Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The combined Signal Mountain Community Guild and Signal Mountain Newcomers group will resume its monthly meetings Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. with a special program aimed at new members, said Lynn Anderson, president of the SMCG/Newcomers.
“I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people and make a lot of friends,” said Anderson, a Signal Mountain resident of 20 years, of her experience with the Guild.
Organized in 1928, the Guild is Signal Mountain’s oldest established community group. Every woman on the mountain is a member of the Guild, according to the group’s charter.
“Women do a lot of good, and they need an organization to do good in,” said Anderson. “It’s a long-standing organization and I’m honored to be a part of it and continue the good that it does.”
As its active members began to dwindle in recent years, the Guild combined with the Newcomers to bridge the generation gap between the two groups.
Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Guild Room in the Signal Mountain Town Hall complex at 10 a.m.
Speakers focus on informative and educational topics relevant to women on the mountain. The September speaker will be Lissa Goeltz, executive director of Bachman Community Center, whose presentation will concentrate on current programs at the center, said Anderson.
“It’s good to give ladies an opportunity to get together and know other women in the community,” she said.
The Guild organizes several regular activities including Ladies-That-Lunch, a group meeting at different area restaurants each Friday at 11:30 a.m.
“We like to try out all the new restaurants,” said Anderson of the Ladies, who take a vote each week on where to eat next.
Anyone in the SMCG/Newcomers is welcome to participate. Five to 15 women typically attend, depending on who is available that day, she said.
The Guild also tries to organize evening activities so women who work have a chance to participate, said Anderson.
A bimonthly book club is held in various members’ homes the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m., with its next meeting scheduled for Sept. 15. The group is currently reading “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain, and past books include Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” as well as books by local authors, who occasionally speak at meetings.
The Guild hosts a monthly Community Craft Night in the Guild Room to give residents an opportunity to gather and work on personal projects such as scrapbooking.
“It’s a time to work on things they put off at home, and here they can sit with the girls and get it done,” said Anderson.
Other events include the annual Dogwood Luncheon in the spring, during which the Guild has presented its Woman of the Year award since 1969 to a woman on the mountain providing exceptional community service. This year’s winners are Amy Sowell and Lorraine Humble.
The group also participates in Bachman’s Chili Cookoff event every November, and took home the prize for best booth decoration in 2010. A cookie swap for members is held in December.
The Guild uses the funds it raises through the sale of its Signal Mountain telephone directory to make annual donations to community service organizations such as the Lone Oak, Bachman and Mountain Arts community centers and Waldens Ridge Emergency Services.
The Newcomers provide new residents with baskets containing coupons, brochures and information about the area and local businesses, said Anderson.
By signing up for the group’s email blasts, women can learn about upcoming activities and connect with other members, which can be a valuable resource for acquiring nanny references and other information useful for newcomers to the community.
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