2024 AAUW Maryland Woman of Distinction

Congratulations to Dian Belanger, who has been selected to be AAUW Maryland’s 2024 Woman of Distinction!  Dian will be honored in Spring 2024 at AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).  AAUW Maryland’s goal is to donate $20,000 to be recognized as a platinum sponsor of the Women of Distinction capstone event at NCCWSL.

Dian is an independent historian and author of three books.  In more than 50 years with AAUW, Dian’s service has included election to national Director and Vice President positions, participation in Lobby Corps, and assistance at the AAUW Archives.  Remaining active as an honorary life member, Dian is Co-President of the Kensington-Rockville Branch.  She’s also a docent at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Hundreds of young women from across the country attend NCCWSL for three days of leadership training, inspiration, and networking—helping them gain the skills and confidence needed to pursue their goals.

Your donation to the AAUW Maryland Woman of Distinction fund will help us honor Dian. She will be the 11th honoree since Maryland began this annual effort to enhance AAUW’s leadership training program for college women.  All the students gather for the Women of Distinction event to hear from and personally meet incredible role models at this national leadership training opportunity.

We need your help to meet the $20,000 target and to show broad support for this effort.  Individual donations of any amount are welcome, and we also encourage each branch to donate.

AAUW Maryland will receive at least 20 free tickets for the Women of Distinction event held in late May/early June at the University of Maryland, College Park. We hope many of you will plan on attending!

To donate online:

  1. Go to aauw.org
  2. Click on the big red Donate button on the upper right corner
  3. Scroll down until you see:
    1. 4355-Maryland Women of Distinction (NCCWSL) Fund
  4. Click on Count Me In
  5. You will then be asked to login or create a new account if you don’t have one. This should bring you to the donation page.
  6. Choose the amount you wish to donate
  7. Complete the other required information and Checkout

To donate by check:

Make your check out to AAUW. On the check, put the fund name and number:  4355-Maryland Women of Distinction (NCCWSL) Fund

Mail to: 

1310 L Street, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, D.C.  20005

All donations to this fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Donations may be arranged through your retirement fund or donor-advised fund.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Bea Dane at bea_dane@comcast.net.