Branch History

AAUW of Rochester celebrated their 40th anniversary (1962-2002) on April 16, 2002. As a way of commemorating the many significant contributions of our branch over the last four decades, all of our past presidents were asked to contribute their memories of their terms in office.

In addition to recalling specific accomplishments, nearly all of the presidents voiced an opinion that Dr. Beverly Paurazas expressed so well: “I will say that some of my dearest friends are part of AAUW. Women with like interests can do many important things to foster camaraderie as well as serving their community. We not only accomplish much; we have fun doing it.” Several presidents also remarked on their conviction (often strengthened by participation at state and national conventions) that AAUW is a powerful organization with far-reaching influence, which begins at the local level.

AAUW OF ROCHESTER celebrated its 50th anniversary with many proud accomplishments. It is one of over 1,000 branches with 100,000 members of the American Association of University Women that are committed to advancing equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education and research.

The Rochester Branch, through the strong leadership of its members, has increasingly contributed to the impact of AAUW through its educational programs, community projects and local scholarships. Browse through over 50 years of service and see what the Branch has accomplished.

1961-64 — Margaret Slingerland
1964-66 — Dorothy Kindinger
1966-68 — Barbara Solverson

    • At the time of Barbara’s term as president, the branch was still developing from its earliest form as a composite of members from Lake Orion, Troy, Oxford, Rochester, and Shelby Township
    • By the late 1960s, portions of the membership broke away and formed new branches in their areas
    • Our branch became more Rochester-oriented and involved in community events we were heavily involved in two major projects: Art & Apples Festival and the founding of a Children’s Theatre Series

1968-70 — Wilma Chapman
1970-72 — Gladys Corbin

    • Our community was considering a merger of Rochester and Avon Township, so the branch did studies pertaining to local government and, with the League of Women Voters, cosponsored Town Hall discussions
    • We also sponsored the annual art show at Oakland University and did a study of the recycling program used in the Clarkston area
    • Promoting the educational institutions in our community became a main focus, a tradition that continues to the present

1974-76 — Nancy Rice

    • Nancy’s board worked hard at increasing membership in the branch, achieving their goal of 100 members
    • Another major project was the Children’s Theatre–a change from acting in the plays to having child actors meant a concentration on directing, building sets, sewing costumes, selling tickets, etc.
    • We contributed assistance to the fledgling Art & Apples Festival and Pioneer Days (which became the Heritage Festival

1976-78 — Janet Heuerman

    • Community involvement was a major focus during Jan’s term
    • We participated in the Children’s Theatre Series and Career Day at Oakland University
    • The Picture Lady Program, in which volunteers visited classrooms and presented information about artists, was initiated at the Rochester elementary schools
    • A grant was written for funds to establish the Heritage Festival

1978-80 — Diane Ebinger

    • The main focus of Diane’s term was membership and community action
    • Many members were involved in statewide workshops and conferences
    • We worked toward the conception and implementation of the first Heritage Festival, a significant community annual event

1980-82 — Deborah Griffis

    • As Deborah began her presidency, the focus topics were “Families Facing Change” and “Taking Hold of Technology”
    • A significant project was the growth of the Heritage Festival into a large-scale community project–AAUW assisted with a Branch Public Service Grant from the Educational Foundation, as well as many hours of service in planning, promoting and staffing the festival

1982-84 — Kristine Beckmann

    • During Kris’s term, a main issue was equity and education for women, with specific focus on “Taking Hold of Technology” and “Money Talks”
    • We held our first Women’s Workshop in 1983, which not only provided women with seminars on various topics by noted speakers, but became the branch’s major fundraiser for EF; Lt. Governor Martha Griffiths was the keynote speaker at the first workshop
    • Kris was a member of the founding committee for the Paint Creek Center for the Arts and the branch supported the opening exhibits with volunteers
    • We continued to be major supporters of the Heritage Festival and Picture Lady Program

1984-86 — Audrey Kowalak 1986-88 — Beverly Paurazas

    • Bev began the local scholarship for high-school senior girls in our community to support the efforts of local young women. It has grown in the dollar amount awarded and now includes a scholarship given to a student from Adult Education as well as each of the high schools
    • To fund scholarships, we began selling Entertainment books; this has continued to be a successful fundraiser for 15 years

1988-90 —Bonnie Fantini

    • The main focus of Bonnie’s term was women’s (and girls’) equity issues and an effort to broaden our focus to include Michigan and national association issues
    • We formed the Women in History and Herstory committee, which later produced the videos “Does a Scientist Live Next Door?” and a version of the same video for older girls and adults, “Women in Science: Personal Perspectives.” These films, completed in 1991, introduced girls to women with careers in math and science.
    • We began to make larger contributions to EF and specify named honorees from our branch

1990-92 — Barbara Bonsignore

    • During Barbara’s term, we focused on promoting individual liberties (civil rights, health rights, and international human rights) and critical and creative thinking skills, with emphasis on math and science careers
    • We sponsored the Books for China/Asia Project after Opal Redman spoke of the need for English books in China in her presentation on women and education in China
    • We hosted the Fall Workshop at Oakland University in 1991 (where our recently completed video on women scientists was first shown) and participated in a cluster meeting with five branches
    • With the Grosse Pointe branch, we cosponsored a job search seminar at Wayne State University
    • Our branch also assisted with an in-service workshop entitled “Women in Science and Technology: How Do We Change the Paradigm?”
    • We were instrumental in the institution of March as Women’s History Month by declaration of the mayors of Rochester and Rochester Hills
    • Barbara also introduced and established the Great Decisions program for our branch

