AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch
AAUW advocates for women and girls - not corporate special interests.
AAUW in the News: NNY Biz magazine: Advocates work to empower women
The St. Lawrence County Branch was formed in 1927 - Celebrating 90 years of service in 2017!
We have 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.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Social Security Awareness Month
April 28: Community Conversation on Poverty planned in Canton - The second Community Conversation on Poverty will take place in the basement level meeting room of the Free Library, 8 Park St., from 11 am to 12:30 pm. See Facebook: Community Conversation on Poverty in St. Lawrence County
April 28 & 29 @ 7 pm and 30 at 2 pm: Working in the North Country, An Original Musical about the New York that Nobody Knows! An original musical will highlight north country workers - Relani Prudhomme, the producer, said the script was based on interviews with 20 different north country workers in various types of jobs. They included construction workers, immigrant dairy farm workers, food service employees, cleaners, health care workers, people who work with developmentally disabled and others. The play shows in Pickens Hall, 83 State St., Heuvelton.
April 29th: Drop in to this FREE Open-to-the-Public workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 at Best Western, Canton sponsored by the local chapter AARP 2831. Randy Hoak, Associate State Director AARP-NY, will share updates on advocacy at the State, Federal and Local levels. Come prepared to hear about the very important legislation under consideration in our nation’s capital that may impact health care. At the State level AARP is advocating for New Yorkers to have more opportunity to save for retirement, and locally AARP is leading the charge on issues of livability as many communities look to become more “age-friendly” in their approach to services and design of the built environment. If these topics are of interest to you, and you would like to add your talents to the team at AARP-NY, then please join us! Randy Hoak has worked in Aging for over 20 years. His work began as a volunteer at a social adult day program in Hamburg, NY. Randy went on to Canisius College in Buffalo, New York to study Psychology and Gerontology. After seven years with the Town of Hamburg Senior Services Department, Randy led the Recreation Department at Erie County Medical Center Corporation’s Erie County Home, a 586 bed skilled nursing facility in Alden, New York. In 2012, Randy was tapped by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Senior Services, the Area Agency on Aging in Erie County. One of Randy’s first orders of business at Erie County was to bring Erie County to AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. As Associate State Director – Community Outreach at AARP New York, Randy, with the assistance and guidance of many dedicated volunteers, works in Western and Central Upstate New York on regional initiatives, advocacy, and community engagement.
May 2017: Mothers’ Equal Pay Day
May 1: Application Deadline for the 2017 AAUW Named Memorial Scholarship. This year's scholarship is in memory of Beverly Darnell Washburn.
May 8: 15th Annual North Country Symposium: “Strategic Growth for the North Country: Systemic Development of the Region’s Key Economic Sectors” in the Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University – 9 am to 4 pm. (registration begins at 8:30 am). This year's Symposium will look more closely at the value chains of key sectors in the North Country such as agriculture, energy, arts and tourism.
May 9: a FREE Open-to-the-Public workshop from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at Best Western, Canton. Titled "How Can I Protect My House and Assets" the workshop is presented by John M. Murphy, Jr. Esq. from Safe Harbor Wills and Trusts. Asset Protection is something people do every day, without thinking about it. Car insurance, fire insurance, health insurance – these are all limited forms of Asset Protection. These products are designed to protect your family against financial ruin should economic disaster strike. However, the amount that they will protect is limited to the value of the policies.
May 16: AARP will host a luncheon from 12 to 1:30 pm at J. C.'s River Run Bar and Grill, west of Waddington, NY. The presenter is Andrea Montgomery, Director, Office for the Aging. The title of her presentation is “The Changing Face of Aging – what older adults need to know about programs, services and advocacy.” Director Montgomery will provide an oversight of the comprehensive services offered by the Office for the Aging; as well as discuss the changing face of aging in today’s world and how it will impact us all. Menu choices: hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, honey carrots; OR fish platter, seafood chowder, cole slaw; OR grilled chicken breast salad (tomatoes, onions, grn pappers, croutons, cheese). RSVP your menu choice to Linda Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-265-4464 on or before Thursday, May 11th.
May 17: Women In Engineering Day at SUNY Canton, co-sponsored by AAUW-St. Lawrence County. See what we did last year! Download the 2017 WIE Flyer.
- President: Betty Connolly
- Membership VP: Relani Prudhomme
- Program VP: JoAnn Rogers
- AAUW Development VP:
- Includes: AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund
- AAUW Research: Barriers and Bias - Women have been leaders throughout history, and today the tradition of volunteer female leadership continues to flourish. Yet in terms of paid leadership, women’s elevation to top positions is relatively rare. Why do men still vastly outnumber women in these positions? AAUW’s newest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, explores this question, drawing from scholarly research and paying special attention to stereotypes and biases. The report provides recommendations for individuals and those in the education, corporate, and political sectors to contribute to an environment in which gender is no longer a barrier to leadership. Watch the panel discussion to introduce the report.
- AAUW Research: Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. The YouTube video is available now!
- Download the AAUW report, "Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing.
- AAUW Awards $45,000 to Help Community College Students across the Nation - The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is highlighting a vital part of the U.S. higher education system by awarding $45,000 in grants to 11 campus projects designed to implement recommendations from the 2013 AAUW research report Women in Community College: Access to Success. Each year, the AAUW Campus Action Project (CAP) grant program gives money to teams of faculty and students to create community-based solutions to some of the far-reaching problems explored in AAUW research.
