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 gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.

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. We proudly celebrated our 55th year at our annual meeting and dinner, June, 2019. Want to know more? Don’t hesitate to contact us at our email, aauwmedinaoh@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

President’s Message

Dear Members,

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist and civil rights activist

On Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:30 pm, AAUW will host its “Women in the Military” program at the Medina County Veteran’s Memorial Hall. Our keynote speaker is Aneta Mullins, who will share some of her experiences while serving in the US Armed Forces.

Regardless of our personal position on war, there can be no doubt in our minds that our active duty military and veterans have made the sacrifices which maintain our freedoms, rights and privileges of American citizenry. As I look forward to this program, I began to contemplate our she-roes in the military. Hats off to our heroes, but let us take a look at some of the earlier she- roes!

Deborah Samson enlisted in the Continental Army (Revolutionary War) in 1778 disguised as a man and under the name of Robert Shirtliffe (also referred to as Shirtleff or Shurtliff). Cathay Williams enlisted in the US Regular Army (American Indian War) disguised as a man and under the name of William Cathay. Jennie Hodgers, enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 disguised as a man and under the name of Albert D. J. Cashier.

Fortunately, women no longer have to disguise themselves as men to fight for this country and have made great strides. Michelle Howard is a retired Four Star Admiral. Upon her swearing in for Vice Chief of Naval Operations in 2014, she became the second highest ranking officer in the Navy and the highest ranking woman in the United States Armed Forces history!

As civilians, we not only thank these she-roes for their contributions to our freedom, but also for the inspiration and courage they provide for us to stand up in our community to combat that which they do in military service: inequality, injustice and inequity.

We can take lessons of bravery and commitment from the women in the military to improve our communities through our work with AAUW Medina Branch. Please join us in celebration of our she-roes at our “Women in the Military” program.

Kim Oliver



Our VP of Programming, Joyce Rynearson, has been busy planning the upcoming year. Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s meeting dates:

  • October 28, 2021, 6:30 pm
  • December 2, 2021, 6:00 pm
  • January 27, 2022, 6:30 pm
  • February, 2022 Black History Program 
  • March 24, 2022, 6:00 pm
  • April 2022 – No meeting due to the annual Book Sale
  • May 26, 2022, 6:00 pm


October Meeting – Women in the Military

Thursday, October 28, 2021 VETERANS MEMORIAL HALL 620 N Broadway St, Medina,

Membership meeting 6:00 PM
Speaker— Aneta Mullins 6:30 PM

Come hear AAUW member and Iraq War veteran, Aneta Mullins, speak about her experiences as a woman in the military. Those in the area who have heard her speak have praised the program which includes a slide show of her deployment as well as a display of artifacts from her service days. During a follow-up discussion, Aneta welcomes any and all questions. This would be a great program to bring your daughter or grand-daughter who may be interested in a military career.

The Veterans Hall is spacious, conveniently located with generous parking, and offers a full kitchen, restrooms and a large screen for viewing. AMVET volunteers will be on hand to serve beverages, and Jeri Penn will have packaged snacks for us. The many displays around the room feature Medina County veterans from the Civil War to present and make for fascinating viewing.

AAUW member Aneta Mullins

Contact Joyce Rynearson 330-723-1404 for more information.

It’s the time of the year!

Announcing your AAUW Ohio Fall Conferences for 2021
Registration is now open!

Theme: Empowerment through an Inclusive Membership

The program includes keynotes speakers and panel discussions.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Laura Myers, Ohio University’s Deputy Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
  • Sarah Wyatt, Ohio University’s Professor & Director of Molecular & Cellular Biology 

Panel Discussion:

  • Naykishia Darby Head (Moderator, President of AAUW/Bowling Green)
  • Ramonda Kindle
  • Shervonne ND
  • John Zibbel

Another Successful Sister-to-Sister 2021

This year’s Sister to Sister event looked a little different as it took place virtually via Zoom. The event almost didn’t happen at all, but thanks to Buckeye Student and Junior Leader, Olivia Ortiz, the planning board was inspired to try a new format. This year’s theme was “How to be Resilient” and featured two guest speakers, Jessica Hazeltine, a Medina Council person, and Ashley Powell, AAUW Medina’s 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award. Hazeltine detailed her experience being bullied as a child and eventually developing the confidence to run for city council. Powell is a former Buckeye Local Schools student, and she discussed her experiences growing up as a black woman in a mostly white community. She discussed how she did not begin to have confidence in herself until her twenties, and she largely attributes that to the people who supported her no matter what. After listening to the two inspiring speakers, the girls were sent to a breakout room where they could interact and ask questions of high school mentors.

