Welcome to the Hagerstown (MD) Branch of AAUW!


Scholarship Recipients-

Please be sure to join us at the picnic on June 13 as we honor this year’s scholarship recipients. Scholarships were awarded to 5 returning students who met our criteria. They are:

Sophia Bartell: Mount St. Mary’s University

Shabree Brown: Towson University

Mary Kinman: Towson University

Samantha Kreps: Stevenson University

Cassandra Muir: Temple University

Congratulations to our winners!


Voting for the 2017 AAUW National Election has now begun. Online voting began April 17 and ends June 15.

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.



Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 13 for our end of the year picnic at Doubs Woods Park- South Pavilion.  It will start at 6:00 p.m.   Come and share in the celebration and meet this year’s scholarship recipients who will be our guests at the picnic.

The menu is:  AC&T fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, beverages and desert.  The cost is $10.00.

Make your reservation with a check to AAUW Hagerstown, send to Susan Latimer at 1015 Matthew Ct., Hagerstown MD 21742 by June 7.  You may also email Susan at her NEW email address:  chusie47@gmail.com and bring your check to the picnic.

Please bring IDEAS for programs for the coming year! We will have a list for ideas & your name. We hope you will be willing to serve on the Program Committee & join us, in July, for our planning meeting.

This will also be a great time to renew your membership; bring your dues in the amount of $72, or $23 for life members, along with the membership renewal form to be found in this newsletter.

Guests are welcomed and encouraged!


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.


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 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

For change requests to the Site, please contact the Web Mistress: susanlily@hotmail.com