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.
We have had many interesting programs this club year beginning in September with Tony Turner from Feathernesters, giving a talk on fall decorating ideas. Our Holiday Luncheon at the Jefferson Hotel featuring the Lee-Davis High School Mixed Chamber Choir and our Annual Silent Auction and Raffle was a success raising funds for our selected charity, Lonesome Dove. The March meeting was "All About Us" - a Friendship Luncheon, where members had an opportunity to mingle and meet other members. We had a wonderful Fashion Show in April with fashions provided by Dillard's Department Store. A presentation by Grace Chapman, Director of Horticulture at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, at our May Luncheon was delightful with an emphasis on various types of water gardening.