Taunton Area Branch

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About Us

Mission Statement: Advancing Equity for Women and Girls through Advocacy, Education, Philanthropy, and Research.

AAUW is a national organization with a membership of 100,000 and many local and state branches nationwide.

The Taunton Area Branch was established in 1933, growing over the years into a strong branch with over forty members. Members include student affiliate members and honorary life members.

Our programs and activities support and promote the Mission of AAUW.  The branch is affiliated with AAUW-MA.

Meetings & Location

The Taunton Area Branch holds regular meetings monthly from September through May on the second Wednesday of the month unless noted otherwise in the newsletter. Most meetings take place at 7:00pm at The Arbors, 763 County Street, Taunton, Massachusetts, unless noted otherwise under programs.

All branch meetings are open to the public.

The Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Each year, the Branch offers a scholarship to a local woman entering her junior or senior year of college. Criteria include academic performance, motivation, and an expressed commitment to women in the community and in the world.   The Branch-sponsored Women’s History Month Concert in March is the primary fundraiser for the Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship.

This award is named for Mary Anderson (on right), lifetime branch member (d. 2002).

2017 Scholarship Information

2017 Scholarship Application


AAUW is the world’s largest source of fellowship funds exclusively for graduate women students. The scholarships support aspiring scholars around the world, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

The Taunton Branch supports AAUW’s efforts to promote scholarship and equity for women through various fundraising activities, such as our Silent Auction in November, sale of Poinsettia plants in December and the yard sale in June.  These funds support the Educational Fellowships, the Legal Advocacy Fund for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination, and scholarships for undergraduate students from the Taunton Branch area.

2016-2017 Programs


We invite you, your family and friends to join us. All meetings are open to the public.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:00pm, Holiday Inn, Taunton Opening Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr. Sabrina Gentlewarrior, Vice President, Student Success and Diversity Department, Bridgewater State University; Topic: Barriers and Bias.                                                Social at 6:00pm; Dinner at 6:30pm

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:00pm, The Arbors, Taunton
Silent Auction and Soup Supper
Auctioneer: Sue St. Germain; Hospitality Chair: Barbara Balboni
Dinner at 6:00pm. Silent Auction at 7:00pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:00am, Louise Freeman’s Home, Raynham
Holiday Brunch 606 Pleasant Street, Raynham, MA
Guest Speaker: Cady Landa, AAUW American Fellow at Brandeis University;

Topic: Immigrant Integration, Education, and Organizational Theory

Guest Speaker: Lao Dane, International Student, Bridgewater State University

*No meeting in January, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017, Noon, Vicky Casey’s Home, Taunton
Hors d’oevres and dessert; Mystery Auction to Benefit Scholarship
32 Stevens Street, East Taunton

Saturday, March 11, 2017, Noon, Hong Kong City, Broadway, Taunton
Book Review with Lunch
Book for discussion – Sum it Up by Pat Summitt. “A breathtaking autobiography, full of humanity, wit, and fierceness, by a giant among coaches who has transcended American sports”.                                                                    Snow Date: March 18, 2017                     

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:30pm, The Arbors, Taunton
Program: Title IX; Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Mead, Education and Allied Studies Department, Bridgewater State University

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:00pm, Vicky Casey’s Home, Taunton
Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner
32 Stevens Street, East Taunton

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 11:00am, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Taunton
Remarkable Young Women Tea
Speaker: TBD


AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified educational institution.
Students may  become AAUW affiliate members.  We welcome a diverse membership.

For more information about the Taunton Area Branch or general AAUW membership, please contact the Taunton Branch Membership Vice President  Rosemarie Buote at rosemariebuote@aol.com Phone #: 508-669-5069.

2016-2017 Officers and Committee Chairs

President  Cristina Ajemian  cmajemian@aol.com
Membership  Rosemarie Buote rosemariebuote@aol.com
Secretary Vicky Casey vcasey@weilsi.us
Treasurer Sue St. Germain rssaint@comcast.net
AAUW Funds (EF) Beryl Domingo beryldomingo@hotmail.com
AAUW Funds (LAF) Laurel McGregor
Local Scholarship Louise Freeman Freemanlou@aol.com
Communications/Newsletter Cris Ajemian cmajemian@aol.com
Public Information  Mary O’Connell maryservatmls@hotmail.com
Hospitality Karen Messing karen.messing@comcast.net
Annual Directory Liz Silvia country.traditions1@verizon.net
Auditor/Finance Carol Ritchie
Bylaws Liz Silvia country.traditions1@verizon.net
Remarkable Young Women Rosemarie Buote, Vicky Casey, June Cooney rosemariebuote@aol.com,



College/University Bridgewater State University & Massasoit Community College



Editor: Cris Ajemian

Newsletters are published monthly from September through May and the Summer Newsletter comes out in August. Articles and member updates for the newsletters should be submitted to Valerie prior to deadlines listed in the Year Book.

Newsletter Deadline: 17th of the month