Welcome to the Northeast (OH) Branch of AAUW!

THANKS FOR CHECKING US OUT!

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. You are welcome to visit our branch as a guest before considering membership.

Help spread the word about Northeast Branch activities:  Forward our summary program bookmark as well as a link to our newsletter to friends who might be interested in AAUW 

YOU CAN STILL REGISTER for the AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention to be held Friday evening through Saturday, May 5-6, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Columbus. Read about it here: http://aauwoh.org/aauwoh/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-AAUW-Ohio-Convention-Program-Preview.pdf. Many of the keynoters and breakout session leaders sound interesting. Our own Meryl Johnson will give a breakout on the functioning of the Ohio State Board of Education.  Link to information about registration here: http://aauwoh.org/aauwoh/events/aauw-ohio-equity-day-convention/aauw-ohio-equity-day-convention-2017/. 

Learn how the Lake Health Wellness Institute can help   you at our May 2 program at Tripoint Medical Center

Wellness Institute Director Sharon Minjares says her goal is to make health and wellness a way of life for the community at large. At our Tuesday, May 2, program she will outline the services offered and give us a tour of the facility at the Tripoint Medical Center.  Class schedules and handouts will be available.

We will eat in the Tripoint Cafeteria, which closes at 6:30 p.m.  So please arrive by 6 p.m. to ensure you will be served. Park in the Physician’s Pavilion lot, which is to the right after you enter the hospital grounds, enter the main Pavilion door, and walk straight down the hallway to the cafeteria.

A registered, licensed dietitian, Minjares combines her passion for food, health and helping individuals in the areas of nutrition and wellness. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lake Erie College, MS in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and BS in Food and Nutrition from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Sharon serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association-Greater Cleveland Division.

April 4th Meeting on Lake Erie’s toxic algal blooms

Our water and activities that depend on a clean Lake Erie are threatened by toxic algal blooms.  Natalie Gertz-Young, Education/Information Coordinator of the Lake Erie Water Conservation District, told us about the problem and what is being done Tuesday, April 4, at Bistro 70 in Painesville.

Gerz-Young has a B.A. in Psychology from The College of Wooster and an M.S. in Environmental Science with an Environmental Education specialization from Antioch University New England.  Natalie coordinates school programs, spring and fall stream monitoring, the Envirothon, annual tree sale, rain barrel and rain garden workshops and other pubic displays and programs.  Natalie’s charge is to increase awareness of and actions around preserving Lake County and the greater Northeast Ohio region’s natural resources.

Lakeland Women’s History Month Art Exhibit

Gallery Director and Show Curator Mary Urbas gave us the same insightful look at why she selected and placed this year’s pieces chosen for the Lakeland  Women’s History Month Art Show, which continues through March 31.  Be sure to see it!  Some of the many works on display are shown at left and here.

 Read about our earlier programs: Profiling Islam, Women in Leadership and the History of Christmas Carols and I am Malala book review  here .

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE:  Karen Rainey, our Ohio Public Policy Chair, has invited Meryl Johnson of Cleveland and Dr. Antoinette Miranda of Columbus, new members of the Ohio State Board of Education who were both endorsed by AAUW Ohio and local branches, to give a breakout at our upcoming convention (see above) about the functions of the state board and the new education budget.  Should be interesting. 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: www.aauwoh.org                                                         For more information about national AAUW: www.aauw.org