1992-94 — Dee Fordree

    • During Dee’s term, the Women in History and Herstory committee continued to do significant work for our branch–the committee marketed our video about women scientists and organized and directed a Women’s History Month bookmark contest in the local schools in which elementary students designed bookmarks to honor famous women
    • We received the AAUW Women Agents of Change in Michigan award and a Gold Star Award for first place in branch newsletters, as well as five-star status for increasing membership by 5% and the 1993 AAUW Visibility Award from AAUW of Michigan
    • We held an open forum for girls in our high schools to inform them about the findings published in the AAUW “Hostile Hallways–Sexual Harassment in the Schools”

1994-96 — Mary Ann Reidinger

    • Mary Ann’s term saw a emphasis on the awareness of a lag in math/science achievement of girls, an increase in branch membership, and the effort to obtain a five-star branch award
    • To bring middle-school age girls into familiarity with various careers and present hands-on projects, we initiated the Spring into Math, Science and Technology workshop, which became an annual event
    • The Teacher Equity Award was originated during Mary Ann’s term to recognize teachers who advanced the education of girls in some special way

1996-98 — Sandra Everill and Barbara Rosalik

    • Sandy and Barbara’s term was marked by a focus on “get out the vote” by registering voters, informing women of issues, etc. and a focus on fundraisers for EF
    • We continued our involvement in the Spring into Math, Science, and Technology workshop and the Teacher Equity Award
    • We participated in the 75th Anniversary of AAUW of Michigan Celebration we continued support of community events, contributing to displays at the library, a women’s history timeline video for Older Person’s Center, and working at the Handcrafter’s Fair and Art & Apples
    • Several members contributed to the Media Star television survey on the portrayal of women in the media

1998-2000 — Jane Kelly and Jean Smetana

    • The branch concentrated on several issues: Title IX (the federal statute prohibiting sex discrimination in education); Sister-to-Sister (a program to promote dialogue between middle-school and high-school girls); diversity in the branch; and mentoring for future leaders at the local, state, and national level
    • We continued our Spring into Math, Science, and Technology workshop
    • When Dr. Gibson, Jean’s professor at Wayne State University, began collecting books for a library in Romania, members of the branch generously supported the collection
    • The Rochester branch started hosting a home as docents for the Holly Walk to benefit the Rochester Hills Public Library
    • Our branch documented our accomplishments in a Star Report for AAUW at the national and state levels and we were awarded nine out of a possible ten stars

2000-2002 Council Presidents

    • Monthly council presidents replace two year president
    • Teacher K-12 equity award expands to university level
    • 2001 Sixth Annual Spring in Math/Science Career Workshops for Girls
    • Dr. Diane Kasunic, The Corporate Cult, presents program
    • 10 Star Branch Award from MI-AAUW
    • “Give A Grad A Gift” program begins
    • District 7 Coalition Meeting-Rochelle Riley of Detroit News speaks
    • Members participate in “Hidden Treasures Sale” and “Holly Walk”
    • 2002 Sundaes and Science – Mothers and Daughters Grades 5-8 – An Evening with Cranbrook at Avondale Middle School
    • Designed March History display case at Rochester Hills Library
    • Voter Registration of students at local high schools
    • Three scholarships awarded at RHS, AHS & Adult Ed
    • Branch 40th Anniversary (1962-2002) Dinner at Rivercrest

2002-2004 Council Presidents

    • “Afghanistan: A Perspective” and “Child Labor is Not Cheap” programs presented at the Branch’s general meetings
    • Public Policy Issues: pay/health equity and vouchers/charter schools
    • Fundraisers: Spring Garage Sale, Monet Garden Walk, Tea Thyme
    • 2003 Sundaes and Science – Polymers
    • Branch dresses an “AAUW Scarecrow” for Village of Rochester Hills
    • www.rochesteraauw.org becomes Branch website
    • Pay Equity Day – Women are paid 67cents for every dollar men make
    • Money Matters – financial study group begins
    • “Faces of AAUW” video available for membership recruitment
    • Vouchers ballot proposal defeated
    • Book Clubs reads Nickel and Dimed: (not) Getting By in America ( Plight of minimum wage women)
    • Auburn Hills Library hosts Sundaes and Science/History Month displays
    • 2004 Sundaes and Science – Exploring Space
    • Lynette Brown (MI-AAUW) portrays Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    • 8th Grade Essay Contest: “A Woman of Significance to Me” begins
    • Branch sells diversity pins by Lucinda at home and on the web
    • By-laws updated by Branch committee
    • Presentation of Sundaes and Science at MI-AAUW Convention

2004-2006 Council Presidents

    • Dialogue begins on changing degree requirements for membership
    • Apple Walk, Parisian Charity Sale and Garage Sale Fundraisers
    • “What Schools Can Do: Success with Science and Sundaes” article published in magazine MIDDLE MATTERS
    • “Meet Mother Jones” aka Gladys Mc Kenney speaks about our foremothers fighting for the right to vote
    • AAUW public policy ranges from Title IX to judicial nominees
    • 2005 Sundaes and Science – An Evening with Animals
    • Rochester Branch hosts the hospitality suite for MI-AAUW convention
    • $35,000 AAUW National Research Grant completed by Rochester Branch
    • Members assist at registration for “Women in Transition” conference
    • Women who have associate degree now qualify for AAUW membership
    • 2006 Sundaes and Science – Exploring Engineering
    • Co-sponsoring RCH’s “It’s Your Deal” card party earns free meeting room

