About Us

 Our local chapter was established in 1979. Two of our original charter members are still active.

 Our membership consists of professional women and business owners in many different fields including the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and service industries.

 Our primary service project is a scholarship program which awards one-year Surry Community College scholarships to one graduating female at each of the area high schools- East Surry, North Surry, Surry Central, and Mount Airy High School. Recipients are selected based on character, academics, and financial need.

 We contribute to several civic and community organizations, including the Shepherd’s House, the Children’s Center, Meals on Wheels, Surry Senior Center, and Mountain Valley Hospice

 In recent years, we have held one or two bingos per year to fund our scholarship program and other donations.

 Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Surrey Bank & Trust Board Building. Exceptions are our July Family Picnic, Halloween Party, and Christmas Party.

 Meals are $15 per member. The club pays for all first-time visitors. The meeting format is dinner, a presentation by an informational or inspirational speaker, and a short business meeting.

Local dues ($12 per year) pay for club operating expenses. National dues ($115 per year) offer access to the Community Connections which now has 60 training modules designed to help women become more successful in their chosen careers. (Many local companies pay the dues for their employees.)

We are a member of the Piedmont Triad Area Council of ABWA, which gives us the opportunity to network with other ABWA members throughout the Triad.

We belong to the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.

Our Team


Julie Schultheis, President

Jennifer Santos, Vice President

Sharee Barnard, Secretary

Holli Starr, Treasurer

Standing Committees:


Sheree Barnard, Chair

Brittany Buckley

Holli Starr


Sheree Barnard, Chair

Billie Nell Hiatt

Britta Needham

Holli Starr

Sheree Beasley


Melissa Wyatt, Chair

Sheila Welker

Debra Shelton

Juli Schultheis



Sheila Welker, Chair

Jennifer Santos

Holli Starr

Joan Gammons

Debra Shelton

Melissa Wyatt

Sheree Beasley



Jennifer Santor, Chair

Sheila Welker

Melissa Wyatt