1970 – 1980

Term: 1969-1971
President: Anne Widerstrom of Wildwood Crest
• Intense lobbying for County Library with press releases featuring AAUW activism in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Bulletin. Garnered 4,000 signatures on petitions presented to the Board of Freeholders. Organized demonstration outside Freeholder office. They were successful!
• Sponsored countywide poster contest for sixth grade students on “Pollution and Population” in honor of Earth Day April 22, 1970
• Sponsored first used book sale in July of 1970 in Ocean City
• Donated set of filmstrips on the environment to A/V Aids Center in Cape May Court House.
• Environmental issues were highlighted with a forum at a monthly meeting, followed by four sewerage disposal study meetings. A final recommendation was present to the Freeholders by the branch President of AAUW in the form of a resolution asking for use of an ocean outfall system of sewage disposal. The Gazette commended AAUW for its activism on this issue.
• Fundraising activities included a New York City theater party trip to see “Promenade.”

Term: 1971-1973
President: Karalee Corson of Petersburg
Members: 42
1st Vice President: Lynne Gauck
2nd Vice President: Nancy Ginther
Corresponding Secretary: Jean Serber
Recording Secretary: Kathleen Lucas
Treasurer: Alice Brown

• Ecological concerns were a major focus. AAUW worked against location of a deepwater oil port off the coast of Cape May
Term: 1973-1974
President: Nancy Trauger of Ocean City
• Study topics for the year were “Women: Searching for Self” and “Dynamics Learning: Release Human Potential”
• Bylaws amended to one term for president
Term: 1974-1975
President: Lynne Gauck
Members: 40

• Renewed interest in membership
• First joint dinner meeting with Atlantic City Branch at Mac’s Restaurant in Somers Point
• Expressed concern to be more active in community affairs – AAUW nominee to County Planning Board, Karalee Corson, was the first woman to be named to the Board

Term: 1975-1976
President: Grace Jaunakais of Wildwood Crest
Members: 36

1st Vice President: Harriet Reardon
2nd Vice President: Elizabeth MacGregor
Corresponding Secretary: Margaret Lewis
Recording Secretary: Kathleen Lucas
Treasurer: Joan Chapman

• Initiated “Science in a Shoebox” project whereby elementary level science kits supplied by AAUW members were on loan at local libraries.
• Membership tea at Wetlands Institute
• Film presentation of “Why Man Creates” at Cape May County Library
• Sponsored a musical program featuring Helena Bew at St. Simeon’s Church in North Wildwood
• Bus trip to Longwood Gardens as a fundraiser
• Covered dish supper to work on special projects
• Cultural Holiday Exchange/Cookie Exchange at Harriet Reardon’s house
• Bicentennial Program
• Slide show presentation on the History of Cape May County at the County Library
Term: 1976-1977
President: Harriet Reardon of Sea Isle City
Members: 72

1st Vice President: Ruth Young
2nd Vice President: Louise Zerby
Corresponding Secretary: Margaret Lewis
Recording Secretary: Harriet Barnes
Treasurer: Jane Culbertson
• The Bicentennial Research Committee recommended two women in Cape May County to be included in the AAUW Bicentennial Record of outstanding American Women – Rebecca Stillwell Willets and Sara Stillwell Griffin.
• A panel on solar energy was featured in The Press of AC; over 80 people attended
• Sponsored a bus trip to Duke Gardens
• Membership tea at Jane Culbertson’s house
• Tour of Cape May County Museum
• Annual Cookie Exchange at Emma Warren
• Christmas Dinner at Tuckahoe Inn
• Film presentation of “Teachers Make a Difference” at County Library
• Slide show presentation on “Life in Malaysia” at County Library
• Speaker panel on Energy Sources of the Future at the County Library
• Speaker presentation on Know Your State at the County Library
• Annual Installation of Officers dinner

Term: 1977-1978
President: Ruth Young of Ocean City
Members: 80

• Donated $100 to the County Library for a floor globe.
• Cape May County branch members helped staff an AAUW booth at the NJEA convention in Atlantic City
• Bus trip to Winterthur Museum and Gardens

Term: 1978-1979
President: Laura Spence of Ocean City

• Guest speakers for monthly meetings included the chairman of the Historic District Commission of Cape May City and the Director of Cape May County’s Planning Board
• Bus trip to Philadelphia Museum of Art

Term: 1979-1980
President: Gayle Daniel of Avalon
Members: 79
Program VP: Joan Hogan
Membership VP: Rita Stauffer
Recording Secretary: Emma Warren
Corresponding Secretary: Bettyne Hull
Treasurer: Joyce Archer-Bauer
• First annual Membership Wine and Cheese Meeting held at the Wetlands Institute
• First successful interest groups were formed: Book Group, Bridge, and Archaeological Study Group
• Joint meeting with Atlantic City Branch to hear Dr. Anthony Campolo speak on “Families Facing Change”
• Bus trip to Pennsbury Manor