Interest Groups

Interest Groups are a great way to make friends and connect with other members of the Club in service and fun. Even if you did not sign up previously for a group, you are welcome to attend meetings anytime during the year. Just let the hostess know that you will be there. To participate in the Interest Groups on an ongoing basis, Club membership is required. Check the UKWC Calendar for meeting dates and times.


After Five

Judy Irvin (617-821-9443) judyirvin@mac.com

After Five is “Ladies Night Out”!  Our goal is to add evening opportunities to gather to socialize and enjoy some fun activities.  Come along as we hit the town to check out the new hot spots, have both simple and gourmet dinners, go to the theatre, gallery hops and more!  We typically meet the fourth Friday of the month at 6pm and occasionally switch to another night to attend a special limited time event.

Amateur Artist

Adele Mroz (859-948-1827) adelemroz@gmail.com, Meg Shaw (859-533-4849) megshaw5@gmail.com

Are you interested in drawing, painting, or sketching but never quite get down to it?  Join this fun group!  We get together on alternate Wednesday afternoons and draw or paint for a couple of hours, indoors or out, depending on the weather.  There will be no instruction, just the encouragement of friends with the same interests.

Cooking with Friends

Janice Fish (859-327-1667) janiceffish1@gmail.com

Do you enjoy trying new recipes and lingering over lunch with good friends? If so, this interest group may be for you.  We gather three times each year in a member's home to cook and share recipes.  Members volunteer to “co-chef” and prepare the menu and food for our meetings.

Cooking with Friends II: Meatless Made Easy

Janice Fish (859-327-1667) janiceffish1@gmail.com, Meg Shaw (859-533-4840) megshaw5@gmail.com

This spin-off of the Cooking with Friends group is devoted to healthy eating with meatless menus. They can be vegetarian, vegan, or flexitarian!  Meetings are held three times a year in members' homes and everyone brings a nutritious dish to contribute to a potluck supper. 

Couples’ Bridge

Bette Jo Dedic, bjdedic@gmail.com, 263-2892

This is a sociable group that enjoys the game but is not too serious. We meet at 7pm on the 2nd Friday or Saturday of the month in the home of the host. The group is accepting new members as substitutes as we already have full tables; substitutes become regulars as spots open up.

Duplicate Bridge

Marta Susana Mendiondo (859-552-3640) msmendiondo@gmail.com

The Duplicate Bridge group meets first and third Monday of the month at the home of the participating members. We meet from 12pm to 3:30pm. Players contribute a nominal fee that is donated to the UKWC Scholarship Fund. No previous experience playing duplicate is necessary, we emphasize fun, learning, and camaraderie. 

Evening Book Discussion

Toby Troffkin (273-5072) tobymay@windstream.net

Each year we select eight books for discussion from members’ recommendations.  Our selections include both new and classics, fiction and nonfiction.  We meet from 7pm to 9pm on the third Thursday of each month (except December, June, July) in the home of a volunteer host.  We enjoy light refreshments and engage in a thoughtful discussion of the month’s selection, often led by the recommending member.

Evening Drama

Here's an enjoyable evening that you can share with your spouse, partner, or friend! We meet on the first Monday of the month, usually in a member's home, from 7pm to 9pm to read a play together while enjoying a light snack. The play is selected in advance, and roles will be distributed impromptu as we settle in for our reading. No costumes...no rehearsals...no pressure...just a good evening of fun among friends. Some of us are theater aficionados, and others just like to "get into" a role. Wherever you fall on that continuum, this is Your Time to Shine!

Family Playgroup

Suzanne Zivari (859-312-9302)

Moms and Grandmas, bring your preschool aged children to Suzanne's house on Mondays from 12pm-2pm  for play, conversation, and fellowship. This group has been vital in building lifelong friendships, family support, playmates, cultural and community knowledge for its members.

