Welcome to the Northeast (OH) Branch of AAUW!

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We are a local branch of the national AAUW which has been working to empower women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research since 1881. We enjoy thought-provoking, informative programs with like-minded women from September through May.  We invite you to explore what AAUW does on the pages of our website as well as on the website of our national organization at aauw.org. Copy our 2017-18 program summary here and share with friends.  You are welcome to visit our branch as a guest before considering membership..

OCTOBER 3rd PROGRAM:  “Protecting Public Education         in this Politicized Era” featuring blogger Jan Resseger

Few people are aware of how much money is being diverted from our public schools to charters and vouchers right here in Lake County.  It is time for citizens to come to their aid by becoming informed and active in the effort to protect their viability and improve their effectiveness through better funding and community support.  Jan Resseger, an education blogger from Cleveland, will give us the full story and help motivate us to action at our October 3rd program to be held at Applebee’s, 35055 Maplegrove Rd., Willoughby Hills starting at 6 p.m.  Please join us, bring friends and share this notice widely. Download the registration form here and register by Sept. 28.

Jan has the background to prepare us for informed involvement in this issue. Before retiring a few years ago and beginning her blog, she served for 15 years as the (lay) Minister for Public Education and Witness in the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries. Under Jan’s leadership the denomination worked for policy to improve, not punish, the public schools; reduce testing; ensure there is attention to vast resource opportunity gaps; advocate for schools that welcome children from all races and cultures; and speak for the public role of public education. Jan worked to connect advocates across the United Church of Christ with ecumenical partners through the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy, which she chaired for 12 years, and with community partners including the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign. 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

November 14, 2017 (Tues.) 6:00pm – Box Dinner & Program
“Changes in health care in our region” 
Jonathan Lee, LICDC, –
President and CEO Signature Health, Inc. ,                                                                                               At Signature Health Headquarters, 38882 Mentor Ave., Willoughby 
440-953-9999


November 29, 2017 (Wed.) 
11:00am Tour, Noon Lunch
“Home for the Holidays”
At the Lake County History Center, 415 Riverside Dr., Painesville 440-639-2945

February 3, 2018 (Sat.) Noon – Lunch and Book Discussion
“Just like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Women Coming of Age in America”
by Helen Thorpe
Discussion led by Mary Frances Burns, former Morley Library director
At the Steele Mansion, 348 Mentor Ave., Painesville 440-639-7948

March 6, 2018 (Tues.) 5:30pm – Cafeteria Dinner and Tour
“Lakeland Women’s History Month Art Tour”
Mary Urbas – Curator of “Women XI”
At Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland 440-525-7000

April 3, 2018 (Tues.) 
6:00pm – Dinner and Program
“The Importance of the Little Known Ohio State School Board”
 Meryl Johnson – Ohio State School Board Member
Four Points by Sheraton – Rt. 91 and Rt. 2
35000 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake
440-953-8000

May 1, 2018 (Tues.) 
6:00pm –Dinner and Program
“Diverse Environmental, Economic, and Social Values that Healthy Watersheds Provide”
    Heather Elmer –Director Chagrin River Watershed Partners
At Hellriegel’s Inn,1840 Mentor Ave., Painesville 440-210-9048

Help spread the word about Northeast Branch activities:  Forward our summary program bookmark to friends who might be interested in attending some of these events.

Read about our earlier programs: Profiling Islam, Women in Leadership, The History of Christmas Carols, I am Malala book review, Lakeland Women’s Art Tour, Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms and the Lake Health Wellness Institute  here .

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE:  After speaking at the AAUW Ohio Convention, Ohio State Board of Education Member Meryl Johnson of Cleveland will share her thoughts with our branch members on April 3, 2018.  Mark your calendars.. See an article about Meryl posted here.

Announcing the publication of the 2016 AAUW Ohio Voting Record, which tracks the votes of Ohio legislators on issues important to AAUW.  Because the activities of the state legislature often occur under the radar, we encourage citizens to review how their legislators voted on bills impacting Ohio women and children in the past biennium, which gives a clue as to what they will do in the coming biennium. The Voting Record lists and explains the bills we used to grade legislators as well as the system we used and shows how legislators voted on them in chart form. We hope our Voting Record will inform your vote.  The Senators who serve Lake County include: John Eklund in District 18 and Kenny Yuko in District 25. You can find their biographies online here.  Representatives who serve Lake County include:  John Rogers in District 60, and Ron Young in District 61.  You can find their biographies here.

Check out our national 2015 Public Policy Accomplishments under the Mission/Advocacy/AAUW Updates tab.

For more information about AAUW of Ohio go to: www.aauwoh.org                                                         For more information about national AAUW go to:  www.aauw.org