AARP Chapter 5239
Meets at 10am on the third Monday of each month in the Clubhouse Great Hall. (Social 9:30am)
AARP is a non-profit social and service organization for people age 50 and over. The Chapter addresses the needs and interests of seniors through monthly programs, sponsored trips and volunteer opportunities. Chapter activities provide for socializing and meeting others. Dues: $7/year.
Battlefield Boogie Club
The Battlefield Boogie Club is a dance club that promotes the Carolina Shag. The Club is open to folks of all ages who like to dance. The Club has by-laws of operation, elected officers, quarterly board and general membership meetings. Meeting times and locations vary, please contact Audrey. The Club has their own DJs and hold their dances at the LOW Clubhouse, as well as the Loft in Fredericksburg.
President, Audrey Borja
Book Discussion Group
Meets the second Wednesday each month at 1pm in the Wilderness Library to discuss literature of interest selected by club members. Material includes both fiction and non-fiction selections. A listing of the books selected for discussion appears periodically in Lake Currents.
Boy Scout Troop 197
Meet Sundays at 6pm in The Lake of the Woods Church cabins.
Duplicate Bridge: This non-sanctioned, social group meets weekly on Sunday evenings. First-timers please contact the current director in advance. Bring a partner–of course!
Monday Night Bridge: (general and refresher) This social, contract bridge group meets weekly. New players must call the monthly director in advance so tables can be arranged.
Ladies Bridge: This social, contract bridge group meets Wednesdays for six rounds of play, mid-morning to mid-afternoon, with a break for lunch. Please call the director in advance so tables can be arranged.
See the “Calendar of Events” in Lake Currents on each respective day to locate contact person.
Meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Holcomb Bldg Conference Room at 7pm. Open to all residents and all skill levels (beginner to pro) (film or digital). No dues nor formal membership rolls. Objective is to improve our photographic skills and and computer software enhancement skills of digital photos and learn from each other.
“Be Concerned, Be Informed, Be Involved” is the motto of the LOW Civic Club, which hosts monthly speakers and provides an open forum where property owners can learn about issues which affect their lives, interests and investment in the LOW community. Members are invited to submit articles on community matters for publication in the club monthly newsletter, Lakeveiws. Submissions may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Dues: $5/year.
Meets second Wednesday each month in the Clubhouse Lower Level at 7pm.
Civil War Study Group
The study group is collecting information on events/activities at the Battle of the Wilderness with particular attention to those occuring in LOW. Intent is to add to the understanding of what happened where and its impact.
The group meets at the Woods Center at 10:30am on the fourth Friday of the month.
Cultural Awareness Circle
We plan multi-cultural programs and events valuing heritage. We meet quarterly.
See Lake Currents for monthly meeting information.
Daughters of the American Revolution
The local LOW Chapter of the National Society DAR sponsors historic, patriotic and educational community service programs that serve students, those who have recently become US citizens, military veterans and genealogical researchers. Current projects include local and DAR schools, V.A. Medical Center, sponsorship of lineage research workshops and preservation of Spottswood sites within LOW. Membership is open to women age 18 and older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. Meets monthly.
The focus of the Democratic Club is to become better informed about national, state, and local governments and the matters before them. The Club educates its members on wide-ranging issues and how to be strong advocates for these issues. A service project for the community is undertaken annually. Meetings are held monthly, with topical guest speakers and political activities. Dues: $20/yr.
Meets the third Thursday each month in the Teen Center located in the Community Center at 1:30 pm. See Lake Currents for monthly meeting information.
Shirley Pfile, President
Mary Berger, Membership
Fire & Rescue Auxiliary
The Auxiliary is recruiting members to assist the Fire & Rescue with varied and fun jobs. We work on EMS day and help with the annual Banquet to name a few. The Fire & Rescue Auxiliary meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 pm in the Community Center. For additional information, please call Marguerite at 972-3681.
A non-profit club that meets monthly to share creel reports and discuss issues affecting the quality of fishing in our lakes. Guest speakers address angling topics and environmental concerns. The club sponsors a Bass Tournament, and fun fishing tournaments. Dues: $10/year.
