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.
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Arts & Excursions:
- Wed. October 30: an excursion is planned to visit Lawnfield in Mentor, home of James A. Garfield. Meet at the back parking lot at Buehler’s River Styx at 8:45 a.m. and depart at 9:00 sharp. Joellyn Leget, Arts & Excursions chair, needs to hear from you by Sun., Oct. 27 if you can attend . Lunch with the group at nearby Skye Restaurant following the tour. Guests welcome. JoLeget@aol.com or 330-598-1660 (home) or 216-390-0315 (cell)
NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING:
The November Membership Meeting will be held on Thurs., November 14, at 7 p.m. at the Reserve Building, 3637 Medina Rd., Lower Level Meeting Room. Please note that this is a change from our regular meeting night because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Colleen Rice, new Director of Leadership Medina County, will address the group on leadership and giving back to the community. Mary Gresco and Ann Thomson are vice presidents for branch programming.
Dear Life, by Alice Munro, is the book selection for the discussion group to be held on Mon., November 11 at 1 p.m. at the home of Donna Hamilton in Wadsworth. Munro received the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature for her body of works. Annette Miller will lead the discussion. Please let the hostess know if you can attend: email@example.com .
OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING:
The October membership meeting was held on October 24. The program featured new member Kelly Low with personal insights on Do They Know?, a book she is currently writing. She has chosen to write of her past experiences, her ambitions and dreams so that her sons will know more about their mother. Her presentation offered tips and inspiration for all of us who might want to share our own stories.
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.