Programming for the 2016-2017 Year
Co-Vice Presidents for Programming Kathy Kraus and Paula Maggio announce this year’s events:
September 22, 2016, 7 p.m. : Joann King, local historian and author, will discuss her latest publication, Medina County Coming of Age: 1810-1900, with a focus on notable women throughout the era.
October 27, 2016, 7 p.m.: Info session and panel discussion on what our local schools are doing to enforce Title IX. The panel will include Andrew Hill, Wadsworth Schools superintendent; Jeff Harrison, Medina High School principal and former athletic director; Jessica Toocheck, a former Medina H.S. softball star and current M.H.S. head coach for softball. Meet at Community Room A, Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway, Medina. The public is invited to attend. For information, contact Paula Maggio (see Title IX Summary, below).
November 10, 2016, 8:00-10:00 a.m.: AGENT OF CHANGE AWARDS BREAKFAST, at Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Rd., Medina. Reservations, $15, by Nov. 1, to Cindy Weisheit, branch finance officer. The public is cordially invited!
December 8, 2016: 6:00 p.m. ANNUAL DIVERSITY DINNER (Carry-in) at the home of member Jill Heck. Members are asked to bring an appetizer, side dish, entrée, salad or dessert–something that is a holiday favorite or ethnic specialty– to share. Contact Sue Whitfield to secure your place. Guests welcome!
Program: John Burke, Medina County Treasurer and historian.
January 26, 2017: 2:00 p.m. OUR ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW, home of member Kathy Kraus. Members will share their treasures, collectibles and favorite antique items with others.
February 23, 2017: 7 p.m. BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM, Second Baptist Church, 451 Bronson St., Medina.
March 23, 2017: 5:00 p.m., OUR WEDDING DRESSES THROUGH HISTORY, St Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 N. Broadway St., Medina. Memorabilia, photos, stories and dresses from members and members’ parents.
April 26-29: ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE. All members.
May 18, 2017: ANNUAL DINNER MEETING, 5:00 p.m. Officers and Committee chairs reported on events of the past year; officers were elected; annual Non-traditional Women Students Scholarships were awarded; program – “Children as Songwriters” with Thomas Sigel.
Summary of Title IX Panel Discussion and Program, October, 2016
Three educators in varied levels of leadership in Medina County schools offered a candid appraisal of Title IX for members and guests attending the October 27 general meeting at Medina Library.
Under the guidance of moderator and organizer Paula Maggio, Co-vice President for Programming, Dr. Andrew Hill, Wadsworth City Schools Superintendent, Jeff Harrison, Medina High School Principal, and Jessica Toocheck, girls head softball coach and teacher at M.H. S., presented an enlightening panel discussion.
Hill, in his third year as superintendent, is capping his career in education as an elementary school teacher, middle school principal and school district superintendent. He earned a BS and M. Ed from the University of Toledo and his doctorate from Seton Hall University. He and his wife Dawn, also a teacher, live in Wadsworth.
With eight years at Medina H.S., Harrison served as Athletic Director and now Principal. He also held various positions within the Cuyahoga Falls City School District. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Akron and a Masters from Kent State. He resides in Montville Township with his wife Pamela and sons Ty and Ryan who attend Medina City Schools.
Toocheck played softball at MHS, went on to become Mid-American Conference Player of the Year at Kent State, spent two years playing professionally with the Akron Racers and then returned to MHS as assistant coach. Named head softball coach in 2001, she has taken the team to the Division I State Tournament. She was inducted into the Kent State Varsity “K” Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Maggio: What do you see as the benefits of Title IX–for both girls and boys?
Harrison: It brings equity to the forefront both in and out of the classroom, it has provided a new focus as far as facilities and numbers of teams, and it has influenced our hiring practices.
Hill: It’s been positive. It creates a means by which individuals can file complaints and provides a non-retaliation clause for people who do so.
Maggio: Does your school conduct a Title IX compliance review?
Harrison: There is an audit of the Athletic Department whenever a new sport is added. Medina has 22 varsity sports and we keep equal access across the board.
Maggio: What do you think is the biggest issue preventing the full implementation of Title IX in our schools today?
Toocheck: We need to push the bar higher and to have the boys rally around the girls to show support for their programs so that both can succeed. We can have more interaction and partnering.
Hill: The challenge is that we must provide a safe, secure environment for ALL students, regardless of gender. With this issue, there are many attitudinal problems to deal with. We need to keep a good balance for male and female students and teach acceptance to views that may not be so popular. It is a continual, evolving process..
—–from Medina Branch Newsletter, Nov.-Dec. 2016
A Message from the President
My duties began with a trip to Otterbein University with Pat Chaloupek. The AAUW Ohio Leadership Conference, held August 8, was very helpful for me as a new leader. We attended two information sessions and then spent time with our state president. It was enjoyable meeting other branch officers and throughout the day, Pat was able to introduce me to many of our AAUW colleagues. The state committee chairpersons were very approachable and I do plan on using their talents as they are needed.
