Programs

October 16 11:30 am Spencer Reichman

Baritone Spencer Reichman is a baritone pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at Texas State University in San Marcos. He studies with Cheryl Parrish. He will entertain us with some art songs, opera, and musical theater. Hold on to your seats because this young man is just fabulous and will have you begging for more!

October 23 11:30 am Wendell W. Mayes Jr.

Highlights and favorite memories of worldwide travels and experiences Wendell is a former radio and cable television executive, known for his leadership role with both The American Diabetes Association and The International Diabetes Federation. Dr. Mayes is also a lifelong supporter of education, earning five college degrees and establishing scholarships and awards at five higher education institutions. At a recent award ceremony for his PhD in Finance, it was announced, “At the age of 89, lifelong learning has rarely, if ever, had such a champion and exemplar of its principles.”

October 30 11:30 am Suzanne Moore

The Life of a Radio City Rockette What is it like to be a Radio City Music Hall Rockette in New York City? How exciting is it to be the youngest Rockette in history? What was it like to work with Sid Caesar and Phil Silver on Broadway? Come and hear about the glitz and glamour of show business from the inside. Our very own Suzanne Moore will be sharing her experiences as a young and talented entertainer in the “Big Apple”!

November 6th 11:30 AM Robert Godwin

Austin: The Faces of Philanthropy, 1976-2012 Robert Godwin traveled the world as an Air Force “brat” before graduating from high school in Bryan, Texas. His own career in the air force lasted two years at the Air Force Academy before leaving due to a knee injury. Limping into Austin, he attended UT as a Middle Eastern Studies major. His photojournalism career began with part time work, which led to a full time position at the Austin Citizen daily paper. The Citizen closed its doors in 1981, and Godwin found himself a freelance photographer. His first retainer came from Austin Homes and Gardens magazine from 1982–1986. He then added the West Austin News, 1987–2011, as his primary venue. He continues covering the social and charity scene as a freelancer for the Austin American Statesman and as a media consultant for the St. David’s Foundation. Thus far, he has attended over 20,000 events and taken over 400,000 photos!

November 13th 11:00 AM

General Meeting      Club Closed to Guests

November 20th 11:30 AM George Gershwin tunes with Katharine Shields and Carol Koock Enjoy hearing one of our own members, Katharine Shields, sing and tell stories about George Gershwin. Katharine has had extensive voice training and has sung in many venues around Austin for years, including the Austin Lyric Opera Chorus, as well as cabaret shows in the Capitol City Playhouse and Zach Scott Theater. She will perform popular selections such as “Summertime,” “My Man’s Gone Now,” and some favorite Gershwin “torch” songs.

November 27th Thanksgiving, Club closed

December 4th 11:30 AM S.C. Gwynne

“Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson” Sam has a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. He has spent most of the last 14 years writing for Texas Monthly, where he was Executive Editor from 2000–2008. Prior to joining Texas Monthly, Sam worked for Time Magazine for 12 years as correspondent, bureau chief, national correspondent, and senior editor. He is the former editor-in-chief of California Business magazine, then the nation’s largest regional business magazine. Prior to his career in journalism, Gwynne was a French teacher and an international banker. He is the author of three books, Selling Money, about his years as an international banker, and The Outlaw Bank, about the $20 billion BCCI bank fraud. The Outlaw Bank was named one of Business Week magazine’s top ten books of the year. In May of 2010 his book, Empire of the Summer Moon was published by Scribner. The book spent four months on the New York Times top ten best-sellers list. Empire of the Summer Moon was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It won the Texas Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. He lives in Austin with his wife, Katie, an artist. His daughter, Maisie, is an engineering student at the University of Southern California.

December 9th 6 until 9 PM Christmas Party

December 11th 11:30 AM

“Gone With the Wind,” Part Two: The Dress Collection at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas Ms. Jill Moreno, assistant curator of Costume and Personal Effects at the HRC, along with Ms. Nicole Villarreal, lecturer of Textile and Apparel, will present a program on three of Scarlett O’Hara’s dresses in the collection: the green “Ms. Ellen’s pannier curtain dress,” the wedding dress, and the cranberry velvet dress worn to Ashley Wilkes’ birthday party. Some of these dresses have been recently exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and others haven’t been seen in over 30 years. The dresses themselves are at the HRC. This program is the next best thing to seeing them up close and learning tidbits from two dynamic speakers, who have worked intimately in the reconstruction and conservation to keep the dresses for generations to come.

December 18th 11:30 AM

Jerry Conn brings Christmas Spirit to the Austin Woman’s Club Get in the Christmas spirit (if you haven’t yet, you’d better hurry!) with Jerry Conn, one of Austin’s most popular song and dance performers for many years. Jerry has done numerous cabaret shows in live theater venues, and has also been in demand for years at LAMP, SAGE, and other adult learning classes on the great musical performers of past decades. There will be some carol singing to wrap up the show, so warm up those voices!

December 25th Christmas Club closed