Welcome to the AAUW Fort Myers/Lee County Website

We hope that you will browse all the pages of our website and enjoy learning about the activities and events that our branch organized and supported to further the AAUW mission, proving, once again, that “Women working together have no limits.”

October 2018

Vickie Elliot of Ellio-Pilates and More challenged us with “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”  Freedom of Movement in many ways determines how old we feel!  To not exercise is considered now to be worse than smoking or drinking!

With 25 years in exercise and fitness, Vickie opened her Studio Ellio-The Art of Health 10 years ago. She  led us through basic Foundation Training postures saying we might be taller. Several of us were!

Our own Jemetta Hunt works with Vicki offering Pilates and other classes for MS and Neurological Conditions including Stroke, ALS and Parkinson’s. Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Balance,  Foundation Training and Belly Dancing are offered in addition to personal training. The object is to move safely and to learn how to “take it out the door” so that you can continue to develope strength and stamina.

A 10% discount on any class or package of classes  is offered for anyone who comes into Ellio and says “AAUW!” Remember “Move it or lose it!”

See www.elliopilates.com .

March 2018

Into the Jordan Ministries – Human Trafficking in Lee County was the March program presented by Sharon Aldrich and Melinda Starrett. Melinda is a survivor of trafficking and spoke about the trauma involved in being trafficked and how it impacts the lives of women. Sharon described the services that their organization offers women seeking to get out of trafficking. Located in downtown Fort Myers, they work with women ages 18 and over. At any time, they have 20-40 women involved with their different services.  Melinda is the co-director of “Into the Jordan Ministries”

Members welcomed Jill Jennings to our Ft. Myers/Lee County Branch and were reminded that dues for the 2018-19 fiscal year were being collected.

February 2018

Sarah Mitchell, Health & Wellness Coordinator for Lee Health Wellness Center, was invited back after her informative presentation last year. She enjoys navigating members, and employees, as well as the community, to the best possible resources for the individual’s health and well-being. She is certified through Wellcoaches School of Coaching as a Health and Wellness Coach. In this role, her goal is to empower, motivate and guide clients to healthy behaviors to achieve optimal wellness. Sarah is the facilitator for Lee Health Brain Booster Workshops and Lee Health Weight Management Exercise Program.





New members pictured below, Lynne Felice, Raymonde Howell and Ivana Kucera, were welcomed to our Lee County/Ft. Myers Branch

January 2018

Robin Tuthill and Tom Hall, co-authors of Female Pioneers of Fort Myers, shared the rich personal stories of twenty-four exceptional women who suffered and overcame rigorous hardships, incomprehensible loss and numbing tragedies.  Their lives impacted the development of the town’s culture, buildings and amenities from 1866 through the 1900s. Through riveting stories of success against the odds, Female Pioneers of Fort Myers brings to the forefront the everyday female leaders who helped transform Fort Myers from a rough-and-tumble cow town into a modern-day city. Members quickly bought up autographed copies for their libraries and for gifting.



It cannot be disputed when we state that our branch has a membership that is active within AAUW and beyond, where ever we can promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. Our speaker, Roberta Balmer, is a winter resident in Fort Myers and member of our branch. During the summer Bobbie resides in Ottawa and one of the 20-person delegation of the Canadian Federation of University Women. The CFUW priority theme at this summer’s conference was women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. Bobbie not only summarized all the information gathered and important contacts made at this conference, she also told us how to make the best use of time with so many diverse sessions offered.

We also welcomed three new members: Lois Benedetto, Peg McEwen and Nadine Coudret. Actually, Peg was a member some years ago and upon returning to this area, she quickly became a member.




Most of us have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease through friends or relatives and know how devastating it is to watch the person we know slowly disappear right before our eyes. Angel C. Duncan, MA MFT, ATR Neuropsychiatric Research Center of SW FL presented facts and figures regarding the future outlook for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other related dementias. Angel stressed that life style factors are most important to sustaining a healthy brain.

New members, Therese Cinotto and Peg (Margaret) McEwen were welcomed. Cathy Tucker, co-chair of the 2017 fashion show, Give to Achieve, updated the membership as to the wonderful auction and raffle items that have been donated. Tickets to the event are still available. See the Special Events page.


Our scheduled meeting was cancelled to allow members and guests to concentrate on pulling together and helping our community recover from the devastation of Irma. We hope to see all of you in October. Please check the Meetings Page for dates and program information.