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  • 31 Mar 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 900 New Hampshire, provides a special group rate discount for the Kitchen 8 Annual Meeting. Please RSVP for the reduced rate by Friday, April 6. Book your group rate for the Kitchen 8 Annual Meeting by calling at 785-842-8800 or click the button below.

  • 28 Dec 2017 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help us spread the word about to prospective applicants about the EMWMS application that is now available.

    SELECTION: All women enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at KU.

    • 3.0 GPA or higher on 4.0 scale
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Special consideration given to first time college women in family
    • Recipients may reapply annually
    Selection based on application contents, a short essay on the life and
    influence of Elizabeth Watkins, transcripts, and financial information.



  • 19 Dec 2017 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HELP US CELEBRATE Mrs. Watkins with cake and a 1930's ERA movie

    Come and Join Us!  We alumnae will celebrate Mrs. Watkins 157th Birthday on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Watkins Hall, along with Watkins and Miller Hall Residents and our scholarship recipients.  Meet at 8:30 PM in the living room of Watkins and we'll have gifts for the halls, cake and punch.  Then if you are able to stay a while, we are going to watch a 1930's era movie in the TV room with popcorn (pajamas optional!!)  We hear Mrs. Watkins loved movies, so this is a fitting way to enjoy her birthday!  If you would like to help us buy birthday gifts for the halls, please donate on our K8 website - and Thank You!  Hope you can join us!
  • 01 Oct 2017 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HELEN MARTIN GILES: We have lost a fabulous K8 sister. Helen Martin Gilles, a pediatrician in Lawrence passed away late this week. Her obit is in the Lawrence Journal-World. She lived in Miller from 1939-42, and her sister Corrine lived in Watkins. They remembered when Eleanor Roosevelt visited Miller Hall. In typical style, these sharp-witted sisters commented that the First Lady had a run in her hose!! Helen will be missed. Please go read about her remarkable life.

    MAURINE ADAMS: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Kitchen 8 sister, Maurine Adams. Maurine passed away on Wednesday, September 13, after enduring a host of medical issues. Her service was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, at the Methodist Church in Osage City. Her family wanted to ensure that her friends at Kitchen 8 knew of her passing.

  • 22 Aug 2017 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The date has been set for the New Women's Dinner to welcome the new residents of Watkins and Miller Halls:  Sunday, Sept. 17.  The dinner will be at Miller Hall this year. We'll meet to set up at 4:00 PM and eat at 5:00 PM.  

    This dinner is a great time to introduce Kitchen 8 to the new women and to begin building relationships of support and friendship.

    Our menu will be similar to previous years:  salads, rolls, and cookies.  If you can provide any of these, please email me at and let me know what you plan to bring. Salads should be able to serve 10 to 12 people.  It would also be helpful if you could make a card or slip of paper telling what the salad is and its ingredients to help people with food allergies. We'll place those on the table next to your dish. Thank you to those who have already volunteered.

    I hope to see you on Sept. 17!

    Lilac Lane Love,
    Camille Olcese
    785/856-0882 (home phone)

  • 08 Mar 2017 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    At the 2017 Annual Meeting a new set of bylaws will be proposed and voted upon. These bylaws changes would reflect Kitchen 8's new Incorporated 501(c)(3) status.  DOWNLOAD a PDF of the revised bylaws for your review.
  • 06 Mar 2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following is a list of candidates for the Kitchen 8 Board for 2017-2019. The candidates will be voted on during the 2017 Annual Meeting on April 22. All K8 members present at the Annual Meeting may vote. If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting you may vote online as an absentee must be done by midnight April 21, 2017.  For questions, contact the Annual Meeting Committee, Elizabeth Boman at


    Norma (Decker) Hoagland, W 1969-71


    Elizabeth (Ervin) Boman, W 70-74


    Paula (Hopkins) Wrigley, M 03-07


    Dana Diec, W 09-11


    Sarah Taggart, W 08-10 (Laura Draxler Sixta is retiring for a while, after doing a great job for K8.  Sarah graduated from KU, has her MA in Museology from the University of Washington in Seattle and has worked for a variety of museums.  She has just taken a job with the Kansas Historical Society – a perfect fit for everyone!)


