Interest Groups

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AMEN has 24 Interest Groups for its registered members.  There are no additional fees associated to participate in these groups unless the group has a cost associated for an event, which would be stated. 

An overview of each Interest Group is provided below.  Some Interest Groups are at maximum capacity while others are open to as many members that want to join.  If you have questions about a group, please contact our Interest Group Chair, Kathy Armistead. Kathy can answer your questions regarding the Interest Groups, as well as assist you in creating a new Interest Group.

Groups

  • Baking Group

    Bakers and non-bakers alike are welcome! The group meets on a Saturday afternoon at a member's home to bake, try out different recipes, enjoy a variety of yummy baked goods with coffee or tea, and share a few good laughs! The Baking Group meets once a month during the school year (no summer meetings). 

    Contact: Kathy Armistead

  • Book Club

    AMEN currently has five active book clubs.  AMEN accepts new names to create new book clubs.  If you are interested in joining a book club submit your name to AMEN’s Interest Group Chair, Kathy Armistead, to have your name be placed on a list for a new book club.

    Contact: Kathy Armistead

  • College Mentoring Moms

    This group provides support to current Bellarmine moms as they navigate the college process with their sons. No applications or essays for us - simply share your insights into a college your child (son or daughter) is attending or has attended ... favorite restaurants, hotels near the college, places to shop for dorm gear, your perspective on meal plans etc. You will be a reassuring voice to a nervous mom.

    Email the following information to Susan if you are willing to be a college mentor mom.

    • Name
    • Child(s) year(s) of graduation - can be a son or a daughter
    • College(s) I know well
    • Email
    • Phone

    Contact: Susan Munne

  • Community Volunteering Opportunities

    If you are involved with a charitable organization which is in need of hands-on volunteers, whether it be a long- or short-term commitment, we are happy to spread the word to our AMEN community. Just send your name and email address (as the sponsoring AMEN member) and a short description of the opportunity to the contact listed below.

    We also offer assistance such as meals to Bellarmine families in need, just as the BMG Helping Hands group does.  Sign up to receive emails about these opportunities.

    This group is open to all Bellarmine alumni moms, regardless of their AMEN membership status.

    Contact:Linda Chin

  • Events Group

    The Events Group has 4-5 different events throughout the academic calendar year. These events change annually and vary from sport activities, theater productions, concerts, game nights, winery visits, etc.

    Contact: Kathy Armistead

  • Gardening Group

    The Gardening Group meets five times a year for a variety of outdoor activities.  In the past we have attended garden tours, planting events, floral design classes, farm visits, vegetable workshops, and a garden party.  The group mixes up their events to be hands-on as well as tours of gardens.

    Contact: Lisa Christensen

  • Globelles Group

    A geography and travel discussion group, which meets three times a year to discuss their travels, new travel locations around the world, tips for travelers, and travel advise and support to the other members.

    Contact: Carmen McHugh

  • Golf Group

    The Golf Group meets once a month throughout the year at local golf courses where they play 9 or 18 holes of golf. Periodically, the group has day outings where they visit more distant golf courses. Typically, the Golf Group meets on Thursdays and Sundays.

    Contact: Catherine Christofferson

  • Gourmet Cooking Club

    AMEN currently has four Gourmet Cooking Groups.  Each group includes 16 women who meet seven times a year at a member’s home to enjoy themed lunches prepared by a cooking team of four members.  The groups share recipes, great food and wine, fantastic conversations, a lot of laughs, and a strong circle of friendship.  If you would like to join a Gourmet Cooking Group please contact AMEN’s Interest Group Chair, Kathy Armistead, to have your name put on a list for a new group.

    Contact: Kathy Armistead

  • Hiking Group

    The hiking group meets weekly on Mondays throughout the year at a variety of open space parks in Santa Clara County, such as Almaden Quicksilver, Los Gatos Creek Trail, Santa Teresa County Park, Fremont Older, and San Antonio Regional Park.

    Please be sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Layered clothing is a good approach, particularly in the winter months. 

    Contact: Teresa Giovanzana

  • Knitting Group

    We are a small, but lively group of seven women who never seem to get very far in their individual projects. We meet twice a month for two hours - the first and third Wednesdays of the month - at the San Jose home of a Bellarmine alum mother. This chatty group shares their life’s stories and experiences over purl stitches, tea and cookies, and much laughter. Topics from A to Z pop up in our conversations - from politics to religion, marriage and weddings, the joy of grandchildren being born and the sorrow of saying a final good-bye to parents and friends. Advice and sage wisdom is freely shared, and our motto is “What’s discussed at knitting, stays at knitting!”. You are welcome to join whatever your skill level and even if you only crochet!

    Contact: Kathy Pompili

  • Movie Groups

    We offer daytime and evening movie groups for movie lovers. Attendance is voluntary. Monthly movies are announced via email - when you see a scheduled movie you want to see on a date you are free, simply let the appropriate group coordinator know you are coming.

    Contacts:

    Daytime Movie Group - Pat Gray

    Evening Movie Group - Amy Tashjian

  • Spirituality Group

    Women at the Well: Ignatian Spirituality for Mothers - Meets weekly from 8:00 - 9:30 am at Santa Clara University in the St. Francis Chapel. The group will spend 6-8 weeks on one particular topic or practice, range from book discussions, scripture study, meditation, the Examen, The Spiritual Exercises, as well as other prayer practices. The group will take quarterly field trips to sacred spaces around the Bay Area.

    Contacts: Sarah Bonini

  • Supper Club

    The focus of the Supper Club is on the art of delicious food!  Be it comfort or exotic, the group visits a variety of restaurants to taste, experience, and discuss.  Each dining event is coordinated with the restaurant to have a planned delicious menu paired with wine.  Each event has a predetermined fee.

    Contact: Sandra Lanoie

  • Wine & Food Group

    We are wine enthusiasts! We gather approximately 4-5 times a year at local venues to enjoy fine wines and good food, and great company! Past venues include Joseph George and Zanotto's, with future events planned for Testarossa, local wine bars, intimate backyard tastings and wine walks.

    Contact: Terri Chapman