Welcome to the Cortland (NY) Branch of AAUW!


Our branch has tentative meetings planned for the first Wednesdays in the month at 7 pm

The April meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 pm. This will be our annual business meeting. 


Celebrating our Early History

During our annual meeting on April 30, 2018 we recognized 3 members, Sandra Decker, Grace Bentley, and Joan Johnson, who have been part of our organization since the beginning and were instrumental in getting the Cortland branch started back in the early 60s. Pictured are Grace and Joan with Cortland Branch President Sheila Cohen. Sandra could not attend but flowers were delivered to her as well. Thank you to all of those who paved the way. It was not an easy process as this AAUW Historical Timeline, compiled by Branch Historian Jan Dempsey, will point out.

October 24, 2019 – We are sad to report that one of our founding members, Grace Bentley (pictured below on the left) passed away on October 23, 2019, one day short of her 100th birthday. She was a very special person and an inspiration to us all. RIP, Grace!


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