2006-2008 Council Presidents

    • Membership Luncheon at the “new” Royal Park Hotel in Rochester
    • Great Decisions participate in “Building Bridges to Islam” at the Arab American Museum in Dearborn, MI
    • Fundraisers include Entertainment Books and Dutch bulbs
    • Members attend Oakland Univ Women’s Film Festival on “Self Image”
    • 2007 Sundaes and Science – Exploring Earth’s Energy For the Future
    • Local author Nancy Marchenia On SevenMile Road visits book club
    • Barb Rosalik, member, donates women history books to local libraries for Women’s History Month
    • Branch members support One United Michigan’s affirmative action plan
    • Tech Babes and Chix Flix interest groups form
    • “Feminism in Film” presentation at September Potluck meeting
    • Dinner and a Little Night Music hears 1st Rochester Symphony Concert
    • Kaleidoscope sees “Respect”- a musical about women over the ages
    • AAUW Juniors start for Branch members under 40 yrs
    • Rochester AAUW has membership table at RHPL’s Organization Fair
    • AAUW celebrates its 125th birthday
    • Discussion on “What Do AAUW Members Value?”
    • Romeo/Rochester AAUW hold joint meeting at Brabb House in Romeo
    • First woman to become Speaker of the House – Nancy Pelosi
    • Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm wins second term
    • Library Directors – Christine Hage (RHPL) and Karrie Waarala (AHPL) present 8th grade essay awards to winning students
    • “Walk in These Famous Women’s Shoes” history display designed by Branch members for Auburn Hills Library
    • Evening Book Club participates in “Everyone’s Reading – 2007” Arc of Justice – (Black doctor/race issues/Detroit 1930’s)
    • Gladys McKenney nominated by Rochester Branch for “Our Fabulous Foremothers” award for her portrayal of women fighting for right to vote
    • “Fresh Faces of AAUW” (DVD) presented at MI-AAUW convention
    • Golf interest group has first outing
    • AAUW National Convention in Phoenix proposes to combine the Educational Foundation and AAUW into one organization
    • Barb Bonsignore, member and former MI-AAUW president, serves on convention panel: “Running campaigns on ballot measures/initiatives”
    • District 7 & 8 host conference/Sundaes and Science highlighted
    • Cruisin’ Cruisine hosts a Rochester Junior Women’s Lobster Fest
    • For 1st time girls win top awards at Siemen’s Science Contest
    • LAF adopts new plaintiffs re: sexual harassment/unequal pay
    • “Me Run for Office” hosted by MI-AAUW
    • 2008 Sundaes and Science – The World of Water
    • Mind, Body and Soul magazine article “To Work or Not To Work” features AAUW Junior members
    • AAUW Educational Foundation turns 50 years
    • Branch’s monthly NEWSLINE goes online (1/08)
    • MI AAUW President and Vice-President visit member luncheon
    • AAUW’s “Beyond the Pay Gap” report on NBC Nightly with Brian Williams/ B. Bonsignore’s – “Pay Gap Problem” editorial in Rochester Eccentric
    • Kim Enders receives the First Annual Young Leader’s Award/Branch receives the 21st Century Bridge Award at MI AAUW Convention(Detroit)
    • Kroger money cards sold as fundraiser for local scholarships
    • Annual Garden Party – “Victorian Rose Rhapsody”

2008–2009 Council Presidents

    • Judge Julie Nicholson speaks to “Women in the Courts”
    • AAUW proposes changes re: open membership, sending dues directly to AAUW, one member, one vote and optional conventions
    • Bulbs, Entertainment Books, Parisian Charity Sales, Diamonds and Divas /Harvest Hearts card parties – Branch fundraisers
    • Kaleidoscope visits Plymouth Historical Museum to see “First Ladies Inaugural Gowns” and sponsors “Gone With the Wind” speaker
    • AAUW wins $249,000 grant to study “Why Female Participation in Science, Math and Engineering is Low”
    • 2009 Sundaes and Science – Exploring Medicine
    • Great Decision’s presents: Women for Women International “Changing the World, One Woman at a Time” at general meeting
    • Equal Pay Day – “Keep the Change Until Women Have Real Change”
    • 8th Grade Essay Contest Co-Sponsored with local libraries/schools
    • AAUW 2009 Convention votes on proposed organizational changes in St Louis
    • Rochester Branch’s web page re-designed by member, Mary Anne Kennedy Haney, as www.aauw-rochester-michigan.org

