Newsletter 2014 Feb-Mar

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Purpose. Power. Progress.

A Publication of the Delaware, Ohio branch of the AAUW

Vol. 41, No.4 February-March, 2014

Jennifer Dillard, AAUW State Coordinator
Jennifer Dillard, AAUW State Coordinator

February 3, Jennifer Dillard, AAUW State Coordinator to Energize Delaware Branch

Meet for refreshments at 7:15 pm in the Bayley Room of the Beeghly Library at Ohio Wesleyan University, followed by Jennifer Dillard’s presentation. Jennifer is the AAUW Regional Field Organizer for AAUW Area 3, which includes Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Jennifer works with the AAUW national field director and state leadership to develop effective local, state, and federal public policy issues for AAUW participation. She coordinates efforts to move forward AAUW related state goals and plans, and, also, coordinates member lobby days and in-district meetings, and oversees state and local election activities, besides tracking statewide legislation.

Mark Your Calendars!

You Will Rise Project” Presentation–joint meeting with Worthington Branch AAUW about bullying, March 8 at 10:00 am at All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6770 N. High St., Worthington, OH. The “You Will Rise Project” provides a multi-media showcase to share their stories through art for people of all ages who have been bullied. Come for an unforgettable presentation. For more information about this project, see

You Will Rise Project





Forum on the Common Core Curriculum—April 14 at 7:15 pm, Delaware Community Center YMCA, 1121 S. Houk Rd, Delaware, OH, The Ohio State Board of Education adopted the Core Curriculum, setting standards in English Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies to be taught now in Ohio schools for assessments beginning 2014-2015. Come and hear about this program presented jointly with the Delaware County League of Women Voters.

Delaware AAUW Branch meetings are free and open to the public.

This Year’s Great Decisions Discussion Program Begins February 21, 2014

Each year 8 topics on world affairs are selected by a panel of experts for discussion in local communities across the country. The Great Decisions series in Delaware, OH takes place on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William St. (Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Beverages are provided.) The series is sponsored by: AAUW Delaware Branch, Kiwanis, League of Women Voters, International Studies Program, O.W.U., Senior Citizens, William Street UMC, Willow Brook Christian Communities, Anonymous.

This year’s topics are critical issues from the relationship between Israel and the U.S. to China’s foreign policy.

2014 Great Decisions Speaker List

February 21…”Food and Climate”… Laurie Anderson, PhD, Professor of Botany and Microbiology at Ohio Wesleyan University

February 28… “Defense Technology”… Major General (Ret) AUS Dennis Laich, author of Skin in the Game: Poor Kids and Patriots

March 7… “China’s Foreign Policy”… Dr. Ji Young Choi, Professor in the Department of Politics and Government and affiliated (assistant) professor in the International Studies Program and the East Asian Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University.

March 14…”Islamic Awakening”… Nicol Ghazi, Instructor at Marion Branch Ohio State University, and active member of the Ohio Islamic community serving on the Olentangy Local School District Diversity Committee.

March 21… “Turkey’s Challenges”… Alper Yalcinkaya, PhD, Professor of Sociology/ Anthropology at Ohio Wesleyan University

March 28… “Israel and the U.S.”… Dr. Alison Rose, Professor in Religion/ Philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan University

April 4… “Energy Independence”… Andrew Meyer, PhD, Professor in Economics at Ohio Wesleyan University

April 11…”U.S. Trade Policy”… Goran Skoples, PhD, Professor in Economics at Ohio Wesleyan University

Women Holding Hands25th Anniversary of AAUW Be Wise Camp

Our branch is committed to finding and sponsoring 2 girls from our area who will be going into 7th or 8th grade in the fall to attend Be Wise Math/Science Camp at Dennison University June 15-20. This camp is for average, college-track girls who could use a boost in Math/Science to build up their self-confidence and find these subjects to be “fun”. Contact Roberta Clark at (614) 578-9540 or before February 20 with candidate information.

5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Rep Teresa Fedor Ohio State Capitol - Jan 9
Rep. Teresa Fedor, primary sponsor of The Safe Harbor Act, and of the End Demand Act, speaks in the Atrium of the Ohio State Capitol, January 9th

Karen Rainey, Carin Delfs, and Barbara Martin, from our branch, attended the 5th Annual Human Awareness Day. The main focus this year was on ending demand. Encourage the men in your life to take the Defenders pledge found at


  1. Human Trafficking: HB 130, the proposed “End Demand Act,” was scheduled for its first hearing in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 14. It passed the House last June. Committee member Sen. Peggy Lehner will manage the bill in the Senate. You can let her know of your support by e-mailing her at or calling 614-466-5438. Committee Chair Senator John Eklund can be reached at or at 614-644-7718.
  1. Absentee Voter Ballots: Senate Bill 205 has passed the Senate and is now being heard in the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee. It still contains objectionable features; ask your House representative to amend the bill to allow absentee ballot applications to be given to all poll workers and to be sent every year, not only in even years. Also, election officials should be allowed to assist any voter in need for assistance in completing an absentee application or absentee ballot envelope.
  1. Roe v. Wade Anniversary Event: “Remembering the PastFighting for our Future: Roe@41″ is the title of this year’s observance of the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. You are invited to attend the event on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus starting with a 6 p.m. reception followed by speaker Robin Marty, author of Crow after Roe. General admission is $30; funds raised through the event help to support Freedom of Choice Ohio’s (FOCO) advocacy efforts. Details are posted at

Thanks to all the AAUW members who circulated or signed petitions to expand Medicaid through the legislature. The petition drive was ended when the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the action of the State Controlling Board to accept the federal funding for the expansion. Now, 275,000 Ohioans who were formerly without health care can be served.

The 5th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will be Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Equal Pay Day, April 8 is the symbolic day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. Thanks to the gender pay gap, it takes women an extra three months of wages to make up that 23-percent difference.

Membership in the Delaware branch of AAUW is open to any graduate, female or male, of an accredited two or four-year college or university for dues of $65.00 per year. Affiliate memberships are open to those enrolled in a college or university and actively pursuing a degree for a reduced rate. For more information contact Membership Vice-President Ann Elliot, 740/369-4057. Delaware AAUW Branch Website


AAUW Delaware (OH) Branch

Barbara Martin, Editor

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, or disability.