Our Branch’s Original Fundraising Idea
We are celebrating the 26th 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.
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.
EVENTS COMING UP SOON!
Dollars For Scholars
*Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. start time. Carpooling from Trinity at 12:45 p.m.
Memories of some past events…
F delightful Mah Jongg party was held Wednesday, July 31 at The Brookdale of Creve Coeur. It was a really fun day that included coffee, tea, pastries, and even lunch! There were attendance prizes and a Pot of Gold drawing. It was held at The Brookdale of Creve Coeur. At left: White chocolate Mahjongg candy tiles made as gifts by event Co-Chair Janet Sloey . Sponsors: Janet Sloey and Jayne Kasten .
On June 27 members and guests spent a fine day visiting the Endangered Wolf Center, enjoying lunch in Eureka, MO, and touring the World Bird Sanctuary. It was a whole-day adventure, “Into the wild!” The large group of members and their friends left Trinity parking lot at 9:15 AM for the trip to the Wolf Center in Eureka for a special tour. There were new “kits” born in early Spring for us to see, and rescued wolves in their sheltered areas. Wolf kits that are part of the release project are introduced to new wild litters in the field. These newborn kits are accepted by the wild mothers and so re-enter their natural habitats. After lunch we the group went on to the Wild Bird Sanctuary. A docent explained the role of the sanctuary and how the birds are cared for. Some birds are temporarily housed and re-enter the wild, but many on display cannot be so re-introduced.
Photos courtesy of several attendees. Click on any picture to enlarge it or view as a slideshow.