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Introducing ESTHER’s new organizer, Katie Olson

Katie OlsonESTHER’s Leadership Board is proud to announce that Katie Olson has been named our new Lead Organizer. Katie brings energy, vision and experience to her work with ESTHER. And, in the words of Gary Crevier, president of ESTHER, her “passion and commitment to doing justice for the poor promises to make a huge impact in the Fox Valley.”

We invite you to read Katie’s own words explaining why this new work excites her and how she plans to approach being ESTHER’s lead organizer:

… To me, the most important part of my new role is to empower the members of ESTHER to be change-makers in our community. Knowing that ESTHER is already a force to be reckoned with, I plan to come in and really listen with my heart to everyone involved with the organization. I will take the time to learn why people are engaged with social justice and use that knowledge to connect with other community members….

Video: Fall Gathering 2022

Our Fall Gathering was a huge success. Thank you to all who helped make this possible, and all who participated. 

Anyone who would like to watch the video can find it online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jfM40AFFFY

Please enjoy and share your feedback. 

 

Menominee Way Day

Date: 
Friday, September 16, 2022 - 10:00am - 3:30pm
Location: 
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: https://esther-foxvalley.org/menomineeway

Lights of Hope: 4th Annual WI Recovery, Celebration, and Memorial Walk

September 11, 2022: LIGHTS OF HOPE

The 4th Annual WI Recovery Celebration and Memorial Walk
Raise Awareness about Addiction, Celebrate Recovery and Help Those Impacted by Loss

City Park, 500 E. Franklin St, Appleton, WI.
Walk starting at 4:00pm.
$18 for adults and $10 for children under age 17. 

Local and National Speakers, Silent Auction, Recovery Resource Tables, Narcan Training
Subs and Water will be proved after the event
The fee includes a t-shirt, memorial sign and water. 

Please arrive no later than 3:30pm for registration and T-shirt pick up. 
Get signed up today Here


September 10: FREE Documentary Screening of Tipping the Pain Scale

Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 Bluemound Drive, Appleton
Room 170 ABC Parking Lot, North Entrance 16
3:00 Viewing the Film
5:00 PM Panel with Joseph Green, Travis Sacket, Bev Kelley-Miller, Patrick Danforth

 

Online Organizer Training hosted by WISDOM

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

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

Strive to Thrive Week: August 22-26, 2022

Strive to Thrive Poster ImageImagine Fox Cities is an inclusive community-wide initiative created to be intentional about shaping the future of the Fox Cities when it comes to well-being.

During Strive to Thrive Week August 22-26, Imagine Fox Cities will once again unite the Fox Cities to help advance the four pillars of the vision, which are:

  • Kids get off to a great start to life
  • An economy that works for all
  • Thriving natural and cultural spaces that bring us together
  • Everyone feels like they belong

From hands-on workshops to local events and guided site visits of places that connect us, join us in showing up for one another.

Find a detailed schedule and registration links on the Imagine Fox Cities website at https://imaginefoxcities.com/thrive

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities Annual Community Cookout

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Date: 
Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
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.

Menominee Nation Pow Wow

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

Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight to Vote

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:30pm
Location: 
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

Date: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
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.