2009-2010 Council Presidents

    • JULY 2009
      • “Lavender and Lace” Garden Party hosted by Sylvia Gallagher and chaired by Joanne Blaszkowski and Rebecca Oetjens.
    • SEPTEMBER 2009
      • Potluck dinner with AAUW-MI speakers discussing the AAUW DVD -“Breaking Barriers”.
      • Cruising Cuisine takes a culinary tour in Royal Oak.
      • “Hidden Treasures” garage sale for Branch activities at Linda Pasternak’s.
      • Rochester and Pontiac/Waterford Branches share lunch and author Sue Carter & her book-Ordinary Women:An Arctic Adventure.
    • OCTOBER 2009
      • Kroger cards, spring bulbs & entertainment books are Branch fundraisers.
      • Oktoberfest Card Party held at Streamwood Clubhouse.
      • Tech Babes meet at Best Buy to enhance technology knowledge.
      • Maureen Esther presents “Great Women in History” at general meeting.
    • NOVEMBER 2009
      • AAUW-MI’s Fall Conference – “Ready or Not” held for members.
      • Branch celebrates Eleanor Roosevelt’s 125th Birthday (1884).
      • Fall and Spring Parisian community sales for Branch scholarships are coordinated by Scholarship Chair Dr. Beverly Paurazas.
      • AAUW calls for passage of Paycheck Fairness Act.
      • President Obama signs his first bill –“The Lily Ledbetter Act” to end pay discrimination for women.
    • DECEMBER 2009
      • Holiday Party with “Santa” theme at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
      • AAUW sponsors “Give a Grad A Gift” = free membership for one year.
    • JANUARY 2010
      • Women in Transition Conference held at Baker College hosted by AAUW Birmingham Branch. AAUW Rochester members assist.
      • Five women win Nobel Prizes in Economics, Lit, Chemistry & Medicine.
      • Members tutor at Will Rogers Elementary School in Pontiac.
      • AAUW supports issues not candidates, be politically active!
      • Member Brunch at Auburn Hills Library with Director Karrie Waarala presenting the workshop “Write in the New Year”.
    • FEBRUARY 2010
      • Lunch/Evening Book Clubs/Bridge, Money Matters and Great Decisions continue as study groups.
      • Members support Career Dress (Lighthouse in Pontiac) with women’s clothes and accessories for job interviews.
      • “Pain Free and Fit for Life” program presented by Branch members.
      • Great Decisions sponsor an Afghan woman through Women for Women International.
    • MARCH 2010
      • Sundaes and Science: A Mother/Daughter Evening Explores Health and Wellness at Avondale School.
      • St. Pat’s Pot of Gold Card Party at Streamwood Clubhouse.
      • Branch sends contributions to Pennies for Peace – Central Asia Institute.
      • Kaleidoscope goes to see “Enchanted April” at Meadowbrook Theatre.
      • Branch does “Her History” display at AHPL for Women’s History Month.
      • 8th Grade Essay Contest winners read their “A Woman of Significance to Me” winning essays at the Branch general meeting.
      • Barb Rosalik donates, yearly, a woman’s history book to both libraries.
    • APRIL 2010
      • Equal Pay Day – When women’s yearly pay catches up to men’s.
      • Dinner and a Little Night Music study group attends RSO concerts.
      • Detroit’s University Prep School inspire members with its presentation “Detroit’s Great Hope” at general meeting.
      • Branch bylaws revised to coordinate with national AAUW’s bylaws.
    • MAY 2010
      • Annual Branch May Dinner at La Sala Banquet Center with speaker Denise Coughlin’s “Journey into Light: A Project for Peace”. Four local Scholarships and a memorial scholarship to honor member Mary Ann Naito are given.
      • “Tosca” matinee and “Lavender Tea Tour” are Kaleidoscope events
    • JUNE 2010
      • “Hidden Treasures” garage sale at Mary Anne Kennedy-Haney’s to benefit Branch activities.

2010-2011 Council Presidents

    • JULY 2010
      • “CHOCOLATE CHERRIES, BERRIES, BLOOMS & DELIGHTS” GARDEN PARTY HELD AT ROCHESTER COMMUNITY HOUSE. CHAIRS: JOANNE BLASKOWSKI/REBECCA OETJENS
    • SEPTEMBER, 2010
      • “HATS OFF TO AAUW” POTLUCK DINNER; LEAGUE OF WOMEN’S VOTERS AS SPEAKERS
      • MONEY MATTERS HAS GUEST PORTFOLIO MANAGER, MARISA LENHARD OF SIMA INVESTMENTS.
      • NEW LUNCH BOOK CLUB, “PAGE TURNERS” BEGINS
      • AAUW OF MI RECEIVES IMPACT GRANT FOR 2010-2011 TO INCREASE PUBLIC POLICY ACTIVISM IN THE STATE.
    • OCTOBER, 2010
      • AAUW GARAGE SALE HELD AT JODY SHEVIN’S
      • MARIE’S HAIR SALON HOLDS “HAIR-A-THON” FOR AAUW LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS
      • 2011 ENTERTAINMENT BOOK REACHES HALF-WAY GOAL OF SELLING 130 BOOKS FOR THE AAUW EDUCATIONAL FUND
      • DIA SPEAKER PREVIEWS THEIR EXHIBIT, “MYSTERIES, FAKES AND FORGERIES”
    • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER , 2010
      • ANNUAL BRANCH “ROYAL” HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AT ROYAL PARK HOTEL
      • MEMBERS SHOP THE PARISIAN’S COMMUNITY DAY SALE FOR AAUW LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS.
      • DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN TUTORING A CHILD AT WILL ROGERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE PONTIAC SCHOOL DISTRICT.
      • ANNUAL HOLLY WALK HOME TOUR, BENEFITING THE ROCHESTER HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY, IS STAFFED BY BRANCH MEMBERS
      • AAUW LEADS COALITION TO PASS THE PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT.
      • DINNER AND A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC STUDY GROUP SUPPORTS THE ROCHESTER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT AT ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH
    • JANUARY, 2011
      • MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULED A TOUR OF THE ROCHESTER HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY WITH DIRECTOR CHRISTINE HAGE FOLLOWED BY LUNCH AT THE SHEHRZAD MEDITERRANEAN GRILL.
    • FEBRUARY, 2011
      • “SOCIAL MEDIA 101” PRESENTED BY SALLY DOTY, PRESIDENT AAUW-MI AND JANET WATKINS, WEBMASTER, AAUW-MI
      • GREAT DECISIONS STUDIED “REBUILDING HAITI.”
      • PARISIAN COMMUNITY DAY SALE WHICH BENEFITS AAUW LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP
    • MARCH, 2011
      • KALEIDOSCOPE ATTENDED “ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” AT THE MACOMB CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
      • SODAS AND SCIENCE, “DESIGN IT!”, FOR MOTHERS AND MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS AT VAN HOOSEN MIDDLE SCHOOL. PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY DEB FORDREE AND DIANE KOSUDA
      • MEMBERS ATTENDED LUNCHEON ON THE AISLE AT MEADOW BROOK THEATRE TO SEE “SHOUT@ THE MOD MUSICAL”
      • 8TH GRADE ESSAY CONTEST, “ A WOMAN OF SIGNIFICANCE TO ME” CO-SPONSOSRED BY AAUW LINDA PANNUTO AND ROCHESTER HILLS AND AUBURN HILLS LIBRARIES. WINNING ESSAY BY SOFIA POKRZYWA
      • WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH DISPLAY CASE, “HATS OFF TO FAMOUS WOMEN,” AT AUBURN HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
    • APRIL, 2011
      • “CRUISING THE DANUBE” PRESENTED BY SCOTT HUNTER AT GENERAL MEETING
      • NAMED HONOREES – KAREN CRAVEN, KATHY MCCOSKEY, AND CAROLINE TAYLOR.
    • MAY, 2011
      • “HATS OFF TO MICHIGAN WEEK” – MAY DINNER MEETING AT GREAT OAKS COUNTRY CLUB; PRESENTED FIVE LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS
      • KALEIDOSCOPE ATTENDED “RIGOLETTO” MATINEE AT DETROIT OPERA THEATRE.
    • JUNE, 2011
      • “HIDDEN TREASURES” GARAGE SALE AT PAULA PETERS’ HOME.
      • ANNUAL POTLUCK PLANNING MEETING AT SHARON POSTNIEKS’ HOME.
      • SHARON POSTNIEKS AND PHYLLIS RELYEA ATTENDED AAUW NATIONAL CONVENTION, WASHINGTON, DC “BREAKING THROUGH BARRIERS” “ONE MEMBER, ONE VOTE”
      • ROCHESTER BRANCH PARTNERS WITH OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

