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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

Fraternal and social organizations,   pp. 242-291 PDF (12.3 MB)


Page 242


             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.
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