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Our Interest Groups are an excellent way to meet and bond with fellow ODUMCA members.  We currently have 16 Interest Groups that fall into 10 different categories, including two new Interest Groups that have been approved by the Board:  Needlework and Crafts, and Talk in the Public Square.  More details regarding these two new additions will be forthcoming.


Fun with a Purpose!

Our Interest Groups enable us to have fun as we spend time playing games, reading books, dining out, walking
with friends and touring fascinating locations both on and off campus.  Donations to our Educational Endowment 
help to fulfill an important aspect of our purpose and can be paid annually, monthly or as often as you wish
during the year. 


Our Interest Group Director is Harriet Long.  Please contact her at

All other contact information is password protected under the Membership tab across the top of our website. 

Just click the Membership tab and then click Membership Directory. 
At this point, members will need to use the password.


We offer four Book Clubs; one evening and three daytime.  Each group meets once per month at either 7:00pm or 12:30pm from September – June, locations vary.  As a result of COVID-19, all of the groups decided to conduct their meetings using Zoom.

1st Wednesdays 7:00pm

Paula Cook, Leader & Contact

Currently this group meets using Zoom.  This year's list of authors include Louise Erdrich, Tommy Orange, Gail Honeyman, Kirk W. Johnson and Kevin Wilson.

2nd Mondays 12:30pm

Carolyn Akers, Leader & Contact

This is our Non-Fiction group  and currently meets using Zoom.  This year's list of authors includes Steve Inskeep, Laura Spinney, Earl Smith and David McCullough.

2nd Tuesdays: 12:30pm

Rhoda Ballance, Leader & Contact

This group currently meets using Zoom.

3rd Tuesdays 12:30pm

Judy Homsher, Leader & Contact

This group currently meets using Zoom.  This year's list of authors includes Earl Swift, Emily St. John Mandel, Hendricks and Pekkanen, Wilkie Collins and Kate Quinn.

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We offer 2 Hand & Foot groups, both play a progressive form of the game.  The game is very easy to learn and lots of fun to play.  Both groups meet on Tuesdays at different locations and times.


Currently on hiatus due to COVID-19


2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Betty Denniston, Leader & Contact 

The Landings at Bolling Square, Club House,
1001 Bolling Avenue, Norfolk


1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Al King, Leader & Contact 

Maker’s Craft Brewery, 735 East 23rd Street, Norfolk

Hand & Foot is usually played by two pairs of partners who work together to create books that contain at least seven like-value cards; aka, a Canasta.  Six standard decks are used so having a 6-deck card shuffler is a real plus.  Come and play Hand & Foot the ODUMCA way.

Betty Denniston and Al King, Leaders & Contacts



On the 3rd Wednesdays of each month, we look          forward to enjoying a delicious lunch together at one            of our local restaurants or cafes.  Some of us decide to           skip breakfast on the days that we gather for lunch               so we get started at 11:30am. 


          Below is the listing for dates, locations and                                 type of  cuisine for October &  November.             


Oct 21st:   Surf Riders, Ocean View  -  Seafood

Nov 18th:  Sunset Grill, 4027 Bowden's Ferry Rd, Norfolk                          Seafood

Jonna-Dawn Walker, Leader & Contact



                    BEERS AND CHEERS​​​​

Last Sunday of each month, 4pm

At 4:00pm on the last Sunday of each month, beer lovers gather at one of the area’s microbreweries.  Members enjoy their favorite beers and sample new ones.  There are usually a few snacks involved too.


Our regular schedule changes in November & December due to The Holidays.  

Below is the date and location for October.

Nov 8th:       Maker's Craft Brewery

                      Date change due to Thanksgiving

Tamara Haines, Leader & Contact



3rd Thursdays 

Pause once-a-month for a Tea Party featuring formally set tables, a variety of teas, savories & sweets and stimulating conversation.  This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the afternoon at elegant Tea Rooms throughout Hampton Roads.  Occasionally a member
hosts an event at her home.


Recently, the group has gathered for Afternoon Tea at Café Stella, The Cavalier, the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club and had an event catered by La Brioche that was hosted by one of the members.


Currently on hiatus due to COVID-19

Jonna-Dawn Walker, Leader & Contact


We offer 3 Mah Jongg groups, all of

which play a loosely variant version

of Wright-Patterson rules. 

Knowing how to play the game is essential

so if you’re interested in learning how to play the ODUMCA way, contact the leader of your chosen group.  The purchase of our book of rules is also required, $20.

The Weekend Groups are currently on hiatus due to


2nd & 4th Thursdays, 10:00am – 2:30pm - Al King, Leader & Contact

Norfolk Yacht & Country Club is the location. We usually have 3 tables of 4-players. At 12:00pm we break for lunch; which is at your own expense. After lunching on the Lafayette River, an afternoon of gameplay & fun continues until at least 2:30 pm.


2nd & 4th Thursdays, 10am – 2:30 pm, Nancy Tatterson, Leader & Contact

The Landings Club House on Bolling Avenue is the location. The players enjoy a morning of playing the game, then early afternoon break for the lunch; each player provides her own lunch. A day of fun & games is enjoyed by all.


Weekends, 2 – 5:00pm   

To encourage involvement of women who are still in the workforce, we’ve added Saturday and Sunday games that offer the opportunity to learn, practice and play this captivating game .


Designated Saturdays

The Learning Commons @ Perry Library, ODU Campus. The address is 4427 Hampton   Boulevard near the intersection of 43rd and Bluestone Streets.  Parking is free.

2nd & 4th Sundays

Maker’s Craft Brewery, 735 East 23rd Street, Norfolk.  In addition to Mah Jongg, Maker’s offers a variety of beers and sodas plus a Farmer’s Market, live music and a food truck are often on site    in the spacious outdoor patio.

Al King and Nancy Tatterson, Leaders & Contacts





Let’s spend the afternoon at the movies followed by a review session over snacks & beverages.  The meeting time and place varies but we do enjoy attending matinees at the Naro, Regal MacArthur Center Stadium 18 and Regal Columbus Stadium 12.


Recently our group has viewed Downton Abby, The Farewell, Knives Out, Bombshell, 1917.


Currently on hiatus due to COVID-19

Nancy Tatterson & Judy Homsher

Co-Leaders & Contacts


2nd Wednesdays (flexible scheduling)

If you enjoy getting outside and enjoying a

brisk walk with friends, this is the Interest Group
for you.  We’ve hiked the Elizabeth River Trail, toured

the Virginia Zoo, walked First Landings State Park and

meandered through the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  We meet in a nearby parking area and then begin our walk as a group. Afterwards, you guessed it, we stop for snacks and beverages before heading home.

We walk wearing our masks!

Thursday, Nov 19th:  Forest Lawn Cemetery, 2 mile walk around the  perimeter on a paved road.  Join us as we enjoy this natural arboretum, established in 1906.  Restrooms & the office are not open to the public.

Enter through the 3rd entrance, directly across from Gate 22, then take an immediate left and park along the circle on the Northwest Lawn. 

Rain date:  Friday, Nov 20th

Sarah Ford, Leader & Contact

New Groups 2020

Details are being finalized

Talk in the Public Square                           

This group will meet monthly with an open

agenda to discuss topics of interest of our world,

country, state, city and home. 
Bring suggestions that might be of interest to you.

Juanita Raisor, Leader & Contact


Needlework & Crafts                                  

If you enjoy making things with a

needle and if being involved with crafts,

this is the group for you.

Jeanie Carlson, Administrator – Al King, Contact


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