University Women: Special Interest Groups

University Women’s interest groups are the heart of the organization. They offer opportunities to meet and interact with other women who share similar interests. Join as many as you wish. Each group establishes its meeting schedule and location/s. If you are joining later in the year, please contact a chair or co-chair for more information. Suggest a new group to Phyllis Self, Vice President, p-self@wiu.edu

Antiques and Collectibles
Bloodmobile
Bridge
Gardening
Gourmet
Literature and Discussion


Moms, Infants, and Tots
Needlework, Afternoon
Needlework, Evening
Supper Club
Women for International Friendship
Women In The Wilderness



Antiques And Collectibles offers an array of activities ranging from touring showcase homes to visiting antique venues.  Members are also welcome and encouraged to arrange programs that highlight their antiques or collectibles.  The group meets 3 - 4 times a year. See PICTURES of group activities.
Co-chairs: Sharon Wiorek, jc-wiorek@wiu.edu and Jacqulin Richmond, j-richmond@wiu.edu

Bloodmobile University Women takes charge of the Canteen at the Red Cross Blood Drives on campus. Volunteers are needed to help serve food and beverages to all of the blood donors. Shifts for volunteers are generally for two hours: 10-12, 12-2, and 2-4. You can help by working during the drive or by donating cupcakes. Six dozen cupcakes are needed for each drive. If you can help, please indicate so on your membership form, or contact the chair.

If you can help with this very worthwhile project please indicate so on your membership form or call Mardell Harris at 837-4201. Thanks very much to all who helped with last year’s blood drives. See upcoming dates on the Events Calendar.
Chair: Penny Yunker, yunker@macomb.com

Bridge, Afternoon meets the 1st Thursday of the month from 1-4 p.m., either at the host’s home or a public venue, such as Old Dairy. Members take turns hosting. The host contacts members to ensure attendance and provides tallies, cards and light refreshment. All levels of players are welcome, as well as those who want to substitute.
Co-chairs: Melanie Rawlins, rawlins@logonix.net and Diane Tichenor, dtich6703@logonix.net

Bridge, Evening meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The hostess provides beverages, cards and tallies. The co-hostess calls or e-mails members, provides snacks and assistance. Beginners with some knowledge of bridge, and masters, are welcome. If you are new and would like to play in this group, contact the chair.
Chair: Joy McQuillan, joymcquillan@yahoo.com,

Gardening meets on the 4th Monday evening at 7 p.m. September–November and February–May. There is usually a plant exchange in May and a garden walk in June. Many garden topics are presented such as: plant care, pest control, garden projects, decorating with plants and flowers, and field trips. The first meeting in September will be to plan the topics for year and for members to sign up to host and coordinate a meeting.
Chair: Siraj Hull sirajhull@yahoo.com

Gourmet group meets monthly September–May on Saturday evenings, either in a home or other public locations such as Alumni House, Old Bailey House or Unitarian Church. Two hostesses sign up for each meeting, select a theme, location, date, and assign recipes to be prepared by participants. The total cost of the meal is divided among attendees. Spouses and guests are invited to attend.
Co-chairs: Greta Hangelbroek, rghangelbroek@mac.com and Nancy Leigh, msncl@wiu.edu

Literature And Discussion is an informal group that reads a different book each month Oct-May, an may continue through the summer this year. We meet monthly on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in a member’s home for a discussion and light refreshments. We’ll choose 8 paperback books for this year at our organizing meeting: New Copperfield’s bookstore on Thursday, September 15th at 7 p.m. Join us then and bring your reading suggestions. See our list of books for 2011-2012
Chair: Martha Klems, ms-klems@wiu.edu  

Needlework, Afternoon meets in a member's home on the second Monday of each month from 1-3pm. We knit, crochet, quilt, cross-stitch, etc., on our own projects, as well as a thimble of instruction, embroidered tales, and scraps of information. We end with a potluck luncheon in May. Come join us for creative stitchery and socializing.
Chair: Denise Elston, deerarts@yahoo.com

Needlework, Evening meets in the homes of members once a month. If you enjoy needlework and conversation, this is the group for you.
Chair: Phyllis Self, p-self@wiu.edu

Moms, Infants, & Tots was established as a support group for women with infants and toddlers with activities with and without children.
Chair: Erin Easterling, erineeasterling@gmail.com

Supper Club offers members a chance to go to interesting restaurants with other people, often outside of Macomb. Couples and individuals can enjoy a meal together in one of many fine area restaurants.
Chair: Barbara Sandall, BR-Sandall@wiu.edu

Women For International Friendship This a group of women dedicated to promote and support frienship. We welcome every woman interested in participating. We meet every other week, children are welcome. We like to share our time, our friendhip, our food. For more information, or if you need a ride, contact Chair: Margarita Obregon, M-Obregon@wiu.edu or Barbara Brown, bj-brown7@wiu.edu

Women In The Wilderness aims to get members out in the woods, usually hiking, either locally or outside of Macomb. This group is also open to other outdoor activities and welcomes anyone who likes to be active outside. We usually take a trip to Starved Rock in early spring to hike in the snow, see frozen waterfalls and watch the ice climbers.
Co-chairs: Erin Easterling erineeasterling@gmail.com and Tara Westerhold TN-Westerhold@wiu.edu


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