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Nominations Open for the 2022 “Woman Making History” Award

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Have you noticed a woman in Otsego County who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in our community?  Has she been a mentor or pioneer, boldly striding ahead even if there was no one who had gone before her to show her the way?  Do you see her legacy lasting far into the future?  Do you think that she does not get the recognition she deserves for her accomplishments?

If so, here is your chance to show her that her hard work has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.  Nominate her for the 2022 “Woman Making History” award, sponsored by the American Association of University Women Gaylord Area Branch (AAUW). Traditionally, the award has gone to a woman “first in her field” and who also continues to make a difference in Otsego County.

The woman selected this year will be honored at AAUW’s 28th annual “Woman Making History” luncheon in March, which is also a celebration of “Women in History” month. To nominate a woman making history in Otsego County, please submit a nomination form to AAUW Gaylord Area Branch, Attn: Renee Elias, P.O. Box 1455, Gaylord, MI 49734 or email the nomination form to relias@rocketmail.com.  Nomination forms are also available at Oliver Chiropractic. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 11, 2022.

Janice C. Lampert, who moved to Gaylord in 1985, is the most recent recipient.  Since then, Janice has connected people and organizations in the arts, in athletics, in philanthropy, and in economic development. Other past recipients include the late Cynthia Sparks, the late Marjorie Ward, the late Duane Weiss, the late Betty Crook, Patricia Nelson, the late Shirley Bates, Margaret Albert, Phyllis Kelly-Gill, Gladys Solokis, Mary Seger, Bonnie Vance, Sharon Wyrembelski, Alma Harrison, Judy Estelle, Judge Patricia Morse, Dr. Karen Koby-Olson, Sharon Regan-Brown, the late Margorie Leonard, Bea Kelly, Patricia Osburn, Betsy Hogan Sanders, Jill Miner, Pegi Jenkins, Cynthia Gill Pushman, Maureen Derenzy, the late Kandus Schalter, and Rosie Warner.

Tech Savvy Save the Date: April 23, 2022

Tech Savvy is scheduled for Saturday, April, 23 2022. Mark your calendars!

In the meantime, visit the Tech Savvy page for a list of online STEM resources for girls.

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 June, July or December.  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.