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Women’s Day Alliance
welcomes you!

If you are looking for a unique community of women
in which to build lasting friendships,
hear inspiring speakers and stories,
and serve our church and community together,
then please join us in the Women’s Day Alliance
at First Unitarian Church of Dallas!

Clothes Encounters 2018

Congratulations to all who helped make Clothes Encounters 2018 a wonderful success!  The Women’s Alliances truly appreciate everyone’s support!

We donated items, we set up Raible Chapel, we advertised, we tried on clothes, we modeled, we shopped some more, we saw old friends and new, we laughed and joked, we won raffle items, we made money for our church and our charities, we tore it all down, stored it away, and started planning for next year.

To see more photos from Clothes Encounters click HERE.

WDA Meeting and Lunch: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday. It will be an important meeting with lots of announcements.

You will want to come on Tuesday to hear our own Rev. Lyssa Jenkins and Trish Houck present our program, entitled Community Ministries: Putting Our UU Values to Work.

After our program, stay and enjoy a tasty lunch with your friends for only $10. It is important that you RSVP if you plan to attend so we will be sure to have enough place settings and enough food. Please RSVP to Martha Withers at mhwithers@sbcglobal.net. And our luncheon co-chairs ask that you bring potholders to donate to WDA for use during our lunches.

Also, please read the minutes of the March meeting at wdauu.org before next Tuesday.

There are many reason you’ll want to attend this month’s meeting:

  • The donations to our voted charitable organizations will be announced.

  • We will vote on the slate of officers for our 2018-2019 year. We’re still needing to fill the position of Recording Secretary.

  • The budget will be presented and voted on.

  • We will collect dues for 2018-2019 membership so remember to bring your cash or check. Dues for joint membership in both the Day and Evening Alliances are $40. Dues for Day Alliance only are $25.

I hope to see you all there so you can hear our wonderful program, vote for the officers and budget, pay your dues, hear all out important announcements, and enjoy a lovely lunch with friends.

Clothes Encounters 2018
A Pop-Up Boutique in Raible Chapel: Clothes Encounters…from Our Closets to Yours!
April 20-22, 2018
A Women’s Alliances fundraiser for our Church and charities

Lovely, gently-worn women’s clothing and accessories donated by women at our church;
make a generous donation and take home a treasure!
(Not a rummage sale…it’s a unique high-end shopping opportunity for a wonderful cause.)

April 20: “First Look” Happy Hour – Friday, 4-7 pm
April 21: Saturday Shopping Spree – Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm
April 22: Clothes Encounters Sunday – 9:30 am – 2 pm — See below for childcare information**

Raffles! Silent Auction! Refreshments! Fun and Fellowship!

When may I bring my TREASURES for Clothes Encounters 2018?

March and April Women’s Alliance meetings – in Channing Hall
On these Sunday mornings, between first and second service (11-11:30 am) –
pull into the circle drive on Preston: March 25, April 8, and April 15
Thursday afternoon, April 19th – in Raible Chapel

What to bring:
Women’s clothing…great condition, high quality…any size, style and season.
Accessories…jewelry, purses, scarves, etc. (everything except shoes).
2018 marks the fifth year of the annual “Clothes Encounters…from our closets to yours” fundraiser, jointly sponsored by the two women’s alliance groups at First Unitarian Church of Dallas: Women’s Evening Alliance (WEA) and Women’s Day Alliance (WDA).
The purpose of Clothes Encounters is to raise money to donate to our Church and to charities. We collect gently-used women’s clothing and accessories of very good quality from alliance members and from members and friends of our Church. People come to Clothes Encounters, enjoy fellowship and fun, and “make a donation, take home a treasure.” All proceeds are divided equally between the Day and Evening Alliances. Each alliance uses these funds for contributions to our Church and to charities chosen annually by alliance members. Afterward, any clothing not chosen at the event is donated to CitySquare to benefit women throughout our community.

Over the years, the Women’s Day and Evening Alliances have donated all the proceeds from Clothes Encounters to our Church and to charities including:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dallas

Child Care Group

City House

DFW International

Echo Theatre

First Unitarian Church Coming of Age Youth Program

First Unitarian Church General Fund

First Unitarian Church Ministers’ Discretionary Fund

Girls, Inc.

