Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Fergus Falls branch of the AAUW wishes to thank all the people who helped make our Tour of Homes fundraiser a success.
We are so thankful for the homeowners who so graciously opened their lovely homes:
- Dan Fitz
- Eric and Lisa Farnberg
- Harriet and Barret Wicklund
- Kay and Jim Miller
- The Market on Union Avenue
- The Flower Mill
- Wild Rose Floral & Gifts
- Jaeger Furniture
- Olson Furniture
- Floor to Ceiling
- Flamingo Glass
- Periwinkle Decor
- Nancy Walvatne
- Crates of Yarn
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Cider Citrus Sparkle Punch (from AAUW "Savoring the Seasons" Cookbook)
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars (Adapted from “The Best of Byerly’s” and “Junior League at Home” Cookbooks)
1 cup flaked coconut
½ cup sliced almonds (or other nuts, such as walnuts)
1 cup raspberry preserves
Grease 9x13 pan. Heat oven to 350. In large bowl, melt butter, and add flour, oats, sugar, soda, slat, and extracts. Mix until crumbly. Add coconut and almonds and stir well.
Reserve 1 cup mixture; press remaining mixture in greased pan. Spread preserves evenly over crust, leaving ½ inch around edges. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.
Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Cool completely; cut into 48 small bars (8 across, 6 down).
Molasses Crinkle Cookies (From Old Betty Crocker Cookbook)
¼ cup molasses
2 ¼ cup flour
2 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
Mix shortening, sugar, egg, and molasses thoroughly. Blend dry ingredients and mix well with butter mixture. Chill in refrigerator. Heat oven to 375. Roll dough into balls the size of walnuts. Dip tops in sugar. Place, sugared-side up, 3” apart on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle each with 2 or 3 drops of water.
Pinwheel Refrigerator Cookies (From The Star Tribune – Adapted from “The Betty Crocker Cookbook”)
1 ½ c. powdered sugar
3 c. flour, plus more for rolling out dough
½ tsp. salt
¼ c. unsweetened baking cocoa powder (not cocoa drink mix)
With an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and egg on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed and add flour and salt, mixing until a dough forms. (You may need to use your hands to shape it into a ball.)
Remove dough from bowl and divide in half; return half to mixing bowl. On low speed, beat in cocoa powder until evenly mixed.
Divide each flavor of dough in half. On a floured surface, roll plain dough into a rectangle about 8-by-10 inches. Shape the edges to make all sides straight. Repeat with the chocolate dough, then place it on top of plain dough and roll up tightly. (You may need to run a knife or metal spatula under the dough to loosen it form the counter.) Repeat with remaining dough.
You can also make a simpler bulls-eye cookie by dividing and rolling the chocolate dough into two cylinders 8 inches long, then dividing and rolling the vanilla dough into two rectangles 8 inches long and about 3 inches wide. Place the chocolate tubes on the vanilla dough and wrap, pressing the seam to seal.
Wrap logs tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour, or place in freezer.
To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap log and, with a sharp knife, slice into ¼ inch slices. (If using a frozen log, let sit at room temperature 15 minutes before slicing.) Place slices 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden around the edges. Gently transfer to wire rack to cool.
Friday, October 21, 2011
The tour includes a reception at the beautiful new PioneerCare at 1131 Mabelle Ave.
Tickets are on sale for $15 at The Flower Mill, The Market on Union Avenue, Service Foods, Wild Rose Floral and Gifts, and the Lake Region Hospital Gift Shop. Or you can buy tickets the afternoon of the event at Pioneer Care.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
- Kay and Jim Miller, 23161 Rus Dic Cir;
- Harriet and Barret Wicklund, 2003 Kempton Court;
- Dan Fitz, 701 West Summit;
- Eric and Lisa Farnberg, 620 West Summit.
We will need all members' help on November 5 to serve as hostesses at the homes and to work at the reception. Remember this is our big fundraiser held every two years that enables us to award scholarships to area women.
Monday, July 25, 2011
(Has anyone read The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler? And if so, would that be a good companion read?) **Since that is the same week as the Home Tour, if that would seem to be a conflict, we could pick another date.
Molly was a wealthy Houston debutante who reinvented herself as one of the most provocative and courageous journalists in American history; a fascinating look at the behind the scenes of national media and politics and a sobering account of the toll of addiction and cancer.
Bayfield and Ashland are situated in bays on Lake Superior, and the drive to Wisconsin should be beautiful in October.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Fergus Falls AAUW Used Book Sale, July 15-16, 2011.
Donations can be dropped off at the school Thursday, July 14, between 5 and 8 p.m. If you would like someone to pick up your books, call Donna at 218-739-2822. No textbooks, please.
All proceeds of the sale go to AAUW scholarships and programming.
