Besides monthly meetings which include interesting programs and presentations, our branch holds several annual events:


  Light Supper – Get together

September 14th is our first meeting of the new year and it includes a light supper of ingredients donated by our members ( appetizers, salads, entrée or dessert items), usually beginning at 6:30 p.m. and held at the Presbyterian Church of Orland Park, 13401 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park, IL.  Come and see what we are about. Email

This is a meeting you won’t want to miss, as you’ll learn about our upcoming programs  for the year and get to meet our members.


 Math/Science Conference

Photo of Mary and Linda

Mary Schoenheider  (left)

For the 11th year, 5th. Grade girls from the local junior high schools are invited to  attend a conference on STEM careers, with a headline speaker and numerous breakout groups discussion such topics as Engineering, Pharmacy, Computer and Graphic design, Accountancy and many more paths to a STEM related future for our attendees. Organized by Mary Schoenheider , financed by the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois and the Illinois Chemical Education Foundation, and sponsored by MVCC, this event has been a success thanks to all the contributors and our many volunteers.

This year’s Math/ Science Conference will be held at Moraine Valley Community College on the morning of Saturday, October 7th. 2017.  Contact Mary at if you know a 5th grade girl who may want to attend.

Adult volunteers are always welcome, in fact, encouraged. Contact Mary ( if you’re interested in participating.


            Holiday Auction

Held November 3rd, the auction is the branch’s major fundraiser of the year. Donations go to the AAUW Funds for National Scholarships and to the MVCC Foundation to assist women over age 40 to attend college locally (see the scholarship page).  Bidding begins promptly at 7 pm.  Come ahead of time to view the new and gently used auction items. There is plenty to eat and plenty to drink!  Bring friends and make a night of it! We have a new location for 2017.


 Legal Defense  Fundraiser

The Palos-Orland Area Branch of the American Association of University Women will host an annual  dinner, open to the public, on Thursday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm.  This year’s cuisine comes from the Ohio River Valley.  The menu includes a cranberry cocktail, assorted appetizers, Burgoo Stew with beef, chicken, pork and vegetables. Fried apples, black-eyed peas, coleslaw in a vinaigrette, corn muffins, and butter pecan pie with whipped cream will be served along with your choice of coffee or tea.  After the dinner, the South Suburban Dulcimer and Folk Music Society will perform American folk music and educate the audience on the roots of the music.  Musician will be playing the fiddle, dulcimer, autoharp, and other interesting instruments.  Purchase your $35.00 ticket by calling Janis Westlund at 708.289.9231.  The dinner location is the Presbyterian Church, 13401 S. Wolf Rd, Orland Park.  It is possible to purchase a ticket for the entertainment portion of the program only for $8.00.


                                               You Be the Chemist Challenge

POAB will host its fourth You Be The Chemist Challenge on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Moraine Valley Community College. The Challenge is designed to educate middle school students about important chemistry concepts, historical discoveries and laboratory safety. The Chemical Education Foundation creates the study materials and develops the questions for the event. Chicago Drug & Chemical Association provides the funding for supplies and prizes. POAB members are the volunteers who run the event.  Information on how to participate will be available through middle school Science teachers.

We need about 15 adult volunteers to make the Challenge run smoothly. Report time is 4:30pm on March 5. This is a great community outreach event.  Please contact Mary Schoenheider to volunteer. You can email her at or call her at 815-723-8819.