Activities

2021-2022 Activities 

Quarterly Birthday Dinners will be held at 5:30 pm on the first Wednesday of February;, May, August and November, Location TBA.

Monthly Coffees will be  held at 10:30 on the third Saturday of the month at the Crack of Dawn.

Halloween Breakfast, Sunday;, October 31, 2021 at the American Legion from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Social Saturday, January 15, 2022; Kathy Larson and Pauline Schreiber will arrange activities for us,, including Meditation by Mary Niermann and Isabell O’Connor

Tri-Branch Luncheon, Saturday, April 23, 2022, 11:30 am, Owatonna Arts Center, 435 Garden View Lane.

Book Sale, Faribault West Mall, May 18-24, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm.

State Convention, Friday, April 29, 2022  through Saturday, April 30, 2022, St. Cloud, MN

 

The Faribault branch is committed to the AAUW mission. The mission statement appears in our membership brochure and every issue of our newsletter. We center our programs on women presenters as well as women’s issues.

Our November meeting includes a silent auction to raise funds to support the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF).  LAF helps women who file law suits because of salary inequities, sexual harassment, or unequal treatment on the job.

Every third year we host the Tri-Branch Luncheon, a tradition we have long shared with the Northfield and Owatonna branches.

This year we will host the AAUW State Convention on Friday-Saturday, April 27-28!  Our convention theme is “Come Grow in Faribault.”

We strive each year to find ways to make AAUW a recognizable and proactive group in the Faribault community. For many years we have particitpated in Faribault’s International Festival that is held in August in Central Park.  We provide information about our branch and offer many youth activities.  Many of our programs are open to the public. the many of our meetings are held in a classroom equipped with technological resources in the lower level of District One Hospital in Faribault. Our members can eat in the hospital cafeteria prior to the meeting. Each member is encouraged to invite a guest to any or all our meetings.

Our first program of the year is “Getting to Know You”. This meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on September 25, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. A short ice breaker activity will follow the business meeting to allow members to chance to socialize and to learn more about each other.  A summary of our other meetings can be found under “programs.”

For years we have hosted candidate formums for state legislature, city council, mayoral, and school board candidates.  These are held at City Hall and are broadcast live on FCTV.

Our annual book sale has become an anticipated event for members of our community. We gather and store books during the year and then in April or May we set up the sale at the Faribault West Mall.  In recent years, we have chosen to extend beyond the weekend to garner more revenue. In addition to our scholarships, the sales also help fund Project STAR, a program that allows us to present a book to each child at preschool screening.

 

This year we hosted our 4th annual Halloween Scholarship Benefit Breakfast.  While providing importart monies for scholarships, it is also a fun time for our members to get to know one another and a way to get people in the community to learn about AAUW.

 We awarded three $750  scholarships to South Central College female students for the 2017 -2018 school year. We also gave two $1,000 local scholarships to  women returning to  college to complete their degrees.  Annually we present the AAUW Sportswoman of the Year award to a senior girl who excels in scholarship, sports, community activities, and extracurricular activities.  This has become quite a prestigious award in the Faribault Community.

Each year, during women’s history month, the Faribault Daily News publishes four or five articles written by our members. The themes have varied over the years. Some years we’ve focused on local women.  For over 20 years we have participated twice yearly in the Minnesota Highway Clean-up program.

 A committee composed of the following branch members (Cyndy Harrison, Kathy Larson, BettyHarmsen, Karen Rasmussen, Pat Rice and Gloria Olson)  met several times to  draft a proposal to rename our local airport field in honor of WWII pilot and women’s rights activist, Liz Strohfus. They presented their proposal to the Airport Board and Public works Director, Travis Krenske. They also shared their ideas with several community groups, including the American Legion, and received their endorsement.  The proposal was pre-approved by a joint meeting of the City Council and then by the full City Council and by thef FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). On June 24th a ceremony  with a large number of citizens and dignitaries in attendence, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, designated the field the Liz Wall Strohfus Field.

 

 

Liz Strofus

AAUW Branch members work to have our Airport renamed in honor of Liz Strofus, WASP Member

 

For many years our branch has sponsored a book club which meets monthly. Many, but not all books chosen to be read are authored by women.

For the past two years, an emphasis on “social” events has been a great success.  This year four popular social ideas will include: coffee on the 3rd Saturday of the month seeing a movie, celebrating our birthdays, and a morning book club!

Faribault Branch table at International Festival

Faribault Branch table at International Festival