Homeward Bound

Housing Crisis Center

Mashua Voice for the Voiceless International

Mommies In Need

Motherland Rhythm Community

Our Friends Place

Planned Parenthood

Resolana

Skill QUEST

TEA Fund

UU Women’s Federation

VNA

Vogel Alcove

Woven Health Clinic (formerly Metrocrest Community Clinic)

Each year, WEA gives half of its share of the Clothes Encounters proceeds to charities and half to the Ministers’ Discretionary Fund. Dallas UU Senior Minister Reverend Daniel Kanter says, “The Ministers’ Discretionary Fund is used to help members of the church in times of need, and for special projects the ministers support. The money goes directly to help people pay bills they can’t afford, get legal help, and sometimes to feed their families. One example: A member of our church couldn’t afford to pay his electric bill, feed his children, and get his car fixed. So the ministers helped relieve the pressure on his car repair. That enabled him to get to work and also to cover the electric bill and food. Occasionally the funds are used for loans to members to help them get past a difficult time in their lives and they pay them back to help others. Sometimes projects include supporting UU organizations like an orphanage in India or anti-racism workshop. Most of the money, however, goes directly to people in need.”
Thank you for your support!

**Free child care is available on Sunday, April 22nd during Clothes Encounters, with advance reservations

Clothes Encounters will begin at 9:30 am and end at 2 pm on Sunday, April 22nd, in Raible Chapel. Parents needing child care at any time other than during worship should request care in advance (5 to 7 days), online: https://www.dallasuu.org/connection/childcare-available/, so the church can arrange for the right number of caregivers. On that Sunday, parents should bring their children of all ages to the Nursery desk in the north lobby of the classroom building, and check them in. If people reserve childcare in advance and there are enough caregivers, older children will be supervised in an area other than the Nursery or outside on the playground. Due to allergies, no food is allowed in the Nursery or any other classroom. Parents can purchase a snack for their child in Channing Hall and children can eat it there, following the worship service.

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WDA Meeting and Lunch: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday. It will be an important meeting with lots of announcements.

You will want to come on Tuesday to hear our own Carol Franzen, an expert in the field of Gerontology (Master’s degree in Studies in Aging), with 25 years of working with elders and their family members as an elder care consultant. She helps people in making life’s difficult transitions and also helps individuals plan for their end of life care. Please invite anyone who might be interested in this important presentation.

After our program, we will have a catered lunch. It is important that you RSVP if you plan to attend so we will be sure to have enough place settings and enough food. Please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com

Also, please read the minutes of the February meeting at wdauu.org before next Tuesday.

CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS…FROM OUR CLOSETS TO YOURS!
A Women’s Alliances fundraiser for our Church and charities.

This is a unique, high-end shopping opportunity for a wonderful cause. Come to shop for lovely, gently-worn women’s clothing and accessories donated by women at our church. Then make a generous donation and take home a treasure. We’ll have raffles, a silent auction, refreshments, not to mention fun and fellowship.

“First Look” Happy Hour – Friday, April 20, 4-7 pm
Saturday Shopping Spree – Saturday, April 21, Noon – 3 pm
Clothes Encounters – Sunday, April 22, 9:30 am – 2 pm

Bring the treasures you wish to donate to Channing at the March and April Women’s Alliances meetings, or at these times:
Sundays on March 25, April 8, or April 15 from 11 to 11:30 am. Pull into the circle drive on Preston.
Also, on Thursday, April 19 in Raible Chapel
What to bring: High quality women’s clothing in great condition – any size, style and season. Also accessories – jewelry, purses, scarves, etc. – but no shoes, please.

Proceeds of this event go toward our annual member-chosen charitable donations.

Another reason you’ll want to attend this month’s meeting: We will announce the slate of officers for our 2018-2019 year. We will be voting on them at the April meeting and we’re still needing to fill these positions: Recording Secretary and Liaison Chair, so, please consider nominating yourself for one of them.

And finally, the nominations for our ballot for charitable organization donations will be announced.

In April, we will collect dues for 2018-2019 membership so remember to bring your cash or check. Dues for joint membership in both the Day and Evening Alliances are $40. Dues for Day Alliance only are $25.

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WDA Meeting and Catered Lunch: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6.

