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 7:00 pm 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).

AAUW Taunton 2018 Scholarship Description

AAUW Taunton 2018 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, the 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.

2017-2018 Programs


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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:00 pm, Holiday Inn, Taunton

Opening Meeting; Guest Speaker: Marilee Kenney Hunt, Bridgewater Town Clerk;

Topic: Nevertheless, She Persisted.

Social at 6:00pm; Dinner at 6:30pm


Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00 pm, The Arbors, Taunton

Silent Auction and Soup Supper

Auctioneer: Sue St. Germain; Hospitality Chair: Barbara Balboni

Dinner at 6:00 pm. Silent Auction at 7:00 pm


Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 am, Louise Freeman’s Home, Raynham

Holiday Brunch 606 Pleasant Street, Raynham, MA

Guest Speakers: Cassandra Devine, AAUW International Fellow at Harvard University; Sheila Winborne, AAUW American Fellow at Northeastern University, Boston.


*No meeting in January 2018


Saturday, February 10, 2018, 11:00 am, Vicky Casey’s Home, Taunton

Mystery Auction to Benefit Scholarship; 32 Stevens Street, East Taunton

Hors d’oeuvre and dessert


Saturday, March 10, 2018, Noon, Hong Kong City, Broadway, Taunton

Book Review with Lunch

Book for discussion – Open Wide the Freedom Gates by Dorothy Height. “A tribute to the legacy of intelligent womanhood … a thought-provoking story about what it takes to enact change and embody the spirit of liberation.”

Snow Date: March 17, 2018 – same time and place.


Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:00 am, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Taunton

Remarkable Young Women Brunch. Speaker: AAUW International or American Fellow


Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6:00 pm, Vicky Casey’s Home, Taunton

Annual Meeting, Election of Officers.

Potluck Dinner, 32 Stevens Street, East Taunton


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 by email or phone (508) 669-5069.

2016-2017 Officers and Committee Chairs

President  Cristina Ajemian  cmajemian@aol.com
Membership  Rosemarie Buote rosemariebuote@aol.com
Secretary Veronica Casey vcasey@holidayinntaunton.com
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 Barbara Balboni BBalboni@bridgew.edu
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