Meetings and Special Events – Current and Past

Regular meetings are held at the Waterfront Country Club in Moneta, VA. These include lunch, a speaker, and a business meeting. We meet on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and adjourn by 1:30 p.m. Special events occur throughout the year except for summer months.

2022 

We will continue to highlight local women as speakers with our agenda “Women at the Lake: Taking Care of Others and Ourselves.”

January 15, 2022 – Branch Meeting – “Loving Decision and Memory Loss” – Karen DeBord Phillips

  • Members will meet at 10:30 am via Zoom
  • Our business meeting will include an update on branch activities and plans for 2022.
  • Our speaker is a retired university professor of human development, local civic leader, successful entrepreneur, and now published author.
  • She will discuss her book Sweetness Begets Sweetness based on her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Karen will discuss prevention and management of the disease and decision points along the way

Postponed to Later Date – Branch Meeting and Tour in Bedford, Virginia.

  • Members will meet at 10:30 am at The Blue Lady Cafe in the heart of Bedford, VA. Seating is limited, so RSVP as soon as you get the notice.
  • Our business meeting will include an update on branch activities and plans for 2022.
  • In lieu of a speaker, we will tour the nearby Bedford Boys Tribute Center.

2021

January 16, 2021 – Branch Meeting – “Reinventing Libraries” with Jennifer Golston, Manager of the Moneta Library

  • Members will meet remotely via ZOOM for an update on branch activities – 10:30 am.
  • Presentation by Ms. Golston on the dramatic changes for libraries with the arrival of automation and digitalization and, lately, with the pandemic.
  • Questions and answers will follow.
  • RSVP to receive ZOOM invitation.

March 20, 2021 – Branch Meeting – Brittany Webb-Lane, Park Ranger at Booker T. Washington National Monument

  • Members will meet remotely via ZOOM for an update on branch activities – 10:30 am
  • Presentation by Ms. Webb-Lane, Park Ranger for the National Park Service, about our local monument and the educational opportunities there as well as her career history leading to her position at Booker T. Washington.
  • Questions and answers will follow.
  • RSVP to receive ZOOM invitation.

May 15, 2021 – Membership Meeting and Scholarship Awards

  • Members will meet remotely via ZOOM for an update on branch activities – 10:30 am.
  • President, Membership VP and Treasurer positions will be elected for 2021-2023.
  • The budget for 2021-2022 will be presented for approval.
  • Two $3,000 Scholarships awarded to local students pursuing degrees.
  • Scholarship winners will speak to the members.

September 18, 2021 – Branch Meeting – Rebecca Goransonn – Frankin County Family Resource Center for Domestic Violence

  • Members will meet at 10:30 am at the Waterfront Country Club
  • We will hear from Ms. Goransonn about the mission and activities of the Resource Center for Domestic Violence
  • Our business meeting will include an update on branch activities and plans for the Fashion Show and Silent Auction in November.
  • We will be joined by our May 2021 scholarship awardees.
  • Members are encouraged to bring a contribution of clothing for the Center.

November 17, 2021 – Annual Fashion Show

  • Luncheon and Fashion Show at Waterfront Country Club with Chico’s of Lynchburg
  • Silent Auction and Door Prizes
  • Profits benefit the Scholarship fund and other outreach activities

2020

January 18, 2020 – Branch Meeting – Brenda Muse, EdD, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Franklin County Schools

  • How we can impact the positive things going on in Franklin County Schools
  • Plan for an exciting project in 2021!

May 16, 2020 – Membership Meeting and Scholarship Awards

  • Members will meet for an update on branch activities
  • President, VP Program and Secretary positions will be elected for 2020-2022
  • Two $3,000 Scholarships awarded to local students pursuing degrees

September 19, 2020 – Branch Meeting – AAUW Virginia Co-Presidents Suzanne Rothwell and Leslie Tourigny

  • Members will meet remotely via ZOOM for an update on branch activities -10:30 am
  • Presentation: “Making Progress in Challenging Times.”
  • Questions and answers will follow.
  • RSVP to receive ZOOM invitation

October 1, 2020 – Drive-by Cupcaking, a thanks to Janet Potter

  • Members will cruise by the Booker T Washington picnic area to honor our past president
  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Picnic Area
  • Drive by, grab a special cupcake and honk and holler “thank you” to Janet
  • RSVP to Fran Cross

