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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:   The 21st Annual Used Book Sale is NOW UNDERWAY through Sat., April 26 at our new location:  5016 Grande Blvd., Medina; the shop is directly across from Home Depot, near the JoAnn, Pet Smart plaza, adjacent to Dental Works.  Hundreds of books at bargain prices! Hours: Thurs., April 24, Fri. April 25 — 11-7; Sat., April 26, 11-4 (closing).  See Book Sale page for details.

The Re-Purposing Books Contest 2 projects are on display at the sale.

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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

 

MEDINA AAUW SCHOLARSHIPS:

Applications have closed for the 2014 scholarship awards for Medina County women who are attending college as ”non-traditional” women students. Women who have returned to complete a degree after interrupting their educational program or who have delayed entering college several years after graduating high school or obtaining a GED, can qualify. See our Scholarship Page.  The ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE helps fund these scholarships.

BEWISE CAMPERSHIP AWARDS ANNOUNCED:

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.

 

BOOK DISCUSSION:

The group will meet at the home of Beth Lawton to discuss The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachael Joyce. Please let Beth know if you will attend: BRLmaven@aol.com.

APRIL ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER:

Join us for dinner on Thurs. May 22 at 6 p.m. at Coppertop Restaurant, Cherokee Hills Golf Course, Valley City, to celebrate this year’s successes. Social time at 6; buffet dinner at 6:30. Election of officers and presentation of the two Non-traditional Scholarships will highlight the evening. Cost of the meal is $25. Reservations must be made in advance to Co-Vice President for Programming, Mary Gresco, marygresco@gmail.com .

Recent Events:

STEAM: do you know what that is? Members learned about how Laurel School is incorporating the A for Arts into STEM education. Treva Offutt, performing arts teacher at the middle school, was the presenter.

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FEBRUARY BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM: 

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. 

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