted a ONE-DAY STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) CONFERENCE in April, 2015 for girls in grades 6-9 at Stark State College, North Canton. Over 130 girls, parents and teachers attended.  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. black history month

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.


SISTER-TO-SISTER 2015

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.S2S logo 50

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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.

Browse our site and find out how you can be a part of our active organization!

Medina County Branch has a Facebook Page….visit us at http://www.facebook.com/MedinaAAUW to see what people are interested in. Share your thoughts and LIKE us!