Welcome to the Owatonna, MN Branch of AAUW!

Orphan Medical Network International (OMNI)

Tuesday, January 9th, 7:00 PM, Via Zoom

Owatonna native Karen Throckmorton co-founded the Orphan Medical Network International (OMNI) over 20 years ago, after a mission trip to Zambia, Africa.  OMNI supports, feeds and educates 360 village children in grades 1-9 at a school employing 21 full-time staff.  They also provide adult education and community support.  In addition, OMNI helps to feed and offer medical care to some of the most impoverished African people.  Prior to COVID, teams of medical professionals and non-medical support staff regularly traveled to Zambia to care for 400-500 patients daily.  Karen returned to Africa in July 2023 from her home base in Hertford, North Carolina, to continue her legacy of providing medical care, education and community support.

Karen Throckmorton is the President, Co-Founder, and Medical Team Coordinator at OMNI.  She is a public speaker, RN, author, live and forensic K9 handler, and parent of three natural children and three adopted children (from Russia, South Korea, and Zambia).

Please join us at 6:45 for socializing and fellowship via Zoom.


Our officers for 2023-2024:
President:  Mary Schwanke
Co-Program VPs:  Mären DeLaitsch & Jane Parr
Membership VP:  Mary Overlee Olson
Secretary:  Sandi Tobin
Treasurer:  Linda Boorman
Co-AAUW Funds:  Marla Holt & Trudy Severson
Finance:  Eileen Newhouse
Visibility:  Marlys Olson
Webmaster:  Linda Hoffman
Fundraising (Taste):  Mary Cronin & Linda Hoffman


Dues for the coming year are:
$72 Association + $9 State + $10 Branch = $91 total.  Please send a check for $91 to Linda Boorman, 1250 Edgewood Place, Owatonna, MN 55060. Check payable to AAUW Owatonna Branch.  (deadline is June 30, 2023)

For the coming year $79 of your annual dues will be tax deductible.


Here are the vendors who supported our 2023 Taste event.  

Be sure to thank them for their support – and support them!

    • Central Park Coffee
    • Confections by Karen
    • Costa’s
    • Mizuki Fusion
    • Old Town Bagels & Café
    • Owatonna Eagle’s
    • Owatonna Elk’s
    • Plaza Morena
    • Smokin’ Silverback BBQ
    • Spare Time Entertainment
    • Steve’s Meat Market
    • Torey’s

Thanks to Thrivent Financial for supporting some of our Taste-related expenses in 2023.