About Us

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

  • AAUW’s Mission – AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
  • AAUW’s Value Promise – By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

AAUW Gaylord Area Branch

The Gaylord Area Branch was founded in 1973. We strive to support women continuing their education and recognize the amazing accomplishments of women in our community. We have awarded over $30,000 in scholarships over the past ten years to women graduating from high school and going on to college or women going back to college to further their education.

Annual events we organize every year include:

  • Used Book Drive – Every fall we gather used books donated by the community, stack, sort and recycle them back into the community. All proceeds go to scholarships for women continuing their education.
  • Women Making History Luncheon – We annually host a luncheon to honor a woman in the community for her accomplishments. A silent auction at the event raises money for scholarships.

    Women in History Display

    Members in front of Women in History display.

  • Study Groups – Our branch has very active study groups, including a book study group and a gourmet group. Members are encouraged to create study groups to share their interests with other like-minded members!

CONTACT US – AAUW Gaylord Area Branch


  • President, Margo Noss:  mdnoss@charter.net
  • Membership VP, Ashley Ochoa: ashley_lynnmi@hotmail.com
  • Communication Director, Brandy Solak: brandysolak23@charter.net
  • Recording Secretary/Public Policy, Marty Goodman: martygoodman17@alphacomm.net
  • Corresponding Secretary & Newsletter Editor, Brenda Brummel:  aauwgaylord@gmail.com
  • Social Media/Facebook/Website, Jessica Kane: jeskane@gmail.com
  • Finance VP, Mary Fox: maryfox32@yahoo.com
  • Program VP (Co) & Book Sale Chair, Mary Tomaski:  ttomaski@hotmail.com
  • Program VP (Co), Ursula Owens: buowens@lewistoncomm.com
  • Nominating Chair, Dana Bensinger: dana@otsegofoundation.org
AAUW Gaylord Area Branch Board

AAUW Gaylord Area Branch Board

BACK: (l-r) Ursula Owens, Marty Goodman, Mary Tomaski, Brenda Brummel, Jessica Kane  FRONT: (l-r) Jane Sekora, Margo Noss, Mary Fox


  • Scholarship Committee: Mary Tomaski (ttomaski@hotmail.com)
  • Book Drive: Mary Tomaski (ttomaski@hotmail.com) and Joan Becker (dandjbecker@gmail.com)
  • Woman Making History Luncheon: Renee Elias (relias@rocketmail.com)
  • Tech Savvy: Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Hellenberg (hellenberg09@gmail.com)
  • Communications Committee:  Brandy Solak (brandysolak23@charter.net)
  • Membership Committee:  Ashley Ochoa (ashley_lynnmi@hotmail.com)
  • Finance Committee:  Mary Fox (maryfox32@yahoo.com)

Interest Groups

  • Book Club: Brenda Brummel (brendabrummel@me.com)
  • Gourmet Group: Margo Noss (mdnoss@charter.net)