Interest Groups

Interest Groups are a great way to make friends and connect with other members of the Club in service and fun. Even if you did not sign up previously for a group, you are welcome to attend meetings anytime during the year. Just let the hostess know that you will be there. To participate in the Interest Groups on an ongoing basis, Club membership is required. Check the UKWC Calendar for meeting dates and times.


Jane Rowady (536-6529)

After Five is for ladies only.  Our goal is to offer an interst group for our members who are single and for our members who work and are unable to attend our daytime events but could attend evening or weekend events. After Five adds some nighttime pizzazz to our weekdays that are filled with work, errands, and appointments.  We are going places to have fun.  Come along as we hit the town for wine tastings, gourmet dinners, theatre, gallery hops and more!  We meet every fourth Friday of the month at 6 p.m. and occasionally on a Saturday during the day.


Adele Mroz     948-1827    
Meg Shaw      533-4849

This is a group interested in doing art, whether you are just beginning, dabbling or have experience. Are you interested in drawing, painting, or sketching, but never quite get down to it? No matter your skill level this group is for you! We meet for a couple of hours, indoors or out depending on the weather. There will be no instruction, just the encouragement of friends with the same interests. Contact Adele for more information.


Bernice Wood      254-4072 

Do you enjoy reading a selection of newly published books at your leisure? New books are delivered to you each month. At the end of the month, you pass them on to another person in the Circulation Group. A $20 fee helps defray the cost of the books. Please join if you enjoy reading on your own. You need only deliver your books at the end of each month to the next reader on our list.


Cecile McKinney (273-4770)

This group meets October through May on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m., usually at the Tates Creek Library. A member of the group may occasionally host in her home. All UKWC members with an interest in reading and discussion are welcome.  We read a varied selection of books which usually includes several works of fiction, non-fiction, a biography, a book by a Kentucky author, and often a mystery.  We have had authors come and discuss their books with us, and every year we have a book exchange/sale.  A fee of $20 partially covers the cost of the books.  Books are purchased in advance and are distributed at monthly meetings.  Two people will share one book.  Come and join us!


Janice F. Fish       327-1667

Do you  enjoy trying and sharing new recipes and lingering over lunch with good friends?  If so, this Interest Group is for you. We get together three times each year in the home of Marta Mendiondo, 1359 Strawberry Lane, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Copies of all recipes are made available.  A fee of $10 is collected from each participant to help pay for the ingredients.  The group size is limited to 16 participants for comfortable seating.  Participants volunteer with others only once, to prepare the menu and food for an upcoming luncheon.  The rotation of chefs enables all to share favorite recipes during the one luncheon each year and to be free to relax with freinds over delicious food during two luncheons.


Janice F. Fish (

Meg Shaw (

Would you like to find healthy alternatives in your menu planning?  This group will explore possibilities for vegan and vegetarian recipes.  We will meet three times a year too share recipes in an informal setting, invite speakers who have expertise in nutrition, and enjoy a meal using these recipes.  Please contact Janice Fish if you would like to join us.


Bette Jo Dedic     263-2892

Couples’ Bridge usually meets the second Friday or Saturday each month at 7 p.m. for a fun evening of social bridge. We schedule dates so they do not coincide with UK basketball or football games. This is a sociable group that enjoys the game but is not too serious. Members take turns serving as host and provide beverages and light munchies. Many of us are are unavailable occasionally so we are always looking for substitutes. If you think you might be interested in joining us or have any questions, please call. 


Marta Mendiondo     552-3640                   

If you would like to learn to play duplicate bridge, learn a few more conventions (or refresh your memory if you already know them,) while having fun with friends, this is the UKWC Interest Group for you.  We meet year 'round on the first (third if it is a holiday) Monday of the month, at 12:00 noon to chat and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. to play. The hostess provides drinks and bridge mix.  We WELCOME new members.  If you would like more information or to join, please contact Marta. 


Joy Haynes       233-2604

Elaine Landry    523-7187

Ladies’ Daytime Bridge meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Lafayette Retirement Community, Mason Headley Road. We meet at 10 a.m., have lunch, and play bridge until 2 p.m. (Lunch is $8.) All members of the UKWC are welcome. Please call Joy or Elaine if you would like to play.


Carol Raitz          266-3029;        Bette Jo Dedic     263-289

Ladies Usually Bridge meets the on the second and fourth Monday afternoons in members’ homes. We gather shortly after 12:00, play 12:30 until 3:30. We usually have between 3 to 4 tables and members are expected to host on rotation. The members enjoy bridge and want to keep it fun. The members are helpful, patient and do not get upset if bidding or play is not top form.  They do want to keep the game moving so they ask that you play your hands in reasonable time.  