2011-2012 Council Presidents

  • JULY 2011
    • Birds and Blooms Garden Party in member Judy Garrett’s yard.
    • Lunch at Rochester Community House with Birds Unlimited speaker.
  • AUGUST 2011
    • Entertainment 2012 Books chaired by Carol Quintal/Sharon Postnieks.
  • SEPTEMBER 2011
    • Welcome Potluck at RCH with Mary Lynn Kowalczak (RCH) speaker.
    • Member Barbara Bonsignore receives Wonder Woman Award (May 24, 2011) from the Women’s Official Network Foundation as AAUW-MI Public Policy Chair and advocate of women’s rights.
    • Kaleidoscope attends Sound of Music at Avon Players.
    • Money Matters discusses “The Last Ten Years of A Woman’s Life” Led by Kim Enders, Member/Financial Analyst and chair I. Walter.
    • Page Turners Lunch Book Club reads Cutting For Stone by A.Verghese.
  • OCTOBER 2011
    • AAUW’s 130th Birthday Workshop with Kym Worthy and Heather Catallo speaking.
    • Branch Birthday Club begins on monthly Saturdays at 10 am.
    • Branch partners with Oakland University/free student affiliate dues.
    • Jo Reger and Grace Wojcik of the Women & Gender Studies Dept are OU sponsors & R. Johnson, S. Krumrei, S. Postnieks, AAUW.
    • Kim Enders, member/financial investment manager presents “Smart Women & Investing”at October General Meeting.
    • Thirty One Purses Fundraiser hosted by Jean Smetana.
  • NOVEMBER 2011
    • Autumn Cards/Games Party Fundraiser
    • AAUW members host Holly Walk house for RHPL fundraiser.
    • Chix Flix goes to the movies.
    • Evening Book Club reads Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
    • Dinner & A Little Night Music – dinner and RSO music.
    • Parisian Community Sale for Scholarships – Bev Paurazas, chair
  • DECEMBER 2011
    • Holiday Party Fundraiser “Making Spirits Bright” at Royal Park Hotel.
    • Chaired by Mary Anne Kennedy and committee.
  • JANUARY 2012
    • Membership Luncheon hosts author Nancy C. Johnson- Her Last Letter.
    • Brown Bag Lunch Book Club reads “First Mothers by Bonnie Angelo.
  • FEBRUARY 2012
    • “Vision for Clean Water” presented by Eileen Heasley at Feb. meeting.
    • Great Decisions meet to discuss world issues, chair Jill Greimel.
  • MARCH 2012
    • Women and Gender Studies Dept at OU sponsor the 28th Annual Film Festival with a showing of MissRepresentation.
    • Sundaes and Science: Test It! is held at Van Hoosen Middle School
      Chairs: Sharon Postnieks and Diane Kosuda
    • 10th Annual 8th Grade Essay Contest “A Woman of Significance to Me”.
    • 1st Annual Oakland University Contest “A Woman of Importance to Me”.
    • Rochester AAUW joins Waterford AAUW-Sarah Bernhardt on Broadway.
  • APRIL 2012
    • Equal Pay Day April 17- When women’s wages catch up to men’s wages.
    • OU Professor Cornelia Pokrzywa speaks about “Your Oral History” at April’s general meeting.
    • Josetta Wood given Diversity Champion Award by Birmingham Task Force.
  • MAY 2012
    • AAUW-MI Convention in Lansing. Get Out the Vote Training Program.
    • 2012 Branch Named Honorees: Diane Kosuda, Priscilla Leach, and Shirley Sikov honored at May Dinner along with four Rochester area high school students who won college scholarships.
    • Branch’s 50th Anniversary (1962-2012) celebration, May 17, is a dinner at Great Oaks Country Club with twelve past presidents attending.
    • Membership V.P. Jody Shevin and Secretary Mary Anne Kennedy-Haney are installed for 2012-2014.
  • JUNE 2012
    • Hidden Treasures Garage Sale held at Paula Peters’ house.
    • Branch Potluck on Sharon Postnieks’ deck.
  • JULY 2012
    • “Great Estate” Garden Party held at Meadow Brook Hall with tour of the mansion and gardens. Mary Anne Kennedy-Haney/Shirley Sikov Chairs

