Welcome to the Downers Grove Area (IL) Branch of AAUW!


Final Total and Acknowledgments

Our goal this year was to raise $6,250, 80% for local scholarships and 20% for our annual donation to National AAUW.

Donations total $7,316 as of August 31, 2021!

Thank you to everyone who donated and made this fundraiser a success. We have enough to move forward with the Back-to-the-Books scholarship applications as well as make a donation to the National AAUW Greatest Needs Fund.

Thank you to the following donors for allowing us to continue to fulfill our mission.

Used Book Sale Supporter

Kim Venzon

Rare Book Collectors

Susan Becker
Sandra Sansone Brennan
Joan Fisher
Debra Guptill
Deborah Harris
Marilyn Jelinek
Anita Jencks
Claudia Kappel
Karen Kuchar
Cynthia Laughlin
Emily Owens
Rosalie Oppenheim
Patricia Page
Ellen Pascucci
Mary Joyce Pickett
Ruth Pordes
Lynne Romito
Lia Rubino
Susan Schaal
Nancy Shoemaker
Ann Springer
Nancy Svoboda
Joyce Tumea
Julia Venetis
Kathyrn Vlahos
Margaret Wagner
Coleen Walter
Mary Beth Weeks
Mary-Jo Wolsky
Carole Zoeller

Educator’s Society

Amy Buonassisi
Harriett Lindstrom
Lyndi Sprietsma
Sue Stealey

Used Book Sale Supporter:  up to $49; Rare Book Collector:  $50 to $499; Educator’s Society:  $500 – $1,999; Scholarship Hero:  $2000 and above

Hooray!  Used Book Collections are returning!

September 11, 10 am – 1:30 p.m.

Held at Eagle Storage 555 Rogers Street in Downers Grove.

Please wear a mask to enter the building per the statewide mandate.  People without masks should leave their donation at the bay door during the hours of the collection only.

Please review our donation guidelines.

During the hours of the September book collection, we will also be hosting voter registration in coordination with the League of Women Voters of Downers Grove, Woodridge, Lisle


We start our programs this year with two members only events.  Do you know a branch member?  Ask to come along as a guest or reach out to us to learn the details!

New & Potential Member Tea

Sunday, September 12 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

This is a casual, outdoor event held at a member’s home.  Board members and committee chairs will attend.

Due to COVID, we will ask that even though we are outdoors, attendees please mask.

Coffee, tea and very light refreshments will be served.

Only in the case of severe weather will the event be canceled.

Fall Kickoff Meeting and Social

Monday, September 20, 2021

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Join us for our Fall Kickoff General Meeting. We will be serving light refreshments this year in the form of individually wrapped treats, along with coffee/tea.

The General Meeting will begin at 7:00 with the popular book raffle to follow (don’t forget a bit of cash to purchase raffle tickets!.) We will be able to enjoy time socializing and catching up with each other.  Hope to see you all there as we kick off another new year!

**Masks are required for all attendees.


AAUW (American Association of University Women): www.aauw.org is a national organization of 100,000 women and men in more than 1000 branches across the country. AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal changes.

We support the National AAUW mission:
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

The Downers Grove Area Branch was founded in 1949 and has approximately 100 members from Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge. As a branch, we study global issues, promote women’s education, and meet for social events.