Branch Highlights

Rochester Branch
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Celebrates 55 Years (1962-2017)

The Rochester Branch of AAUW was chartered April 16, 1962 by thirty women from the Greater Rochester area with Margaret Slingerland as its first president in 1962-64.  Meetings were held in various locations, finally, settling in at the Rochester Community House in 1975.  The Branch membership was composed of women until 1987 when an AAUW bylaw change allowed men to join.  The Branch continues to support the AAUW Educational Funds which grant graduate scholarships and the Legal Advocacy Fund which supports judicial redress for

sexual discrimination.  For every $500 contribution, a member is recognized for her significant contribution to Branch activities at the May Dinner Meeting.

The Branch over the years has participated in many community events including Arts and Apples, the Town Hall Series with the League of Women Voters, The Art Train, Children’s Theatre, Picture Lady Program and the Heritage Festival. The first successful Women’s Workshop was held in 1983 at West Junior High with Lieutenant Governor Martha Griffiths as the keynote speaker. To celebrate the Branch’s 25th Anniversary in 1987, a local scholarship program was instituted.

Today honoring the 55th Anniversary, the Branch financially helps Oakland University women undergraduates attend the National College Conference of Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in College Park, MD each spring.  The Branch also partners with Oakland University in establishing and maintaining the student organization AAUW-OU since 2016.

Also the Branch addresses women and girls needs through their annual March History Month projects:  Sundaes & Science – An Evening of Science, Math and Technology for Middle School Girls and Their Moms has evolved into a STEAM workshop co-sponsored with the Rochester Schools PTA and the 8th Grade/Oakland University Student Essay Contests “A Woman of Significance To Me” is in cooperation with the Rochester and Auburn Hills Libraries.

The Rochester Branch of AAUW continues to advance equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy.  Happy 55th Anniversary!


THE 2015 SUNRISE PINNACLE DIVERSITY AWARD
Sponsored by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Friday, October 23, 2015 – Royal Park Hotel

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Rochester is honored to receive the 2015 DIVERSITY AWARD for its work advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy.

Our most proud moments come when we sponsor each year these diverse programs in the greater Rochester area:

…..STEAM SAVVY – ESCAPE FROM THE SCIENCE LAB (3/23/16)
A middle school girl science night where mom, dad or a grandparent spend an evening participating together in STEAM hands-on workshops (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). The goal is to encourage girls to enter science career fields. The Women’s Fund of Greater Rochester has provided two grants to further this goal.

…..EIGHT GRADE ESSAY CONTEST: “A Woman of Significance To Me” (4/28/16)
Students write during March, Women’s History Month, about a famous woman, a favorite female teacher or beloved “mom” telling how that woman has influenced her/his life.

…..WILL ROGERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & LIBRARY, Pontiac Schools
Members tutor students and also staff the very popular TUESDAY IS LIBRARY DAY! where K-6 students check out books, enjoy storytelling/music and learn library/reading skills.

…..NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR COLLEGE WOMEN STUDENT LEADERS (5/16)
Attendance is offered by AAUW of Rochester through scholarships to women leaders on the campus of Oakland University. This year we partnered with two community businesses to support the program – the Barnes & Noble Book Sale and the Mystery Author’s Luncheon at the Avery Tavern Restaurant- sending eight students to the conference. As a result, an AAUW-OU Student Organization is being organized on the OU campus. The women students hope to sponsor an AAUW $TART $MART $ALARY NEGOIATIONS workshop for graduating seniors.

…..2015 ROCHESTER AAUW DIVERSITY CHAMPION – IRENE WALTER
The Race Relations & Diversity Task Force of Greater Detroit gave the award to Irene for her lifelong commitment to appreciating cultural differences.

Sharon Postnieks, October President/Communications Chair – Rochester AAUW
248-651-7337 spostnieks@yahoo.com rochester-mi.aauw.net 10/3/15


Rochester Branch of the
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Celebrates 50 Years (1962-2012)

The Rochester Branch of AAUW was chartered April 16, 1962 by thirty women from the Greater Rochester area with Margaret Slingerland as its first president in 1962-64. Meetings were held in various locations, finally, settling in at the Rochester Community House in 1975. The Branch membership was composed of women until 1987 when an AAUW bylaw change allowed men to join. The Branch continues to support the AAUW Educational Funds which grant graduate scholarships and the Legal Advocacy Fund which supports judicial redress for sexual discrimination. For every $500 contribution, a member is recognized for her significant contribution to Branch activities at the May Dinner Meeting.

The Branch over the years has participated in many community events including Arts and Apples, the Town Hall Series with the League of Women Voters, The Artrain, Children’s Theatre, Picture Lady Program and the Heritage Festival. The successful Women’s workshop was first held in 1983 at West Junior High with Lieutenant Governor Martha Griffiths as the keynote speaker. To celebrate the Branch’s 25th Anniversary in 1987, a local scholarship program was instituted and continues to this day.

Today the Branch addresses women and girls needs through their annual March History Month projects: Sundaes & Sciences — An Evening of Science, Math and Technology for Middle School Girls and Their Moms and the 8th Grade/Oakland University Student Essay Contests “A Woman of Significance/Importance to Me.”

The Rochester Branch of AAUW continues to advance equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. Happy 50th Anniversary and many years to come.