happy hourGrab your calendar NOW so you can schedule all of these upcoming AOII Alum events. Not only will you have FUN, but you may actually feel pretty darn good about yourself afterward! That’s because we’ve got a marvelous mix of social activities planned, along with some philanthropic ones. So don’t just sit there on your duff reading about them! Check out the info below to learn more and get involved!

Get to know the eclectic mix of locally owned businesses in the River Market area while discovering great-tasting wines and enjoying a fabulous social experience with your AOII sisters. We’ll meet at 5 p.m. at the Farmhouse restaurant (300 Delaware St., Kansas City, Mo.) in River Market to purchase our wrist bands and get our map to guide us along our wine-walk journey.

Cost: $15/person.

RSVP to Kate Favrow at kufavs@aol.com

  • Thursday, Oct. 17: Happy Hour at Coach’s Bar & Grill, 103rd & State Line (414 W. 103rd, Kansas City, Mo.), 6-8 p.m.

No matter which side of the state line on which you reside, we’ve found a great watering hole that will allow us all to meet halfway! So join your sisters for a relaxing, after-work happy hour to wind down and remember that the weekend is only one more day away!

RSVP to Kate Favrow at kufavs@aol.com

  • Thursday, Nov 14: Food sorting at Harvesters (3801 Topping Ave., Kansas City, Mo.), 6-8 p.m.

Get your feel-good on! We’ll be joining with the Serve K.C. organization to sort food for the Harvesters food bank. This is a great way to give back to the community as Harvesters is the area’s only food bank. Its network includes more than 620 nonprofit agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, etc. We will be working in a warehouse, so please dress casually. Note: no open-toed shoes (such as flip flops or sandals) are allowed. And bring yourself some water to stay hydrated. Check in at the front desk when you arrive for instructions. Children ages 6 and older are welcome to attend with you. Please share this opportunity with other AOII sisters, family, friends and coworkers! (Make sure you RSVP with the number of volunteers coming with you.)

Harvesters will always accept any food donations too so bring them with you when you come.

RSVP to Kate Favrow at kufavs@aol.com.

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, Founders’ Day. Details to be announced.

    Mark your calendar now to be sure to set aside some special time to remember just why we all became AOIIs in the first place! We’ll gather and enjoy a potluck celebration of the four women who made our sisterhood possible. We’ll share some songs, memories and fellowship. (And enjoy some delicious homemade goodies, to boot!) This is one of our special gatherings at which both our daytime-group and evening-group ladies all join as one, along with gaining the benefit of meeting with our collegiate sisters from the University of Central Missouri. It’s a great opportunity for AOIIs of every age to be together. It’s an event to which we all look forward throughout the year.Founders’ Day is a touching and traditional way to kick off the holidays and help get us into a spirit of generosity and love.

We’ll announce all the details soon. (Typically we meet from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) So watch for additional info to come soon!

  •  Sunday, Dec 15: Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Meritex (Underground) Executive Park, Lenexa, Kan., 9 a.m.

Get out of the frigid December chill and run UNDERGROUND at the Jingle Bell Run! This timed 5K run/walk takes place at the Meritex Executive Park in Lenexa, Kan. (17501 W 98th St # 2762, Lenexa, KS 66219), where the average temperature is a balmy 68 degrees! And because this is the 25th anniversary of the Jingle Bell Run, it will be the biggest and best in Kansas City history! The event will include Christmas carolers, kid-friendly mascots, raucous holiday music, festive décor, costumes aplenty and more.

Special guests include jugglers, magicians and Santa Claus, of course, who will be jingling along in a pair of running shorts! All participants receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, a Jingle Bell necklace, free food and drinks, and more holiday cheer than they can fit in a stocking! It’s the perfect holiday event for the whole family, with affordable pricing and a flat, paved course.

Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.
Get more details about signing up for the event as a run/walk participant or as a volunteer from Kate Favrow at kufavs@aol.com.