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 2017-2018  are listed below.  For further information, email either of the Co-Vice Presidents, Program,  Janet or Donna Jean.

Branch Meetings and Programs

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 (Wednesday) – 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 as well as hear about important AAUW research.
“The numbers are stark. Despite women’s impressive gains in education and the workplace over the past 50 years, men greatly outnumber women in leadership, especially in top positions.” So begins the AAUW Research Report “BARRIERS and BIAS – The Status of Women in Leadership.” Andi Davis, past AAUW Illinois State President and member of The Gender Equity Fund of Illinois Speaker’s Bureau will define the challenge and offer solutions to close the leadership gap. 7:00 p.m., The Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn.      

OCTOBER 4, 2017 (Wednesday)The highly recommended and anticipated program, BEHIND THE VEIL: WOMEN’S ROLES IN ISLAM will give us an opportunity to get beyond misconceptions about Islam, women, and the Muslim American community. Presented by Sadia G. Covert, Esq., Executive Director of UCARE, an organization founded to bring communities together through understanding Islam in its historical, cultural, and literary background. UCARE is the only centralized organization in Illinois that brings comprehensive diversity training and seminars in Islamic cultural awareness to the public.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. 7:00 p.m., The Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn.  

OCTOBER 7, 2017 (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.

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 (Wednesday) You may remember Alison Bell’s amazing presentation on immigration last year. We have invited her back for a program on HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Not just a subject of television drama and movies, human trafficking continues to be a very real danger, often to some of society’s most vulnerable members. Alison, who serves as Senior Resettlement Manager for World Relief DuPage / Aurora, has first-hand knowledge of its practices and impact. Join us for a timely and informative program that supports the AAUW national agenda.  7:00 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn.

DECEMBER 2017 – WINTER BANQUET. Our speaker will be a recent recipient of an AAUW Fellowship or Research Grant. Date and Location TBA. Watch for details in Twigs.

FEBRUARY 7, 2018 (Wednesday) – The Gender Pay Gap – What It Is and How to Address It. Are you or someone you know affected by the pay gap?  Congress passed The Equal Pay Act in 1963.  However, the gender pay gap still exists.  Today, women earn only 80% of a man’s pay with the same qualifications. At the current rate, the pay gap won’t be closed until 2119. AAUW believes we can do better (and so can our daughters and granddaughters).  Learn about their extensive research and some of the strategies they have developed to address this critical issue and its dramatic impact on the economic security of families across the nation. Join us to learn about AAUW’s  research and its WORK SMART and START SMART workshops for women in the work force or graduating from school.  Find out how we can address this disparity and gain gender equity. 7:00 p.m., The Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn.  

MARCH 3, 2018 (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. We will return again to the Arboretum to learn more about this amazing collection right in our own backyards. A brief business meeting will include election of officers. 9:30 a.m., Sterling Library, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle.

APRIL 4, 2018 (Wednesday) — HOW TO SAVE LIVES IN AUSCHWITZ.  Dr. Ewa Bacon is an historian who was most fortunate to get access to a “primary source”: the oral history of her father about his experience in Auschwitz.  As a newly minted Polish physician, he became a “functionary” prisoner – his skill set was useful.  Auschwitz was a remarkably complicated organization.  Ewa will discuss the labor camp, the role of German Big Business, and the creation of a prisoners’ hospital in an Auschwitz unit: Buna-Monowitz.  It took a lot of ingenuity and guile to save lives in such a place.  7:00 PM, Location TBD

MAY 2018 – SPRING BANQUET. At this event, we will celebrate our achievements for the year (especially, Book Sale results) and install new officers. The 2018 COD scholarship recipients will also be announced. Date and Location TBA. Watch for details in Twigs.