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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.

Upcoming Events of Note:

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

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 lynwilky@yahoo.com 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.

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