Welcome to the Cortland (NY) Branch of AAUW!



AAUW Meeting to be held Wednesday, March 4, at the Elks Lodge in Cortland
Social hour at 5:45 with dinner at 6:15
RSVP to Sara by Feb. 26 at forrestandsara@gmail.com or 607-423-1011
Happy New Year to all. We hope your winter has been tolerable and healthy. For those of you who are away enjoying warmer climates, we miss you and wish you safe travels home!
In order to remain at the Cortland Elks on Groton Ave. with Randy Lewis catering, it was necessary to change our meeting dates. I understand that our branch has met on the first Monday of the month, but when we surveyed members, it seems that the first Wednesday will work for almost all.
We continue with our theme of
Advocating for a Supportive Community
AAUW Cortland new meeting dates:

Wednesday March 4 -Women Role Models

Wednesday, April 1- Advocating in the Community

Wednesday, May 6 – Annual Meeting and StartSmart

Wed., June 3 – Panel discussion on Political Advocacy with a Woman’s Touch

In celebration of March as WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, we will hear from member Janet Ochs who will speak on Women Role Models.


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!


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.