Fun Bowling League
The LOW Fun Bowling League is a sanctioned, recreational mixed league for both men and women (over 40) that meets for 24 weeks from October through April at the AMF Bowling Lanes in Fredericksburg. Singles welcome. We bowl Thursdays at 1pm.
There are 24 teams on this league not including 15-20 substitute bowlers who step in during the bowling season when a regular member cannot be available.
The LOW Garden Club is a non-profit group that joined in 1978 with the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. Their objective is to serve LOW through civic and beautification endeavors. Annual fundraising activities enable continuation of these projects. The Club is responsible for the Memorial Garden adjacent to the ECC building, holiday decorations at the Clubhouse and the monthly “Keep LOW Beautiful” program, among other projects. Meetings with featured speakers are held monthly; new members are always welcome. Dues: $20.
Meets the second Monday of every month at 12:30pm in the Clubhouse Great Hall except January and July. If interested in joining or have an interest, call.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. There are many troops located in and around the Locust Grove Area that work with girls from Kindergarten thru High School. We are located in the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council www.gsvsc.org and we have a local website for the girls of Orange County www.orangecountyvagirlscouts.webs.com. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or register your child in a troop please contact Laura Moore.
Higher Power Performance Team
Sponsored by The Lake of the Woods Church, the Higher Power Performance Team teaches dance, music and drama to children age nine and older. Members learn team skils, dance routines and perform for the community
LOW Church 972-9060
Horseshoes for Fun
Horseshoe players of all skill levels, both men and ladies, are invited to play with other pitchers at the horseshoe courts at Hollyfield Park. Participants are paired randomly, with special rules for ladies and seniors. Horseshoes are available for those who need them. The courts are available for use at any time, but you can meet new friends and have more fun by participating with the group.
See the “Calendar of Events” in Lake Currents for days and times.
The Investment Club is a member of the National Association of Investors Corporation. Members learn how to research and evaluate equities, and to apply this knowledge by buying and selling equities in the club’s portfolio. Requirements for membership are a desire to learn about investing and time to do research for the monthly meetings. Most research is done on the computer, with help from ValueLine or from an online service. The cost to join is minimal and the monthly investment is $40.
Meets fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Woods Center.
Enjoy playing any instrument with a keyboard? Piano, organ, electronic keyboard? As kindred spirits in love of music we gather to enjoy. We share skills ranging from amateur to pro and “undiscovered greatness.” No dues, no hard commitment. Monthly meetings on Sundays at 1pm. Location varies. Not restricted to LOW.
Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 128
Founded in 1990 at LOW, KWVA Chapter 128 boasts some 65 Korean War resident veterans who gather monthly for fellowship, dining and social activities. The club conducts Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at LOW, holds picnics, outings and parade events, and offers educational programs and activities that recall the Korean War and honor those who served.
Meets second Wednesday monthly at the Wilderness Library at 1pm. Come join us.
Ladies Bowling League
This is a sanctioned, recreational league for women that meets for 27 weeks from October through April at the AMF Bowling Lanes in Fredericksburg.
Ladies Golf Association
The LGA invites you to join them on Tuesdays from April through October to play golf with either the 9- or 18-hole groups.
The 2015 season opens on March 27 with a spring brunch at the Clubhouse. Play begins on the first Tuesday in April with a shotgun start. The cost is $3/week, plus any applicable cart and/or greens fees. Members are flighted based on handicap, and the Pro Shop sets up the four-person teams. Membership is open to all LOW property owners, tenants and/or their dependent daughters age 18 or over.
Annual dues are $25, and members are required to have a handicap. The $30 handicap fee is paid directly to the Pro Shop.
A number of tournaments are hosted this season: Spring Tournament in May, Member/Guest and Sadie Hawkins in June, Club Championship in July, President’s Cup and Member/Member in August, Cancer Tournament in October, and the Fall Two-person Team Tournament. The season ends with a scramble for all members at the end of October, with a closing luncheon and awards ceremony.