- In the News: One Year After Graduation, Female Pay Lags Behind - AAUW published "Graduating to a Pay Gap"
- AAUW in the News: AAUW Provides Fellowships
- Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School
- AAUW-St. Lawrence County's 2010 Books on Women's History for Young Readers
- Download the 2009 50 Books list here!
- Includes: AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund
- Secretary: Nancy Rowledge
- Treasurer: Jen Ball, Interium
- Branch Expense Voucher
- Supporting the programs of AAUW can now be done on-line; Read more about these programs
- Contributions to AAUW Action Fund support the 501(c)(4) Lobby Corps and the Congressional Voting Record, and are not tax-deductible.
- Contributions to AAUW Funds, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible and provide general support to all AAUW programs that are not part of the AAUW Action Fund.
2016-17 Committee Chairs
- Public Policy: Kathleen Stein
- Watch North Country Matters - a local public affairs video magazine. 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 the Potsdam Public Library. The shows are filmed at the Potsdam Public Library’s Fred W. Cleveland Computer and are available on YouTube.
- North Country Matters: Town Hall NY 21st Congressional District (Rep. Elise Stefanik Absent) - This non-partisan town hall event was created by citizens of NY District 21 who wish to have an open and honest face-to-face meeting with Rep. Elise Stefanik. While our Congresswoman has held many small meetings behind closed doors and tele-town halls, we would like to open up the opportunity for her to meet in a public forum where an active back and forth dialogue is more possible, and where she must go on record with her views. (April 15, 2017)
- North Country Matters: 4-H Youth Programs St. Lawrence County - Nicki Hamilton-Honey, a 4-H Educator, and Casey Caswell, the 4-H Youth and Family Team Leader, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, discuss the youth programs available to school-aged youth with NCM Host Donna Seymour. They look at the school and after school programs, the various 4-H clubs, and the summer learning and recreation camps that Cooperative Extension operates. (April 7, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Ginger Storey-Welch, Marching for Social Justice - NCM host Donna Seymour talks about social justice movements including the People’s Climate March and the March For Science with Ginger Storey-Welch, the leader of the local North Country 350 Alliance. They discuss how social mobilization around many different social justice issues has accelerated since January. (March 31, 2017)
- North Country Matters:
- Steve Todd, Education Matters - Steve Todd, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent, NCM host Donna Seymour to discuss education matters and trends in his 18 component schools and New York State. They discuss federal changes in education focus, state education funding, poverty, health concerns, and testing. (March 24, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Julie Vaisey, Neighborhood Center for Parishville, Colton, & Pierrepont - Julie Vaisey is the Director of the CDP Neighborhood Center for Colton, Parishville & Pierrepont, one six such centers that are part of the CDP network in St. Lawrence County. The St. Lawrence County Community Development Program - known as CDP, is a private, not-for-profit agency that serves St. Lawrence County. She discusses the work of her Neighborhood Center to meet the needs of the folks in her three towns.
- North Country Matters: Lead Exposure & The Workers’ Memorial Theater Project 2017 - Relani Prudhomme, the Outreach/Education Coordinator for the Occupational Health Clinical Center of the North Country, discusses the risks and consequences of lead exposure with NCM host Donna Seymour. They also talk about the Workers Memorial Day theater project and OHCC fund-raiser, Working in the North Country, An Original Musical about the New York that Nobody Knows!, that will be shown in late April at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton. (March 21, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Bob Gorman, Poverty in the North Country and the ALICE Report - Bob Gorman, the Executive Director of the United Way of Northern NY, talk about Poverty in the North Country and what the ALICE Report can tell us about the families who are struggling to make ends meet in our communities. He and NCM host Donna Seymour examine the county statistics, what lies behind the numbers, and how communities can help these families. (March 17, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Being Mortal, A Conversation We Will All Face Some Time (Feb. 21, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Addie Jenne, 116th “River District” Assemblywoman (Feb. 10, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Sue Rice, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the VITA program (Feb. 10, 2017)
- ‘North Country Matters’ celebrates 13 years with many changes (Feb. 9, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Bobby Gordon, Potsdam Public Library’s Fred W. Cleveland Computer (Feb. 3, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Sue Dragan, The Stephen Ministry Caregivers Program (Feb. 3, 2017)
- Archived North Country Matters, 2011 - 2014
- Federal & State Public Policy Issues to Watch
- St. Lawrence County's State and Federal Representatives
- Health Care: Opioid Addiction
- Higher Education Issues to Watch
- Charter School Issues to Watch
- Immigration and Border Issues to Watch
- Check out the new Common Core Issues to Watch
- Human Trafficking Issues
- Check out the new Pay Equity
- Pregnancy & Family Leave Discrimination
- Poverty Issues
- Violence Issues to Watch
- Crime and Incarceration
- Veteran's and Military Issues
- First Session - 115th Congress: 2015 Senate Votes
- First Session - 115th Congress: 2015 House Votes
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.
St. Lawrence County College/University Partners:
2016 AAUW-NYS Convention Awards for AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch:
- Leadership: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Award - Exceptional Eleanor Award as the Outstanding Branch in NYS
- AAUW Funds:
- Top 10 Total Unrestricted AAUW Funds Contributions
- Top 10 Total Public Policy Fund Contributions
- Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) Star Branch
- Evvie Currie Giving Circle (LAF) Award (3rd)
- Public Policy:
- Paid Family Leave Action
- Title IX Action Award
- Voter Legislation & Education Award
- STEM Award
- Social Justice Award
- Website Award of Merit
- Visibility Award of Merit
- Social Media Award of Merit
- Website Award of Merit
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.
See the lastest news from on AAUW STEM.
You can reach the branch by e-mail.
Updated: April 26, 2017