AAUW – Gaylord Area Branch

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AAUW Used Book Sale 2022

Friday * October 14, 2022 * 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday * October 15, 2022 * 9:00 am – Noon

United Way Building
116 E. Fifth Street, Gaylord

BOOK DONATION SITES starting September 28:
Family Fare, Oliver Chiropractic, United Way Building,
Gordon Food Service and Meyer Ace Hardware

Proceeds benefit educational awards and
programming for local girls and women.

For information or special pick-ups,
contact aauwgaylord@gmail.com

AAUW Gaylord Area Branch Donates $2,000 to Library for Early Childhood STEM Resources

Mary, Jackie and Audrey pose with check

Otsego County Library Director Jackie Skinner (r), and AAUW Gaylord Area Branch Co-President
Mary Tomaski pose with Audrey Baron, one of the library’s newest patrons. Audrey proudly
displays her library card as Mary hands Jackie AAUW GAB’s $2000 donation to the OCL. The
funds are earmarked for Early Childhood STEM resources to be enjoyed by patrons such as

Betty Hartman: the 2022 “Woman Making History”

Betty Hartmann

Betty Hartmann is the AAUW Gaylord Area Branch 2022 Woman Making History.  Betty, an educator for two generations of students, has been a longtime proponent of literacy by spearheading the Reading Recovery and RIF programs.  As a Master Gardener, Betty was a leader in the Edelweiss Garden Club.  She is a member of ARTA and a 40-year lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary Cathedral.

AAUW Prepares Community Meal

Behind those masks is the hard-working first shift at the January 14 Community Meal at the First Congregational Church. Barb, Jane, Jan, Margaret and Brenda prepared the ham, cheesy potatoes, beans and slaw.  Many members made cookies and donated funds for the project as well.  Thank you, everyone!

Barb, Mary, Jeanne, Amber, Brenda, and Margaret put together the dinners that were delivered to the customers’ cars in the single-digit cold by Amber’s Rian and by Barb’s nephew Joe.  Brenda reported that a meal recipient said it was “yummy and one of the best!”  All of our efforts were appreciated.

Holiday 2021 Celebration

On December 8, Branch members gathered for a holiday celebration. We enjoyed wonderful “finger” food presented by those who attended. Thanks to Amber, who informed us about Savvy STEMinistas, an after school Tech Savvy pilot program on Tuesday, February 15 at JLAS. The Congregational Church looked festive and we appreciate your Fellowship Hall. Thank you for hosting us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your families!

Emily Lauster Awarded AAUW Education Award

This past spring, the AAUW Gaylord Area Branch granted 2021 Gaylord High School graduate Emily Lauster its $1000 Education Award. Emily was a National Honor Society member, an award-winning band member, and active in the Drama Club and Key Club. She has earned the Girl Scout Silver Award. Volunteering in her community, Emily says she has learned “kindness, care, and the importance of making a difference.” Emily will be taking her academic, leadership, creative and volunteering passions to the University of Michigan where she plans to major in psychology.

Kelly Lauster, daughter Emily Lauster and AAUW Gaylord Area Branch Education Committee Member Sheila Simpson celebrate Emily’s award.

AAUW Action Network

The cornerstone of AAUW’s e-advocacy efforts, Action Network sends subscribers urgent e-mail notices to contact their members of Congress. With our online Two-Minute Activist tool, it takes just minutes to make your voice heard. Check it out here.

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 Otsego County Library (700 S. Otsego Ave.,Gaylord, MI 49735), and feel free to bring a sack lunch. We do not meet in July. In June and December we have an informal potluck at various locations.  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).

In case of inclement weather: If Law Enforcement calls a State of Emergency, we will not meet.

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 education awards, educational programs, and honoring the achievements of local women. For more information email aauwgaylord@gmail.com.


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