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 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, email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
Voting for New Officers
Our annual Spring Banquet is when we can enjoy a sit-down dinner while we recap our year, announce our scholarship winners for 2020 and install our officers for the next year. Unfortunately, this year, our Branch Annual Meeting and Dinner has been cancelled due to the current health crisis.
Instead of voting for officers and installing them at a physical meeting, the Board proposed to
do “on-line” voting. Information will be sent to all members with details later this month. Two officers will be elected and you can read about them on our Member-Only page. They are unopposed at this time. They will automatically assume duties at the beginning of the new fiscal year, July 1, 2020.
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A Message from Alanna
As every other membership association and nonprofit has done, Medina AAUW has canceled all meetings and events through the end of our fiscal year, June 30, 2020. Your Board will continue to meet via tele-conference to monitor the COVID-19 situation and plan accordingly. We are hoping to have an informal get-together this summer but that will depend on many factors.
In the meantime, let’s keep the spirit of AAUW Medina alive by forming a telephone tree. Use your wonderful directory, —prepared by Anne Gates, Kathy Kraus, and our computer wiz Pieri Levandofsky, and distributed last fall—to determine who is listed next on the list after your name. Then call that person—just to check in to see how she is doing and to get to know each other. Make plans to touch base on a regular basis. Determine if one of you can help the other (if you are able to do so).
We will be electing officers online in May and installing them when we next get together. Details will follow on how we will do this.
Don’t leave your property unnecessarily. Stay safe. Don’t forget to pay your renewal AAUW dues on line to National AAUW. Stay well. As the song goes, “See you in September.” (If not sooner.)
Stay in touch. If have any questions, call me at 330-721-1510.
Alanna Arnold, Esq.
President, Medina Branch AAUW
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Medina Branch Collects Honors at 2020 Virtual State Annual Meeting
We did it again! Medina County Branch members have reason to be proud as once again our branch took home honors at the AAUW Ohio annual meeting.
Awards received by the Medina Branch this year were:
- Best Website Feature Event: Sister- to-Sister; Mary Baker, website manager
- Best Newsletter – large branch: (tie with Middletown Branch), Pat Chaloupek, editor
- The Social Media Award: Best Facebook page. Pat Chaloupek, site manager
- First place for “Diversity and Inclusion”, Kim Oliver, chairperson
- And the STARZ award for all-around efforts – we have won this every year since it was first given; submitted by President Alanna Arnold
Cindy Weisheit, one of the delegates, commented that because 66 people were registered, logging in on the “Zoom” meeting took a long time and the meeting lasted about two hours. Other delegates to the session were Alanna Arnold, Katherine Baker, Anne Gates and Jeri Penn.
Candidates for state office were introduced and elected at the meeting. They include: Mickey Radtkie, Toledo Branch, President; Chris Fowler and Marlene de la Cruz-Guzman, Athens, Co-Program Vice Presidents; Linda Lehman, Greater Cleveland Area, Membership Vice President; Naykishia D. Hand, Bowling Green, Fundraising Vice President; Debby Stein, Circleville, Secretary.
There was no candidate at the time for Finance Officer. A nominee has since emerged and will be voted on at an upcoming meeting of the joint Board of Directors, according to outgoing President Nancy Stellhorn.
A slideshow of projects and results of awards will be posted soon on the state website. Awards will be formally presented at the fall summit/convention scheduled for September 12.
May Program –CANCELLED
Spring Banquet — Thursday, May 28, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. – Cancelled
Our annual Spring Banquet is when we can enjoy a sit-down dinner while we recap our year, announce our scholarship winners for 2020 and install our officers for the next year. This year, our Branch Annual Meeting and Dinner was scheduled for Thurs., May 28, at 6 pm at Pickle Mama’s Restaurant, 7249 Wooster Pike, Seville, but will have to be cancelled due to the ongoing health crisis.
AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to empower women and girls. Locally AAUW uses grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women. Learn more about the Start Smart/Work Smart initiative and other issues on our Public Policy page.
Closing the Pay Gap with AAUW
At the current rate, the gender pay gap will not close until 2106. In 2018, AAUW announced a bold pledge to train 10 million women in salary negotiation by 2022. We will not wait for policies and employer culture alone to determine when we reach parity. We are working to empower women nation-wide with skills to effectively negotiate their salary and benefits and become agents of change in their communities. Learn more here.
Medina County Branch AAUW is joining the fight and you are invited! In partnership with the Medina County University Center (branch of the University of Akron), we are sponsoring “Work Smart,” a free, online training designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to negotiate for themselves the salary and professional advancement they have earned in the workplace.
Due to the current health crisis, the planned March workshop has been postponed to the fall. Be watching for more information.
POSTPONED – Please be watching for a rescheduled session.
Don’t wait for a new job or a performance review to learn to advocate for yourself at work. Sign up for AAUW Work Smart Online and join the fight to eliminate the gender pay gap!
by Anne Gates and Kathy Kraus, Co-vice Presidents for Membership
Dues are now payable for the fiscal year 2020-2021; thank you to those of you who have already done so! The membership rate of $76.00 covers national, state, and local dues, and $56 of the national dues is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.
Pay in one of two ways:
- Pay online with a credit card at aauw.org, using the following instructions:
- Go to aauw.org and click the Membership tab on the top right of the page.
- Click the Member Services Database link on the right side of the page.
- Enter the Membership Data- base and click the “Renew my Membership” tab from the list on the left side (second from the bot- tom)
- At the top of the page will be a blue link for your credit card payment. When finished, you may print a receipt of your payment for your records. National AAUW will also inform Mary Lou of your renewal.
- Write a check to Medina Branch AAUW and send it to Mary Lou Euse, Finance Officer, at 4155 Shurell Parkway, Medina, OH 44256;
If possible, please pay online; it is efficient and secure. Because of the state’s stay-at-home restrictions, Mary Lou will make only occasional trips to the bank to deposit membership checks for the foreseeable future.
Finally, Membership is now expanding to a committee format! If you have interest in joining the efforts to recruit, engage, and retain members, please contact either of us.
Arts & Excursions — Stay-at-Home Style
In the current healthcare crisis, our March and April programs have been cancelled or postponed. We have all been asked to stay at home and minimize outside contact. So, how is a woman with an inquiring mind to keep herself intellectually occupied? Here are few suggestions, and if you find other great ideas, please email them to AAUWMedinaOH@gmail.com and we will add them to our list.
From member, Carol Thombs, here are some tips and a list of local stores offering Home delivery
Medina County District Library – https://www.mcdl.info/emedia – To learn about how to download and read books, audio books, and magazines, and to watch streaming video.
Cuyahoga County Public Library – https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org – To learn about how to download and read books, audio books, and magazines, and to watch streaming video.
Project Gutenberg – http://www.gutenberg.org – Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
Music and Theatre
Great Lakes Theatre @ Home, https://www.greatlakestheater.org/tickets/glt-at-home We can’t wait to get back together at the Hanna Theatre when it is safe to do so. Until then, we’re providing some content we can share at home to get you through this time apart.
Metropolitan Opera – https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/ – The Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.
Classical MPR – https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2020/03/16/free-online-classical-concerts – With many arts organizations and concert halls closing their doors due to concerns from the coronavirus, there has been a surge in performances offered for free online during the closures. Here is our updated list of great performances and concert libraries that you can enjoy from home.
Classical FM – https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/live-streamed-classical-music-concerts-coronavirus/ – An updating list of all the major classical concerts and events being streamed live, in the wake of coronavirus measures being taken globally.
Jazz.org – https://www.jazz.org/blog/coronavirus-jazz-livestreams/ – While the coronavirus shutdown has shuttered many of the world’s musical venues, musicians are responding by webcasting their performances so we can all experience the joy of spontaneous, live jazz.
