LATEST BRANCH MEETING

NEXT MEETINGWINTER HOLIDAY FEST December 8, 10:00 AM: a special event.

The annual AAUW B-C Winter Fundraiser will feature no silent auction, gift card raffle, or other items to take home as in the past. Rather, there will be musical entertainment by the Queens of Swing, games and all sorts of fun.  Invite your friends, and discover how Ballwin Chesterfield continues to support women and girls.  Learn where our money goes in the local community and how you can become a B-C Booster to assist us in continuing to fund these outstanding programs.

LATEST MEETING: Thursday, November 10.  SPEAKER:  Galen Gritts, registered member of the Cherokee Nation: “The Forgotten Trunk in the Attic—An overview of why Native Americans are invisible to many Missourians”.

On an unseasonably warm late Fall day, we gathered and enjoyed yummy treats and a beautifully decorated table, thanks to the Hospitality Committee and our November hostesses. 

BOARD MEMBERS’ REPORTS FOLLOW: 

  • Finance/Jean Light – Operating Fund $28,200+, DFS $4,800+ 
  • Public Policy/Marian Bauer – Conducted an “Unscientific Survey,” soliciting members’ input on Public Policy information and concerns 
  • Winter Holiday Fest/Jan Horner – PURCHASE YOUR TICKET by the December 1 deadline (see details in the Winter Holiday Fest article below) 
  • DFS/Nancy Pierson – Nancy graciously thanked recent event sponsors and encouraged members to sponsor an event   
  • AAUW Fund/Karen Francis & Suzanne Couch – Checks were collected for the annual November fundraiser.  Still want to donate? Make your check out to AAUW Fund and mail to Suzanne Couch (info in the Directory)   
  • Membership/Michele Mangnall – Welcome to new members Carol Montgomery and Suzanne Truitt 
  • Barbara Lackritz Award/Mary Jermak – Congratulations to our branch recipient of the award, Marcia Block.  

An established Missouri Humanities Council speaker, Galen Gritts is a registered member of the Cherokee Nation. Born and reared in Missouri, Mr. Gritts has a degree in history from UMSL. He serves on many advisory boards and committees representing Native Americans and is a founding member of the Alliance for Native Programming & Initiatives. He is bemused to find out he is now an Elder and grateful that he has made it this far. (One of his goals when he was young was to be old.)
Mr Gritts’ talk was educational and interesting.  We learned:
“Missouri, like most states in the center of the U.S., has no extant tribes like some other states have. Therefore, the knowledge of either the history of Natives, or the experience of contemporary Native Americans, is one step further removed from people’s consciousness.”  Using startling facts as stepping stones to fascinating and forgotten stories, this presentation starts to remedy this phenomenon. When asked if he would use visuals in his talk, Mr. Gritts explained that he would speak in the Native American tradition of the oral history: without visual aids.