Books at Perks and Plate & Binder

Books at Perks and Plate & BInder are book discussion study group that meet once a month  to share refreshments and discuss the current selection. Books are provided by the Ocean County Library and distributed to members each month. During the summer months there are free choices.

Co-Chairs: Lenora Donatiello, Diane Becza, Marlene Pigut, Marie Hagemann

Community Service

The NOCB-AAUW Branch sponsors two community service projects.

  • To promote the AAUW’s initiatives on STEM, our branch supports the TeenTech program to be held at Georgian Court University.
  • To further support young women in our area, the branch sponsors an Anti-bullying conference at Georgian Court University with the help of The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and a charitable trust grant from AAUW.

Co-Chairs: Gail Miller and Pamela Coratti Saavedra

Cozy Quilters

Cozy Quilters meets every other Thursday from 2-5 PM to have dessert and then work on independent projects.  The group also provides instruction in new techniques and support when designing new quilts.  Periodically, the group members offer a challenge to do the same quilt design, but with different fabrics.  Finally, the group creates and donates quilts for fundraising or to charitable organizations.

Chair: Dixie Moore

Cultural Events

  • The Theater Group attends plays performed in NYC and local theaters such as Strand, Algonquin, Red Oak and Count Basie Theaters.
  • The Museum Group plans trips to New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey state museums to view special programs.
  • The Road Trip group organizes visits to other interesting sites in NJ such as the Turtleback Zoo.
  • The Gourmet Group meets twice a year in homes or restaurant for a themed event.

Chair: Virginia Renehan

Educational Opportunities Fund

The Educational Opportunities Fund supports educational and lifelong learning opportunities that give women a chance for a lifetime of success. Some of our programs include Fellowships and Grants; the Fellows Alumnae Initiative, which inspires women by providing access to the network of past and current AAUW fellows and grantees; and the Undergraduate Scholarship Clearinghouse, which educates women by allowing students to find and apply for much-needed scholarships from AAUW branches across the country.

Chair: Barbara Tuzio


The Northern Ocean County Branch Board plans fundraising activities each fiscal year. These are used to fund and support: branch activities, branch scholarships, AAUW initiatives, and the Educational Opportunities Fund. Recent examples of fundraisers are: the biannual AAUW-NOCB Gift Auction, Psychic Night, Ruby Tuesday dinners and 50/50s.

Chair: Karen Keating

International Relations

The NOCB-AAUW International Relations chair travels to and shares information about AAUW with members of the International Federation of University Women members (15 countries thus far).   The branch gives a donation to their scholarship fund.

Chair: Marlene Snedaker

Legal Advocacy Fund

The Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Its resources range from community outreach programs to legal referrals and backing of major cases.  Since 1981 the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund has helped students, faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education challenge discriminatory practices such as sexual harassment, denial of tenure or promotion, pay inequity, and inequality in women’s athletics programs.

Chair: Joanne Pisapia

Morning Striders

The Morning Striders meet at 9 AM on Thursdays to walk around the Brick Reservoir.  The circuit is 1.6 miles.  All members are invited to join the group.  They meet at the Herbertsville Road parking lot area. Be sure to check with Marlene before coming, in case there are changes.

Chair: Marlene Pigut

Movie Maniacs

Movie Maniacs is a social group that meets every other month on a Sunday afternoon at the Brick AMC Theater for a matinee.  All members are welcome.  Movie information is supplied via email.

Chair: Meg Beresik

Olive Yarns

Olive Yarns Is a knitting and crocheting group for beginners through experts.  Members meet on the second Tuesday of the month from 2-5 PM to have dessert and then work on independent projects.

Chair: Gail Miller

Public Policy

The NOCB Chair of Public Policy keeps the branch informed about AAUW programs and progress on AAUW initiatives. This enables the branch to support AAUW efforts for higher education, especially for women in poverty and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), as well as affirmative action and global and national policies such as combatting Human Trafficking.

Chair: Caelin McCallum

Scholarship Committee

The AAUW NOCB awards four scholarships annually. The Scholarship Committee develops the criteria for these scholarships and reviews the applications.  For more information on these scholarships, link to the Scholarships page or click here to download a scholarship flyer.

Chair: Karen Keating