To go along with the virtual program, the participants were also able to collect a craft kit and create fun projects using instruction videos created by the teen leaders. We are grateful that we were able to have an event at all this year, and much of the credit goes to the teen leaders for being creative and providing young girls with the opportunity to be inspired and learn how to build resiliency.

Sister-to-Sister, (S2S), has been reaching out to young women for more than 20 years. The original S2S project was initiated in 1997 by the national American Association of University Women in an effort to understand the concerns of our nation’s young women and how these concerns affected their educational experiences.

Sister-to-Sister was open to all Medina County young women, ages 11-14, and there was no fee to attend. S2S is made possible by AAUW Medina, Cornerstone Psychological Services, Girl Scouts of America, ZONTA ABC, Medina County District Library, The Medina County Health Department and Cloverleaf schools.



An excerpt from a speech made by a National Board Chairman to a national committee to answer that question.

“I recently had a discussion with a member who was of the opinion that the board is not focused on the right things, among other things; she was upset about the increase in dues and proposed bylaw change. This person felt that we should be solely working on programs and initiatives that would provide more value and benefit to individual members. In other words, she felt the “M” we should be thinking about is membership. I begged to differ with her. When I think of the focus on “M,” two words come to mind: Mission and Management. Now, management is a term often associated with for-profit corporations. However, strong governance along with competent, professional management with vision, is also essential in nonprofit organizations.

“As for mission, AAUW does not exist to serve its members. Its purpose, its mission, is to advance gender equity for women and girls through, research, education, and advocacy. Of course, as a member association, we also want to provide value of membership, but the basic legal tenet of a non-profit is that benefit does not inure to its members except, of course, in a collective and incidental way.”

Member News

Jeri Penn entered the 38th Annual Medina Needle Art Show, which is sponsored by the Medina Needlework Guild. The juried show was held at the Brunswick Library on September 18 & 19, 2021. The wool appliqué heart candle mat received ribbons for First Place, Technical Excellence, & Judges Choice. Way to go, Jeri!

Our President, Kim Oliver, has been busy volunteering with Medina “Spirits of the Past” program. Here she is pictured in the Medina County Gazette impersonating Lucia Medley, an early settler of Medina.

Past President Kathy Kraus will be presenting for the Medina County Retired Teachers Association in October. Kathy promises a beautiful demonstration, drawing with a fall theme, which will be raffled and won by a lucky guest! 

Also from Kathy, Dr. Robert Kraus, son of Kathy Kraus, is Dean of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. This is the first university chosen to implement the new National Space Force University Partner- ship Program. This program is the recipient of a thirty million dollar endowment from a WWII pilot who is in his mid 90’s. The United States Space Force (USSF) University Partnership Program (UPP) is a key part of the Space Force Human Capital Strategy. USSF is establishing creative and innovative initiatives to motivate and develop space professionals by collaborating with industry and academia. Kraus is a recently retired air force veteran and a West Point and Buckeye High School graduate.

Congratulations to Alanna and Jack Arnold who spent ten days enjoying the Hawaiian Islands to celebrate their 50th Anniversary!


I’m working on a comprehensive project to break the cycle of poverty for a group of individuals who live in Union Square, Medina.

Policy makers do studies on breaking the cycle of poverty and there are classes you can take to learn financial literacy, but more can be done collectively at a grass roots level. We work on individual projects and make a difference a little at a time, but think what we could do if all worked together toward one goal. Breaking the cycle of poverty in Medina County.

With that thought in mind, I reached out to Samantha Harr, who is the resident manager for Union Square, to inquire on what services her community could use to improve their current situation. We discussed the barriers to access education and employment. Some of these barri- ers are: child care, background checks, transportation, broadband and technology. Here are a few things we’ve gotten into place:

