Newsletter 2014 Aug-Sep

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Purpose. Power. Progress.

A Publication of the Delaware, Ohio branch of the AAUW

Vol. 42, No.1 Aug-Sept, 2014

Women’s Equality Day Celebration Aug 26– 7pm at the Delaware County District Library

The Delaware Branch AAUW and the Delaware County League of Women Voters are holding a joint meeting at the Delaware District Library, 84 E. Winter Street, from 7 to 9 pm to celebrate the 94th anniversary of Women’s Right To Vote. The theme of this program will be the 50 year anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. Music and refreshments that flash back to the 60’s will bring back memories of the Civil Rights Movement.

A panel including Carrie Davis, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio; Karla Herron, Deputy Director of the Delaware County Board of Elections; and Jenny Holland, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University, will discuss voting rights today including recent legislation and court cases affecting access to the polls, voting patterns in Delaware County, and womens voting patterns since winning the right to vote, and how women are affected by voting restrictions. JoAnn Radwin Zimmerman of the Marion League of Women voters will bring her guitar and play protest songs from the 60s. This is a Free Event, and the public is encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity to discuss ways to improve voter participation.

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Election Day is November 4, 2014!!!

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Ohio Wesleyan Sagan Colloquium lecture

September 4, 2014

Meet for dinner at Amato’s back room at 5:30 p.m., followed by attending together the 7 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan Sagan Colloquium lecture by Donovan Hohn, author of Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them.

Mark Your Calendars!

 

Events Calendar for 2014-2015

September 4, 2014, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. dinner at Amatos back room, followed by 7 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan Sagan Colloquium lecture by Donovan Hohn, author of Moby Duck:

October 6, 2014, Candidate and Issue Forum, 7 p.m. held jointly with the Delaware County League of Women Voters and the Farm Bureau at Delaware Area Career Center North, 1610 State Route 521, Delaware.

October 11, 2014, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Joint Meeting with Worthington Branch viewing the documentary “The Invisible War” about sexual assault in the Military, followed by a panel discussion at All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6770 N. High St., Worthington, OH.

October 21, 2014, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Attend Ohio Wesleyan Sagan Colloquium lecture by Sharon Day, a native rights and religious activist from Minnesota about her experience walking the Ohio River and her earlier project, Walk the Water.

November 4, 2014, Tuesday, Election Day 6:30 a.m.7:30 p.m. Go to the polls and VOTE!!!

November 10, 2014, Monday, 7:15 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan Beeghly Library, Park Ave. at the end of S. Franklin St. Discussion of Sharon Days Walking the Ohio River presentation.

December 17, 2014, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., 1808 American Bistro, 29 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH, Christmas Dinner together

January 10, 2015, Saturday, 12:00 noon, 48 Columbus Ave., Potluck Lunch and Book Discussion. Discuss I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

February 2015 (date to be determined), in an Audio Visual Room at Ohio Wesleyans Beeghly Librarypreview Mary Howards documentary about Delaware resident Henry Banks.

March 2015 (date and location TBD), Book discussion of the award winning novel, Purge by Sofi Oksanen, a suspenseful tale about 2 women dogged by their own shameful pasts.

April 2015, date and location TBD. Potluck and final branch meeting

May 1-3, 2015 AAUW Ohio Convention, Worthington, OH (date and location to be determined) Our Branch will be assisting in hosting this event

 

AAUW Leadership Workshop Was Held

August 9, 2014 at Otterbein

Barbara Martin and Ann Elliot from the Delaware Branch attended the Leadership Workshop at Otterbein on August 9. Barbara attended the Using 21st Century Technology session led by Paula Maggio, the AAUW Ohio Communications Chair. Ann attended the Membership session.

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Christine Siebeneck, AAUW Ohio President at the Leadership Workshop

 

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Paula Maggio, AAUW Ohio Communications Chair

 

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Lisa Maatz, AAUW VP of Government Relations giving keynote speech at AAUW Leadership Workshop about helping to get the Violence Against Women Act passed

 

Planning Now for the Spring

2015 AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention

Equity Day and the Convention will be held May 1-3, 2015 at The Embassy Suites Hotel,5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH. JoAnn Benseler from Worthington is chairing this event. She spoke to the branch presidents at the AAUW Leadership Workshop, asking for our help. She wants to know by October 1st what our branch is willing to do.

