Programming for the 2017-2018 Year

Co-Vice Presidents for Programming Paula Maggio and Donna Hamilton and their committee have finalized plans for this year’s events.

Thurs., September 28

Julia Shearson, Executive Director of the Cleveland Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), will present on “Today’s Muslim Women: Being Muslim in America” at the September branch meeting.

The meeting, with a catered dinner from Miss Molly’s Tea Room, will begin at 6 p.m. at the A.I. Root Company Community Room, 623 W. Liberty St., Medina. Shearson’s presentation will follow the dinner at 7:15.

Shearson has served for 14 years as CAIR’s Executive Director and focused on civil rights advocacy, educational outreach, and media and public relations. Her goal is to help dispel stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and to bring together people of all faiths to work for the common good. She holds masters degrees in linguistics from Ohio University and in Middle East studies from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia University.

Join us for dinner and conversation at 6 pm. Dinner will be buffet style with your choice of Chicken Divan or Vegetable Lasagna. Miss Molly’s cucumber salad, lemon tea bread, pretzel gelatin dessert, coffee, and iced tea will round out the menu. The cost is $19 per person. Make reservations and indicate your choice of entrée by Sept. 23 to or to 330-725-4950. Checks may be made out to “AAUW Medina” and mailed to 4874 Timber Creek Drive, Medina, OH 44256.

Persons may also come and be seated for the program at 7:15 at no charge. We encourage guests and the general public to attend.

Thurs., October 26

“Deeper in Debt: Men, Women and Student Loans”

The cartoon on our main page from AAUW’s file is not all that funny: people who have incurred debt from student loans may take a long time to pay it off, if ever. Come to the October meeting and program and hear a panel relate their stories. Featuring Leah Sakacs, AAW National Board Member; Aaron “Calafato” Collier, author of the one-man play, “For Profit,” and Barbara Taylor, math teacher and mother of two recent college graduates.

Time: 7 pm.

Location: University of Akron’s Medina Campus, Room 309, 6300 Technology Lane, Medina



In September, Joann King, local historian and author, discussed her latest publication, Medina County Coming of Age: 1810-1900, with a focus on notable women throughout the era.

"I first became interested in history when my fourth grade teacher in Paulding read biographies to the class, beginning with Daniel Boone. She noted my interest and brought me books to read." - Joann King

“I first became interested in history when my fourth grade teacher in Paulding read biographies to the class, beginning with Daniel Boone. She noted my interest and brought me books to read.”
– Joann King








October: Info session and panel discussion on what our local schools are doing to enforce Title IX.  (See summary below.) 

November 10, 2016, : AGENT OF CHANGE AWARDS BREAKFAST, at Williams on the Lake. (see tab for Agent of Change.)

December: ANNUAL DIVERSITY DINNER (Carry-in) at the home of member Jill Hecknative-american

Program: John Burke, Medina County Treasurer and historian.



February: BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM, in conjunction with Second Baptist Church.


April 26-29: ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE. All members.

May 18, : ANNUAL DINNER MEETING, 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.

Thomas Sigel

Ms. Hospitality – Sue Whitfield

Lor Breyley and Jill Morton

Jill Heck

Thomas Sigel with his mother, Marilyn











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




Jill Morton


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!


AUGUST: Membership Picnic, Krabill Shelter, Medina County District Parks

Members assemble on the patio of Krabill Shelter on Chippewa Lake

Members assemble on the patio of Krabill Shelter on Chippewa Lake

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”?


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.

Members tried on an oversized cloche hat from the Downton Abbey era. Several dressed in period clothing for the event.

Members tried on an oversized cloche hat from the Downton Abbey era. Several dressed in period clothing for the event.







• 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.”

Programs: 2013-2014

January Membership MeetingMAKERS-logo for web
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.

Terry Weaver in Lakota regalia with Mary Gresco

Terry Weaver in Lakota regalia with Mary Gresco


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.

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Colleen Rice