September/October Newsletter

   September/October  Newsletter
Kickoff Luncheon at
UAB National Alumni House
President Fran Nagy, second from left with guests from 
the Cultural Alliance, CEO Buddy Palmer and artist Melissa Turnage.

 Winyss Shepherd and Bobbie Glaze signing in 
  Members of the UAB Women's Club convened at the National Alumni House for lunch on August 24th.  Following a business meeting where the 2012 budget was approved,  Vice President Valerie Thomas presented the programs for the year and introduced Buddy Palmer who discussed the importance of arts education in Birmingham City Schools and the impact of the Cultural Alliance grant program to provide artists for fourth grade classrooms.  Artist Melissa Turnage conducted an interactive arts integration lesson.  All members had a good time participating in the activity.
    UAB Provost Linda Lucas was introduced and addressed the group regarding activities and progress at the university.

President's message
    Dear Club members, In 2006 my husband suggested I look into the UAB Faculty Women’s Club. At that time, I was a fulltime business owner and wife with two children at home, and didn’t feel I had time to join a club. I attended the Kick Off luncheon at the Woodward House and learned about the club’s service work of awarding women with undergraduate scholarships. I met many wonderful and diverse ladies who were from the Birmingham area, others states, and even other countries. Some members worked, some were single, newlyweds, mothers, grandmothers, and others were retired, but all were connected through the university and shared a common purpose of service. The programs slated were educational, and the service was one that I could support, and I knew I wanted to be part of this group. A few months later, my oldest daughter and I attended one of the programs at Sloss Furnace. A brief presentation was given on the iron history of Birmingham and we learned more about the topography of the city and how it became known as the Magic City. After the presentation we participated in an actual iron pour and my daughter still cherishes the iron plate we made that day.
    Two years later I was invited to chair fundraising. My duty was simple; send out an invitation to members offering them an opportunity to contribute to the scholarship fund. I enlisted the help of my youngest daughter to be a hand-model for the photographed cover. When the printed cards arrived, several members came to my studio and we stuffed the invitations with tea bags and addressed them. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know them and experience the support of these women. As it turned out, my daughter’s time counted as community service for her school and she learned by participating what it meant to have a heartfelt effort of service.
    My involvement in this organization has been very rewarding, and I am happy and grateful to gain the love and support of many friends within the UAB community that this club has provided.
    I invite you to join us or renew your membership. Our club offers opportunities for you to connect with others in the UAB community, enrichment through educational programs, areas of interest in groups, and volunteer opportunities for service. You are welcomed to bring a friend within the university to any of our programs that may be interested in being part of our wonderful organization.
                                             Yours truly, Fran Nagy

Do you have a story to share about the
benefits of being a member of UAB Women's Club?
 Send it in to Pam's email for the newsletter.

    Do you know someone at UAB who should join the club?  Is there new faculty member in your department whose spouse is adjusting to living in Birmingham?  We want to make the process easier for them.  Our reputation as the "Welcome Wagon" for the UAB community is one we are proud to claim.  
    Our service project to provide scholarships for women returning to college has been very successful, but as tuition costs increase we need to expand our membership to support meaningful financial aid for these students.
     Not to mention the outstanding programs and activities we have planned that foster lifelong friendships among us.  We should have no trouble selling the benefits of joining UAB Women's Club to our university colleagues.
     The board has made increasing our membership a high priority this year.  We have professional attractive business cards available for members to carry and share with potential new members.  You can help by sending in your dues and encouraging others to do the same.  For more information visit our website.

Welcome New Members
Patricia Amos, 712 Staffordshire Lane,  Birmingham AL 35226, 822-3180(h), 566-5443©,
Kim Brusting, 1538 Wellington View Rd Birmingham AL 35209, (c) 615-497-4787,
Lynn Sands, 3533 Mill Springs Road, Birmingham AL 35223, 951-1208 (c) 936-525-7734,
Omitted from yearbook by mistake (sorry!)
Dana Ferniany, 132 Queensberry Crescent,Birmingham AL 35223, 637-0746 (c) 601-946-4606,

UAB Women's Club History
     Led by Winyss Shepherd, a committee that included Edith Bauman, Florence Cole, Sandy Schrohenloher, Bobbie Glaze, ELaine Noe and Pam Thompson worked for months to compile a history of the club.   This is our 45th year and we want to have this documentation available in a form that is accessible to all and secured for posterity.  Fran Nagy and Kyle Wick have worked over the summer to put all the information into a book that will be available for print on demand for about $5 per copy from  As soon as it is complete, we will let everyone know.

Upcoming Dates
    It is not too late to join us at the Art Museum on Sept. 21.                            See details at right.
    October 5, Self Defense at World Class Tae Kwon Do
    Oct. 8:  Day book group at home of Cassidy Lowe.
    October 18, Women's Roles:  Past, Present and Future
    Book discussion and signing with Tina Savas
    Nov. 8 Book Swap Kickoff, home of Liz Weber, 6:30 pm
    Go to this link for reservations

 In memoriam
One of our long-time members Jacqueline David, passed away last week.  You can see her obituary here in case you missed it.  She is fondly remembered by all who knew her.
   While our annual fundraising drive for scholarships is coming up soon, we can make a donation in memory of someone at any time.  See  this link for details.
In This Issue
  • President's Comments
  • New Officers 
  • Membership
  • Memorial gifts

Upcoming Program
September 21, 10 am
Norman Rockwell
 at the Birmingham Museum of Art 

Lunch $10 @ Oscar's
Respond by email
By Sept 12 for reservations.

  Officers 2012-2013

President Fran Nagy  
Vice President
Valerie Thomas
Recording Secretary
Alicia Koester
Treasurer Claudine Ali
Correspond. Secretary
Beena Thannickal
Kyle Wick

Pam  Thompson, Editor
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