The Washington Branch of the American Association of University Women met in the Game Room of Halcyon House on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. with Linda Sturdevant serving as hostess. Prior to the business meeting Susan Wellington, Marketing Director of Halcyon House, spoke to the group about all that Halcyon House has to offer its residents. She shared that they are a continuum care retirement facility with six options of housing and support. Those levels are: independent living, assisted living, assisted living with memory care support, late stage memory care, rehabilitation-to-go home care, and health care. She told the group that if a resident member outlives his or her assets the resident would never be asked to leave.
The group then toured an attractive 800 square foot apartment with Wellington telling that 1,200 and 1,600 square foot apartments are also available. The group saw the lovely new entry and office area, soon to be occupied. The group also toured one of the family-style care wings and saw the progress on the new Flander Gift Shop and the Circa?59 restaurant. Wellington concluded by saying that resident input was very important in the planning of these areas and in all the recent phases of construction and renovation.
Former President Marde McConnell conducted the business meeting in President Millie Youngquist?s absence. A thank-you note from Shalon Hoyle, AAUW National Honor Society speaker, was read. Treasurer Patty Roe?s report was shared, including information on the successful greenery and poinsettia sale.
Old Business included a report on the Feb. 22, Eighth Grade STEM event to take place at Kirkwood Community College, an event AAUW helped to initiate two years ago. Eight volunteers were needed as time keepers. Members volunteered.
The AAUW Little Free Library located at Good Will is running smoothly. Ginny Bordwell was recognized for her role in coordinating that project. Anyone having adult or children?s books to donate is asked to contact Ginny.
Chad Dillon, lead teacher of the WCSD WRAP Center, alternative high school, has once again contacted AAUW asking for assistance in lining up speakers for his students. A discussion followed with several suggestions given for the requested occupations. Marde will contact Chad as to how he wants the group to proceed.
In new business the group voted unanimously to offer another $1,000 scholarship to a woman currently in a post-high school educational situation. Linda Sturdevant, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, will meet with her committee members and begin the publicity. AAUW has offered annual scholarships to women since 1982.
The group also voted to once again give a $230 scholarship to Camp Invention to help with scholarships for girls to attend this WCSD elementary school STEM event.
Member Karen Murphy enthusiastically told about a possible June 21 fundraising idea: a bus trip to Moline including a boat ride on the Mississippi River, a delicious noon meal and live music of Classic Oldies. The idea was very well-received and Karen will have more information at the next meeting.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at the Marr Park Conservation and Education Center, with members carpooling from the UP Church Parking Lot at 6:45 p.m. Co-Hostesses will be Ellen Krueger and Marde McConnell. Debbie Stanton reminded the group that she will be hosting the May Brunch. The meeting was adjourned by Marde McConnell.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Anyone wanting more information about AAUW, feel free to contact Marde McConnell, 653-3884 or Millie Youngquist, 653-4673.