Branch Meetings

Monthly Branch Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday evening of each month (except June, July, August and January) at 7:00 PM.  Check each month’s Twigs for further details.  All meetings are open to visitors.

The dates and topics of Branch meetings, the Holiday Dinner, May Banquet and AAUW Conferences and Convention for 2016-2017  are listed below.  For further information, email either of the Co-Vice Presidents, Program, Susie Gullickson or Peggy Connolly.

Branch Meetings and Programs

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 (Wednesday) – MEET MARIE CURIE AT THE BRANCH SHOWCASE MEETING. Join us as we kick off the new program year. Meet new members, reconnect with old friends and learn about the Branch’s Interest Groups and other initiatives. Maria Bakalis, noted local (and international) actor, will present a one-woman show portraying Marie Curie. Dr. Curie made significant scientific contributions to the world because AAUW, through a collaboration of women’s organizations, provided her with funds to purchase uranium, when no one else would support her research. 7:00 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn.      

OCTOBER 1, 2016 (Saturday) – ELEANOR ROOSEVELT WALK OR RUN. Meet in Glen Ellyn and walk or run the Prairie Path to Wheaton. 9:00 a.m., Glen Ellyn Public Library (Parking Lot) 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn.

OCTOBER 5, 2016 (Wednesday) – Seeking Safety: Panel on Refugees. Issues surrounding refugees arouse compassion, fear, anger, and confusion. The worldwide refugee crisis impacts policy, resources, legislation, social services, education, and most profoundly, individuals and families. Jamie R Daling, Volunteer Services Manager for World Relief DuPage/Aurora will present perspectives on the refugee crisis, with personal insights offered by additional speakers who came to the US as refugees. Join us as we learn about this human plight that touches us all. 7:00 p.m., Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane Street.     

NOVEMBER 2, 2016 (Wednesday) – The History of Brothels in Glen Ellyn. Is Emily Rieck the skeleton in Glen Ellyn’s closet? When Chicago closed down Madame Rieck’s discrete services in 1890, she reestablished her business in Glen Ellyn, and her wealthy Chicago patrons followed. They discovered the village’s other charms – some eventually moving their families from the squalor of Chicago to the welcoming arms of the peaceful little village. Author Dan Anderson of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society will enlighten us about Madame Rieck’s contributions to the economic success of Glen Ellyn. 7:00 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn.

DECEMBER 7, 2016 (Wednesday) – WINTER BANQUET. Our speaker will be a recent recipient of an AAUW Fellowship or Research Grant. 6:00 p.m., The Village Links, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn.

FEBRUARY 1, 2017 (Wednesday) – The Underground Railroad. Branch member Glennette Tilley Turner is an author, lecturer, educator, consultant, and historical researcher. She is primarily known for her deep knowledge of the Underground Railroad. In addition to her writing, legislative advocacy, and lectures on the Underground Railroad, Glennette serves as a member of the Underground Railroad Advisory Committee of the National Park Service, and narrated the Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Harriet Tubman. Glennette will share with us her extensive knowledge of DuPage County’s Underground Railroad. 7:00 p.m., Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn.

MARCH 4, 2017 (Saturday) – MORTON ARBORETUM BOTANICAL ART COLLECTION. The Morton Arboretum Art Collection contains more than 12,000 works, including many exceptionally rare and beautiful original paintings, ink drawings, colored pencil sketches, lithographs, etchings, engravings, aquatints, illustrations, watercolors, garden plans, nursery catalogs, and pattern books. Rita Hassert, curator of the Botanical Art Collection, will share works from this extraordinary collection with us. 9:30 a.m., Sterling Library, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle.

APRIL 5, 2017 (Wednesday) — FRACKING AND EARTHQUAKES. Between 1973 and 2008, the central and eastern United States experienced an average of 21 earthquakes of magnitude three and larger annually. In the same area in 2014, there were 659 comparable earthquakes. The US Geological Survey concluded that human actions, particularly fracking, have contributed significantly to increased incidents of earthquakes. Jessica Fujan, the Midwest Region Director at Food & Water Watch, will update us on the science, policy, and future of fracking. 7:00 p.m., Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn.

MAY 22, 2017 (Monday) – SPRING BANQUET. At this event, we will celebrate our achievements for the year (especially, Book Sale results) and install new officers. The 2017 COD scholarship recipients will also be announced. 6:00 p.m., Adelle’s, 535 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton.