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Medina County Branch is pleased to have been recognized at the 2016 AAUW Ohio Convention for “Best Web Site” and “Best Face Book Page” (Large Branch – 70+ members)

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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: AAUW’S ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE IS APRIL 26-29

 

LOCATION: 4891 GRANDE SHOPS AVE., MEDINA (same location as last year!) facing Pearl Rd.                                                              Members’ Preview Night: Tues., April 25                                      COLLECTING BOOKS NOW!   Check our Book Sale page for details.         


Membership Meeting: “Our History, Our Weddings”: Thurs., March 23 at 5:00 p.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 N. Broadway St., Medina

Attendees are asked to bring their wedding dress or one from a family member, wedding memorabilia and/or photos to share memories and family history. Tea, coffee, pastries and confections will be served. To get the program started, dresses borrowed from the collection at the Medina County Historical Society will be on display. For more information, contact co-programming vice president Kathy Kraus at 330-722-1107.

 

See A&E page (CULTURAL INTEREST – PROGRAMS/ PROJECTS) for scheduled opportunities for attending movie screenings and local events.

Applications are now being accepted for the following:

NON-TRADITIONAL WOMEN STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS (2) will be awarded to Medina County women who are returning to college to complete undergraduate studies or who have delayed entering college for several years after receiving their high school diploma or GED. Deadline for receiving the applications is April 1. For criteria, applications and more information: CLICK HERE.

Sister-to-Sister 2017: Sunday, March 12, 2017 : 12 noon – 4:30 p.m. at Medina Hospital Conference Center, 1000 E. Washington St., Medina;

“Stay Strong on the Journey” — this year’s focus, will help young women learn how to avoid the “road hazards” and give them tools to help map their journey through middle school. Girls ages 11-14 are encouraged to download the: Registration brochure 2017 for the event that will feature helpful hints, networking with peers and older teens, hands-on activities, snacks, pizza and a T-shirt. PLACES ARE STILL OPEN AND GIRLS MAY REGISTER ON-SITE WITH PARENTAL APPROVAL.  Information and forms available on the Sister-to-Sister page.



 

 

March is Women’s History Month: celebrate the accomplishments of so many amazing women. Read about them on our Facebook page.


EVENT JOURNAL


Black History Month Program was a huge success: a record crowd attended the 15th annual event held on Feb. 23, 2017.

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Congratulations to our 2016 Medina County Agents of Change!

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         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


SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 50TH YEAR

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.


Two local women received MEDINA BRANCH AAUW SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NON-TRADITIONAL WOMEN STUDENTS: see Scholarship page.


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.

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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!