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Interest Groups

We issue a warm invitation to all members to participate in any interest group. Unique opportunities for friendship, sharing, and learning are offered. The only requirement for participation is paid membership in The University League.

Interest Group Chair:  Cathy Andersson
Assistant Interest Group Chair:  Susan Ihler

Complete Interest Group Meeting Schedule 2018-2019 (pdf)

Click on any interest group below for more information, including meeting times, organizer contact, and a brief description of the activities.

Read what some of our interest groups are doing this year. (PDF posted February, 2019)

  • Aerobics

    Monday and Thursday, 8:00–9:30 am (Weekly, year round)

    Contact: Marilyn Gundermann or Caroline Liedtke

    The University League Aerobics Group is about far more than aerobics.  This group of approximately 15 women share laughter and friendship as we bond every Monday and Thursday from 8:00 to 9:30 AM at Madtown Twisters‘ on Old Sauk Road.  We warm up with a fun aerobics dance routine, then become more and more flexible by doing yoga, lift some weights, do some core work, and end with stretching.  This total workout brightens up the day.  Once a month we go out for coffee after we’re done with our fitness routine.


  • Antiques

    Second Monday, 1:15 pm (September to May)

    Contact: Aleta Murray

    Engaging talks on various aspects of collecting antiques. Meetings at members’ homes, local libraries, and antique venues, as well as some out-of-town trips.

  • Armchair Travelers

    First Monday, 7:00 pm (October through May)

    Contact: Mary Jo Willis

    Learn about places to travel with little effort on your part, the foods of the country or area, ways to travel (rail, barge), the ins and outs of safe, low-stress travel and the unique culture of places within the US and other countries.  We meet at Oakwood West, Nakoma Room. Everyone is welcome! Topics and speakers are developed over the summer.

    Armchair Travelers Programs 2018-2019 (PDF)

    Armchair Travelers Programs 2017-2018 (PDF)

    Armchair Travelers News (Oct. 2016) (PDF)

  • Art Appreciation

    Third Wednesday, 10:00 am, (September–May)

    Contact: Kathy Knox

    Appreciation of art developed by visits to galleries, museums, private collections, and slide lectures.

  • Bird Study

    Fridays, 9:00 am (Spring and Fall)

    Contact: Frances Johnson or Roma Lenehan

    Walk different trails—observe birds and habitats. Meet at the far end of the parking lot at Covenant Presbyterian Church at the corner of Segoe Road and Mineral Point Road.

    Birding Activities (PDF)

    Birding Schedule 2018-2019 (PDF)


  • Book Critics

    Second Monday, 7:00 pm (September–May, plus July)

    Contact: Frances Johnson

    The group selects nine books to read throughout the year in July. A member reviews a book each month, followed by a general discussion. Meet in members’ homes or at Oakwood West.

    Book Critics Calendar 2018-2019 (PDF)

  • Book Discussions

    Third Monday, 1:00 pm (September–May)

    Contact: Elizabeth deBoor or Carol Kiemel

    Members read an assigned book prior to attending meeting. Following coffee and dessert, a group member leads the discussion and all members actively participate. Meet in members’ homes. Eight books are read each year. May is a luncheon and September is a summer recap as well as a light-read book to discuss.

    Book Discussion Group Activities (PDF)

    Book Discussion Schedule 2017-2018 (PDF)

  • Bridge

    BRIDGE – First and third Thursday, 12:45 pm (year round)

    Contact: Gennie Bostian

    Play in members’ homes. Light refreshments are served by hostess.

    BRIDGE LUNCH – Second Thursday, 11:30 am (year round)

    Contact: Judy Stang

    Following lunch served in Oakwood West Village Inn, paid for by bridge players, bridge in the Party Room, Towers Building, 3rd floor.

    BRIDGE LUNCH – Fourth Thursday, 11:30 am (year round)

    Contact: Katherine Masden or Carol Mathis

    Bridge following lunch from the menu at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill (part of Holiday Inn), 1109 Fourier Drive, Madison. All levels of players welcome.

