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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.