  • Our WDA program year of “Love First” brings the “Children First” topic to February’s meeting:

  • Karen Lewis, life-long UU and Director of Children’s Ministries at our church, will bring us her own story of guiding our children as they come of age as Unitarian Universalists. Karen, mother of 2 and grandmother of 3, has been nurturing our church’s children for decades and has a front-row view of their journey to become part of our community and the larger world. Come prepared to hear how we can enlarge our group’s work to benefit Karen’s efforts to put our children first!

  • After our program we will have a catered lunch in Channing Hall for $10. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com.

  • Our service chair, Verda Shine sends this message:

    This month we will support the Visiting Nurses Association of Dallas and their Meals on Wheels program. I have taken 50 homemade Valentine Cards to them to distribute. The VNA helps people age with dignity. If you wish to donate, bring some of the items listed below for the designated box in Channing, or write a check made out to VNA with “Meals On Wheels” on the purpose line.

    Full sized toiletries such as shampoo

    Lotion

    Bar soap

    Chap stick

    Toothbrushes

    Toothpaste

    Tube socks

    Travel tissues

    Wash rags

    At this meeting you will be asked to list the charity groups you would like to nominate to receive some of the fundraising earnings this year. Members will vote on charities at the March meeting and the results will be announced in April.

  • The board wants to you to know that members are always welcome to attend a board meeting. We meet each month on the fourth Thursday at 10 a.m. in Room 303 in the Hallman Building. Come to see what we do and to be inspired to become a member of the board next year. If you would like to serve on the board or would like to suggest someone for the search committee to contact, please contact Irene Ellis, Holly Nichols or Liz Orr.

  • The Southwest UU Women’s Conference 2018 is coming to Austin, February 23-25, 2018. The theme is Be The Spark: Kindle The Flame. The keynote speaker will be Texas State Representative Donna Howard, a Unitarian Universalist. Registration is open. The venue is a completely remodeled Embassy Suites hotel with breakfast included. You will need to separately register for your hotel room. Click HERE to get all the information and to register. http://swuuw.org/

  • If you would like to apply for our scholarship money for the SWUUWCon, please contact Rhonda Koetting at rhondakoetting@me.com.

  • Our luncheon chairs, Martha Withers and Barb Moody and all the members of the board ask that you complete this survey. You can respond by filling out a paper survey at the meeting.

Women’s Day Alliance Luncheon Survey January 2, 2018

As you know, food prices have risen for our own kitchens, restaurants and catering services. Please complete this anonymous survey, so we can hear from you for future budget planning.
Rate 1-5 (1=low, 5=high)
1. How satisfied are you with the catered lunches this past fall? (Circle/Underline one) 1 2 3 4 5 N/A

2. Have you ever avoided lunch because of the price? (Circle/Underline one) YES NO

3. Have you ever NOT had lunch because of your regular dietary restrictions? YES NO
(If yes, please explain below in Comments.)

4. Do you know the past 3 months’ lunches have featured both meat and vegetarian entrees? YES NO

5. If the cost of a catered lunch were to increase in 2018-19, what would you be willing to pay?
(Circle/Underline all that apply) $12 $14 $15 NONE, I would forgo the catered lunch

Your comments and ideas on this subject are welcome here:

Thank you for taking the time to tell us your thoughts.

Barb Moody, Martha Withers
Luncheon Co-Chairs, WDA Board of Directors

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WDA Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5 for our business meeting and our annual holiday program, Sugar Daddy and the M&Ms do Christmas, with church member Mary Hestand.

Remember to bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck lunch after the program. Entrees of meat lasagna and vegetarian lasagna will be provided. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com so that we will know how many place settings to provide.

You’ll want to attend to hear Rhonda Koetting, Finance Chair, announce the results of our Crafty Bake Sale. There will also be select craft items for sale in Channing. We’ll also be presenting checks for our budgeted donations to the Coming of Age class, UU Women’s Federation, and the church general fund.

As a result of the donations at our last meeting and the hard work of Service Chair Verda Shine, WDA contributed five Thanksgiving Baskets to families and $46.50 in cash to The Wilkinson Center, the sponsor of the drive.

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WDA Meeting and Catered Lunch: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7. Our program will be a presentation about A Tasteful Place, the new edible display garden at the Arboretum. Be thinking about going on a possible trip to the Arboretum on November 14. There will be more details at the meeting.

