2020 State & Regional Conventions Cancelled

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of our 100th annual state convention, as well as the AAUW Regional Convention that was scheduled to take place in June 2020. Due to the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, the CDC and our governor have both called for the cancellation of large gatherings, and we wish to respect this public health recommendation, for the safety of our members.

Thank you to the ladies on the State Convention Planning Committee for all of your efforts. We appreciate the work that you did to plan what surely would have been an outstanding convention.

There is a chance that these events may yet be rescheduled. Our President, Lyn Hildenbrand, will keep members posted of any updates. In the meantime, be safe!

View the Convention Issue of Badger Briefs

Image of Convention Issue of Badger Briefs 2020The Convention Issue of Badger Briefs is here! This year, we celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage and our 100th state convention. Information on the 2020 state convention, including registration form, hotel reservations, and schedule, can be found in this issue.

Reminder: the deadline for room reservations and early registration fees for the AAUW-Wisconsin 2020 Convention is March 31, so don’t delay!

Branches Can Now Create e-Posters for State Convention

PowerPoint Slide ImageAt this year’s State Convention, branches will now have the option to use an e-poster (i.e. PowerPoint) to share photos of their programming, membership and outreach activities. Branches may still opt to bring physical displays to the convention, or they may email a PowerPoint highlighting their branch and its activities to Suzanne Hagen, President of AAUW-River Falls, by April 10.

Suzanne prepared a sample River Falls Branch PowerPoint, for reference. Note: branches should keep their PowerPoints smaller than 2MB – about 6 slides – to ensure that they are not too large of a file to email.

Save the Date: 2020 Regional Convention

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2020 AAUW Midwest Regional Convention
June 18-20, 2020
The Bend/Hyatt House in East Moline, Illinois

Confirmed Speakers:

Kim Churches – CEO of AAUW
Kendra Davis – Senior Vice President for Advancement and Partnerships at AAUW
Lisa Maatz – AAUW’s former top policy adviser
Denise Lieberman – Director of Advancement Project’s Power and Democracy Program


  • Economic Security Panel
  • Celebration of the 19th Amendment
  • WorkSmart–bring your own device for the online workshop
  • Town Hall with Kendra Davis
  • Branch Program Sharing–bring your best ideas and take some home!
  • Breakout sessions on Cyber Security, Running for Office, Title IX, Diversity & Inclusion, and more!

The Quad Cities, an Iowa/Illinois central location in the heart of the region, is an exciting destination: www.visitquadcities.com. Please check out the area!

Pre-convention activities planned for June 17. For more information, email Jennifer.

Congratulations to the Janesville Branch

Image of Janesville Women's ClubThis past fall, the Janesville Woman’s Club was awarded an $80,000 grant after receiving first place in the 2019 Partners in Preservation: Main Street competition, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. The win was due in part to the efforts of the AAUW Janesville branch, which calls the Janesville Woman’s Club Building home, and worked to help garner the most votes of any of the 20 sites that participated. This historic preservation grant will fund vital repairs to the almost 100-year-old building. Learn more here.

Public Policy Day Updates

AAUW Wisconsin Public Policy Day
Sat. Nov. 2, 2109
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Madison Technical College
Truax Campus Health and Information Technology Building, Room 311
1705 Hoffman St., Madison, 53704
(608) 246-6065
Schedule of Events

If you registered to participate in AAUW Wisconsin’s Public Policy Day (Team AAUW for GOTV), you were sent an email with details regarding how to access the Gated Visitor Parking Lot. Please park in either the visitor parking area or any of the student lots. You will want to enter through the doors labeled V2 on the Health Bldg 1st Floor. These doors are facing the parking area and the open walkway from the parking lot to the main Truax building. You can see the large stairwell close to these doors on the map. Take either the stairs or the elevator (marked E-1, E-2 on the map) up to the Health Bldg 3rd Floor.

Can’t make it to Madison? Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

If you have questions, please reach out to Stephanie Malaney, Public Policy Chair, at smalaney5@aol.com or (920) 740-9632.

AAUW Janesville Needs Your Help!

Image of Janesville Women's ClubAAUW Janesville calls the Janesville Woman’s Club Building its home. Recently, the Foundation that works to preserve and maintain this historic building applied for a major grant that would allow them to complete several vital repairs to the almost 100-year-old building, such as the leaking foundation, the inadequate climate-control system, crumbly walls, and roof.

They are 1 of 20 projects in the U.S. (and only project in Wisconsin) competing for funds from Partners in Preservation, an initiative created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to engage the public in preserving and increasing awareness of America’s historic places and their role in sustaining local communities

In order to win, they must receive the most votes for their project through an online voting process. The voting period runs now through October 29. Each person can cast 5 votes per day. Winners will be announced on October 30.

Please visit voteyourmainstreet.org/Janesville, register with an email address, and cast 5 votes every day for our friends in AAUW Janesville!

AAUW-Wisconsin 2020 State Convention Information

April 17-18, 2020
Radisson Hotel La Crosse (website)
200 Second Street S., 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse,WI, 54601 

(608) 784-6680
Convention Issue of Badger Briefs
Convention Registration Form

Please note: the date for the 2020 AAUW-Wisconsin State Convention has changed from the date initially announced at the 2019 convention. This year’s convention is being planned by:

Eau Claire, La Crosse, River Falls, Chippewa Falls, and Tomah branches