The Washington, Iowa Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) met Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at the home of Virginia Bordwell with 16 members and one guest in attendance. Co-hostess for the evening was Linda Gonshorowski.
Member Ellen Krueger shared a very interesting and informative program about the Women of World War II. She shared that 62 women served in various capacities in the armed forces, with only one woman who died — that was in a Japanese prison camp. She told how the women knitted hundreds of items for the soldiers and rolled bandages for their wounds and supported the Red Cross. Additionally, sugar was the first item rationed, as it was used in making bullets and bombs. Residents “recycled” everything from rubber to paper to nylons to metal to rags and even fats and grease, with children even encouraged to bring these items to school to be “repurposed” in support of the war effort. Ellen shared about the importance of Victory Gardens. Of the thousands of residences in Washington there were only 12 households without a garden. She also shared how the paper carriers of The Washington Evening Journal won a national award for their very successful selling of defense bonds. In closing, Ellen reminded the group that all citizens of Washington patriotically supported World War II in every way asked by their country.
Highlights of the business meeting included an update from Julia Gamon about the proposed Little Free Library, a partnership between AAUW and the Washington Public Library and GoodWill. Construction plans are being drawn up for the library and a site has been selected. President Marde mentioned that several AAUW members were recognized in the recent Women in Business insert of The Washington Evening Journal. Virginia Bordwell and Karen Murphy reported that all greenery orders were in and that poinsettias may be picked up on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 9 to 9:30 at the UP Home Campus Center. All profits from these fundraising events will be used for local scholarships for girls and women. Ellen Krueger reported on some of the tentative plans for AAUW’s contribution for Washington 175th Birthday Party in June 2014.
Members were reminded that the next meeting is Feb. 25, 2014, at the home of Linda Sturdevant with co-hostesses Kitch Shatzer and Ellen Krueger. Anyone interested in or wanting more information about AAUW, feel free to contact Marde McConnell, 653-3884 or Jennine Wolf, 461-1497.