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Medina County Branch is pleased to have received “First Place in Overall Communications: Newsletter, Website, Facebook”  (Large Branch – 50+ members) at the 2017 AAUW Ohio Convention!

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.


THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING OUR SUCCESSFUL 24TH ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE LAST YEAR. We appreciate our customers, our member/ workers and our community supporters . Click here for photos and a Summary . Mark your calendar for April 18-21, 2018 for this year’s sale.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Medina Branch is now accepting applications for camperships to the BEWISE Camp, a week-long math and science camp for girls entering seventh and eighth grade in the fall of 2018, on the campus of Denison University, June 10-15. See Scholarship/ BeWISE page for more information. Submission deadline: February 12.

SISTER-TO-SISTER, the half-day conference for girls ages 11-14, is scheduled for Sun., March 11 from 12 noon – 4:30 pm at the Medina Hospital Conference Center. This is a free event, but registration is required. Download a poster 2018 for the program. See Sister-to-Sister page for more information and to download  a registration brochure.

Medina Branch is also now accepting applications for two $1000+ COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NON-TRADITIONAL WOMEN STUDENTS for the 2018-2019 academic year.  For criteria and application information, go to our Scholarship/ BeWISE page. Submission deadline: April 20.


2018 PROGRAMMING


February program:

In honor of February as Black History Month, AAUW Medina Branch and Second Baptist Church will present, “Celebrate Unity in Our Community,” Thurs., Feb. 22, 2018.

 

This 16th Annual community event will be held at 7 pm. at Second Baptist Church, 451 Bronson St., Medina.

Showcasing the arts, the program will truly create “a joyful noise.” Anyone from the community interested in singing with the evening’s “Diversity Choir” is welcome to come to a pre-event rehearsal at the church, at 6 pm, one hour prior to the start of the program.

Featured performers will include African drum percussionists from Sharon Elementary, the Claggett Middle School choir and soloist Sherill Rundell. Artwork celebrating unity from Garfield Elementary students will be on display.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Donna Hamilton  or Kathy Kraus, 330-722-1107. FREE and Open to the public.

More information on the Program page.

JANUARY IS NATIONAL HUMAN TRFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH. 

AAUW members are part of the Medina County Human Trafficking Awareness Coalition which sponsored the HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORKSHOP on Jan. 25. See our page  Human Trafficking Awareness.

March program:

Thurs., March 22, 7 pm. Location TBA. Featuring Nicole Smith, Cloverleaf alumna and head of the Orion Project at NASA.

April:

ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE. April 18-21. Location TBA. Look for book collection boxes to place book donations in throughout Medina County at the end of February.

May program

Thurs., May 17, 6 pm. Rustic Hills Country Club, Medina. Annual meeting and spring banquet.  “Planting Perennials from Paintings” program; recognition of our scholarship recipients and election of officers. Reservations only.


Recent programs:

Around 100 persons attended January’s popular program, “Ohio Tales of the Titanic,” held at Medina Library. Mary Ann Whitley, author of the book of the same title, presented an informative discussion of her research on passengers of the ill-fated vessel who had NE Ohio connections.

Author Mary Ann Whitley

 

Special guest at the December Diversity Dinner was Rhia Matsuzki, a junior at the college of Wooster, who shared her insights on differences between her Japanese culture and what she has experienced of American culture as a student here in the U.S.

Rhia Matsuzki


NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARS FOR 2017:

Two women received $2000 each for their continuing education towards their college degrees. This year’s recipients, who were introduced and awarded recognition at the annual dinner, were AnnMarie Miesowitz, of Brunswick, and Brankica Balaban, of Medina. Congratulations! Photos and information on scholarship page.


See A&E page (CULTURAL INTEREST – PROGRAMS/ PROJECTS) for more information on scheduled opportunities for attending movie screenings and excursions.

  • Members visited the Special Exhibit Jazz Age at the Cleveland Museum Of Art: on Wed., Nov. 1.

BeWISE Camp Scholars: Three young women received camperships from the branch to attend this math and science Camp at Denison University in 2017.

See scholarship page.


EVENT JOURNAL

AAUW-Ohio Convention, May 2017:

Medina County Branch was recognized by the state organization with four awards: The STARZ Award, the Daffodil Diversity Award, Philanthropy, and First Place in Communications (large branch). Attending from the branch were Paula Maggio, Jill Morton and Pat Chaloupek.

From left, State President Christine Siebenick, Jill Morton, Pat Chaloupek, Paula Maggio

Read summaries of several breakout sessions at convention here.

Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking — of which AAUW is a participating member–held its annual HT Awareness Workshop in April.

Read about it here.

The 18th Sister-to-Sister Conference was held March 12, 2017 at Medina Hospital Conference Center.

Girls learned how to avoid “road hazards” and find ways to navigate their way through middle school.  Sponsored by AAUW Medina Branch and 10 other community organizations. See photos on the Sister-to-Sister page


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 2016 program and panel discussion on Programming page.


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!

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