AAUW Southern New Hampshire Branch News

Fall Kick-off Meeting – Wednesday, September 30

      AMHERST – The Southern NH Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold their Fall Kick-off Meeting on Wednesday, September 30, beginning at 7 pm. The meeting will be held on Zoom. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the organization and what it does from the comfort of your own home. 

      The meeting will include a brief overview of the goals of AAUW and the focus of the local branch followed by a review of the programs and activities being considered for 2020-21. These will include an update on the book group that meets monthly and a report from the Program Committee. The Gendered Workforce is the theme of their first program scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, at 7 pm. Dr. Monica Galizzi, the Chair of the Department of Economics and a Senior Associate of the Center for Women & Work at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will speak. The program will held on Zoom and be open to the public. The second and third programs in the series will focus on anti-racism and pay equity. When the COVID-19 concerns ease, social gatherings, field trips to see special exhibits at local museums, and attending theatrical performances will be considered. 

      Anyone interested in attending the branch meeting is asked to contact Membership Co-Chair Liz MacMillan at  for details. If interested in attending The Gendered Workforce program contact Program Co-Chair Johanna Tigert at for details. 

      AAUW’s mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. The Southern New Hampshire Branch provides scholarships for young women who are pursuing college degrees with the intent to follow STEM careers after graduation. This year’s recipients were two young woman who graduated in June from Milford High School. Depending on fund raising, one or two graduates from Souhegan High School in 2021 will receive a scholarship. 

      AAUW is a non-partisan non-political organization that never endorses candidates or specific parties.  The organization whose roots date back to the 1880s has two branches in NH. The Southern New Hampshire Branch, established in the 1970s, hosts a variety of programs concerning women’s education and equity issues that are open to the public.

      Members of the branch live in the following New Hampshire communities: Amherst, Dover, Exeter, Hanover, Hollis, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, and Wilton. 

The Souhegan Valley Women's Social & Newcomers Club

(aka Amherst Area Newcomers Club), is a non-profit, social group for women.  We are open to anyone, whether you are new to the area or have been here for years.  Joining Newcomers is a way to meet other recent arrivals & long-time residents.  You will have opportunities to participate in social, educational, & community activities.  Annual dues are $20.  

     We have monthly general events as well as 22 interest groups.  Some of our interest groups are Book Groups, Bunco, Bible study, Charity, Crafts, Couples Group, Golf, Hiking, Game NIght (Couples), Mah Jong,  Movie Groups, Lunch Group, Poker, Mom/Grandma & Child Playgroup, 5K Walk/Run, & Pub Night.  New interest groups are added yearly.  We have some groups that meet at night & others during the day. 

     Our annual kickoff will be an outdoor event, on September 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Masks are required.  If you would like to attend, email us at for the address.  For more information or to obtain a membership form,  check out our website at

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Beliveau – Genova

      Michael Beliveau and Susan Buckley of Amherst, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Beliveau, to Andrew Genova, son of Toni Tortorella Genova and Paul Genova of Ridgewood, N.J. 

      The bride-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Souhegan High School. In 2014, Jessica received a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Foreign Languages, graduating cum laude, from Stonehill College in Easton, M.A. In 2017, she received her Master of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C. Jessica is currently a Project Manager for the child and adolescent health research portfolio at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

      The groom-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, N.J. In 2011, Andrew received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, graduating magna cum laude, from Elon University in Elon, N.C. In 2014, he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, M.O. Andrew is currently the Clinic Director and Physical Therapist at Pivot Physical Therapy in Durham, N.C.

      Jessica is the granddaughter of Lorraine Buckley and the late Eugene (Gene) Buckley of Contoocook, N.H., formerly of Saugus, M.A. She is also the granddaughter of Theresa Beliveau and the late Robert (Bob) Beliveau of Saugus, M.A.

      Andrew is the grandson of Elaine Tortorella Rubano of Ridgewood, N.J., formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as the late Frank Rubano and Vincent Tortorella.  He is also the grandson of the late Mary and Paul Genova of Cranford, N.J.

      Jessica and Andrew met in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2016. The couple is planning a May 2021 wedding in Wilmington, N.C. The couple resides in Hillsborough, N.C., with their dog, Tino.

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