Here is the list of needed items:

  • A week prior to the convention: Stuffing Goody bags (Each branch is to provide items from their area, eg. pens, coupons from local merchants, etc.)
  • Put names on name tags
  • Make number signs for meal tables (#’s 1-12)
  • Buy or make centerpieces for tables (12)
  • Provide gifts for keynote speakers (each branch is to provide one—approx. $10 value)
  • Provide (make?) gifts for luncheon attendees. She suggested cloth Kleenex holders.
  • During the convention: Work at Registration Tables Friday 4-8 pm; Saturday 8-11 am; Sunday 8-11 am.
  • Hostesses for Saturday Lunch—will be asked to invite each woman at her table to
    • introduce herself and tell about her branch’s most successful program

    • Provide food/drink for the President’s Reception on Saturday night (chips, crackers, cheese, fruit, veggies, dip, nuts, wine, pop, water, etc.)

    JoAnn said the theme is “Now is the Time for Women and Girls to Get Real”. She suggested that thyme plants be planted and 4 be placed on each table as part of the centerpieces.

    Register Your Opinion on future AAUW Ohio Convention Locations

    The AAUW Ohio Board is considering centralizing the Annual Equity Day & State Convention to a Columbus area location year after year. In other words, the event location would not move from region to region.

    Please keep in mind that the hosts of the Annual State Convention would continue to cycle around to all the districts (Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest). The Convention Chair and the participating branches would change every year. The only component remaining the same would be the hotel location. Please go to aauwoh.org and click on “TAKE THE SURVEY”. Your vote does count.

    CALL TO OHIO ADVOCACY

    LAWSUIT FILED TO RESTORE EARLY VOTING

    A lawsuit to overturn the legislation and directives that cut early voting hours and days was filed by ACLU of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio NAACP and Bethel AME Church in federal court on May 1. The lawsuit is based on evidence that the early voting times eliminated were those used more often by African-American voters, who will most keenly feel the impact of the new laws. The suit alleges that these cuts violate the Voting Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution because they disproportionately harm minority voters.

    The cuts in question are the reduction in early voting days from 35 to 29, included in House Bill 238, which also eliminated “golden week” when a voter could register and vote at the same time; and the directive from Secretary of State Jon Husted that eliminates evening voting hours and any voting on the two days before an election. The banning of voting on Sundays directly affects the African-American churches GOTV efforts, known as Souls to the Polls.

    While Ohio’s number of early voting days may be considered generous when compared with other states, the elimination of evening and weekend hours impacts any potential voter who has difficulty making time to vote during the day or during the typical work week. Unless the court acts to reverse the changes, they will be in effect for the November general election. AAUW Ohio will be watching this case with interest, and we hope that branches will beef up their own voter education efforts to insure that every voter knows when and where to vote.

     

    2014-2015 Delaware, OH AAUW Officers

    President:

    Barbara Martin, bmartin@columbus.rr.com

    Program VP:

    Roberta Clark, robleo59@columbus.rr.com

    Membership VP:

    Ann Elliot, annkelliot@gmail.com

    Financial Officer:

    Connie Richards, csrichar@owu.edu

    Secretary:

    Karen Rainey, karengrg44@gmail.com

    Committee Chairs:

    Membership: Ann Elliot

    Program Development: Roberta Clark

    AAUW Funds: Sue Leidtke, sueleidtke@gmail.com

    Communication: Barbara Martin

    Public Policy: Karen Rainey

    Legal Advocacy Fund: Sue Leidtke

    Great Decisions Discussions: Ann Elliot

    Diversity: Sally Dye, sally.dye@cardingtonschools.org

    Be Wise Camp: Roberta Clark

    Website Administrator: Barbara Martin

 

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • Christel Mattern, August 28
  • Emma Dixon, September 12
  • Connie Richards, September 18

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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 go to Delaware AAUW Branch Website at https://delohioaauw.wordpress.com or contact Membership Vice-President Ann Elliot, 740/369-4057.

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AAUW Delaware (OH) Branch

Barbara Martin, Editor

1901 Stratford Rd.

Delaware, OH 43015

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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.

Newsletter 2014 Apr-May

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The SqAAUWk
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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 bmartin@columbus.rr.com 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 robleo59@columbus.rr.com before April 1 with candidate information.


CALL TO OHIO ADVOCACY

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 eklund@ohiosenate.gov.Committee Chair Senator John Eklund can be reached at eklund@ohiosenate.gov 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 rep07@ohiohouse.gov and Sen. Dave Burke, chair of the State Government Oversight and Reform Committee, at burke@ohiosenate.gov. 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 rep28@ohiohouse.gov. 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
Donatos
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 https://delohioaauw.wordpress.com


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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.

 


 

 

Newsletter 2014 Feb-Mar

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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 http://youwillriseproject.blogspot.com

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 robleo59@columbus.rr.com 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 http://www.theDefendersUSA.org

CALL TO OHIO ADVOCACY

  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 leaner@ohiosenate.gov or calling 614-466-5438. Committee Chair Senator John Eklund can be reached at eklund@ohiosenate.gov 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 http://www.facebook.com/events/648629478530364/..

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 https://delohioaauw.wordpress.com

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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.