AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch
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The St. Lawrence County Branch was formed in 1927 - Celebrating 87 years in 2014!
We have 60 members from a diverse educational and employment background who work together to fulfill the mission of the American Association of University Women: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW. In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There are no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.
The St. Lawrence County Branch created the first AAUW Branch website in the country!
The AAUW Educational Opportuntities Fund provides funds to advance education, research, and self-development for women and to foster equity and positive societal change.
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination.
AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch, PO Box 909, Potsdam, NY 13676-0909.
March is Women's History Month: "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives" is the theme for National Women's History Month 2015. The theme presents the opportunity to weave women's stories - individually and collectively - into the essential fabric our nation's history. Accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of women's lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women's achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today.
April 13: SUNY Canton to host Laura Gray-Rosendale - an author and a Sexual Assault Survivor who wrote a book called College Girl: A Memoir about her rape while she was a student at Syracuse University. She is currently a faculty member at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She is going to be doing a book reading and signing that night in Kingston Theatre from 6-9 pm. Laura will be on campus Monday April 13th and will be doing a book reading that evening in Kingston Theatre. She was featured in the Syracuse New Times last year: 1 in 4 Women Will Be Raped Before Graduating College
April 13: WPBS: Public Eye with Jeff Cole: Title 9, Understand it, Access it -Sexual abuse on college campuses is not just a national problem but it affects colleges here in the North Country. In this special episode of Public Eye, we examine this very controversial and sensitive topic through a panel discussion exploring the realities surrounding sexual assault on our local college campuses. It will be aired on Monday, April 13 at 10 pm and Sunday, April 19 at 8 am and available on the WPBS website as a download on April 20. This special edition of Public Eye is underwritten by AAUW-NYS and the Branches of District Seven.
April 12-18: International Anti-Street Harassment Week organized by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
April 13-17: National Robotics Week
April 14: Equal Pay Day
April 17-19: AAUW-NYS Convention at Byblos Niagara Resort, Grand Island
May 1: The 2015 AAUW Scholarship will be awarded in memory of AAUW member Hazel L. Giltinan. Applications are due May 1.
- President: Betty Connolly
- Membership VP: JoAnn Rogers
- Join AAUW video
- Congratulations to our 2014 Emerging Leader for St. Lawrence County Branch: JoAnn Rogers
- Want to renew your dues on-line at AAUW? Here's how!
- It’s GRADUATION season, and with that comes the question of gifts. How about the beginning of a life - time of friendship in AAUW? Through the national program you can (at no cost to yourself) give someone a FREE one-year national membership. AAUW-NYS waives one year’s dues for “GGG” recipients, as does our branch. Please note that only members can be the providers of these gifts and they must be given within two years of the recipient’s graduation. Think about it for your students, daughters, granddaughters, friends, nieces, etc. – a great deal for all!
- The Perfect Gift for College Grads
- Learn how to become an E-Student Affiliate for free!
- Join or Renew your membership today!
- What Makes Women Decide to Join or Stay in an Organization Today? presented by Claudia Richards: AAUW, Senior Branch Field Relations Manager, at the AAUW New York State Summer Leadership Conference on July 16, 2011
- Program VP: Tina Flannagan
AAUW Development VP: Sue Rice
2014-15 Committee Chairs
- Public Policy: Kathleen Stein
Watch North Country Matters - the local video public affairs magazine produced by WCKN under the direction of Dan Dullea of the Center for Excellence in Communication at Clarkson University. The NCM civic partners working to educate North Country residents about critical public policy issues facing our region include AAUW-St. Lawrence County, the League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, and Clarkson Media and Mass Communication students, who provide the technical expertise for the productions. The shows are filmed at the WCKN studio on the Clarkson campus.
- North Country Matters: Helping Hands of Potsdam - Tom Chappell, the Director of Helping Hands, discusses the history and work of the non-profit agency.
- North Country Matters: St. Lawrence County SUNYS' Cambodian Study Tour - Sabel Bong, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Counselor at SUNY Canton and two SUNY Potsdam students, Isaac Griffith, a senior in Sociology and Speech Communications, and Joshua Garry, a junior in Sociology and Psychology, discuss their recent Study Abroad trip to Cambodia.
- North Country Matters: North Country 350 Alliance with Heather Sullivan-Catlin and Ginger Storey-Welch (March 10, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Village of Canton Check Up with Mary Ann Ashley & Leigh Bixby Rodriguez (March 10, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Potsdam Central Update with Superintendent Pat Brady (March 3, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Steve Todd on Education Challenges in 2015 (Feb. 17, 2015)
- North Country Matters: The 2015 Workers Memorial Theater Project (Feb. 17, 2015)
- Tom Graser on Media Changes (Jan. 27, 2015) Tom Graser is the editor of the St. Lawrence County newspapers. He discusses his media career - which started in Plattsburg at WEAV Radio in 1985 - and the changes he has seen in the last 30 years.
