1990 – 2000

Term: 1990 -1992
President: GRETA SCHMICKER of North Cape May
Members: 104

Officers: 1990-1991
Past President: Charlotte Todd
Program VP: Pamela Smith & Sue Walton
Membership VP: Kathie Kehm
Recording Secretary: Pat Rosenbaum
Corresponding Secretary: Rina Terry
Treasurer: Pat Bowman

Officers: 1991-1992
Program VP: Felisa Brady
Membership VP: Catherine Kehm
Recording Secretary: Pat Rosenbaum
Corresponding Secretary: Julia Reid
Treasurer: Margaret Caton

• Environmental Awareness Group, Women’s Issues Group, Bridge/Games Group, Theater Group, Dining Out Group, Education Committee
• Support of Vocational School and Community College through letters to elected officials and local newspapers
• Donated to the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation
• Three Second Chance Scholarships of $500 were awarded and $500 was given to AAUW, NJ Division for EFP contribution
• Cultural Calendar in the Newsletter – Vintage Film Festival, Stockton College Programs etc.
• A Phone Tree was established of 12 units each with a Coordinator and 6-8 members for information between meetings and car pooling
• Dinner Meetings with speakers
• Supported Women’s History Month – library displays, radio spotlights on women and a “Real Women” essay contest
• Participated in the League of Women Voters “Candidates Night”
• International Covered Dish Luncheon – featured a Cape May County teacher who participated in the USA-Russia “Hands Across the water” exchange program
• Initiated a Mother/Daughter Teen Choices group that encouraged communication, self-esteem and career awareness
• “Choices for Tomorrow’s Women” breakfast meeting
• Spring Lecture Series at Stockton College
• Fashion Show Luncheon Fund Raiser for the Second Chance Scholarship Fund at the Whitebrier Inn in Avalon
• “Teen Pregnancy in Cape May County” panel discussion
• Trip to Phantom of the Opera
• Champagne Pool Party “Dip & Sit” in August at a member’s home
• NJ Division Conference “Both Sides Now: Women, Long Term Care and the Sandwich Generation” addressing the social and financial issues involved in the rapid growth of the over -65 population
• Washington trip with the Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women for a program “In Our Mother’s Footsteps” about how women have changed history
• Speaker from the AAUW State Office on “Legislation of Interest to Women”
• Board meetings were held at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Building
• Christmas Dinner was at the Bellevue in Cape May Court House
• Round Table Discussion on Women’s Health Issues with coffee and dessert at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension
• Program on “Financial Planning and Investments from a Women’s Point of View”
• Attended a Breakfast Seminar “Short Changing Girls – Short Changing America” held at the Victorian Manor in Edison, NJ sponsored by the Metuchen-Edison AAUW Branch

Term: 1992 -1993
Co- Presidents: Lisa Jurewicz of North Cape May
Phyllis Payne of Avalon
Past President: Greta Schmicker
Program VP: Felisa Brady
Membership VP: Cathie Smith
Recording Secretary: Pam Smith
Corresponding Secretary: Julia Reid
Treasurer: Margaret Caton

