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“Be the Key” Event

Twelve AAUW members attended the Decade to Doorways “Be the Key” cocktail reception at the Downingtown Country Club, either as helpers and/or participants, learning more about the homeless program in Chester County. Three AAUW members greeted participants, and handed out name tags and information packets. In addition to the check-in table, Cathy Palmquist provided floral arrangements and baskets for the response cards, with back-up provided from Carol Barkovsky. Mary Smith and others helped with clean-up after the event. Photos shared with the D2D staff the next day, prompted Dolores Colligen, Assistant Director of the Chester County Department of Community Development, to express appreciation for the AAUW “Super Stars!”  (Note: Decade to Doorways is our branch’s Gateway to Equity project for this year, so members are providing assistance to D2D throughout the year in a variety of activities.)

AAUW Member Wins Award

Cathy Palmquist Named Rotarian of the Year for 2018-2019

AAUW member, Cathy Palmquist, was named Rotarian of the Year for 2018-2019 by the Rotary Club of West Chester at the club’s gala presidential induction at the Chester County Bar Association. A 50+-year member of AAUW, Cathy was presented the award by the Rotary Club president, in which he cited her “for nearly 27 years of capturing the moments of Rotary with her camera, her tireless work promoting the Rotary Club, and in recognition of distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the ideals of Rotary.” The Thursday lunch club, of which Cathy is PR chair,  is the largest and most active of the 54 clubs in District 7450 (Philadelphia to Oxford). Rotary International is the largest service club in the world, with 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs worldwide.

Branch Donates $800 to Laundromat Library League

Laundromat Library League donation

Karen Iacobucci, (left) vice-president of the Laundromat Library League (LLL), accepts an $800 check from AAUW WC-CC Branch Co-president Anne Anderko and co-fundraiser Trish Alfano. The donated funds were raised through the efforts of Anne and Trish, who spearheaded a branch fundraiser last year in which AAUW members collected spare change in their individual piggy
banks throughout the year.

AAUW Walkers – New SIG

Join the AAUW Walkers!  The group meets at the Trestel Bridge Trail…or officially the Brandywine Meadows Trail…off Rt. 322 near Downingtown. Park in the parking lot near the Trestel Bridge. They leave promptly at 9 am…walk as fast and as far as you would like. Lots of talking & laughter…each week they will meet at the bridge. No other emails will be sent out to remind anyone…just show up and be ready to shove off at 9am. on Tuesdays. Don’t worry if you miss a walk just show up the next Tuesday. They don’t walk in the rain or snow..drizzle yes..snow & rain NO!

Recent walk on the East Branch Brandywine Trail in Downingtown

April 11, 2018 Meeting

Our speaker for the April membership meeting is Patty Canterino, who is the Vice President for Student Development and Engagement at Immaculata College. Patricia is responsible for implementing strategic direction and leadership that focuses on enhancing the student experience and quality of life for Immaculata. For the past seventeen years Patty has served Immaculata College in the area of athletics, administration, and student life. She is very well qualified to address the many aspects of Title IX in our society. We look forward to her valuable insights from her varied experiences.

Our program will begin with a brief presentation by our branch member and Pennsylvania State Representative Carolyn Comitta (District 156). Carolyn has been appointed to Governor Wolf’s Commission for Women that is responsible for advising the Governor on policies and legislation that impact women. She will tell us about her work on the Commission and is eager to hear concerns and to seek guidance from our members.

Directions to Grove United Methodist Church, 490 West Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380: From West Chester, take Route 100 North to Boot Road, turn left, and go toward the intersection of Boot Road and Whitford Road. The church is on the left before you reach the intersection. Find additional direction information at or 610-696-2663.

March 2018 Meeting

“Women Wired to Invest”
Margaret M. Todd and Denise Wine
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Grove United Methodist Church
490 West Boot Road, West Chester, PA

Denise Wine and Margaret (Meg) Todd will discuss women’s financial needs and why they matter, tendencies that impact women’s financial decision-making, and actions to help build a secure financial future.
Denise is a financial consultant with Connelly and Moore Wealth Management of Wells Fargo Advisors, and Meg is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Clearing Services. Denise has over 20 years in business/marketing management. Her practice focuses on high-net worth women, couples, family trusts, and foundation work. She is active in the community with the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, Rotary Club of West Chester, March of Dimes Women of Achievement, and the Delaware County SPCA. She attended Colorado Women’s College, Lebanon Valley College, and Wharton School of Business Leadership Program. Meg has over 30 years in financial services. She provides customized wealth management to high-net worth clients, and is passionate about providing financial education to women, empowering them to navigate life’s transitions with confidence. She is a graduate of Bucknell University with a BA in economics, and is active in extracurricular activities with her children.

Refreshments: Bridge Group and Needlework Group

Directions to Grove United Methodist Church, 490 West Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380: From West Chester, take Route 100 North to Boot Road, turn left, and go toward the intersection of Boot Road and Whitford Road. The church is on the left before you reach the intersection. Find additional direction information at or 610-696-2663.

February Brunch and Meeting

February Brunch and Meeting:

“Local Birds, Butterflies, and Other
Creatures that Fly from A to Z”

Bob Pierce, Speaker

Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a delicious brunch, and welcome spring early as Bob Pierce, bird watcher, teacher, and photographer introduces us to flying creatures he has met and photographed in our area. Bob’s background includes an Associate’s Degree in Photography, a BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan University, and an MA in English from West Chester University. He taught in the Downingtown School District for 25 years and was given the Teacher of the Year Award in 2007. That same year Bob was named Coach of the Year for the Chester County Academic Contest. Bob is currently the Recording Secretary for the West Chester Bird Club and an active member of the Birding Club of Delaware County. He has taken trips to Costa Rica, Kenya, Belize, and other fascinating places where he has taken wonderful photographs of birds and animals in their natural habitat. He has presented this program on the “Locals” as well as ones on Kenya and Costa Rica to bird groups and other local organizations in the area. We are delighted to welcome Bob and hear his expertise on our local flying creatures as we take a break from winter and share a wonderful meal.

Branch Members should provide a brunch dish to serve 6 to 8 people. Please provide a serving utensil if one is required.

Needlework Group

Please join us if you would like to join others as we all work individually on various kinds of needlework projects! Some are knitting, some doing quilting or crewelwork, so anything you are doing or would like to learn, we are probably doing some of that!

All meetings are on the first Friday of each month, beginning at 10:30 A.M.