Education – Project Learn will conduct tutoring for GED’s, Civil Service and ASVAB testing for anyone over 18 years of age in the Union Square Community Room.
Background Checks – I reached out to the Medina County Probation Officer and received information on how to seal records for individuals who have up to 5 felonies. I’m putting together information packets for Samantha to hand out when needed. We are advertising this information through a poster on the new jobs board Samantha has installed.
Technology– Samantha was approached by an individual who wants to help get computers and tech in the Union Square Community Room. It’s great news for this community! He also has donated a large screen TV that will be installed and can be used as a white board. Continuous WiFi is another subject. The Medina school is paying for WiFi through the end of the school year, but after that we will need to find additional resources. United Methodist Church has promised to pay up to 3 months, and I hope that will cover the summer months. We don’t know what will happen when school starts again in the fall
Library – United Methodist Church has put in 2 small bookshelves and books for the children. I have resourced a couple more bookshelves and a hundred books or so to put on them. I plan to install a bookcase for adult learning as well.
Children – Samantha and I met with the new board president of Let’s Make A Difference to see where we can work together with the children and parents of Union Square. I’m looking to make a connection with Big Brothers and Big Sisters too. I’ve heard that Medina County may now have a branch.

What I need from you and other AAUW members is help in filling in the holes.

Some of these young people will need mentors to help them navigate the job market, writing a resume, finding appropriate clothing, learning to dress for an interview, learning good interview skills, etc. These soft skills can be intimidating and overwhelming. Can you help guide someone through this process? These young people just need someone to believe in them and help them up and out of their situation.

I can give individuals information on how to seal their records, but I can’t answer any legal questions or give advice, so if you are an attorney could you volunteer an hour or so a week to answer any questions on how to fill out the form and what qualifies, etc.?

We will also be looking for a couple of tutors for tech once the computers get in. In today’s work world it’s imperative that everyone has good computer and internet skills. Can you tutor in Word, Excel, Google, email, etc.?

When you help with even one of these items listed above you could change someone’s life forever. Union Square is only a starting point. Once a few more connec- tions are made, and more barriers are taken down, I’d like to see this project be duplicated across the county.

Let’s work together for positive change in Medina County. I hope you will join me!

Donna Beheydt, Community Organizer
If you can help, text Donna at 330-703-7607 or email at donna.beheydt@gmail.com

Medina Branch Earns Awards

State branch awards were announced at two state regional conferences attended by our branch President Alanna Arnold. Therefore, she would like to announce that Medina AAUW re- ceived the following awards: The Diversity and Inclusion Award (formerly called The Daffodil Award) and the Outreach Award for social websites (formerly called Public Communications Award). There were no Starz Awards this year but, beginning next year, the Starz Award will be called the Buckeye Award.

Arnold would like to thank our Diversity Chair AAUW Member Kimberly Oliver for an outstanding job both this year and last. Our audiences loved her and her committees’ ideas and performances for Black History month. Even in a pandemic, she did not disappoint.

Likewise, AAUW Member Mary Baker rose to the occasion to fill the very large shoes left by Pat Chaloupek. Baker has done an outstanding job with both the branch website and Facebook pages. One of the most important criteria for this award is that the branch site be viewed and used. Our site is viewed by many people and the comments left indicate that it is used. The judges are always impressed by how useful our website is in our community.

Thank you for outstanding jobs, ladies, and kudos to all the members who contributed to both the diversity and public outreach endeavors! We are proud of you.


Medina Branch Committees

PROGRAMS 2021-2022

September 2021 – Lisa Maatz

By Joyce Rynearson, Vice-President Programs

Lisa Maatz, former AAUW Vice-President of Public Relations and current senior advisor at Ohio Citizen Action, treated us to a humorous and insightful evening via a ZOOM meeting. Some of us gathered in person at the Medina Library to watch her on the big screen, munching on snacks provided by the hospitality committee, Jeri Penn and Allison Lee. The evening was also a debut for our new PA sound-system which Pieri Levandofsky successfully set up for us!

Lisa grew up in Hinckley, Ohio and graduated from Highland High School. Her advocacy for women’s rights began in third grade when the boys’ restroom had doors on the stalls, and the girls’ restroom did not. The girls took turns standing in front of the stalls to give themselves some privacy. After getting no results pleading to the principal, she started a petition for restroom doors in purple glitter ink. The girls’ restroom got doors! Lisa went on to become a national champion of rights for women and girls.

Being a Washington DC insider for many years, Lisa’s stories were fascinating to hear. She answered all questions and offered strategies as to how we CAN make a difference in our community. If you missed her talk, it will be available on our website at https://www.medinacounty-oh.aauw.net/ (members only) for 30 days. (expires October 23rd)

**If you missed it, the meeting was recorded and can be viewed from a link on our Members Only page. The first part of the video is our membership meeting followed by Lisa’s informative and entertaining presentation. There is a small glitch during the recording; keep watching, it resolves itself.

