Newsletter 2014 Apr-May

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Purpose. Power. Progress.
A Publication of the Delaware, Ohio branch of the AAUW

Vol. 41, No.5 _________________________________April-May, 2014

AAUW member appreciation week

AAUW Member Appreciation Week, March 24-27

AAUW Members Ranked “Best Members in the World”!
WASH, DC—AAUW Members ranked “Best Members in the World” according to recent research. “No other organization has this volume of devotion and loyalty from its members”, says AAUW Executive Director Linda Hallman.
AAUW celebrated its first ever Member Appreciation Week, March 24-27. National staff made an extra effort to show their gratitude through various means of communication, sending messages of thanks to all members. Without active members, no organization can thrive, let alone survive.

AAUW Members and Volunteers, We Salute You!

Every day, we ask you — our members and volunteers — to make an effort to empower women and girls. Not only do you do this, but you do it well. From leading our national board, to planning state and national conventions, holding fundraisers, and pulling off powerful local programming, you do so much to help realize AAUW’s mission, and we cannot thank you enough.

With that in mind, AAUW’s national staff have designated the last week of March as Member and Volunteer Appreciation Week. While we couldn’t possibly cram all our thanks into one week, we want to make sure you know how much we appreciate all you do to empower women and to make AAUW the powerful community it is.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
— AAUW national staff


Mark Your Calendars!

“The Common Core Curriculum—What Does It Mean for Ohio Students?
On Monday, April 14 at 7:00 pm the Delaware Branch AAUW and League of Women Voters of Delaware County are jointly presenting a free Public Forum on the new Core Curriculum for grades K-12 at the Delaware Community Center YMCA. (Note the change in time and location.) A panel, consisting of our elected state School Board member—Michael Collins, and president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers—Melissa Cropper, along with Sue Grodek from the Ohio PTA State Standards Committee, will explain what this initiative means for our students, and answer questions from the audience. Dr. Constance Richards, English and Women’s Studies professor at Ohio Wesleyan University and The Ohio State University-Marion, OH, will serve as Moderator.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (“Common Core”) is a state-led, voluntary effort that established a single set of educational standards for K-12 in English and mathematics. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter college programs or the workforce.

How do these standards affect children in Delaware, Ohio schools, as well as children in the rest of the state of Ohio? Parents, teachers, and school board members are encouraged to come to this meeting and get answers to your questions.

Yearend Potluck Brunch and Installation of Officers
Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 am is the Delaware Branch final monthly meeting for the 2013-2014 school year. This will be a potluck brunch at 1901 Stratford Rd. Please notify Barbara at if you plan to attend, and inform her of your potluck contribution.

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


This Year’s Great Decisions Discussion Program Ends April 11, 2014
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.
The remaining lectures in this series are:
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

AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2014
This year’s convention will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13.The Southwest AAUW Ohio branches & AAUW Ohio board members have planned a weekend filled with informative presentations, interactive sessions, and powerful keynote speakers designed to invigorate members. Barbara Martin and Karen Rainey are the voting delegates from the Delaware Branch, and Sally Dye is the alternate.

25th Anniversary of AAUW Be Wise Camp
Our branch is committed to 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 April 1 with candidate information.


1. Human Trafficking: HB 130, the proposed “End Demand Act.” We’re almost there, but we need to keep up the pressure to insure that 16 and 17-year-olds are legally treated as victims and not as prostitutes. If they are exploited for commercial sex, they should be classified as victims in Ohio–as they are under federal law. Hearings will continue so send your comments to Sen. John Eklund, Chair, Senate Criminal Justice Committee, at Chair Senator John Eklund can be reached at or at 614-644-7718.

2. Online Voter Registration: Continue to press for online voter registration, as outlined in H. B. 78 and S. B. 175. Online registration, supported by Secretary of State Jon Husted and by the President’s Commission on Election Administration, eases the process for potential voters and provides for greater accuracy as well as less paperwork and lower costs. You can email Rep. Mike Dovilla, chair of the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee, at and Sen. Dave Burke, chair of the State Government Oversight and Reform Committee, at Request that hearings be held on their respective bills.

3. New Equal Pay Bill, H. B. 456: This new proposal, introduced on Feb. 19, would make discrimination in pay a violation of Ohio’s civil rights laws. It has yet to be assigned to a committee. The chief sponsor is Rep. Connie Pillich; you can indicate your support to her at Be sure to indicate that you are an AAUW member and that AAUW has long worked for pay equity.

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.

AAUW Delaware Branch Fundraiser
Mention AAUW Fund Raiser when you Order a Pizza from
122 S. Sandusky St.,
Delaware, OH
(740) 362-0682
on the 4th Friday of each month between 4 and 9 pm with pick-up or dine-in orders—
March 28, April 25, May 23, and June 27
(No discount coupons may be used,) Donatos will donate 20% of the profits from these purchases to the Delaware Branch

May 6 is Primary Election Day.
Get out and vote! Take a friend.


Happy 50th Anniversary
Emma and Larry Dixon, March 21

Happy Birthday!
Sally Dye, June 3
Ann Elliot, June 18


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.