AARP Chapter 5239
Larry Eiben, President, 2016,
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
Audrey Borja, 972-6198
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.
Boy Scout Troop 197
Tom Browne, 703-906-3732
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!
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.
The Knights of the Lake Chess Club joust on the field of battle also known as the chess board. The chess club is open to all the king’s people, from squires who want to learn chess to nobles who want to improve their level of chess. Meets from 6:30-8:30 every Thursday at the Community Center.
Pat Licata, 540-735-7998
“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, Lakeviews. Submissions may be sent by email to email@example.com Dues: $5/year. Meets second Wednesday each month in the Clubhouse Lower Level at 7pm.
Civil War Study Group
Charles Brewer, President, 540-645-2705
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. Free and open to all with an interest in history. For meeting dates and locations, go to the Civil War Study Group website.
Daughters of the American Revolution
Robbie Rokosz, 972-4512
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.
Shirley Pfile, President, 972-3812; Mary Berger, Membership, 972-3066. See our website
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 second Wednesday each month in the Community Center at 1:30 pm.
Nancy King, 972-0984
If you want to have fun learning how to play golf or refreshing your game, join us at 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month from May until October. You will learn the basics of golf, meet new friends, and have a few laughs. Don’t let a good walk be spoiled by a bad swing!
Fire & Rescue Auxiliary
Marguertie Schwab, 972-3681
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.
Fresh Start Photography Group
Bill Morehead, 834-9866
The group is intended as a fun, enjoyable environment for the learning and practicing the craft of photography, digital and film. Learning the craft from other photographers is the best way to further hone your enjoyment of the art of photography. All ideas and suggestions are more than welcome, as this forum is meant to increase your love of photography. Whether you are an amateur, professional or somewhere in between all are welcome. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at Fareways Cafe at 7 p.m.
Fun Bowling League
Larry Eiben, 972-1847
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.
Garden Club Newsletter
Carolyn Graham, President, 540-412-1165
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 call.
Stephanie Barb, 540-445-1005
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.
Happy Tails Dog Club
The Happy Tails Dog Club is a non-profit group of dog lovers that formed in June of 2017. The mission of the Club is to provide a safe and healthful environment for Club Member dogs to play and socialize with other dogs. The future home of the dog park will be at the Life Estates parcel adjacent to the small marina located off Lakeview Parkway. The park’s use will be for The Happy Tails Club members only. The Happy Tails Club meets every 4th Tuesday at the Community Center at 7 PM in Classroom 2. To join the Happy Tails Dog Club or have your questions answered, please email us.
Horseshoes for Fun
Ron Daniel, 412-2872
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.
Lee Moore, 972-0395
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.
Alayna Stiffler, (540) 370-0000
The Knowledge Club has topics that are selected to help people learn about the variety of resources that are available for free from self-defense to finance and more. Ideally, we want to give back and all of our seminars are free to attend. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Community Center between 10-11am and offer Thursday evening seminars 6:30-8pm. To find out the topics for both seminars and the dates of our Thursday evening seminars, please contact me.
Ladies Bowling League
Kathy Smith, 972-3093
his 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 Newsletter
President: Kathy Smith, 972-3093; 1st Vice President: Sheran Marks; 2nd Vice President: Susie Trach
Are you looking for a sport that gives you an adrenaline rush, or a tranquil activity in which you are surrounded by nature? Well, 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 2017 season opens on March 31st with a spring lunch at the Clubhouse starting at 11:30 AM. Play begins on Tuesday, April 4th with a fun scramble beginning at 9 AM. 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 paid to LOW LGA. Members are required to have a handicap. The $32 handicap fee is paid directly to the Pro Shop. A number of tournaments are hosted this season: Spring Tournament in May, Member/Guest in June, Sadie Hawkins in July, President’s Cup and Member/Member in August, Ladies Club Championship, Cancer Tournament, and Fall 2-person team in October. The season ends with a scramble for all members at the end of October, with a closing luncheon and awards ceremony.
Lake Authors Club
Julie Phend, 412-9952
For published authors at LOW. Please contact us for futher information.
Lake Youth Foundation www.lakeyouth.org
Lois Powell, President; Jim Flood, VP
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, Easter Egg Hunt, Children’s Fishing Tournament, Scholarships to high school seniors residing in LOW, and a Visit with Santa. For more information on these events, or to volunteer, please visit our website.