After our program we will have a catered lunch in Channing Hall for $10. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com.

Paula Rose and Kris Gillett, our Crafty Bake Sale Chairs, will be passing around the sign up sheets to volunteer to bring baked goods and/or crafts, and to help with the set up and the sale. The set up will be on Saturday, Nov. 18 and the sale will be on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p,m,, with clean up after. Be thinking about what you can contribute in time and in sale items. The Crafty Bake Sale is one of our two major fundraisers for the year, so let’s all support it.

The WDA Board voted to participate in the church-wide service opportunity, the Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Drive, by donating the money collected at our meeting this Tuesday. There will be baskets on the lunch table to receive your contributions . Checks should be made to “First Unitarian Church of Dallas” with Turkey Basket Drive written on the memo line. This drive is being coordinated with the Wilkinson Center, http://www.thewilkinsoncenter.org/. The baskets will consist of the basket or other container, a $20 voucher to purchase a turkey or other item to accommodate vegetarian recipients, canned vegetables, gravy mix, boxed stuffing or potato mix, bread, pumpkin or pecan pie, festive decorations and tableware. You can visit the Community Service table in Channing next Sunday or click HERE to get more details if you wish to make your own basket to contribute or join in putting a basket together with others outside of WDA. The baskets must be turned in at the Community Service table on Sunday, November 12, and will be delivered to Wilkinson Center for distribution to their clients on November 16.

https://www.dallasuu.org/turkey-basket/

Here’s something to keep in mind: SWUUWCon 2018 will happen in Austin, February 23-25, 2018. The theme is Be The Spark: Kindle The Flame. The keynote speaker will be Texas State Representative Donna Howard, a Unitarian Universalist. Registration will open in early November. The venue is a completely remodeled Embassy Suites hotel with breakfast included, two queen beds and one queen sleeper sofa in each suite – so three could go together on a room and each have her own bed. There will be more information soon.


WDA Meeting and Catered Lunch: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3. Our program will be The Mysterious, Migrating Monarch Butterfly presented by Jenny Singleton.

After our program we will have a catered lunch in Channing Hall for $10. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com so that we will know how many place settings to provide.

Please read the minutes of the May meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

Here is a message from Sara Miskimins:
“I would like to thank all who so generously gave to the Rogers Elementary collection in September. The school truly appreciates our support. I had the trunk and backseat of my large sedan overflowing with supplies to deliver after the meeting on the 5th. Our final check donation (including WEA’s contribution) will be $800! Rogers will use that money to help fund their after school program “Eagle Club.” They had recently lost previous funding for the program and were very excited to learn of our donation.
It’s an important program for a lot of students who need a place to go after the regular school day.
Some of our own members volunteer to tutor students during Eagle Club.
Thanks to you all!”

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WDA Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary of First Unitarian Church of Dallas at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5.  Our program will be “Getting to Know Our Sabbatical Minister, D. Scott Cooper.”

Remember to bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck lunch after the program.  A fried chicken entree will be provided. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Martha Withers at mehwithers@gmail.com so that we will know how many place settings to provide.

Please read the minutes of the May meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

And here is a reminder of the service information previously sent by Sara Miskimins and Verda Shine:

We will again collect money and supplies for Dan D. Rogers Elementary School at our September luncheon.
As in the past, we will collect money to pay for a supply of composition notebooks as well as the school supply table decorations used at our luncheon and then given to the school.  Any excess money will be donated to the school to use at their discretion.    Checks should be payable to Sara Miskimins.  (Sara will write one check to deliver to Rogers.)

If you prefer to give goods rather than money, please note that these are the most needed items and can be found now on sale at many local stores:

backpacks

pencils

glue sticks

dry erase markers

games for the after school program- Legos, Chess sets, Checkers, Jenga, Connect Four, Monopoly, Battleship, etc.

white collared polo shirts in all sizes

As always, thank you for your continued generous support for the Dan D. Rogers students.  If you have questions or an interest in volunteering at the school, please contact Sara at smisk@verizon.net or 972-271-6077.

