For 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 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 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
Nearly 50 years ago, our branch was founded 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.
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!
Arts & Excursions:
Want to see the latest Hollywood version of “The Great Gatsby”? We are planning a group screening at Medina’s Regal Cinemas, Thurs., May 30, at 11:50 a.m. The F. Scott Fitzgerald novel upon which it was based was the topic for the May Book Discussion Group; here’s a chance to see if the movie has lived up to the hype that has prevailed about it. Meet in the theater lobby by 11:45 or in the theater. Please contact A&E coordinator Joellyn Leget to let her know if you are planning to attend. Join with members after the show at Panera’s for coffee/ tea and discussion. . See Cultural Interest tab in PROGRAMS/PROJECTS for details and reservation information on recommended events.
A day at Chatauqua: Mon. July 29 is AAUW Day at Chatauqua hosted by the Jamestown, NY AAUW Branch. We have been invited to attend and meet U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she presents the day’s lecture. Driving time is just under three hours, so we are looking at possible overnight accommodations. Gate pass for the day at Chatauqua is $29.70 per person, plus $26.25 for lunch at the historic Athanaeum Hotel. Total package cost to be determined. Pat Chaloupek and Carol Thombs are coordinating this program. Contact them by June 1st to indicate your interest.
- World Premier, “The Silver Mirror”: a feature-length global documentary film that investigates the topic of aging in the 21st century, Tues., June 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theater, Canton. Admission to the program is free, but tickets are required and are limited to four per person. Seating is limited. Joellyn Leget suggests that persons interested contact the theater’s link as soon as possible: http://www.thesilvermirror.org/aging/home/ . Persons who wish to car pool will meet at the Buehler’s River Styx parking lot at 6 p.m. Please check with Joellyn to advise her if you will be attending.
MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING:
The Annual Meeting and Dinner will be held Thursday, May 23, at the Jilbert Winery, 1496 Columbia Rd., Valley City. Social hour and wine tasting at 6 p.m.; buffet dinner at 6:30. Program will include introduction of this year’s two scholarship winners, a short business meeting, and election of officers.
Guest presenter will be Brooke Babyak. Babyak, one of our BeWISE campers when she was in seventh grade, graduated from Wadsworth High School and Kent State. Now a third-year student at N.E. Ohio Medical University, she is looking forward to a future in family medicine. She will discuss her experiences at camp and as a student in science in high school and college.
Beth Lawton is the contact person for reservations and information.
On Friday, June 21, Medina Branch will participate in the great “Read-In” sponsored by Project LEARN and the Medina District Libraries. We will do a “live” discussion on the Medina Square at 11:00 a.m. Be prepared to participate by reading our selection, Tracy Chevalier’s The Last Runaway. Please let discussion co-chairs Paula Banks or Annette Miller know if you can be there. We will also set up a sales table of books from our April Book Sale.
Women’s History Month
Take this quiz, in honor of Women’s History Month and our branch visit to the National First Ladies Library and the Ida Saxton McKinley House in Canton, OH. See: first ladies quiz. See quiz answers on Cultural Interest tab, under PROGRAMS/ PROJECTS.
This year’s national theme was “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics”. Our speaker at the March branch meeting gave testimony to this theme.
Here are some web sites to inspire you:
The Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame at http://jfs.ohio.gov/women
Established in 1978, this is a public recognition of the many outstanding contributions Ohio women have made to their state and nation. You can search by name or area of expertise and read a concise biography of each inductee. A good place to start would be Mary A. Regula, who was instrumental in founding the First Ladies National Historic Site and Library in Canton.
www.womeninscience.org is the web site for WAMC – Northeast Public Radio. Listen to stories about fascinating women working and learning in the STEM fields.
www.nwhp.org/ is the site for the National Women’s History Project, founded in 1980. This is another excellent activity for women of all ages. By clicking on the Resource Center link at the top of the page, you can take a variety of quizzes on topics such as “Women in Math and Science,” “Test Your Women’s I.Q.” and “African-American Women’s History 40-Question Challenge.”
BOOK SALE 2013: The 20th Annual Used Book Sale was a big success! See Book Sale page.
Connect to our new page, SISTER-TO-SISTER, for a summary and photos from this year’s event held on March 10.
March Membership Meeting
Our program featured Rachel Wilkins Patel, founder of HER Ideas In Motion, http://www.herideasinmotion.com, a mentorship program for girls in technology and media arts. Patel, a user interface developer, and her associate Maya Lindenmuth discussed why it is important to stimulate interest in technology and the creative process in young women. The theme for the meeting was the “T” part of STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Karen Sands, who chaired this session, addressed the over-all importance of STEM careers for women.
February Black History Month Program
AAUW and the Second Baptist Church of Medina collaborated to present the 11th Annual Black History Month Program, “Lift Up Your Voice.” The program spotlighted Langston Hughes, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Carl Stokes, local advocate Wilda A. Howard and a special address by the Rev. Cornell Carter, pastor of the church. Guests filled the sanctuary to enjoy music by the combined choir and children’s bell ringing ensemble. A spirit of fellowship prevailed as we enjoyed refreshments and took in the extensive exhibit of photos and clippings of outstanding African-Americans from all walks of life.
January Membership Meeting
Varied interests and special talents of a number of our members were highlighted at the January branch meeting held on January 24. Featured were antique collecting, re-purposing old books, a creative collection of hand made soaps, hand creams and lip balms, memorabilia from the Downton Abbey era, watercolors, photos and cards, and items made from alpaca wool.
December Diversity Luncheon
The branch holiday diversity luncheon was held December 8 at the home of Cindy Weisheit, Medina. This is a time that we traditionally celebrate our diverse heritage with members bringing in favorite ethnic foods — appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts– to share.
Beth Lawton, co-program vice president, organized a “musical potpourri” with Theresa Laffey giving us stories behind some popular holiday songs and Betty Lynham leading us in a sing-along. Last year’s BeWISE campers and their parents were special guests at the luncheon. The young women related some of their experiences and hands-on activities from the math and science camp they attended last June.
Agent of Change Awards Luncheon – November, 2012
Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, Executive Director of Medina Creative Housing, received the 2012 AAUW Agent of Change Award at a recognition luncheon on November 15 at Rustic Hills Country Club, Medina.
Keynote speaker for the event was the Hon. Alice Bachelder, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.
DePasquale-Hagerty became Executive Director of Medina Creative Housing in 2003; since then, she has not only changed public awareness of people with disabilities, she has also changed those who have disabilities by giving them hope, opportunities and independence.
The non-profit Medina Creative Housing recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a dedication of its newest garden-style apartments designed for people with disabilities. In the past five years, this Agent of Change has enabled the organization to receive more than $4 million in grants to expand housing and services.
DePasquale-Hagerty was nominated by Beth Lawton and Virginia Jeandrevin.
The Agent of Change Award is given every two years to a member of the Medina County community who has worked for the betterment of women and/or children.