  • Dining Out Dinner

    Fourth Saturday, 5:30 pm (year round)

    Contact: Priscilla Thain

    Meet at a restaurant for dinner, followed by dessert at home of host—or meet for an occasional brunch.

  • Dining Out Lunch

    Fourth Wednesday, 11:30 am (Monthly, year round)

    Contact: Kathy Knox

    Members enjoy good food and good company and take turns planning lunch at area restaurants.

  • French Reading and Conversation

    Second and fourth Wednesdays, 12:30–2:30 pm (September to May)

    Contact: Maureen Kind or Elizabeth Hoadley

    General French conversation; use selected readings as basis for discussion. Meet in members’ homes and/or libraries.

  • French Conversation II

    Third Wednesday, 12:30 – 2:30 pm (September to May)

    Contact: Anne Doherty

    Members meet monthly for light refreshments and to engage in general conversation in French. Meetings are held in members’ homes or at public libraries. Selected readings may be used.

  • Genealogy

    Fourth Monday, 7:00 pm, Oakwood West (September to May)

    Contact: Catherine Tesar or Mary Jo Willis

    Learn about genealogy resources in Dane County, State of Wisconsin, and national resources such as Ancestry and Family Search.  Share experiences with your own searches.  No experience is necessary to join this group, but we do have members who are very experienced and can assist others.

    Surnames Being Researched (PDF)

    German Genealogy Links

  • International Foods Dinner

    Second Sunday, 6:00 pm

    Contact: Joan Hall or Marian Fisher

    We are a well organized dinner club that makes it possible to have wonderful and unique dinner parties in our homes.  The recipes are creative, tested and easy to prepare.  Conversation flows freely making these Sunday night dinners fun.

    International Foods 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf)

  • Mah Jongg

    Every Tuesday, 9:30 am (year round)

    3 members playing Mah JonggContact: Helen Lackore

    Play the American version of Mah Jongg, an ancient Chinese game using tiles. We meet in the game room of the apartment/office building of Coventry Village Retirement Campus, located just off South High Point Road. New and experienced players are welcome, as well as those who wish to learn the game.

  • Movies in the Afternoon

    Second Tuesday, 4:00 pm

    Contact: Roma Lenehan

    Join friends once a month to view and discuss new movies at local theaters. Times and meeting locations will vary depending on movie schedules. Singles and couples welcome.

  • Needlework

    Third Thursday, 9:30–11:30 am (October–April)

    Contact: Susan Myers or Christine Soder

    Meetings are held at Oakwood West. NOTE:  The initial October meeting is held on Sunday at Church of the Living Christ on Gammon Road with the Embroiders Guild.  Members do various types of needlework, exchange ideas, have guest speakers, workshops, and trips to needlework stitchery shops.

  • Spanish Conversation

    Second Thursday, 1:00–3:00 pm

    Contact: Carol White

    Informal group where members share experiences, conversation and reading of short articles. Meetings held monthly, year round in Sequoya Library. New participants are encouraged to attend.

  • Spanish Reading / Literature

    First and third Thursday, 1:00–3:00 pm

    Contact: Joanna Thompson or Dory Christensen

    Reading and conversation include works by contemporary authors from Spanish speaking world.  Members also share cultural activities and personal experiences. Meetings are held September through May at the Sequoya Library. New participants are encouraged to attend.

    Calendario 2018-19 (PDF)

  • Wine Divas and Dudes

    Fourth Thursday, 4:30 – 6:30 pm (September through May)

    Contact: Elaine Rosenblatt

    Are you on a first-name basis with any Super Tuscans? Have you tried the wines of Lake County, California? Wine Divas & Dudes offers the opportunity to taste new and different wines while enjoying lively conversation. Each meeting centers on a wine theme, usually with appetizers. One of several members volunteer to host a meeting, selecting the theme. At each meeting, each attendee contributes $15 to help defray costs.  (Note: November and December are combined into a single meeting).


January 2019 (PDF)

January 2018 (PDF)

August 2017 (PDF)

August 2016 (PDF)

January 2015 (PDF)