Florence Schneider is a legendary member of the Ashland Branch who was a generous citizen of the Ashland community. Florence and her husband, Bill, had a dynamic impact on SOU, OSF, and other community programs. Perhaps the most visible signs today are the Schneider Museum of Art and the Schneider Children’s Center.
As a strong proponent and lifetime member of AAUW, Florence received our Outstanding Member Award in 1988 and 1989. In 1990 she was an Educational Foundation Named Grant honoree. In the Ashland Branch, Florence is most remembered as an active recruiter and mentor for new members, especially younger women. As one of her recruits, Joan Thorndike said, “Florence . . . forced us to keep learning, she pushed each of us beyond what seemed comfortable, she acted as an unbeatable role model, she expected us to question, and she expected us to show up and contribute.” Many of our members have stories of the impact this energetic woman had on their lives, a woman who passionately believed that AAUW should be an important part of every educated woman’s life.
The Florence Schneider Award
In honor of Florence Schneider, the Ashland Branch established the Award in 2000 after Florence’s death in December 1999. The Florence Schneider Award is given to a member in recognition of leadership and outstanding long service to the Branch and the community. Each year a committee of past recipients selects, from nominations by the membership, a member who best exemplifies the following values drawn from the life of this remarkable woman:
- Longstanding service to and loyal member of AAUW
- Commitment to AAUW’s goals of lifelong education, equity for women and girls, and positive societal change
- Serving as a strong mentor for strong women
- Sharing personal talents in a thoughtful and deliberate manner.
|2000||Norma Curtis, Betty Lou Dunlop|
Named-Grant Honorees are named in recognition of meritorious service to the Branch. The EF raises funds to give women postgraduate opportunities that benefit the state and world communities.
The Named-Grant Honorees since 1990 are:
|1992||Jackie Carrau, Helen Seiber|
|1994||Sara Walker, Jan Waitt, Laura Patton, Claire Carroll|
|1995||Norma Curtis, Gayle Titus|
|1997||Bettie Henry, Martha McIntyre|
|1998||Joanne Soued, Ann Stein, Melinda Biskup, Ionemary Meyer (in memoriam)|
|1999||Barbara Berry, Diana Quirk, Jody Sorenson, State Pres. Alice Bartelt|
|2000||Ruth Farwell (in memoriam), Ed Perkins, Helen Seiber, Jan Waitt, Marian Watt, Janet Williams|
|2001||John Adams, Jean Conger, Mary Ferrari|
|2002||Kathy Griffin, Mary Jo Owens, Eleanore Perkins|
|2003||Suzanne Duncan, Suzanne Witucki|
|2004||Pat Brewer, Joyce Jarvis|
|2005||Mary Catherine Davalos, Susan Rust, Margaret Scarborough, Judith Spelman, Vivian Stubblefield|
|2006||Carryl Breon, Elizabeth Murphy, Diane Novak, Kay Johnson, June Poe|
|2007||Cheryl Goldman, Annette Lewis, Carol Lee Rogers|
|2008||Maureen Battistella, Ginny Dugan|
|2009||Sherri Morgan, Rae Otto, Charlotte Abernathy|
|2011||Bessie Azari; Sandra Coyner; Sherri Morgan and Jan Waitt|
|2012||Chris Donchin, Karen Hueston, Helen Rosen, Mimi Pippel, Rosemary Adalian|
|2014||Mimi Pippel, Karen Spence, Elaine Sweet|
|2015||Sunny Anderson, Gretchen King, Linda Lipkind|
|2016||Priscilla Arnold, Regina Ayars, Wanda Chin, Sandra Coyner, Christine Fernlund, Nancy Kramarenko, Alice Mallory|
|2017||Phylllis Fernlund, Carol Ryan, Kori Calvert, Pat Brewer, Elaine Hamlin, Saundra Theis|
The Women of History award was initiated in 2009 to honor long-time women members who have made substantial contributions to the branch.
2009 Doris Mannion
The Presidents’ Recognition Award was presented to Bessie Azari in 2013 for her willingness to mentor, support, encourage and inspire two new presidents.
Advocacy for Women: Gretchen King, in 2013, for her book sales project to support Dunn House and WIN.
Social Networking: Liz Murphy for her efforts to connect women with information and community
Community Involvement: Chris Donchin for her successful implementation of $$$ 4 Scholars.
Kathy Brandon and Sunny Anderson each received the Past President’s pin in recognition of their dedicated leadership of our Branch in 2012–2013.
Bessie Azari and Sandra Coyner were each given a Past President’s pin for leading our Branch for two years. Sandra served on the Leadership Team 2009–2011, and Bessie served 2010–2012.