South Charlotte

New club connects Piper Glen women

Imagine a club that's all about you - the things you'd like to do, the places you want to go, the programs you'd like to see.

If this appeals to you, check out the Piper Glen Women's Club. It's new and it's open to anyone who wants to join.

More than 100 women attended the organizational meeting held last month at the TPC Piper Glen Clubhouse to discuss ideas for upcoming events.

The concept for this club was introduced by Linda Franklin. When she and her husband, Bob, who joined Wells Fargo, moved to San Francisco, Linda wanted to become involved in her community. She discovered that women's clubs were a vehicle for meeting people.

When Franklin moved to Charlotte two years ago, she would meet people who had either just moved here, knew no one, lived here for years, had just stopped working and knew no one. She would hear comments on how women wanted to go out and meet people but didn't know how to get started.

"I was president of Stuart's Isle (a community within Piper Glen) and at a meeting of the presidents of other Piper Glen communities, it was brought up that they were trying to find a vehicle to get people out, meet each other, interact for the welfare of the community on several levels," said Franklin. "At that time, I decided overseeing the beginning of a women's club could contribute greatly to this."

It was at that meeting that Franklin teamed up with Bearle Chamblee and the women's club idea became a reality.

"There are multiple reasons why such a club has value," said Chamblee. "It provides a way to get to know people with the same interests as you. It also provides a communication channel for members to get support for community activities or to focus on a charitable effort."

"There are no dues to be a member of the Piper Glen Women's Club," said Franklin. "Although some activities or groups may have a charge associated with them depending on what they are."

For instance, there is a charge for the monthly luncheons. And, if you go to a play, while they may have discount tickets, you will have to pay for your ticket.

Monthly luncheons are planned for the balance of the year. On Oct. 12, the women will gather at TPC Piper Glen at noon for lunch and to hear guest speaker Dr. Ophelia Garmon- Brown, Charlotte Woman of the year. On Nov. 9, the group will lunch at TPC Piper Glen Clubhouse and participate in a holiday decorating workshop. And Dec. 7, the "Make a Difference" luncheon for the Battered Women's Shelter will take place at noon.

Piper Glen Women's Club has scheduled activities such as plays, wine and dine events as well as regular meetings for book clubs, bridge lessons, Mahjong and conversational French. They will have a garden club, an investment club, even a culinary group with monthly cooking classes at various restaurants around town. Running and cycling groups are forming. And if you'd like to introduce a new activity, just offer your suggestion.