October 24, 2020 – In Your Own Back yard – Fall Picnic

  • Meet at Skyway Animal Farm – a nonprofit organization assisting children and adults with physical, cognitive and mental health challenges
  • 10:30 – 12:30 pm (or later) – totally outdoor activity
  • Bring a sack lunch, comfortable shoes and a lawn chair
  • Visit resident alpacas, goats, chickens and anatolians
  • RSVP by October 19th

November 21, 2020 – Branch Meeting – Speaker, local resident Pidge Morgan

  • Members will meet remotely via ZOOM for an update on branch activities – 10:30 am
  • Presentation by Ms. Morgan about her mission to promote education for young girls and women in Tanzania
  • Questions and answers will follow.
  • RSVP to receive ZOOM invitation

December 16, 2020 – Holiday ZOOM Happy Hour

  • Dress in holiday attire and ZOOM in with your favorite beverage in hand – 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Fran Cross will share a tour of her lovely home decorated with items collected over 45 years
  • Share a special childhood holiday memory, a holiday entertainment or shopping tip, lead a carol, or just visit with your buddies – no designated driver required!
  • RSVP to receive ZOOM invitation

2019

January 19, 2019 – Chloe Johnson, Site Director for SML Good Neighbors Middle School Academy

  • Volunteer program mentors middle and high school children through after school activities.
  • Began in 2016 and serves Bedford and Franklin County students.
  • Serves rising 6th through 9th graders, emphasizing leadership and community service.

March 16, 2019 – Pamela Cobler, Ed.D

  • This accomplished motivational speaker shares her personal experiences as a wheelchair restricted woman.
  • A former Ms. Wheelchair Virginia and 2nd runner up to Ms. Wheelchair America. Ms. Cobler  discusses the impact of equine and animal therapy.
  • Born and raised in Martinsville, VA, she earned a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and a doctorate in Education Administration.
  • Appointed by two governors to the State Rehabilitation Council, Mr. Cobler still serves of the Executive Board.

May 18, 2019 – Membership Meeting and Scholarship Awards

  • Prospective members join us for lunch and a description of branch activities
  • Two $3,000 Scholarships awarded to local students pursuing degrees

June 2, 2019 – President’s Reception, Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, Moneta, VA

  • Wine tasting with appetizers gathering at Ramulose Ridge Vineyards
  • Spouses and prospective members welcome

September 21, 2019 – Unconscious Bias

  • Business meeting focusing on preparations for the November fundraiser
  • Short presentation on unconscious bias
  • Kickoff meeting for the new year

November 20, 2019 – Annual Fashion Show

  • Luncheon and Fashion Show at Waterfront Country Club with Chico’s of Lynchburg
  • Silent Auction and Door Prizes
  • Profits benefit the Scholarship fund and other outreach activities

2018

January 20, 2018 – Rebekah Broughton, Communications Coordinator, Street Ransom

  • Since 2014, Street Ransom has worked in the Roanoke area to spread awareness about sex trafficking and to serve survivors.
  • In response to the growing need for support and shelter for survivors in Virginia, the organization is developing a crisis shelter for juvenile girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking.
  • Please join us as we learn about the realities of sex trafficking in our area, what Street Ransom is doing to combat the issue, and how you can help.

March 17, 2018 – Cynthia Gunnoe, Local Businesswoman

  • Vice-President of the Gunnoe Sausage Company
  • Ms. Gunnoe will share her family history and her experience in the family-owned business in a male-dominated industry.
  • Growing up in Bedford County, Ms. Gunnoe attended Jefferson Forest High School and graduated from William and Mary.

May 19, 2018 – Membership Meeting and Scholarship Awards

  • Prospective members join us for lunch and a description of branch activities
  • Two $3,000 Scholarships awarded to local students pursuing degrees

September 15, 2018 – Membership Social. Ramulose Ridge – RESCHEDULED for June 2, 2019

  • Wine tasting with appetizers gathering at Ramulose Ridge Vineyards
  • Spouses and prospective members welcome
  • Schedule usually allows plenty of time for those participating in the Jim Cameron Memorial walk sponsored by LCM

October 20, 2018 – Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Personal Awareness

  • “How to Keep Yourself Safe When Out and About”
  • Lt Erik Mullen presented tips on safety in a variety of situations

November 14, 2018 – Annual Fashion Show

  • Luncheon and Fashion Show at Waterfront Country Club with J&J Fashions
  • Silent Auction and Door Prizes
  • Profits benefit the Scholarship fund and other outreach activities

2017

January 21, 2017 – Dr. Karen Hiltz, Gills Creek Rep, Franklin County School Board

  • Issues in education from the perspective of one who has years of military and management experience
  • Her decision to study education and put that knowledge and her career experience to use on the local school board
  • Dr. Hiltz received her Ed.D in Leadership from Lynchburg College with a focus on charter schools.