Gone Golfing

Jenny Fowler (859-309-2537) jennyfowler22@gmail.com

This group is for ladies of all skill levels who like to play golf, socialize and eat out.  We play 9 or 18  holes of golf and have a nice lunch. This is not a serious league, no handicap needed; just a friendly round of golf and lots of fun!  We play at various courses, public and private, in and around the Lexington area.  Members are responsible for course fees.

Ladies’ Daytime Bridge

Joy Haynes (859-233-2604) joyghaynes@gmail.com

Elaine Landry (859-523-7178)

Ladies’ Daytime Bridge meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Lafayette Retirement Community, Mason Headley Road.  We meet at 10am, have lunch and play bridge until 2pm (lunch is $8).  All members of the UKWC are welcome.

Ladies Usually Bridge

Carol Raitz (859-266-3029) carolraitz@gmail.com, Bette Jo Dedic (859-263-2892) bjdedic@gmail.com

Ladies Usually Bridge meets on the second and fourth Monday afternoons in members' homes from 12pm to 3pm.  We have three to four tables and members host on a rotation.  We want to keep the game fun; our members are helpful, patient and do not get frustrated if bidding or play is not top form.  Whether you are a seasoned player or a beginner, give Ladies Usually Bridge a try.

Let’s Eat Out

Bette Jo Dedic (263-2892) bjdedic@gmail.com, Colleen Duell (266-0505) rcduell@twc.com

If you like to try out a variety of restaurants with friends this is for you! Restaurants vary from white tablecloth to casual.  This group is comprised mostly of couples but we welcome singles, too.  Bon Appetit!

Let’s Go!

Sonya Renfro (860-933-0285) renfro.sonya@gmail.com

Just as the name says, we GO places!  Our travels take us to museums, shows, shopping, historic sites, craft classes and more.  Each monthly outing, in and around the Lexington area, includes an event, location, or targeted activity and a meal.  If you enjoy exploring with friends, then join us for our next outing. 

Morning Book Discussion

Cecile McKinney (273-4770) cilkyus@yahoo.com

Morning Book Discussion meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am at Tates Creek Branch Library.  A variety of books are selected based on member’s interests. Selections include works of fiction, non-fiction, a biography and a book by a Kentucky author. Occasionally we may have authors come and discuss their books. Book sales/exchanges are held in December and May.  All UKWC members with an interest in reading and discussion are welcome. Come and join us!

Morning Drama

Margaret Smith (859-266-9169) margsmith@twc.com

This group is for anyone who loves to pretend!  Some of us are frustrated actresses, but others would never have the courage to perform.  We meet in the homes of members at 9:30am on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, September through May (except for December).  After brunch, members read aloud a play without prior study or rehearsal.  No experience is needed for this!  We enjoy modern and classic plays, often from the club’s collection.  We collect a fee of $10 from each participant in order to purchase and copy some newer works.  Guests are always welcome and you can just listen if you prefer, but most of us like to take a part.  Come join us once and if you enjoy theater, you’ll be hooked!

Needlework

Scottye Eakin (859-276-1048)  scottye.eakin@gmail.com

Do you enjoy knitting, crochet, cross-stitch or other needlework projects?  Maybe you have some mending or a hem that needs adjusting?  The Needlework Group is for you.  Each member brings a lunch and their handwork to join in the conversation, which is always lively and sometimes informative!   The needlework group meets in members’ homes at 10am on the third Tuesday of the month.  We hope to see you there!

Skill Exchange

Toby Troffkin (273-5072) tobymay@windstream.net

The Skill Exchange is a kind of clearinghouse in which pairs of members meet, at a time and place convenient for both, so that one member (the mentor) can share with the other (the mentee) a skill or area of knowledge that is best transmitted on a one-to-one basis. A skill can be anything in which the mentor has more experience than the average UKWC member (a craft, a technique of cooking, baking, sewing, needlework, writing, yoga, expertise in the use of a computer or other electronic device, etc.). Would-be mentors and mentees are encouraged to submit their requests for and/or offers of guidance in a special skill to Toby, who will act as matchmaker.