Come To A Meeting!

Guests are ALWAYS welcome! Branch meetings are held, unless otherwise noted, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Rd. (at Woods Mill Road), Chesterfield MO 63017, on second Thursdays from September through April, and in July.  See notes from our last meeting below.

Our Program Committee does a great job in selecting topics for the meetings that are at once consistent with AAUW’s mission statement, and also captivating for our members.
See The Schedule of Branch Programs for 2019-2020

Directions:  From Route 141 & Clayton Road, go east on Clayton 0.3 miles.  Turn right into Trinity Lutheran Church. Drive to the rear entrance. Facing the back of the building, enter through the door to the left.

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Meeting Schedule (Check the calendar for exceptions):

      • 9:00 AM- sign-ups, social time and registration;
      • 9:30- Business Meeting
      • 10:30- Speaker
      • 11:30- Adjournment

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 12 (Snow date December 13)     Our special December meeting,  “Winter Belles”,  is an event that raises money for branch operations.   Exciting themed baskets, and home made specialty foods will be available for bidding.  In addition to a wine-and-mimosa bar, a delicious luncheon will be served and festive entertainment will be featured.  Guests welcome! Reserve in advance.

LAST MEETING: November 14.      The business meeting was called to order by Co-President Jan Horner.  Officers reporting were Membership, Programs, AAUW Fund, Public Policy, Winter Belles upcoming event, University Liaison, Webmanager and International Relations.
The branch is creating a poster telling “100 Ways to Support AAUW” with individual members contributing.  November is Individual Giving Month for Ballwin-Chesterfield Branch, and members supported the AAUW Fund by giving donations at the meeting and online.
A celebration at the Summer Picnic meeting is planned to celebrate the Centennial of Women getting voting rights.   The Ballwin-Chesterfield Dollars for Scholars continuing book sale was open, and members made their reservations for the December Winter Belles event and signed up for Dollars events and more.

Mary Jermak, Co-program VP, introduced our speaker, Kathy Palumbo,  Executive Director of
Investments for Oppenheimer & Co.
Kathy spoke about Women and Financial responsibility.  Her talk was geared toward women who were either already retired or who would be retired shortly.  She spoke of making a “base plan” for finances, forming goals for income, protecting investments from burdensome taxes, and planning for transfer of wealth after death.
Estimating the amount of expenses and the duration of retirement is a challenge everyone faces, and this is an area in which professional financial advice is helpful.  Kathy spoke of Required Minimum Distribution, the mandatory withdrawal of funds from IRA’s and the implication for taxes on that money.  Charitable contributions, and contributions to the education of others through a Missouri 529 plan allow use of the money without taxation.