The Jamestown Branch of the American Association of University Women received honors this year at the AAUW New York state annual convention held in Fairport.
The branch was again named a Platinum Branch, the top level for the 21st Century 2011 Recognition Award. The award is based on outstanding work encompassing planning, programming, membership development, leadership development, technology and communications, and visibility.
In addition to the Platinum award, the branch received the following citations: the AAUW New York State 2012 Public Policy Voter Education Campaign Award; the Public Policy Taking Action Award; first place for cultural programming for "An Evening With Madame Curie"; an award for increasing membership in 2011-12; the AAUW New York State Newsletter of Excellence Award; the AAUW New York State Social Media Leadership Award; and the AAUW New York State Trailblazer Website Award.
Also at the convention, the branch announced individual awards to three branch members. Maxine Castiglione and Rae Lynn Reimondo were named honorees of the branch's Educational Opportunities Fund and Shirley Sanfilippo was named Emerging Leader for 2011-12.
Castiglione has been an AAUW member since 1980. During her time in AAUW, she co-chaired the What's New Fair for three years. She has chaired the nominating committee, International Relations and, most recently, has been the social chair. Castiglione taught in the Jamestown school system for 29 years until her retirement in 1995.
Reimondo has been an AAUW member for 21 years. While a member, she has been the co-chair of the AAUW What's New Fair in addition to holding other fair positions. Reimondo has co-chaired AAUW's Get in the Game for 10 years. After becoming a medical technologist, Reimondo worked in hospital labs until she moved into medical sales positions. She works as a laboratory capital equipment sales consultant for Beckman Coulter.
Sanfilippo has been an AAUW member since 2006. In the past two years, she has been the AAUW branch legal advocacy fund vice president and is serving as treasurer. Sanfilippo worked for 23 years in the Jamestown's City Clerk's office, serving 11 years as city clerk and records management officer. She is now Celoron village clerk and treasurer.