- Food Insecurity in St. Lawrence County with Heather Sullivan-Catlin and Daisy Cox (Jan. 27, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Gloria McAdam, the Executive Director for GardenShare.org (Jan. 20, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with Caitlin Hill & Valerie Dana from the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House for Victims of Family Violence (Jan. 20, 2015)
- North Country Matters: Congresswoman Connie Morella discusses her career and life. (Dec. 3, 2014)
- North Country Matters: Marie Regan, Town of Potsdam Check-up (Nov. 7 2014)
- North Country Matters: Andrea Montgomery, Director of the St. Lawrence Office of the Aging (Oct. 31, 2014)
- North Country Matters: Jeanette Zoeckler, Occupational Health Clinical Center Project Manager, The Low-Wage Workers' Health Project (Oct. 31, 2014)
- North Country Matters: Steve Todd, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent, talks about his BOCES district, the Common Core, STEM and Career and Technical Education with Donna Seymour and Ann Carvill. (Oct. 24, 2014)
- North Country Matters: The AAUW Student Leadership Conference with Lynn Fox, local Chair for AAUW- St. Lawrence County Branch (Oct. 21, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Valarie Dana and Caitlin Hill from Renewal House (Oct. 3, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Greg Hart from the Regional Workforce Development Institute (Sept. 16, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: Dr. Zvi Szafran, the new President of SUNY Canton (Sept. 16, 2014)
- North Country Matters Video: St. Lawrence County Community Food Security Assessment with Heather Sullivan-Caitlin (Sept. 12, 2014)
- Higher Education Issues to Watch
- Charter School Issues to Watch
- Immigration and Border Issues to Watch
- Check out the newCommon Core Issues to Watch
- Human Trafficking Issues
- Check out the new Pay Equity
- Pregnancy & Family Leave Discrimination
- Poverty Issues
- Violence Issues to Watch
- The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2015)
- Veteran's and Military Issues
- First Session - 114th Congress: 2015 House Votes
- First Session - 114th Congress: 2015 Senate Votes
- Federal Budget - FY 2016
- Federal Public Policy Issues to Watch
- St. Lawrence County's State and Federal Representatives
St. Lawrence County College/University Partners:
- Clarkson University: Jennifer Ball
- St. Lawrence University: Dayle Burgess
- SUNY Canton: Betty Connolly
- SUNY Potsdam: Margaret Madden
- AAUW's College/University Partner Member Program provides educational institutions the opportunity to easily share all the benefits of AAUW with their students, faculty, and staff. Partners collaborate with branches on community programs, receive national visibility, and benefit from AAUW's powerful network that supports them and advocates on their behalf.
- As an AAUW college/university partner, all of your undergraduate students are immediately eligible for FREE e-student affiliate memberships. E-student affiliates receive electronic copies of AAUW's publications and research and have access to all AAUW's student affiliate benefits, including the vast array of leadership and professional development resources, the more than $3 million in fellowships, grants, and awards, access to local branch scholarships, and opportunities for networking and outreach on campus and beyond through collaborations with local branches on relevant community initiatives.
2014 AAUW-NYS Convention Awards for AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch:
- Special Leadership Recognition Award: Kathleen Stein, Canton, for her work as the branch Public Policy Chair.
- St. Lawrence County Branch Emerging Leader: Membership VP, JoAnn Rogers, Canton.
- Programming: Platinum Award for Marketing the Mission!
- Membership: Special Recognition for Branch Growth & Retention in 2013-14.
- Visibility Award of Distinction (all categories)
- Social Media Award of Distinction
- 21st Century Communications Award of Distinction for Newsletters/Print Media;
- Short Films Award of Distinction
- AAUW Web Award of Distinction for Communications/Visibility
- Public Policy:
- 2014 Equal Pay Day Advocacy Award
- Gold star Public Policy Action Award
- Educating Members through the Newsletter
- Community Outreach and Education for the North Country Matters videos
- Best Use of OpEds to Educate the Community.
- Philanthropy and Giving - total of $2,370 in 2013
- Top Ten Branch for Total Unrestricted AAUW Funds contributions
- Top Ten Leadership Program Fund contributions
- Top Ten for Total Public Policy Fund contributions.
- Legal Advocacy Fund recognition as a
- LAF Star Branch for $5 or more per capita contributions -
- Top 10 LAF Branch Contributions - 6th place ($12.34)
- Top 5 Evvie Currie Giving Circle contributor - 3rd place ( $536)
Read the remarks of Mitzi Witchger, GREAT! who was the keynoter for our Celebrating 35 Years of Change: Title IX & Girls' & Women's Sports event on March 5, 2007. Hear an audio interview with her on NCPR!
Read the Executive Summary of the KIDS at RISK: A North Country Forum, held on Sept. 24, 2005.
Toxic Tide: No Place to Hide - A Preliminary Report on Cancer and the Environment in the North Country - from the 1998 Cross-Border Conference.
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You can reach the branch by e-mail.
Updated March 27, 2015