Opening Words from Sun. August 7 by Sue Williams

Good morning. My name is Sue Williams, and I have been a member of the Ethical Society for about 12 years. I’m here this morning to talk about our Tuesday Women’s Association here at Ethical, and highlight our upcoming year.

The purpose of the TWA is to work for the general good of the Ethical Society, to foster fellowship among our members, to provide programs of interest and to support select social causes.

After I retired from teaching, I joined the Tuesday Women’s Association of the Ethical Society because I wanted to make some new friends, hear some good book reviews and speakers to keep my mind engaged and have a place to be active in social issues. I became hooked on the group and tried to keep my Tuesday mornings free to attend. This year I am serving as President and am excited to announce a great year of programs. In addition to our monthly member book reviews, we will be hearing from experts on Black Foodways, the history of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, the first Missouri Suffragists, housing issues in St. Louis, Autism, home Gardening, theater building, November ballot Issues, and many other topics. We will hear performance programs by Baroque musicians, Opera Theater docents, poets and actors.

In the Spring from January to April, we kick off another season of International Relations Lectures, which have been going on for more than 50 years now and are open to the public. We were able to keep these and all of our programs going either in person or on Zoom during the past 2 years.

In months with 5 Tuesdays, we plan field trips to places like the St. Louis Griot (Black History Museum), the Mercantile Library, and the Audubon center. This spring we’re taking a longer trip to Hermann, Mo.

Each year we try to highlight and assist groups like A Red Circle, a North County community organization which addresses food insecurity; the Laughing Bear Bakery which gives released felons a fresh start; Welcome Neighbors which helps new immigrants to St. Louis; Prisoner Performing Arts, and College Bound St. Louis.

We have three bake sales in the fall, and sponsor a first Sunday lunch. Money raised from these sales is donated to local social causes benefitting women, children and families. We were able to make donations to 12 groups this past year, thanks to your support at our sales in spite of the pandemic. We also make occasional purchases of items needed by the Ethical Society like the new pull-down screen in the Becker Room.

In September, we will sponsor a table at the Griot Museum’s Queen’s High Tea to kick off it’s Black Herstory Initiative. This will be on Sunday, Sept. 4, and we invite any interested members to join us—contact me or Kayla Vaughan for info on how to get a ticket.

Our next meeting on Tuesday Aug. 9 will be a party for our members who have reached the golden age of 90 or more—this is a tradition of the TWA. We will also be starting to choose topics for our next International Relations series. We invite all women members and friends of the Society to join us for any of our meetings in the Becker Room at 10 a.m. every Tuesday except July. You don’t have to be retired or a senior to attend. Come early for coffee, tea and snacks and stay for the program. I hope to see some of you there.

NOTE: The ideas and opinions in this post do not necessarily express the thoughts or opinions of the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.