Past Annual Meeting Locations

2016         Tannersville, Chateau Resort & Conference Center
2015         State College, Ramada Conference and Golf Hotel
2014         Gettysburg, Wyndham Gettysburg
2013         State College, Toftrees Golf Resort
2012         Pittsburgh, Double Tree by Hilton
2011         State College, Days Inn Penn State
2010         Carlisle, Hotel Carlisle (The Embers)
2009         Lewisburg, Country Cupboard ***
2008         Exton, Inn at Chester Springs
2007         Scranton, The Hilton-Scranton
2006         Johnstown, Downtown Holiday Inn
2005         Grantville, Holiday Inn
2004         Valley Forge, Radisson Hotel
2003         State College, Penn Stater
2002         Pittsburgh, Sheraton North
2001         York, Heritage Hills
2000         Allentown, Hilton
1999         Erie, Bel-Aire Hotel
1998         The Penn Stater
1997         The Penn State Scanticon Conference Center
1996         Valley Forge, Sheraton
1995         Harrisburg, Hilton
1994         Pittsburgh, Greentree Marriott
1993         Reading, Sheraton Berkshire
1992         State College, Days Inn
1991         Seven Springs
1990         Tamiment, Poconos
1989         Slippery Rock University
1988         York College, York
1987         Muhlenberg College, Allentown
1986         University Park, Penn State
1985         Lycoming College, Williamsport
1984         Chatham College, Pittsburgh
1983         Rosemont College, Philadelphia
1982         Lock Haven State College
1981         Behrend PSU Campus, Erie
1980         Bloomsburg State College
1979         Lafayette College, Easton
1978         Lancaster
1977         Altoona Campus, Penn State
1976         Valley Forge
1975         Monroeville
1974         Allentown
1973         Williamsport
1972         Villa Marie College, Erie
1971         Harrisburg
1970         Pittsburgh
1969         Reading
1968         State College
1967         Bethlehem
1966         Gettysburg
1965         Johnstown
1964         Beaver College, Philadelphia
1963         Altoona
1962         Allentown
1961         Hershey
1960         Philadelphia
1959         Pittsburgh
1958         Williamsport
1957         Wilkes-Barre
1956         State College
1955         Harrisburg
1954         Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphis
1953         Pittsburgh
1952         Bethlehem
1951         Atlantic City **
1950         Hazelton
1949         Easton
1948         Erie
1947         Altoona
1946         State College
1945         Harrisburg
1944         Reading
1943         Harrisburg
1942         Chambersburg
1941         Wilkes-Barre
1940         Pittsburgh
1939         Bethlehem
1936         Harrisburg *
1934         State College *
1932         Wilmington *
1930         Wilkes-Barre *
1929         Pittsburgh *
1926         Philadelphia *
1924         Philadelphia *

*     Pennsylvania – Delaware Division
**   Preceding Association Convention
*** Annual Meeting

2016 Annual State Meeting Recap

AAUW-PA 87th Annual Meeting
April 15-17, 2016
Chateau Resort & Conference Center

Women’s Leadership in Action

The AAUW-PA annual meeting was attended by approximately 85 members, speakers and student affiliates. Twenty-seven of the State’s 40 Branches were represented. Activities on Friday evening included a book discussion, a presentation of the award winning Cheyney University Campus Action Project and a Town Hall Meeting with Cordy Galligan, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at National.

Saturday’s schedule was very full. Board member, Linda Robbins, discussed how to maintain archives followed by Cordy Galligan’s advice on how to market your Branch. President, Dot McLane, conducted the Annual Business Meeting. Dr. Catherine Hill, Vice President for Research at AAUW, shared her findings from her latest report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership. Attendees were treated to a special theater experience during lunch as several Board members presented The Talbot Story, a play about the founding of AAUW.