August, 2021

Cheri Ingraham welcomes member to Bunker Hill.

It was great to see everyone at our August meeting at Bunker Hill Golf Course. A delicious catered meal and a beautiful evening set the tone for a fabulous evening.

Introduced were our board members for 2021-2022.

Pictured are: Allison Lee, Diversity and Cultural Activities Chair, Joyce Rynearson, VP of Programming, Pieri Levandofsky, Treasurer and President Kimberly Oliver. Not pictured, Secretary Kim Ortiz, and VP of Membership Bernice Goertzen.

Our speaker was our Secretary, Kim Ortiz, and mother of Sister-to-Sister committee member Olivia Ortiz, reviewed Sister to Sister for this year, and updated us on planning for next year.

June, 2021 – AAUW Medina Branch Annual Dinner

Members enjoyed a gorgeous evening dining outside at the Corkscrew Saloon on Thursday. The Branch celebrated adapting and surviving all the changes brought by 2020-2021, while enjoying each others company and a delicious dinner.

Out-going chapter officers Alanna Arnold, Susan Holbrook, Anne Gates, Kathy Kraus, and Katherine Baker  were recognized for their outstanding work over the last two years. Also presented were the new branch officers for 2021-2022, pictured: Vice-President Membership Bernice Goertzen; Kimberly Ortiz, Secretary; President Kim Oliver; Vice-President Programs Joyce Rynearson.   

2021 Scholarship recipients, Mercy Muchemi and Aneta Mullins with Scholarship Chair Jill Morton


November 6, 2021 Greystone Event Center 50 Riffle Road Wooster, OH
The place where book lovers come to meet authors and buy their books. There will be over 50 authors and illustrators, and literary activities for all ages.

Vincent van Gogh self portrait, Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is coming to Cleveland from September 9 through November 28 of 2021. This exhibit is 500,000 cu ft. of monumental projections of Van Gogh’s works from the sunny landscapes to the starry nights, portraits, and still life. It is a multisensory exhibit in which you walk through large scale moving images with music. This exhibit will be located at an historic Cleveland venue that is being kept secret for now. Covid 19 safety precautions will be in effect and admission will be managed with advance timed tickets. Go to vangoghcleveland.com to purchase advance tickets. There are several different prices ranging from $30 to $100 per ticket. Most of September and weekends in October are already sold out.

Great Improvements Ahead

Update: The gifts received for the Battered Women’s Shelter totaled $1600.00. Thank you so much for your support of the facility. I delivered the checks the first of January and they are so pleased we care about the women and children of Medina County.

Jill Morton
Liaison of Battered Women’s Shelter

Did you know the Battered Women’s Shelter has long been a passion of our chapter? We have had a guest room with our name above the door at the shelter. Through the years our members and their friends have found used furniture, painted, purchased privacy blinds, and even installed a kitchen countertop.

Jill Morton and Susan Holbrook arranged our February Zoom general meeting with our speaker, Sarah Krieger, the advancement specialist at Hope and Healing, the Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center for Medina and Summit counties. Sarah’s heart has always been in nonprofit work. While in college she helped develop Mission Possible, a service program in the Dominican Republic, and she continues as the Director of that program today. Sarah has also served as Executive Director of a multistate agency that places for credit leadership and service classes in high schools. Sarah has been on the team at Hope and Healing for the last three years, and she gave us an informative presentation on this important local group. 

The calls for help at Hope and Healing have increased due to the coronavirus. The increase has been especially large in the Family and Stability Program which helps with finding jobs and apartments. They also serve as the fiduciary for the Human Trafficking Program and provide housing for these victims on an emergency short term basis. The shelter also has room for senior victims affected by elder abuse. They do help men in abusive situations and work with the LGBTQ community. Those who need the shelter cross all ages, races, and economic groups. 

The clothing bank is always in need of donations which can be dropped off at the Medina office at 696 East Washington St. The shelter employs six psychologists, two youth and four adult. They offer skill classes, therapy dogs, and do allow pets. 

They are in process of building a new facility to further meet the demands for help. When it is complete, they will have a “housewarming party” requesting donations for furnishings. They have always been on our AAUW list of charities to support. Sarah expressed appreciation for that support. It was very interesting to learn more about the grass roots functioning of this group. 