Art & Museums
Google Arts & Culture – https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en – Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.
Canton Museum of Art – https://www.cantonart.org/exhibits/virtual-gallery – Check out virtual tours of some of our past Permanent Collection Exhibits.
MCN – http://mcn.edu/a-guide-to-virtual-museum-resources/ – The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
MedinaCounty District Library – https://www.mcdl.info/research – Includes databases that can be accessed for free using your library card. Some options include: Learning Express Library, (career related ), Mango and Transparent Languages, (language learning), Lynda, (technology and career), Novelist, (readers advisory).
Coursera – https://www.coursera.org – Offers free and paid online courses from 190+ leading universities and companies.
TED – https://www.ted.com/talks – Not courses, but always interesting, thought provoking talks on a variety of topics.
Gaiam: Flow Yoga for Beginners
Gaiam is a well-respected and popular yoga company with a wide variety of instructional videos. This one takes users through the popular flow yoga, also known as vinyasa yoga
Certified Pilates instructor Lindsey Jackson takes viewers through an hour-long class designed for both beginners and those with pilates experience. For each move, there are variations depending on comfort level.
Yoga with Adriene
For a low-key yoga practice? Try Yoga with Adriene, www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Stretching – Check out Doctor Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I try to provide the best physical therapy videos and demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. https://www.youtube.com/user/AskDoctorJo/videos
How about walking? Try walking in a new park! https://www.medinacountyparks.com/index.php/parks/medina-county-parks-map
AAUW Ohio Convention 2020 Rescheduled…
AAUW Ohio is watching developments of our current health crisis as we project when we might gather for a combined Convention 2020 and Fall Summit. Assuming now that the bans on gathering will ease by fall, the Ohio Board has chosen a September date. Please save September 12, 2020 to plan to gather at the Quest Polaris Conference Center in Columbus.
We have confirmed the new reservation date at the venue. Our speakers are willing to change their commitment to September 12. If you were sorry to miss our keynote, Lisa Maatz, you will have a chance to renew her acquaintance on September 12. Michelle Wilson and Dr. Cynthia Anderson have also assured availability on the new date.
The board anticipates that the cost of the combined convention and summit will remain the same as convention alone. Those who have already registered for Convention 2020 may choose to leave their registration in anticipation of the fall event or they may email firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1 to request a refund.
President, AAUW Ohio
Reprinted from an email sent to the Ohio AAUW membership, March 20, 2020. Be watching AAUW Ohio website for the latest information.
One of the last events in early March before the
COVID-19 outbreak redirected our lives, Medina’s 21st Sister-to-Sister Girls Conference, was a resounding success for its 42 enrollees, 14 student leaders and over a dozen adult participants.
The theme of “Be the TRUE You,” was one that has been reiterated a number of times, but this year had a fresh appeal. Keynote presenter Stefanie Robinson brought her message to the girls: ”You do not have to be what people expect of you, but be true to yourself and what you are capable of.” As a person who suffered from low self esteem early on, Robinson went through stages of bulimia, addiction to meds and drugs and was on the verge of self-destructing before she managed to find the strength to accept help and turn her life around. Today, she works with self-help organizations, bolsters courage among young people as well as adults who suffer from issues of dependencies and gets out on the road to speak her message to as many people as will listen. She is executive director of Hope Recovery Community and works with OhioGuidestone.
Girls from the Junior Leadership Medina organization took on our conference as a group project this year. Many thanks to Carrie Park, Director, her young ladies who added their youthful enthusiasm and leadership to the event and the other teens who helped.
Attendees representing 15 schools as well as homeschooled students participated this year. We thank our special greeter — and his handler — from Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs for coming to welcome our attendees. A big round of applause goes to our host, Medina Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital, who has solidly supported this project since year one.
AAUW Medina Branch was the initiator of the event as we created a safe setting for young women to come together to meet girls from other schools, learn what it takes to become more self- confident and have fun while learning leadership and social skills. AAUW team members who were part of the project this year are Alanna Arnold, Pieri Levandofsky and Pat Chaloupek.
