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2016-2017 Programs (Archive)

Freehold AAUW Programs (2016-2017)


Branch Meeting Dates

 “Chat and Snack” before each meeting at 7 PM. 

Meetings starts 7:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).

West Freehold Elementary School

100 Castronova Way, Freehold Township, NJ 07728

(across from Walmart in Freehold)

in the Media Center

September 8, 2016   –  Awarding of the Lew Williams and Leila Sulkes Scholarships. Kelsey Frenkiel, Maizie’s granddaughter, addressed the group on her experience with the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (more commonly known as NCCWSL), and how this experience impacted her life.  Our members tested their knowledge of culture, literature, history, science, as we played a game called: “Significant & Silly Facts”.

October 13, 2016  –  ”Health Issues for Women” by medical professionals from CentraState Medical Center – Heart Disease and Stress Management. Tricia Marceante, RN, MSN, APN-BC, nurse practitioner, presented a power point presentation on the prevalence of cardiac disease in women, with special attention to risk factors and prevention.  Shelley Botwinick, MA, gave a power point presentation on stress management.  Various modalities to prevent and cope with stress were discussed and demonstrated, including sound healing and Donna Eden Energy.  See our Tools page for her presentation, and a Stress Quiz.

November 17, 2016 (Note: Date Change due to availability of school) – “Oldies But Goodies”: Relive the beginning of the turbulent 1960’s, a time of massive social upheaval, often reflected in its music. The discussion will include America’s emphasis on its youth through the music of The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, (who just today awarded a Noble Prize in Literature), James Brown and others.  Included in this exciting and informative presentation by Dr. Stephen F. Marcone will be audio and video examples of the performers.  Dr. Marcone has been on the faculty of the School of Music at Syracuse University as well as the William Patterson University of New Jersey, where he was chairperson of the Music Department for 15 years, and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Communication for two.  Author of “Managing Your Band” he is a sought out speaker for the NJ Council on the Humanities.

December 8, 2016  – Replaced by Holiday Open House at The Yorktowne Club

January 19, 2017  – Drug Court: New and innovative ways of dealing with drug abuse offenders; speaker: Ms. Melissa Garrett, Drug Court Coordinator (Note: Date Change due to availability of school)

February 9, 2017   (Replaced by Potluck Dinner at Members’ homes)

March 9, 2017 –  Dr. Stacy Gallin, medical ethicist and founder of the Maimonides Institute for Medical Ethics and the Holocaust. will present on the topic of “medical ethics”. Starting with the Nazi era and continuing to present times, the talk will include a range of current subjects, including end of life issues. A “question and answer” session will follow the presentation.

See Pictures and Videos from the meeting!

April, 20, 2017 – Trish Chambers Productions: First Ladies of the United States (Note: Date Change due to Holidays)

May 11, 2017  –  Awarding of Rose Fishkin Scholarships (Outstanding High School Students’ Award) & visit from a few 2016 AAUW NJ Tech Trek campers – See Pictures!

June 2017  – Replaced by Recognition Dinner (See Below)



AAUW Meetings at Other Venues

September 22, 2016 – Hindu Temple (the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir) in Robinsville, NJ 

October 19, 2016       – Cedar Lane Alpaca Farm in Howell, NJ

November 16, 2016   – Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

December 8, 2016       –  Holiday Open House (Replaces Regular Branch Meeting)

February 9, 2017       – Pot Luck Dinner (5:30 – 6:00 PM start times)  at Members’ homes –

March 1, 2017 –  Inter-Branch meeting with Central Districts (Northern Monmouth Northern Ocean County  and Trenton Branches) 

March 23, 2017 – Lunch at The Barge & Trip to  The Proprietary House, Perth Amboy, NJ

April 19, 2017 – Trip to Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains, NJ & Lunch at Lemongrass Viet-Thai Restaurant  

April 30 to May 1, 2017 – AAUW of New Jersey Annual Meeting

May 3, 2017                 – 1:00 PM – New Member Tea (by invitation)

May 17, 2017                – A tour of Washington Crossing Park 

June 1, 2017                   – Recognition Dinner at Christie’s Italian Seafood Grill, – 2420 Rte 9 So (HOWELL CENTER) – Howell. NJ 07731 – Replaces regular Branch  Meeting for June