Friday, May 27, 2011
• Becky Boyd attended M-State—Fergus Falls and will begin studies at Minnesota State—Moorhead in the fall. She plans to study social work
• Emma DeMartelaere is a senior at Kennedy Secondary, Fergus Falls, and will be attending the University of Minnesota—Minneapolis in the fall. Her field of interest is civil engineering.
• Ellen Ferry recently graduated from Underwood School. She is interested in studying psychology, communications and business at a liberal arts college.
• Lizzy Link received the Georgia Dieseth Scholarship, which is given to a woman who has demonstrated an interest in the arts. She is a senior at Kennedy Secondary, Fergus Falls, and plans to attend Olivet University in Bourbonnais, IL. She has an interest in ministry as a pastor, teacher or musician.
“Our four awardees stood out from some very stellar applications. Our branch is pleased to be able to help area women further their education and achieve their career goals,” said Peg Werner, chair of the AAUW—Fergus Falls’ scholarship committee.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
In a recent email from Maryjane, she said Laizah is enrolling in a sewing and dressmaking course, which is $20 per month for the class. She also has lodging and food costs. In addition, she still needs to take English classes in order to pass her English exam, which is needed for success in school and business; there is a cost for both the classes and the exam. There should be enough money in the fund for her to buy supplies to be able to start her business on completion of her course.
We will be sendng the money through "A Light for Zimbabwe," founded by two nurses in New Hampshire. They have done a lot of work with the mission/orphanage/hospital at Mt. Selinda, where the Westras are. Maryjane said that the two women take turns coming over for a month at a time and are able to bring funds with them. Their organization focuses on education and business opportunities, goals in common with ours.
Friday, May 20, 2011
|Outgoing President Tanya Sundberg and VP of Membership Marion Kershner|
modeled pearls, hair pouf and pillbox reminiscent of 1961.
|Like many of the attendees, Lisa Brummer and Pam Jacklitch |
enjoyed dressing up in an homage to the styles of 1961.
|Charter Member Yvonne Condell addressed the celebration guests.|
|Pemberton Law Firm graciously provided bubbly to help us toast our 50 years!|
|Customized vases and flowers proved a lovely "parting gift" for attendees.|
|Kristi Hastings was names 2011 Woman of the Year|
|Margaret Anderson Kelliher was a charming and enlightening keynote speaker.|
|A silent auction was held for scholarship funds for Laizeh, a young Zimbabwean woman |
who wishes to further her education and help her employment prospects.
Hastings is a lawyer at Pemberton, Sorlie, Rufer & Kershner Law Firm, Fergus Falls, and a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)—Fergus Falls branch since 2002.
She served as president of the Fergus Falls AAUW branch in 2009. Under her leadership, the branch won the Minnesota AAUW’s “Mission in Motion” Award. This award recognizes branches that work to incorporate the AAUW’s mission in all areas of branch activity.
This past year, Hastings coordinated the branch’s first ever STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career exploration event for 4th and 5th grade girls. Science Girl Saturday was such a success, the Fergus Falls AAUW is planning its next event, Techno Girl Saturday.
This is not the first time Hastings has received public recognition. In 2010, she was named one of the Minnesota Jaycees’ “Outstanding Young Minnesotans” for her demonstrated commitment to public service and to the advancement of women in professional and scientific fields.
She is also the incoming president of the 544 Education Foundation, on the Lake Region Healthcare Advisory Council, and a board member of the Council of School Attorneys.
"Kristi is such a driving force in our branch and she is always bringing fresh ideas to the table. She has been very active in our branch as the president last year and then as the STEM coordinator this year,” said Tanya Sundberg, current president of the Fergus Falls AAUW. “She does all this while maintaining a successful law practice, raising two kids, remodeling her house, and just generally being fabulous."
The Woman of the Year award includes a $100 donation to the organization of the honoree’s choice. Hastings has chosen the Claire Ann Shover Nursery School as the recipient of the donation.
Friday, May 13, 2011
|The 1961 charter dinner |
of the Fergus Falls AAUW
The branch’s first president, Lois Fankhanel, presided over 21 charter members. There were no less than 13 standing committees for such topics as the arts, education, international relations, social and economic issues, and the status of women.
Along with the monthly meetings, the Fergus Falls branch held a spring tea for senior girls from Hillcrest, Fergus Falls High School and the junior college, now M-State. In 1963, the first home tour was held, co-sponsored by the Fergus Falls AAUW and Shover Nursery School Mothers. Proceeds of the tour helped finance the educational projects of the two groups.
Fifty years’ later, the biannual Tour of Homes is still one of the Fergus Falls AAUW’s most popular fundraisers, along with the annual book sale. Proceeds help fund the branch’s scholarship and educational programs. This past year the branch hosted its first “Science Girl Saturday,” an event for fourth and fifth grade girls to experience firsthand what STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers are like.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
|Margaret Anderson Kelliher|
There’s no doubt technology will play a major role in future workforce development. Many of the careers our young children will have don’t even exist yet. The Minnesota High Tech Association helps prepare for the jobs of the future by creating the best environment possible for Minnesota technology companies. Educating our future workforce is a big part of the MHTA mission.