1st Vice President:
2nd Vice President:
Lake Authors Club
For published authors at LOW. We are setting up our meeting schedule. Please contact us for futher information.
Lake Youth Foundation
LYF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to funding educational programs, higher education scholarships and fun family events. The foundation sponsors an all-day mini drama camp in January, Easter Egg Hunt, Children’s Fishing Tournament, Scholarships to high school seniors residing in LOW, Cardboard Boat Regatta and a Visit with Santa. For more information on these events, or to volunteer, please visit our website at www.lakeyouth.org.
Connie Buttimer, President, 972-0083
Hank Lewis, VP
LOW Bass Anglers
Tournaments are March thru September typically on the 3rd Sat of the month. We meet at the Clubhouse Dock.
Visit our web site www.lowangler.webs.com
LOW Lioness Club
The LOW Lioness Club is a non-profit women’s community service group that organizes and hosts many fundraising activities throughout the year to support various local charitable organizations and causes.
Dinner meetings take place on the second Thursday of every month. Activities include a Fall and Spring Fashion Show, a fall book and bake sale, a Spring Flea Market/Craft Fair, food drives to benefit the Wilderness Food Pantry, assistance with the Lions Club Eye glass recycling program, sponsoring of an ice cream social and Christmas gift wrapping day at Childhelp as well as many other community service projects. Interested residents are asked to contact the President or Membership Chair.
The LOW Lioness Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6pm at the LOW Clubhouse
Karen Cakouros, President
LOW Lions Club
The LOW Lions Club is a member of the world’s largest volunteer organization. The LOW club was chartered on May 21, 1982. We encourage men and women to join our club. The club offers a full program of activities and services to the local community. Medical equipment is maintained for community use. Members are active in a wide range of programs, from eyeglass recycling to providing scholarships to deserving youth, as well as sight and hearing screening for Orange County school children. Fundraising activities include a year round Yard Sale, White Cane Days to support sight conservation, grants award to deserving Orange County teachers and sponsor 2 LEO Clubs with over 70 students from Locust Grove Middle School, and Orange County High School.
We meet 1st Thursday of every month, 6:30 PM, at the Clubhouse
LOW Players Club
There is no business like show business. Join the LOW Players and help bring entertainment and cultural enrichment to the community.
Each year, the Players stage two theatre productions, performed in the LOW Community Center, with a different set designed and constructed for each play. We welcome your participation, no matter how great or small-either onstage or backstage. Areas in which we could use your talents include (but aren’t limited to) acting, dancing, music (voice or instrument), set design and construction, costume design, sound, lighting, and stage management.
You are invited to attend any of our meetings, which are held in the Community Center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. Please call if you would like more information.
To order tickets to the next production, go to our web site lowplayers.org
LOW Veterans Club
The Lake of the Woods Veterans Club (LOW Vets) meets in the Clubhouse lower level on the fourth Thursday of each month at 1900 (7pm) to promote patriotism, fellowship and the ideals of American citizenship. Open to all LOW veterans who are on active duty, serving in the guard or reserves, have been honorably discharged, retired or released for medical purposes. The Club participates in celebrations including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. The Club helps sponsor several charitable activities including Families of the Wounded and the Wounded Warriors LOW Fishing Tournament. We supplement and assist, not replace, other veterans groups.
LOW Visual Arts Council
LOWVAC is a non-porfit group of volunteer resident artists who plan and sponsor the annual Fine Arts, Crafts and Photography Show in October. Exhibition is open to all residents who wish to show their own work. Proceeds from the show are donated to selected youth and art education groups to support local art programs. Members also host the Gallery Wall Exhibit in the Clubhouse and serve as a resource for other art programs in the area.
Jan Moore, Chairman
Mah-Jongg is not just a game–it’s an addiction. If playing Mah-Jongg is your passion, this ladies group meets weekly for some serious fun. Classes for newcomers are offered once a year, usually in April or May. Watch Lake Currents for announcements.
