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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER and related events!

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities Annual Community Cookout Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha
Monday, August 15, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ESTHER Mental Health Task Force Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
ESTHER Finance Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting
Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 9:00am
ESTHER Equity and Racial Justice Committee Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
ESTHER Communications Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities Annual Community Cookout

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

Enjoy food, entertainment, children's games, conversations, and more as we celebrate the broad spectrum of diversity in our communities.

Online Organizer Training hosted by WISDOM

Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

WISDOM is hosting a 5-Week Online Organizer Training starting on August 25 and continuing for five Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm.

The course covers the basics of the kind of community organizing WISDOM affiliates (including ESTHER) do. We'll talk about the “Attitudes and Disciplines” of Organizing, One-on-Ones, Issues and Actions, Effective Meetings and Team-building. Past attendees have found these sessions to be very helpful and energizing. They are good for anyone, including “veterans,” who may be looking for a refresher. (During breakout groups, they have a lot to share.)

Register Here

This training is especially helpful for people who are getting involved with a WISDOM affiliate but have not yet had a chance to go to Weeklong Training and would appreciate seeing the “big picture” of what we're trying to do. People from other justice-seeking organizations are also welcome to join in.

The training series is free of charge. We do ask that people register only if they are reasonably confident that they will be able to attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions.

Register Here

ESTHER Fall Gathering: September 15

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ESTHER is celebrating 18 Years
Building Community, Sharing Hope, Standing for Justice

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Social 4:30-5:00 Dinner 5:00-6:00 Program Following
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha 

“Bridging Our Differences”
Keynote speaker Pardeep Kaleka
Author and CEO of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee 

 Pardeep's father was killed in the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI, in August of 2012. In the wake of this attack, he has become a powerful voice against hate. Pardeep and his friend, former white supremacist Arno Michaelis, formed Serve2Unite so that, in Pardeep's words, “children of all ethnicities, from the inner city to the suburbs, are coming together to cherish each other as human beings and to assume the identity of peacemakers in their schools and communities.” 

$50 per person in person; $25 if attending via zoom. Registration deadline is September 8, 2022.

Register and optionally pay online:

The meal at our Fall Gathering will be a burrito bar from Chipotle (including vegetarian options). Dessert will be special cookies prepared by Jill Smith and Diane Putzer. Lemonade will be served with the meal. If you would like to have an adult beverage, you are welcome to bring one.

Burritos were purchased at Chipotle because of their strong commitment to justice through their sustainability practices, focus on responsibly raised meat and dairy, utilization of local foods, care for their employees and support for and solidarity with the Black community.

Call 920-843-8083, or mail checks payable to: ESTHER: PO Box 784 Neenah, WI 54957 

Co-sponsored by 
William J and Barbara A Schmidt Family Foundation
Marti Hemwall and John Peterson 

Menominee Way Day

Friday, September 16, 2022 - 10:00am - 3:30pm
Menominee Sustainability Institute, N172 HWY 47/55, Keshena, WI

Learn Menominee Sustainable Ways that can be applied across ecosystems and cultures. Visit Sustainable Development Institute, Logging Museum, and Heritage Museum on the Menominee Reservation in Keshena, WI.

Lunch will be available for individual purchase at Farmers Market

Advance registration requested:

Call for ESTHER Auction Volunteers

Help ESTHER prepare for its November silent auction

ESTHER is gearing up for another great year of social action and community events. One of the annual events happening in November is our virtual Silent Auction. Since the pandemic, our auction has become a successful virtual event.

We are looking for a few ESTHER people to help the team plan the auction. If you are a good shopper and know what people like to buy, then this project is right up your alley!

We start preparing in September and the auction is held the first week of November. Come and attend a few virtual meetings so you can decide how you would like to help. Maybe you would like to spend a little time selecting items online or designing a poster, help with pricing items or creating some publicity, "stage" items for display, or help with the digital aspects of the auction. Do you have some extra space in your basement? We are looking for some space to temporarily store auction items until they are sold.

Give us a call at 920-843-8083 if you have any questions or would like to participate. Thank you so much.

Help ESTHER Get Out the Vote!

ESTHER has received funding to help with voter engagement and is looking to hire 10 canvassers. Each canvasser will be hired to work five hours a week for the months of September and October plus the first week of November. Our goal is to begin to establish relationships with residents of some specified neighborhoods and increase participation in voting. Canvassers will be paid $20 per hour (make door-to-door visits in evenings after 5 and/or weekend hours of your choice). The conversations will involve listening to voters’ concerns, answering voting questions, and helping people realize how important their vote is!

Training and helpful links to share with voters will be provided. Use of a smart phone will help assist voters. Canvassers can help voters become acquainted with

Qualifications: Anyone age 16 or over with an interest in getting people out to vote in a non-partisan manner. We are looking for applicants who have enthusiasm for talking with people about how voting can strengthen democracy and how informed voters who show up to vote can select candidates to help shape a better future for us all.

Here’s how to apply:  Anyone interested in applying should send an email to by August 24. Please include your name, best way to communicate with you (phone, text, email), a brief statement of why you would like to be one of ESTHER's canvassers, and any questions you may have.

Menominee Nation Pow Wow

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Friday, August 5, 2022 (All day) - Sunday, August 7, 2022 (All day)
Woodland Bowl, Keshena, WI

Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:30pm
Menasha Public Library

This is a public screening of Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote. This film shines light on the dark corners of our country's voting processes, including the increase of vote-restricting laws passed through legislation prior to, during and after the 2020 election cycle. Panel discussion following the film. Sponsored by ESTHER and the League of Women Voters of Appleton-Fox Cities

Fox Cities People & Politics

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Legends Cuts & Styles, Fox River Mall, 4301 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

Fox Cities People & Politics. We'll be discussing Unlock the Vote, storytelling around the constitutional amendment, and hearing from elected officials, candidates and appointees who impact us as System-Impacted People

Sponsored by EXPO, FREE, Legends Cuts & Styles and ESTHER. Follow the Facebook event page for latest information.

Help spread the word! Download and share the attached flier.