• Awarded membership increase award from State AAUW – membership increase of 24%
• Member Marilou Rochford was awarded the Alice Stokes Paul Award
• Started a transportation hotline with a list of members willing to drive others to meetings and events
• National issues for the year were: Pro-Choice and National Health Care
• Expanded the Mother/Daughter Choices Program. AAUW has now trained five facilitators to teach the six-week class. “Choices” is a program for Mothers and Daughters designed to prepare young girls for the decisions they will make as they move into adulthood. Emphasis is on goal planning, problem solving, decision-making and assertive responsible behavior.
• Provided “Diaper Kits” for CARA (Coalition Against Rape and Abuse) for the opening of their first shelter in Cape May County.
• Through the efforts of the Cape May County AAUW branch and other interested citizens, the authorities began the process of establishing a Cape May County Community College
• Started an “Officer Apprenticeship” program from January to May so interested candidates for various offices could “learn the ropes” from existing officers.
• Sent a letter to the four county High Schools supporting the teaching of Abstinence in their Family Life and Health/Sex Education programs.
• The Book Group collected books for the Cape May County Jail inmates
• Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations were involved in our chapter activities
• Educational information about recycling was distributed
• Scholarships were awarded at both local and national levels to designated recipients
• LAF (Legal Aid Foundation) donation was made
• Branch newsletters were shared with other AAUW branches
• Communication among members was facilitated via the phone tree
• Write-ups on our branch appeared in the state AAUW GARDEN STATEMENT newsletter
• Helped with the summer AAUW Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference held at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City
• Chapter members participated in NES (National Election Service) an AAUW fundraising activity
• AAUW State Program: “Greater Expectations: Educating for Gender Equity” at the Sheraton Conference Center in Eatontown, NJ
• International Luncheon – covered dish luncheon at the Cape May County Extension Building. Speaker was a woman who lived in the former Soviet Union for a period of time.
• Program on “Health Care in America” at a luncheon at the Old Grange Restaurant in Cold Spring Village
• AAUW Christmas Dinner (evening) at the Bellevue Tavern in Cape May Court House
• Book Group had a lunch at Careme’s Restaurant of the Atlantic County Community College School of Culinary Arts
• AAUW Executive Board Meetings were held in the County Freeholder Room
• Started a “Stitch and Chatter” group
• Annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show was held at The Old Grange Restaurant at Cold Spring Village. This is the major fundraiser for the Education Foundation and the Second Chance Scholarship program.
• At the May Officer Installation Luncheon one name of the Pre Paid June dues was drawn for a FREE Membership for the next year
• Day trip to the Brandywine Museum and Longwood Gardens
• Program demonstrating how “Short Changing Girls, Short Changes America”
• Branch was represented at League of Women Voters Open Candidate Forum
• Branch was represented at Women’s Advisory Commission on Women State Forum
• Started “Half Price Dues” for New Members January to June
Term: 1993 – 1994
President: Phyllis Payne of Avalon

Membership VP: Cathie Smith
Program VP: Felisa Brady
Recording Secretary: Pamela Smith
Corresponding Secretary: Julia Reid
Newsletter Editor: Lisa Jurewicz
Treasurer: Peg Caton

• Continued “Mother/Daughter Choices” program
• Raised money for the LAF (Legal Aid Foundation) and the EFP (Educational Foundation Program)
• Provided two “Second Chance” Scholarships for local women
• Started a new Newsletter format with the name – “Womyn Speak”
• Participated in a health survey and started a Health Care Study Group
• Published a branch cookbook with sections on Low Fat, Low Sodium, and Low Sugar recipes
• Members donated items and made cash donations for the Scholarship Gift Baskets and businesses were solicited for donations of things for the baskets
• Interest group “Friends of Jazz of Cape May” started the first Cape May Jazz Festival
• Sent member representatives to Regional AAUW meetings and the NJ Legislature
• Program Series
o “Dealing With Financial Issues”
o “How to Get More Politically Involved”
o “Ways to Recognize and Increase Our Creativity”
o “Insights Into Healthcare in Our Community”
• May Installation of New Officers dinner at the Avalon Country Club
• Held a “transitional” board meeting of outgoing and NEW board members
• Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Golden Inn in Avalon with a Gift Basket Raffle – percentage of proceeds benefits the Second Chance Scholarship Fund. (Scholarship winners were guests)

Term: 1994 – 1995
Presidents: Marsha Brooks 6/94 – 11/94 & Terry Downey 12/94 – 6/95
Program VP: Phyllis Payne
Membership VP: Carole Stone
Recording Secretary: Julia Reid
Treasurer: Peg Caton
Newsletter Editor: Lisa Jurewicz

 President Marcia Brooks resigned in December to move to Maryland and Terry Downey served as President for the remainder of the year.