Another annual church-wide service project in September is our support for Hearts & Hammers. WDA will be available to help to provide lunches for our volunteers on one of two Saturdays, Sept. 16th and 23rd. I’ll be contacting you later about volunteering. If you would like to sign-up to  volunteer with the workers to help at the designated house, signup at the Community Service Hearts & Hammers table in Channing Hall on Sundays. The deadline is Sept. 3rd. For more information, contact Paul Munger  pnimunger@sbcglobal.net.

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WDA Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday.  Our program will include a recognition of the outgoing board members, remarks by Rev. Aaron White about the future of our church and the capital campaign, followed by the installation of the incoming board members.
Remember to bring your favorite dish to share at the pot luck lunch after the program. Fried chicken pieces and tenders will be provided. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Elaine Villarreal at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com so that we will know how many place settings to provide.

Please read the minutes of the April meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

Many thanks to Elaine Villarreal and Brenda Mahar for serving as our Luncheon Team for the past two years. They made things run smoothly. What a team!

And thanks to all who have signed up to be hostesses for our 2017-2018 year, but there are still a few spots open in February and March. Please volunteer to be a hostesses by emailing Elaine at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com to let her know if you can serve in February or March.

DUES
Remember, if you have not already done so, May is the month to pay dues for 2017-2018.

Dues: $25 for WDA only and $40 for both WDA and WEA. After June 30, dues are $30 for WDA only and $45 for both WDA and WEA. Pay with cash or check.

SPRING RETREAT
The annual WDA/WEA retreat at Glen Rose has been scheduled for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.  There is still room for you to join your Alliance friends for a spring weekend of fellowship and fun in Glen Rose. Cost is $145.00. Contact Terri Goodman to let her know you want to attend and to arrange for payment.

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WDA Meeting and Lunch: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4th. Our speaker will be Sara Saldana who is the former director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Prior to serving as director of ICE she was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. After the program, join us in Channing Hall for a catered lunch for $10. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Elaine Villarreal at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com.

Please read the minutes of the February meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

April and May are months to pay dues for 2017-2018. Three ways to pay:

Pay by cash or check at the WDA meetings in April or May.

Leave a check at the church office in an envelope addressed to: Mary Lee Kilgore, c/o Womens Day Alliance

Mail a check to Mary Lee Kilgore, 9311 Chimney Corner Lane, Dallas, TX 75243.

Dues: $25 for WDA only and $40 for both WDA and WEA.
After June 30, dues are $30 for WDA only and $45 for both WDA and WEA.

You will want to attend this month’s meeting so you can vote on our 2017-2018 budget, and so you can learn the recipients of our member-voted charitable donations.

Coming events:
The Frankford Preservation Foundation invites you to a Spring Prairie Tour on April 9. If you saw Kathy Power’s wonderful presentation about the preservation of the native prairie and the restoration of the historical church or if you came to the field trip to the cemetary and church last year, you will want to participate in this year’s guided tour. Landscape architect Rosa Finsley and master naturalist Rich Jaynes will lead the tours, identifying the wildflowers in bloom on the rare four-acre remnant of the Blackland Prairie. Sunday, April 9 from 4 pm to 6 pm., 17400 Muirfield Drive, Dallas, TX 75284

Join us at our meeting on May 2 for our installation of officers with remarks by Rev. Aaron White.

The annual WDA/WEA retreat at Glen Rose is set for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.

 


Women’s Day Alliance Newsletter – January, 2017

WDA Meeting and Lunch: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday. For our program, Deanna Charles will present “Mambo”, a social engagement platform for communities such as ours to provide members with diverse activities in which to connect and participate. After the program, join us in Channing Hall for lunch. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Elaine Villarreal at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com.

Remember to read the minutes of the December meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.

SouthWest UU Women’s Conference – “Hearts and Hands Joining for Justice!”

Join in an inspiring weekend, February 10 – 12, 2017, at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities with Keynote Speaker Helen Bond and entertainment from Going Native, a new vocal trio. Go here to register:  http://www.swuuw.org/conferences/2017/143-swuuwcon-2017
Fees will increase after December 31, 2016.
Please mark your calendar and join us at 6:45 pm on Tuesday evening, January 17th for a Rediscover Your Closet Workshop in Channing Hall.   “Closet therapist” Elisabeth White, www.rediscoveryourcloset.co, will talk about creating new outfits by putting our current clothes together in new ways, deciding which clothing items aren’t working for us, and de-cluttering and re-organizing our closets Then we can donate the treasures we’re no longer wearing for Clothes Encounters!  The $15 registration fee will cover refreshments, plus the speaker’s fee and some Clothes Encounters rack rental costs.  Workshop participants will receive a discount if they’re interested in working with Elisabeth later on closet consultations or downsizing consultations.  Alliance members, our friends, and all women in the church are invited.

