Gaffney, SC Branch

Welcome to the AAUW Gaffney, SC, Branch Website!

The Gaffney Branch was founded in 1927 primarily through the efforts of Limestone College faculty, the sixth branch to be organized in South Carolina. The founding members believed it was important for educated women to continue to grow intellectually and to use their intellect for the betterment of their community and country. The founding members thought it was equally important for a college town to have an AAUW branch and for a college to be associated with an AAUW organization.

The Gaffney Branch began with ten members. All ten enthusiastically attended the 1927 state convention in Columbia. A big undertaking for larger and more established branches, the Gaffney Branch was asked to host the spring convention. It gladly accepted the request.

In 1975 our branch spearheaded the organization of the Cherokee County Recycling Center. For 15 years the branch manned the recycling center until 1990 when it was turned over to the county. To encourage the county to take over recycling, AAUW contributed $3000.00 from recycling profits for a recycling coordinator.

Branch activities have been continuous and significant for Gaffney. Highlights include helping start the Town and Gown series, helping start a children’s department and a children’s hour in the public library, spearheading the organization of the Cherokee County Laubach Literacy society, tutoring in the Laubach program, supporting a pilot kindergarten program in the public schools, spearheading the campaign for securing funds for a new public library, starting the Cherokee County Friends of the Library, and starting an education and voter registration campaign.

Each year we have a diverse list of interesting programs and invite the public to participate. Also, in the spring of each year we have an Awards Dinner and recognize the top performing female at Limestone College and the two county high schools, as well as the recipient of our Named Gift award.

We invite you to join us as we continue to advance equality for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. For more information please contact Betsy Witt at 488-8288 or

paragraph_separator2017-2018 Branch Officers

President Beth Swanger 864-488-6204
Finance Betsy Witt 864-488-8288
Membership VP Pat Hall 864-489-7591
Programs VP Kathy Phillips 864-489-5389
AAUW Funds Kathy Phillips 864-489-5389
Communications Sara Setzer
College/University Rep Betsy Witt
Public Policy Beth Swanger
Immediate Past President Janet Sarratt
Secretary Janet Sarratt

paragraph_separator2017-2018 Branch Programs

Date Program and Speaker Location and Time Hostess
September 11, 2017 Legal Q & A about Probate Court County Brandi Strickland House of Pizza – 12:00 Noon
October 12, 2017 Celebration – Spartanburg Community College: Sara Setzer 6:30 pm
November 13, 2017 “Because Calvin and Galileo Said So”: 7:30 PM
Speaker – Dr. Scott Berry
Carroll Music Hall, Limestone College- 6:00pm (Business Meeting)
December 10, 2017 Christmas Social Gena’s House at 117 Rest Street – 3:00pm
January 8, 2018 School to Prison
Speaker: Rebecca Rochester
House of Pizza – 12:00 Noon
February 12, 2018 Cherokee County Teacher of the Year
Speaker: Erin Fox
House of Pizza – 12:00 Noon
March 12, 2018 Annual Business Meeting
Speaker: TBA
House of Pizza – 12:00 Noon
April 9, 2018 Annual Awards Dinner Limestone College; Private Dining Room – 6:30 pm
May 14, 2018 Planning Session for 2018-2019
Presenter: Kathy Phillips, Program Vice – President
House of Pizza – 12:00 Noon