Welcome to the Hagerstown (MD) Branch of AAUW!


AAUW Branch Meeting

Due to the used book sale, no branch meeting is scheduled for April.

The book sale will be held April 26-29 in the gym at The ARC of Washington, 1000 Florida Ave. in Hagerstown. Call Sharon Chirgott:  301-745-1909 or schirgott@msn.com if you haven’t yet signed-up to help.

Help is needed with set up and tear down.


Mark your calendars for:

May 20 branch meeting which will be held at the Fireside Restaurant & Lounge at the Ramada Plaza. Our speaker will be Kelly Wilhelm, who will talk to us about Iceland and its history and culture.

Pre-registration is required and guests are welcome. We will order our own meals from the menu at the Fireside Inn (in the Ramada Plaza Hotel) but we need a firm number for seating in a private area.

Please either call or e-mail Cam by Wednesday, May 17 to make your reservation.

Phone: 301-824-9015

Email: cfcorbin@sbcglobal.net


June 13th for our end of the year picnic at Doub’s Woods.  More details to follow in the May newsletter.

In July, Barbara Irvine is organizing a trip to the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  We will be seeing the play “The Niceties” by Eleanor Burgess (description below) at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.


by Eleanor Burgess

Zoe and Janine are two people who should have a great relationship: both painfully smart, left wing, privileged intellectuals who believe in scholarship, critical thinking and inclusiveness. But instead, they focus on their differences. Janine is a 1960’s liberal—a Gloria Steinem feminist, and a free speech advocate. Zoe is a millennial liberal, and a warrior for equality, —and deeply tired of waiting for progress that has not come. Riddled with smart dialogue that injures, insults, and ignites, this dramatic confrontation forces us to empathize with two vibrant and complicated women. It’s a play that airs the secret things we are afraid to say…

Provided we have a group of at least 10 people, the normal ticket price of $65.00 will be reduced significantly: 10-14 people = $47/ticket; 15-19 people = $42/ticket; 20+ people = $37/ticket.

In addition to seeing the play, we will be treated to a pre- or post-show discussion with a member of the Festival staff, probably Ed Herendeen, Founder and Producing Director.  After the play and discussion we might eat as a group at a local restaurant.

Barbara will also extend this invitation to the Frederick and Garrett County chapters of AAUW. Once the size of our group is determined, Barbara will let everybody know how to contact the Festival box office in order for each person to pay for her tickets individually.

Please get in touch with Barbara ASAP, barbarairvine@barbarairvinemusic.com or (301) 739-0973, if you plan to attend.


Voting for the 2017 AAUW National Election has now begun. Online voting began April 17 and ends June 15. If you can’t or don’t want to vote online, the deadline to request a paper ballot is May 4, and paper ballots must be postmarked by May 29 to be counted. If you know of anyone who needs a paper ballot, they can call 800-326-2289 (or e-mail connect@aauw.org), and give their name, ID# (which Susie and Sheri have and is also located on the back of your Outlook magazine), city and state. You can also access the information on the AAUW website: http://www.aauw.org/resource/national-election/.

The latest issue of Outlook magazine has a complete section with information about the election, candidates for the AAUW Board of Directors, bylaws changes and amendments and other business. Be sure to carefully read the proposed bylaw changes, especially Article IV, Section 2a(1) which proposes to eliminate the degree requirements for individual members.


Facebook Reminder 

For those of you who are on Facebook, don’t forget to check our AAUW Facebook Page for updates and information on upcoming meetings and events. Here is the link to the page:


If you are on Facebook and haven’t “Liked” our page, please do so!!


Important Stuff!

The Nominating Committee will be forming in January, and it would be helpful to have some new blood both on it and on the Board. A select few are doing all the work, and that isn’t healthy for them or for the organization. We are perilously close to having to disband due to lack of volunteers. Please, step forward and offer to give some of your time and expertise. AAUW is a force for good in the community and the country, and it would be a real tragedy to lose our Branch. Unless we can somehow generate more participation, this is a very real possibility. The more people that help out, the easier it is and the healthier our group is.



Discount Card

AAUW members are being offered savings with a discount card from Office Max and Office Depot. To read more about the savings and to print out your discount card, click on the following link: http://www.officediscounts.org/aauw.html


help wanted
We need your help with our programs!
Easy to do, fun too.
Many hands make light work,
and there will be snacks.

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 and girls have a fair chance.

For information on becoming a member, please contact Susan Latimer at:

  • 1015 Matthew Court Hagerstown 21742
  • 301-797-1192

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