Membership

AAUW is a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Your membership makes AAUW’s powerful voice even stronger on critical issues affecting women and girls.

Membership is open to anyone holding an associate or equivalent (RN), baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Student Affiliation is open to anyone who does not already hold an undergraduate degree and are enrolled in a two-or four-year regionally accredited educational institution. Students enrolled at many colleges or universities such as CWRU, BGSU or University of Akron can receive a free e-Student affiliation. Check the College/University Partner Member institutions,  list to see if your school is a Partner Member. National memberships for graduate students are currently available for $18.81!

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.

Because AAUW is a 501(c)3 charitable membership organization, most of your national dues are tax deductible on your personal federal income tax return.

Membership Renewal

Membership renewals and dues are payable this year by the end of June. All members should have received a personalized e-mail from AAUW National in mid-March regarding dues renewal. As indicated in the message, you may now pay your dues for the fiscal year 2020-2021; thank you to those of you who have already done so!

Write a check to Medina Branch AAUW and send it to Pieri Levandofsky, Finance Officer, at 251 Jasper Lane, Medina OH  44256, OR by using a credit card on-line at aauw.org. Click at the bottom of aauw.org main page on Member Services Database and log in with your ID. Dues are $79 (National $62, State $11, Local $6). If you wish to renew online you MUST use the link that you will receive via email. You will need to sign in with your member number and you will receive an immediate receipt that can be printed out.

After March 16, full dues are payable for membership to extend through June of the next year.

$59 of your national dues is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

The 2020-2021 Program and Membership Directory is now available online. You may access it as follows:

  1. Search for Medina County AAUW
  2. At the Membership tab (top right of the page), click on the “Members Only” bar
  3. Enter the new password. If you don’t have it, contact Kathy or Anne.

Paper copies were mailed to the members who requested one. If you did not request a paper copy and would like one, please contact Anne Gates.

We are delighted to welcome two new student members to our branch. Mercy Muchemi earned a B.A. at the United States International University –Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya, and she is currently pursuing a nursing degree at Fortis College. Aneta Mullins earned an A.A. degree from Lorain County Community College and is now enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College studying psychology and social work. Contact information for both women may be found in the Directory.

We are also pleased to welcome back Betty Lynham to the Medina County branch. Welcome, Betty!

We extend a special note of appreciation to Pieri Levandofsky for her collaboration in creating the annual Directory. When combined with her leadership as Finance Officer, it made for a very streamlined process. We are also grateful to Mary Baker for her ongoing efforts to ensure that the membership information on the website is accurate and relevant. If you have not been on the branch website recently, we recommend that you spend some time exploring it; there is a wealth of information!

Please contact either of us with any membership-related questions.

Anne Gates                                                           Kathy Kraus
330-464-4733                                                       330-722-1107
agates1107@gmail.com                                     artkathy@zoominternet.net


National Bylaw Change Vote

This spring, AAUW members across the country will have an opportunity to vote on a significant proposed change to the current national Bylaws: eliminating the college degree requirement for membership in the organization.

In an online forum last September, Board Chair, Julia Brown, and Vice Chair, Malinda Gaul, provided a comprehensive perspective on the proposed Bylaws change. They stated that in- clusion is a priority for younger people and, given that fifty percent of the U.S. population was born after 1980, AAUW needs to acknowledge this generational shift with respect to removing barriers to membership and keeping AAUW vital into the future. Further, Brown and Gaul underscored that the AAUW leadership has considered racial and social justice and its relationship to the degree requirement; women in marginalized groups are often dispro- portionately affected by issues of equity. They emphasized that AAUW’s reputation and brand are key, and some outside the organization view it as being hypocritical with respect to its emphasis on inclusivity in light of a degree requirement for membership. This can affect AAUW’s ability to secure grants, as some funders do not want to be affiliated with a group that discriminates on the basis of an educational requirement.

A summary of key talking points in support of eliminating the education requirement, as prepared by AAUW’s Inclusion & Equity Committee, is outlined below:

  1.  It is the right thing to do and is in keeping with our mission to advance gender equity.
  2.  Eliminating the degree requirement will bring AAUW membership criteria in line with its mission – to advance gender equity.
  3.  Greater diversity can only strengthen AAUW and our ability to advance equity.
  4.  Times have changed and society has changed. AAUW strives to meet our mission and society’s needs today.
  5.  AAUW empowers women. How does keeping the membership requirement help you empower women?
  6.  Just like our founding mothers, we can be role models for positive change in the world. But we cannot have the impact we seek when our membership criteria don’t match our mission and values.
  7. AAUW is unique due to our breadth of programming, research, policy and advocacy, fellowships and grants, and most importantly, a grassroots membership that can be mobilized to fight for what we believe in. We should open this powerful grassroots network up to all who want to join the fight.
  8. Education comes in many forms. Those who do not have degrees can still be strong advocates for our mission.
  9. AAUW must evolve to survive.

Voting will take place starting April 7, 2021 and will continue through May 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Further information may be found in the Membership Toolkit on the AAUW page cited below. Please familiarize yourself with the proposed Bylaws change and exercise your right to vote later this spring.

Sources:
AAUW. Open membership toolkit. Retrieved from https://www.aauw.org/resources/ member/governance-tools/national-election/open-membership-toolkit/
AAUW. Webinar on membership dues and degree requirement with Julia Brown and Malinda Gaul: September 22, 2020. Retrieved from AAUW.org.


A Bittersweet Goodbye

Pat receives a going away gift of hand painted art by member Kathy Kraus.

Members gathered at the end of July to say goodbye and best wishes to Pat Chaloupek. Pat will be moving in August to Colorado to be nearer to family.

Masked members visit during Pat’s reception.

Masked members enjoyed the rare opportunity to visit and catch up for a few minutes. Then, Pat addressed the group, updating them on her plans, and thanking them for the many years of friendship and enthusiasm for AAUW projects. Everyone took the chance to let Pat know how much she has meant to us. Over and over members expressed their appreciation of her leadership as President and various project chairs, her graciously given expertise and advice, talent with the written word, (we still need a

Members gathered to wish goodbye and buena suerte to Pat Chaloupek

Newsletter Editor, folks!), and of course, her open and ready friendship.

Wishing you all the best, Pat and know you will be greatly missed.

The Akron Community Fund
&
Ken Chaloupek Memorial Russ Vision Scholarship
received donations totaling $715.00 honoring
AAUW member and dear friend Pat Chaloupek