AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch
AAUW advocates for women and girls - not corporate special interests.
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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.
Oct. 15 - Dec. 7: Medicare open enrollment around the corner - Whether qualifying for the first time or changing plans, the open enrollment period began Oct. 15. Open enrollment ends Dec. 7. “People’s health and financial status can change over the course of a year. At the same time, plans can change what they will cover and also adjust the cost to the beneficiary. This is an important time of year for older adults to review their plans ... to ensure they are getting the best deal for themselves,” said New York State Office for the Aging’s acting director Greg Olsen, in a public statement. “Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program counselors at each local office for the aging can provide older New Yorkers with the information needed to make an informed choice.”
Nov. 1 – Dec. 15 (Jan. 30, 2017 in NYS!): Enrollment for the 2018 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) starts on November 1 and ends on December 15. If you need to sign up or change policies, this is the time to do it. The open enrollment period for New York’s State of Health insurance exchange will stretch from Nov. 1 through the end of January, officials said. Because New York runs its own insurance exchange, however, it can set its own deadlines. "Our goal is to ensure that consumers have adequate time to shop for and enroll in the health plan that is best for their family," said State of Health Executive Director, Donna Frescatore. “New York is more committed than ever to ensuring that core protections of the Affordable Care Act remain intact," she added.
November 11-19: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.
November 13-17: National Education Week
November 17-27: House recess (district work period)
November 20-24: Senate recess (state work period)
November 23: Thanksgiving
November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
November 28: AAUW’s first organizational meeting held in 1881
- President: Betty Connolly
- Membership VP: Relani Prudhomme
- Program VP: JoAnn Rogers
- AAUW Development VP:
2017-18 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: Aging in Place - Andrea Montgomery, Director of the St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging, discusses some of the considerations needed when planning to age in place for the county’s seniors. With 22,000 seniors, aging in place is often the best solution and the only one, given the shortage of assisted living slots and nursing home beds in St. Lawrence County. But in order for that to work, seniors have to think about the physical space and layout of their existing homes, the availability of transportation and medical care, and if they will need home assistance. The Office of the Aging can help seniors not only to plan for these needs, but make recommendations on how to fill them. With the national senior population expected to double in just 13 years, preparations can not be put off! (Filmed Nov. 3, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Potsdam Public Library - North Country Matters host Donna Seymour discusses the many services and programs offered by the Potsdam Public Library with Library Director Annie Chase and Public Services Manager Sarah Sachs. Established in 1887, the library has over $2 million dollars of estimated services it offers to the public. They discuss current and future library offerings, as well as renovation plans to increase the space available for programs and events as the PPL grows to meet the needs of a 21st century community and its patrons. (Filmed Nov. 3, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Empire State Campaign for Child Care - Blue Carreker, the Upstate Organizer for the Citizen Action of New York, outlines the founding of a new organization in New York State called the Empire State Campaign for Child Care. This group, made up of over 100 state-wide organizations, is focusing on improving the quality and availability of child care in the state. Her discussion with North Country Matters host Donna Seymour looks at the current problems with availability, the high costs of child care in NY, and some strategies for moving the issue onto the front burner in the legislature next year. (Filmed Oct. 31, 2017)
- North Country Matters: The 2017 New York State Ballot Propositions - New York State voters will be voting on three state-wide ballot propositions on November 7th. They include Prop 2, the Pension Forfeiture for Convicted Officials Amendment, Prop 3, the Forest Preserve Land Bank Amendment, and Prop 1, to authorize a NYS Constitutional Convention. Blue Carreker, the Upstate Organizer for the Citizen Action of New York, and NCM host Donna Seymour take a look at all three ballot items. They discuss the details of each, and the pros and cons of Prop 1, the co-call “ConCon.” This would be the first ConCon that could be held since the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, throwing open the NYS Constitutional Convention process to so-called “dark money” spent to influence delegate selection, the issues, and the eventual vote, if a ConCon is authorized by voters in 2017. (Filmed Oct. 31, 2017)
- North Country Matters: North Country 350 Alliance Update - NCM host Donna Seymour talks with Ginger Storey-Welch, a leader of the local North Country 350 Alliance. They discuss local Climate Change education efforts, how the military is responding to the real threats of climate change and the conundrum between the reality of climate change and the denial practiced by government leaders. They also look at the Prop 3 on the NYS Ballot to create an infrastructure land bank in the Adirondack Park. And they talk about several regional climate and energy conferences, including renewable energy, electric vehicles, micro grids, and municipal commitments to clean energy locally. (Filmed Oct. 27, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Local Living Venture Projects - In this show, Local Living Venture organizer Chelle Lindahl talks with NCM host Donna Seymour about the work the organization does. They focus on two projects this fall, the Renewable Energy & Green Home Tours slated for Sunday, October 15, and the Pollinator Partnership Partnership program, to encourage area residents to commit a certain square footage of their garden, or acreage of their property, for pollinator-friendly plantings. (Filmed Oct. 6, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Potsdam Snack Pack Program - In today’s North Country Matters, host Donna Seymour talks with the founder and coordinator the Potsdam Snack Pack Program, Laurell Brault, about the community-based effort to ensure local school children have enough food on the weekend. The Potsdam program started in 2016. (Filmed Sept. 29, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Back to School at Potsdam Central - The new school year is underway and Joann Chambers, the Superintendent of the Potsdam Central School, and the new AAK Middle School principal, Dan Cook, talk about the start of school and what’s new for 2017-18. They discuss programs like the Latchkey Child Care, Snack Pack, Beyond the Bell and the Positivity Project, designed to help students focus on building strong relationships by focusing on identifying character strengths in themselves and others, and the importance of attendance to educational success.
- North Country Matters: Achieving Social Justice - Paul Siskind and the Rev. James Galasinski from Canton’s Unitarian Universalist Church talk about the church’s new Social Justice Initiative and the Creating Bully-Free Workplaces Conference coming up in on September 30, 2017 in Canton, NY. Learn more about the Conference. They also discuss the New York Healthy Workplace Advocates who are working to help pass the Healthy Workplace Bill to combat harassment in the workplace. (Sept. 8, 2017)
- Federal & State Public Policy Issues to Watch
- St. Lawrence County's State and Federal Representatives
- Gun Issues to Watch
- 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:
2017 AAUW-NYS Convention Awards for AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch:
- Top Ten Top Ten Branch AAUW Fund Contributions
- Top Ten Branches Total Contributions to All AAUW Funds
- Website of Excellence
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: November 13, 2017