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Letter from our President, Patty Courtright

Seventy years ago this spring, our club was founded with a handful of women and a vision for how to stay connected with one another and with the community. Last fall, we began our yearlong celebration of this milestone with a beautiful musical performance by our own Florence Peacock and closed out 2018 with a lovely, festive holiday reception. Along the way, we have welcomed 20 new members.

This month, we will hold our annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser to support the University Woman’s Club Scholarships in Honor of Ida Friday. This is such a fun opportunity to visit, munch, listen to talented young musicians and enjoy some bubbly – all for a great cause. In March, we’ll take a look back at Fabulous Fifties Fashion Jewelry with jewelry expert and club member Julie Irving, and in April we’ll officially celebrate our 70th birthday during our spring luncheon, with the Sir Walter Cabinet as our guests. In addition, you can sign up for visits to the American Dance Festival studios and the Duke Lemur Center, so be sure to check the newsletter for details on all of these opportunities.

Just before the newsletter was published, a UWC group enjoyed a delightful performance by the NC Symphony as part of its Friday Favorites series. If you couldn’t join us, don’t worry, you can take in a Symphony performance on your own and still get your ticket(s) at the group rate. The discounted price is good through June 5 and can be used for all remaining Raleigh Classical and Pops Concerts, Young People’s Concerts, Chapel Hill Concerts, Friday Favorites and select Special Events. When you call the box office to order your tickets (919-733-2750), be sure to mention the University Woman’s Club, promo code UWC19.

It’s going to be a fun, busy spring, so mark your calendars for all these exciting events. I’ll see you there!

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser

“The Place To Be To Celebrate Valentine’s Day”

Our Third Annual UNC Scholarship Fundraiser will soon be here. Celebrate with us on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 5:30-7:00 PM in the Great Hall of the Chapel of the Cross on 304 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. On the serving plate you will find varied and abundant finger foods, sweets and savories. There will be bubbly for this special evening and music by Kidznotes. The hours are from 5:30 – 7:00 and the event is open to singles, couples and friends. The cost is $25 for singles and $35 for couples. The revenue from the ticket sales goes directly to the University Woman’s Club Scholarships in Honor of Ida Friday. Send your reservation and payment to Judy Tilson with checks made payable to UNC-CHAPEL HILL by February 7th. Further information is listed on the last page of the newsletter. We look forward to seeing you there and appreciate your donation!

March Program and Annual Meeting

Our March program takes place Thursday, March 14th at 10:00 a.m. in the Lecture Hall at Carolina Meadows, 100 Whippoorwill Lane. The meeting will open with refreshments, and following the “business” portion of the meeting, UWC member Julie Irving will discuss “Fabulous Fifties Fashion Jewelry” and will have many examples on hand. There is no charge for this event.

Spring Luncheon

On Tuesday, April 16th at 12 noon, we will celebrate our 70th anniversary with a special program and luncheon. Charles Lovelace, executive director of the Morehead-Cain Foundation, will talk about this prestigious program. The Sir Walter Cabinet will be our guests at the Chapel Hill Country Club. Additional information will be emailed closer to the event.

In Our Own Backyard Events

Backstage Visit to the ADF – This program, to be held on Friday, March 22 from 11:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., offers members the opportunity to hear Jodee Mimerichter, Executive Director of the American Dance Festival and President of the ADF Board of Directors. A performance is also included. The cost is $15 with a lunch to be enjoyed during the talk. It takes place at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street in Durham. For registration and parking information, contact Marge Yanker, 919-967-1931, myanker(at) Registration is required with payment of $15 in advance. Register early as the number of attendees will be limited.

Duke Lemur Center – Join Carol Ziemiecki on a tour of Duke’s famous Lemur Center on Wednesday April 3rd at 10 a.m. The Duke Lemur Center has the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs. They are the earth’s most threatened group of mammals outside of Madagascar. Take a peek at and check out the 2017 infants born at the center. A more detailed email will follow in early March. Tour is $12 with an optional lunch at City Kitchen afterwards. TOUR IS LIMITED TO 18 PEOPLE.

