Welcome!

Upcoming Branch Activities

Most in-person AAUW meetings have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. 


BRANCH MEETINGS

Guests are always welcome at our programs. To get the Zoom link please email info@aauwelmhurst.org. A link will be sent several days before the meeting.

Wednesday, December 9, 7  pm

Holiday ZOOM Party

Once again we have to cancel the Holiday Dinner we had scheduled T Angelo’s Ristorante. We will try again for May. In place of the dinner, we will have a holiday cocktail party via ZOOM. This is a change to wear your favorite or your ugliest holiday sweater. Pour yourself a glass of wine, or fix your favorite cocktail. We have planned a fun game that will test your knowledge of famous women. Share your favorite holiday memory.

We hope many of you will come and join us. It is a great opportunity to connect with our members this completely different holiday season.

A ZOOM invitation will be emailed to each member about a week before the program. If you are new to ZOOM and need assistance, log in around 6:45 pm. Someone will help you get started.

HALF THE SKY

Tuesday, November 24, 7 pm via Zoom

The group will discuss parts two and three of Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayra Pablo Cruz  and Julie Schwietert Collazo. A bibliography of strong immigrant stories will be available in our next email.

Discussion of Part II, which is written in the voice of Julie Schwietert Collazo, documents the activism of a group of New York Mothers…and the creation of NGO Immigrant Families Together.

Part III returns to Rosy’s voice and we learn more about those who have assisted the family and the struggles that the three have endured.

Action Plan

The chapter on HOW TO GET INVOLVED offers a handful of ideas… for us to consider. And ICDI recommended another NGO if we were interested in supporting work at the border:   RAICES in San Antonio Texas.  see  https://www.raicestexas.org

DECEMBER DECISION: SENDING FUNDS TO CHOSEN ORGANIZATIONS:

Who will we support with the fund we have at the end of the year?

If you are interested in adding a contribution to our Half the Sky kitty, please send or drop it off to Jennifer Jordan.  When we met, we passed a hat and  anyone who chose, contributed $5 a session to be used for support of organizations we learned about.  Since we are not meeting in person, if you are interested in adding to our kitty  please send your contribution to Jennifer Jordan.

BOOK DISCUSSION

Thursday, December 3, 1 pm

Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien
Hostess: Joanne McCurdy
Discussion Leader: Sherall Carson

A NEW PROJECT

Collecting New and Gently Used Bras for Free The Girls

We reached our original goal, so we are trying for 200!!!

Number of bras collected: 148 as of November 10, 2020

Following the presentation at our September Branch meeting, we decided to again collect bras for Free the Girls (FTG), an organization that began on the premise that all of us purchase some bras that seem to fit but don’t actually. FTG exists to help girls rescued from sex trafficking live a life of true freedom. 

Our GOAL is NOW 200 bras  for the 100 year celebration of women’s right to vote? We will keep a running total in this space.

To find bras to donate, clean out your drawers, check with your friends, and visit stores that are closing and/or having sales.

Linda Fischer and Betty Laliberte will collect the bras. Check our membership roster for their contact information.

BRANCH UPDATES

Used Book Sale

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Elmhurst Area AAUW Branch canceled the Used Book Sale 2020 summer.The safety of our community and the safety of our dedicated members who collect, sort, and sell these books are our primary concerns. 

We hope to host the Used Book Sale again next year. However, because this decision has not yet been made, we are NOT currently collecting or storing books.

Scholarship Update

The AAUW Funds committee has decided to hold all scholarship money until 2021.  Many applicants were unable to obtain records from their colleges, and others did not have access to printers. All applicants were encouraged to apply again. They will be notified when the scholarships become available, and they have been encouraged to check the AAUW web site.