    Judy (Johnson) Niebaum, M 58-61


    Camille (Icenogle) Olcese, W 71-74
    and Stevi Ballard, W 06-10


    Gayle Barry Mattchett, W 56-57


    Susan (Harshaw) Kissinger, W 70-74


    Valentine Baumann, W 03-05 (Many thanks to Alica Thomas for doing a superb job at this position for many years!  Susan and Valentine had co-chaired the selection committee for several years so this division of the work will work seamlessly.)


    Sarah (Wohlrabe) Shortall, W 72-76 (Sarah’s co-chair, Ali Zayas, is retiring for a while also. Many thanks to Ali!!)


    Cathie (Fuller) Miller, W 70-73
    and Sarah Greenup, W 08-12

  • 20 Jan 2017 8:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Applications for the 2017-2018 Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarships are being accepted online now through March 1. 

  • 20 Jan 2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You are cordially invited to attend activities during the Kitchen 8 Annual Weekend in Lawrence. Events will take place from Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25. Many of the events are free; however, there is a $12 ticket cost for the Welcome Party and a $20 ticket cost for the Brunch at Maceli's. Please RSVP for the Welcome Party, Brunch, and Champagne & Sweets Celebration by April 6.


    • ONLINE: Payment may be made online (with a $1 convenience fee per ticket) or at the door.

    KITCHEN 8 ANNUAL WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Miller Hall’s 80th Birthday Celebration
    APRIL 21 - APRIL 23, 2017
    Lawrence, Kansas

    FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017:

    • 3–5 PM    K-8 Board Meeting - Help us plan future events and celebrations! Open to Watkins/ Miller alumnae and residents at Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.
    • 6:30–?    “The Way We Were” Welcome Party and Chicken and Beef Taco Buffet at Hampton Inn Lobby, 2300 W. 6th St. Wear your favorite Watkins/Miller outfit and bring your scrapbooks and memorabilia. RSVP BY APRIL 6. PAY ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR. COST: $12 each ($13 online), includes buffet & soft drinks (BYOB)

    SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017: The Meet and Greet, Business Meeting and Elections, Program, and Celebratory Brunch events will be held at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire

    • 9 AM    Meet and Greet
    • 9:30 AM    Business Meeting and Elections
    • 10 AM    Program: "Miller Love!" - A Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Miller Hall! Come and enjoy hearing memories of life in Miller Hall from the 1940’s to the present. And you’ll learn why Miller Hall’s motto is “Miller Love!”
    • 11 AM    Celebratory Brunch with EMWM Scholarship Recipients and Watkins/Miller Residents - During brunch, test your knowledge of the history of the philanthropy of KU’s “Fairy Godmother.” Please consider a donation to cover brunch costs for a Watkins/Miller resident and/or EMW Scholarship recipient, who are guests of Kitchen 8. RSVP BY APRIL 6. PAY ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR. COST: $20 each ($21 online), includes brunch
    • 12 PM    Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Award Presentation at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire
    • 2:30 PM    A Legacy in Stone Tour at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine St.
    • 5–6:30 PM    Champagne & Sweets to Celebrate Miller’s 80th Anniversary at Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts. RSVP BY APRIL 6. There is no cost for this event.

    SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017:

    • 2–4 PM    Watkins Alumnae Tea at Watkins Scholarship Hall, 1506 Lilac Lane
    • 2–4 PM    Miller Alumnae Tea and Special 80th Anniversary Celebration at Miller Scholarship Hall, 1518 Lilac Lane
    • 4 PM    Honoring "Lady Bountiful" - Traditional visit to lay flowers on the grave of Elizabeth Miller Watkins at Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Ave.
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