Activity/Interest Groups

Items listed are new or upcoming. Other information is found in your UWC brochure.
To participate, contact the group’s activity coordinator. Membership in the University Woman’s Club is a requirement for participation. If you want to start a new group, contact Carol Ziemiecki, caz0414(at)

Antiques and Collectibles – Next meeting will be Thursday, April 4 at 10 a.m. at the owner’s residence. The featured program will be a talk by Dr. Louis Levy showing his collection of Japanese Prints. Dr. Levy is a retired organic chemist from NIEHSC in Research Triangle Park. His address is 319 Glendale Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514; phone number 919-967-5736. All are welcome. Margy King, 919-942-1372, and Jane Levy, 919-967-5736, janeleiferlevy(at)

Social Bridge – Second and Fourth Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (note change in time and dates) Contact Mary Hoffman, 919-533-6764, maryhhoffman(at)

UWC always welcomes new members. If you have your eye on friends to add to our club, send them a copy of this newsletter. Members who join now pay $17.50 and will pay the full membership fee in May. Ask Donna Falvo for a membership form.

Impressions on Being a Member of the University Woman’s Club

This summer the leadership team began talking about various ways to celebrate the richness of our 70 years as a successful organization of women. One of our interest centered around finding out how women throughout the years came to the organization, their impressions of our group, and the impact that the UWC had on their lives. Teddy Lovejoy, a psychologist by training and profession, has continued her interviews with three other members and offers these summaries of their conversations for our benefit and enjoyment. Teddy has been a member for only two years and has been an eager participant from the beginning. We are grateful for her writing ability, her interviewing skills and the time that she has put into these reflections.

Barbara Bell is on staff at UNC as an operations officer in a medical research lab. As a newcomer to Chapel Hill three years ago, Barbara has appreciated the opportunity to meet new people and visit interesting places in and around Chapel Hill. She remarks that we have dynamic and amazing members and loves to be in their company. In particular, Barbara considers it a real treat to explore new restaurants in the area with the Out to Lunch Bunch group. Barbara is a gifted photographer and has shared her talents with UWC in numerous ways, including serving on the board as a guiding hand for all our social media efforts.

Barbara Day served as UWC president in 2016-17. During her presidency, Barbara called on former presidents to lead local day trips including art museums, the N.C. School of the Arts, N.C. Symphony, a local greenhouse, a nearby fruitcake factory, Duke Gardens, Old Salem, Duke Chapel and the zoo. Under Barbara’s leadership, the UWC Scholarships title was changed to honor Ida Friday and the inaugural Valentine’s Day scholarship fundraiser was held. She brought a number of new members into UWC and immediately involved them in activities and leadership roles. Barbara, a retired School of Education faculty member, is involved in several activity groups and is working with the current president to plan this year’s Spring Luncheon, which will feature a special celebration of UWC’s 70th anniversary.

Paula Easton joined UWC in 1975 when her husband took a teaching position at UNC. Soon after that, Ruth Kreigman suggested that Paula join UWC and the bridge group. Through the years, the camaraderie and long-standing friendships have meant the most to Paula. She especially values the programs, such as Freddie Kiger’s recent talk on “The Characters of Chapel Hill,” and visits to points of interest in our local area. Paula served as president of UWC in 2015-16. She continues to enjoy several activity groups and serves on the UWC board managing the email list and communications to club members. Paula is retired now and enjoys her work with Hospice, Fearrington Cares and the Chatham Animal Rescue.

UWC Photo Gallery from Fall Program and Holiday Party

Our gratitude to Nan Burby and Ellen Johnson for their arrangement of our Fall Program. We had a group of more than 60 women who were delightfully entertained by Florence Peacock’s stunning voice. She was accompanied by a pianist and a cellist. Additionally, the meal was superior.

Henri Croom and Mary Ann Stringer transformed Extraordinary Ventures into a festive environment with individually decorated tables and large poinsettias all around for our members at our Holiday Party. The long table was laden with sweet and savory food and allowed us to be able to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

A Special Valentine’s Day Invitation

You are invited to a special Valentine’s Day Evening Party. The fun will take place in the Great Hall of Chapel of the Cross Church on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. On the serving table you will find varied and abundant finger foods, sweets and savories.
There will be bubbly for this special evening. And there will be music by Kidznotes.

The hours are 5:30 – 7:00 and the event is open to singles, couples and friends. The cost is $25 (single) and $35 (couple).

All of the revenue from the ticket sales goes directly to support the University Woman’s Club Scholarships in Honor of Ida Friday. Thank you, donors!
Please send your reservation/payment by February 7 via check made payable to


Judy Tilson
525 Carolina Meadows Villa
Chapel Hill, NC

Additional guests may pay at the door with check made payable to UNC-CHAPEL HILL.
QUESTIONS?? Please call Judy Tilson, 919-240-4820 or Carol Ziemiecki, 919-967-9117


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Amount Paid: $25.00 (Single) $35.00 (Couple)
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