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Minutes from November 8, 2018

December 13, 2018

Our program began at 7 p.m. with Loan Trinh telling of her experiences of being a refugee from Vietnam. She is a real example of how education can make a difference – through her education and work at Arkema she has been able to help many family members come into the United States. Thank you for sharing your story, Loan.

The meeting was called to order at 8:45 p.m. in the Fireside Room at First Lutheran Church. Guests Rhonda McCabe, Loan Trinh, and Karla Iacovino were welcomed.  Jean Peterson thanked everyone who worked at the Village Affair.  Kudos were also given to Beth and Mary for arranging our last very successful election forum with Terry Gjersvik and Peggy Bennett.

Minutes: There were no additions or corrections; they stand approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report: There is $6,431 in our checking account. Treasurer Jeanette also had a written summary of expenses and income to date from Village Affair. (This will be attached at the bottom of the page if possible.) Income total was $7,695; expenses were $1,978.

Committee Reports:

Program – Next month will be our holiday party at Jean Peterson’s home. Please bring a white elephant for our charity auction and an appetizer or sweets. Drinks will be provided.

Membership – No report. It was suggested that we put something in the welcome packet that is given to new residents.

Public Policy – No report

Village Affair: Pam reported that it was a fabulous event. The food went very well and was gone by 1 p.m. Revenue for booths was up by $60. There were no refunds and zero no-shows. Attendance was phenomenal. The sale of raffle tickets was up – moving the table by the entrance door has helped a lot. Vendors did not express any complaints! The aprons worked out well. Pam thanked all for their help. In return all expressed appreciation for the hard work that Pam, the committee, and the Women of Today have done.

Old Business: None

New Business: The Women of Today have asked for help wrapping presents at the Santa House on Friday, December 7 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the City Center. Please bring your own tape and scissors. Members are encouraged to donate to Santa House.

Announcements: The 70th anniversary of the Minnesota AAUW will be celebrated at the state convention in Grand Rapids on April 26 and 27.

Jeanette’s phone number is 507-567-2700.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.


Minutes of October 11, 2018

November 8, 2018

The October 2018 meeting was called to order at 6:33 p.m. by President Jean Peterson in the Blooming Prairie Branch Library.

Minutes: Copies were distributed. The minutes stand approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report: Jeanette reported that there is $3,100 in the checking account. Of that total $2,900 has been deposited for Village Affair rentals.

Committee Reports:

Program: Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m in the Fireside Room at First Lutheran Church. Loan Trinh will be speaking on her experience of being a refugee.

Membership: No report

Public Policy: Please vote!

Village Affair: The Village Affair will be held on October 27. Please give any remaining  basket items to Naomi Hansen, as well as the money for raffle tickets. Pam reported that we are about even with last year and are good to go. The aprons will be washed and ironed by Beth and Jean.  Jean thanked the committee for their work on Village Affair.

Old Business: 

Budget: Jeanette presented the proposed budget. The membership approved the budget.

New Business: None

Announcements: None

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 6:46 p.m. The members then joined the Election Forum in the City Council Chambers. Candidates for Minnesota State Representative District 27A, Peggy Bennett and Terry Gjersvik, participated in a well-attended forum.

Minutes for September 13, 2018

October 10, 2018

Following a walking tour of Main Street led by Nancy Vaillancourt, the Blooming Prairie Branch of AAUW met at the Pizza Cellar. The meeting was called to order at 8:25 p.m. by President Jean Peterson. Thirteen members were in attendance.

Minutes:  The minutes stand approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report: There is $2,585.51 in our checking account. Included in that amount is $2,256 for Village Affair space rentals. A thank you was received from Mitchell Oswald for the scholarship he received.

Committee Reports:

Program: Beth announced that our October meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the library. At 7:00 p.m. an election forum will be held in the City Council Chambers. The state representative candidates for District 27A will answer questions. The public is invited. Bring a guest with you!

Membership: No report

Scholarship: Will vote on two members for the scholarship committee in February.

Village Affair: As of the meeting date 108 spaces had been rented to 59 vendors. The committee will meet again on October 4. Mary Malherek will have the key to the school. Heidi has the aprons. Naomi distributed tickets, posters, and a sheet of ideas for the basket. Sign up sheets were also handed out.

Old Business: None

New Business: The budget is being worked on.

Announcements: None

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:42 p.m.

Minutes May 10, 2018

May 28, 2018

Call to Order: President Jean Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:50 p.m. Twelve members were present at our Mystery Dinner held at Bella Victoria in Austin.

Minutes: The minutes were reviewed and approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report: Not available.

Committee Reports:

Program: Mary Malherek and Beth Krebs asked for program ideas, and also ideas on where to meet. Thanks to them for an interesting slate of programs this year,

Membership: Please share names of people who may be interested.

Scholarship: Loretta, Beth, Liza, and Naomi served on this committee. Three scholarships were given: $700 to Jerrin Jax; $700 to Mitchell Oswald; and $600 to Mandy Doocy. Marilyn and Liza presented the scholarships at the awards ceremony.

