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.
Our 2015-15 speaker program began in July. Our speaker was Roxanne Gilmore former Virginia First Lady. She gave a wonderful presentation about the transformation of The Governor's Mansion.
At our September luncheon, our speaker was Donna Callery. While living in Singapore for 7 ½ years, Donna studied to be a docent. Afterwards she was asked by the Board of the Friends of the Museum to become part of the training team for the next year. Donna loved it so much that she stayed for five more years while working in three museums. Donna gave us a fascinating presentation on the Chinese practice of foot binding.
Our speaker at the October Luncheon was Jack Berry, the President and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. We all appreciate our city, but did you know that Richmond was on the American Express Insiders List of the 10 most popular American cities to visit? Mr. Berry gave a wonderful presentation on why our city made this list.
In November, Robin Gouckenour enlightened us on the history of olive oil and vinegar. She discussed the Mediterranean diet, grapeseed oils, vinegars and pairings.
Our December luncheon program was a performance by THE VIRGINIANS BARBERSHOP CHOIR. This men's group entertained us with uplifting and harmonious holiday music.
In January, our speaker was Brian Burns, nationally known author of LEWIS GINTER-RICHMOND'S GILDED AGE ICON. Mr. Burns gave a fascinating presentation on the hidden history of "Ginter the Man and Ginter the Legend".