June 8, 2017                    – Docent-led tour by Joan Carroll of Monmouth County gardens: Monmouth County Agriculture Building & Deep Cut Gardens

June 21 – 24, 2017      – Book Sale (First United Methodist Church 91 West Main St, Freehold)

July 13, 2017          – Trip to Bryn Athyn, PA Historic District

2015-2016 Programs (Archive)

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2013-2014 Programs (Archive)

Book Groups (2016-2017)

Literature Groups 

booksDaytime Literature Groups  

There are three discussion groups that meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 12:30 PM, in members’ homes. Participants bring their lunch. Refreshments are provided by the hostess. Selections for the year, voted on from members’ suggestions, are made at the May meetings.

Note: No Meetings in December or June.


  • July 26                    The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
  • August 23              The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • September 27       Orphan #8 by Kim Van Alkemade
  • October 25            Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • November 22        TBD
  • December              No Meeting
  • January 17 or 24   The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • February 28           TBD
  • March 28                Inside The O’Briens by Lisa Grnova
  • April 25                   Animal Dreams by Barbara Kinsolver
  • May 23                    Planning Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch 


  • July 26                      Tell about a book that we read and enjoyed
  • August 23                 Tell about a book that we read and enjoyed
  • September 27          The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Moshen Hamid
  • October 25               A Fall of Marigolds – Susan Meissner
  • November 22           One Plus One – JoJo Moyes
  • December                No Meeting
  • January 24                The Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace – Jeff Hobbs
  • February 28             The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
  • March 28                   The Marriage of Opposites – Alice Hoffman
  • April 25                      My Beloved Life – Sonia Sotomayer
  • May 23                       Planning Meeting

MS. PRINTS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP (2016-2017 Meetings) books

  • July 26                      The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson.
  • August 23                A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton.
  • September 27         Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline
  • October 25              Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
  • November 22          The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  • December                No Meeting
  • January 24                Prayers for The Stolen by Jennifer Clement
  • February 28             The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristen Harmel
  • March 28                  A Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
  • April 25                     All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
  • May 23                      Planning Session

Evening Literature Group (2016-2017 Meetings)

booksThis discussion group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each monthat 6:30 PM, in members’ homes.  Refreshments are served.  Selections for the year, voted on  from members’ suggestions, are made at the May meeting.

  • September 21     Boys in the boat by D. Brown
  • October 19          Prayers for the Stolen by J. Clement
  • November 16      Aviator’s Wife by M. Benjamin
  • December            No Meeting
  • January 18           Movie at Maizie Frenkiel’s
  • February 15         Care and Management of Lies by J. Winspear
  • March 15              Girl on the Train by P. Hawkins
  • April 19                 All the Light We Cannot See by A. Doerr
  • May 17                  Selection
  • June                       No Meeting

2015-2016 Books

2016 HS Award Recipients

Outstanding High School Students’ Award Recipients

(The Rose Fishkin Scholarship Award) Winners


Our Outstanding 2016 Award Recipients

What an inspiring May meeting we had with the recognition of our award recipients and hearing of their academic, community, sports and leadership achievements. Such dedication and focus from these outstanding students encourages the effort expended by our members in making the upcoming June 2016 Book Sale another success.

These six highest ranking female seniors from the Freehold Regional High Schools were honored with monetary awards of $500.

Our Annual Used Book Sale funds these awards and they are named for a former branch member, Rose Fishkin, who was a Cornell graduate and a believer in education for women.

2016_05_Erica Lee,Rachael Zhou,Katie Shum,Meagan Silva,Caroline Aboff,Anjali Prabhat

(From left to right)

Erica Lee represents Colts Neck High School and is involved in law and public service programs, is editor in chief of the school newspaper and is president of the Technology Student Association. She participates in the NJ Science League, the Shore Math League and is completing her internship at the Monmouth County Superior Court in Freehold. She will be attending Cornell University in the fall.

Rachael Zhou attends Marlboro High School is president of the science league and future Business Leaders of America as well as being the highest scoring member of her math league team. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and won several competitions. Rachael has earned a rare 2400 on the SATs and posses a provisional patent as an inventor. She volunteers weekly at Riverview Hospital and is self-employed in the SAT tutoring business. Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania awaits her in the fall.

