AAUW – Gaylord Area Branch

Otsego County STEM Pioneers Presentation

March 21, 2017

The Otsego County Historical Society in collaboration with the Otsego County Library will feature 10 local women who’ve made significant impacts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at a special presentation on Tuesday, March 21.  The 90 minute program at the Otsego County Library begins at 6:30 pm and is open to the public.  “Otsego County STEM Pioneers” highlights the accomplishments of Hazel Quick, Dr. Ruey Ford, Mary Kay Sklarczyk and seven other trailblazers from a wide variety of professions.  The focus of the presentation is to honor these amazing accomplishments made throughout history and encourage young people today to pursue STEM related careers.

“Otsego County STEM Pioneers” coincides with unveiling of the STEMisist exhibit on display at the Library.  Bringing this traveling exhibit to Gaylord from the Michigan Women’s Historical Center &  Hall of Fame was made possible by the AAUW Gaylord Branch and the Otsego County Community Foundation .


STEMinist Exhibit in Otsego County

March 15 – April 23, 2017: Otsego County Library in Gaylord

April 24 – April 30, 2017: University Center Gaylord

The Otsego County Library is partnering with the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Otsego County Historical Society to draw attention to the important contributions women make in the fields in which they have traditionally been under-represented.

Beginning on March 15th and running through the end of April, the community is invited to view a traveling exhibit from the Michigan Women’s Historical Center in Lansing entitled “STEMinists: Michigan Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” The exhibit, which is appropriate for all ages, aims to combat barriers remaining to women’s equal participation in STEM fields by sharing the stories of successful role models, as well as steps to pursue an interest in STEM. Read More


Meet & Greet

April 3, 2017

For more information, check out the press release.


Registration OPEN for Tech Savvy Michigan 2017

April 29, 2017

The American Association of University Women Gaylord Area Branch (AAUW) will again offer its highly acclaimed Tech Savvy, a one day conference designed to introduce 6th through 9th grade girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) studies and careers. The event will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8:30 – 4:30 at the University Center in Gaylord.

Information has been posted online at http://gaylord-mi.aauw.net/tech-savvy/ including the link for on-line registration which opens on February 14. Interested students and parents are encouraged to register early, as space is limited and popular sessions fill quickly . . .

Read the rest of the press release.

Where: University Center Gaylord, Michigan

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017      8:30am-4:30pm

Cost: $7 per person includes breakfast, lunch, and workshops

Registration: NOW OPEN here

Questions: Email aauwgaylord@gmail.com


Volunteer for Tech Savvy 2017

We are looking for folks to help out at Tech Savvy 2017.  Help make this a day to remember for the young girls attending and their parents/mentors!

We’re using SignUp.com to organize volunteers for the 2017 Tech Savvy Event.  Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/MxbUUd

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.


Woman Making History 2017: Maureen Derenzy

On March 4, we celebrated Maureen Derenzy as the 2017 Woman Making History. Thank you to everyone who gathered to honor Maureen’s achievements and contributions to our community library, literacy, and life-long learning!

Maureen is the director of the Otsego County Library, an activist and an enthusiastic volunteer.  Her many contributions focus upon advocating for the elderly, adults, children, toddlers, and the disadvantaged.  She has worked with virtually every program in the area that supported causes for literacy and education.  She was instrumental in reestablishing the Otsego County Literacy Council and spearheading the expansion of our library. She has devoted her time and talent to great causes such as the Otsego County Community Foundation, the Volunteer Center of Otsego County, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Gaylord Woman’s Study Club, Otsego County Historical Society. Maureen won the Zonta 2012 Golden Hug Award and she was the Alpenfest 2013 Beurgurmeister.


Winter 2017 Newsletter

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Winter newsletter 2017


Please Join Us!

If you want to see what we do you can stop by our lunch meetings to check us out. We meet at noon on the second Wednesday of the month at the Gaylord University Center, 80 Livingston Blvd, and feel free to bring a sack lunch. We do not meet in June or July.  If you can’t make it to our lunch meetings, you can still be involved in our mission through our various activities (see the “About Us” page).

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide organization that advances equity and education for women and girls. The Gaylord Area Branch empowers through scholarships, educational programs, and honoring the achievements of local women. For more information email aauwgaylord@gmail.com.


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AAUW Gaylord Area Branch: Advancing equity and education for women and girls since 5/9/1976.