On April 16, 2016, we celebrated another GREAT Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon at Brenda’s – graciously hosted by Brenda and Irene. Luncheon theme Women Whistleblowers 2015 had record attendance and raised a record amount for the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund. Thank you Brenda and Irene. We are looking forward to our 2017 E. Roosevelt BBQ event to be hosted by Barbara & Tom Pickthall. Watch your newsletter for the date.
Did you know Eleanor was an AAUW Member?
The Fort Bend Branch Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon tradition was started by former branch member Marilyn Watson around 2001 as a small fundraiser and fun, low-work (for attendees) social event. The volunteer hostess(es) selects a date, usually early spring for a Saturday luncheon and generally donates all the labor and expense of preparing an elegant ladies luncheon (or tea). The attendees make reservations for the coveted few seats at the table and pay ($25 or more, originally $10) for the privilege. They must fulfill that year’s charge: to bring an ER quote, an imaginary guest, perhaps someone they wish to have known or who has influenced their life, wear a hat/gloves, etc .
People are told at the outset that funds raised are donated to AAUW’s Eleanor Roosevelt Fund #9170, a 501 (c) (3) entity.
Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award, given biennially (at national convention) honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to equity and education. In the past, a number of Texas AAUW branch members and educators received Eleanor Roosevelt grants recognizing and furthering their contribution to girls’ STEM education.
The ER Fund supports AAUW’s research projects such as……Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Hostile Hallways….or the most recent, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Fall 2016)