Signup for the next games are taken at the previous game. If you miss a meeting, it is your responsibility to call the next hostess and let her know you are available to play. This needs to be done at least one week in advance.

Because the Ladies Usually Bridge Group has grown to twenty plus members and often has four tables playing bridge, we are going to randomly break the group into two host locations for the dates when at least 14 are able to play.  Any changes in play locations will be given to members a week in advance.


Toby Troffkin            859 273 5072     

The Evening Book Discussion Group usually meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at local venues, restaurants, and in members' homes.  We select books based on participants' interests and read both fiction (mondern and classics) and nonfiction (history, current events, memoirs).  In addition to the monthly book discussions, we host activities and attend communtity events that coincide with our book selections.  There is no cost to participate because members procure their own books through libraries, bookstore, or e-books.  The group welcomes guests and new members.  We do not meet in June, July and December. 


Melissa LeVine        271-4936

Now in our 3rd year, we have an enthusiastic and reliable core, and welcome new additions to the group. We meet on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. to read a play together while enjoying a light snack. We'll make every effort to end early so that folks can get up for work the next day. Spouses, partners, and friends are welcome. The play will be selected in advance, and roles will be distributed impromptu as we settle in for our reading. No pressure...just a good evening of fun among friends. Some of us are theater aficionados, and others just like to "get into" a role. In addition to borrowing from Morning Drama's collection, we have acquired several new plays this year that we look forward to reading together. And members can always request an old favorite! 



Jenny Fowler

This group is for ladies of all skill levels who like to play golf, socialize and eat out.  We play nine or 18 holes of golf and combine it with a nice lunch.   This is not a serious league, no handicap needed. It’s just a friendly round of golf and lots of fun.  We play at various courses, public and private, in and around the Lexington area.  Members are responsible for all course fees.


Bette Jo Dedic     263-2892           

Colleen Duell      266-0505


Come join us for an evening of good food and fellowship as we discover some of Lexington’s newer restaurants, visit some old favorites or check out some where we’ve never been. Although this group is comprised mostly of couples we welcome singles.  Bring a friend and join us!  The restaurants will vary from white tablecloth to casual and be located in different areas of town.  The restaurant choice, date, and time will be announced in each newsletter. Days of the week will vary to allow for greater participation. Just call one of us several days beforehand to let us know you are coming so we will have an accurate count. That’s all there is to it! When you arrive at the restaurant, tell them you are with the UK Dinner Group. You will be seated in groups of four to six throughout the restaurant to enjoy your meal.


Sonya Renfro (

Just as the name says, we GO places.  Once a month an email is sent out to all in the group with information about an upcoming trip, which usually includes a meal.  Events are also published in the newsletter. Anyone interested in attending the event simply responds to the email and away we GO. Notices will include the activity, date and time, carpool information, costs involved, and restaurant information.  Guests are welcome, so bring a friend!


Margaret Smith        266-9169

Morning Drama meets in the homes of members at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May (except for December). Following some breakfast snacking and socializing, members take part in reading plays aloud without prior practice or preparation. No experience is needed for this! We enjoy modern plays, classics, comedies, and tragedies; everyone has fun! Listeners are always welcome, but most of us prefer to read a part. Come join us once and you’ll be hooked!


Scottye Eakin      276-1048

Do you enjoy knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, quilting, rug hooking, embroidery? The Needlework Group is for you! Or maybe you have a hem that needs adjusting, or a seam that needs repair. Some of our members bring their mending to work on and join in the conversation, which is always lively, and sometimes informative! The Needlework Group meets in members’ homes at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. We bring our handwork and a sandwich for lunch; the hostess provides a beverage. The location of each meeting will appear in the calendar and newsletter. Please call your hostess a few days ahead of the meeting to let her know you are coming. We hope to see you there!


Toby Troffkin (276-1048)

Do you have a special skill or area of knowledge you’d like to share with others? Or have you always wanted to learn something that you feel requires a one-to-one interaction with an expert (or mentor)? A skill can be anything in which the mentor has more experience than the average UKWC member (knitting, jewelry making, bread making, meringue cooking, sculpting, website design, juggling, you name it). Details of when and where and how long to meet are up to each mentor-mentee pair, and the mentoring need not be reciprocal. Toby will do her best to accurately match offers from mentors with requests from mentees on the basis of the descriptions of the skills emailed to her.