Ely Branch

The AAUW Ely Branch, organized in 1926, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. With an active group of over 40 members, the branch focuses on mission-based programs and activities. The branch continues to partner with Vermilion Community College (an AAUW C/U Partner), with two members participating on the VCC Advisory Board, two members on the VCC Foundation Board and a VCC staff member on the AAUW Ely Board; by providing an annual scholarship to a nontraditional woman student attending VCC; by sponsoring a VCC student at NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders) at the University of Maryland; and by organizing Equal Pay Day activities at the College.

The Ely Branch continues to encourage young female students in STEM fields. A STEM workshop for girls in grades 5-8 has become an annual event popular with students. Also, this year, the branch partnered with EMPOWER, a local women’s group, to sponsor three 6th graders at a weeklong engineering camp at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, MN.

Ely Branch members have been actively involved in AAUW nationally and at the state level. At the national level, several members have participated in national committees – Audit Committee, Program Committee, and Fundraising Committee. At the state level, branch members have participated on the AAUW MN State Board and Committees including 3 past state presidents, website manager, bylaws committee member, VP of AAUW Funds, and Historian.

For more information about the Ely Branch, contact President Pam Brunfelt (pam.brunfelt.moh@gmail.com) or Phyllis Olson, VP Membership (218-365-5693 or olsonpr@frontiernet.net).