Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
Fraternal and social organizations, pp. 242-291 PDF (12.3 MB)
FRATERNAL AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS COMPILED BY JOHN TOLVERSON .a. U. W. THE Neenah-Menasha branch of the American Association of Uni- versity Women was founded in September, 1940, with 40 charter members. The first president was Miss Vivian Davies. The purpose of this branch is to unite the alumnae of A.A.U.W. approved colleges and universities for practical educational work, to concentrate and increase their influence in the community for the solu- tion of social and civic problems, to participate in the development and promotion of the policies and program of the American Associa- tion of University Women, to contribute to its growth and influence, and to cooperate in its state and regional work. The group contributes college scholarships for local high school girl graduates, and to scholarships and fellowships in the United States and abroad for both American and foreign women scholars. In addition, since 1944, there have been local study groups open to the public. In 1957-S8, there are study groups on international rela- tions, education, creative writing, music, literature, and travel and hobbies. The branch instigated the formation of the Civic Music Association in 1945-46; in 1947-48, set up a youth hostel; several years, they have sponsored art exhibits by local artists; and, since 1951, sponsored a number of foreign exchange students. Each year, hostesses from A.A.U.W. help new teachers in Neenah and Menasha to become oriented and to make friends. Senior girls from the local high schools are entertained each year, and encouraged to go to college. A Future Teachers Club at Neenah High School, sponsored by the education study group, encourages consideration of teaching as a career. At the monthly meetings, there are educational as well as entertain- ing programs or lectures. Some are presented by the membership, and some by outside speakers. 242
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