Branch Programs 2021-2022

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

September 1
Cocktails and Conversation via ZOOM
Renew old friendships and meet new members at our first meeting of 2021-2. Branch officers give an overview of the exciting year ahead.

October 6
Restore Our Democracy
Restore our Democracy addresses the problem of unlimited political money corrupting our democracy. Ed Spire (Co-leader, Restore our Democracy Project, NWSOFA-Indivisible) explains the problem clearly and discusses the causes and possible solutions, including steps that we can take in our own communities to begin addressing this structural problem in our country. The presentation is non-partisan and brings issues to light which are of concern across the aisle.

November 3
Protecting Seniors from Identity Theft, Scams, and Elder Abuse
Julianne Rizzo (RN, MBA, Certified Senior Advisor, Oasis Senior Advisors) discusses how to protect seniors against identity theft, scams, and care giver abuse.She goes over identity theft from how it happens, to methods of prevention and actions to take if it happens. Julianne tells us about the types of scams, situations to avoid, at-risk activities, targets, perpetrator’s intentions, and signs to watch for. Finally, learn prevention tips and victims resources.

December 1
Annual Holiday Party
The Willows, 255 S. West Avenue, Elmhurst
We gather and celebrate the season at the Willows party room, thanks to Jane Jegerski. 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 limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

January 5. 2022
Book Discussion: The Women’s March: A Novel of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Women’s March is a historical novel of the woman’s suffrage movement inspired by three courageous women: Maud Malone, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Welles-Barnett. These women advocated for a woman’s right to vote through a federal constitutional amendment. This march took place during the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. Besides focusing on the suffragist movement, the book also deals with the conflict within the movement over whether or not African-American women should be granted the same rights. Not only is sexism addressed but so is racism. The struggles for equal rights and access to voting rights both remain in the forefront today. This program is sponsored by the Elmhurst Area AAUW Book Group.

February 2
Just Bag It!
Half the Sky has been working with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants as we researched the challenges of women in the Northern Triangle of Central America. These challenges are manifesting themselves right here in the Chicagoland area in the lives of immigrants. Pat Motto from ICDI will explain their multi-pronged program of assisting immigrants as they travel through Illinois or set up a home here.
We will have an action component to our meeting. All members will be invited to assist us in assembling SNACK BAGS to be given to immigrants on their bus trips through Chicago.

March 2
Understanding the Difference Between Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Workshop
Branch member Elizabeth Neill facilitates a workshop on understanding the terms diversity, equity, and inclusion. Participants write down what they think these terms mean, then breakout into small groups to compare results and have a conversation about their thoughts and feelings. The entire group reconvenes to report on the findings of the small groups, leading to a larger discussion.

April 6, 7-8 pm
Elmhurst Public Library or Live on Zoom

Gertrude Stein: Picasso, Picasso and Paris
Experience Betsey Means as Gertrude Stein, American author and poet best known for her modernist writings, extensive art collection, and literary salon in 1920s Paris. For some 40 years, the Stein home at 27 rue de Fleurus on the Left Bank of Paris was a renowned Saturday gathering place for avant-garde artists and writers, most notably Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.
This program is cosponsored by the Elmhurst Public Library.

May 4
Spring Supper
Spring Supper Flyer