Interest Groups

Afternoon Literature Groups

Members of this interest group select fiction and non-fiction books to read and discuss at small-group meetings from September through May of each calendar year. New members to the interest group may select to join either the Wednesday or Thursday group. Both groups read the same books and meet on their respective 3rd week of the month. In October and November, there is an additional meeting day on the third Tuesday. Highlights of the year include our annual September Welcome Back Tea, our December Holiday Luncheon, Book & Movie months, and the May End-of-Year Luncheon. Contact Judy Goodnight at (920) 729-9553 for further information.

Nominations for 2022-2023 Books

Reading List for 2021_2022

Reading List for 2020-2021

Reading List for 2019-2020

Reading List for 2018-2019

Reading List for 2017-2018

These are books recommended by Afternoon Literature group members from their summer reading.

 2021 Summer Reading Highlights

 2020 Summer Reading Highlights

2019 Summer Reading Highlights

2018 Summer Reading Highlights

2017 Summer Reading Highlights

2016 Summer Reading Highlights

Second Choice Books (Currently meeting via Zoom)

This is a small informal group reading the books that weren’t selected the first time around for the Afternoon Literature Group. This group meets at noon during the first week of the month – day of the week will vary. Members bring their own lunch and informally discuss the book over the lunch hour. Contact Judy Goodnight at (920-729-9553) for the location and to RSVP. Space is limited.

Second Choice Books Reading List 2021-2022

Second Choice Books Reading List 2020-2021

Second Choice Books Reading List 2019-2020

Evening Literature Group

Members of this interest group select fiction and non-fiction books to read and discuss at small-group meetings from April through December of each calendar year. Books are selected for the year at a May dinner meeting. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month. Contact Donna Cook at (920-427-6655) for further information.

Reading List for 2021-2022

Reading List for 2020-2021

Reading List for 2019-2020

Reading List for 2018-2019

Reading List for 2017-2018

Summer Mystery Book Group

This group meets for lunch and discussion of a mystery book the third Wednesday of the month during June, July, and August. Members get an added chance to sleuth by solving a custom mystery of where the lunch will be held. Never fear, even if you can’t solve it, the location is revealed ahead of time. At the June lunch, books are selected for the rest of the summer and June of the next year so bring suggestions along that day. Contact Betty Pontius at (920) 725-1302 for further information.

Summer Mysteries 2021 Schedule:

June 16, 2021 – Two If By Sea – Jacquelyn Mitchard

July 21, 2021 – The Beekeeper’s Apprentice – Laurie R. King

August 18, 2021 – A High-End Finish – Kate Carlisle

        Book Suggestions for Summer 2019-2020

Social Justice Group

The group has decided to expand our focus beyond the topic of racism to focus on equity. Equity could be racial equity, gender equity, economic equity, access to healthcare, access to educational opportunities, and more. We meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday morning. Recommended supplementary reading are listed in the link below. If you are interested in joining the group, contact Judy Goodnight at (920) 729-9553 for more information and to be placed on the email list.

Discussion Guide for Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us

Join the  2021 United Way Fox Cities Equity Challenge

Reading Resources for Social Justice Group

Ethnic and Elegant Dining Group

Learn about new cuisines, try new recipes while enjoying a dinner out with fellow members. Participate as a single or as a couple with spouse or with another member. The group meets during the fall for an appetizer & dessert cocktail party at which menu packets are handed out. Hosts and their assigned guests are rotated for three preset dinner menus to be held in Jan/Feb, Mar/April, and May/June. Contact Nancy Samson at (920) 733-9161 for further information.

Travel Group

From art museums to lighthouses, planetariums to historical sites, this interest group is open to all branch members and prospective members. Monthly excursions are planned to places of interest for either day trips, overnight, or weekend trips. Contact Judy Goodnight at (920) 729-9553 for more information about upcoming travel or to make suggestions for future travel plans.

Mah Jongg

American-style mah jongg is played weekly at members’ homes. New learners always welcome; orientation sessions to learn the game are set up on an as needed basis. Contact Mary Zanto at (920) 540-3960 for further information.

Bridge Group I

This bridge group plays two tables in the evening each month. Contact Chris Calhoun at (920) 933-1446 to be placed on the sub list.

Bridge Group II

This bridge group plays on the second Thursday afternoon each month. Contact Trish Brehm at (920) 739-8522 to join or be added to the sub list.

Membership Outreach

When hard times hit, we want to support our branch members whether it’s with a card to cheer you up, a meal provided, a visitor to chat with, or a transportation need filled. Contact JaneAnne McCabe at (920) 382-0031 if you’re available to help out or if you’re in need of assistance.