About the Guild

The Guild is open to ALL ladies in Big Canoe and the surrounding area.

“For we are God’s Handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10 

Co-Presidents:  Judy Bellenger and Susan Eanes

“Hearts to God – Hands to Work,” this year’s Guild theme, exemplifies the purposes of the Guild: To bring together all women of the Big Canoe community, to encourage Christian fellowship, to understand God’s will for our lives through Bible study, and to promote activities that benefit those in need in the surrounding area.

The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild has a heart for volunteering and service and provides opportunities for members to share their time and expertise.  Through the Legacy of Caring initiatives, the Guild has raised and donated over $1.8  million to support charitable organizations in Pickens and Dawson Counties, making lives a little happier and a little less difficult for those in need.

 2018-2019 Women’s Guild Board











Trudy Cathy White was the speaker for our final meeting of the year on April 11th in the Broyles Center.  The subject of her talk was her book, “Climb Every Mountain: One Step at a Time.”  Trudy is a native Georgian and the only daughter of Jeannette and S. Truett Cathy, found of Chick-Fil-A, Inc.  An ambassador for the family business, Trudy has held various roles within Chick-Fil-A, including that of restaurant operator at just 19 years of age.
Trudy says about her book,  “If God had intended our days on earth to be easy, they would be.  Instead, Jesus promised us quite the opposite.  He said, “In this world, you will have trouble.”  He was right.  We will have heartache, sickness, job loss, lost love, grief, and frustration.  We will have times when all seems lost.  Fortunately, that’s not the whole story.  “But take heart”, Jesus says, “I have overcome the world.”


Also at our April meeting the Women’s Guild recognized representatives of the 24 local charities we support financially.  The Guild contributed $95,000 during 2018-19 to assist these agencies in enhancing and changing lives.

From left to right:  Steve Lowe, Executive Director  of the Joy House; Judy Harvey, Communications Director of Hope House; Women’s Guild Co-President, Judy Bellenger; Trudy Cathy White, speaker; Guild Co-President, Susan Eanes; Melanie Davis, Executive Director of Appalachian CASA; June Ash, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Pickens

Bible Study

Women’s Guild Bible Study has concluded and what a wonderful study it was!  Our sincere thanks to Nancy Lucenay who shared Bible teachings lessons on Divine Encounters.

Benevolence and Outreach

Click here to see a list of charities supported this year.


“The World is Hugged by the Faithful Arms of Volunteers” 

This statement by Terri Guillemets is a wonderful picture of those who embrace volunteer opportunities in the various Women’s Guild activities.  For many years outreach programs of the Women’s Guild have provided support to several charities in Dawson and Pickens counties and that continues today.  The Outreach Committee organizes visits to the Nursing Home in Jasper and assistance at the Jasper Thrift Store.
The Legacy of Caring initiatives offers a myriad of opportunities for involvement – from making casseroles and baking treats to sorting books in Book Nook, setting up Collector’s Corner to assisting with the Gala and Auction.  There’s a place of service for each person, a place where one can share not only their time and talents but love, hope, and comfort to the less fortunate in our community.

 Angels in the Woods

Angels in the Woods is a wing of the Big Canoe Women’s Guild Legacy of Caring.  This program is a year-round way to honor, remember, or celebrate someone special with an honorarium.  All donations to the program go to charities in Pickens and Dawson Counties that are supported by the Women’s Guild Legacy of Caring.

Click Here to Donate

Click here to view the Donations List from 12/17 – 12/18




The Women’s Guild Board for 2018-2019
Click here to find contact information for each board member.
Contact us with questions or to volunteer.



A Legacy of Service Since 1988

The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild evolved from a small group of women meeting in members’ homes for fellowship, prayer, and Bible study. It was at the January 21, 1988, meeting at Dorothy de Albuquerque’s home that the “Circle” decided to seek the blessings of Dr. Vernon Broyles and the Chapel Trustees to formally establish an organization for all women in the Big Canoe Community. During 1988–1990, there were no officers and the group gathered in members’ homes and shared the role of discussion leader. Since that time, the Guild has grown in terms of membership and positive impact on the Big Canoe community. In recent years, over 250 members and their guests participate in the annual Fall Retreat and the special Christmas program. Activities of the Guild have been guided through the years by its Presidents and the various committee chairs serving the membership today.

  • Susan Wilson & Ann Velderman  1991-1992
  • Charlotte Geoghegan McCloskey   1991-1993
  • Hope Patton & Sue Bergman   1993-1994
  • Anne Miller 1994-1995
  • Bobbie Garner 1995-1996
  • Jane Vann 1996-1997
  • Peggy Lehmberg 1997-1999
  • Lewise Neely 1999-2000
  • Emily Thurman 2000-2001
  • Jane Brooks 2001-2002
  • Nancy Rampenthal 2002-2003
  • Liz Donovan-Davis 2003-2004
  • Jackie Gilmer 2004-2005
  • Nancy Shirah 2005-2006
  • Barb Weagly 2006-2007
  • Devon Collins & Fran Saling 2007-2008
  • Elaine Estill & Pat Tipton 2008-2009
  • Devon Collins & Patricia McCormick 2009-2010
  • Polly Mills & Anne Youmans 2010-2011
  • Sandi Keel & Verna Rauschenberg 2011-2012
  • Cheryl Gregory & Jean Lomax 2012-2013
  • Sylvia Helms & Sue Hauseman 2013-2014
  • Millann Funk & Cherry Harden 2014-2015
  • Bettye Jo Isherwood & Janice Yahres 2015-2016
  • Lyn Cates & Barbara Fussell 2016-2017
  • Kay Lathem & Ruth Slim 2017-2018