• Member Maria DiGiacomo was recipient of the Annual Alice Stokes Paul Award. She was instrumental in creating the Cape May County Coalition against Rape and Abuse (CARA) and served as director for several years.
• Governor Christie Whitman named our member Rosabel Koss to serve as a New Jersey delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C.
• Past President Marilou Rochford joined the faculty of Rutgers University, Cook College, in the Family and Consumer Science Department. She founded the county League of Women Voters in 1988 while president of the Cape May County AAUW branch.
• The Community College Focus Group for Cape May County, formed by our branch received a good press release.
• Members conducted a letter writing campaign to the NJ Commission on Higher Education. The letters noted that Cape May County was the only county in New Jersey without a community college and requesting them to vote “Yes” on the petition for a Cape May County college and to hold public hearings in Cape May County.
• Co-sponsored “Mother/Daughter Choices Program” with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County
• A “Women and the Political Process” seminar was hosted by the Cape May County branch of AAUW at the Great Bay Country Club in Somers Point attended by 150 members and guests. The keynote speaker was former U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.
• The Annual September “Meet and Greet” for old and new members was held at the Wetlands Institute.
• Member Lisa Jurewicz presented a program, “Jazz, An American Heritage”, a detailed history, with musical recordings, of America’s Art Form from its birth through today
• The Christmas luncheon was held at the Doctors Inn in Cape May Court House.
• Joint meeting with the League of Women Voters on the community college Issue
• Program on Women’s Health Issues with Ruth Katz, a Women’s Health Specialist and attorney
• The annual Second Chance Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show was held at the Golden Inn in Avalon
• The installation dinner for new officers was held at the Washington Inn in Cape May in May. One scholarship recipient attended.

Term: 1995-1996
President: Stephanie Cash (9/95-12/95)
Co-Presidents: Donna Szemcsak and Marilou Rochford (1/96-5/96)
Members: 103

Program VP: Doris McMillan
Membership VP: Carol Stone
Treasurer: Doreen Cier
Secretary: Jeanne Sykes
Corresponding Secretary: Julia Reid
Recruitment VP: Jennifer Dahme

Legal Advocacy: Peg Caton
Historian: Ruth Wheaton
Public Relations: Julia Reid & Carol Johnson
Ways and Means: Julia Reid & Margaret Chang
Educational Foundation
Program/Scholarships: Margaret Chang
Newsletter Editor
& Publicity: Lisa Jurewicz
Hospitality: Mary Ann Nyblade
Public Policy: Patrice Demling
Women’s Issues: June Tartala
Issues Chair: Marilou Rochford
Education: Lisa Jurewicz
Parliamentarian: Joyce Archer Bauer
Book Clubs: Ruth Morrison & Mary Ann Nyblade

• Choices Program- encourage girls re: higher education, economic self sufficiency, delaying motherhood, and discouraging self-destructive behaviors
• Established a “Caring for Kids Campaign”
• Alice Stoke Paul Foundation (Women’s Rights) fundraising
• Scholarship Fundraisers, asked for small donations at every book group
• Member Survey in January 1996 of interest groups and program choices
• Mother/Daughter Choices Communication Program- Marilou Rochford, Chair and co-sponsored by Cape May County Rutgers Cooperative Extension
• Awarded $500 Grant by AAUW-NJ for 3 Mother/Daughter sessions Marilou Rochford, grant writer
• May 1st Governor Whitman signed legislation eliminating statute of limitations on rape prosecution, fellow AAUW members worked to help make this happen
• Meeting held at Wetlands Institute
• “What is happening to our Youth in Cape May County” Program sponsored by Cape May County AAUW branch
• Candidates Forum
• Emergency Management Program
• Co-sponsored “Women’s Financial Information Program” with AARP and Rutgers
• International Luncheon at Cape May County Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office
• League of Women Voters co-sponsored meeting, “Make a Splash”, on CMC water conservation and to make new low consumption shower heads available to attendees
• Meeting on “Women’s Involvement with Their Communities” with Dianne McKay, AAUW NJ State President, as speaker
• Added new column to Newsletter, “Cultural Happenings”
• Outgoing co-presidents suggest we end monthly meetings and only have seasonal meetings with special speakers due to members busy schedules

