American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners.

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’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

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. This is our “Golden Year” — we will celebrate our accomplishments and recognize our heritage throughout 2014 with special activities and programming!

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!

New! Medina County Branch now 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!

BOOK SALE 2014: Mark your calendars: the 21st Annual Used Book Sale will be held April 22 (Members Only Night) through April 26 at our new location: 5016 Grande Ave., Medina; the shop is directly across from Home Depot, near the JoAnn, Pet Smart plaza, adjacent to Dental Works.  Book collection boxes are now in place throughout the county. See Book Sale page for details.

The Re-Purposing Books Contest 2 will be held in conjunction with the sale.


Create a useful or decorative object our of your old books, enter it into our contest and win a cash prize! For information, see Book Sale page. Note: entry deadline has been extended to Wed. April 16, 3-6 p.m. at book sale site.

Connect to our new page, SISTER-TO-SISTER, for a summary and photos of this year’s conference for girls ages 11-14 — “Survivor: Middle School” — held March 9 at Medina Hospital.  Fifty girls attended this year’s session.  S2S logo 50



Applications are now open for two $1000 scholarships to Medina County women who are attending college as ”non-traditional” women students. If you are a woman who has returned to complete a degree after interrupting your educational program or one who has delayed entering college several years after graduating high school or obtaining a GED, then you can qualify. See our Scholarship Page. Deadline: April 10.


Congratulations to this year’s winners — Grace Schmitt, Cloverleaf Middle School, and Audrey Calvin, Our Lady of the Elms. Both girls are looking forward to the camp to be held on the campus of Denison University in mid-June. Information on BeWISE here.


Arts & Excursions:

  • We will attend the Black River Comedy Club’s “26th Annual Slapstick Musical Family Entertainment” or “Westward Ho!”, as this year’s show is titled, on Sun., March 30 at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the door or call 330. 625.5764. The Comedy Club will perform at the Homerville Community Center on Rte. 301, just north of the intersection with Rte. 224. Please contact Joellyn Leget if you plan to attend: joleget@aol.com . Drive on your own or check with Leget who will facilitate car pooling for those who need a ride. The show benefits local groups and schools.


April is Poetry Month!  Bring a new favorite or old favorite poem (with copies for others) to share with the group. Or express yourself and write one. We will meet at the home of Nancy Sprowls. Please let Nancy know if you will attend: nsprowls@zoominternet.net .


STEAM: do you know what that is? Come to the membership meeting Thurs., March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Reserve Building, Lower Level Meeting Room, 3637 Medina Rd. Medina, and hear Laurel School’s Treva Offutt explain how the school is incorporating the A for Arts into STEM education. Guests are welcome! For more information, contact Ann Thomson, vice president for programming: atruemom@aol.com .

Treva Offutt

Treva Offutt

Recent Events:


The 12th Annual Black History Month Program held last month was a tremendous success. About 120 persons attended and interacted. Many thanks to the Cleveland Playhouse for introducing us to Clybourne Park, reaching out into our community and giving us an evening to remember. Kudos also to AAUW members and church members who planned the program and participated in the “readings”, and to the Second Baptist Church for hosting this annual event. 



Clybourne Park will run from March 21- April 13 at the Allen Theater, Playhouse Square.