Welcome to the St. Augustine, FL Branch of AAUW!

Advancing Gender Equity through Research, Education and Advocacy

The St. Augustine Branch of the AAUW 

  • Instrumental in the building of the first library in St. Johns County.
  • Spearheaded the formation of Learn to Read in St. Johns County.
  • Established scholarships for students who have completed their first year of college.
  • Initiated a Read-A-Loud Program in local schools.
  • Started STEM Spark, a STEM career event for middle school girls to meet women STEM professionals.
  • Instrumental in supporting three research studies on Women’s Economic Security.
  • As a non-partisan organization, encouraged every citizen to vote.

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     Branch Meetings

 Annual Branch Meeting

Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Coquina Crossing Clubhouse,
4536 Coquina Crossing Dr, Elkton, FL.

    • Recognition of this year’s scholarship winners.
    • Election and installation of new officers.
    • Year-end reports
    • Acknowledgement of three members who were nominated for AAUW Branch Gift Awards.

Prior to the meeting, there will be a light supper for which there is a $12 fee.  Please send your check made out to the branch to Karen Hayes, 361 Hefferon Dr, St. Augustine, 32084.  Karen will send a follow-up email for you to respond  with your choices for a half sub from Publix for the supper.

     Other Events







Human Trafficking Proclamations Sponsored by AAUW St Augustine

HT Proclamations January 22

Left to right – Roxanne Horvath (city commissioner); Kathleen Marquis, AAUW; Barbara Blonder (city commissioner and AAUW member); Inez Stritch-Peel, Betty Griffin Center; Nancy Sikes-Kline (city commissioner); Mayor Tracy Upchurch; and John Valdes, (city commissioner).

On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, AAUW St. Augustine branch members Cathy M, Cathie A, Janet S and Lois L, travelled to Daytona Beach to view the exhibit and statue of Mary McLeod Bethune, which is on display at the Daytona News Journal Building. The exhibit is extremely well done and informative, and all of us highly recommend the experience to other branch members who may be interested in the life and accomplishments of Dr. Bethune, a truly incredible leader and educator.

The exhibit is open until December 12. Our group also visited the Bethune Cookman University campus where we visited Dr. Bethune’s home and gravesite. We ended our field trip with a seafood lunch at a local fish restaurant.



AAUW Women’s Equity Celebration
August 28, 2021
First United Methodist Church, Bunnell, FL

AAUW St. Augustine Branch co-president Karen Hayes and secretary Cathie Altman attended the celebration of Women’s Equality Day 2021 and the 101st anniversary celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, hosted by AAUW Flagler branch in Bunnell, FL.

The branch presented an extremely interesting and informative program with speakers including the female mayors of Bunnell and Flagler Beach and Flagler County judge Andrea Totten.   The branch was also honoring the successful completion of its years long effort to enter an early local women’s activist, Alice Scott Abbott (1856-1920), into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in Tallahassee, FL.  Many branch members created period suffragette dress which they wore to publicize its nomination of Alice Abbott and her unique contributions to women’s suffrage.

The Flagler branch was supported in its efforts by the Flagler County Historical Society, and the two groups formed a strong alliance in their efforts to promote the nomination of Alice Scott Abbott.   The final selection of Ms. Abbott was made by the governor earlier this year, and the plaque honoring her selection was presented to the AAUW Flagler branch co-president Martha Butler and Flagler County Historical Society director, Ed Sharkovits.  In addition, a United States flag that hung over the nation’s capitol in honor of Alice Abbott’s induction was also presented to Flagler AAUW.

The program concluded with a lovely lunch served in the social room of this historic church.  AAUW Florida President Patricia DeWitt was in attendance and expressed her appreciation for this excellent program.

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