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.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace…”              1Peter4:10
Ruth and Kay have considered the work of women in the community and wish to focus on the various circles we all travel, play, and work in.  They feel women make a difference in their families, neighborhoods, clubs, and organizations supporting one another in many ways; we make a difference in our larger communities as we work together in the circles that create the Legacy of Caring each year.  They also believe that by uniting our efforts, we can have the biggest impact on our own lives and the lives of women and children in the communities around us.


Opening Meeting:  Thursday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. in the Broyles Center
Rev. Dr. Diane Parrish, pastor of Kennesaw United Methodist Church, will speak on the theme, “Why Not Me?”  You will enjoy hearing of her journey from Hollywood, singing with Tony Orlando and Dawn and Barry Manilow, to her current date ministry.





October Retreat:  Thursday, October 12, 9:00 a.m., in the Broyles  Center
Our Retreat this year will be a celebration of the Circles of Women in our lives.  It will be a “Stay-Retreat” held here in the Broyles Center.  We ask you to come and bring friends and neighbors…ladies who are part of your lives.  Dr. Ellen Shepard will speak on “Our One Wild and Precious Life”…a celebration of what we have already done and all that is to come.  The two morning sessions will be followed by a delicious lunch.
Begin thinking of your “circles,” and plan to bring these ladies to our Retreat on October 12th.



Bible Study

This year’s Wednesday morning Bible study will be led by Nancy Lucenay and Janet Larsen.  The study will focus on the women in the Bible, a study developed by Nancy herself.  Nancy spent over 30 years ministering with her husband, Harry, in Hong Kong.  You may sign up for the Bible Study at the Chapel Office or Chapel Stand Around.  Cost of the class is $5.00 which will cover the study booklet.

Click here to see Bible Study Calendar


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 $1.6 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 2017-2018 we will bring back the Tour of Homes to raise 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 2017-2018
Below is 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