2019-2020 Programs

If you are not already a member, please come to any of our meetings and feel the welcome our local Saint Cloud Area Branch exudes. 

 Programs are located at the Courtyard by Marriott, 404 West St. Germain, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Park free in the Marriott ramp and bring your parking ticket with you to be stamped.
Please email or call one of our Social Chairs, listed below, a week before the program.   Indicate any special food needs (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, allergies).
Joyce Hummel: dennis.joyce.hummel@gmail.com, (320) 224-5086
Ginny Bisek: gbisek@charter.net, (320) 253-1462

  • September 10, 2019 (Tuesday) $18.00
    5:30 p.m. Social/Dinner 6:50
    A Conversation with Patty”
    We will jump-start the season with a special program created by Linda MacLeod, who will be interviewing Patty Wetterling. You won’t want to miss this personal accounting of Patty’s experiences and how she became a national figure fighting child abduction and abuse.

  • October 8, 2019 (Tuesday) $17.00
    5:30 p.m. Social/Dinner 6:45 Program
    A Report from the NCCWSL Women”
    The five college women who attended the Washington, D.C. leadership conference sponsored by AAUW, will report on their life changing experiences. Speakers: Molly Johnson, College of St. Benedict Leandria Albury, College of St. Benedict Ruby Geng, College of St. Benedict Aubrey Walter, College of St. Benedict and Brittney Clark, St.Cloud State University.
  • November 12, 2019 (Tuesday) $17.00
    5:30 p.m. Social/Dinner 6:45 Program
    The Central MN Child Advocacy Center”
    Tiffany Thompson and co-workers from the center will tell about their work with children who have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused. In the last two years, they have served 480 children from Stearns County; 80 of those under three years old. Learn about the services these deserving children are given.
  • December 14, 2019 (Saturday) $17.00
    9:00 a.m. Social/Breakfast
    Holiday Trip to the Center for Family Peace with Sandy Nadeau , Director of Development and Communication”
    Enjoy breakfast at the Marriott and then carpool to Anna Marie’s to distribute the holiday gifts collected from our members for mothers and children who have found a new home and help from struggling with abusive situations at home.
  • January 11, 2020 (Saturday) $17.00
    9:00 a.m. Social/Breakfast 10:15 Program
    What You Don’t Know about Dementia”
    Occupational Therapist Joan Thralow, BS, University of North Dakota, will bring her expertise to the subject from both a caregiver and patient viewpoint. In retirement she works with Spot Rehab and facilitates several memory support groups at Whitney Senior Center.
  • February 8, 2020 (Saturday) $17.00
    9:00 a.m. Social/ Breakfast 10:15 Program
    Never too Old to Discover New Talents: This Writer’s Journey”
    Writer Nikki Rajala grew up observing her mother, Agnes Peloquin Rajala, create stories from family ancestors’ adventures. After co-authoring with her mother, Nikki went on her personal journey as a writer and researcher. Rajala earned her BA from Augsburg College and retired from teaching English as a Second Language for St Cloud District 742.
  • March 10, 2020 (Tuesday) $17.00
    5:30 p.m. Social/Dinner 6:45 Program
    Women’s Suffrage Re-visited”
     In observance of Women’s History Month, Author Annette Atkins, Professor Emerita of History, St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict will talk about how the 19th Amendment has transformed women’s lives. Dr. Atkins makes “herstory” astoundingly interesting.
  • April 14th, 2020 (Tuesday) $17.00
    5:30 p.m. Social/Dinner 6:45 Program
    Title IX at 48 : Looking Back, Moving Forward”
    Carol Howe-Veenstra retired from 28 years as Athletic Director and 15 years as Head Volleyball coach at CSB. She will share her Title IX experience and expertise regarding the 48 year-old law. Renew your understanding of how it has impacted, especially, women’s sports, and AAUW’s commitment to “advancing equity for women and girls.”
  • May 12th, 2020 (Tuesday) $17.00
    5:30 p.m. Social/ Dinner 6:45 Program
    “The Great River Children’s Museum”
    Glen Palm, Professor Emeritus of Child and Family Studies, SCSU, and director of the Great River Children’s Museum will bring us up-to-date on its status. Palm said, “Our community needs a space dedicated to young children and families….a place to practice needed 20th century skills.”