South Shore Area (formerly Hingham Area) Branch

 Serving the South Shore of Massachusetts from Quincy to Plymouth

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November 12, 2019, 7 PM

FRRACS: Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

 Hingham Public Library, Whiton Room

66 Leavitt Street, Hingham (off Route228)

Alice Arena, President of FRRACS, will be speaking on the most recent information about the Compressor Station issue for the South Shore. Spectra Energy, now known as Enbridge, plans to build a 7,700-horsepower Fracked-Gas Compressor Station adjacent to the new Fore River Bridge in North Weymouth, which will adversely affect South Shore residents. “This Compressor Station poses a serious threat to the health, safetyenvironment, and economy of the South Shore.” (

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us for this important topic and its implication for the South Shore.

STEM Conference for Girls in Grades 4-8, October 26

The AAUW South Shore Branch, The Weymouth Public Schools and the DKG-Alpha Iota Chapter will be hosting another STEM Conference for Girls in Grades 4-8.  The Conference will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Weymouth High School.  During the Conference the girls will attend three one-hour workshops.  The Conference is open to any residents of the South Shore area. Contact Lynn Howard for more information.


AAUW advances equity for  women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  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.

We welcome you to join our branch.

The South Shore Area branch of AAUW is the South Shore’s leading advocate for education and equity for all women and girls. We seek and welcome new members from Quincy to Plymouth holding an associate or equivalent or baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution.

The South Shore Area branch of meets monthly from September through May usually on the evening of the second Tuesday of the month at various locations convenient to the wide area covered by our membership.  Our programs relate to AAUW’s mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

We engage in fundraising for AAUW Funds which supports programs such as the Educational Opportunities Fund, the world’s largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women and the Legal Advocacy Fund, which supports the protection of the legal rights of those who are facing discrimination.

2018 NCCWSL Recipients: Paulina and Tiana

For many years our branch funded the Pamela J. Lincoln Recognition Award presented to an female applicant continuing higher education. The 2013 award winner pursued an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (RN program) at Massasoit Community College. In 2014 the branch sent two Bridgewater State University students to the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). In 2018, in partnership with Curry College, the branch sent two Curry College students, Paulina Adams and Tiana Delano, to NCCWSL.  In 2019  two more Curry students were sponsored to attend NCCWSL. Our branch sent Sarah Simmons.

Here is a slide presentation in PDF of Paulina and Tiana’s experience at NCCWSL, 2018 .

Branch members and Kim Churches



The South Shore Area branch also encourages Study and Special Interest Groups. Study Groups may be formed to allow for a more in-depth exploration of a particular topic or for a more informal presentation of a timely topic than might otherwise occur at a branch meeting. Special Interest Groups, open only to our branch members, include book discussion, 2019-2020 Book List), adventures in dining, and a game night. Groups generally meet in homes and are announced in the monthly branch bulletin. Check with Ginny Giordano for information on our current interest group activities.

Lily Ledbetter and Sheila Doherty

We seek and welcome new members among graduates who hold an associate or equivalent or a baccalaureate or higher degree from a college or university.  Undergraduates may join the branch as AAUW student affiliates.  We practice AAUW’s diversity statement:  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. We welcome new members from the South Shore! For more information about how to join,  please contact our Membership Vice Presidents, Gail Saccone, 781 749-9881 or Anne Foley, 781-749-2369. 

2019-2020 Dues Branch dues are $89 annually beginning July 1.  Dues are $59 to the national association, $15 to the state and $15 to the branch.  Dues include subscriptions to the Outlook, the BayStater and the News of Note.  Student affiliates are exempt from branch dues, but must join the national association ($17) and the state ($8).

In honor of our branch’s formation over 50 years ago, here is a  PDF slide show lookinback on AAUW’s in women’s history since 1968.

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Programs and Events 2019-2020

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe South Shore Area Branch is in its 51st year as part of the American Association of University Women.  AAUW members believe in the power of education to change women’s lives. We also recognize that women’s education means not only attaining higher degrees. It also means becoming financially literate, daring to take risks to grow and learn throughout our lives, and to help others both around us and far away from us to reach their potential.Our programs focus on our mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. We hope you will join us at one of our events.  No matter how busy your daily routine is, we think you’ll get something out of our events. You’ll meet like-minded women from the South Shore.  We’ll hear from fascinating speakers on thought-provoking topics.

  Click here for a list of our 2019-2020 branch programs and dates.

For more information about our meeting topics and speakers, please contact Program VP, Ellen Herling . Expand your horizons and potential.  Come to our monthly meetings, bring a neighbor, friend or colleague! Remember, AAUW advances equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research — because equity is still an issue. We look forward to seeing you!

For the branch’s STEM projects, click here or for more information, contact:  Lynn Howard, AAUW South Shore Area Branch STEM Chair at

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Online Voter Registration Tool

Registering to vote just got easier, thanks to the AAUW Action Fund online voter registration tool. Now people can complete the voter registration application online so that all they have to do is print the form and mail it to the address provided.  Click here to get started:

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Branch Officers


Ginny Giordano

Program Vice President

Ellen Herling

Membership Co-Vice Presidents

Gail Saccone and Anne Foley


Sandy Carle

 Recording Secretary

 Lynn Howard

For membership information, please contact Membership VPs, Gail Saccone or Anne Foley.

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