Katie Shum is a senior at Freehold Township High School and is involved in the contemporary Global Issues Program as well as a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar and a National Merit Scholar. She plays both the piano and cello and has created a music website which has gained three thousand views. Her musical compositions and self performed songs include SAT vocabulary and current events. Katie is also active in the Sayreville Association of Brain Injured Children. The College of New Jersey is her college choice.

Meagan Silva attends Manalapan High School and is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Math Honor Society. She volunteers for Rose’s Fund for Animals where she raises monies for the cost of veterinary bills for pet owners who cannot afford them. Meaghan also volunteers with the Animal Rescue Force collecting donations and explaining the process of pet adoption to potential owners. In 2015 she attended the Bonner program at TCNJ. Rutgers is her college of choice in the fall and will major in bio-chemistry.

Carolyn Aboff from Howell High School is a student council representative, a member of the Math Club and runs cross country. Her favorite subjects are chemistry and calculus. Carolyn has earned the National Scholar Award from the College Board and volunteers as a first grade religion teacher. She also works with her brothers (she is a triplet) on a food truck and at the Howell South Little League field. Her hobby is painting and TCNJ is her college of choice.

Anjali Prabhat from Freehold Borough High School is president of the forensics team and won the NJ state championship in the Declamation category. She attended the NJ Governor’s School in the sciences and is an AP scholar with distinction. As captain of her varsity tennis team she is the winner of the school’s NJSIAA scholar athlete award. Anjali earned a perfect 2400 on her SATs and is interested in pursuing a career in medicine as a neuro-surgeon. Dartmouth is her choice of colleges in the fall.

We congratulate each of our recipients and wish them continued success in their college endeavors.




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Book Groups (2015-2016)

Literature Groups

booksDaytime Literature Groups  


  • July 28               “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  • August 25         “The Secret Rooms” by Catherine Bailey
  • September        No meeting
  • October27        “The Invisible Bridge” by Julie Orringer
  • November 24    “Now They Call Me Infidel” by Nonie Darwish
  • December          No meeting
  • January 19          (Snow Date Jan 26th) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity
  • Feb 23                “Mary Coin” by Marisa Silver
  • March 22           “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
  • April 26               “The Assistant” by Bernard Malamud
  • May 24                Planning Meeting
  • June 28               The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig


  • July 28                   Meet in Wegmans (Individual Books being read)
  • August 25             Individual Books (Individual Books being read)
  • September 29     “White Dog Fell From The Sky” by Eleanor Morse
  • October  27         “In Falling Snow”  by Mary Rose maccoll
  • November 24      “Now They Call Me Infidel”  by Nonie Dorwish
  • January  26           “All the Light we Cannot See”  by A. Doeer
  • February 23         “Boys In The Boat”  by Brown
  • March 22              “The Magic Hour”  by Kristin Hannah
  • April  26                 “All But My Life”  by Klein
  • May  24                  Planning Meeting
  • June                        No Meeting


  • July 28                “Dollbaby” by Laura Lane McNeal
  • August 25           No Meeting
  • September 29    “Mary Coin” by Marisa Silver
  • October 27        “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  • November 24    “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafz
  • January. 26        “The Wives Of Los Alamos” by TaraShea Nesbit
  • February 23       “The Secret Life Of Violet Grant” by Beatriz Nesbit
  • March 22            “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant
  • April 26                “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty
  • May 24                 Planning Session
  • June                      No Meeting

Evening Literature Group 

booksThis discussion group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each monthat 6:30 PM, in members’ homes.  Refreshments are served.  Selections for the year, voted on  from members’ suggestions, are made at the May meeting.

  • September 16         “Citizens of London” by Lynne Olson
  • October 21              “Euphoria” by Lily King
  • November 18          “By Its Cover” by Donna Leon
  • January 20                Movie
  • February 17              “Mary Coin” by Marisa Silver
  • March 16                  “Mornings on Horseback” by David McCullough
  • April 20                     “Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd
  • May 18                       Book Selection
  • June                            No Meeting

2016-2017 Book Groups