2012-2013 Rochester AAUW Branch History

  • AUGUST 2012
    • “Membership & Margaritas Evening” at Diane Kosuda’s home equals three members.
  • SEPTEMBER 2012
    • Potluck dinner speaker Tim Greimel, MI State Representative for Auburn Hills/Pontiac, discusses November election proposals at Rochester Community House.
    • 2012-2013 Branch directory distributed by editor Judie Wurges.
    • Happy Birthday Breakfast Club meets 2nd Saturday & chaired by Sylvia Haikio.
    • Members register students to vote at Oakland.University’s “ROCK4RIGHTS” night.
    • Page Turners, Brown Bag and Evening Book Clubs start up.
    • Branch website – rochester-mi.aauw.net – is activated through AAUW.
    • MI-AAUW Public Policy Chair for 2013-2015 is member, Barbara Bonsignore.
    • NEWSLINE editor, Lucinda Sabino, e-mails September issue.
  • OCTOBER 2012
    • Wendy Evans, WSU art professor, presents “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Women in Art” at October general meeting.
    • Entertainment Books 2013 sold as branch fundraiser for AAUW Educational Funds.
    • MI-AAUW Fall Conference “If I Had Only Known…moments that changed history- women who create change” at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit.
    • Kaliedoscope: Regis Philbin at Andiamo’s Celebrity Showroom.
    • 2012-2013 Branch Budget presented and voted on at general meeting.
  • NOVEMBER 2012
    • Parisian fall community fundraiser for local scholarships chaired by Beverly Paurazas.
    • Great Decisions discusses “Energy and Geopolitics”.
    • AAUW’s public policy focuses on “Get Out the Vote”.
    • Branch members tutor at Will Rogers Elementary school in Pontiac.
  • DECEMBER 2012
    • Holiday Party – “Sparkling Christmas Luncheon” at Royal Park Hotel.
    • Rochester AAUW members serve as docents at RHPL’s annual Holiday Home Tour.
    • Dinner and a Little Night Music branch group attends Rochester Symphony concert.
  • JANUARY 2013
    • Membership/New Member Lunch at Penny Black Restaurant, Rochester.
    • Showing of “MissRepresentation- women and media” at member’s home.
    • Money Matters meets at Panera Café – “Taxes and You”.
  • FEBRUARY 2013
    • Joanna Van Raaphorst speaks about “Politics as a Second Career” at general meeting.
    • Oakland University student teachers experience science lessons for Sundaes & Stars.
    • Teacher/Astronomer, Carrie Zaitz, signs on as Sundaes and Stars workshop presenter.
    • College University Committee meets to plan NCCWSL student sponsorship.
  • MARCH 2013
    • General Meeting – “Pilates After 50”.
    • Sundaes and Stars: Mothers and Daughters Evening at Van Hoosen Middle School.
    • Chairs: Sharon Postnieks (AAUW) and Diane Kosuda (AAUW/RCS).
    • Women’s Fund of Rochester contribute $400 to pay for Oakland Parks Star Lab.
    • Oakland University “A Woman of Importance To Me” essay winners receive awards at Oakland University’s annual Film Festival showing of “Bully”.
  • APRIL 2013
    • “A Woman of Significance To Me” 8th Grade winners receive awards at general meeting and librarians Kricket Hoekstra (RHPL) and Devan Green (AHPL) speak. Barb Rosalik, member, presents Women A-Z books to both libraries.
    • Kaleidoscope attends Meadow Brook theatre’s “On the Aisle” lunch and play.
    • Chix Flix goes to see “42-Story of Jackie Robinson”.
    • Branch’s 2nd Diversity Champion- Joanne Stroebel- 14th annual breakfast in Birmingham.
    • “April Showers Bring May Flowers” branch card party at RCH – chair Jody Shevin.
    • MI-AAUW Convention held at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor, MI with speakers Senator Carl Levin and AAUW Executive Director Linda Hallman. Kori, EF plaintiff in “Invisible War” documentary shown at convention, shares her experience.
    • Equal Pay Day -When women’s salaries catch up to men’s – is April 9, 2013.
  • MAY 2013
    • Annual May Scholarship Dinner held at Royal Park Hotel with speaker Donnaleen Lanktree, Nat’l President of the American Rosie the Riveter Association.
    • 2013 EF Honorees are Nadine Harvey, Linda Pannuto & Arlene Wanamaker.
    • Election of VP of Programs,Bev Paurazas and Treasurer, Sharon Postnieks.
  • JUNE 2013
    • Branch Potluck /End of the Year Meeting held on Diane Kosuda’s deck.