Please register here for the workshop: https://squareup.com/store/WEA_Sales

Ellen Tye and Kathy Calhoun, Nominating Chairs, are looking for a few good women for board officers and committee chairs. If you aspire to hold one of these positions, please let them know.
The church is still looking for more volunteers to (wo)man the reception desk once a month in the church office on Sundays and possibly some shifts during the week. The job is easy and fun and vital as a welcoming presence to our church. Please help! Contact Taylor Goodrich at  214-528-3990 or TGoodrich@dallasuu.org
As always, if you know of a member in need of some TLC, please contact our Corresponding and Caring Secretary, Marci Kizer.
This news from Marcia Niemann:  For the Women’s March on Austin, January 21, 2017, bus seats from Northaven church are almost gone, but bus seats from Grapevine Mills are still available. You can go here to sign up:

http://ndtdw.com/bus-to-womens-march-austin/.
We are almost sold out for the buses staging from Northaven United Methodist Church.  ONLY 2 SEATS LEFT. If you don’t get on that bus, we have 26 seats left on the bus leaving from Grapevine Mills Mall. Once the two (2) seats are gone, no more buses will be added to that staging location, so sign-up NOW.  FIRST COME, FIRST GETS THE SEATS.
Texas UU Justice Ministry Lobby Day in Austin
UUs from across the State of Texas will meet in Austin on February 15, 2017 to lift up our voices and values in the halls of power at the State Capitol. In 2015, more than a hundred UUs from twenty-one Texas congregations gathered at the Capitol for the very first TXUUJM Legislative Action Day; 2017 promises to be even more memorable, and with the recent election, even more crucial. Register online today, and reserve your seat on the bus from Houston or D/FW. This is going to be BIG, so make plans today to add your voice!
Sign up at: txuujm.org/LAD

 

LOOKING FORWARD…

Our program in February will present Dr. Margaret Owen, professor and director of the Center for Children and Families at UT Dallas, speaking on childhood development, parenting and family processes.

 

Our service project in February will be collecting cash and diapers for the Rainbow Room. Verda Shine will have more information for us at the January meeting.

 

CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS – from Our Closets to Yours!
Save the date!  Clothes Encounters will be Sunday, March 5th.  Please start saving those treasures from your closet that you’re no longer wearing.

Looking for that perfect gift for an Alliance member or church friend?  How about a gift certificate to Clothes Encounters!  They’re available in $10 and $25 amounts, in Channing Hall at the January 3rd WDA meeting.  Your friend can happily redeem her gift certificate for a treasure the weekend of March 5th — and best of all, all the money will go to the Women’s Alliances to be given to our church and our charities.

SPRING RETREAT
The annual WDA/WEA retreat at Glen Rose has been scheduled for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.  Please add this to your calendar and plan to join your Alliance friends for a spring weekend of fellowship and fun.

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Women’s Day Alliance Newsletter – December

WDA Meeting and Potluck Lunch: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Please join us in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday. Our own Jean Ann Powers and her accompanist will entertain us with songs of the season. Join us for a potluck lunch afterward in Channing Hall. Bring your own delicious dish to share. A ham entree will be provided. If you’re staying for lunch, please RSVP to Elaine Villarreal at elainevillarreal@yahoo.com.

Remember to read the minutes of the November meeting at wdauu.org before the next meeting.
SouthWest UU Women’s Conference – “Hearts and Hands Joining for Justice!”

Join in an inspiring weekend, February 10 – 12, 2017, at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities with Keynote Speaker Helen Bond and entertainment from Going Native, a new vocal trio. Early Registration is $190 before January 1, 2017. Registration after December 31, 2016 is $225. The the final deadline is January 28.