Tournaments are March thru September typically on the 3rd Sat of the month. We meet at the Clubhouse Dock.
LOW Eclectic Book Club
Geraldine Amaral, 540-388-2449
Join us for an evening of lively discussion, exchange of ideas, and friendship. We meet the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Call for location.
LOW Lioness Club
Membership chairs: Joyce Morlan, 309-533-9227 and Julie Phend, 412-9952
Barbara Hernan, President, 972-7575
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.
LOW Lions Club
Dick Gullickson, President
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 two 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
Bob McFarland, 972-5928
To order tickets to the next production, go to our website www.lowplayers.org
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.
The Lake of the Woods Veterans Club (LOW Vets)
Daniel L. Greene, President 540-972-0153 firstname.lastname@example.org
LOW Vets Website: https://sites.google.com/site/lowvetsontheweb/
The Lake of the Woods Veterans Club (LOW Vets) meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Clubhouse lower level. Club membership is open to all LOW veterans who have been honorably discharged, retired, released for medical reasons, currently on active duty or serving in our reserve forces. The purpose of the Club is to promote patriotism and the principles and ideals of American citizenship through a series of programs, guest speakers and participation in Lake of the Woods activities like Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day. Club meetings are open to the public.
LOW Visual Arts Council
Jan Moore, Chairman, 972-9355
LOWVAC is a non-porfit group of volunteer resident artists who plan and sponsor the annual Fine Arts, Crafts and Photography Show in September. 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.
Toby Musatow, 972-8251
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.
Welcome to the discussion group entitled “Members Matter Forum Lake of the Woods”. The purpose of this site is to provide residents of Lake of the Woods a venue to openly discuss issues that affect all of us.
Men’s Golf Association
Don Smith, President, 972-3093
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 $20/year. Annual Virginia State Golf Association handicap fees are payable through the Pro Shop.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
LOW Church, 972-9060
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. MOPS meets every first and third Wednesdays from 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM. The meetings take place at The LOW Church in the Founders Room and childcare is downstairs.
Clifton D. Wilks, President, 412-5764; Nick Duy, VP, 972-0350
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. Membership fee is $45 per year which includes $5 Chapter dues. Spouses of federal employees or retirees are also eligible to join. You may join online at NARFE.org and if so please designate Chapter 1885 as your chapter. 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.
Tena Marangi, 540-972-8964
LOW Pickleball Club
Pickleball is a fast growing, fun & exciting sport that can be adapted for all skill levels & ages. Played with a paddle and wiffle-style ball, it is played as doubles, inside or on our new outside courts. Pickleball is a combination of the best aspects of Badminton, Tennis, and Ping-pong. Simple rules so you can enjoy playing the game immediately. Come join us! Adult pickleball is played indoors at the Community Center every M-F from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Free Beginners Class offered, visit our website for times and locations. We have equipment, including paddles, that can be used if you would like to give this sport a try. Wear sneakers (not jogging shoes) 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. We have three groups: Beginners – slow paced, Intermediates-medium paced and Advanced-faster paced.
Ron & Melissa Lipps, 972-2586
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. Classses are Sunday evenings September to May. Visitors are welcome.
Republican Women’s Club (Susan Allen) of Orange County
Connie Buttimer, President, 540-972-0083; Barbara Strain, 1st VP
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.
Sailing Club https://www.lakeofwoodsailors.com
The Sailing Club promotes sailing activities, instruction and the friendships that occur on the water. The Club meets informally every fourth Wednesday at 4:30 in the Lake Clubhouse. Anyone with an interest in sailing is welcome.
Softball Fun League
John Cavanaugh, 540-878-8130
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.
Bob Lerner, 972-9971
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
President: Roy Stein, 540-539-0147
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.
Swim Team Barracudas Swim Team
Sheila Wimble, Coach, 972-9980
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 web ite.
Miff Devens, 412-5958
Water Ski Club
Thomas Prine, President, 443-553-4912
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 LOW Independence Day celebration and Labor Day. Parental support and involvement are encouraged; watch for registration announcements in the spring. Practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings from Clubhouse Dock.
Wilderness Friends of the Library
Karen Kovarik, 972-7866
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.
Wilderness Model Yacht Club
Ed Hoffman, 972-9393
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.
Hal Wood, 972-9803
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.