AAUW Games Day helps fund scholarships

Published on Saturday, 19 October 2013 22:05 - Written by By Danny Mogle danny@inmagtexas.com

One of the fundraisers for the American Association of University Wom-en chapter in Tyler is coming soon. Its Fall Game Day will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Holly-tree Country Club.

“The event will provide an opportunity to play the table game of your choice, including mah jongg or bridge,” said Robin Robsalco, the Games Day chair.

Participants will be able to bid on donated items in a silent auction.

It’s a chance for participants to have fun, but it’s also a chance for the chapter to raise money.

“The Tyler branch of AAUW uses proceeds from Games Day to help fund scholarships to young wom-en graduates of local area high schools and Tyler Junior College, as well as other projects that reflect our mission of education and equity for women,” Rabalsco said.

Registration forms for Games Day are available at AAUW’s website, aauwtyler.org. The $40 fee includes a buffet lunch. Registration is due by Friday.

Tyler AAUW formed in 1931, when a group of college graduates gathered at the home of Mrs. R.W. Fair, according to its chapter history. Lucy Marsh was elected the first president of the branch.

During the late 1930s and 1940s, Tyler AAUW contributed to the War Relief Fund and during World War II rolled bandages used to heal the wounds of soldiers. Child development and foreign relations issues were the focus of some of its early programs.

AAUW continues to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research and to address “women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span.”

Tyler AAUW supports Expanding Your Horizons, an annual conference that exposes middle school girls to careers in science, technology, engineering; the Academ-ic Rodeo, a series of academic competitions for school children held in conjunction with East Texas State Fair; and Great Decisions, a series of public policy discussions.

The chapter also sponsors an annual holiday home tour as a fundraiser.