Mid Summer 2021
Volume 2 | Issue 1
We are once again faced with the cancellation of our Annual Used Book Sale due to complications caused by the pandemic. 

Help us continue to fulfill our mission to provide local scholarships this fall to deserving women in Downers Grove, Darien, Lisle, Westmont, & Woodridge and contribute to National AAUW’s Greatest Needs Fund by making a monetary donation through our online fundraiser. Consider how much you have spent at our sale in the past as you think about making a donation.
Our goal this year is to raise $6,250, 80% for local scholarships and 20% for our annual donation to National AAUW.

Please click here to donate with a credit card.

If you would prefer to pay with a check, please mail your check payable to:
“Downers Grove Area AAUW”
PO Box 694, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Our webpage will be kept up-to-date with a total that combines credit card donations with checks received. We may periodically send out emails to report on fundraising progress. We will send a final total and acknowledge all donors in September using the following level system:
Used Book Sale Supporter: up to $49
Rare Book Collector: $50 to $499
Educator's Society: $500 - $1,999
Scholarship Hero: $2000 and above
If you would prefer not to be acknowledged by name, please use Anonymous as your first name on the online donation form or include a note in your check donation envelope. 

Thank you very much for your donation and attention to this worthwhile endeavor for Women who are returning to complete their educational goals. We hope to return to holding our annual Used Book Sale in 2022!
Pictured: Two of the 2020 Back-to-the-Books Scholarship Winners "at" the June Meeting.
Photo by Joyce Tumea
Starting on July 17th, between credit cards and checks we have raised $3,025 toward our goal of $6,250! 
Donate soon as the fundraiser ends on August 31!
Fundraising Opportunity at RotaryGrove Fest. Act Now to Support the Branch and the Community!

Sign up to work a 4-hour shift at RotaryGrove Fest and earn a $40 stipend for each shift worked. This is a great opportunity to raise money for our scholarships while also helping the community. Click the link and then the Sign Up for Shifts button.

Spots are going fast so don’t wait to claim your shift. We need to fill 5 spots to qualify for the stipend.

Click on this Link for more information and to Sign up:  https://rotarygrovefest.com/volunteer/

You will sign up for a job and time slot online. Be sure to enter AAUW Downers Grove Area Branch as your non-profit organization. 

Click on this Link today:  https://rotarygrovefest.com/volunteer/

Interest Groups
Interest groups include 4 book discussion groups, afternoon bridge, and Great Decisions (a world affairs discussion group) - as well as a History and Movie group. Pictured at right are two of the books featured at a recent meeting of our book discussion groups.
 
Great Decisions Ice Cream Social
VOTER REGISTRARS

AAUW has a core of Voter Registrars that assist with registration activities, usually in coordination with the League of Women Voters of Downers Grove, Woodridge, and Lisle. September 28, 2021 is National Voter Registration Day. Hopefully, there will be opportunities to register voters then. 
Join Us

The beginning of the branch year is a great time to join!

Branch Membership includes access to over fifteen Interest Groups, leadership roles on the board and committees, planning and production of monthly public programs, the annual Equal Pay Day Rally as well as the Used Book Sale. PLUS State and National informational emails and opportunities!

Join online or contact us for more information and an application to mail.

Editor's Note

The Public Policy Notice is archived on the  Past Programs page of the website.

The next issue will be released sometime around September 5, 2021.

Blue underlined text in the newsletter indicates clickable links to emails, websites, or pdfs.

Kim Venzon, VP Communications

Public Policy
Emily Owens, Appointed Officer
2021-2022 BRANCH BOARD
PRESIDENT Sandra Sansone Brennan
VICE-PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP Kristen Beirne * VICE-PRESIDENT PROGRAMS Julie Venetis * VICE-PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS Kim Venzon * SECRETARY Patty Page * TREASURER Coleen Walter
APPOINTED OFFICERS ** AAUW FUNDS INFORMATION & FUNDRAISING Harriett Lindstrom ** PUBLIC POLICY Emily Owens
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