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Donate a backpack to AAUW Tech Trek Ohio

2018 February 8

Together, let’s level the playing field for girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Purchase one of the backpacks and another filled with school supplies/STEM materials will be donated to middle-school girls attending AAUW’s Tech Trek campsYOU select the AAUW Branch to donate to!

Get the details and make a donation. AAUW members get a 20% discount. Use code STEMROCKS! at checkout.

Download the AAUW Tech Trek Backpack Drive flyer

Convention 2018 is focus of AAUW Ohio Orbit Winter issue

2018 February 6

AAUW Ohio Convention 2018 is early this year, which means you can break the winter doldrums by joining us for a great weekend to “Learn. Share. Do.” March 23-24 at the Christopher Conference Center at the Quality Inn in Chillicothe. You’ll find all the details about this and more in the AAUW Ohio Orbit Winter 2018 issue.

In this issue, you’ll get the lowdown on:

  • AAUW Ohio Convention program and presenters, including workshops.
  • The online registration link, along with rates and accommodations.
  • The FREE optional Sunday morning excursion to the Ohio Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks sites on March 25. 
  • Applying for this year’s branch awards. Don’t miss out!
  • Fundraising at Convention, including the Fill a Purse for Change Silent Auction and the Race for Change Contest among districts. Get together with your branch members to “Fill a Purse for Change”!
  • The full slate of candidates for State Board offices, including photos, bios and statements.
  • A message from our AAUW Ohio President Christine Siebeneck on how #mindfulness2018 can help us in our personal lives, as well as in the lives of our branches.
  • The dues increase from national AAUW, explained by AAUW Ohio VP of Finance Renee Spiker.
Share the Convention love
Get a jumpstart on “Learn. Share. Do.” by spreading the word about Convention. Pass on this issue, the Convention 2018 website link, and the Facebook event to your colleagues and friends. It’s easy to invite people to join us in Chillicothe by sharing the event with your Facebook friends. Just click on the Facebook event link and hit the “Share” button.

Fill a Purse for Change and Race for Change at Convention 2018

2018 February 5

Fill a Purse for Change

We will continue our theme Fill a Purse for Change at the 2018 AAUW Ohio Silent Auction. We did very well this past year with this project. The idea behind the theme is to replace a basket with a purse and fill it with items for the auction or you can purchase a designer bag and auction it in the raffle as another option. I suggest that you provide one fabulous purse filled or not filled with a value of at least $150. If your branch would like to donate $150 instead of the purse, go for it.  Fundraising VP Deborah Wooldridge will provide the auction with a Luis Vuitton, Kate Spade or a Michael Kors bag to get things rolling. Remember that Vera Bradley bags are always a hit and catch the interest of bidders. TJ MAXX is a great place to shop for designer bags at a discounted price.

Race for Change Contest

We will also hold a Race for Change Contest among the Districts. As tickets are bought stickers will go up on a board throughout the conference and we will announce the District winner at the ending session. Many organizations do this at international, national and local conferences and this will let everyone have a chance to be philanthropic.  Let’s bring our checkbooks and support AAUW funds through giving! Our goal at the Conference this year is $ 3,000.  I know we can do it because we all want change for women and girls!If you need more information contact Fundraising VP Deborah Wooldridge at

Register today: AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2018

2018 February 4
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AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2018: Learn. Do Share.

Dates: March 23-24, 2018
Location: Christopher Conference Center at the Quality Inn, 20 No. Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe, Ohio
Register today online!

Hurry! Early Bird Rates end Feb. 10!

Convention Rates

Friday Only

Saturday Only

Both Days


Early Bird Rate




Jan – Feb 10

Regular Rate




Feb 11- March 3

Late Rate




March 4- March 18

Student Rate




Non-Member Rate




Theme: Learn. Do. Share

This year, we are using a new model of learning. Learn. Do. Share is a global program prototype developed and running at Columbia University. We’ll use it to become more impassioned about projects and policies being championed by AAUW, take action together during Convention, and share ideas for building collaborations with like-minded organizations in our home communities. There will be time, too, for learning how to use AAUW resources to make Branch life easier, such as submitting dues online.


Friday’s Events begin at 2 p.m. and include:

  • EarthWorks World Heritage Site Presentation
  • Past President Recognition
  • Dinner: Festive Attire Welcomed
  • National Updates from Shannon Wolfe, Managing Director & Chief Of Staff at AAUW.
  • Awards
  • Cocktails & Convos

Saturday’s Events end at 4:30 p.m. and include:

  • Breakout Sessions
  • Finance & Dues Workshop
  • Policy Book Workshop
  • Lunch
  • AAUW Ohio Annual Meeting

Both Days:

BONUS Sunday Event:

Hotel Accommodations

The Quality Inn, 20 N Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe, OH 45601, 740-775-3500

Double Room rate: $89.95
King Room rate: $94.95

More Convention Links

Apply for Branch Awards

Fundraisers: Fill a Purse for Change and Race for Change at Convention 2018

AAUW Ohio Orbit Winter 2018 Issue: Convention Issue

EarthWorks World Heritage Site Tour Map

Apply for branch awards to be awarded at Convention 2018

2018 February 4

It’s time! Apply for your branch awards and register today for AAUW Convention 2018, with its theme of “Learn.Do. Share,” and help advance equity for women and girls. Application deadline is March 1, 2018.

