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.

                       Check out our Programs and Events 


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.

                         See our Interest Groups


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

Welcome to AFAN!
Interested in joining?  Download the membership form.
AFAN Board Members 

       It’s that time of year – back to school and back to a new year of AFAN. The women on the board have been working hard over the summer planning programs, special events, contacting caterers plus all the many details for our new year. We look forward to seeing you all at the Fall Reception on September 13th. 

     The 50th Anniversary committee is in full swing planning a celebration to be held on Thursday evening, May 9th . One important aspect of the celebration will be the creation of the 50th Anniversary Cookbook that will be given to every member, free of charge, at the anniversary celebration. We are asking every member to submit two of their favorite recipes for the cookbook. The recipe committee needs your recipes no later than December 15!! There are three ways to submit your recipes: 1.) Put them in the drop box at the Fall Reception and at all general meetings. 2.) Mail them to AFAN Recipes, P.O. Box 95 The Plains, OH 45780 or 3.) Email your recipes to Jane Newton at . 

 I look forward to our 50th Anniversary year!


                                        Janis Tysko
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. 

Looking Back...1969 

     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!!