Previous 2019 – 2020 Programming
February Meeting – 18th Black History Month Program Salute to Veterans: The Fight for Freedom
“This year’s event acknowledged and saluted the Black Veterans of the United States of America Armed Forces who fought and continue to fight for all of our freedom even when they had or have none of their own,” announced Kim Oliver, Medina Branch Diversity Chair. The program was highlighted in a recent edition of The Medina Gazette.
The Black History Month program, which has become a tradition in our community, was held Thurs., February 20, at the Second Baptist Church, 451 Bronson St., Medina. Co-sponsors with AAUW were the Second Baptist Church and Fellowship Baptist Church.
From Civil War regiments to Tuskegee Airmen and in present day military incursions, black soldiers have distinguished themselves with valor; they were celebrated in song, poetry and historical readings.
The Claggett Middle School Choir, the Medina Community Choir, and Local VFW #5137 also participated in the program. A “pick-up” community choir sang that evening, having come to the church an hour before the program for practice. AAUW members brought plated snacks and dessert items to the Fellowship Hall for serving following the program.
Oliver chaired the program with assistance from branch members Kathy Kraus and Alanna Arnold, and Pastors John and Senesa Peterson of Fellowship Baptist Church and Arthur Ruffin, of Second Baptist Church.
Also, our thanks to The Foundry (formerly High Voltage Indoor Carting) for allowing us to use their parking lot for overflow parking.
January Meeting – Members Learn Recycling, Reusing and Conserving
With guidance from branch member Carol Thombs, a dedicated environmentalist and former science teacher, thirty of our members learned to discern what materials can be recycled, what can be reused, what is safe for the environment and what products should be avoided.
The program, held January 23 at the home of Cheri Ingraham, was a “hands-on” learning experience for all. Thombs assigned people to groups, and armed them with a bag (reusable) with various kinds of trash items from “paper” plates to wrapping paper. and take-home containers. They were to decide how these products would be classified and record data on their whiteboard. They considered paper with/without coatings, stamped recycle markings on the bottom of the product, shape and condition.
On hand to answer questions on what is being recycled locally was Beth Biggins-Ramer, Solid Waste Coordinator at Medina County Solid Waste District. “Recycled items are commodities, and as such are bought and sold so they need to conform to certain standards,” she stated.
Thanks to Carol Thombs for preparing the program, Beth Biggins-Ramer, Solid Waste Coordinator, Cheri Ingraham for hosting in her lovely home (she used regular plates and table service and cloth napkins) and to the members who provided snacks/ treats with no single-use plastics.
DECEMBER MEETING- AAUW Medina Branch December Diversity Dinner
Thank you to everyone who generously gave money or gift cards to The Children’s Center last month. The final total, $530, helped provide Christmas presents for children served by the Center during the holiday. Our members really came through again!
Guest presenters with the International Student Exchange program – Garance Deret, from France, and Pareeda (Beam) Techawongprasert, from Thailand—were welcomed at the branch Diversity Dinner, held Dec. 10 at the lovely holiday decorated home of President Alanna Arnold.
Deret, enrolled as a senior at Medina High School, is from Joinville de Pont, France,
a commune in the SE suburb of Paris. She has a special interest in graphic art and has taken Advanced Drawing and 3-D Art and Design as courses this year. Outside of school, she was enrolled in ballet at Medina Centre for Dance Art and was preparing for an upcoming recital. She has four siblings and has been studying English since grammar school, with the hopes of teaching English. Duret is staying with Kate Owen and family on East Washington St. in Medina.
From a city with a metro area population of over 14 million persons, Pareeda (Beam) Techa- wongprasert calls Bankok, Thailand home. Beam, as she likes to be called, is being hosted by the Lorton Family and is a senior attending Wadsworth High School. Her favorite subjects are math and science and she is considering a career in engineering. She, too, is interested in dance, and has had training in traditional Thai dances.
