Women's Guild

Growing | Learning | Serving

About the Guild

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.




 Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild presents….
“Under the Tuscan Stars” |
An Italian Valentine Dinner

 Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 6:00p.m. Cousins Hall
Tickets on sale now, Chapel Stand Around

Guest Speaker: Coach Bill Curry

“The Best Valentine Gift of All”

Coach Bill Curry has spent his entire adult life as a leader and communicator. His NFL career included two Super Bowl titles, and he served as head football coach for Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama, the University of Kentucky and Georgia State University.

Since childhood, his faith in Christ has been his guiding light. We are delighted to have Coach Curry share his insight into “The Best Valentine Gift of All”.

This evening event will begin with an elegant Italian cuisine dinner catered by Coast to Coast. Ticket sales, $30.00 per person, begin at Stand Around on January 14, and continue to be sold at Stand Around on January 21 and 28, while still available. Purchase your reservation early for this evening as space is limited and we expect this wonderful dinner to be a sell-out!

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.


The Women’s Guild Board for 2017-2018
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