FWC welcomes members to participate in a variety of interest groups. If you want more information about an interest group, please email the FWC Sections Administrator at FWC.InterestSections@umich.edu and your name will be forwarded to the section leader(s) listed below. Contact information for section leaders also is available in the FWC directory.
Coordinator: Jeanne Lewellen
Meetings are at different University locations. Docents, faculty or other knowledgeable guides conduct tours. All FWC members are welcome, especially newcomers. We usually meet at 10:00 a.m. on the last Wednesday in September, October, January and then March and April.
Update: As with all things COVID, our visits to indoor campus locations will be influenced by university regulations and personal comfort. Advance notice of any upcoming event will be provided.
Leader: Jean Gosling
The cinema group is not a serious movie group; we mostly enjoy each other’s company. We usually eat before the movie, which makes serious discussion of the movie we have seen impossible. However, the movie group is a great way to get to see movies with old and new friends. We see movies at the Michigan and State Theaters on the 1st Monday of the month. Two weeks later, we meet again for movie night on Tuesday (free for some group members) at the same theaters. Members pay for their own meals and tickets.
Update: Due to COVID-19, we will not be seeing movies as a group, but will maintain a list of members who want to see movies with each other. In lieu of movies, we’ll just have our pre-movie discussion with less noise – over Zoom. We are assessing how often we’ll meet online. We expect we will meet less frequently, perhaps just the first Monday of the month.
Leader: Lisa Neidert
Friends of Live Theater
We love live theater and we get to see great shows together in the Ann Arbor area. We usually meet before or after the show for lunch or dinner. Several times throughout the year we meet at local restaurants to discuss plays/shows that members have seen and recommend seeing. Year-round all members are encouraged to suggest plays/shows that they want to see but don’t want to attend alone.
Update: On hiatus until further notice.
Leaders: Barb Tester and Silvia Pedraza
FWC Goes Out to Dinner
Our purpose is to share good company and good food. All FWC members are welcome at any time. This group has been an enjoyable way for members from many backgrounds to share their interests and experiences. In normal times, we meet twice a month—the first dinner at 5:00 p.m. (usually at the Gandy Dancer) and the second dinner at 6:30 p.m.—at various area restaurants. At each 6:30 dinner the attendees plan the date and location of the following month’s dinner.
Update: As of March 2022, we are eating indoors at restaurants. During any future pandemic surge we will switch to outdoor dining or go on hiatus depending on members’ comfort levels.
Leader: Marcy Breslow
FWC Goes to Happy Hour
This group meets a couple of times each semester to sample various happy hours around the Ann Arbor area. We get together for an hour or so to chat and have something to drink or eat. It’s an enjoyable way to get to know new people, new places and stay connected with FWC women. We meet at 5:00 p.m. on a weekday, usually the 3rd Tuesday or Thursday. Dates and details for happy hours are announced by email and group members respond if they are coming.
Leaders: Judy Compton and Karen Vigmostad
FWC Service Interest Section
This group welcomes all FWC members who are happy helpers. This is an open interest section, and any member can volunteer or join at any time for a project or act of kindness. We volunteer with hands-on help (not monetary) to our own FWC community and U-M community. Service projects can range from small favors to larger commitments within the greater community. “If there is a need, we can help with our hands.” Please contact the service committee leaders if there are any requests from another FWC member, as well as if you are interested in joining and volunteering some time (depends on you—once a week/month, etc.). As we are starting small and cautious of the pandemic, help right now can include a ride to an appointment, grocery runs, etc. to volunteering at the Maize and Blue Pantry.
Leader: Jasmijn Quon and Cibele Barbosa-Cesnik
Let’s Go is for any FWC member who would enjoy companionship for spontaneous (or minimally-planned) outings or events. “Events” can be any activity or enthusiasm you’d like to share with other FWC members, from getting ice cream or coffee, to a hike or bicycle ride, astronomy night, museum visit, movie, or whatever you enjoy doing. Here’s how it works: Section members have access to the email distribution list to invite others to join them in doing some activity/event. To invite others, simply email the distribution list with the necessary information, being sure to let folks know whether or not you need a response from those who want to participate and how you will meet at the event. If you have questions about a “Let’s Go” event, just email/text the event’s organizer. (A list of Let’s Go section members, with their email addresses and mobile phone numbers, will be provided.). Section sign-up link here.
Leader: Marcy Breslow
The group meets at area restaurants to sample a variety of cuisines including American, Asian and European. The current “trend setter” is always a popular option along with a few favorites. Newcomers are always welcome and restaurants offer separate checks. Luncheons occur on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. After two years on hiatus Luncheon Adventures looks forward to reconvening in 2022.
Update: As with all things COVID, luncheons will be influenced by government mandates and personal comfort. Advance notice of any upcoming event will be provided.
Leader: Jeanne Lewellen
U-M Women’s Sports Fans
Our goal is to support U-M women’s sports by attending at least one event for each sport each school year. The most popular sports in terms of member and guest response have been soccer, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and softball. However, notices are sent for all sports (except rowing and golf, which are hard to follow on-site) in four timing groups: Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter and Spring. If we have 10 or more ticket requests, group tickets ($3 each) are available for inter-conference and Big Ten games.
Update: We await information from U-M Athletics regarding whether attendance at women’s sports events will be possible this fall, especially those for which competition may begin in August: soccer, field hockey, and volleyball. An email update will be sent to section members as soon as that information is available. A schedule of televised events will also be sent to section members for convenience.
Leader: Kay Erdman