Term: 1996-1997
Co-Presidents: June Tartala & Marilou Rochford
Members: 76

Program VP: Julia Reid
Membership VP: Janice White
Corresponding Secretary: Jeanne Sykes
Recording Secretary: Doreen Cier
Treasurer: Doris McMillan

Newsletter: Lisa Jurewicz
Educational Foundation Program: Rae-Louise Porch
Public Policy: Patrice Demling
Legal Advocacy Fund: Mildred Moore
Women’s Issues: Donna Szemcsak
Issue Chair: Marilou Rochford
Cultural: Lois Ostermayer
Parliamentarian: Joyce Archer-Bauer
Historian: Ruth Wheaton
Book Group: Mary Ann Nyblade
Mother/Daughter Choices: Marilou Rochford

• Womyn Speak – monthly newsletter
• Worked with League of Women Voters to get out the vote in Cape May County 1996
• Second Chance Scholarship fundraiser – AAUW volunteers phoned in tally of votes from polling sites for News Election Service. AAUW receives a donation for each call.
• Sponsored Mother-Daughter Choices Program – for young girls, ages 11-13 and their mothers, promotes better communication and decision-making skills. Presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County and AAUW facilitators
• International Luncheon – Shannon Goodman spoke about her experiences in Germany the previous summer. She is a Junior at Ocean City High School
• Women’s History Luncheon –Speaker – AAUW-NJ State President Dianne McKay gave a presentation entitled “Glass Ceilings and Sticky Floors”
• Scholarship Fall Luncheon at the Whitebrier, Avalon – Cards & Games
• Holiday Dinner at Tuckahoe Inn
• Installation Luncheon
• An Afternoon in the Vineyard- Cape May Winery
• Members Welcome meeting
• AAUW sponsored – A Women’s Financial Information Program – Presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service
• General membership meeting with musical guests: Court Madrigal Voices and discussion/debate about Cape May County Community College (stand-alone Cape May Community College or a jointure with Atlantic Community College (ACC Trustees – Barbara Chojnacki and Mary Long)
• Mildred Moore gave a presentation to a class of seniors at Middle Township High School
• Women’s History Luncheon with speaker Mary Purcell the former National President of AAUW and AAUW Representative to the UN
• Bus trip to United Nations, NY with a guided tour from Mary Purcell
• Cape May branch of AAUW 30th Anniversary celebration
• Revised Bylaws

Term: 1997-1998
President: June Tartala
Members: 70

Program VP: Julia Reid
Membership VP: Janice White
Corresponding Secretary: Jeanne Sykes
Recording Secretary: Doreen Cier
Treasurer: Doris McMillan

Newsletter: Pamela Smith
Educational Foundation
Program: Rae-Louise Porch
Public Policy: Joan Buckler
Legal Advocacy Fund: Mildred Moore
Women’s Issues: Marilou Rochford
Cultural: Lois Ostermayer
Publicity: Lois Ostermayer
Parliamentarian: Joyce Archer-Bauer
Historian: Ruth Wheaton
Book Group: Peg Caton
Peg James
Educational Equity: Marilou Rochford