And we have exciting news! WDA has two scholarships for WDA members planning to attend The SOUTHWEST UU WOMEN’S CONFERENCE on February 10 – 12. The amount per scholarship is $87.50. If you may not be able to attend the SWUUW Conference due to financial constraints, please apply. Just fill out the form and get it to Rhonda Koetting, Finance Chair, WDA, before January 1, 2017. Instructions are in the application form which you can download from here:  wdauu.org. For more about SWUUW go to SWUUW.org

THEATER GROUP

Special pricing for One Thirty Productions’ Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas (based on the books by Robert Fulgham) at the Bath House at White Rock Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 1:30.  $12 cash or check at the door. Reservations are necessary. Contact Sara Miskimins by Nov. 29 to make a reservation.

If you wish to attend on a day other than Dec. 13, the show runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 17, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Prices for regular tickets are $16.

In addition to the matinees there is a show on Sat., Dec. 10th at 5:30 for $15.  There will be wine and appetizers before the show.  You may write or call Sara for reservations for any of the dates.  972-271-6077 or smisk@verizon.net.

LOOKING FORWARD…

Our program in January will present up-to-date information about climate change and what we can do about it.  Put it on your calendar and plan to invite friends to hear about this important topic.

CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS – from Our Closets to Yours!
Save the date!  Clothes Encounters will be Sunday, March 5th.  Please start saving those treasures from your closet that you’re no longer wearing.

1.  Looking for that perfect gift for an Alliance member or church friend?  How about a gift certificate to Clothes Encounters!  They’re available in $10 and $25 amounts, in Channing Hall at the December 6th WDA meeting.  Your friend can happily redeem her gift certificate for a treasure the weekend of March 5th — and best of all, all the money will go to the Women’s Alliances to be given to our church and our charities.

2.  Cheerful Christmas Sweaters Silent Auction!  Bid on some Christmas sweaters at the December WDA meeting, for yourself or as a fun gift.  We’re raising money to rent the clothing racks for Clothes Encounters.  Bidding will close at 1 pm in Channing Hall.

3.  Please mark your calendar and join us at 6:45 pm on Tuesday evening, January 17th for a Rediscover Your Closet Workshop in Channing Hall.   “Closet therapist” Elisabeth White, www.rediscoveryourcloset.com, will talk about creating new outfits by putting our current clothes together in new ways
deciding which clothing items aren’t working for us
and de-cluttering and re-organizing our closets (then we can donate the treasures we’re no longer wearing for Clothes Encounters!).  The $15 registration fee will cover refreshments, plus the speaker’s fee and some Clothes Encounters rack rental costs.  Workshop participants will receive a discount if they’re interested in working with Elisabeth later on closet consultations or downsizing consultations.  Alliance members, our friends, and all women in the church are invited.
SPRING RETREAT
The annual WDA/WEA retreat at Glen Rose has been scheduled for the weekend of May 5-7, 2017.  Please add this to your calendar and plan to join your Alliance friends for a spring weekend of fellowship and fun.

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Looking back…

♥  Clothes Encounters…from our closets to yours!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the spring fund-raiser, Clothes Encounters, a big success!   All the proceeds will be donated to charities and our church, and clothing not chosen at the event will help women in our community through CitySquare and Resolana. Clothes Encounters was also a wonderful opportunity for Alliance members to make some space in our own closets, enjoy fun and fellowship together, and bring home some new favorite treasures given by Alliance friends–while increasing awareness within the church community about the Women’s Alliances.

FEBRUARY 2016 SERVICE PROJECT
Thanks to WDA members who brought children’s clothes, toys, supplies, and contributions for Community Partners of Dallas Rainbow Room.  Service Chair Verda Shine writes, “The staff was very thankful for our WDA donations! One picture is taken in the Rainbow Room with toys on the shelves and clothes filling the racks on one side of the room. The other picture was taken of their building. We had a trunk load of supplies and $210 to donate.”

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DECEMBER SERVICE PROJECT
Members brought toiletry items to benefit Resolanahttp://www.voatx.org/resolana.  Women’s Evening Alliance (WEA) Secretary Kathy Lee explains:  “Resolana is a group affiliated with Volunteers of America Texas which aids women in the Dallas County Jail and those transitioning out of incarceration.  Resolana relies on grants and volunteers to provide services to women they identify as having the potential to establish a new life.  When women in the Resolana program are released from jail, they often lack basic hygiene supplies such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, tampons, etc.”  Contact Resolana if you’re interested in serving as a mentor to a woman in the program.

