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Special Interest Groups

Important: Due to COVID19, most SIGs are not meeting. A few are meeting

via Zoom. Please go to Upcoming Events for current events and contact the SIG Chair for information.

All Things Victorian
Alba Foreman - Chair
Meetings held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 2:00 - 3:30

Click here to see the All Things Victorian page

We have always had a fascination with the Victorian Era. There have been so many documentaries, films, novels, PBS/BBC series that have sparked an interest in this period. From Dickens to Pre-Raphaelite artists, to Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes. The group will meet monthly to share insights and explore the lifestyle, art, literature, science and ALL THINGS Victorian. 

Book Club
Myrna Block - Chair

Meetings held on the 3rd Monday of each month from 2:00 - 3:30

Click here to see the Book Club page

The books read by the group are selected by the members and the ladies take in turn to lead the discussions. Once a season, the group reads a classic.

Fine Arts Group
Susan Tobin - Chair     Communications - Lori Salzman
Meetings held on the 1st Friday of the month from 9:30 AM

Click here to see the Fine Arts page

The purpose of the Fine Arts Interest Group is to provide education, encouragement and inspiration to our practicing artist members through demonstrations, mini workshops and videos, as well as a variety of programs related to all fine art forms. 

Conversational French
Donna Katos - 
Meetings held the 2nd Monday of every month from 2:00 - 3:30

Click here to see the Conversational French page

This group is for those who want to freshen up their rusty French and practice speaking everyday conversational French with confidence. Due to the emphasis on conversing, members should have a minimum of 2-3 years of French in school.

The facilitator for this group is Donna Katos, who has a B.A. in French as well as a degree from the Sorbonne in Paris. This group replaces, and will be different from, Donna’s former French for Travelers programs and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Group size will be limited to 12.


For more informations contact JoAnn Snedeker

Activities held monthly

Click here to view the Gadabouts page

The Gadabouts enjoy visiting interesting places and attending social events for pleasure and for fellowship. 

Games Group
Kathy Bondur and Pat King - Chairs
Activities held first and third Tuesdays from 2 - 4 in UPCC Varsity Club

Click here to see the rules for the fun games that have been taught

The Games Group, new this year, meets on the FIRST and THIRD Tuesday of the month, usually in the Card Room at UPCC, from 2 - 4 PM. A new card game or board game will be taught at each meeting followed by games brought by other players (you can view the rules of the new games by clicking the link above).  Bring your favorite games to play with other players or come just to learn the new game-of-the-day.  You may come every time or just when you feel like it.  Please RSVP on the website to save yourself a place.  All club members are welcome.  If you have visiting guests, bring them, too.

Polly Curran - Chair
Activities held the 1st Thursday of each month

Click here to see the Gardeners page

The group enjoys a variety of hands-on activities as well as visits to various places of interest around Sarasota that relate to the environment and are loosely related to gardening. Some members are avid gardeners; some don't garden at all! 

Joy of Eating
Liz Hisey - Chair
Events held monthly

Click here to see Joy of Eating page

If you enjoy eating and drinking fine wines with others, this group is for you! Functions are aimed for the entire membership and for special events invitations are extended to spouses, partners and/or guests. Our functions encourage camaraderie while we enjoy delicious food, sprinkled with fun and new experiences!

Ladies Night Out
Cari Lyn Vinci - Chair
Events held bi-monthly

Click here to see the Ladies Night Out page.

This is a group for girlfriends. All UPWC members are welcome to participate! Together, we will explore a variety of activities throughout the Sarasota Region. We are going to support local artists; experience live theatre and music; organize progressive and potluck dinners; expand our interests while making new friends.

Let's Do Lunch
Leslie Timme - Chair
Lunches held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 12:00 - 1:30

Click here to see Let's Do Lunch page

Let's do lunch . . . and meet new neighbors! This monthly luncheon group (formerly called the Welcome Group) is open to new members of the UPWC to meet one another. This is an informal opportunity for women during their first three years of membership to meet other newcomers and share interests and information (doctors, dentists, painters, hair stylists, decorators etc.). Come and join the fun!

Lunch Bunch
Kitty Gross, Marcia McLaughlin and Maria Decker -  Chairs
Lunches held on the 2nd Tuesday or Thursday of the month from 12:00

All members are welcome to join this monthly lunch group which will meet at local restaurants for dining and socializing. The dates for the lunches will alternate between Tuesday and Thursday so as to allow for members who are already committed to certain activities on certain days to join in when they can.

Memoir Writing 
Group I: Kathleen Morrison Mlotok - Chair
Group II: Alba Foreman - Chair
Meetings every 3rd Friday of the month from 2:00 - 3:30
Click here to see Memoir Writing page

If you have started (or want to start) writing a memoir or stories about family history and would like to meet fellow writers for inspiration, constructive feedback and fun, this is the group for you! This is the chance to capture the special or significant moments of your past and share with them others. 

Movie Club
Kamala Prahl and Carol Osten - Chairs

Meetings held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 2:00 - 3:30

Click here to see the Movie Club page

The Movie Club welcomes members who are cinema enthusiasts, casual movie goers and those who enjoy all the fanfare associated with movies. A film is selected two weeks in advance of the meeting and should be viewed beforehand so that all those present can participate in the discussion. 


Carole Reiss - Chair
Meetings held the 2nd Monday of each month from 10:00 - 12:00

Click here to see the Needlecraft page

If you enjoy needle arts such as crewel, knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch, hardanger and needlepoint, then you have found your soul sisters. We've produced sweaters, vests, children's toy animals, blankets, canvases for framing and hanging, handbags, totes, quilts, decorative cushions - almost anything portable that can be taken to meetings.

Play Reading
Rita Patton - Chair
Meetings held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:30
Click here to view Play Reading page

And the play goes on! in our homes with members reading a script bringing characters to life. Members select the play, obtain a copy of the script, select a character to portray, and meet to enjoy each other’s interpretation of the parts. No experience required, just have fun.  Members are also welcome to listen without reading.  Meetings are on the first Wednesday each month, November through May, at 1:00.

Poetry Readers
Kamala Prahl - Chair
Meetings held the 2nd Monday of the month from 2:00 - 3:30
Click here to view Poetry Readers page

Robert Frost once said “Poetry is when an emotion has found thought and the thought has found words”. If this quote resonates with you please join our group! 

Spanish Conversation
Alba Foreman - Chair
Meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:30

Click here to view Spanish Conversation page

This group will provide members with the opportunity to meet monthly for a 90 minute total immersion experience with native Spanish speakers. Topics will be announced well before the meetings to give participants time to gather their thoughts and any vocabulary they may need before participating in these facilitated discussions. The gatherings are not language courses per se, just an opportunity to practice what the members know, no matter how basic, and build on it through the help of native speakers. ​​

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