March 18, 2017 – Josselyn Gregory, High School Career Coach and LCM Volunteer

  • Progress and challenges of LCM’s program to assist its clients succeed on their own
  • As a Career Coach for Bedford County a trained instuctor for Lake Christian Ministries, she will share her experience with us – what it means to be without means and the progress that is possible to help motivated people up and out of that situation.
  • As a member of our branch, Joss facilitates many of our activities with local students

May 20, 2017 – Membership Meeting and Scholarship Awards

  • Prospective members join us for lunch and a description of branch activities
  • Two $2,000 Scholarships awarded to local students pursuing degrees

September 16, 2017 – Membership Social

  • Pot luck wine and appetizers gathering at the home of Margee Kauffman
  • Spouses and prospective members welcome
  • Schedule usually allows plenty of time for those participating in the Jim Cameron Memorial walk sponsored by LCM

October 21, 2017 – On the Light Side – Container Gardening Throughout the Year

  • Branch Member Carol Miekina shares her expertise
  • Fashion Show planning update

November 15, 2017 – Annual Fashion Show

  • Luncheon and Fashion Show at Waterfront Country Club
  • Silent Auction and Door Prizes
  • Profits benefit the Scholarship fund and other outreach activities

2016 

January 16, 2016 – Personalized Learning at Moneta Elementary School

  • Melissa Charlton, Master Facilitator of Personalized Learning at Moneta Elementary will speak to the branch.
  • Moneta is a pilot school for the program for 2015-2016
  • SMAAUW branch members are volunteering in classrooms for math and language art

March 19, 2016 – Local Efforts to Protect Women and Children

    • Patrick T. Nix, Esquire, former Assistant Prosecutor for Franklin County
    • 16 years’ experience in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and 2015 candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney
    • Chaired Children’s Advocacy Programs of the Blue Ridge
    • Served on Franklin County’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team
    • Mr. Nix will discuss challenges facing law enforcement in protecting the vulnerable in our area, including Internet use, human trafficking, and domestic violence and abuse.

May 21, 2016 – Membership Meeting and Scholarship Awards

  • Prospective members join us for lunch and a description of branch activities
  • Scholarships awarded to local students pursuing degrees

September 17, 2016 – Membership Social

  • Winetasting and Social at Ramulose Ridge Vineyards in Moneta, VA
  • Spouses and prospective members welcome
  • Schedule allows plenty of time for those participating in the Jim Cameron Memorial walk sponsored by LCM

October 15, 2016 – Southern Roots 

  • On the fun side – demonstration on home decor leading into the holidays
  • Fashion Show planning meeting

November 16, 2016 – Annual Fashion Show

          • Luncheon and Fashion Show at Waterfront Country Club with Chicos presenting
          • Silent Auction and Door Prizes
          • Profits benefit the Scholarship fund and other outreach activities

2015

January 17, 2015 – Human Trafficking

  • Erin Kulpa, Assistant US Attorney for Southwest Virginia will speak to the branch.
  • How does this international problem affect our state and region?
  • What can “nice ladies like us” do to help raise awareness in our community?

March 21, 2015 – Virginia Tech Carilion Medical Center and Research Institute

  • Deborah Kelly, PhD will speak on brain research being performed at VTCRI.
  • Dr. Kelly’s field: studying how cells communicate on the tiniest scale .
  • An April tour will follow up on this presentation.

May 9, 2015 – Membership Meeting and Scholarship Awards

  • Prospective members join us for lunch and a description of branch activities
  • Two Scholarships awarded to local students pursuing degrees

September 19, 2015 – Celebration of our 15th Anniversary at Ramulose Winery

  • Wine tasting with light refreshments to celebrate the branch’s 15 years
  • Spouses and prospective members welcome
  • Schedule allows plenty of time for those participating in the Jim Cameron Memorial walk sponsored by LCM

November 18, 2015 – Annual Fashion Show

          • Luncheon and Fashion Show at Waterfront Country Club with Chicos presenting
          • Silent Auction and Door Prizes
          • Profits benefit the Scholarship fund and other outreach activities