About

AAUW is the American Association of University Women. The purpose of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

This website is for the AAUW Springfield, IL Branch which is an affiliate of AAUW. As an affiliate we promote equity, education, and development of opportunities for women and girls that enable them to realize their full potential. We are one of the largest and most active branches in Illinois with approximately 200 members.

You may read our bylaws here.

2020-2021 Board Members

  • Co-Presidents — Amy Green and Becky Grummon
  • Program Co-Vice Presidents  — Pam Hughes and Kathyy Battee-Freeman
  • Membership Vice President  —  Grace Wenz
  • Treasurer — Colleen Stone
  • Recording Secretary — Terri Hempstead
  • Public Policy Co-Directors — Beth Langen and Susan Allen
  • Nominating Committee Chair – Marilyn Lawler
  • AAUW Funds Co-Directors — Meise Fahsl and Cheryl Wycoff
  • Interest Group Coordinator  — Susan Wood
  • Parliamentarian — Marcia Wherry
  • College/University Relations — Rexann Whorton
  • Diversity/International Relations Chair — Deanie Brown
  • Communications Director — TBA
  • Branchline Editor – Lori Cox

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held at 5:15 pm on the first Tuesday of each month (except July). The location of the meeting is available in our monthly Branchline. Any member may attend the board meeting, with prior notice to a Co-President. Chairs may be asked to attend Board meetings for specific reasons. See the Branchline for the date each month.

AAUW Funds

AAUW Funds provide support for recipients as they conduct research, earn degrees, fight gender discrimination, and advance professionally. The AAUW Springfield Branch strongly supports AAUW Funds with proceeds from several annual fundraising events, including a Silent Auction, Mini Book Sale, Quilt Raffle, Illinois Symphony Orchestra performance, Afternoon Tea, and Garage Sale. Near the end of the program year, a Funds Committee meets and recommends to the Branch Board the distribution of the fundraising proceeds among programs that support the AAUW Mission.

Local Scholarships

Over many years the Springfield Branch has established seven local scholarships: four undergraduate and one graduate (nursing) at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), one at St. John’s College (nursing), and one at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC). The schools award the scholarships to students who meet the following criteria: they must be women returning to school in degree programs, and they must live in Sangamon County or in a nearby county without an AAUW branch. The scholarships at UIS and LLCC are now fully endowed. The branch has also awarded funds to help young women attend the AAUW-sponsored National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

Legal Advocacy Fund

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to combat sex discrimination through community and campus outreach programs, a resource library, online advocacy tools, and various research reports. In collaboration with the AAUW Public Policy and Government Relations departments, LAF seeks amicus curiae opportunities in workplace sex discrimination cases. LAF also provides financial support to workplace sex discrimination cases that have the potential to make a difference for all women. LAF fundraisers include a silent auction at the Fall Coffee and an annual garage sale.

Public Policy

Public Policy informs branch members of relevant new or continuing state and federal legislation; encourages branch members to support AAUW’s public policy and to follow bills deemed legislative priorities; and alerts members when input to legislators would be most effective.

Branchline

The Branchline is distributed by e-mail. Members with no e-mail will receive the newsletter by U.S. mail. If you do not receive your newsletter by the first part of the month (August – June), contact Lori Cox (e-mail) or Carol Kerins (U.S. mail). The Branchline deadline is usually the 15th of the month, July through May; the next month’s deadline will be published in each issue. Submit all material in writing by e-mail or mail to the editor, Lori Cox, at aauwbranchline@gmail.com or check your membership directory for a physical address. Material must reach Lori by the deadline in order to be included.