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Gilda Rogers AAUW
Apr 17, 2018

AAUW Honors Women of Achievement

Gilda Rogers AAUW

Gilda Rogers AAUW

Ninety years ago, a group of college educated women in Monmouth County met to form a group affiliated with a national organization of Collegiate Clubs.  It would become the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

In 2018, members of the Northern Monmouth County Branch of AAUW celebrate 90 years of advancing equity for women and service to the community. To mark the anniversary year, the group has created the AAUW NMCB Women of Achievement Awards. The inaugural recipients are Linda Bricker, and Gilda Rogers who will receive the Community Service award and Mary Eileen Fouratt who will receive the award for Advancing the Arts. The awards will be presented during the annual AAUW Scholarship Luncheon on April 26 at the Salt Creek Grille. Members of the community are welcome to attend.

Bricker has been president of the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) since 2015 after serving as a Trustee since 2010. Under Bricker’s presidency, the MCHA began digitizing its vast collection of 30,000 artifacts so everyone can visit the collection online.

Bricker served two terms as President of the Junior League of Monmouth County (JLMC) from 2007 to 2009. During her presidency, the JLMC joined with AAUW NMCB and the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah and the Red Bank Area League of Women Voters to initiate the Running & Winning Workshop which provides leadership training for high school women.

Since 2016 she has been a Program Officer and Accessibility Coordinator with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts where she works with arts groups throughout the state to build their capacity, make the arts more accessible and encourage emergency preparedness for arts organizations.

Fouratt is best known in Monmouth County for her two decades of work as Executive Director of Monmouth Arts. She has led the boards of ArtPride NJ, Red Bank RiverCenter, Red Bank Visitors Center and the Association of New Jersey County Cultural & Historic Agencies. Since 2015 she has been a member of the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Network Council and in 2012 she was appointed to the Gateway National Park Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee.

Rogers is a passionate storyteller and author. She currently is an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College and the Vice-President of the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation Board, the grassroots organization that worked to save this historic home to one of the greatest African American journalists and newspaper editors of the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Rogers is co-founder of Citizens for a Diverse and Open Society, a place where communities of all colors and life experiences meet monthly to share concerns, challenges and support. She currently serves as a social critic and community relations liaison for Two River Theater.

For more information visit www.aauw-nj-nmcb.org or call (732) 933-4855.