Men’s Golf Association
The purpose of the MGA is to promote and encourage the game of golf in cooperation with the Golf Pro, the LOW Golf Committee and the LGA. The goal of the MGA is to bring men together to provide a social outlet and to promote and improve the quality of golf at LOW. The MGA also serves as an advocate for our golf course amenity. The MGA hosts numerous tournaments and activities throughout the year. Membership is open to male property owners and/or tenants and their dependents 18 years of age and older. Dues are $15/year, and an additional $27 is paid to the Virginia State Golf Association for establishing a handicap.
(Mothers of Preschoolers)
Mothers of Preschoolers is a study, fellowship, recreational and social group for moms of kindergarten age children and younger. Activities include adult study, Bible study, crafts and play time with children. Child care provided; walk-ins welcome. Annual registration fee; fee assistance available. Web site www.mops-at-the-lake.org
The only organization that exclusively lobbies for active and retired federal employees at the Federal and State levels. NARFE’s lobbyists have many years of experience on Capitol Hill in federal civil service benefits matters. Any federal active or retired federal employee who has a vested interest in the Federal Retirement and/or Health Benefits programs is eligible to join.
As of January 2015, the membership fee is $40 for the first year, which includes $5 Chapter dues, and $45 per year in following years which includes $5 Chapter dues. Spouses of federal retirees are also eligible to join. You may join online at NARFE.org and if so please designate Chapter 1885 as your chapter. You may also call the numbers in the next column.
The chapter meets on the fourth Thursday, three months out of the year in the Lower Level of the Clubhouse, except in May which is at a restaurant and the Christmas luncheon at the Clubhouse.
Clifton D. Wilks, President
Nick Duy, VP
NUN (Network for area Nurses)
The Nurses United Network (NUN) at LOW is a club comprised of all levels of nurses (RNs, LPNs, CNAs and current nursing students) regardless of whether the member is actively working or not.
NUN meets four times a year in February, May, August and November. The NUN motto is “continuing to care”, and the club’s mission is “to provide nursing and health services and information to the LOW community and the communities surrounding Lake of the Woods as well as provide a social network for all LOW nursing personnel.
NUN was founded in February 2009. The club’s vision is that “Nurses will continue to contribute to the wellbeing of societies and will be in the future, as they are in the present, an invaluable asset to the health of LOW and surrounding communities.” In keeping with this vision, NUN partners with the LOW Lions Club in the bi-monthly Blood pressure screenings, donates funds to local college nursing departments, volunteers at the Orange County Free Clinic, provides health related items to the food pantry, disseminates health information to the community, and participates in Health Fairs and other community events.
All nurses are invited to join. For information contact: Zoila Ortega or Carole Roddy
PATC (Potomac Appalachian Trail Club) Rosser-Lamb Crew
This group of PATC members is working to restore the Rosser-Lamb farmhouse nestled on 238 acres at the edge of Shenandoah Park. Opportunities abound for both work and play. Members enjoy camping, hiking, birding and all nature has to offer, while refurbishing this old mountain home and restoring the grounds with native plants and trees. For outdoor lovers of all ages!
Adult Pickleball is played every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Community Center from 1:30 – 4:30. We have equipment that can be used if you would like to give this sport a try. Wear sneakers since we play on a gym floor. We are always happy to have new people join us and we will provide free lessons to get you started.
Pickleball is played on a badminton sized court with a low net like in tennis. A whiffle ball the size of a tennis ball is used with paddles that have short handles. It’s a fast paced game that is easy to learn and is a fun way to get some exercise.
This round dance group meets the first and third Friday of each month in the Woods Center from 7:30-10pm. Dances such as the waltz, fox trot, cha-cha, jive, bolero, tango and two-step are executed to calls from the cuer. Each year at the spring and Christmas dinner dances, the RappaRounders and the Square Dance Club join together to dance a combination of both square and round dances.
Cuers: Ron & Melissa Lipps
Visitors are welcome.
Ron & Melissa Lipps
Republican Women’s Club (Susan Allen) of Orange County
This club is one of the largest and most active Republican Women’s clubs in Virginia. Our purpose is to provide an avenue of political involvement for women. We also have many associate members who are men. Meetings are held monthly, usually at the Clubhouse on the fourth Wednesday, subject to change to accommodate the speakers. Visitors are welcome.