The conference introduced three goals for AAUW in 2015: support, encourage and help to bring about —
- equity for women and girls in the workplace, academia and life
- laws to fight sexual harassment and violence against men, women and children
- opportunities for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
These goals may not be new to you, but I think it is always important to revisit the Who, What, Where, Why and How of an organization — AAUW. As a matter-of-fact, this is our programming for the coming year. Our meetings will have us at different locations (all local) and beginning at different times. We have found the organizations we support are evolving and we need to understand these changes and find out how we can best serve. Therefore, we will be hearing from representatives from the Coalition on Human Trafficking, the Battered Women’s Shelter and the Children’s Center.
When you receive our Medina County Branch Directory in September, take a look at the monthly offerings–we hope you will agree with our choices and give a special thank you to our program chairpersons, Mary Gresco and Sue Whitfield. These ladies have been working all summer on the program.
AAUW members have an incredible sense of self-worth, family, and community. I am proud to be a member of this passionate group where everyone is a leader.
We welcome your ideas on programming, increasing membership or any interest area. Enjoy our year with the Medina County AAUW Branch!
HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT PROGRAMS 2015-2016
AUGUST: Membership Picnic, Krabill Shelter, Medina County District Parks
SEPTEMBER: Wine and Cheese “Meet and Greet”; special visitor Nicole Ward, member of the Cleveland Branch AAUW and AAUW-Ohio College/University Chair.
OCTOBER: AAUW community partnerships: representatives from the Children’s Center, Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Battered Women’s Shelter highlighted their missions and AAUW involvement.
DECEMBER: Annual Diversity Carry-in Dinner. Members of the Medina Diversity Project joined us for dinner and discussed the progress of this community based group since its inception at last year’s Black History Month’s “Community Conversation.”
FEBRUARY: Black History Month program in cooperation with Second Baptist Church. Margaret Mitchel, President and CEO of YWCA of Greater Cleveland led a discussion on “It’s Time to Talk”, a follow up to last year’s session “Does Race Matter?”
MARCH: Where is AAUW going with STEM programming? Karen Sands on the latest AAUW reports and an overview of the upcoming Tech Savvy program.
MAY: Tameka Taylor, President and Owner of Compass Consulting Services on “Can Women Really Have It All”?
HIGHLIGHTS OF PROGRAMS: 2014-2015
APRIL: BOOK SALE
MAY 21: ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER – new officers were elected; scholarship winners announced and welcomed. Held at Williams on the Lake.
SEPTEMBER 28: the 50th Anniversary Luncheon and Celebration, at the Blair Center, Westfield Center. See 50th Anniversary.
OCTOBER 23: Sister Ann Victory of the Coalition to End Human Trafficking led this info session.
DECEMBER 4: Annual Carry-in Diversity Dinner. Program: Kathy Kraus as Jeannette Jenkins, member of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
JANUARY 27; Arts & Excursions presented an afternoon tea, at the home of Ann Thomson, in honour of the fifth season of the popular PBS television series, Downton Abbey.
FEBRUARY 12: BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM
• The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Medina County Branch, and Second Baptist Church of Medina held their 13th Annual Black History Month Program on February 12. Following up on the many questions raised by events in Ferguson, Cleveland, and New York, this year’s program featured a panel discussion titled “A Community Conversation: Does Race Matter?” Moderated by retired Judge James Kimbler, the panel included Medina Mayor and Safety Director Dennis Hanwell; Medina Schools’ Superintendent David Knight; Medina High School students Michaela Lyons and Delontaye Morrow, and Medina High School teacher David Johnson.
About 75 people listened to the panel discuss their thoughts on race relations in Medina County, then asked questions and added personal experiences. The interchange among panel members and attendees was respectful and honest. The overall assessment seemed to be that Medina gets high marks for its openness and inclusivity as far as race is concerned; it appeared that there was more separation based on socioeconomic status.
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 agreed to coordinate further sessions for anyone in the community who wished to participate. Out of the follow-up meetings, a community group was formed: The Medina Diversity Project.
MARCH 26: BEING “TECH SAVVY” Project Chair Karen Sands enlightened us about the upcoming Tech Savvy program, the one-day STEM workshop for middle-school aged girls that was to be held April 25 on the campus of Stark Technical College. She also reported the latest data from the newly-released AAUW study: “Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.”
January Membership Meeting
Members turned Ann Thomson’s family room into a video screening room as we watched a presentation of last year’s PBS Special “Makers: Women Who Make America, Part 1.” This segment focused on the 50’s and 60’s with major events and commentaries by women who have had an impact on women’s rights. We learned about Gloria Steinem, MS Magazine, the National Organization for Women and the Women’s Liberation Movement.
December Membership Meeting:
Nearly 30 branch members and guests gathered at the Homerville country home of Marilyn Sigel on December 5 for the annual Diversity Dinner. The carry-in dinner, featured harvest foods and Native American inspired dishes. Following the dinner, Terry Weaver, A.I. Root Middle School history teacher and member of the Lakota Nation, presented insight into her heritage.
November Membership Meeting
Our program featured Colleen Rice, Executive Director of Leadership Medina County, with a discussion of the program and its current projects and goals.