She commented about her new “American look” –blonde hair, which she has been trying out, and which her parents would be surprised at. “Our schools are more strict back home; kids wear uni- forms and cannot change their hair color.”
American kids more dependent on using cell phones, the girls stated, saying that in their home schools, electronic use was more regulated. Both young women are finding Americans friendly and hospitable and have enjoyed being a part of the international experience. They were looking forward to school vacation and getting to participate in more activities, including some opportunities to travel out- side the area.
The ISE has been bringing together ex- change students and volunteer host families for nearly 40 years. Students arrive in August for the 10-month program and stay through the school year, Hamilton has been with ISE since 2007 and currently has 12 exchange students that she is responsible for in Medina and Summit County.
The branch thanks Alanna and Jack Arnold for generously opening their home for the dinner meeting and Jill Heck and her assistants for setup and prep work: Mary Lou Euse, Donna Hamilton, Jill Morton, Jeri Penn, Judy Smith and the Arnolds. Moravian Star table favors were made by Euse.
No Meeting. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote.
During 2019 and 2020, Americans will celebrate the 100thanniversary of the ratification of the 19thAmendment which legalized women’s right to vote. The AAUW Medina Branch is celebrated this occasion by holding a special local event.
AAUW member & re-enactor, Kathy Krause, portrayed Victoria Woodhull, a leader of the suffrage movement. Ms Woodhull was the first woman to start a weekly newspaper and the first woman to own a brokerage firm on Wall Street, but Woodhull is best known for being the first woman candidate for President of the United States.
Kathy was joined by AAUW member, Annette Barzal, and members of the Sharon Center Historical Society portraying suffragettes, campaigning for equal rights for women.
Luncheon, for members only, began at 12:00 p.m. The program followed the luncheon at 1:00 p.m. and was free and is open to the public.
“Breaking the Glass Ceiling”, a panel discussion featuring five women in positions of prominence in business and non-profit organizations kicked off the programming for the chapter for this year, Thursday, September 26 at the Medina Library.
The program offered insights into how these women rose to their current positions, their thoughts on how to be successful in engaging men and women to find solutions and meet goals, and their views on trends regarding female leadership in Medina County.
We kicked off our year with a lovely picnic held at the Pavilion at Bunker Hill. While enjoying the great food, this year’s BeWISE campers, Adrienne Raglow and Sarah Keller, and family members were our special guests, describing their experiences at the week-long STEM camp held at Kenyon College in June. BeWISE camp was started in 1989 by members of the board of directors of AAUW Ohio to encourage girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, and was one of the first of its kind in the country.
- JULY 4TH – AAUW branch members dressed as “Suffragettes” for the Medina City Annual Parade. We rode in an antique truck from the Historical Society waving banners. At right, photo from last year’s parade.
- JULY 28 – (SUNDAY) – Annual Nate Vermote Run to Freedom, on Medina Square. Both 5-K run and 1-mile walk; start time 9 am. Benefits Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
MAY ANNUAL MEETING AND BANQUET
The last meeting of the 2018-19 year was Thurs. May 23, our Annual Meeting and Banquet at The Tasting Room, Wadsworth. For more on the evening, including our election of officers and announcement of our 2019 scholarship winners, see Programming
CULTURAL INTEREST – PROGRAMS/ PROJECTS
- To go along with the current special exhibit, “Tiffany in Bloom,” The Cleveland Museum of Art is offering a lecture, “Art in Context: Clara Driscoll and the Women of Tiffany Studios”, on Sat. Feb., 29 at 2 pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact Pat Chaloupek, 330.321.3292; tickets are free, but must be ordered ahead and may be limited. For this A&E event, we will meet at Buehler’s parking area for a 10:30 am. departure, see the exhibition, do lunch at the museum cafe and attend the lecture. Home before rush hour.
