Welcome to the Greater Rochester Area (NY) Branch!


Time: 5-8 PM

Come one, come all to the GRAB AAUW 2016 Annual Meeting
Where you will hear about:

  • The State of the Branch
  •  The State of the GRAB AAUW Charitable Trust
  •  The Women Helping Girls Program
  •  The Educational Loan Fund
  •  Vote for new 2016-2017 officers and leaders of or our branch
  •  Honor and memorialize those Great Women of our Branch who have passed this year
  •  See “Memories of GRAB AAUW” video
  •  Meet the class of 2016-2017 and more!
  •  Up for elections are several board positions with the nominees. Each position will begin on July 1, 2016 and serve for a two year term.

VP of Program – Barbara Baer
VP for Membership – Stephanie Augonis
VP for Development – Cheryl McKeiver
Corresponding Secretary – Marlene Gordon
Treasurer – TBD
Assistant Treasurer – TBD

Nominations will be taken from the floor at the annual meeting with the written consent of the nominee before hand.

If you are interested in running for one of these positions, or if you would like to nominate someone who has agreed to serve, please call one of us on the Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee is chaired by Stephanie Augonis 585-233-6180. Other members include Gwen Clifton, Lorraine Cappellino, Sharon Clark and Bea McCloud.


  • Grilled Chicken w Artichoke and Lemon
  • Baked Eggplant (vegetarian option)
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto
  • Field Green Salad
  • Chocolate Mousse with Berries


RSVP to Stephanie by Monday, May 23 at (585) 233-6180 or email her at stephanie.augonis@gmail.com, with your dinner selection (meat-chicken or vegetarian-eggplant).

Cost $20, Cash Bar

Note: Special menu price for Annual Meeting.

All reservation costs must be honored. If you need to cancel after Monday, May 23, or if you have RSVP’d and do not show, you are still responsible for the cost of your ticket.


JUNE 2016 — GRAB AAUW Branch Annual Picnic Dinner and Program will be on Thursday, June 9 from 5-8 pm. Cost is $25. Please RSVP to Stephanie Augonis at stephanie.augonis@gmail.com or 585-233-6180.


The 74th annual NYS AAUW Convention took place the weekend of April 15-17, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, NY. GRAB AAUW attendees included Marlene Gordon, Lorraine Cappellino, Vicki Fumia, Marilyn Tedeschi and Stephanie Augonis.

2016 New York State ConventionThe convention included several workshops on Paid Family Leave, Suffrage (100 year Anniversary of the 1917 NYS Amendment for women’s right to vote) and Know Your Legal Rights, as well as up-to-date knowledge and information about current issues.
We are entering a historically important few years. This year is the 100th anniversary of our Branch! The year 2017 marks 100 years of voting rights for women in New York State. We and women across the country are planning a huge celebration for the year 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US constitution, granting voting rights to women across our nation.

GRAB AAUW won many categories at the 2016 New York State Convention, including the following:

• AAUW Women on the Move
• Achieving Women’s Economic Justice
• Public Policy VP’s 2016 special Leadership Recognition Award – Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan
• Emerging Leader – Cheryl McKeiver
• Community & Visibility Awards – Website Awards of Distinction
• Visibility Award – Award of Distinction
• Visibility Award – Awards of Merit
• 2016 Public Policy Awards
• Voter Registration and Education
• Paid Family Leave
• Public Policy Newsletter Recognition
• Newsletter Award of Distinction
• Social Media Award of Excellence
• Eleanor Roosevelt Funds

The 73rd annual NYS AAUW Convention took place the weekend of April 17-19, 2015 in Buffalo. Attendees from branches all over the state participated along with special guests.

Mayor Warren (center) and NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathie Hockul (3rd from left) speaking at NYS AAUW Convention


AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 244 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2014-15 academic year. Due to the long-standing, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide.

Contact: aauw@scholarshipamerica.org
Website: www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/

WHEN WOMEN succeed AMERICA succeeds, Seneca Falls, NY.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 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. GRAB Vision GRAB AAUW Is a World Class lifelong Learning & Teaching Center for all generations of Women & Girls and seen as a key Community Resource and a Driving Force for any and all Women’s Issues in the Greater Rochester Area. GRAB Diversity Statement In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class. AAUW’s Value Promise By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.