Branch Programs 2022-2023

All programs begin at 7 pm and are held
at the Elmhurst Public Library unless otherwise noted.
Guests are welcome at all our programs.

September 7
September Supper
Francesca’s Amici, 174 North York Street, Elmhurst
6 pm Cocktails, 6:30 pm Dinner
Renew old friendships and meet new members at our annual September Supper. Because members really enjoyed the May Dinner at Francesca’s Amici, we are returning to that venue for the 2022 September Supper. Following dinner, Branch officers give an overview of the exciting year ahead.

October 5
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Several authors of the book, Stories of Race in Elmhurst, including co-founders Jan Alexander and Margaret Harrel, discuss how the group organized, what has been accomplished over the last two years, and thoughts for the future..

November 2
Half the Sky’s Study of Women’s Issues in the Northern Triangle of Central America
Farrah Qazi, a DuPage lawyer working with immigrants, presents all the challenges facing immigrants coming into the USA. Learn about juvenile visas, the challenges of guardianships, and the lengthy wait for hearings and the process and costs of work permit application.

December 7
Annual Holiday Party
Tsue Ostermann’s Home, 352 South York Street, Elmhurst
We gather and celebrate the season at the Tsue’s. Members with last names A-L bring an appetizer; members M-Z bring a dessert. A $10 fee collected that evening covers beverages and incidentals. Parking is available across York Street at Cityview Community Church.

January 4
Book Discussion: Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson
This is a novel of the Daring Black Women who served during World War II. Based on the true story of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, Sisters in Arms explores the untold story of what life was like for the only all-Black female U.S. battalion to be deployed overseas during World War II. Discussion includes how WW II changed life for women in general and specifically the changes in the attitudes and responsibilities of women in the military since WW II to the present day.

February 1
Community Update: DuPagePads
Marlene Ceja, the Director of Corporate and Community Engagement at DuPagePads, presents updates from DuPagePads regarding programs and their new Interim Housing Center. A southside Chicago native, Marlene grew up in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. That is where her love of service began at a very young age, coming from a family that believed in the power of community and giving back.

March 1
To Be Announced
The Elmhurst Public Library cosponsors this program.

April 5
Panel Presentation and Discussion: Our Own “Grand Dames!”
Three or four outstanding Elmhurst Branch members share their histories, wisdom, and perspectives on the future. Here’s our chance to understand the breadth and depth of experiences that have shaped their lives.

May 13
Spring Luncheon
River Forest Country Club
Information about the luncheon will be announced when it is available.