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Minutes, March 10, 2016

April 14, 2016

The program was presented by Nancy Keith, director of the Lily Sparrow shelter in Owatonna.  The shelter provides a home for women and children who are in need and now has two homes for the residents.  Donations are welcome at the home.

The meeting was called to order by President Mary Malherek.

Secretary’s Report:  It was noted that members had not received a reminder email about this evening’s meeting, although Nancy sent the message twice.  She will send out a test email to try to find out the problem.  The minutes were approved as submitted online.

Treasurer’s Report:  The checking account has a balance of $2,957.17.  The Women of Today have now cashed their check.

Program committee:  Judge Renee Worke will present our April program.  Joanne and Julie are working on next year’s program.  At this point, here are the planned programs:

September – Anita Benson, Steele County Engineer

October – Person planned for April 2015 meeting

November – Laura Elvebak, Steele County Administrator

Legislative committee:  Mary reported that 81 judge vacancies are not being filled.  AAUW and Minnesota League of Women Voters are lobbying the State of Minnesota for free preschool education and better child care opportunities in the state.

New Business:

Officers: The slate of officers was presented:  President Jean Peterson and Treasurer Beth Krebs.  Heidi moved to accept the slate of officers, Phyllis seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  Thanks to Jean and Beth for their willingness to serve.

Scholarship committee:  Loretta, Austra, and Jean will begin evaluating the scholarship applications.

State Convention:  The annual state convention will be held in Duluth April 29, 30, and May 1.  We could sent three voting delegates. Let Marilyn M. or Mary M. know if you are interested in attending.

Meeting Place:  There was discussion about changing the location for our monthly meeting.  The Pizza Cellar and the City Council Chambers were suggested.  We will discuss this at the April meeting.


AAUW was featured on CBS This Morning, showing a program in Boston that teaches women to advocate for higher wages.

There are photographs of Harriet Powers’ quilts on the Smithsonian American History website.

The meeting was adjourned.





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