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Welcome to Summer!

We kicked off the season with our Installation event on Thursday, June 6. During the event, Nancy Litz gave her farewell address after serving for two years as President of our section. Nancy, we extend our deepest gratitude for all you have accomplished. From everything to taking the lead in gathering and notarizing signatures to put abortion on the ballot, hosting the Advocacy Training Conference for NCJW Section Leaders across the country, dramatically increasing sales for The Resale Shop and Couturier Event, to establishing the launch committee for the St. Louis Women’s Network (more to come on this!) – thank you for your amazing tenure. Thankfully, you are not leaving us entirely as you will be leading the Nominating Committee and participating in our latest initiative, tentatively titled The St. Louis Women's Network. We'll share more about this exciting new project as it progresses.

Susan Katzman, a past president, officiated the installation with her characteristic wit and grace. Our new officers for the 2024-2025 year are as follows:

  • Phyllis Langsdorf, President
  • Emilie Schaffer, Secretary
  • Michelle Brooks, Treasurer
  • Susan Dertke Hendin, VP Administration
  • Marilen Pitler, VP Advocacy
  • Amanda Stein, VP Development
  • Amy Gallant, VP Membership
  • Mindy Grossmann, VP Leadership
  • Nancy Litz, Immediate Past President

I feel incredibly fortunate to work with such a strong executive team. We are also thrilled to welcome our new board members: Alyssa Banford, Carlotta Burton, Debra Cannamore Lee, Julie Olschansky, and Randee Schmittdiel. Welcome, Ladies!

This summer is bustling with activity. We have received the board's consent to purchase the Joseph A. Bank Building, located directly north of our current building. We are now in the midst of our Visioning Our Future Capital Campaign, which aims to raise the necessary funds to purchase this much-needed space. The new building will provide us with increased room for The Resale Shop, dedicated offices, and space for meetings and events. This expansion will be crucial for The Women's Network and our ongoing projects. It is imperative that we continue our mission of improving the lives of women, children, and families.

As a reminder, our fiscal year ended on June 30, and annual dues are now due for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. Consider becoming a lifetime member for only $360, which can also be paid in monthly installments. This way, you'll never have to worry about renewing your dues again.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of your summer!