OUR BRANCH’S ORIGINAL FUNDRAISER IDEA
We are celebrating the beginning of the 25th year of “Dollars for Scholars.” In the summer of 1993, our branch, then approximately 85 members strong, was considering new ways to raise scholarship money. “Dollars for Scholars” was the brainstorm of member Barb Smoltz. The goals were to raise money for scholarships, give members an opportunity to interact in small group settings, provide new experiences for members, and to introduce AAUW to non-members.
Although some were concerned that we would not be able to think of enough activities, it was decided to give the program a try. Twenty-four years and countless varied activities later, a membership that today numbers around 250 is still brimming with ideas, and our goals have remained constant. Each time members sponsor or participate in an activity, they are saying YES to education and educational equity for women and girls.
SPONSOR a Dollars for Scholars Event! Get a packet of information and directions here. It is very easy to sponsor an event!
- Look at some of the trips from past years for ideas, such as special exhibits at the St. Louis Art Museum, visits to historic homes, or a trip to the Churchill Museum in Fulton. Trips can be repeated.
- Remember that spouses and friends are welcome to join in DFS events.
- We always need new people to sponsor events. Team up with a friend or two to sponsor an event. Contact DFS chairs for additional assistance.
Dollars Events coming up!
Save Your Used Books! The Used Book Sale returned in October! All proceeds will go to Dollars for Scholars. Start collecting your books, puzzles, CD’s, & DVD’s now and bring them to the branch meetings (October – April. The book sale will not be held at the December winter event.) Donated items will be for sale at the January, February and March meetings with remaining books sold to local used bookstores. Last year the Used Book Sale earned over $1000, thanks to your generosity in donating and buying books. Let’s do it again! You can clean your bookshelves, help a worthy cause, and get some bargains in good books. Questions? Contact Mary Kay Wolfe
Monday, March 11 – THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Enjoy some fun, mind-expanding activities. During a 2-hour workshop, our instructor will guide us through improvisational exercises and games which can expand our abilities for collaboration in groups and partnerships. After the workshop, we’ll gather for lunch at the Hearth Room.
SPONSOR: Janet Sloey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday, March 24 – Paperdolls Fashion Show
5-7 p.m. at Paperdolls, 14418 Clayton Rd. Come enjoy an evening of hors d’ouevres, champagne, and fashions. A portion of this evening’s sales will go to DFS.
Sponsors: Mary LaRuffa (email@example.com) and Barb Tackitt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday, April 9 – POWELL HALL TOUR
Join a tour of Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony orchestra for the last 50 years. We’ll learn some of the building’s history, see the backstage area, and even get to be on the stage looking up into the gorgeous dome. Lunch will follow in one of the area restaurants.
SPONSOR: Linda Seibert (email@example.com)
Sunday, April 21 -LOVE’S LABOR LOST
This is one of Shakespeare’s early comedies, and will be presented as the Webster Conservatory’s Spring Musical, on the main stage of the Loretto Hilton Reporatory Theater. More information to follow.
Thursday, April 25 – Duets, Duos, Discourse & Delights
From 10 a.m. to noon at 14004 Willow Breeze Ct., Chesterfield, 63017
Join us for a one and two-piano musicale with Debbie Schwartz and our own Mary McFarland. Their music and commentary, accompanied by a light champagne brunch, will include a mix of classical, jazz, and standards performed on two grand pianos. All proceeds go to women’s scholarships. For more information, contact Mary Kay Wolfe or Bette Bude. To register in January, contact Mary Kay Wolfe (firstname.lastname@example.org). Send your check payable to AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield to guarantee your reservation. Sign-ups also will be available at the February and the March branch meetings.
Wednesday, May 22 – JAZZ COFFEE CONCERT
The John Pizzarelli Trio, with Catherine Russell (aka Billie and Blue Eyes) will play tribute to Billy Holiday and Frank Sinatra. 50 seats are reserved for AAUW members and guests in the center orchestra and balcony.
SPONSOR: Roz Marx (email@example.com)
Members and guests toured the area settled by Bosnian Immigrants on Tuesday, October 23. One of the first stops was a Bosnian Bakery where Joe DiGregorio, our guide, gave a brief history of the area. Next the group visited a refugee center, a European coffee shop and grocery store, and the historic Bevo Mill. During lunch we were serenaded by a professional accordian player! Rita Hawkins-Page sponsored the enjoyable event.
A Tour of the newly designed Gateway Arch Museum was enjoyed on September 25. The museum and visitor center which opened to the public in July after a $380 million renovation of the Arch grounds. The group explored 200 years of America’s history as it moved through six interactive galleries telling the story of westward expansion and the role of St. Louis in shaping the American West. The sponsors for this outing were Marian Bauer, Jean Elliott, and Pat Shores.
Members traveled to Fulton’s Westminster College Campus for a CHURCHILL PLUS MUSEUM TOUR on Tuesday, July 31, and enjoyed a docent-led tour of the resurrected Christopher Wren Church and the Museum devoted to Winston Churchill, who visited the Westminster College campus in 1944 to give his famous Iron Curtain speech. Lunch followed at the Fulton Cafe in the historic Brick District where there are delightful shopping opportunities. The event was Sponsored by Susie Teicher.
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