Rochester AAUW Branch History — 2013-2014

July, 2013

  • Branch Garden Party – Author Kathryn Crawford -Two Broads Abroad speaks at Rochester Community House Luncheon.
  • Secret Cinema – Members meet to enjoy appetizers and a film in June, July and August as fundraisers for OU college scholarships.

September, 2013

  • “Summer’s End Escape” tour of Cranbrook House and Gardens w/lunch.
    • Branch potluck dinner w/ NCCWSL-OU scholarship winners, Samantha and Bria speaking about their experiences at the Leadership Conference in June at the University of Maryland.
    • Members participate in a NCCWSL donation campaign.
  • Kaleidoscope attends “Little Women” at Avon Theatre.
  • AAUW-MI Conference –“ AAUW Advocacy Alters Lives”. Lansing
  • Birthday Breakfast Club meets monthly 2nd Saturday at Nick’s Country Oven Restaurant at 10 am celebrating members’ birthdays. (In 2014-2015 birthday cards will be sent instead of meeting.)
  • Branch Directories, for the upcoming year, are given to members.

October, 2013

  • Entertainment Books 2014 are $25 – last year of selling.
  • Great Decisions discusses: “China: Historical involvement in Africa”.
  • Page Turners Book Club reads: My Beloved by Sonia Sotomajor.
  • Member Gladys Holdemen McKenney is inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in Lansing, MI (Women’s voting rights).
  • AAUW-MI Southeast Consortium meets at Novi Sheraton. Rochester Branch presents talk on Kaleidoscope/Sundaes & Science.
  • General Meeting- Travis Walter, Meadow Brook Theatre plays.

November, 2013

  • Barnes & Noble book fundraiser raises $800 for OU scholarships.
  • NCCWSL (Nat’l College Conference for Women Student Leaders) celebration luncheon at U of M-Dearborn attended by Branch committee members/planning for 2014.
  • Brown Bag Book Club reads: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker .

December, 2013

  • Dinner and a Little Night Music goes to the Rochester Symphony.
  • RHPL’s Christmas Home Tour docented by Branch members.
  • Gift wrapping at B&N raises $200 for Branch scholarships.
  • Holiday Luncheon “White Christmas” held at Royal Park.

January, 2014

  • General meeting held at Mitchell’s Fish Market with speaker from The Lorenzo Center presenting “The Roaring 20’s –Riches to Rags”.
  • Farewell to longtime board member, Jody Shevin, to Florida at Cruising Cruisine’s Holiday Brunch.
  • Evening Book Club reads Round House by Louise Erdrich.

February, 2014

  • Storyteller Gwen Lewis portrays Coretta Scott King celebrating Black History Month at the general meeting.
  • Evening and Day Bridge compete in members’ homes.

March, 2014

  • Jane White, of the Human Trafficking Task Force, speaks at RHPL with Rochester AAUW co-sponsoring.
  • “Cupcakes and Crime” delves into forensic science at Van Hoosen Middle with middle school girls and their moms.
  • The 8th Grade Essay Contest “ A Woman of Significance to Me” has four middle school students collecting monetary prizes.
  • Money Matters discusses “How To Lease A Car” at Panera.

April, 2014

  • Judy Holmes, author, discusses her experiences writing a book about John Cardinal Dearden at April General meeting at RCH.
  • Secretary and membership VP choices are announced for 2014-16.
  • Rochester AAUW hosts CORE breakfast at RHPL.
  • Kroger’s Reward Card renewal time/Equal Pay Day-April 29.

May, 2014

  • Kaleidoscope attends “Luncheon on the Aisle” at Meadow Brook and “Turandot” by Puccini at the Detroit Opera Theatre.
  • May Dinner becomes May Lunch at RCH with Beate Ludecke, member/concert pianist playing Cole Porter and Gerswhin.
  • AAUW-MI Convention/125 yrs Detroit Branch held in Detroit.
  • Rochester AAUW EF Honorees honored are Carol Quintal (EF Funds/Entertainment Books), Lucinda Sabino (Newsline/Night Bridge) and Irene Walter (Hospitality/Money Matters).
  • 2014 Branch Diversity Champion–Sharon Postnieks (Sundaes & Science co-chair and developing the Will Rogers Library-Pontiac).

June, 2014

  • Branch send five OU female students with full scholarships to NCCWSL at the University of Maryland. Chelsea Clinton speaks.
  • Branch Potluck Picnic held a member’s home to plan for next year. Branch will try to alternate general meetings am/pm.
  • Secret Cinema starts up for the summer and has an Italian theme w/ lasagna and salad served for dinner followed by the movie.

Rochester AAUW Branch History — 2014-2015

July, 2014

  • “Fairy Fantasia with a Cherry Twist” – Garden Party at
    Cherry Creek Golf Club

August, 2014

  • Board Meeting and Casserole Picnic

September, 2014

  • 5 NCCWSL Scholarship winners at Potluck General Meeting
  • Brown Bag Book Club (third Tuesday with brown bag lunch)
  • Page Turners Book Club (second Thursday with brown bag
    lunch)
  • Evening Book Club (third Monday at 7 p.m. with beverage
    and dessert)

October, 2014

  • Kaleidoscope-“Motown, the Musical” at Fisher Theatre
  • Branch sends letter to members asking for support of NCCWSL
    2015.
  • Radford Jones-U.S. Secret Service at General Meeting in RCH

November, 2014

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Gift Wrapping Fundraisers forNCCWSL
  • Great Decisions Breakfast Group discusses “China’s Foreign Policy”

December, 2014

  • “Glitz and Glam” – Holiday Party at Royal Park Hotel
  • Volunteered as Docents for RHPL Holiday House Tour

