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Welcome to the AAUW Crystal Lake Area (IL) Branch!

The mission of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is bold –
to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.  

We are tenacious and trailblazing – advocating for women and girls since 1881 and into the future!

The Crystal Lake Area branch was organized in 1957 and is one of 38 branches in Illinois.

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Celebrating Our 65th Anniversary!

AAUW Crystal Lake Area (IL) Branch celebrated it’s 65th anniversary on Monday, April 4, 2022. The Branch was charted as a branch of the AAUW on April 24, 1957 and is one of 35 branches in Illinois. During the anniversary event, the Branch honored founding members and celebrated members with significant anniversaries.  Joan Hoppe, one of the original founders, joined us in our time together.  The special program featured public speaker and entertainer Martina Mathisen who presented re-enactments of Women in History.

AAUW Crystal Lake Branch Members (from left to right) Donna Furst, Kathy Stone, Sandy Moser and Marion Neiswander

In September 1956, Mrs. Arthur Dion of Crystal Lake and Mrs. Charles Ackley of Barrington, members of the Illinois State Division, AAUW, membership committee, met to discuss the possibility of forming AAUW branches in this area. In response to an invitation in the Crystal Lake newspaper, approximately 20 women college graduates met in November 1956 at the home of Mrs. Arthur Dion. Few of these women were acquainted with one another or with AAUW. Still, a unanimous desire was expressed to form a Crystal Lake Branch of AAUW, and temporary officers were elected.

We celebrate our members with 50+ years as a member of the AAUW Crystal Lake Branch:
Kathleen Dalton
Cynthia Denny
Velma Dysart
Connie Frerichs
Joan Hoppe
Marian Michaels
Elaine Otis
Peggy Quick

Crystal Lake Branch Earns AAUW 5 Star Program Award

AAUW’s Five-Star National Recognition Program rewards affiliates (states, branches and other organizations) for aligning their work with the AAUW strategic plan and other initiatives that foster the organization’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls.

In 2021, AAUW awarded Crystal Lake Area Branch 5 stars for the Programs, Communications & External Relations, Public Policy & Research, Advancement, and Governance & Sustainability areas of AAUW’s national 5 Star Recognition Program.

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