A Brief History of the Women's Council
of Saint Louis University
The Women’s Council was formed in 1958, when Fr. Paul Reinert was seeking ways to increase awareness of the University in the community. He met with Mrs. Joseph L. (Elise) Werner and asked her to assist him with forming a women’s group for the University. She agreed and invited a group of her friends to meet at Chouteau House (now Cupples House) on the Saint Louis University campus. They decided to establish a new organization, with the purpose of (1) informing the members about the University and its philosophy and objectives, in order that they might make the University better known in St. Louis; and (2) providing a channel for bringing to the community the rich resources of the University.
The organization was “chartered” by the Board of Trustees upon approval of the proposed constitution. Members of the 1958-59 group were declared “charter members” and Mrs. Werner served as Chairwoman through 1961. The group began with 46 members and has grown to 260.
In the Fall of 1984 the Women’s Council Endowed Student Scholarship Fund was established as part of the $75 Million dollar RESOURCES FOR THE FUTURE CAMPAIGN. To date, a total of more than $113,000 has been contributed by members of the Council to assist young men and women in the achievement of their goals. Members receive reports about the scholarship recipients, and have an opportunity to meet them at one of the regular meetings.Gifts to the University in any amount may be designated for the Women's Council Mary Bruemmer Endowed Scholarship Fund.
In the Fall of 1986, after a series of meetings at which purposes and programs were reviewed in detail, a revised Constitution and Bylaws were approved. They provide four working committees, whose chairwomen serve on the Executive Committee with the President, Vice President, and immediate Past President.
The new Bylaws state: “The purpose of the Women’s Council of Saint Louis University is to bring the University and the community closer together, by fostering and encouraging interest in the educational and research activities of the University, and by bringing knowledge of the objectives, educational philosophy and status of the University to members of the Council. The Council also shall serve, as the occasion demands and the Council decides, in advancing the welfare of the University.” The Council holds four events a year on various topics and at various locations around the University.
Membership on the Council is open to women who are interested in the objectives and mission of Saint Louis University, and who wish to be informed about its programs and activities. There are no annual membership dues. If you would like more information or an event schedule please contact the Women's Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 314-977-2212.
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