Medina County Branch is pleased to have Just received “First Place in Overall Communications: Newsletter, Website, Facebook”  (Large Branch – 50+ members) at the 2017 AAUW Ohio Convention!

In 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.

THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING OUR SUCCESSFUL 24TH ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE IN APRIL! We appreciate our customers, our member/ workers and our community supporters . Click here for photos and a Summary .



Hold these dates:

Sat., August 5: AAUW-Ohio Leadership Workshop for officers, board members at Otterbein University

Mon. August 7: Board of Directors meeting, 1 p.m., home of Jill Heck

Thurs., August 24: Annual Summer Picnic (Carry-in dinner), 6 p.m. Krabill Shelter, 7597 Ballash Rd., Medina,  west shore of Chippewa Lake.


The Annual Membership Meeting was held Thurs., May 18, at Rose Hill Restaurant.

Officers and committee chairs reported on accomplishments; President Jill Morton thanked officers for serving and presented a “Ms. Hospitality” sash to Sue Whitfield for her 4 years of service as hospitality chair, bringing beauty and creativity to our meetings and special programs. Officers were elected. Thomas Sigel, CEO and founder of ORMACO, gave an overview of the program concluding its second year at Garfield Elementary School: “Songwriting for At Risk Youth.” For photos, go to program page. This is our last official membership meeting for the 2016-17 year.

Children as Songwriters


Two women will receive $2000 each for their continuing education towards their college degrees. This year’s recipients, who were introduced and awarded recognition at the annual dinner, are AnnMarie Miesowitz, of Brunswick, and Brankica Balaban, of Medina. Congratulations! Photos and information on scholarship page.

See A&E page (CULTURAL INTEREST – PROGRAMS/ PROJECTS) for more information on scheduled opportunities for attending movie screenings and excursions.

  • Members will attend the Ohio Light Opera production of Anything Goes by Cole Porter, on Fri. August 4. Reservations were booked by Joellyn Leget for members who contacted her. Tickets available on your own by calling OLO box office at 330-263-2329 or online at http://ohiolightopera.org .

BeWISE Camp Scholars: Three young women received camperships from the branch to attend this year’s STEM Camp at Denison University.

See scholarship page.


AAUW-Ohio Convention, May 2017:

Medina County Branch was recognized by the state organization with four awards: The STARZ Award, the Daffodil Diversity Award, Philanthropy, and First Place in Communications (large branch). Attending from the branch were Paula Maggio, Jill Morton and Pat Chaloupek.

From left, State President Christine Siebenick, Jill Morton, Pat Chaloupek, Paula Maggio

Read summaries of several breakout sessions at convention here.

Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking — of which AAUW is a participating member–held its annual HT Awareness Workshop in April.

Read about it here.

The 18th Sister-to-Sister Conference was held March 12, 2017 at Medina Hospital Conference Center.

Girls learned how to avoid “road hazards” and find ways to navigate their way through middle school.  Sponsored by AAUW Medina Branch and 10 other community organizations. See photos on the Sister-to-Sister page

Black History Month Program was a huge success: a record crowd attended the 15th annual event held on Feb. 23, 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.

See an introduction by branch president Jill Morton and Programming for the 2015-2016 year HERE


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 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.


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.


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!