MHTA President Margaret Anderson Kelliher will speak about new research that shows Minnesota has the biggest demand in the country for a highly educated, advanced workforce. That’s why we need to encourage our young people—particularly girls—to seriously consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers.
Margaret Anderson Kelliher joined the Minnesota High Tech Association as its president and CEO earlier this year after a 12-year career in the Minnesota House of Representatives. As Speaker of the Minnesota House, she was a champion for the education and workforce issues that are central to the mission of MHTA.
She is sure to inform, inspire and entertain us!
Anderson Kelliher's speech is at 7:30 p.m. Her presentation is free of charge and open to the public.
Please invite guests to share this special evening with!
Liazah’s lovely smile will tell you all you need to know about her. She is a young woman with potential. She and young women like her are the future of Zimbabwe. She is worth the investment.
Liazah, age 18, is a recent graduate of the Daisy Dube Children’s Home, which means she has aged out of the children’s home care and must, by law, move out. Unlike other young girls her age, she has no family to take her in and no source of support. With unemployment at 90% in the rural areas of Zimbabwe, the best she can hope for without further training is “piece work,” meaning undependendable day labor jobs like carrying water or working in the fields. Sometimes girls find themselves marrying for all the wrong reasons.
Liazah’s impoverished parents sold her into marriage at the age of eight. She went to live with her future husband’s family where she did forced labor and waited for marriage. At the age of 12, the much older promised husband could wait no longer and took her as his wife. Child welfare officials became involved and Liazah came to Daisy Dube Children’s Home in Mt. Selinda Mission. She has been a hard worker and shown responsibility for the younger residents at the home.
She recently graduated from Form 4 “O” levels, roughly the equivalent of high school. But any further training requires two years of “A” level classes. She is a good student, although she was disappointed that she did not pass English. A passing grade in English is vital to future education. Her spoken English is excellent and we intend to help her study to pass the English exam in April.
Liazah has had some ideas about her future. She is sure she does not want to marry until she has completed some training or education. She volunteers for the hospital full time in exchange for some food and a small room. She does not own a cooking pot or a pillow. She recently took some sewing lessons and sewed herself a uniform. Mt. Selinda is her family and she has adopted Don and Maryjane Westra as her mom and dad!
A sponsor for this young lady would allow her to complete her “A” levels. Sponsorship would mean paying school fees ($90 per term, three terms per year for two years), some money for school supplies and a small amount of money for incidentals. In exchange she will write to you about her progress and future dreams. This girl has potential!
To help support Liazah as she finished her "A" levels, please send donations to Leslie Flugstad, 931 First Ave , Fergus Fall, MN 56537. Please indicate what donation is for. We also invite you to bid freely at the silent auction at our May 16 50th anniversary celebration!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Download nomination form.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
The following scholarships will be awarded in 2011:
Three $1,000 scholarships
One $1,000 Georgia Dieseth scholarship for a woman who has demonstrated an interest in the Arts (music, drama, writing, art).
It is important for applicants to realize that the scholarships will be granted on the basis of the “whole person,”not simply performance on standardized tests or grade point averages. General factors that will be taken into consideration are the following: leadership, dedication to lifelong learning, completion of the essay, life experiences, extracurricular activities, and the applicant appraisal forms.
You can download the application and recommendation forms from this website (on the righthand side).
Only one application packet needs to be submitted, even if you are applying under different scholarship categories. If there is not enough space for your responses on the scholarship application form, please attach additional pages. Please be sure to ask two people to complete the applicant appraisal form. These forms should be completed by a high school or college counselor, advisor or mentor, an instructor, or a work supervisor. Please remember that you must have TWO appraisal forms in order for your scholarship application packet to be considered complete.
Completed application packets must be returned to the address at the bottom of the application and be postmarked no later than March 21, 2011. Scholarship winners will be invited to attend the April 18, 2011 branch meeting.
Please contact Peg Werner at 218-739-6004 if you have any questions.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
|Karen Peterson leads the science girls in an experiment.|
Monday, January 17, 2011
The Fergus Falls branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is excited to announce that it will be hosting "SCIENCE GIRL SATURDAY" on February 26, 2011 in at M State--Fergus Falls. This is a FREE workshop for girls in 4th and 5th grade who are interested in exploring careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
The workshop will be conducted by Karen Peterson, Clinical Laboratory Director at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and Christie Huber, an instructor at M State. The workshop include hands-on learning through cool experiments!
AAUW focuses on raising funds for scholarships for women and girls as well as promoting career opportunities for girls in the STEM fields.
In celebration of our branch's 50th anniversary, we are pleased to offer this free workshop.
Online registration for Science Girl Saturday is now open at www.surveymonkey.com/s/635S26N.
For more information, contact Kristi A. Hastings, Fergus Falls AAUW STEM
liaison at email@example.com.