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The Gaffney Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will celebrate its 90th anniversary Monday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Harvey S. Peeler Jr Academic Building on the Gaffney Campus of Spartanburg Community College.
Gaffney’s AAUW came into being in the fall of 1927. Founded primarily through the efforts of the women faculty at Limestone College, it was the sixth branch to be organized in South Carolina. The ten founding members believed it was important for educated women to continue to grow intellectually and to use their intellect for the betterment of their community and country. The founding members thought it was equally important for a college town to have an AAUW branch and for a college to be associated with an AAUW organization. From its official beginnings in 1881, AAUW has stood for advancing women’s opportunities in higher education through grants, scholarships, and fellowships.
Three of AAUW’s large, decorative banners that represented South Carolina at national conventions will be on display in the lobby of the Peeler Academic Building during the month of October. They were created by Gaffney member, Sara Setzer. Against this background, members and guests will be entertained with recollections of significant events by eleven past presidents of the Gaffney Branch.
“We have requested that all presidents limit their presentations to two minutes each,” President Beth Swanger has assured members and guests.
The current state president, Carol Temple, plans to attend and bring greetings from the state. She may speak briefly about the upcoming year.
“Of course the evening will conclude with refreshments consisting of a celebratory cake and punch,” Swanger added.
Anyone with a degree from an accredited college, either two or four-year, is eligible for membership in AAUW. For additional information about the organization, please call the membership chairman at 864-488-7591 or 864-489- 9817.