Bennington Branch Officers 2018 - 2019

         President: Ruth Botzow 802-447-7717

         Program Chair: Margaret Howland 802-681-7555

         Membership Chair: Claudia Dalton 802-442-3839

To receive an electronic copy of our monthly newsletter 
for members, please contact co-editors: 
Gudrun Hutchins or Dawn Rodrigues.

The branch sponsors two special interest groups.

The Book Group meets at noon on the third Wednesday of the month at the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington. Members bring a bag lunch and beverage. Book Group members select the books they want to read and take turns leading the discussion on each month's selected book. All branch members are invited to become a regular member of the Book Group or to join the discussion at a specific meeting for which they have read the book. 

The Scribble Sisters are a group of members who enjoy writing in a variety of styles and genres from memoirs to poetry. They meet twice a month in members' homes to mentor one another and enjoy the company of other writers. The published their first book Scratchings in June 2018.

AAUW Bennington (VT) Branch

The Bennington (VT) Branch of the American Association of University Women was founded in 1926 and has been in continuous operation ever since. During all of these years, our focus has been on quality education and equity for women and girls in all walks of life. We also maintain a strong interest in our own life-long learning and sponsor public programs or lectures that examine a variety of topics. 

The Bennington (VT) Branch holds two meetings each month on a variety of subjects with invited speakers. The more formal meetings in Bennington or North Bennington are typically held at 7 pm during the week or on Saturday or Sunday afternoon during the winter. The date depends on the speaker's availability. The public is invited to many of these meetings and they are held in a public venue. Public meetings have included our lecture series on international leaders and issues, candidate forums during election years, and speakers on pay equity, civil liberties, and successful aging.

First Mondays meetings are more informal meetings on a variety of subjects and are typically held on the first Monday of the month in a public venue in Arlington or in a member's home. These meetings start at 12:30 with members bringing a sandwich from home. Dessert and beverages are supplied by the hostess for the meeting. First Mondays speakers have included several musicians, local historians, artists, political activists, leaders of other organizations, and branch members. 

Since 2007 the branch has awarded several AAUW Scholarships each year to female non-traditional students living in the greater Bennington area. Most of the recipients are older part-time students who have previously interrupted their education to raise young children or pursue other activities. The scholarships are funded by a theater performances each year, by public and member donations and by more than 20 "silent angels" who anonymously pledge to donate $100 each year. The branch book group initiated a fund to buy textbooks for the scholarship recipients.
AAUW advances equity for women 
and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Group Photo at our 90th Anniversay Luncheon

With Brattleboro Branch Members at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Three long-time branch members
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Presentation of Concurrent Resolution by area legislators 
in honor of our 90th anniversary at our June 2016 picnic.
New Pay Equity Law

Julie Mackaman, past president of the Bennington Branch, recently testified in support of two equal pay bills in the Vermont Legislature. Both bills H.294 and S.275 prohibit an employer from requesting an applicant's salary history prior to a job offer. 

H.294 was passed by both chambers of the Vermont Legislature and signed by the governor on May 11, 2018. The text of Act 126 is posted below.