Branch members wave their star wands after receiving their awards certificates at a Convention banquet.

Get your applications ready to make sure your branch gets the recognition it deserves.

  • Get the Starz Award Application Form 2018 and explanation. Application deadline is March 1, 2018.
  • Communication Star Award: Get recognition for your branch as a 2018 Communication Star for its use of print and online communications and social media. Get the guidelines and entry form online. Entries must be received as hard copies by March 1, 2018.
  • Programming Award: Send your Branch Program Booklets for the 2017-2018 Mission-Based Programming Awards to Jo Dye, Program Vice President, at 645 North Court St., Circleville, OH 43113 by March 1, 2018.
  • Daffodil Award: Criteria will include the Diversity Goals for branches. Branches must meet at least three of the goals. To apply for recognition, branches must send a written statement on their accomplishments, with documentation, to the Ohio Diversity Chair, 157 Third St., Cardington, OH 43315. Statements should include branch name, name and signature of president, telephone number, e-mail for contact and name of diversity chair. Material must be received by March 1, 2018. Press clippings, news articles in branch publications, listings form branch yearbook, photographs from events or meetings constitute documentation.

How to be an AAUW advocate

2018 January 7
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The second session of the 115thCongress convened last week, and 2018 state legislative sessions are kicking off around the nation. That means it’s a great time to brush up on the advocacy resources available to you as an AAUW member!

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Get to know your AAUW Ohio Policy Chair, Mary Kruger.
  2. Get to know your branch public policy chair.
  3. Sign up for Action Network and Two-Minute Activist Mobile alerts.
  4. Let AAUW know about any upcoming events you’re planning.

Resource reboot to fight sexual harassment

2017 December 27

AAUW has recently rebooted its online resources to help fight sexual harassment, much in the news thanks to the #MeToo movement.

Sexual harassment, which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion and also prohibits sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination. Even with Title VII’s protections, many people across the country still face sexual harassment in their workplaces.

LAF’s Know Your Rights resources help people navigate difficult situations at work and on campus. We recently expanded our sexual harassment resources to provide guides for employees, employers, and colleagues. These guides provide employees with steps to take after being sexually harassedadvise employers on how to create a safer office culture and move beyond simply complying with Title VII, and give guidance for colleagues who witness sexual harassment.

Fall issue of Ohio Orbit now online

2017 December 19
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It’s the busiest week of the year, but please take a few minutes to read the latest issue of AAUW Ohio Orbit. In the Fall 2017 AAUW Ohio Orbit you’ll find:

  • The latest update on “Learn. Do. Share,” the theme for our AAUW of Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2018, along with a request that you share any thoughts you have regarding possible dynamic presenters we can schedule for the March 23-24 event in Chillicothe.
  • A message from President Christine Siebeneck that will inspire you to apply for a position on the AAUW Ohio State Board. You’ll also find the application.
  • Confused about how to submit state dues? You won’t be once you read the guide prepared by State Finance VP Renee Spiker.
  • Find out what our branches our doing around the state to advocate, educate, and assist. You’ll be inspired.
  • Get timely resources to fight sexual harassment from AAUW National.

You can also download past issues of Orbit.

Deadline extended: Apply for State Board position

2017 December 18

It is time once again to begin thinking about nominating candidates for the officer election at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2018 this spring!

Are you qualified? Yes!

You are perfectly qualified for a position! Do you have a passion for equity? Check. Are you committed to advocating for women and girls? Check. Do you support opportunities for member outreach and connection? Check. Can you promote education and initiatives for the next generation of leaders? Check.

Share a little or a lot

Don’t worry: You don’t have to have lots of time to give to the AAUW Ohio Board; you can give as much time as you are able. We understand that you are pulled in many directions, and the design of the board is meant to support the work-family-volunteer balance.

Download and complete the nomination form

Download the nomination form for AAUW Ohio State Board offices of President, VP Programming, VP Membership, VP Philanthropy, Finance Officer and Recording Secretary.

If you are interested in any of these positions, or know anyone who would be a good fit, please fill out the nomination form front and back and mail or email to Deborah Wooldridge, nominations chair, by Jan. 20, 2018.

Please also direct any questions to Deborah:

Deborah Wooldridge
79 Nottingham Cross
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Nominate candidates for state board positions by Dec. 15

2017 November 4
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It is time once again to begin thinking about nominating candidates for the officer election at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2018 this spring!

Download the nomination form for AAUW Ohio State Board offices of President, VP Programming, VP Membership, VP Philanthropy, Finance Officer and Recording Secretary.

If you are interested in any of these positions, or know anyone who would be a good fit, please fill out the nomination form front and back and mail or email to Deborah Wooldridge, nominations chair, by Dec. 15, 2017.

Please also direct any questions to Deborah:

Deborah Wooldridge
79 Nottingham Cross
Bowling Green, OH 43402