State Awards

AAUW-PA has established several awards to honor the contributions made by individuals and branches in the state each year.

Individuals, groups and/or branches are recognized at the AAUW-PA Annual Meeting, and are included in the AAUW-PA Annual Yearbook.

AAUW-PA 2016-2017 Awards and Recognitions

Outstanding Woman 2016-2017

Outstanding Woman is awarded to a member of a branch for meritorious service to the branch and to the community. The 2016-2017 Outstanding Woman aware recipients are:

  • Leslie Lojko, Allentown
  • Ann Niemann, Beaver Valley
  • Susan McNamara, Bethlehem
  • Susan Hughes, Bradford
  • Ann Pehle, Carlisle
  • Barbara Ford, Doylestown
  • Ann Mosakowski, Eastern Delaware County
  • Karen Hickey and Terry Thomas, Easton
  • Meredyth Leahy, Erie
  • Hospitality Committee Jackie Hamilton, Darlene Hogg, and Betsy Shaw, Fox Chapel Area
  • Mary Lou McDowell, Harrisburg
  • Diane Duntley, Indiana County
  • Paulette Solomon, Johnstown
  • Sue Ellen Masty, Lansdale
  • Linda Koch, Lock Haven
  • Doris Kramer, Makefield Area
  • Susan Banerjee, Ph.D. and Peggy Schmiedecke, North Hills Pittsburgh
  • Ellen Hemmerich Phillips, Pocono Area
  • Carolyn Seidel, Reading
  • AAUW State College Centennial Committee, State college
  • Sharon Gurak, Valley Forge
  • Newsletter Editors Toni Gorkin, Norma George, Nancy Rumfield, West Chester-Chester County
  • Betty Hooker, York

Member Making a Difference Award 2016-2017

The Member Making a Difference Award is given to someone who made a big difference in something important to the branch within the last year. The 2016-2017 Member Making a Difference award recipients are:

  • Bonnie Keller and Peggy Tyson, Allentown
  • Fran Colafella, Beaver Valley
  • Shelley Speirs, Bethlehem
  • Terri Leven, Bradford
  • Mary Jo Buckwalter, Doylestown
  • Karol D’Huyvetters, Easton
  • Katherine Felion, Erie
  • Lindsay Bond Totten, Fox Chapel Area
  • Phyllis Crosby, Harrisburg
  • Charlotte Manges, Indiana County
  • Judy Petrusic, Johnstown
  • Pam Daveler, Lansdale
  • Susan Rimby, Lock Haven
  • Eileen Heitman, Makefield Area
  • Joan Killinger and Sina Murphy, North Hills Pittsburgh
  • Donna Sartain, Reading
  • Cindy Hall, State College
  • Susan Norris, Valley Forge
  • Sue Zitnick, York

AAUW-PA Special Honorees 2016-2017

Karen Graziano – Karen Graziano has been a member of AAUW for 42 years since 1975. During that time, she held many positions and was instrumental in helping settle a Vietnamese family in Hazleton after the Vietnam War, instituted a Women’s Aid Center for abused women, helped start an ongoing successful book club, which includes members and non-members, and promoted and worked at registering Hazleton Penn State students in the last three presidential elections. In her professional career, she taught school for 25 years and has given her talent to the YWCA board, volunteered for the Red cross, and started a GED program for US Marines in Morocco who dropped out of high school. Most of all, our Hazleton Branch is indebted to her for keeping us going by being our president, calling meetings, and inspiring us to stay active and involved in programs that aid women and the community. Without her, we would not have a Hazleton AAUW Branch.

Judith Benz – This year, as the new finance officer Judith moved us into the electronic age and then began to motivate branch public policy action, collaboration with new groups, and membership growth among young professionals; the branch is much more vital because of her efforts.

Gateway to Equity 2016-2017

This branch award recognizes someone in the community who has advanced equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, or research. The award is traditionally given on Marcy 8, International Women’s Day. The recipients and the branches honoring them for 2016-2017 are:

  • PathWays PA, AAUW-PA
  • The League of Women Voters of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown
  • Carnegie Science Center, Beaver Valley
  • Benita Draper, Principal Lincoln Elementary, Bethlehem
  • Holly Spittler, Associate Dean University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford
  • YWCA Carlisle, Carlisle
  • Dickinson College AAUW Student Organization, Carlisle
  • Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc., Doylestown
  • Bonnie Winfield, Lafayette College, Easton
  • Shirl Regan, President/CEO Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel Area
  • Rachel Levine, MD, Penn State College of Medicine, Harrisburg
  • Francine Cashaw, AmeriCorps Tutor, Johnstown
  • Holle Canatella and Katherine Ely, 2016 report Analysis of Domestic Violence Service in Rural Pennsylvania, Lock Haven
  • Maria Searcy, Northside Parent Action Council, North Hills Pittsburgh
  • Penn State Commission for Women, State College

Legacy Circle Members in Pennsylvania

  • Arlene Butts-Umstead, Pottstown Area
  • Joan Comer, Lansdale
  • Ruth Damsker, Lansdale
  • Majorie Weick Dunaway, State College
  • Dorothy F. Goodman, Anthracite
  • Elizabeth D. Klopp, Lansdale
  • Dorothy McLane, Lansdale
  • Marjorie M. Mowery, Carlisle
  • Susan K. Nenstiel, Allentown
  • Frances C. Nyce, National Member
  • Ann Pehle, Carlisle
  • Jo Ann Piotrowski, York
  • Linda L. Robbins, Allentown
  • Sue A. Zitnick, York

Outstanding Woman Award
The Outstanding Woman Award is given to a member of the branch for meritorious service to the branch and to the community.

Member Making a Difference Award
The Member Making a Difference Award is the new name for the Branch Spotlight Award. This award is given to a branch member who has made a big difference in something important to the branch within the last year. The branch selects this recipient because she (or he) exemplifies the spirit of AAUW. She may be new to the branch or may be an unsung hero. She need not be a branch officer or committee chair.

Branch Highlights
Branches are asked to submit a paragraph of their top 1-2 (no more) highlights of the past year, with a photo of that activity.

Gateway to Equity Award
Honors individuals, or organizations that have shown by action and philosophy that they advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, or research.