Sat., January 18, 9-12 noon., at Discover Church, 1825 Reimer Rd., Wadsworth. Wayne County and Medina County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalitions join forces to educate the public on human trafficking. Come learn the FACTS about human trafficking, including the impact on Ohio. This is a FREE event. Refreshments will be provided.
- Kinky Boots has closed on Broadway and Baldwin Wallace is the only college that has been given permission to perform this Award winning musical. “Kinky Boots” features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein.”
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:30p.m., Baldwin Wallace Kleist Auditorium
Tickets are $25. Make your reservation by Tuesday October 29 by 5:00 p.m. by calling Lee Nichols at 330 952 2445 or emailing her. Lee will reserve the tickets.
Money is due by Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Send your money to Mary Lou Euse at 4155 Shurell Pkwy, Medina, Ohio 44256. If you make a reservation, you will be required to pay for a ticket. Carpooling available leaving Medina at 6:15 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see this outstanding musical!
See Arts & Entertainment page for more information on scheduled opportunities for attending movie screenings and excursions.
Congratulations to our newest scholarship recipients!
Two Brunswick, OH middle school students have been named recipients of our 2020 Camperships. They look forward to experiencing Camp BeWise and learning more about science and technology. Congratulations, ladies!
Unfortunately, due to the current health crisis, the BeWise Camp is being cancelled for this year. We are disappointed, but feel certain that our scholars will continue to pursue their interests in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology in the future.
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR — Nontraditional Women’s Student Scholarships
The Medina County Branch of the American Association of University Women will be awarding two $1,500 scholarships to “non-traditional” women undergraduate students who are attending an accredited college or university. Applicants must be residents of Medina County and at least 25 years of age. Previous winners are eligible.
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.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and clarity of stated goals and objectives. The two named scholarships are the Pat Chaloupek AAUW of Medina County and the AAUW of Medina Founders’ Scholarship.
Applications for the awards are available at this link: Akron Community Foundation. The application deadline is April 16, 2020.
Scholarships are administered through the Akron Community Fund.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PATRONS WHO CAME TO PURCHASE BOOKS AT THIS, OUR 26TH ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE! YOU HELPED PUT US OVER THE TOP IN SALES — OUR BEST YEAR EVER!
- We had a whole room for children’s and young adults’ books. A “kitchen” full of cookbooks. Tables and crates filled with books from best selling authors to classical poets; from woodworking to inspirational books and photography to Star Trek.
- Profits from sales go towards our non-traditional woman student scholarships and sponsorship of two campers at the BeWISE STEM Camp.
See our Book Sale Page for more information and photos. We will be back next April and will be collecting books beginning in February, 2020.
RECENT EVENTS 2018-2019
BALDWIN WALLACE MUSICAL ARTS EXCURSION, April 7, 2019. For story and more photos, see Programming.
SISTER-TO-SISTER CONFERENCE FOR GIRLS, March 10, 2019
The 20th Sister-to-Sister Conference was held at Medina Hospital. With co-sponsorship from eight other organizations, this year’s program focused on the theme, Confidence Is Key. Featured presenters were Samantha Ponomarenko, founder of Buckeye Blanket Buddies project, and Susan Russell, Psychologist, certified trainer and PiYO instructor. See Sister-to-Sister
FEBRUARY 2019 PROGRAM
The 17th Annual Black History Month Program was held in partnership with Second Baptist and Fellowship Baptist Churches on February 21. The program celebrated African-American culture in song, dance and personal contributions. The middle school choir, a “pick up choir”, a praise group and little dancers highlighted the evening.
JANUARY 2019 BRANCH MEETING/ PROGRAM
We met at the home of member Alanna Arnold to hear about “The WOW of Wetlands.” Carol Thombs, branch member and retired science teacher, presented an interactive session on the importance of these natural resources in maintaining global balance.