Paula Calay, President
The LOW Sailing Club promotes the sport of sailing by hosting organized races, sailing clinics, boat shows, rigging parties and fun social events. Competitve fleet classes participate in races and regattaas using the US Sailing Association handicap system. Non-racers welcome! Current dues are $25/year, $30 per family; racers add $80/year racing fee.
The LOW Sailing Club sponsors the Junior Sailing Program, offering spring and fall sailing clinics and summer instructional day camps for youth. Beginner and intermediate classes are held for children age eight and up at Sailboat Beach. the program introduces children to the sport of sailing and teaches basic sailing skills and boating safety using certified USSA sailing instructors. For enrollment requirements and fees, consult the LOW Sailing Club web site at www.lowsc.org
Jr. Sailing program
Adult Sailing classes
Softball Fun League
This is an independent “for fun” softball league sponsored by the LOW Church and open to everyone regardless of age, experience or level of ability. Men’s teams play modified fast pitch and co-ed teams play modified slow pitch. The season runs from April through September with games played at Hollyfield Park on Monday and Thursday at 7pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Please consult the Fire and Rescue Directory for current contact information.
Solos (Singles Of LOW) is a social group for single adults that provides members an opportuntiy to get to know other singles at LOW. Regular activities include weekly dining at nearby restaurants, holiday parties held at members’ homes, cultural and recreational trips and outings and larger combined events with other area singles groups.
Square Dance Club
The Square Dance Club was the first social club organized at LOW, and in March of 2012 celebrated its 40th anniversary. Square dancing can be easily enjoyed by people of all ages in reasonably good health. No special skills are involved, and the tempo compares to that of a brisk walk.
Club members dance on the second, fourth and fifth Friday of each month at the Clubhouse lower level from 7:30-10pm.
Instruction for new dancers is offered on Monday evening from mid-September to April. Club dues and tuition are nominal. Singles, couples and families are welcome.
Presidents: Roy Stein & Garnet Brannan
Vice Presidents: Mike & Jackie Hill
The LOW Barracudas Swim Team, a member of the national division of the Fredericksburg Area Rappahannock Swim League, provides an opportunity for competitive swimming for children age four through 18. The season runs from Memorial Day weekend through mid-August for practices and swim meets. Applicable fees, discounts for multiple children in one family. Sign-up and contact information is available on the Barracudas Swim Team web site at lowswim.org
Sheila Wimble, Coach
See Lake Currents for Socials, contact people, times of play.
Just for resident HO Model Train enthusiasts! Members work on components for a layout and participate in other projects in connection with HO model trains. Meets every Tuesday 6:30-9pm. Call for a visit.
Water Ski Club
The Water Ski Club is open to children age seven to 18. From beginners to advanced skiers, training sessions start in May, with two ski shows at the Fire and Rescue Independence Day celebration and Labor Day. Parental support and involvemnt are encouraged; watch for registration announcements in the spring.
Practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings from Clubhouse Dock. See our web site at LOWSkiClub.org
Thomas Prine, President
Shane Quinlan, VP
Wilderness Friends of the Library
Started over 10 years ago at LOW, this volunteer service organization provides financial support and other services for the Wilderness Branch of the Orange County library system. Serving northeastern Orange County, the Friends conduct used book sales during the year. Annual memberships are $5 and life memberships $25. Please contact the Wilderness library if you are interested in joining this group or assisting with book sales.
Wilderness Model Yacht Club
This organized group is looking to attract members and establish guidelines for play. The group plans to meet monthly at one of LOWA’s beaches or private docks on the Main Lake to operate Victoria remote-controlled sailboats. Watch Lake Currents for further details.
Women’s Guild (LOW Church)
Meets first and third Thursdays September through May.
This group welcomes individuals at all skill levels interested in woodworking projects, which include cabinetry, furniture, modeling and whittling. More advanced members teach and guide those with less experience. Meetings are held the second Thursday at 7pm in the Community Center.