About the shelter: The Battered Women’s Shelter provides emergency protective shelter for those who otherwise would have no choice but to remain in a violent home. The Medina shelter opened over 18 years ago when championed by Commissioner Pat Geissman. Thousands of adults and their children from Medina, Brunswick, Wadsworth and every corner of the county have come through the doors since its opening. When finished, the Medina shelter will be an environment that encourages peace, while providing respectful surroundings for those that need to stay in the shelter for a few days, or weeks.

Thank you for your consideration,
Jill Morton Cell- 330-760-4448
AAUW Liaison to the Battered Women’s Shelter

Donna Hamilton

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Groucho Marx 

Our summer book is Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. This is a nonfiction book that has been controversial, widely read by book clubs, and should lead to a spirited discussion. Those who have read it responded that it was at times painful to read, but that the important message needed to be heard. Carol Thombs will be leading a discussion on this book September 13.

This past year has been challenging for book club members since we could not meet in person. I want to thank Alanna Arnold and Marcia Paladino for helping our group with the ZOOM meeting technology. We would not have survived without your expertise. 

Cover image for The four windsThe October book is The Four Winds  by Kristin Hannah–a novel with strong women characters surviving the depression in Texas and Callifornia.  It is beauitifully written; you will taste the dust in your mouth.

I am looking for someone to step forward and take over the leadership of book club. I have done this many years now, and it is time for new ideas, a new approach. This has been one of the best and oldest book clubs in Medina County. We need to keep it vibrant and strong. Please let Donna Hamilton know if you would like to do this job. (clover725@ymail.com) 

*For more great reading suggestions, check out the Book Discussion Group page which includes Donna’s recommended reads from this summer.


“Coffee and Convos” is the name of a book group from Ohio AAUW. “Convos” is a text slang term for conversations. Now use that new word in a text to your grandchildren and show them how “hip” you are.

  • June 19, 2021, SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult (2016)

The story concentrates on an African-American labor/delivery nurse, Ruth Jefferson, in charge of newborns at a Connecticut hospital. Ruth is ordered not to touch or go near the baby of a white supremacist couple. After the baby dies in her care, Ruth is charged with murder, and taken to court. https://aauwohiojune.eventbrite.com

  • July 17, 2021, STRANGE BIRDS by Celia Perez (2019)

From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk comes the story of four kids who form an alternative Scout troop that shakes up their sleepy Florida town.  Relates to AAUW issues and values. https://aauwohiojuly.eventbrite.com

  • September 18, 2021   NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead (2019)

The novel is loosely based around a real-life true case of systemic abuse at a borstal-type facility in 1960s America. Whilst the novel deals with themes of physical/emotional/sexual abuse, it does so in a sensitive manner. https://aauwohiosept.eventbrite.com

  • November 20, 2021, THE MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates (2019)

“In her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she’s met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention—from child marriage to gender inequity in the workplace.” — President Barack Obama “The Moment of Lift is an urgent call to courage. It changed how I think about myself, my family, my work, and what’s possible in the world. https://aauwohionov.eventbrite.com


Carol Thombs has been thinking about the book sale fundraiser that we normally have in April. Unfortunately, the pandemic has forced us to postpone any plans for this important branch fundraiser until April, 2022. Safety will always be our first concern. But, we remain optimistic that we may again serve the book-lovers of Medina.


Juneteenth will be celebrated by the Diversity Program this Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Pizza Palooza on the Square, 9 AM to 2 PM.

Take the Diversity Challenge at the Diversity Table.  Can you identify these Black and Brown  leaders, actors, athletes, authors?  How many clues do you need to identify them?

Need more suggestions? Check out our ideas for celebrating Juneteenth


 Our Black History Month Program in 2021 was a Zoom presentation available to AAUW members and the public. The presentation took place on Thursday, February 18, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. The topic this year was “Driving While Black.” We discussed the particular difficulties that black motorists have historically encountered and The Green Book which was used by black motorists to find friendly accommodations, gas stations, and restaurants while traveling.


By Carol Thombs

We have been hearing more and more about how our environment is in real danger. Being informed and learning about what we as individuals can do is crucial. Come join this important committee. Be informed, work with others, and have fun doing something positive.

Because of health issues in the Thombs family, a September Environment Committee did not take place. Possible dates for a meeting in October are:

October 18. Anytime
October 19. Anytime
October 20 morning or evening only October 21. After 2:30
October 22 Anytime

Please e-mail or text Carol with your preference. Cgthombs98@gmail.com or 330-421-1932.


