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!
OFFERED ONLY AT THE September and October branch meetings:
Panera Bread Cards Cost: $10
Buy the Panera Bread Co. cards and use them for any purchase at any Panera or St. Louis Bread Co. across the nation! You will receive full value for your money and the branch will benefit. These cards make great little holiday gifts and they never expire.
Questions? Contact Linda Bader (Lbader7311@aol.com).
Bean Soup Gourmet Mix Cost: $6
Back again by popular demand, our homemade gourmet mix, featuring 15 kinds of beans, will be for sale at fall branch meetings. The mix is easy to use and makes a large pot of delicious soup. Be prepared for cool fall days and frosty winter nights or buy some bags for zesty gifts. Questions? Contact Linda Bader (Lbader7311@aol.com).
Save Your Used Books! The Used Book Sale returns 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 each branch meeting 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.
FINDING YOUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS Daniel Boone Library, 300 Clarkson Road, Ellisville, Thursday, October 18
Discover the numerous online resources available for researching immigrant ancestors on the Ancestry Library Edition, plus other electronic databases. This event will be facilitated by Larry Franke, genealogist for Saint Louis County Library History and Genealogy Department. Maximum attendance: 12 library computer spots, plus six who bring their own laptops. Sign up: October branch meeting.
Questions? Contact Genealogy Interest Group Coordinators Roz Marx (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pam Kulp (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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