Are you new to the Athens area?
Have you been here a while?
Are you looking for something to do?
Then AFAN is for YOU!
AFAN is a non-profit social organization based in Athens, Ohio for women. Founded in 1969, it assists women from Athens and the surrounding communities to make friends and become better acquainted with the area. With over 300 members, belonging to AFAN is open to anyone, no matter how long they have been in the area. Dues are $15.00 per year.
AFAN opens the year with an evening reception in September.
Monthly luncheons or dinners are held on the second Thursday of each month through May. In addition, there are Special Event trips to interesting places in Ohio on the fourth Thursday of each month.
The heart of AFAN is our Interest Groups where small groups of members meet to share a common interest. Some of our current interest groups include: Antiques & Collectibles, Knitting, Book Review, Bridge, Euchre, Hooked on Crochet, Gourmet, Needlework, Tongue and Thimble, Pho-tos(Scrapbooking), Quilting, Lunch Bunch, and Women Who WhINE.
During the year new and prospective members are invited to attend our Newcomers' Coffee. This gives us an opportunity to get to know our new members and introduce them to other members.
Athens Friends and Newcomers
Interested in joining? Download the membership form.
AFAN Board Members
Yikes!! It’s holiday time already; this year has flown by very quickly. Many AFAN members and some guests attended our recent Fan Fair at The Plains United Methodist Church. Our creative and crafty members brought beautiful, tasty, and innovative handmade items for sale. Attendees enjoyed seeing all the creative ideas and started their holiday shopping. I know I left feeling in the mood to start preparing for holiday celebrations. I hope you did as well.
We are getting closer to our 50th anniversary celebration on May 9 at The Ohio University Inn. You will be able to start registering for this event at our February 14 luncheon; you won’t want to miss this celebration; the committee has many wonderful things planned. Make sure you get a copy of the “Live Local”, January 2019 magazine as the history of AFAN will be one of the featured stories.
Anniversary Cookbook. If you haven’t sent in some of your favorite recipes, don’t hesitate to do so; December 15 is the deadline. We want to get started on the publishing process in early January. See details on page 3.
I look forward to seeing you at our December 13 luncheon at the Christ the King Church Parish Center. Nives Knisley will be our caterer for this luncheon. What a wonderful cook she is plus she loves serving our group. Added bonus, there is plenty of parking at the Parish Center. See you then.
A Letter From Our President
There once was a newcomer in town,
Having no friends made her frown.
So she joined the group AFAN
And off to activities she ran.
Now she has friends all around.
September: Do you remember the song “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies? Well, it was the favorite pop song in September 1969. So, I just have to assume it was ‘sweet’, just as our AFAN year will be starting in September. When the first fall reception was held for AFAN in September, 1969, they had 120 in attendance. According to an article from The Athens Messenger, September 14, 1969, about 200 names were listed on interest group sign-up sheets. That’s of course considering many women signed up for more than one group. Maureen Wootton was listed as program chair and Bea Rothel, arrangements chair. Hospitality was handled by Judy Billups and Vernah Gardner. Let’s make our attendance and sign-up as big or bigger!!
October: Well, with all the latest devastation caused by the
hurricane and tropical storm Florence, we hope that there are no more tragedies this year. In 1969, when AFAN began, the hurricane season was the most active since 1933 with 12 hurricanes in the Atlantic. One of the hurricanes, Camille, made landfall and caused significant devastation to the Gulf Coast. Fortunately, Athens was not harmed by Camille and AFAN rolled along as a new group.
In October, 1969, the group had a luncheon at Baker Center (the old one which was uptown where the OU School of Journalism is now) and the program was Dr. Stanton Oates speaking on “Nature’s Paintbrush.” They had 98 in attendance. Let’s try to match that.
November: As I was researching some past events from November 1969, I found that Sesame Street debuted at that time!! How many of you remember watching yourself or with children or grandchildren? AFAN had younger members and an active Mom and Tots interest group when I joined in 1979. If you know someone who is younger and would like to join, we do have evening meetings and interest groups!! Just ask them; maybe we can get some younger members. The world has changed since 1969, definitely everyone working now!!
December: As we look back, I’m taking you to December 1968, just prior to January when AFAN started. The cost of gas was 34 cents a gallon? A new home cost just under $15,000 and the average rent was about $130. How many remember those low prices? Inflation over time has definitely raised the cost of almost everything. The winter Olympics were in France. Apollo 8 orbited the moon and returned to Earth. The fashions for women included mini-skirts, high boots, bell bottoms, and tunic tops to mention a few. We all wore these, correct???? AFAN was gearing up for their very first meeting in January, 1969. They gathered for monthly meetings through May. They waited until April to elect officers and that board served the rest of the year into the following year.