Women's Guild

Growing | Learning | Serving

About the Guild

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

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
Therefore, my heart leaps for joy,
and with my song will I praise Him.
~Psalm 28:7


“My heart leaps for joy and with my song will I praise Him.” In choosing this passage from Psalm 28:7 as the theme for 2016 – 2017 Guild year, Co-President, Lyn Cates said, “Hymns have played an important part in my church life and seem a natural and fitting way to show thankfulness to God.” Adding, “Please join us this year as we share our talents, both musical and otherwise, in expressing our gratitude for God’s blessings.”


Benevolence and Outreach

Volunteer Opportunities

The Big Canoe Women’s Guild has a heart for volunteering and service and provides many opportunities for members to share their time and expertise. Through the Legacy of Caring initiatives, the Guild has raised and donated over $1.4 million to support charitable organizations in Pickens and Dawson Counties, making lives a little happier and a little less difficult for those in need. In 2016-2017 we will be raising money to support charitable organizations in Pickens and Dawson Counties that focus on enabling the well-being of women and children by providing life skills to overcome the cycle of poverty, oppression or substance abuse.

Angels in the Woods

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



The Women’s Guild Board for 2016-2017 is pictured at the top of this page.
Below is contact information for each board member.
Contact us with questions or to volunteer.
2016-2017 Guild Board - website

Approved By-Laws           Proposed Amendment to By-Laws

Recognition as an Auxiliary Group


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

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