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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am - 3:00pm Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities Annual Cookout Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 4:30pm ESTHER Executive Committee ESTHER Office, Neenah
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 4:00pm Oshkosh ESTHER B'nai Israel, 1121 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 6:30pm ESTHER Immigration Task Force MOVED to September 3 Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm Mental Health Task Force Angies Main Café, 132 S Main St, Shawano, WI

Rev. Maynard Beemer - In Memoriam

As president of the ESTHER organization, it is my sad duty to convey news of the death of Maynard Beemer. We received the news that he had suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, August 4, and he passed away this afternoon on August 6. Maynard was a founding member of our organization dating back to 2004. Through his leadership and with his passion for doing justice, he played a pivotal role in bringing the mission of WISDOM and GAMALIEL to the Fox Valley area. From its founding, ESTHER has been blessed by Maynard’s leadership, which was his trademark. Over the years, he served as our president and was a constant source of inspiration with the charisma of the “wise man” in our midst. We of ESTHER extend our blessings and word of comfort to his daughter and grandchildren as well as to the faithful of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Appleton, where he served for many years as pastor. In a spirit of thanksgiving and loving farewell, we celebrate with the angels, who cry out to Maynard to come and receive the reward of his labors.

— Fr. Joe Mattern

Maynard’s life will be celebrated in the sanctuary of First Congregational UCC, Appleton, on Saturday, September 7 beginning at 11:00 AM. Family and friends are invited to gather at the church on Saturday morning until the time of the service. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. A full obituary may be read here.


Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
Elisha D. Smith Menasha Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha

Appleton-area Forum
Defending Families
Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants

father and son demonstrating

This event is part of the statewide tour, organized by Voces de la Frontera and supported by immigrant rights organizations and individuals around the state. ESTHER is a local co-sponsor.

Come to this event to learn more about this issue and how to get involved in the fight to restore driver licenses for immigrants in Wisconsin.

Know your rights workshop.

Mexican consulate will be present.

ESTHER - Voces de la Frontera - Mexican Consulate

For more information, call 414-828-2692

#LetsDriveWI #KeepFamiliesTogether

We The People

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

United to Amend - We The People“You Get the Government You Deserve”
Thomas Jefferson

Americans know that “We the People” are no longer represented by our politicians. ESTHER and Citizen Action of Wisconsin invite you to attend a presentation by George Penn of United to Amend to talk about why we have lost our democracy to the corrupted big-money system and how we can Fix This!

ESTHER 2019 Banquet

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Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly

Tickets Now Available!

Winona LaDukeESTHER’s 16th Annual Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 3, starting at 5:00 pm, at Liberty Hall in Kimberly.

Our keynote speaker this year is Winona LaDuke, an internationally acclaimed author, orator, and activist. LaDuke is a dynamic speaker who inspires her audiences to action and engagement, and we are thrilled to have her join us.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life-ways of Native communities. LaDuke directs Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group for native environmental groups, and founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Both organizations work on culturally based sustainable development, renewable energy, food systems and environmental justice.

In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders, and in 1997 LaDuke was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She has authored many books, including All Our Relations, Recovering the Sacred, Food is Medicine and The Militarization of Indian Country.

The banquet will be preceded by a social hour and silent auction. The program will feature musical entertainment and presentation of ESTHER’s 2019 individual and community awards.

Tickets cost $45 per person through October 4, and will increase to $50 per person starting October 5.

Get Tickets Now!

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities Annual Cookout

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

2019 Celebrate Diversity Community CookoutCelebrating our uniqueness and what we have in common, Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities invites all to enjoy food, fun and conversation at the 27th Annual Community Cookout.


  • Woodland Boys and Girls Club Dance and Drum Team
  • Colleen Bins, Metalsmith and traditional Native artist
  • Anindita Neogy Anaam, Classical Kathak Dancer
  • Children's activities: Face painting, henna painting, hair braiding, piñata

Mental Health Task Force

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Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Angies Main Café, 132 S Main St, Shawano, WI


All Voices Welcome!


Friday, September 6th, 2019 6:00-7:30PM

Angies Main Café
132 S. Main Street

Families with children having emotional or cognitive disabilities who need advocacy in school, and people who have been formerly incarcerated, or families with loved ones who are incarcerated should attend this meeting. Your feedback is important!

Romeo and Juliet - Cookout and a Play

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Romeo & JulietSteve & Dee
Tuesday, September 10, 5:00 pm

Join ESTHER for an evening of Engagement, Enchantment, and Entertainment!

A cookout with play performed “Renaissance Faire-style” by Pastor Steve and Dee Savides!

Pierce Park (1035 W. Prospect Ave, Appleton)

Suggested donation: $15 adults; $25 couples; $30 families

Register Now

Unlock the Vote Forum

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:00pm
Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

Unlock the Vote / WISDOM logosToo many people have been removed from or been denied access to the electoral process. We want to make sure that every citizen in Wisconsin is able to vote.

Currently, our state denies voting rights not just to those people currently locked up, but also to those who are on probation, parole, and extended supervision. That is approx. 68,000 people in our state who are locked out of the electoral process!


Immigration Task Force Meeting Summary - 9 July 2019

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The ESTHER Immigration Task Force met on Tuesday, July 9. Special guests Primitivo Torrez and Mario Ramirez, from Voces de la Frontera, shared information on an upcoming statewide tour to promote drivers' licenses for all. In this video, four members of the Task Force talk about the support for immigrants that they have found within ESTHER and beyond in the Fox Valley.