Florence Schneider was a legendary member of the Ashland Branch who was a generous citizen of the Ashland community. The Schneider Museum of Art was made possible by a gift from Florence and her husband, Bill. Florence received her PhD from Bryn Mawr and was a lifetime member of AAUW. She was an active recruiter and mentor for new members, pushing them to take on leadership roles and to extend themselves beyond what seemed comfortable. She passionately believed that AAUW should be an important part of every educated woman’s life.The Ashland Branch established the Florence Schneider Award in 2000 after her death in 1999. NYT obituary The Award is given to a member in recognition of leadership and outstanding long service to the Branch and the community. A committee of past recipients annually selects a member who exemplifies the values that Florence personified:
- 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.
Pam Shay was honored at the May branch meeting with the annual Florence Schneider award. Florence Schneider, now deceased, was a long-time dedicated member of Ashland AAUW known as an active recruiter and mentor for new members. Pam has served on the board as a member-at-large, as co-president for two years, as a section leader for the 2019 Upscale Sale, and as the current co-chair of this year’s sale. She led our branch to receive national 5-star recognition, organized the 2019 lobby day in Salem, and spearheaded our nomination and succession plans. Pam currently serves as the South District State Representative. Pam clearly exemplifies the values of Florence Schneider’s life, commitment to positive changes to society and equity for women and girls. AAUW Ashland is so very fortunate to have Pam among our members and we all congratulate her on this well-deserved award.
Florence Schneider Award Recipients
2022 Pam Shay
2021 Gretchen King
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|
|2018||Tricia Acheatel, Priscilla Arnold, Jean Conger, Margaret Humphrey, Katharine Lang, Annette Lewis, Marty Lemky, Peggy Moore, Sylvia Whitman, Kate Wolf-Pizor|
|Bessie Azari and Paula Wiiken
Anne Ainesworth, Karen Heuston, Sandy Burd, Wanda Chin, Ellen Fowler, Katharine Lang, Chris Licata, Kathleen Mackris, Carol Ryan, Janet Troy
Sylvia Whitman, Maureen Wilson-Jarrard, Ellen Fowler, Pat Brewer, Elaine Sweet, Chris Licata, Alice Mallory, Ann Bard, Regina Ayars, Sonja Friedman, Julie Benezet, Mary Renard
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.