• Terry Downey received State Change Agent Award for her work on the Susan Negersmith Case, the community college issue and efforts to motivate women to enter the political arena
• Cape May County branch of AAUW was recognized by National AAUW for achieving a 5% increase in branch membership
• The theme for the year was Women’s and, especially, Girls’ concerns
• Three Second Chance Scholarships awarded – $500 each
• Cape May County Women Make a Difference” forum for Women’s History Month at Teitelman School in Erma. Eileen Fausey, Advisory Commission of the Status of Women; Dona Re Charvet, Director Burdette Center for Lifestyle Management; Rev. Kathy Stoner-Lasala, First Presbyterian Church, Cape May; Cheryl McCullough, CARA educational coordinator; Barbara Bakely Marion, County Asst. Prosecutor; Dr. Teresa Ann Bridge-Jackson, Burdette Emergency Physician; and Amaleta Moore, Dean Emeritus of Women at Hampton College.
• Presentation on AAUW convention in Anaheim, CA. Guest speaker was Diane McKay, the NJ State AAUW President
• Members and girls attend “A Summit for Girls Workshop” in Lincroft at NJ Technical High School and Community College
• Joint meeting with Advisory Commission of the Status of Women and Cape May Freeholders. Topic “Saving Our Daughters from Self Destruction, Empowering our Adolescent Girls” chaired by Rosabel Koss, guest speaker – Cynthia Sosnowski. In 1995, AAUW sponsored a panel discussion with four counselors entitled, “What is happening with our Youth in Cape May County.” Out of the discussion, the “Caring for Kids Campaign” was formed. Caring for Kids was designed to raise local awareness about issues that are important to local kids. This lead to the “Teen Scene” column in the Herald. Attendance: 150
• “Sister to Sister” State Meeting, at Brookdale College to discuss issues of gender inequities
• Scholarship fundraiser – luncheon with cards and table games
• Christmas Social at Tavern on the Green, Avalon Golf Club
• Launch of the “Ladies Who Lunch” group
• “Womyn Speak” play performed by members of the Cape May County League of Women Voters and AAUW for women’s history month
• International Luncheon with slide show presentation about “The American Homeland”
• Panel discussion, “Spread your wings – Anything is possible!”, with Dr. Susan Wyszynski, dentist; Constance Farren, a stockbroker and Dr. Kim Taylor, a veterinarian spoke about their career paths
• State Annual Meeting topic: Pope Joan, who hid the fact that she was a woman and became pope in 9th century
• Installation Meeting/Picnic
• Revised Bylaws
• Discussions about membership eligibility requirements new members must have a baccalaureate degree and members were surveyed about the possible change
Term: 1998 – 1999
President: Janis White (9/98-12/99)
Co-Presidents: Sue Jacobson of Avalon (1/99-6/99)
Julia Reid of Cape May (1/99-6/99)
Members: 73

Program: Julia Reid
Membership: Lillian Wing
Recording Secretary: Elsie Osinski
Corresponding Secretary: Doreen Cier
Treasurer: Joan Buckler

Scholarships: June Tartala
Newsletter: Chanelle White
Legal Advocacy: Mildred Moore
Historian: Ruth Wheaton
Publicity: Chanelle White

• Supported the AAUW National Commission through the EF (Educational Foundation) a study group to examine the interconnections between gender, technology, and teacher education
• $1,700 was awarded to 4 scholarship recipients
• Program – “The Ethical Treatment for Humans in Research” with Dr. Kathi Hsanna who served as Senior Advisor to the National Bioethics Advisory Committee to the President
• Celebrated Women’s History Month in March by reading quotations from famous women
• Held a combined luncheon meeting with the Atlantic County AAUW Branch at the Great Bay Country Club in Somers Point
• Members Joan Buckler and June Tartala attended the 1999 AAUW National Convention
• Held a card party fund raiser for the Second Chance Scholarship Fund at the Whitebrier in Avalon
• Held an Installation of New Officers Picnic
• Meetings were held at Cape Savings Bank Conference Center
• Held a “How To Start an Investment Group” workshop
• National Board and State Presidents recommended a $10 increase in Branch membership dues

Term: 1999 – 2000
Co-Presidents: Sue Jacobson and Jeanne Sykes of Avalon
Members: 47

Vice President: Lillian Wing
Recording Secretary: Diana Stover
Corresponding Secretary: Doreen Cier
Treasurer: Joan Bukler

• Monthly newsletter – “Womyn Speak”
• Prevention and Unification Project – Cape May County needs assessment, prioritize risk factors and recommend programs to handle substance abuse problems
• Second Chance scholarship fundraising
• Planning for a Community College
• International Luncheon cancelled due to lack of interest
• Presentation about fitness
• Presentation by Theresa Tull – “Reflections on a Foreign Service Career”
• May 2000 reduced number of officers to FOUR