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University Women of BG to begin year with fall potluck brunch PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:09
Sandy Wicks (left) discusses a centerpiece with fellow members of the University Women brunch decorating committee (from left) Barbara O'Brien, Karen Johnson Denise Robins, Phyllis Hartwell and University Women president Mary Joy Burkle. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
University Women of Bowling Green State University will officially begin the 2013-14 year with their traditional opening event, the fall potluck brunch, on Aug. 24.
Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, president of the university, will speak, offering an insider view of "What's New this Year at BGSU."
The brunch will be held at 10 a.m. at a new location - the Fraternal Order of Eagles hall at 1163 N. Main St., Bowling Green.
Entertainment will be provided by the "Gingersnaps," a band and vocal group led by Ginger Manley.
Current members are to bring a dish that serves eight. Coffee and tea will be provided by Sandy Wicks and Grounds for Thought. As in past years, there will be a raffle to benefit the UW college scholarship fund.
Organization-wide events planned for later in the year include a Christmas party, theater outing, day-long bus trip, and participation in Elder Beerman Days fundraiser,
The "heart and soul of University Women is its special-interest small groups," notes incoming President Mary Joy Burkle.
These groups, which usually meet monthly during the school year, are devoted to antiques; gardening; knitting-crocheting; docent-led tours at the Toledo Museum of Art; retirees; and community service.
There is also a Dutch-treat "lunch bunch" and both Travelers and bridge groups which are for members and their spouses/partners.
UW has multiple literature groups, including one that meets the third Wednesday morning of the month, with the possibility of a new book-discussion group being formed for a weekday evening.
The three existing art museum groups take their tours on Wednesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons, or Thursday afternoons.
Both the antiques and the gardening groups have frequent guest speakers and occasional on-site tours, Burkle noted.
The Community Service group rolls into high gear in November, organizing sponsorship of one or more local families during the holiday season. This includes collecting money and food items from the organization, buying items for the families, wrapping gifts, and delivering items to the families.
University Women is open to local women who are themselves, or are spouses of, current or retired faculty or staff at the university. The group also welcomes other interested women in the community. Current members invite guests to the brunch as a way to introduce them to the organization.
Annual dues of $10 may be mailed in advance to Phyllis Hartwell or submitted along with the membership form at the Aug. 24 brunch.
For more information about joining UW or attending the brunch, contact membership chairperson Mary Lou Riday at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; visit the University Women Web page http://site.google.com/site/universitywomenbg/. or UW's Facebook page where information and pictures of activities and interest groups are shared.

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