Woman's Club and Withers

David Withers, center, zoologist with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, was the guest speaker at the November meeting of the AEDC Woman’s Club. Pictured, from left, are Barb McGuire, Anne Rinderer, Liz Jolliffe, Withers, Sande Hayes and Anne Wonder.

Members and guests of the November meeting of the AEDC Woman’s Club recently heard from guest speaker David Withers, a zoologist with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Withers shared information on the Sherwood Forest in Franklin County and the study of the painted snake-coiled forest snail, a threatened species first discovered in 1906 and found only in the town of Sherwood.

The snail was first discovered in Buck Creek Cove, just south of Sherwood and was listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1978.

The mollusk looks like a coiled snake and lives in crevices and under ledges of limestone. It is estimated there are thousands of these snails, but this is the only place in the world where they exist.

AEDCWC member Barbara McGuire said, “It was so interesting to hear Withers’ story and see his information on maps.”

The meeting included an announcement on the winning secret shoppers. Taking top spots and crowned secret shopper winners were Pam Wiedemer and Suzanne Rutley.

Table donations from members during the Nov. 7 meeting went to The Blue Monarch.

McGuire is looking forward to the club’s December meeting.

“The Dec. 5 meeting promises to be a very entertaining and happy meeting for the ladies of the AEDC Woman’s Club,” she said.

The meeting will feature Christmas music, a Christmas boutique and a toy-donation presentation to Toys for Tots.

The Christmas program will be presented by the Tullahoma High School AristoCATS under the direction of Dr. Gary Wilson, the school’s new director of choral activities.

The club’s annual Christmas boutique will be set up with a wonderful and unique selection of gifts to purchase for family and friends. 

Members are asked to bring unwrapped toys for the Tullahoma Fire Department to pick up. Toys will be distributed to children in the area.

The AEDC Woman’s Club always welcomes visitors to their monthly meetings held at the Arnold Lakeside Club in Tullahoma.

 McGuire said: “We would like to invite you to come and visit us at the Arnold Lakeside Club, meet the wonderful ladies, be involved with programs and become a member.You do not need to have military connections or be involved with the base to come and visit and become a member. Hope to see you there.”

For information about the AEDC Woman’s Club, please contact Anne Rinderer, membership chairman, at 248-872-7923.

The social hour starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by the business meeting and program at 10 a.m.

Reservations for the Dec. 5 meeting must be made by Nov. 26 at noon by contacting Liz at lizjolliffe@yahoo.com or 931-393-2552 or Stephanie at samittuch@gmail.com or 931-434-5415.

Disclaimer: This is a private organization which is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no governmental status.