The New Virginians is a woman's social club of over 400 members in the greater Richmond area. Married or single, we've recently arrived in Richmond from as near as suburban DC and as far as Singapore. We've had careers in business, education, interior design, sales, medicine and government, to name just a few, and we've created homes and raised families all over the world. As New Virginians, we enrich each others' lives with our varied interests, talents and experience.
The New Virginians started in the early 1970s as a Welcome Wagon Club. In April 1974 the club voted to change their name and drop their affiliation with Welcome Wagon. Several names for the club were considered and in May 1974 they voted to become the New Virginians.
Also in that year, a local journal described the club as an organization whose purpose is to help each member make new friends and to learn more about their new home city.
In early years, membership was limited to three years, but members wanted to stay longer and the time limitation was eventually dropped. Over the years, the membership has increased and members come from many parts of the city and surrounding areas.
Interest groups ebb and flow depending on current interest. Our interest groups reflect the many diverse tasks and talents of our membership.
The New Virginians 2014-2015 luncheon programs began a new club year with September's program presented by Susie Galvez. Mrs. Galvez is an international beauty expert, day spa founder, esthetician, author of nine books, international spokesperson and radio show co-host of "Girlfriend We Gotta Talk". Susie talked about how to work your best assets, limit your liabilities, showcase your uniqueness and how to refine and define. She gave us practical beauty tips while making us laugh.
October's luncheon was the celebration of our fortieth birthday as a club. We had a wonderful lunch at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. We were entertained by Joe Laluna who sings "Sinatra.... and the Best of the Rest". Included with the lunch, was a visit to the gardens and the butterfly house, for those who wished to do so.
For the November luncheon our speaker was Randi Lauterbach, author of "Matzo Balls and Christmas Trees". She talked about her book which is a timeless portrait of familial love. Love that transcends life and death and is renewed with each passing season.
In December, we had a Christmas lunch at the beautiful Jefferson hotel. We had a Silent Auction and Raffle for charity. Before lunch we were serenaded by The Greater Richmond Chorus of Sweet Adelines. This wonderful group of 30 women entertained us with our seasonal favorites.
The January luncheon was canceled due to inclement weather.
In February, David Pippen helped us to shake off the winter blues with a hint of spring. He made several lovely arrangements with a combination of plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Four lucky women were able to take home an arrangement.
In March, we had our Annual Friendship Brunch. We enjoyed lots of "get to know you" games and lots of prizes and surprises. Our speaker was Peggy Watson, Director of OSHER. She discussed the various classes and programs OSHER offers.
In April, Chico's showcased their latest spring looks modeled by our members. Our theme this year was "Travel into Spring". We visited different lands, all to the music of pianist Fred Ostrow. We had some terrific raffle prizes and give-a-ways to benefit Richmond Animal League.
In May, we welcomed The Richmond Symphony Woodwind Quartet. The Quartet entertained us with fabulous classical music.