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, Geneology, Knitting, Book Review, Bridge, Euchre, Hooked on Crochet, Gourmet, Hiking, 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' Coffees. 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? Click here to go to our registration form.
AFAN Board Members
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.
AFAN is a vehicle to encourage current and new members of our community to make friends. I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and make at least one new friend this year. It could be someone in yoga or a knitting group – just say “Hello.” You never know, it just might make their day and yours.
It was great seeing so many of you at our October meeting. I’m setting a goal for myself this year. I aim to at least recognize each one of you while setting the bar a little higher and putting a name with the face. My goal by the end of this year is to make lots of new friends. Care to join me?
I hope to see you all at our “Fan Fair” event on November 9th. Come check out the creativity of our members with lots of homemade gifts!!
AFAN had its very first Reception on September 11, 1969 at The Sportsman restaurant in Athens. A total of 120 members attended and signed up for 19 interest groups. One of those groups was Tongue and Thimble, which is still an interest group. That group was first chaired by Marilyn Brown (White), who currently resides in Florida. Members met monthly in homes and the co-hostesses provided the food. Members brought their sewing, knitting, or just came to visit. This group currently meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 10-12 am. How amazing that it has been in existence for 49 years!! Everyone is welcome.
The idea for our group began in the summer and fall of 1968 when a few OU faculty wives met with some Athens community members to discuss forming a social group for all women in the community. These six women headed up a steering committee of 14 members. They had no name nor no money, but their desire to start a newcomers group grew. The original name was Athens Friends and Newcomers, which was later changed to Athens Friends and Neighbors.
The main principles of the group were to meet monthly for lunch and have interest groups. When at least two people were interested, it was a group. Yearly dues were $2.00. The first meeting was held in January 1969. Sixty-six women showed up and sixty joined, so they had $120 in their budget. Stay tuned for more to come throughout the year.
The Theme of AFAN since founding – Coming together is a beginning, Working together is progress, Staying together is success. (Henry Ford)
The Motto of AFAN since founding – I look upon every day to be lost in which I do not make a new acquaintance. (Samuel Jackson)
Both of these are so pertinent to AFAN today, even though they were chosen 49 years ago. The group has come, worked, and stayed together for all these years, what a tribute to those founding members.
A Letter From Our President