Our AAUW Northern Palm Beach County branch is part of a national organization established in 1881 by a small group of female college graduates to encourage other women to pursue higher education. Today the American Association of University Women comprises 170,000 members throughout the country, all holding an associate’s degree or equivalent, or a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree.
- Our mission: Gender equity and economic security.
- Our values: Intersectional. Inclusive. Intergenerational. Empowering.
- Our focus: Economic security. Education. Advocacy.
Our branch was founded in 1959, and draws members from throughout Palm Beach and southern Martin counties and serves the communities of Hobe Sound, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Lake Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Riviera Beach, Stuart, Tequesta, and West Palm Beach.
Were one of 35 branches in Florida and 1,000 nationwide whose programs and activities focus on gender equity through research, education, and advocacy. The programs and projects we undertake are aimed at achieving equity and opening doors of opportunity for women and girls. Through our Charitable Foundation, our branch raises funds for programs to support that mission, both locally and nationally.
Northern Palm Beach County Branch Officers for the 2019-2020 year:
From left, Cheryll Plotkin, Chari Leader Kelly, Jane Wattick, Shirley Koo, Carol Renick, Kris William, Jackie Balaschak, Doris Karlik and Diane Karlik Lynch.
Branch Officers for the 2020-2021 year, unfortunately were not inducted in May with the cancellation of our annual dinner due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They will be recognized at the next possible event. Elected Branch Officers are: Shirley Koo, President; Jane Wattick, Program VP; Carol Renick, Membership VP; Cheryll R Plotkin, Director of Finance, and Wendy R Plotkin, Secretary.
The Charitable Foundation Inc of Northern Palm Beach County AAUW offers scholarships to Palm Beach County women residents who are currently enrolled at a college or university. Applicants must be registered voters and US Citizens. The amount of the scholarships usually ranges from $500 to $1,000. The scholarship application for the 2021-22 academic year is available on the scholarship page of this website. The submission deadline is March 20, 2021. Those selected for scholarships will be notified in May 2021.
The Foundation also raises money for the AAUW Fund that provide fellowships and grants for women needing financial assistance for masters and doctoral studies, the Legal Advocacy Fund which helps women who have been victims of harassment or discrimination and the AAUW Tech Trek Camp for girls entering the 8th grade at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
We support our adopted class of four-year-old students at the Luciano Martinez Hispanic Human Resource Child Development Center. Last year we raised money for cots to be used in the classroom. We also donate books and supplies as well as providing assistance with special activities.
We also support and volunteer at April is For Authors, now called BAM! A Festival Of Books and Music a free one day event to provide children an opportunity to meet, hear talks from, and have their favorite authors autograph books. This is also an opportunity for local teachers, parents, and budding authors of children’s books to meet the authors. The previous event was held on a Saturday in March from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm in and around the Mandel Library at the corner of Dixie and Clematis in downtown West Palm Beach.
We host a Book Study Group, Dinner Club, a Bridge Group and an Out and About Group. Contacts US for details. The Bridge Group meets year round.