Because of COVID-19, this year’s book sale which traditionally is held the last weekend in March, is scheduled for October 22 – 24, 2021 at the Pennington County Fairgrounds.
2021 Success Award
The 2021 Success Award Application is available. AAUW Rapid City envisions awarding several $500 educational scholarships to young women either from west river South Dakota or attending school in western SD. Selection is based upon financial need, how the project or program furthers the applicant’s educational goals, and a clear connection between her goals and AAUW’s mission. Applications are due March 29. 2021.
The Rapid City Branch has been advancing equity for women and girls for nearly 100 years. The branch was chartered in 1927 with 30 dues paying members. The organizing treasurer was Miss Della M. Haft, librarian of the SD School of Mines. Since that time the branch has been actively carrying out their mission locally and supporting the national AAUW work. Following a National AAUW initiative in 1935 the Rapid Branch sponsored pre-school and kindergarten taught by a teacher trained to instruct children of that age group. In the 1960s the Rapid City branch began their used book sale which continues today. The funds raised by this event support our 1) scholarships to young women from West River SD pursuing their educational goals, and 2) grants to non-profits organizations whose mission aligns with that of AAUW. The applications for those awards are posted above. Our branch generally meets on the first or second Saturday of each month September through May. The programs are listed below. All are welcome to attend. For more information see the contact form below or email [email protected].
2020-21 AAUW Rapid City Program Schedule
September 12 – Bev Warne “Stronger Together” and Presentation of AAUW Rapid City Woman of the Year (Named Gift Honoree)
October 10 – Jace DeCory “Our Stories Tell Our History”
November 14 – Kathy Johnson & Deonne Kahler “AAUW National Five Star National Recognition Program”
December 5 – Melanie Timm, The Hope Center
January 9 – Speaker TBD
February 13 – Speaker TBD
March 6 – Speaker TBD
April 10 – Suzie Aadland, SDSM&T “You Are Welcome Here”
May 1 – Presentation of AAUW Rapid City Equity Grants and Success Award Scholarships
Leadership: Rapid City Branch Officers
Co-Presidents Kathy Johnson and Deonne Kahler
Secretary Sunny Gaughen
Treasurer Melody Schopp
Co-Vice Presidents of Membership Vicky Hogrefe and Bev Warne
Membership Member-at-Large MaryLou Mylant
Co-Vice Presidents of Programs Nadene Greni and Judee Oldham
Programs Member-at-Large Pat Lebrun
Co-Vice Presidents of Special Projects Trish Anderson and Ann Trucano
Special Projects Member-at-Large Gail Friedman