Welcome to the Ballwin-Chesterfield, MO Branch of the American Association of University Women!

Ballwin-Chesterfield is an active branch!  Scroll down to see what members can do now.  

Learn about AAUW & our branch:
Our Mission Statement: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Ballwin-Chesterfield Branch is a nationally recognized major  contributor to the AAUW Fund; particularly the Legal Advocacy Fund, the Educational Opportunities Fund, the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund and more.
Ballwin-Chesterfield has funded two Research and Projects Grants, and awards scholarships to local women returning to their undergraduate degree programs after time away from school.  Learn more 
 about our branch founded in 1981. Read about our branch’s history here.

NEXT MEETING:  November 10.  “AAUW EOF: Money in Action”
Speakers: Sister Esther Hogan and Sister Ruth Kertz, leaders in the St. Charles Coalition against human trafficking, speak about “The Community Action Grant Award: One Year After”
 Also featured will be NCCWSL recipient 2016 Janet Kagoda, Sociology major, UMSL, (to graduate in December), and
2016 NCCWSL recipient 2016 Liz Koenig.  They  will speak on how they will utilize the knowledge  gained by attending the NCCWSL event. (NCCWSL is the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders)

Branch meetings are held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Rd. (at Woodsmill), Chesterfield, MO 63017, on the second Thursdays from September through May, and in July. Guests are ALWAYS welcomed!     (8:45 AM- sign-ups, social time and registration; 9:30- Business Meeting; 10:30- Speaker; 11:30- Adjournment)
DIRECTIONS:  From Rt. 141 & Clayton Rd., go east on Clayton 0.3 mi.  Turn right into church, drive to the rear entrance.
At our regular meetings, our Program Committee is committed to presenting topics that capture the interest of our members while focusing on the goals that reflect the mission statement of AAUW.   See the program schedule for 2016-17.

Four of our regular meetings are special events: :
~September: learn about goals for the year at our Fall Welcome Brunch.
~December: a festive Winter Auction raises funds to support branch operating and leadership funds.
~May:  an elegant installation and awards luncheon is held at a local country club.
~July: “Summer picnic” – an indoor potluck picnic convenes at a local air-conditioned venue. 

                         WHAT MEMBERS CAN DO NOW

When women vote we change the conversation.  AAUW has a long history of holding their legislators accountable for how they vote on AAUW priority issues.
   AAUW is non-partisan; they do not support any candidate or party but  do follow the issues important to women and girls and families.  AAUW National has sent us three documents to share with Ballwin-Chesterfield branch members-The Missouri Governor Voter Guide, the Missouri Senate Voter Guide and the AAUW Voter Issue Guide. The Governor and Senate guides were specifically prepared for our state by AAUW Public Policy officers.  The Voter Issue Guide has questions that you can ask candidates about AAUW priority issues.
Use the links above to get your guides!

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for the National AAUW Convention in Washington DC in June, 2016 is open!  Register here.

 bellDecember is the month for our annual fund raising auction. Are you ready for a “Jingle Mingle?” The Winter Auction supports our Operating and Leadership Development Fund. Plan items to sell at the Auction!  See a list of possible donations here.  Solicit donations from your favorite merchants – download a letter to give them.  Download the branch’s tax-exempt certification letter for merchants.
Click here to view a Hollywood Themed party that was sold at the oral auction last year.
Click here to view a Mardi Gras Mystery Dinner that  was another oral auction item.

Spread the Joy!!  Volunteer to help with the many important branch activities!  You will be gratified and your committee chairs will be ecstatic.  Go to Flyers and Forms for directions.

SPONSOR a Dollars for Scholars Event!  Get a packet of information and directions here.  

View Photos and read commentary about our last branch meeting

View information and awardees for the 2015-6 Named Gift Recognition on the Member Awards page.
Click on the “GIVE” tab to learn about AAUW Funds and to donate online or by mail!


B-C Members joined with other women’s organizations in the Celebrate the Vote Festival at the St. Louis Public Library on September 3 from 10 AM to 2 PM. the Festival celebrated the centennial of the Saint Louis Suffragists of 1916 and honored the women of today.    Learn more about the 2016 Celebrate The Vote Festival                                                                            

Ballwin-Chesterfield ready for the 2016 Golden Lane

Ballwin-Chesterfield attendees ready for the 2016 Golden Lane Festival


The original Golden Lane

Last year, AAUW supported the nomination of Virginia Minor, a leader in the struggle for women’s suffrage in Missouri, to the Missouri Hall of Fame.  She was selected! Read about the induction ceremony held on September 10 at the capitol in Jefferson city!

 AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield is a member of the Metropolitan St. Louis Inter-Branch Council(Click on the link to visit their page).  Visit their page to see a report and pictures of the annual Spring Fling Awards luncheon and their Barbara Lackritz Award winner. 

What is AAUW?

American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institution partners. For 135 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.  Visit the National Website and the state website.