Village Affair: Please bring items for the Minnesota raffle basket to the September meeting. A list of suggestions was given to the members present.

Old Business:

Aprons: Heidi reported that they have arrived.

State Convention: Mary and Marilyn attended the convention in Faribault. Information from the convention was presented to the members. Mary and Marilyn reported that AAUW is stressing simplifying its priorities and letting other organizations work on other goals. The AAUW focus will instead be on:

  1. Pay equity
  2. Title IX
  3. Discrimination against women

One item from the state convention that garnered interest was the Tech Savvy grants that are available for junior and senior high school students.

Announcements: The sheep Venus can come to the library next week. (Side note: Venus turned out to be a goat, not a sheep. No sheep were at the program.)

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Minutes – April 12, 2018

May 10, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President Jean Peterson. Fourteen members were in attendance.

Minutes: The minutes were reviewed and stand approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report: There is $2,843.11 in the checking account. The report is filed subject to audit.

Committee Reports:

Program: Meet at the high school at 6 p.m. on May 10th for our Mystery Dinner.

Membership: None

Scholarship: the committee of Beth, Jeanette, Liza, and Naomi will be reviewing the            8 applications received. They have $2,000 to work with.

Village Affair: Pam and Mandy will meet on May 3.

Old Business: 

Aprons: Heidi is ordering the 20 aprons now.

State Convention: April 27-28 in Austin. Mary Malherek and Marilyn Meshke will be  attending. The sum of $300 has been allotted for their expenses.

New Business:

Nominating Committee Report: Jean has agreed to serve another term as president and Jeanette will serve as treasurer. Pam moved to accept the slate of officers as                  they were submitted for next year. Motion carried.

Village Affair: Marilyn Meshke would like someone else to be the high school          contact person for next year’s Village Affair. Mary Malherek agreed to be the contact person. Naomi will serve on the Village Affair Committee.

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

Loretta Ingvalson presented her program on Writing Poetry. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and has always loved playing with words. She read selections of her own poetry to the delight of all.





Minutes from March 8, 2018

April 11, 2018

The meeting was called to order by President Jean Peterson. The meeting was held in the Blooming Prairie Branch Library. Fifteen members were present, as well as guest Karla Iacovino.

Minutes: The minutes were approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report: We have a balance of $2,843.11 in our checking account. The majority of that will be used for scholarships.

Committee Reports:

  • Program – Apologies were given for last month’s last minute change. Our April meeting will be a presentation on poetry by Loretta Ingvalson at the Pizza Cellar.
  • Membership – No report
  • Village Affair – No activity at this time. This will be the 46th year of the event.

Old Business: After Pam Folkens spoke to the Women of Today, it was decided to order 20 aprons. They will be used at both Village Affair and Santa House. The members agreed to designate $200 for the purchase of the aprons. Heidi Heimgartner will take care of the purchase.

New Business:

  • Nominating Committee: Jean will not serve another term as president. Jeannette Hauschildt is willing to serve a full term as treasurer. Please consider volunteering for the president’s position.
  • Scholarship Committee: those serving will be Jeannette Hauschildt, Beth Krebs, Liza DeBoer, and Naomi Hansen. Beth will coordinate with the high school.
  • State Convention: The convention will be held on April 27-28 in Faribault. Mary Malherek and Marilyn Meshke may be attending.
  • Members to vote on by laws amendments: These will be available online.
  • Association fees: The state has raised annual dues from $49 to $59. When the dues are requested to be paid in May, the cost will be $70 annually.


  • Tri Branch Lunch – we are invited to attend on April 7 in Northfield at Ruth’s on Stafford. The speaker will be Tim Penny from the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation.
  • Naomi will be conducting an 8 week yoga session through Community Education. It will focus on Mind-Body Connection.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.


Minutes from January 10, 2018

February 7, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. President Jean Peterson welcomed all in attendance and thanked the Program Committee for choosing the movie and providing the refreshments.

Minutes: Thanks to Heidi Heimgartner for taking minutes for the December meeting. One correction was noted – the book study will be held in March. The February meeting will be the Robotics Club.

Treasurer’s Report: None

Committee Reports:

Program Committee: Beth and Mary announced that the February meeting on February 8 will be held at the library at the Blooming Prairie High School. We will be reading the book The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood. Please contact Nancy at the library for a copy.

Old Business:

Aprons: Heidi reported that the cost per apron would be $8.18. She will check on the cost of silk screening. Pam will discuss the aprons with the Women of Today. It was determined that we would need about 20 aprons.

Santa House: To help the Women of Today with their annual project, AAUW members are encouraged to pick up Christmas items that could be used in the Santa House.

