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Organizations

March 25, 2007

In 1945, the Hagerstown branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was started, with the late Louise Beachley as founding president.

On March 10, AAUW Hagerstown held its 62nd annual Founders Day luncheon at Fountain Head Country Club. The program honored a number of the first working women in their field in Washington County.

Dr. Kelly Wilhelm spoke about the work and research that went into her book "Working Women: First in Their Field in Washington County". She then introduced several of those women, who each spoke briefly about her climb to success. Those guests included Jane Guyton, first woman high school principal; Mary Jane Koontz, first woman owner and operator of a trucking company; Elizabeth Schulze, first woman conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra; Carolyn Motz, first woman airport manager; Flossie Murdock, first Hagerstown city councilwoman; and Eleanor Lakin, first woman architect. Rose Wolters, president of Commission on Women, also spoke briefly about the commission's part in the publication of Dr. Wilhelm's book.

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Each year, AAUW Hagerstown gives a named gift to AAUW's Educational Foundation. This year's honorees are all the "moles" - the many workers who have helped with the annual used book sale by working in the library basement.

Honored also were the past presidents of the organization who were present: Doris Sager, Charlotte Smith, Dottie Cochrane, Jeanne Stoner, Peg Bucklew, Marilyn Young, Joann Fillingham, Sheri Specht, Susan Latimer and Kim Powell.

Arrangements were under the direction of the co-program vice presidents Carol Mendelsohn and Robbie Matonak.

AAUW's next project is the 44th annual used book sale April 25-29 at the Washington County Agricultural and Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65).

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