From the President
Welcome to the FWC’s Centennial year. It was on October 26, 1921, that Nina Burton convened a group of women in her home and established what was then the Faculty Women’s Club. Its function was to welcome newcomers, bring together women in the University of Michigan community with common interests, and foster friendships. Those goals of welcoming and friendship have stayed the same, but we have widened our reach from faculty and women to staff, employees, and all genders. Widened membership means widened opportunities for making friends and sharing new interests. Just call us FWC, a friendly, welcoming community.
We have plans for many special activities this year in honor of our hundredth birthday. Though hope is high, it’s possible that events slated for early fall will need to be virtual. Last year our excellent tech team learned how to make very entertaining Zooms, so we’ll go with that if need be. As we settle on dates and locations, we will post them under “Upcoming Events” on this page. Check back for the latest information, or contact any board member. Some of our forty- two interest sections are meeting in person, outdoors; some meet on Zoom; some are on hiatus. Scroll through the Interest Sections page of this website for details. The names of board members and section leaders are on this site, with contact information in your directory. Whether you’re a Golden Member with fifty years of commitment or a Newcomer just discovering us, we’re ready to provide you with an interesting, engaging, informative, and amusing year.
I’ve mentioned the practical uses of this website, but it’s also a source of entertainment, with links to our historical archives and current exhibits by our Painters Section. We hope you’ll return to enjoy these features, and maybe even suggest others.
Your FWC Board works hard to keep the club functioning, but we have a lot of fun doing it. We’re all volunteers, giving our time to keep the FWC healthy and vibrant. Would you like to join us? Email me or any board member and let us know. We’re always very pleased to have new suggestions for the Nominating Committee.
Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing the friends I already know, as well as those I have yet to meet, whether in Zoom or in person, at our Centennial celebrations. It’s going to be a wonderful year.
Robin Richstone, FWC President, 2021-2022