For 21 years the Foothills Women’s Club has been bringing women together through laughter, good conversation, and a good cause.

This year the newly-elected board is hoping to bring even more women into the group.

“We want people to know that we’re still around and we also want to invite any woman, regardless of her age, to come and join us,” said Bobbie Bennett, president of the group. “We’re having so many fun events. If you want to laugh, this is the place for you.”

Bennett joined the group about five years ago. She owned her own business at the time and just felt like trying something new. The club made her realize how vital time out with other women was.

“I was always career oriented,” she said. “I didn’t have that women friendship. I didn’t realize how badly I needed women friendships.”

Kathy Hanchette, vice president of the board, had a similar story. She had been in the community for years but was looking to connect with more neighbors and friends. She saw an event listed in the newspaper and has been attending club meetings ever since.

“It’s a place where you can feel comfortable,” she said. “We’re always there for each other if you’re going through anything. There’s no judgment.”

A typical Foothills Women’s Club meeting starts with dinner and mingling. Women are encouraged to sit at a table with someone they’ve never met before. There’s an icebreaker question provided. After dinner there’s a speaker or activity to enjoy.

In September, the first month of the club’s season, the group will hear from guest speaker Lori Allen, Ahwatukee’s own pharmaceutical compounding specialist, speaking about “Secrets Every Woman Wants to Know.” October’s meeting will be an Oktoberfest celebration. In November the group plans to have a scavenger hunt on a double-decker London bus, and in December the club hosts a well-known annual holiday party. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month through May.

The Foothills Women’s Club adopts a charity each year and at each meeting they hold a 50/50 raffle for the organization. This year they’re adopting Helen’s Hope Chest, which benefits foster children.

The club aims to create friendships that last beyond the monthly meetings. Several smaller interest groups have started from the club including a movie night group and a book club. In the past there have been hiking groups and golf groups. That’s something the new board would like to see more of.

There is a cost to join Foothills Women’s Group. Fifty dollars per year covers the cost of food for all the meetings and other field trips the club plans. For more information, visit

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