2018 YEAR IN REVIEW:
THE 8TH BIENNIAL AGENT OF CHANGE AWARD was presented at the Awards Luncheon, November 8, 2018 at Rustic Hills Country Club to co-recipients Jan Householder and Thomas Sigel.
Householder is founder of the far-reaching “Giving Doll” project which makes anddistributes soft, fabric dolls to children undergoing health crises or severe changes in their lives. Sigel is founder of ORMACO (Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach) a non-profit with the mission of making music, arts and culture accessible to all, with a focus on underserved, disadvantaged and rural populations.
Medina Branch sponsored two camperships to 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. Winners were Madison Penvose and Kayla Kerstetter. See Scholarship/ BeWISE page.
SISTER-TO-SISTER, the half-day conference for girls ages 11-14, was held March 11 at Medina Hospital Conference Center. See Sister-to-Sister page for a wrap up and photos of the event.
Medina Branch has awarded two $1500 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NON-TRADITIONAL WOMEN STUDENTS for the 2018-2019 academic year. Congratulations to our recipients: Jeanne Merchant, of Brunswick, and Susan Toth, of Seville. See Scholarship/ BeWISE page.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING the 25th Annual Used Book Sale! We had a tremendously successful sale this year: members did fantastic job setting up, book contributions from the community were excellent and our customers went away with lots of new reading material. See our Book Sale Page for photos.
RECOGNITION: Medina County Branch received honors at the AAUW Ohio Annual Convention held in Chillicothe at the beginning of April. We were one of two in the state recognized as best “Overall Communications – Newsletter, Website, Facebook”; we earned the “Daffodil Diversity Award”, a philanthropy award for contributing to Tech Savvy Funds and the Starz Award for branch practices with a maximum number of “glitter points” earned for twelve straight years. We also were acknowledged for achieving outstanding membership growth with the most number of new members in the state. “It’s been a good year!” commented Kathy Kraus, branch president, “And Medina Branch has much to be proud of.”
September 27, 2018. , We met at the University of Akron’s Medina County University Center to learn more about how AAUW’s national outreach efforts “START SMART” and “WORK SMART” are improving women’s lifetime economic status.
The Annual Meeting and Spring Banquet on May 17, was the last meeting of this fiscal year. Programming featured Beverly Jones, Master Gardener, on “Gardening Like Monet” at the Rustic Hills Country Club. Recipients of the AAUW Non-Traditional Women Scholarships were introduced; officers were elected.
“Testing Orion: The World’s Next Crewed Vehicle” , an overview of how the project came about and is moving forward, was presented in March by local Cloverleaf alumna and NASA Senior Project Manager Nicole Smith.
The 16th Annual Black History Month program sponsored by AAUW Medina Branch and Second Baptist Church, drew a record crowd of over 300 enthusiastic persons of all ages. The “Celebrate Unity in Our Community” theme was highlighted by musical presentations from the Diversity Choir, elementary and middle school choirs and drum corps, a local soloist, and several community business persons–all who inspired us to catch the spirit of the evening. More on the Programming page.
January is HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH. Medina Branch is part of the Medina County Human Trafficking Awareness Coalition which sponsored the HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORKSHOP on Jan. 25. See our page Human Trafficking Awareness.
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 connection.
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.
NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARS FOR 2018:
Two women received $1500 each for their continuing education towards their college degrees. This year’s recipients, who were introduced and awarded recognition at the annual dinner, were Jeanne Merchant, of Brunswick, and Susan Toth, of Seville. Congratulations! Photos and information on scholarship page.
BeWISE Camp Scholars: Two young women received camperships from the branch to attend this math and science Camp at Denison University June 10-15, 2018.
See scholarship page.
AAUW-Ohio Convention April, 2018, Chillicothe.
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.
Read summaries of several breakout sessions at convention 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.
How does Medina County score on Title IX compliance? See a commentary from our October 2016 program and panel discussion on Programming page.
We conducted two one-day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) conferences, Tech Savvy –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, and AAUW.
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. 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. Contact Miller for more information.
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.
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