Afternoon workshops included a panel of several Student Organization Advisors addressing core issues of What? How? Why? Peg Pennepacker, State College member, explained Title IX. Policy Chairs, Susan McNamara and Toni Hoffman, reviewed Get Out the Vote: Toolkit to Turn-out. A panel of student affiliates shared their campus agendas and how they carry out the AAUW Mission. The District meetings (East, Central, West) were followed by the Awards Presentation program that recognized outstanding efforts by various Branches. Dinner speaker Heather Mason, an AAUW Legal Advocacy plaintiff, shared her journey as she sought legal justice for discrimination in the workplace. A special opportunity for networking over dessert concluded the day’s activities.

The Sunday morning program began with a power point presentation by Susan McNamara and Tony Hoffman that celebrated the Public Policy Impact Grant and the many accomplishments throughout this past year. Cordy Galligan provided an AAUW National Update and installed newly elected officers, Dot McLane, President, and Sandy M. Homel, Vice President for two-year terms.

Several activities were designed to benefit the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund that included morning yoga and hiking as well as a silent auction. Attendees bid on baskets donated by individuals and branches along with two signed books.

Special thanks to the Program Committee including Sandy M. Homel (Program VP), Rosemary Baker, Patricia Byerly, Susan Donahue, Dot McLane, Linda Robbins (Conference Coordinator), Deb Roney, Connie Schroder, Linda Tozier, Cathy Wieland and Susan Nenstriel (Conference Coordinator).

Resolution Passed
During the business meeting a resolution from York Branch was proposed and was approved by the members.

Resolution on Cyber Charter Schools

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved cyber charter schools in 1997, and their low performance scores rank 48.7% on the State’s 100 points scale compared to public schools’ scores of 78.8%.

And whereas,

The funding for cyber charter schools far exceeds instructional costs; therefore,

Be it resolved that AAUW-PA encourage its branches to educate their members and the public about the academic, social, and economic impact evolving from the continuance and increase of cyber charter schools as this vitally affects the future level of education for present and future generations of students in Pennsylvania.

NOTE Change in Date of 2016 AAUW-PA 87th Annual Meeting (Convention)
Please note that the date previously set for our state convention 2016, and which is advertised on the back of the 2015 Yearbook, has been changed so as not to interfere with the Passover holiday in 2016. The new date for the meeting is Friday to Sunday April 15, 16 and 17, 2016. Save the date and make sure to join us at the Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville (Poconos) in 2016.


Keynote Speaker – Susan Russell

SusanRussellWhat’s Your Story?

If you had the opportunity to tell one story about yourself, what story would you choose? If you were guaranteed one minute of undivided attention from everyone around you, what would you do with that time? If you were afforded the opportunity to make one change about your working environment, your home environment, or your cultural environment, what would that change be? If change begins with telling a story, why not start telling a tale and see what happens…..only thing is, you have to be willing to listen to everyone else’s tale as well. The process of choosing a story, telling a story, and listening to someone else story is the beginning of community building, and in the search for Dignity, the process of building a community of listeners is where everything begins. So tell me a story……I’m all ears.

Susan Russell is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre at Penn State. Following a 25-year career as a professional actor, she earned her PhD in Theatre from Florida State in 2007, and is a published playwright and author. Susan was honored in 2012 with the Penn State Commission For Women’s Faculty Award for her work on women’s issues. As the 2014-15 Penn State Laureate, she has taken her “Dignity Tour” ( to Penn State campuses, high schools and other locations to explore how language can bridge communication gaps between diverse cultures and disciplines.

AAUW National Update — Eileen Hartmann

EileenHartmannEileen Hartmann is currently serving her first term on the AAUW National Board of Directors. Most recently, she served as the Field Experience Coordinator in the Education Department at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY. She has held many volunteer leadership posts in AAUW in both New York State and California.

Workshop Sessions

ShobaWadhaHuman Trafficking – Shoba Wadha
Dr. Shoba Wadhia is a Clinical Professor of Law at the Center for Immigrant Rights, Penn State Law. She is the founder/director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights, and a nationally recognized scholar of immigration law. Dr. Wadhia’s research focus is on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law.

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2015 Pennslyvania Annual Meeting Photo Memories

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