For several years, the Faculty Emeriti Association has had several active interest groups with robust membership, and we are always interested in starting new groups that reflect the interests of our members. These groups provide an informal atmosphere for emeriti faculty to gather and socialize. If you are interested in any of these groups, you can get additional information from the organizer, listed in the left margin of this page, or either of the Emeriti Interest Group Coordinators - Mary Lou Wylie (wylieml@jmu.edu) or Bill Voige (voigewh@jmu.edu).


The Breakfast Group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9 am at Hotel Madison.

The Lunch Group meets monthly (except in August and December) at 11:30 at a local restaurant. We rotate through the weekdays to accommodate members who have obligations on particular days. We generally have around 20 members in attendance, and one member recently commented, “It’s the great company that keeps me coming.” Spouses and guests are always welcome.

The Dinner Group meets every other month with the usual exception of August and December. Group members host the lively potluck dinners.

The Beer and Hard Cider Group meets every other month at various locations—breweries, beer shops, bars, and members’ homes—to taste a variety of beers and hard ciders.

The Wine Social Group gathers once a month to enjoy wine, food, and conversation.

The Emeriti Book Club meets monthly (except in July, August and December), generally on the third Monday afternoon. Our choice of books is eclectic and includes a balance of fiction and nonfiction.

The Film and Theater Group is a loosely structured group of movie buffs who enjoy getting together with friends to go to the movies or a play and perhaps a meal before or after the show.

The Bridge Group meets the first Wednesday morning of each month for contract bridge.

The Whisk(e)y Appreciation Group meets regularly to discuss and enjoy various whiskeys (Scotch, bourbon, etc.).

The Play-Reading Group is active again. The group meets regularly to take roles and read plays.

The Emeriti Friends Group is available to provide assistance to any members needing help with transportation, meals, etc. If you would like some kind of assistance or if you would like to be on the list to help provide assistance, please contact Mary Lou Wylie.


We are always looking for new and exciting interest groups for our members. If you are interested in these or you have ideas for other possible groups, contact Mary Lou Wylie or Bill Voige.

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