Welcome to the Hagerstown (MD) Branch of AAUW!

Our new bylaws!

In 2016 our national organization sent out a required revision to AAUW’s by-laws which are part of those of our branch. We were required to incorporate those changes, set up by their legal team due to changes in various laws, by January 1, 2017; that action only required approval of our Board of Directors. We decided then to update our own section, which is from Article VIII to the end of the enclosed document. Andi Kautz and Susie Latimer put in a great deal of time and effort and the Board discussed them several times to be sure that everything was done properly.

Here is the final product. Please look them over and if you are not satisfied, contact Cam at cfcorbin@icloud.com or call 301 824-9015. Our membership is required to vote on them, and for the sake of expediency the Board decided that we will only ask for “no” votes. If you are OK with them as presented, you don’t need to do anything. If you object (remember this is Articles VIII through the end only) please speak up. A simple majority will carry the vote and the results will be included in a later newsletter.


Tentative dates and locations for our meeting for the year are:

  • November 18: Children’s Village
  • December 3: Holiday Reception- Cam Corbin- 2:00-5:00 p.m.
  • February 21: Miller House
  • March 24: Founder’s Day
  • April 18-21: Used Book Sale
  • May : Architectural Tour of Hagerstown
  • June 5: Annual Picnic- Black Rock Park- 6:00 p.m.


Field Trip!!

Saturday, October 28

Washington County Ag Education Center 

7303 Sharpsburg Pike

Boonsboro, MD


Farming is the biggest industry in Washington County, and though most of us don’t live on farms it is a part of the heritage of our area that is fascinating.  At the Ag Education Center there is something for everyone. We won’t see it all in one day, but we’ll make a good start!

10am-12 pm: Tour the indoor museum with a terrific guide! We’ll see a general store, apothecary shop, clothing, a Hagerstown bicycle, threshing machine, buggies, butter churn and more. Then, go outside and peek inside the cabins of the village – chapel, general store, blacksmith, etc.

LogisticsMeet at the Ag Center lobby at 9:45 am. Guided tour from there.  Free time after for outside exhibits and buildings.  Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Travel:  About a 30 minute drive from Longmeadow Shopping Center – straight through town and down the Sharpsburg Pike.  Buildings are on the left with a big sign.  Carpooling can be arranged.

(Lunch after: If the weather is nice, we can brown bag and eat in the park. If it is crummy, we can head back to Cracker Barrel. Information TBA on the Wednesday before the field trip.)


Questions and reservations: Marty Amrhein 717-765-8298 or martyonthefarm@gmail.com


Donation Request 

 If you wish to receive your newsletter in the mail, we are requesting a donation of $5.00 per year to help cover the cost of postage, printing and labels. Payment can be sent to Sheri Specht and checks should be made out to Hagerstown AAUW with a note that it is for the newsletter. Many thanks!


Great Decisions

The Great Decisions topics for 2018 have announced as follows:

  • Topic 1: The Waning of Pax Americana?
  • Topic 2: Russia’s Foreign Policy
  • Topic 3: China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation
  • Topic 4: Media and Foreign Policy
  • Topic 5: Turkey: A Partner in Crisis
  • Topic 6: U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
  • Topic 7: South Africa’s Fragile Democracy
  • Topic 8: Global Health: Progress and Challenges

If you are interested in participating in our group discussion, call Sheri -301-432-5912 or e-mail- spechtsf@aol.com.  We meet in member’s homes. You can buy the discussion book of topics at $25. The organization gives a video presentation to each topic and our discussion proceeds from there.

Join us. It’s fun and informative!


7 Tips for Donating Old Books – by Peter Derk

‘I work at two places that accept donations of used books: a library and a bookstore that serves as a front for a non-profit. Okay, the bookstore funds the non-profit. It’s not a “front.” But “front” sounds more crime-y and thrilling.

When spring rolls around, both places are inundated with book donations. Especially now that we’ve all learned the life-saving magic of throwing away a bunch of our b***s****. (Thanks a lot, Marie Kondo. I’ll curse your name as I succumb to the sentient pile of dust mites that comes in with the 150th box of books from someone’s attic).

Donating books is a great thing to do. Most of the time.

The thing is, it can be a big help, it can make your space more calming, but you can also create more work for an organization you set out to help. If you donate books without taking a couple steps first, you can do more harm than good. Which is sort of fun in its own way, and if you wanted to be the Joker, the “let the world burn” person of your local library, I guess this is a relatively good option.

But if you really want to tidy up your life while also benefiting a local organization, here are some steps.”

For more info, see the entire article: https://litreactor.com/columns/7-tips-for-donating-old-books-without-being-a-jerkhttp://


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 would like 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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