New Business: None

Announcements: Movies will be shown at the library on Thursday afternoons.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Vaillancourt, Secretary

Minutes from December 14, 2017

January 10, 2018


The Call to Order was given at 7:26 pm by Pres. Jean P.  Members Present:  Pam F, Jean P, Beth K, Naomi H, Mary M, Austra H, Phyllis D, Joanne S, Loretta I, Liza D, Marilyn M, Karen V, Heidi H

Minutes of November meeting were approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report:  not available (Jeannette H, Treasurer, excused absence)

Committee Reports

Program Cmte reports our January meeting will be a movie party at the City Center.  Movie title is a surprise!  February meeting will include a discussion of the book, “The Book That Matters Most” by Ann Hood.

Membership: No report, Loretta I

Public Policy, Scholarship and Village Affair Cmtes:  No report

Old Business

Apricot-colored Apron sample was passed around as a replacement for the blue Village Affair tshirts.  Consensus was to order a few and share them each year (wash, fold, have in a box for volunteers in shifts) pending discussion with W of Today.  Heidi H will take care of ordering when we settle on the number of aprons we wish to purchase.  Cost is approx. $9 per apron.

Joanne S shared her experience volunteering with the W of Today Santa House.  Several suggestions for enhancement were discussed.  This event is typically held on the first Friday of December in the afternoon (same date as the BPES Holiday Concert).

New Business:

Several possible White Elephant Auction recipients were discussed.  This included Santa House for W of Today, BP Backpack Program, Main Street Beautification, and BP Youth Club.

One announcement was shared by Joanne S regarding the Warrior Wagons, a gift shared with families who have a diagnosis of a childhood cancer.  Perhaps a future White Elephant auction recipient?

Meeting adjourned 7:54 pm with our best wishes to Nancy V, who was home recovering from surgery and missed.

Postscript:  Meeting re-adjourned to tabulate amount raised, and finalize auction gifts. The Auction Total for 2017 was $800. Motion was made by Karen V and seconded by Phyllis D to distribute:  300 to the BP Backpack Fund, 300 to the BP Youth Club, and 200 to the W of Today Santa House.  Making it a Happy Holidays for us, and for many in our community!

Respectfully submitted,

Heidi Heimgartner

2017 Minutes

Minutes October 12, 2017

November 8, 2017

The October meeting of the Blooming Prairie Branch of AAUW was called to order at 7:10 p.m. by Beth Krebs. President Jean Peterson was unable to attend the meeting.

Minutes: Mary Malherek was thanked for taking notes at the September meeting. The minutes from that meeting were approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s Report: There is $2,975.01 in the checking account. Of that total $2,948 was deposits from Village Affair.

Committee Reports:

Program: Next month’s program will be presented by RaeJean Hansen who will speak on Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation and Fact Finding in Sweden.

Membership: No report

Public Policy: Members are urged to vote in the election on November 7 for school board and school bond issues.

Village Affair: Pam reported that we are ready for the event. The food prices will be the same as last year. Please sign up to work. Marilyn Meshke has more raffle tickets to sell. Howard Lestrud wrote an article for the Times; we were given a deal for the advertising from the newspaper. In addition they donated a free subscription for the raffle basket. The Women of Today also donated items for the basket.

Centerpieces for the tables will be provided with placemats from First Lutheran by Marilyn, pumpkins from Loretta, and leaves from Karen.

Old Business: None.

New Business:

Budget: Treasurer Jeanette and former treasurer Beth Krebs presented the proposed budget. Copies were made available to the members. The budget proposal shows income of $7,931 and expenses of $7,577.  Mary moved to accept the budget as presented; Karen seconded the motion. The budget was approved.

Beth noted that she had found the budget for 1969 which showed income of $498 and expenses of $588 for a deficit of $90.

Announcements: Naomi met with the provost at the Gustavus Adolphus University Women’s Department. The department has shown interest in attaching to an AAUW chapter.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

The program “Benefits of Yoga” was presented by Naomi Hansen and included a yoga demonstration. Thank you, Naomi!


Minutes, September 14, 2017

October 12, 2017

Call to Order: President Jean Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room at First Lutheran Church. Ten members were present, along with our speaker Julie Klock.

Minutes: The minutes from the May meeting were approved as submitted.

Treasurer’s report: There is $2,986.01 in the checking account. Payments for Village Affair account for $2,600 of that amount.

Committee Reports:

Program:  Programs detailing the year and the contact information for the members were passed out.

Membership: No report

Scholarship: Rose Johnson and Leah Inwards each received $1,000. Thank you cards were received from both girls.

Village Affair, October 28: The committee reported that all is on schedule. Karen passed around sign up sheets. The raffle tickets and posters are ready. For the raffle basket, many items have been received including a quilted table runner and a quilted bag. More items are needed and can be brought to the October meeting or given directly to Marilyn Meshke.

Old Business:

July 2 in the park. Annika Green won the contest to guess how much money BP AAUW has given in scholarships. She received $25 in BP Bucks.

New Business:

  • Bylaws were updated and turned in to the national organization.
  • Budget – tabled until October meeting.


Austin AAUW will be having a Home Tour on October 8.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Program: Julie Klock instructed the group in card making. Everyone had the chance to design two cards with stamps, sticky jewels, ribbon, and paper punches.

Dessert was served by Beth and Mary.