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Want to find out more about the American Association of University Women? An informational meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Aurora Health Center, 8400 Washington Ave., east building walk-in clinic entrance.

At the meeting you’ll find out how Racine AAUW carries out its mission and the many study groups and other activities you can take part in. You’ll also have the chance to win a free national membership, a $49 value.

AAUW advances equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Membership is open to anyone holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Make reservations by June 1 by contacting Sherry Babicky at (262) 634-1396 or

For a preview of Racine AAUW, go to or

Scholarships awarded

Earlier this month, Racine AAUW awarded five scholarships and three nonprofit grants.

Janet Wefler of Racine, who is a nontraditional student attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, received a $3,500 scholarship. She is majoring in community education.

Receiving a $2,000 scholarship is Stephanie Besaw of Racine. She attends Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, majoring in music therapy.

Political science and women’s studies are the majors of Annalee Sepanski of Racine. She attends the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and received a $1,000 scholarship.

Jacqueline Pruitt of Racine received a $1,000 scholarship. A student at the University of Minnesota, she majors in family social service with a minor in Spanish.

Also receiving a $1,000 scholarship is Anna Tolle of Kansasville. She attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison and majors in Spanish and minors in environmental studies and Scandinavian studies.

Receiving $500 grants to help women are Racine Vocational Ministry, Family Literacy of Racine and Families in Transition.

Be sure to check our website to find out when the 2014 scholarship information is available. Applicants must be Racine County women who are entering the first or second semester of their junior or senior year at a four-year institution or the second year at a

2-year institution.

Bake sale

Be sure to look for us at the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Aug. 10.

Successful state convention

In April, about 150 people from across the state attended the AAUW-WI convention in Racine where they heard speakers like Edith Arana, plaintiff in Dukes v Wal-Mart; and attorney Jamie Dolkas of the Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco; and Christianne Corbett, a senior AAUW researcher in Washington, D.C., who co-authored “Graduating to a Pay Gap.”

Thank you to the Racine Community Foundation for being a convention sponsor. There are about 2,200 AAUW members in Wisconsin.

Book sale

Thank you to everyone who donated books to and shopped at our used book sale the first two weekends in May. Check to find out the dates of the next sale.

2013-2014 programs

The program committee is already underway planning our programs for 2013-14. Once everything is confirmed, the information will be posted on our website.

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