DECEMBER MUSICAL PROGRAM
At the December 1st WDA meeting, everyone enjoyed the program
:  A musical performance by Dollars Taxes, featuring WDA member Linda Ray, Bill Johnston, Max Johnston, and George Cloy.  Linda describes the group as “a hillbilly chamberDollars Taxes music ensemble, playing an eclectic mix of blue grass, old time, Irish and other acoustic music.”  They entertained us, and described the surprising history of some of the songs.  Linda has been a Unitarian since age 18 and a member of our church since 1998.  She studied classical violin and performed extensively in her youth, returning to the violin after careers in real estate and Wall Street.  A retired stock broker, she has played with the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving.  

A holiday potluck luncheon in Channing Hall followed the program.  After lunch, church staff member Sharon Thompson provided training on how to use Church Life and the www.dallasuu.org online member database features for WDA and church communication.

CRAFTY BAKE SALE 2015
Sincere thanks to the many crafters, bakers, volunteers, and shoppers for making this year’s Crafty Bake Sale in November a record-breaking success!  Congratulations to co-chairs Martha Withers and Jamie Bernstein on an outstanding and fun event, enjoyed by all.

 


Women’s Day Alliance Overview

WDA MEETINGS, PROGRAMS & LUNCHEONS

WDA meets at church on the first Tuesday morning of each month, September through May.  We gather in the Sanctuary for a business meeting at 10:30, a program at 11, then lunch together in Channing Hall.

Here are WDA’s 2015-16 meeting dates, topics and speakers.

Here is a schedule of the catered and potluck luncheons this year and how to RSVP.

SERVICE & FUND-RAISING

Ministers receive Clothes Encounters check

Susan Grundy and Kathy Calhoun presented a WDA donation to Ministers Aaron White, Beth Dana, and Daniel Kanter at the April 2015 WDA luncheon

As an arm of the church, we participate in local, regional and denominational affairs and are committed to serving our own church and the community at large. WDA raises money and gives it to the church and to community organizations selected each year by our members. Members also participate in service projects year-’round, and host the memorial receptions for the church.

Contributions to WDA are welcomed.  In September, we collected school supplies for students at Dan D. Rogers Elementary School.  The traditional fall fund-raiser was the Crafty-Bake Sale, in Channing Hall the Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 22, 2015)–done in cooperation with the Women’s Evening Alliance.  2014 photos  
May 1, 2016 will be the date for our spring fund-raiser, the third annual “Clothes Encounters…from our closets to yours!”

FELLOWSHIP & FUN

WDA sponsors several groups.  Please click on them in the menu bar at the top to find out more!  (Dates and locations may vary; please contact the coordinators to confirm.)

  • Bridge Group meets on the 2nd and 5th Tuesday mornings of each month
  • Friendship Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday morning of each month
  • Movie Matinee usually meets on the 4th Tuesday afternoon of each month

The Women’s Day and Evening Alliances Spring retreat will be May 13-15, 2016.  2016 Women’s Alliances Retreat Flyer

A BRIEF HISTORY

The Women’s Alliance was formed in 1900 just months after the First Unitarian Church of Dallas was formally organized.  We have played an important role in the history of this church and our larger community.  During the Great Depression in the early 30’s, when the church fell upon hard times, the Alliance was instrumental in reviving the church.  In 1970 the Woman’s Alliance played a key role in the Roe V. Wade court case by filing an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in support of abortion rights.  In 1978, with more women working outside the home, the Women’s Evening Alliance (www.weadallas.org) was formed.  The Day and Evening Alliances work closely together, and are committed to providing friendship, enlightenment, activities, and support for the women of this church.

First Unitarian Church of Dallas:  www.dallasuu.org

YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN US

All women are invited to be a part of the the Day Alliance, the Evening Alliance, or both!  Please join us for meetings, groups and activities.  Visitors are always welcome.  To find out more about Women’s Day Alliance, please contact Lou Ann King, President – king.la@sbcglobal.net, or talk with any of the Board members.  We hope to see you soon!

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Rev. Daniel Kanter made a wonderful presentation to WEA about the Women’s Alliances in the context of First Unitarian Church of Dallas and its emphasis on compassion.