Do you enjoy meeting new people, greeting members, and welcoming guests? Do you have a flair for creating holiday favors and table decorations? Is baking or providing snacks and beverages your niche? Maybe you enjoy setting and arranging the refreshment table.

If any of these describe you, then the Hospitality Committee is a way that you can have fun and serve Medina Branch AAUW!

Contact Jeri Penn for more information: jeripenn@gmail.com

Human Trafficking

By Carol Thombs

SOAP is now an independent group, but it is a close partner of Human Trafficking. The Human Trafficking fundraiser, the Poker Run, was very successful, netting $1800. Alanna Arnold chaired the basket committee responsible for collecting and displaying items in baskets for a raffle. SOAP volunteers collected and/or donated materials for 15 of the 16 Poker Run baskets. The baskets brought in $1200 for Human Trafficking.

Human Trafficking will be offering HT-101 training for SOAP volunteers. A second benefit HT will provide is flash drives with HT-101 training to be given to our Medina County hotels to be used for refreshing their knowledge and to train new staff members. Our SOAP teams also service hotels in Strongsville and Wooster. We need more volunteers on our SOAP teams. We will also need to find another source for materials for hotels outside of Medina County.


Please let Bernice Goertzen know if you need to change any of your personal information in the directory, (330-241-0046) or bernice.goertzen@gmail.com)


The newly revamped AAUW Public Policy Website is very helpful and easy to interact with – please check it out at: AAUW Public Policy website

2019 -2021 AAUW “Public Policy Priorities underscore AAUW’s mission to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, educa- tion, and advocacy. The work of AAUW builds upon responsible public participation…(aauw.org).” Listed on the website are priorities that pro- vide a basis for AAUW member actions at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Explore the Issues, Get Empowered, and Take Action, are the three main categories you can click on and access clearly stated information within each page. Under ‘Take Action’ for example, there is a Two- Minute Activist page; listing ways you can get involved without leaving your home during our national sequester.

Check out the easy interactive site and I suggest you download the AAUW Public Policy Priorities word document and keep it on your laptop as a reference.

The local medina Public Policy Committee is off to a slow start but will gear up soon as I have had an unprecedented summer and fall with many changes in my job and in family responsibility.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact me – I would love to hear from you.

Cate Hunko, Public Policy, email: chunko@kent.edu

Equity Network Events:

Join us as we engage with the issues that matter most and share helpful resources for taking action. From negotiating your salary and benefits to advocating for change in your own community, the Equity Network is here to help you succeed.Check out our past webinars below and stay tuned for upcoming programs.

Equity Network Events


Scholarship Applications Being Accepted for 2021-22

The Medina County Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting applications for two $1500.00 general scholarships and one $1500.00 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) scholarship to be given to a “non-traditional” woman undergraduate student who is attending an accredited college or university. This applies to the 2021-2022 academic year and applicants must be a resident of Medina County.

A “non-traditional” student is a woman twenty-five years of age or older who is returning to college to finish an undergraduate degree, or a woman who has delayed entering college for several years after completing high school or earning a GED.

The deadline for submission of the application, college transcript, and recommendations is Friday, April 9, 2021. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and clarity of goals and objectives. Scholarships will be awarded in May.

Applications are available through The Akron Community Foundation at www.akroncf.org/Students. For more information email Jill Morton, Scholarship Committee Chairperson at jillmorton@zoominternet.net

Nontraditional Women’s Student Scholarships for 2020-21

Congratulations to our two scholarship recipients for 2020-2021, Aneta Mullins and Mercy W. Muchemi!

Aneta Mullins AAUW Scholarship recipient

Aneta Mullins has been awarded our AAUW scholarship. Aneta attended Midview High School, received an Associates of Liberal Arts degree in 2006 from Lorain Community College, and is presently a junior at Cuyahoga Community College majoring in Psychology/Social Work.

STEM Scholarship recipient Mercy W. Muchemi

Mercy W. Muchemi is our STEM Scholarship recipient. Mercy graduated from State House Girl’s School in 2007. She went on to the United States International University-Africa and received her Bachelors in International Relations in 2012. Presently, Mercy is working on a degree in nursing at Fortis College

A “non-traditional” student is a woman who is returning to college  to finish an undergraduate degree or a woman who has delayed entering college for several years after completing high school or earning a GED. For more information, go to our Scholarship page.

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!