January, 2015

  • NEW Great Decisions Evening Group started
  • CORE (Community Organization Resource Exchange) reactivates
    involvement with 33 other non-profits
  • Meadowbrook Hall Membership Luncheon with curator, Madelyn
    Rzadkowolski

February, 2015

  • Sgt. Jennifer Miles spoke on “Self-Defense Awareness” at 3 p.m. at Rochester Community House supported by a $50 mini grant from AAUW
  • Oscar Night – Social event hosted by a Cruising Cuisine
    member

March, 2015

  • “Twister & Treats” with WDIV meteorologist, Andrew Humphrey
    at Van Hoosen Middle School
  • Eighth Grade Essay Contest co-sponsored with RHPL and AHPL
    with monetary prizes
  • Oakland University Women and Gender Studies Film: “American
    Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”

April, 2015

  • Continued to participate in Kroger Rewards
  • “Memoir Writing” Dominique White, Oakland University at 3 p.m. General Meeting

May 2015

  • “Bridging Relationships in Diverse Geographic Environments” Michigan AAUW at Escanaba
  • AAUW Rochester Branch Facebook page established
  • May Luncheon at Rochester Community House with DIA speaker
    on Frida Kahlo Exhibit
  • EF Honorees are Regina Lawler, Karen Hyre, and Sharon Bazoian
  • Supported 8 Oakland University students to NCCWSL (National Conference of Women Student Leaders) at University of Maryland
  • National AAUW Convention in San Diego with all members using online voting
  • 2015 Diversity Champion, Irene Walters, honored at Breakfast at Birmingham Community House

June, 2015

  • End of the Year Branch Potluck Picnic with initial planning for monthly presidents and Board Meeting hostesses for 2015-2016

Rochester AAUW Branch History — 2015-2016

JULY 2015

  • Belle Isle Garden Bus trip to Belle Isle with lunch at Riverfront Andiamo

AUGUST 2015

  • Board Meeting and Brunch
  • Two delegates (Sharon Postnieks and Diane Kosuda) attended AAUW National
    Convention in San Diego’
  • “Murder, She Wrote!” Mystery Authors Luncheon at Avery’s Tavern Fundraiser
    for Oakland University Student Organization

SEPTEMBER 2015

  • Eight NCCWSL students from Oakland University attended Potluck; Lt. Nicole Thompson, Speaker on Campus Security
  • Brown Bag Book Club (second Tuesday of each month) in member’s homes
  • Evening Book Club (third Monday at 7 p.m. with beverage and dessert)
  • Page Turner Book Club (second Thursday of each month) meets
    Cruising Cuisine Lobster Boil
  • Members continue to volunteer at the Pontiac School’s Will Rogers K-6 School(8th year)and Library(4th year)

OCTOBER 2015

  • AAUW Rochester won 2015 Sunrise Pinnacle Award for Diversity at Royal Park
  • Hotel Breakfast sponsored by Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • AAUW State Conference at Detroit Novi Sheraton on “Leadership Essentials”
  • Continued to participate in Kroger Rewards for NCCWSL

NOVEMBER 2015

  • Barnes and Noble Book Fair Fundraiser for NCCWSL
  • RHPL Library Home Tour Branch Members Docents
  • Kaleidoscope Event, Macomb Lorenzo Cultural Center, DIA Film Curator, Elliot
    Wilhelm

DECEMBER 2015

  • “Silver Moments” Holiday Luncheon at Royal Park Hotel with Nuclassica and
    Raffles, Baskets, and Drawings Fundraiser
  • Great Decision (Morning and Evening Groups) discussed “Brazil in
    Metamorphosis”

JANUARY 2016

  • AAUW Student Organization at Oakland University Bake Sale/Members donate
    $500 Grant from Women’s Fund of Rochester to present $tart $mart Salary
    Negotiations Workshop at OU
  • Membership Luncheon Meeting at Meadow Brook Hall with Fashion Show
    “Modelling MeadowBrook Theatre Costumes”

FEBRUARY 2016

  • 4th Annual Oscar Night hosted by Cruising Cuisine
  • CORE (Community Organization Resource Exchange) – third Thursday of
    each month meets at RHPL

MARCH 2016

  • “Escape from the Science Lab” STEAM Event at Van Hoosen Middle School
  • Oakland University Film Festival on “Girls Gaming”
  • Wine, Wit & Wisdom Member Docents at RHPL

APRIL 2016

  • 5 delegates attend AAUW-MI Convention at Somerset Inn
  • Eighth Grade Essay Contest – “A Woman of Significance to Me”
  • $tart $mart Salary Negotiations Workshop for AAUW-OU Student Organization
  • Luncheon on the Aisle-Kaleidoscope at Meadowbrook Theatre

MAY 2016

  • Named 2015 EF Gift Honorees – Judy Garrett, Anne Kucher, Claudia Mullen
  • 2016 Diversity Champion – Barbara Rosalik honored at Birmingham Community
  • House Breakfast
  • Annual AAUW Luncheon at Filippa’s – Julie Dawson, speaker and artist
  • Membership Table at Heritage Days in Downtown Park

JUNE 2016

  • Julie Dawson Home and Studio Tour
  • Members Picnic and Plant Sale Fundraiser for OU Student Organization
  • Sent 8 Oakland University students to NCCWSL at University of Maryland
  • Indian Village Home Tour – Travelling Gourmet Group, formerly Cruising Cuisine
  • Revised Branch Policies and Procedures
  • Updated and Amended Branch Bylaws